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Release Date: Oct 13, 2011
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Buy Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On

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Buy USA Collection

Includes 5 items: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On, Great Northern F7 ‘Empire Builder’ Loco Add-On, Marias Pass Route Add-On, Northeast Corridor Route Add-On, Union Pacific Big Boy Loco Add-On

Buy Train Simulator: Electric Collection

Includes 6 items: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On, BR Class 422 ‘4BIG’ EMU Add-On, BR Class 87 Loco Add-On, DB BR423 EMU Add-On, Metronom ME 146 Loco Add-On, PRR GG1 Loco Add-On

Buy USA Ultimate Collection

Includes 14 items: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On, Amtrak F40PH ‘California Zephyr’ Loco Add-On, BNSF ES44AC & SD40-2 Loco Add-On, BNSF SD75 Loco Add-On, Cajon Pass Route Add-On, CN SD40-2 Wide Nose Loco Add-On, Donner Pass: Southern Pacific Route Add-On, Horseshoe Curve Route Add-On, Norfolk Southern SD40-2 High Nose Loco Add-On, Northeast Corridor Route Add-On, PRR GG1 Loco Add-On, PRR K4 Loco Add-On, Southern Pacific Cab Forward Loco Add-On, SW1500 Switcher Loco Add-On


About This Content

The Acela Express hauls North America’s famous Amtrak high speed rail service between Washington D.C. and New York City. The Acela Express is highly detailed and includes all the familiar features of the real thing, including the tilting system which enables the train to take bends at high speed.

The Acela Express is the only train in North America which exceeds the Department of Transportation’s 125mph minimum speed for true high speed rail services. It was designed specifically to operate along the Northeast Corridor serving the bustling cities of Washington D.C, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York City, and can reach up to 150mph though it is restricted to lower speeds for much of the route. Each Acela Express set comprises two power cars running on 11,000 volts via overhead power cables, plus First and Business Class coaches. The Acela power cars develop 6,000 horsepower and with one at each end of the train, high speeds can be reached and maintained over long distances, with the in-built tilt mechanism allowing bends to be taken at speed without passenger discomfort. The Acela shares some design features with the French TGV, though its passenger cars do not share central bogies like the TGV, and they are heavier due to Federal Rail Administration safety standards.

PLEASE NOTE: The Acela Express requires the Northeast Corridor Expansion Pack (available separately) to run.


Acela Express train set in Amtrak livery with power car, first class car, business class car and café car. Acela features operating tilt function, authentic sound effects, opening front hatch, flashing ground lights and detailed cab interior including functioning digital instrument readouts and in-cab signaling.

Standard / Career Scenarios

  • Acela Express
  • Business Bullet
  • Silver Star

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
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 25, 2014
I bought the Acela back in 2013, and boy am I impressed with the updates they have made. The Acela now has the current Acela paint scheme, so if you want the previous version, hopefully you have a backup of it somewhere.

I'll point out main things they have fixed:

Horn - Big issue for me. It looped correctly in the cab, but did not loop at all in the exterior mode. They also changed the horn, makes it sounds much better.

X360 Controller issues - For me, I could never leave the cab in the Acela using the controller. You could use the functions fine, but as soon as you wanted to transition from Cab view to outside view, it wouldn't change. This also happens with a few locomotives I have now. Everything is fixed now, works great on a controller.

Features they added:

New Headlights - Headlights look much better now, they have a really nice Lens flare that appears when you are in front of the locomotive. Real nice touch.

Pantograph Sparks - This may seem like nothing, but this feature is really cool. As you drive along, you can see spark reflections on the pantograph. It also emits a big area of blue light around it, and looks really nice. I personally think it emits too much light, but is still a nice feature.

They probably have fixed and added more features with this loco, but I'm really liking the update for the Acela. It once made a beautiful model suffer from terrible scripting, to an absolute model with great scripting and features. The only thing I can think of to add to this model would be an interior for the coaches, would be a fantastic addition.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 4, 2014
Had this since TS2012, but it's been changed/revamped/retrofitted/whatever word you want to use since then. Some changes good, some not-so.

From what I've observed overall, the unit is very easy to control as one'd expect, being a MU. Visual and modeling details have always been a personal high point, with the animation being good, too. Some touches are here and there like the panto sparks, updated livery, and the lens flare as another user has noted. I wouldn't be absolutely sure but I think the specs have been redone since then too, like how in the past it'd top out at 147 MPH in the sim, when the real one, as also noted in promotional material of this DLC here and there, can go up to 162 or 165. Seems to speed up a lot faster so it can be assumed they gave it a bit more juice.

