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Release Date: Jul 17, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator: NS Coal District + NS SD40-2 High Nose LHF Twin Pack

Includes 2 items: Train Simulator: Norfolk Southern Coal District Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Norfolk Southern SD40-2 High Nose Long Hood Forward Loco Add-On


About This Content

The beautifully rural Mon Line running through the heart of Pennsylvania springs to life in this new route for Train Simulator, complete with mile-long coal trains and distinctive street running.

The original Monongahela Railroad was a joint venture between the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE). Through the early 1900s, the two companies acquired many lines in the area and by 1930, the Monongahela (‘Mon Line’) was operating more than 170 miles of track serving numerous coal mines.

At the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal country, the rural Mon Line is today owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX Transporation also having trackage rights. Coal mines dominate the route, with important facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine connecting with a staging yard at West Brownsville from where coal trains continue on their way to power stations or to ports for export.

More than 20 million tons of coal is annually transported along the line, much of it to Loveridge Secondary where it is transhipped from rail to river barges. The route is primarily made up of four branch lines – Manor, Ten Mile Run, West Brownsville and Loveridge, and includes the unusual spectacle of full size coal trains sharing the public highway with cars along Main Street in West Brownsville.

The route is relatively level, following the west bank of the Monongahela river, as far as Millsboro, then Ten Mile Creek to Waynesburg and Emerald Mine. The line then turns north east, closely following the twists and turns of Browns Creek. This final 15 miles to Bailey is completely rural in nature until it reaches the loop at Bailey, when the dominant coal industries take over.

Included with the 50 mile section of the Mon Line from Bailey Mine to West Brownsville for Train Simulator is a Norfolk Southern-liveried ES44AC diesel locomotive, part of GE’s Evolution Series. Its mammoth 4,400 horsepower and 75mph top speed make it an ideal locomotive to head the long coal trains seen on the Mon Line.

Engineers can also create their own coal loads at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine with working coal loading facilities, and experience the rail served businesses along the east bank of the Monongahela River, including a metal recycling yard north of Brownsville, river barge repair and construction yard to the south, and a rail/river coal transhipment facility at Alicia.


Seven scenarios for the route:
  • Training: ES44AC Expert Controls
  • Training: ES44AC Simple Controls
  • Running the Manor
  • Emerald Coal Run
  • Power Supply
  • Monumental (Part I and II)

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

  • 50 mile Mon Line from Bailey Mine to West Brownsville
  • 10 mile branch on the east bank of the Monongahela River
  • Norfolk Southern ES44 AC diesel locomotive
  • G11 round tub coal gondolas, with full and empty loads
  • Working coal loading facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine
  • Dash 9-44CW diesel locomotive (AI only)
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 1,286mb

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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30 of 31 people (97%) found this review helpful
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Posted: October 1, 2014
Just like my review on Marias Pass, the Norfolk Southern Coal District is definitely a tru masterpiece by DTG. Amazing scenery, detail and loads of fun to drive! Starting at West Brownsville Yard, you run across Main Street then all the way to Emerald Mine then the 15 mile Mannor Branch to Bailey Mine. A shorter 10 mile track on the other side of the Monongahela River is featured along with the Alicia Rail to barge coal transfer facility. Rolling stock is an ES44AC, Dash 9 and G11 Coal Hopper all with the Norfolk Southern livery. The ES44AC has the new braking system first introduced with Canadian Mountain Passes route. It iis pretty much the same as the NS Heritage ES44ACs, has the flashing ditch lights, same horn, bell ETC. The Dash 9 according to the store page is AI only but it is drivable to the player and as for the coal car, it is well designed. The scenery is great including the street running through West Brownsville, PA featuring a huge church that is accurately desgined! The main freight traffic on the route is coal with a few local freight operations between Brownsville and Waynesburg. One minor flaw with this route is that quick drive always crashes so don't use is on this route unless DTG fixes it. Other than that this route is just amazing!
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 25, 2015
I have just recently purchased this route (4/24/15), and I must say that ALREADY this is one of my favorite routes, and let me tell you why!

