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User reviews: Mixed (26 reviews)
Release Date: Dec 21, 2012

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


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Donner Pass: Southern Pacific puts you to the test on this world-famous railroad where engineers deal with steep grades, tight curves and seriously heavy trains as part of a day’s work. With more than 140 miles of track between Roseville and Reno and the dramatic Sierra Nevada landscape of the Donner Pass itself, there are hours of pleasure to be had driving through this incredible part of North America.

The first railroad through the Sierra Nevada mountains was opened by the Central Pacific Railroad way back in the 1860s, the culmination of a significant engineering challenge with a combination of tunnel-building and tough weather high in the mountains causing numerous problems for the Chief Engineer and his team. The line has changed ownership over the years, and different operators have chopped and changed the track layout and tunnel system in the Donner Pass region in order to keep maintenance costs manageable whilst keeping the railroad operational throughout the seasons.

Donner Pass: Southern Pacific puts you at the controls of Southern Pacific diesels in the early-1990s, taking trains between Roseville, California and Reno, Nevada through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada and high up through the incredible 7,000-foot Donner Pass. The trains are heavy, the railroad is tough and the scenery is awesome. So, start the motor, you have some real challenges ahead...


  • 140+ mile railroad line between Roseville Yard, California and Reno, Nevada including the world-famous Donner Pass.
  • 12 scenarios
  • 5 diesel locomotives in early 1990s-era Southern Pacific livery:
  • SW1500 Diesel Switcher
  • GP9 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40-2 Diesel Locomotive
  • SD40T-2 Diesel Locomotive ('Tunnel Motor')
  • C44-9W Diesel Locomotive

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
9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 19, 2014
I can't say for sure that this is my favorite DLC, but it's up there pretty close. At first I didn't like it at all. I love the career scenarios are rarely finish standard ones. Several of the career scenarios are completely broken as far as their timeline goes. In fact, I believe only one works right. In one (very long at 210 min), the speed limit is set for freight but you are carrying passengers and the scenario thinks the speed limits are set accordingly.

There are also not really 12 scenarios. There are six, but both career and standard. The standard ones work perfectly fine of course as the speed limits don't matter.

The route is, at over 140 miles, one the longest available. It's very mountainous but still varied.

+ It's long! Takes several hours to run end to end.
+ Comes with quite a few different locomotives. That's better than most of the new ones that come with one or two. They are all reasonably well done and in the SP livery.
+ The route has some of the steepest grades I've been able to find anywhere in TS. There is a very short spot of 3.2% and longer stretches of 2.7 and 2.9. I use it frequently to weight test consists.
+ Two large train yards and many stops allow for a lot of possibilities when creating custom scenarios.
+ All achievements are possible despite career scenarios being broken. Simply drive through them and finishing will get you the achievements if you care about them.

- Broken career scenarios which DTG has refused to fix despite being told exactly how to do so by a forum member who himself made a fix. That fix somewhat mitigates the con here, but it's still sloppy work on DTG's part.
- There are several spots where speed limit changes are not marked properly on the HUD. There is one that is not marked properly on the track.
- There are a few buildings that could have used greater detail. Relatively minor, to me at least.

This route is also home to various interesting locomotives that are separate DLC's such as the Cab Forward and the Zephyr. If you like mountains, and don't care about the situation with the career scenarios (remember there is a fix on the workshop), you'll love it!

