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User reviews: Mixed (46 reviews) - 52% of the 46 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Dec 21, 2012

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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...

Includes:

  • 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

    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
Helpful customer reviews
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 5, 2015
There is a quite big issue with the included career scenarios - it's impossible to keep up with the timetables without exceeding speed limits. That makes some of the achievements unachievable. This particular problem has been known since the addon came out. And DTG never cared to fix it (but you can find fixed versions of the scenarios in the workshop which makes it all even more ridiculous because there clearly is a solution). The scenario length could be a big plus for some people (some are more than 3 hours long) but that timetable/speed limit bug just kills all the fun for everyone.

This addon is one of the worst and most disappointing ones I've played (and I own many) and I suggest to avoid it. Sherman Hill, Soldier Summit, Marias Pass routes (similar scenery) are a lot better.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Posted: August 30, 2015
The Career missions are impossible to finish with anything else than 0 points, due (I think) to the game enforcing speed limits for freight trains where it should enforce those for passenger trains. There are also lots of small details that show that this DLC could have used some more rigorous playtesting.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 25, 2015
Great route for people who likes climbing and pulling long heavy freights! Also good for people who likes to run passenger trains. The route can get boring at times and a bit laggy (depending on what PC you got) but its good.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 10, 2015
Totally agree with all the negative reviews on this one I'm afraid. Career scenarios are broken. I even had my throttle at 100% for a full journey, breaking all speed limits, and still didn't meet the ETA's.

On top of that, speed limits of 25mph for what is quite frankly the most boring scenery in any of the dlc's, and one of the longest.

Terrible, avoid.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 23, 2015
I feel very mixed about this route. This route has large yards for switching, includes lots of engines, and provides a challenge, although the route can get very dull and boring very quickly and takes a long time to travel through due to the low speed limit (i think 25mph). I would recommend this route if you like switching, and long, fairly slow freight trains, but I would not recommend this route for everyone.
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