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Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator: Metro-North Kawasaki M8 EMU


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One of the newest electric multiple units for the Northeast Corridor comes to Train Simulator in Metro-North’s familiar bare metal and red livery.

Built by Kawasaki at Lincoln, Nebraska for use on the New Haven Line, the M8 first entered service in March 2011 as a replacement to the current fleet of M2, M4 and M6 multiple units. Similar in body style to the M7, more than 300 units have been delivered to Metro-North so far, and feature multiple power pick-up – third rail and overhead pantograph – which can be changed by the engineer whilst on the move.

The two-car Kawasaki M8 has a top speed of 100mph (161km/h) and the model for Train Simulator features driving cabs and passenger views, switchable power modes and dynamic in-cab display screens showing instrument readouts and power pick-up mode.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Metro-North Kawasaki M8 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the NEC: New York-New Haven route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).


Four scenarios for the NEC: New York-New Haven route:
  • Simple Controls Tutorial: M8 Simple Controls
  • Expert Controls Tutorial: M8 Expert Controls
  • Grand Central Bound
  • Stamford Local

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

  • Kawasaki M8 in Metro-North bare metal and red livery
  • In-cab signalling
  • Dynamic in-cab display screens
  • Switchable dual mode power pick-up
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for the NEC: New York-New Haven route
  • Download size: 128mb

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: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®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 3
Product received for free
This is a good piece for the New York - New Haven route. This EMU has both third-rail and cable equipped so you can drive this train from Grand Central to New Haven without a problem. The train looks very detailed from outside to inside. The physics aren't seem that poor either.

The sounds are okay but recycled. The engine/motor sounds were taken from a Class 395 and the horn sounds aren't looped. These can be fixed by downloading a mod patch from a good thrid-party modder named "Fanrailer" who has known for modding American trains.

Those who can't go no more than 15 miles per hour and the emergency brakes come down on you. That's the signaling system called ATC so once you pass a signal. If it beeps then you will have to press the Q key quickly and if you are above the signal speed limit than it will ask you to slow down to, you would have to put the brakes at least 40% and then press the Q key. The signal speed will change in certain parts of the route so keep in mind when you drive this thing. If it beeps in clear which is highlighted "N" in the cab then you wouldn't have to acknownedge anything.

There's one flaw I had found with the ATC system, I had to press Ctrl-D and Ctrl-F to disable the ATC because it was telling me to stop the train completely and the game told me if I pass the signal then I wouldn't be in danger. Once I pass that defective signal then I turn it back on by pressing Ctrl-D and Ctrl-F again. That was near when I approach Grand Central Station in one of the scenarios that comes with this.

I would rate this 7.5/10 but it's a good thing I won this through MattP's 24 hour stream giveaway on Twitch. I would recommend to get this on a sale, I don't think it would be worth the full $20 at all.
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17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 3, 2014
The Kawasaki M8 EMU (now that it has since been patched) has improved to a playable state, and is a decent, highly detailed piece of DLC. Some of the sounds are recycled, but with the improvments such as darker windows, and the large FPS improvement (about double the framerates for me), I can finally recommend this DLC to anyone who wants to add to their NY-NH line collection.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 22, 2015
Well first and foremost, lets clear some things up about this DLC... Those who are still reporting an FPS frop must have other issues - the patch back in December corrected the issue, which wasn't as wide spread/as big an FPS hit as was proclaimed by some users. And also the 15 mile an hour limit that some are hitting is due to their inability to read/understand directions or how to disable the alerter. But you can also find that out by reading forums, and by looking at youtube videos of the train zipping along at 90+ mph.

That said, this was a highly anticipated piece of stock and it fits perfectly with the New York to New Haven line. And while this is not a perfect DLC - nothing is. Not any more at lease... For those who want to add the most recognizable piece of metro north's rolling stock definately look past those misinformed reviews and into picking this up.
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 27, 2014
Great locomotive to go with New York New Haven. It has cable and 3rd rail use. I like driving it alot. First Metr-North train made so now you can use it on the New Canaan Branch or the line to GCT on the route. I recommend this locomotive.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 10, 2015
The Kawasaki M8 EMU adds both a new spin on the NEC: NY-NH route, as well showing American Railroading in a far more European fashion.

-This is the only American EMU in the game so far, as opposed to the USA, for the most part, being long distance express hauls. In comparison to the default Amtrak services, the M8 has a much more "European" style, with more accelerated speed ups and braking, and far more stops along the route. This is really fun to do in an American environment, and I am very pleased to see a TRUE commuter service like this one integrated so well.
-The locomotive is detailed wonderfully. The in-cab controls and signalling look fantastic, the passenger view is superb, and the locomotive itself is beautiful.
-The train really opens up the rest of the NEC: NY-NH route. Along with being able to realistically stop at MUCH more stations along the New Rochelle-New Haven mainline, it is now possible to drive the train from GCT-Pelham, deep inside the big apple itself. This extension takes the route in a whole new direction, really going through the heart of the city, rather than just around it. The New Canaan branch is a really good example of a suburban branchline, that truly does need to be explored as well.

-I know this isn't really what people want to hear, but its difficult to really give a con for this. I wouldn't say anything is really inadequate.

This is actually a really fantastic bit of DLC. Now that the lag bugs have been sorted out, I'd say this is truly a MUST if you own the NEC: NY-NH. Its quite a lot of fun to drive, and it opens up the route in ways that having only the ACS-64 could never dream of accomplishing.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2
this is an execelent train to drive highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 23, 2015
This train looks nice, and is pretty fun to drive. The textures look pretty good, the train is easy to control, although the sounds are not that good. I would recommend this train when on sale, but probably not at full price.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 24, 2015
This is worth buying if your into the American routes and trains, I know it's £11.99 and I would probably buy it when it's on sale but I personally think it's worth the buy as it's fun to drive, it's not got overly complicated controls like some of the other trains have for TS2016 for driving.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 26, 2015
very good train set
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Not Recommended
Posted: July 27
Really well design, but the 15 mph alert is killing me.

Train is bugging on some other addon routes.

Can recommend if you use the suggested route, but not for others...
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Posted: October 5
I will be honest, I only recommend this DLC because there are some custom/workshop scenarios that need it.
If you don't need it, don't buy it!! There are too many flaws with the AI in this DLC.

To name some:
- AI leaves or disappears all of a sudden.
- AI collides with another causing a derailment.

In both occasions it gives you the Game Over message.
Just so you know, I've currently tried to play this over ten times and it keeps happening. :(
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Archimedes (G.E.W.P)
Posted: January 22
Worst DLC train I have ever bought. Even during a sale. This ♥♥♥♥ing thing's alerter freaks out after 15 miles an hour. And the minute you acknowledge the alerter, it goes right into braking. I highly doubt this piece of ♥♥♥♥ will ever get updated to beable to hit more then 15 without freaking out like a little girl at a justin bieber concert.
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Posted: July 25, 2015
The order of the Kawasaki M8's was completed on July 13, 2015
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