Note: The fix adds in new scenarios. You will see both listed in the possible scenarios to play. They are replica's with the speed limits fixed. I mention this as some may not find that adequate.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 19
An amazing route, with amazing scenarios. Beautiful scenary. Unique Southern Pacific Horns on all the locos.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 3
This is hands down the best DLC in this entire game. it has 6 diffent kinds of engines (Dash 9, SD40T-2, SD40-2, SW1500, F7A&B, and GP9.) It is INCREDIBLY scenic, chalenging, fast and slow. They used all wooden track AND did not falsely advertise, and most importantly made a great route. Mostly based on the 70s-90s. 10/10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 7
I live within driving distance of this line. I have been researching this line in order to model it in HO here at home. When I stumbled on to TS 2015 I was pleasantly surprised. Now, I get to virtually drive along the places I want to model! Top notch! In addition to that, I get to drive the SP AC-12 Cab forward! There's one at the Sacramento rail museum, and having the opportunity to drive a virtual AC-12 is a delight. Now, if I could only get the smell of hot oil and creosote from the rails! Well, you can't have everything but Donner pass comes close. Highly recommended. The only difference I see is the they have changed the Reno end of the line in recent years and this has the rails still at grade level. A minor difference to say the least.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: March 2
If you like big slow trains running trough the same scenery over and over again sure this is the dlc for you, but this dlc is not for me!
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: February 3
The Donner Pass route is, in my opinion, the worst and most boring route available for Train Simulator. It goes from nowhere to nowhere with nothing of interest in between. It is very long, which some might see as an advantage, but with a 25mph speed limit along most of its length it is almost 4 hours of utter tedium to travel the full length. Those looking to earn experience points in career mode should give this one a miss because most of the scenarios cannot be completed with a positive score due to the simple fact that the speed limit is 25mph but you need to travel at an average 28mph to stick to the timetable. So, you can either stick to the speed limits and build up huge penalties for lateness or accumulate even more speeding penalties. It is typical of Dovetail Games that this problem has never been fixed in the 4 years since the game was first issued. If you want a US mountain pass route, try the Stevens Pass - it has better scenery and some interesting towns, ports and industries along the way.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 10
To be honest, this route is very hard for me to reccomend.
-Lots of engines. The variety of SP engines is wonderful, you can do a lot with what you're given, and if you need more, more is provided as additional DLC.
-The route is highly detailed. It does look and feel like the sierra nevadas.
-Large yards at both ends of the route allow for lots of switching.
-Has a good presence on the Steam Workshop.
-maintaining low speeds is a really good challenge on the mainline
-This route is very buggy. Aside from some scenarios not working properly (I once got an "invalid consist" glitch after spending a good 90 minutes on a career scenario), along with this, I've come across a few invisible buildings, and many signals along the route, for me anyways, have invisible stands, that cause the signals to float midair, which can be really distracting and immersion ruining, which is essential for a route like this because...
-scenarios are really really long. There are very few towns along the route, and with the exception of Sparks and Reno, they are all very spread apart. Due to this, the scenarios included take very long to complete, and are actually kinda boring after a while.
-this route is NOT beginner friendly. at all. I still have no idea why this was included in the TS2014 package, but this route is really really bad for people new to train simulator. Because of the sheer length of the route, how long scenarios are, and how difficult it is to manage consists going up and down really rough slopes, this route is incredibly difficult to get the hang of without prior experience. Plus, the low speeds will get incredibly boring for new players.
-Honestly, not a fan of the overall look of this route. Its really really brown, IMO. It doesn't look unrealistic, its just not a very pretty route.
-There is almost no change in scenery at all. Its literally all just big brown mountains. There is no variety at all with this route, you start in the mountains, you end in the mountains. This may seem like not that big of a deal, but trust me, after staring at mountains for hours at a time, you'll beg for something different.

Despite all this, I would reccomend this route for one thing. The Southern Pacific Engines are pretty good, and if you want to run them as unpatched locomotives on any UP route, you'll have everything you need. Unless this really appeals to you, I would not reccomend this route to you. I would CERTAINLY not reccomend it unless you're already an avid North American Freight RailSimmer, are new to Train Simulator, or this is the first time you've ever heard of "Southern Pacifc".
If you do want to get into North American Freight, I would direct you to lots of other routes, mainly Marias Pass, but unless you're really into SP, you should buy something else.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 8
I almost didn't buy this route because I have Marias Pass already, but I saw it on a Twitch broadcast this week, and after watching a scenario on it, decided to buy it especially since it is on sale for 40% off. Am I glad I did, the scenery is spectacular and there are loads of free scenarios for it at the workshop. I also got the SP SD70 and SP Sd45 on sale at the same time, which adds alot to this route as far as the scenarios you can run. I give it an B+.

The only negative is the career Scenarios. Don't expect to get any positive points when you run some of them like "Getting Involved". There is no way you can run the scenario on time and score points, because the time alloted isn't long enough and the train won't go fast enough anyway. /
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 2
Several scenarios in career mode are broken and have been for years. I can't beleve they're still allowed to sell this.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 6
If you like the mountains, snow covered scenery, lush green forests & a few hills to navigate, this would be a nice choice for your collection.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 9, 2014
Thedonner pass route is on the whole a good, well modeled route witch I would recommend to anyone who likes american trains. However I would definatly reccomend getting scenarios for it off the workshop rather than playing the included ones,though to be fair it is an old route.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 25, 2012
Its a good DLC but you need a good PC to use it. because in the railway yard its very laggy with alot of trains and wagons
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2
Utterly boring route with the drone of the overly boring locomotives. Would not recommend to buy this, with 200mins of scenarios with no change in scenery at all.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 12
Donner Pass came with my copy of Train Simulator 2014 (I later updated it to TS2015), and after several weeks, I got bored of it. I'm hoping to get more routes to add to my TS DLC collection. The only thing I like are the free roam scenarios (since I don't play career and standard train simulator much often.) Either way, I wouldn't recommend buying it (unless you get TS2014 on eBay for cheap.)
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: March 23, 2013
интересный аддон, точнее места по которым проходит трасса.
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 21, 2014
If I said something rude about this route, it couldn't catch up to me and tell me off. IT'S THAT SLOW!
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Posted: February 28
it is really good
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Posted: February 14
Donner Pass... very massive. Extremly fun.
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Posted: April 23
I love this game TS 2015 its magic if you like trains as i do, at 67 years old i have touched Mallard in Doncaster station also the fully streamlined in Blue with 3 white stripes at the front was DELTA also at Doncater station. i was very Lucky in those days to be able to go Train Sptting with my little book with all names of trains and numbers of all trains in the UK.
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Posted: April 6
will not work at all when I look in the the folder its empty game crashes when I try to Play this route
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