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Release Date: Aug 1, 2013

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This DLC is only available to purchase in the USA.

The hugely popular EMD F7 has hauled some of North America’s most celebrated passenger trains, including Great Northern’s Empire Builder, and is now available in this famous consist and livery for Train Simulator.

Built between February 1949 and December 1952 by General Motors’ Electro-Motive Division and General Motors Diesel, the F7 started life as a freight-hauling unit but quickly moved on to haul passenger services for numerous North American railroads. The unit was the fourth in GM-EMD’s line of successful F-unit locomotives and was the company’s best-selling cab unit of all time – more than 2,300 cab-equipped A-units and just under 1,500 cabless B-units were built in total.

The EMD F7 replaced the EMD F3, although there were not many external differences between the two units – most changes were internal. Such was the popularity of the F7 that many remained in service for several decades as railroads found them economical to operate and maintain. However, they were not popular with yard crews as they were difficult to access and visibility was poor due to the high cab position and long nose.

With an operational speed of 80 km/h (50 mph) and a high tractive effort, the EMD F7 powered some of the most famous trains in North America, including Santa Fe’s Super Chief and El Capitan, and Great Northern’s Empire Builder, a famous passenger train route between Chicago and Seattle, Washington or Portland.

The Empire Builder first ran on 11 June 1929 and quickly became Great Northern’s premier passenger service. Named after James J Hill, a railroad tycoon, the train ran through some of the North West’s most spectacular scenery, which passengers could view through the train’s domed coaches and ‘Great Dome’ car for first class passengers as they passed through the Cascade Mountains, Rocky Mountains and Glacier National Park.

The Empire Builder continues today, operated by Amtrak and previously by Burlington Northern and the Great Northern Railway. Latterly, the train carries in excess of half a million passengers annually, maintaining its status as the most popular long-distance train in Amtrak’s national system.

The EMD F7 for Train Simulator is available in Great Northern ‘Empire Builder’ livery and includes the full coaching stock of the famous Empire Builder train, including sleeper cars, dome coach, sleeper observation car and mail baggage car. Features include cab lighting, Mars headlamp and passenger views from the different passenger cars.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the EMD F7 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Marias Pass route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).


Three scenarios for the Marias Pass route:
  • Empire Builder Tutorial
  • Over the Divide
  • Race for Shelby

More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.

Key Features

  • EMD F7 in Great Northern ‘Empire Builder’ livery
  • Full ‘Empire Builder’ set, including sleeper cars, dining cars, passenger cars, coffee dormitory, dome coach, great dome lounge car, sleeper observation car and mail baggage car in Great Northern ‘Empire Builder livery
  • EMD GP9 in Great Northern livery
  • Great Northern box car, caboose and reefer freight wagons
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for the Marias Pass route
  • Download size: 470mb

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 19, 2014
I'm more of a freight train guy, but from time to time I like to run some passengers. This historical set by far is my favorite. Classic looks, nice detail and sound and includes scenarios for the Marias Pass route. On sale it usually runs $6.99 and well worth it.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 6, 2014
This train set is a highly detailed histrical passenger train. Made specifically for Marias Pass, it provides a chance to drive a famous train through the Rockies. Included is an F7 and GP9 diesels wearing the Great Northern livery along with 40 ft. boxcars, caboose and a variety of Great Northern passenger coaches including dome cars and observation car. The GP9 is a great touch for the add-on but none of the scenarios use it and in one of the scenarios, you're driving the Empire Builder behind a freight train. Freight trains are supposed to be lower priority than passenger. Overall it is a great add-on pack. I highly recommend this!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 18, 2015
This is a great trainset, one of my favorite in the WORLD, and now I can drive this beauty in TS! Comes with a batch of lovely scenarios for Marias Pass, and is a must buy! You can get this engine for around 6.99 USD on sale, so pick it up! The pack includeds both A and B models of the F7 (cabed and cabless), all of the passenger cars, some freight cars, and a Great Northern GP9.
The sounds for this model are very nice, no default F7 horns here!

There are only 2 problems I have with this addon: There are no included scenarios for the included GP9, and 2: I seem to have a problem with the bell on the F7. I literally have to hold the "B" button to keep the bell on.

Overall, I would definitly recommend this addons for everyone!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 29, 2015
I really love this engine.

Pros: The most beutiful diesel engine in the entire world.
Overwelmingly dietalide on the graphics
Coaches look great.
Comes with a EMD GP9 Passenger (withoud Dynamic Brakes).

Cons: Coahes slow down down hill.
GP9 Does not have a cab lamp
Sounds are far to quiet for the F7A

Really, it depends on what you want. I wanted the North Coast Limeted to be honest, but TS doesent have that do they...
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 6, 2014
I don't know anything about how the actual Empire Builder look like, but this train have excellent detail and passenger coach views. There is 3 differrent views, 2 dome with 1 of them to be the bigger one, and a lounge room at the back of the train.

I enjoy driving this train on my Stevens Pass, but the senario's is only for Marias Pass. Good quality model and texturing.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 25, 2014
I s the best train ever
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 26, 2015
A nice addition to Marias Pass while giving you a chance to see the route in a earlier time. Passenger scenarios with this loco provide a nice change from the normal freight haulage common to this route.
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Not Recommended
Posted: October 26, 2014
i just bought this and the sky blue one but i can't use them
tell me the ways
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Posted: September 18
This set of A/B F7 units with a set of Lightweight passenger cars, is one of the best DLC's on Train Simulator. The Dome cars are some of the best cars I have ever seen released for Train Simulator. Probably the best cars available. G-Trax and Britkits have their own but no offense to theirs but I highly recommend these if you are going to spend money to get these. The G-Trax cars are not Geometrically correct, they stand taller than normal, the domes are not accurate and since they are freeware, its all opinion which is fine since they are free.

Again, best set of DLC for a F7A/B unit with a matching set of Lightweights (including half dome and super dome (Great Dome)
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