Route itself:
The route itself is a perfect length, not to long, not to short! The speeds on the line vary anywhere from 10 MPH (the town of Brownsville) to 40 MPH. The slow(ish) speeds in certain places really give you the chance to look around and admire the scenery that RSC apparently took their time with. The scenery looks very full, with lots of trees and small details. The route does require a fairly decent system, due to the detail, but I tweaked my graphics a little and managed to get it to around 25 FPS average. The one thing I can complain about the actual track is that while there IS elevated corners for once, the degree of elevation seems MUCH to steep for the speeds that the route allows.

Rolling Stock:
This was where the route took a downturn. The locomotives included are the Norfolk Southern C44-9W (most of you probably have this already from the orig RSC D9 pack), and a Norfolk Southern ES44DC (basically a reskin of the NS Heritage GEVO). The Dash 9 has, of course, the default ES44 sounds that we have all come to know and hate. The ES44 has the same soundset as the Heritage ES44's, which is not great, but far more realistic than the origional ES44 sounds. The worst feature of the rolling stock is that the route comes with only 1 TYPE of car, and that is a coal hopper. I know that there is alot of coal on this line, but there is definitly MORE than just coal in real life.

The scenarios were okay, to start. There are 5 career scenarios, no standard scenarios, and no free roam scenarios. The 5 scenarios that are included utilize JUST the ES44, and there are no scenarios using the Dash 9. The scenarios themselves were alright, though they seem to be very similar to each other, and were very rushed. For example, I was going the speed limit on one scenario, and I ended up being 45 seconds late and getting 36 points chopped off my score :P. Good thing there are quite a few workshop scenarios for this route.

Overall, I do like this route, but I do wish that it came with a little more variety. If you are more into the scenery than the rolling stock, then this is a must have! I give this route a total score of 8/10.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 19, 2014
As American routes go for Train Simulator, the Coal District is quite a bit smaller than most others. There's no passenger service to be found here and you'll find most of your freight runs are slow, solitary affairs as much of the route is single-tracked and <30mph. That said, there's a lot of great scenery here and tons of potential for building interesting scenarios. It's a must-grab if you like making your own content for the game or are fond of the region, but you can pretty easily skip this if you're looking for a route with more variety off the bat.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: April 24, 2015
Smooth running route.... amazing details. Locomotive and hopper car are okay.... scenarios would be enjoyable except that the scoring is too strict and the journey is rushed. Overall 8.5/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 3, 2014
I actually really like this track. It's beautiful and scenic, and has cool bankings.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: November 9, 2014
I want to like this route, and it has its moments, but ultimately I find it pretty monotonous. Lots of single track running with huge trains where the only challenge is avoiding wheel slip. It's perfectly possible to go and make a cup of tea while your train trundles along, though, so that's something. The scenery is nice, but I prefer the more varied experiences available on other US freight routes (real and fictional). Perhaps some enterprising Workshop engineer will make the route more interesting to me, but at the moment I would only visit this route every now and then.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: October 10, 2015
This is an interesting route and the loco sounds have improved since cajon pass/US Loco and asset pack. But there are good and bad things to talk about here.

The route is highly detailed and the loco looks awesome anywhere.
The route is split into to lines and is incredible each way
The scenarios are good and fun.

The coal wagons are very laggy and makes everything go slow
Scenario MOMUMENT PART1 has a lot of faults in its coding

