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User reviews: Positive (16 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 17, 2014
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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
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 25
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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Posted: April 24
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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 8
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
Posted: May 30
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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Posted: April 22
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