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Release Date: Jan 30, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator: Amtrak P42 DC Empire Builder Loco Add-On

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Includes 4 items: Train Simulator: Amtrak P42 DC 'Empire Builder' Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Soldier Summit Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Southern Pacific SD70M Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Union Pacific Heritage SD70ACes Loco Add-On


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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
    • 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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19 of 19 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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15 of 15 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 16, 2015
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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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 30, 2014
This is a really good locomotive by DTG! I got in April on my b-day with Canadian Mountain Passes. As for sounds I hear they are not quite realistic but I likve the bell and horn. When the horn sounds the ditch lights flash and one feature I love is the headlight is really bright! The headlight is visible from long distances, trust me! In the cab there's alot of detail, opening windows, adjustable lights and windshields. Included is two liveries, the Phase v livery and Phase IV livery with Amtrak #145. Also is a variety of different superline coaches with old baggage cars. The DLC also has scenarios for Marias Pass. Totally recommend this DLC.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: September 7, 2015
The P42DC is an essential locomotive for railroading in the United States. DTG's rendition of this iconic engine and superliner cars is certainly adequate, but lacks anything to make it truly special. Let's look at the rundown.

-The P42DC locomotive is seen on many North American routes. A complete list of routes out (at the time of writing this) that would see a P42DC with Superliner coaches in service are:
*Marias Pass, Steven's Pass, Chicago-Aurora, and the Pacific Surfliner routes. With a little imagination, you could run it on Donner Pass and Soldier's Summit, as the train does still run on those routes today, however the routes themselves are set in the past.
**NOTE: The P42DC by itself, with single level coaches found in Miami-West Palm Beach, New York-Philadelphia, and New York-New Haven, can be run on each of these routes, (although seeing them on the later two is only during electrical failure), as well as Horseshoe Curve with a little imagination.
-All Superliner cars are included.
-Inside of the cab is well detailed
-Passenger views for all coaches, although they aren't very high quality.
-The brake lights on the side of the cars work
-A horn mod is pretty much required for this engine. The horn's not that good, and the engine sounds aren't that great, either.
-When viewing it at certain angles, the Amtrak logo on the side pixellates.

I won't forget the first time I rode one of these. I feel as if this DLC doesn't really capture the beauty of the P42DC for some reason, but its certainly a fine bit of DLC, that any North American fanatic should own.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 2, 2015
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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 11, 2014
the Best train in game with awesome and realistic sounds. You can feel yourself very big in this huge locomotive. Buy, If you like sound-making giants.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 23, 2014
Nicest payware add-on ever that I've bought. The headlights overpower everything existing under the sun. Textures are amazing and the train's astoundingly beautiful. Only the coach interiors and sounds need to worked upon. I totally recommend this train. This defines the word train. Buy it, rule the railroads and Enjoy to the fullest Railfans.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 8
Great Amtrak passenger hauler for TS and recommended for any USA route expect for the NEC.

+Great for any USA route as said above!
+Nice cab detail!
+Nice bright headlights!
+It has a horn sequencer which will turn on the bell, ditch lights, and sound the horn long, long ,short, long for crossings.
+All the phase III and V coaches are included.
+1 heritage unit which is the 145.
+Good physics!

-The sounds are not that accurate compared to the real P42s, I don't mind this since I purchased a soundpack from TheAudioShack for $10 more.
-The alerter can be very silent at times.
-No HEP (High End Power) switchover.
-The wipers are placed in the wrong spot.

Overall, great locomotive and I would rate this 9.5 out of 10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 13, 2015
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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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 30, 2015
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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Posted: May 12
this is the p42 at it's beast an update from the (P42GE) this is soo fun to drive just like the p42.
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Posted: May 12
I love the detail of the locomotive and the cars but I dont understand why this is only avaliable on quick drive. Why cant this be avaiable on free roam and have some missions to it. After spending 20 dollars on this I am not happy. If there is a way to make this available on free roam that would be great. If I am over seeing a way to make this available on free roam please let me know. Thanks!
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Posted: March 25
Steam shows this is in my liabrary, but when I load the game, the Loco is not there. Any suggestions?
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Posted: March 9
I enjoy this Loco alot, the Superliners are great, every thing is Very nice Execpt the Alerter that Stops me 5/10 times when Driving
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Posted: March 4
I'd recommend this! They are mighty and powerful passenger diesel locomotives!

However, after I got this, I replaced the horn & bell sounds with a different one. I gave it a more prototypical K5LA as well as a Graham-White E-Bell.

I also really wish that the other heritage/special units were also included: #156 (Phase I), #66 (Phase II), #184 (Phase IV), #42 (Veterans), and #189 (The Big Game.)
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Posted: October 21, 2015
very fun and realistic dlc =)
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Dr. Tyre Fyre
Posted: August 15, 2015
It would be worth the $20 if all 4 heritage paint schemes were included, along with the normal Phase III and IV paint schemes. Also, it would be very cool if the Superliners also had Phase IV paint. No, not Phase IVb (which looks terrible in my opinion). And also, the baggage car that's included does not AT ALL seem like an authentic baggage car. It looks too new to look real. This pack also lacks the Material Handling Cars (which are included with Run 8 Train Simulator's P42 Pack).

Perhaps the most dissapointing aspect of this pack is the sound quality. When there are P42 packs for MSTS that have much more accurate sounds, it makes me feel like an idiot for purchasing this pack. The prime mover sounds nothing like the real thing. Not even the Superliner sounds are accurate, and those are the easiest to record! The horn sound is a big dissapointment because it sounds wimpy! The K5LAs from early P40's and P42's sound incredible. Why wouldn't you use those sounds instead?
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