Would I recommend?
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 8, 2015
This route is amazing it has tons of detail and a really awsome loco. One of the best part of this route is the street running at West Brownsville. Also it come with the dash 9-44CW which says its AI only but its not you could drive it in quick drive which is a plus. Over all this is the best and my favorite route in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: July 6
Another DLC where a career mode scenario is broken and has been for years despite being easily fixable.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 30, 2015
This route is a Great route and I mean GREAT!!!! Though Dovetail could have included more scenery in some points and a NS SD80mac I do see potential and with the upcoming RF-16 " sharknose " and a hopeful Super 7 dlc some Monongahela power we could see even better for this route. overall a 9.7 out of 10. So hopefully Dovetail releases a Super 7 DLC and Monongahela rf-16's or NS SD80mac's
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Munted Man
Posted: August 27
Only get if you are really into heavy freight movements. The line speed does not go above 25 mph. The scery is absolutley beatifull however and makes up for it greatly.
I can't rate down the route for the speed limits as they would be accurate so in that case 8/10
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Posted: June 3
Great DLC and the frieght car sounds that come with the G11 coal hopper BUT,the ES44AC is kinda glitchy,sometimes i apply the break and it takes it about 1minute to finally kick in.And sometimes you put the brake on 13% and in the end it ends up stopping the whole train even after i have released it.Also with the ES44 is the long time it takes for the train loco to get moving,but over all a great additon to your ts game if your looking to add some realism to it.
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Posted: May 30
Pretty good route. I hate to say this, but the sounds are reused on the two locomotives, and on the crossings( Really? Come on DTG. you can do better than that.)
One thing that does kinda bother me, is the fact that, the bell( again) activates when you blow the horn( Really? I'm really having a headache herer LOL) And the speeds, they seem reasonable, but still make me want to fall asleep while driving my train( LOL It has to be that damn slow!) Anyway. pretty good route through the US. This is the type of route for those of you train sim fans that are interested into hauling freight. Good job DTG! :)
Overall 7.5/10 Alright
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Posted: May 23
Terriffic route. I will try to keep this unbiased, as I do not necessarily like single-track slower routes with less traffic, but I bought this for the locomotive/rolling stock that comes with it.

This route is long, mostly single-track with slow-ish speed limits compared to busier North American mainline routes. It has two coal mines served by the railroad, and one large rail yard at the end of the line opposite from the furthest coal mine. The locomotive/Rolling stock are of good quality, due to an update shortly after TS2016 was released. The Norfolk Southern ES44AC comes with cab lights, working headlights, relatively good sounds, etc. The Norfolk Southern C44-9W also comes with this route, but it is a low-poly model with little features like the one from the Dash 9 pack. It is meant for AI trains only in its current state.

This route also covers a section of track that crosses the river and goes past the Alicia Transhipment Company, where coal can be unloaded after coming from the mine.

The only rail car that comes with this is a Norfolk Southern Coal Gondola. It has a great model, and the coal inside looks nice as well. After the TS2016 upgrade, you may have noticed that the rolling stock from Sherman Hill sounds much more realistic. The rail car sounds as they pass by sounds nearly like the real thing. The same thing happened with the rail car from this route. It also sounds very realistic when passing by.

Overall, I definately recommend this route, as it is of good quality in terms of its scenery and rolling stock.
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Posted: February 1
Having owned this route for nearly a year, I can say that it is a well done route. While it is on the short side, the route is well detailed, with cracks in the pavement, broken windows, dense telephone lines, and lush vegetation. Also, the Workshop community will eventually fill the gaps in the route (I myself am making an extension of the line to Lack), providing more running possibilites in the future. The locomotive that comes with the route, the ES44AC, is good, but the advanced braking is a bit buggy (it will penalize the user for emergency brakes at about 40% braking) and it is the only drivable loco available. The Dash 9-44CW does also come with the route, and while it is drivable, it is an old model with minimal features. In terms of rolling stock, the G113 coal hopper is provided, but this is the only piece of rolling stock. It is well detailed, but the route would probably see other types of coal hoppers in real life. Fortunately, the route also has several DLC's, most of which are of high quality. The route also comes with several scenarios that take you along the entire route. While they are engaging, there are no short scenarios. Overall, this route is good, with nice running, good rolling stock, and very nice scenery. 8.5/10
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Posted: January 18
It is a shame that more than a year and a half after release the dynamic brake sound loop issue is still nor fixed on the Norfolk Southern ES44AC locomotive that comes with the route.
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Posted: December 27, 2015
Now I have to start of saying this is one of my favorite routes. But the sceanrios are very rushed and yet again DTG used recycled sounds. There are no metal on metal wheel sounds on the cars at all. The horn on the ES44 is very nice. There are also no career sceanrios for the Dash 9-40CW! This route only comes with one car the coal hopper. There are many more cars used on this route but oh well.
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Posted: December 22, 2015
their is no cars so it dosent make secencs
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Posted: November 25, 2015
the trees are nice.
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