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User reviews: Mixed (26 reviews) - 65% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 24, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator: Metro-North Kawasaki M8 EMU

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About This Content

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
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 28, 2015
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 Crtl-D 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 Crtl-D again. That was near when I approach Grand Central Station.

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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 26, 2015
very good train set
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1 of 1 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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2 of 3 people (67%) 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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15 of 16 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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