Other bugs have been fixed when you load a scenario partway through that had to do with the Cruise Control, displays, and other cosmetic functions. The "Acela Express" scenario was also optimized a while ago, although the last time I played it, it still suffered here and there from an AI train desyncing and derailing offscreen, the player being held up at Newark by a signal and thus not be able to satisfy the timetable, or be unable to finish the scenario at all with a set of points always set against you.

If you also own or plan to own the New York to New Haven DLC, there are a few more Career Scenarios available using the Acela there too, although the Achievements seem to be broken at the time I write this.

Now, some of what prevents this DLC from being more perfect (in my eyes, anyway):
  • Cruise Control is broken; it either takes longer to kick in than from before this DLC was reworked, or it doesn't at all—the Class 390 is a better example of how it should function.
  • Pantographs can be a bit wonky; by default, the front pantographs are used relative to the direction being traveled, when it should be the rear ones. The cab switch to choose a pantograph doesn't appear to be animated either, and whatever I do seems to cause an indefinite loop of raising and lowering the "unused" pantograph.
  • Carriages leave a lot to be desired; while I did note the modeling was nice, inconsistencies from the real thing include the lack of the Business Class "End" Car (it's like the First Class Car, with two doors rather than four), how the carriages are generally flipped as opposed to how they should be in consists (ex. the First Class Car's—and wouldbe Business Class End Car's—doors should be adjacent to the Power Car, the two middle Business Class Cars, seat-wise, should face away from each other, and the Cafe Car should also be flipped relative to how it currently is (to give an idea, the windows, on the side with less windows, should be closer to the closest Power Car)).
  • In addition to above, they lack a passenger view.
  • The horn does not automatically turn on the bell like it does on the ACS64 (as well as how it did in the original Kuju/MS TS).
  • Whatever updates done to the DLC also messed with the lights; the marker lights (the red ones) on the opposite power car don't always turn on when the front ones are switched on, and the ditch lights can either be on or off; they don't flash or alternate like previously (at least for me).
  • I probably don't even need to mention the sounds, save for the horn and bell really (though, this is only minor personally).

Otherwise, it's a must-have if you're going to drive on either of the Northeast Corridor Route DLCs, especially when you consider the workshop scenarios available here for them. Too if you just like fast trains like I do.
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10 of 18 people (56%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 2
Any chance of getting the train that was used in the begining of the movie BOURNE IDENTITY i know it is from the TGV lines and simular to this train and travels from zurich to switzerland
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 7
This is a pretty decent train. Runs pretty good on the tracks. Sometimes the train has a hard time starting up and the horn is a little buggy. But other than that it's still a fun train to drive.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 20
Ive Just Noticed That This Train's Coaches Have The Same Sound As The Class 43 HSTs Coaches
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 31
Magestic, speedy and luksurious
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 5
Fast Loco. You Should Get this. Top Speed: 150 Mph
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 16, 2012
Love the train, and you can take it on a number of tracks, just so long as they support other high-speed trains like the ICE-3 or Class 395.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 21, 2014
The ONLY good american train. Sorry, I meant 'OK', it's not that good.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 9
I would recommend this train to anyone who is deaf, because the sounds are terrible on this train. Doesn't seem like Dovetail Games puts any effort or even suggestions into their products. Horn isn't even close to the real train, nor the sound of the train when you accelerate. One of the worst trains in the game for sound.... Big Disappointment.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 7
pros - get to drive the train. cons: no internal passenger view, incorrect tractive effort (seems to have stats ported from the Pendolino EMU), onboard cab signalling does not work properly and can interfere with driving (even the keyboard control doesn't work for it and no ATC disable keyboard combination ( aka Q - supposedly the acknowledge button key and CTRL-D for ATC disable (works on the ACS-64 add-on, AEM-7 and the HHP-8 addon, not this one though)
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 3, 2014
The cruise control has a problem, the speed display can't see the cruise speed.How to use cruise control?
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2
Proberly one of the only amarican trains that are not slow, and are worth even driving
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2 of 9 people (22%) found this review helpful
Posted: September 30, 2014
I would have liked this Train if it had the right sounds. Dovetail games is not putting the right amount of effort in placing the right amount of detail into making the Acela express sound realistic. Now, I don't want to drive that train unless it has the proper sounds.(+ an interior view as the Acela is one of your promotional trains for the game, you may as well put it up to scratch). Could we see these changes ASAP!!
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Posted: March 22
Its one of my favorite trains to run on Train Simulator 2015... but i strongly think it could be better if they included a passenger veiw along with allowing the mirrors to fold in and out when the train is in station. It's the small things like this that will make this train one of the best out there.
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Posted: March 21
I realy love this Loco it is pretty good enjoy this DLC it is amazing.
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