The Great Northern F7 “Empire Builder” from RSC is a classic first generation North American diesel, something that we need more of for Train Simulator.
It includes the EMD F7 in Great Northern Railway livery with a sleeper car, dining car, passenger car, coffee dormitory, dome coach, great dome lounge car, sleeper observation car and mail baggage car.
The textures for the Great Northern F7 are better than the stock textures for the other F7s. This is especially noticeable on the truck detail. Diaphragms between the locomotives work and are connected ( a nice touch). Headlights work, but are connected to the Mars light which cannot be turned off. Numberboards light up when you turn on the headlights. The observation car has a working searchlight and illuminated end of train lamps, as well as an illuminated Empire Builder sign. Class lights on the locomotives do not work which I find to be a disappointment. Unfortunately, the windows and doors do not open. The roof-top fan blades do not move. The engine has cab lights, dynamic weather effects for the windows, and a crew.
Sounds for the F7 are excellent; RSC did not use the stock sounds from the GP-9. it sounds like RSC actually recorded a 567 engine block. The horn sounds great; it is obviously not a stock RSC airhorn. Dynamic brake sounds work and sound good. There are sounds for the windshield wipers, bell, sanders and the ‘thunk’ of the handles on the control stand.
As an added bonus this DLC comes with an EMD GP-9 freight locomotive, another first generation diesel. It is the stock GP-9 from the GP-9 DLC pack. Because I have done a review of the GP-9 pack I will not go into detail about the locomotive here. I will just say that for a three year old locomotive DLC, it is a good value. It comes in the Great Northern Livery and includes a Great Northern Box car, Reefer Cars, and a Great Northern Caboose. It would have been nice if more freight rolling stock had been included like flat cars, gondolas, coal hoppers, covered hoppers, and a tank car, but given the fact that we are getting what amounts to a free freight locomotive with rolling stock, I will forgive.
The F7 comes with 3 scenarios and both locomotives are Quick Drive compatible.
We need more first generation diesels to model the steam to diesel transition era (1940-1960) in North America and this DLC is a step in the right direction. Even though the locomotives don’t have all the “bells and whistles”, the overall value of the package is excellent and I would recommend it to my friends.
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