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User reviews: Mixed (4 reviews)
Release Date: Jul 31, 2014
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Buy CSX SD80MAC Loco Add-On

 

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Packing 5,000 horsepower and a 20-cylinder engine, the SD80MAC was a regular coal hauler across Pennsylvania, and is now here in CSX livery for Train Simulator.

Thirty units were built by EMD for Conrail between 1995 and 1996 and were the first diesel locomotives to use a 20-cylinder engine since EMD’s SD45 and SD45-2 models. Their huge motive power and 75mph (121 km/h) top speed also made them slightly more powerful than GE’s EVO series, making them ideal candidates for the heavy coal trains of Pennsylvania.

The SD80MAC was also fitted with recessed red marker lights in the nose, a feature unique to Conrail locomotives and something that remained when Conrail was split up; 17 locomotives were taken on by Norfolk Southern and 13 by CSX. As with most modern era EMD units, the Class was also fitted with electronic display screens for instrument readouts and the usual EMD dynamic braking system.

The EMD SD80MAC for Train Simulator is seen as it operates today for CSX in their recent YN3 scheme. Detailing features include step lights, cab lights, multi-function displays, heavy braking system/train brake control and in-cab signalling that can be used on the NEC: New York-New Haven route. Also included with the locomotive are CSX coal hoppers.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the CSX SD80MAC on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Scenarios

Four scenarios for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route:
  • Training: SD80MAC CSX Simple Controls
  • Training: SD80MAC CSX Expert Controls
  • Coal Car Conveying: Part 1
  • Coal Car Conveying: 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

  • EMD SD80MAC in CSX YN3 livery
  • Step lights
  • Cab lights
  • Multi-function displays
  • Heavy braking system/train brake control
  • CSX coal hoppers
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Scenarios for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route
  • Download size: 126mb

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
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    • 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
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 30, 2014
To start I do love this locomotive! It has bright headlights, accurate design, Nicely made cab interior and CSX coal cars. All CSX SD80MACs are Ex-Conrail so the engine's physical body shape is accurate. The ditch lights do not flash(IDK if they do in real life though) and the engine is equipped with a Conrail RS3L horn(IDK how real they made the horn) but it has a too long of a loop making it hard to do the long long short long sequnce. Also the brake physics are totally messed up like on the SD40-2 LHF. I still say go get it since it is a good looking train despite the glitchiness.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 2
Now this game works every time i load it.I reommend this game to every one. I love this addon
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 5
Save your money, and get the CSX 6000 instead. I wound up swapping all the scenarios I had with this loco for the CSX 6000 Loco that has brakes that work properly.

Nice loco. Good sounds, great looking cab, and powerfull. Hauls 80 coal cars with no problem, providing you can get traction, which you probably won't be able to do because of the ridiculous wheel slip on this loco which shows up clearly in the two included scenarios where it is pulling a very long coal train in the rain, In fact the scenarios that come with this locomotive will do alot to turn you against the CSX SD80. Takes forever to get the train rolling, and I mean forever, like maybe 4 minutes to reach 5 mph in the second scenario especially, and you must use sand and don't go beyond notch 2 until you hit about 23 mph. I think both scenarios are pretty worthless, since no Railroad would ever let an underpowered train like that out on a main line. Even on a flat, at 18+ mph, any application of anything past notch 2 in some sections of the second scenario results in wheel slip and you can lose 100 points in a few seconds. I even had wheel slip at 35 mph in scenario 2, on a section of track with zero grade , going at a steady speed, with very low traction motor current. No locomotive in the world behaves that way. This is very unrealistic behavior. So get used to cruising along at 12 mph in notch 2 for a good part of the second scenario. I don't know who wrote these two scenarios, especially the second one, but he or she has some sense of humor.

The braking gets some getting use to because if you aren't very, very careful when applying the train brake, the Emergency brake activates, in fact it activates at about 28-35% application which is ridiculous. If you use the X box controller on your other locos to control braking, you can forget about using it with this loco, because half the time you try and apply braking, it will go into emergency. You have to use the keyboard to control the application of brakes, and hit the key as quickly as you can. If you are slow pressing the application key and hold it a titch too long, you will trip the emergency brakes. I still can't figure out what the programmer had in mind when he designed the train brake on this loco. This loco is not one that you want to run if you want a relaxing trip in hilly terrain or with a heavy train. You get to where you are afraid to apply the train brake. On a shorter or lighter train, the locomotive works well, and sounds and looks good, except for the horn that blows for over 4 seconds which sounds terrible. All in all, I got this on sale for $7, and even at that, I probably won't use it much.
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7 of 34 people (21%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: October 14, 2014
Glad i got on sale
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