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User reviews: Positive (15 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 30, 2014

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The ubiquitous Amtrak P42 DC is one of the most modern and fuel efficient diesel locomotive on the North American rail network, and is now available for Train Simulator.

Most notable for its streamlined, low profile single carbody design, the P42 DC is unique among North American diesel-electric locomotives because of its low height, making it the only Amtrak diesel locomotive that meets clearance requirements on all Amtrak routes. Built between 1992 and 2001, the P42 DC is part of General Electric’s Genesis series, which also includes the P40DC and P32AC-DM.

With a top speed of 110mph (177 km/h), the locomotive is used primary on most of Amtrak’s long haul and high speed rails services outside of the Northeast Corridor, including Amtrak’s famous ‘Empire Builder’ passenger service between Chicago, Portland and Seattle. The service first ran in 1929 and is one of Amtrak’s premier services, running across the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

The General Electric P42 DC for Train Simulator is available in Amtrak’s Phase III ‘40th anniversary’ and Phase V liveries, accompanied by a full set of ‘Empire Builder’ Superliner double-decker passenger coaches in Amtrak Phase III and Phase IVb liveries. The locomotive also features flashing crossing lights, working cab lights, opening windows and working sun shades.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Amtrak P42 DC ‘Empire Builder’ 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).


Four scenarios for the Marias Pass route:
  • Simple Controls Training: P42 Empire Builder
  • Expert Controls Training: P42 Empire Builder
  • Empire Builder: Part 1
  • Empire Builder: Part 2

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

  • GE P42 DC in Amtrak Phase III and Phase V liveries
  • Full ‘Empire Builder’ Superliner passenger coaches in Phase III and Phase IVb liveries
  • Flashing crossing lights
  • Working cab lights
  • Working sun shades
  • Opening windows
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for the Marias Pass route
  • Download size: 210mb

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
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 16
The Amtrak P42DC is not that great but I recommend it. There is a few flaws but that doesn't bother me that much.

The engine sound is incorrect
The horn is nowhere near real life sounds

Great for any USA route
Nice in cab detail
Bright Headlights
1 Heritage unit
Phase 4 and Phase 3 coachs (If I'm correct)

I recommend it but i suggest getting it while on sale.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 2
I literally bought this as I was waiting for it in real life. Its a little edgy in the graphics, but the cars are very detailed and look just like they do in real life. Also has a greatly realistic headlight. 7.5/10
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 30
Since this is Amtrak's primary road diesel, it is pretty good. My only complaints are the Horn, which sounds NOTHING like a K5LA, and the brakes take FOREVER to release. I also like the PhaseIII Stock. It loosk good for a livery used in the 80's.

I give it a 8/17
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 13
Fantastic train, I highly recommend it. Smooth, precise, very modern, pleasant to drive. Just two little things I wish I had known about before my first trip:

1. Beware the alerter. Nearly silent, you see a little pink box ALERT right near the speed indicator on the MFD. Be sure to reset it with Q or the train will be stopped (and your timetable blown).

2. Passengers board/deboard from the rearmost two cars only. So you need to align at least these two cars with the short platforms seen in Marias Pass.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 29, 2014
Got this DLC a few months ago to add some dimension to the Marias Pass route. If I understand Amtrack's timetables correctly, this would also be a good add on for the new Stevens Pass route.

I normally don't drive passenger trains. I'm more a fan of the big diesel freight haulers. As I said though, I wanted more depth for a particular route, so I downloaded this train and played around with it for a bit.

I've mainly driven this thing in the daytime, so I can't say how well the headlights work at night. If what I've seen so far is any indication, there shouldn't be any problems there. There are flashing ditchlights, a bell, and a horn, all the usual stuff.

One thing I liked was the Sequencer. It's a switch on the floor that turns on the ditchlights, the bell, and operates the horn in a specific sequence. When it works, it's a nice feature... when it works...

The Phase 5 livery can be numbered any way you want. The Phase 3 is stuck at one number basically. No big deal, but if you want to give it your own unique number, stick with Phase 5. The rolling stock also comes in Phase 3/5 variants, and adds a nice bit of historical iconography to the DLC.

There is one scenario where you start off at Glacier Park station (in Marias Pass route), and have to deal with static goats on the track. Was a bit unexpected.

If you're looking to add a bit more depth to your Marias Pass or Stevens Pass routes, I recommend getting this DLC. If nothing else, you can add this train to your scenarios, giving you more of a logistical challenge.

The only ding I can give to this pack is to the Sequencer. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I don't know if this is due to a bug in the included script, or a problem with TS itself. It's really no a big deal, as you can manually sequence the horn yourself. Although a bit annoying, it doesn't detract from the experience for me, so I would still give it a five star rating, if Steam allowed such a thing.
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