Prepare to power through the Austrian hills aboard a classic, as the capable ÖBB 1142 is coming soon to Train Simulator from Skyhook Games!
The ÖBB 1142’s lineage dates back to the 1960s, when a fleet of electric locomotives was built as an efficient answer to the challenging Südbahn and its Semmering pass. In all, over 250 locomotives (classified as the ÖBB 1042) would be built over 14 years, making them an important part of day-to-day mixed-traffic operations.
Fast forward to the 1990s, and the oldest of the ÖBB 1042s (the 1042.0s) were due to be replaced. Orders for the next generation were placed, meanwhile, the fate of the younger 1042.5s was discussed. It was decided that the newer series, if suitably converted, would be perfect for “Wendezug” (shuttle train) duties.
Changes were minor, the most significant upgrade was adding the ability for the locomotives to be driven in push/pull configurations with control cars, and a fresh application of paint to represent the latest ÖBB red and white guise. Some had their headlights replaced, although this was only considered a partial improvement was wasn’t deemed necessary for most rebuilt examples.
The rebuilt locomotives were reclassified as the ÖBB 1142, and they immediately got to work on shuttle passenger duties across the Austrian network.
In recent years, some locomotives have been retired, or been sold to other operators in Europe, however ÖBB still retain a fleet of 45 for their own use. All told, for a design pushing through its mid-50s, the ÖBB 1142 represents an outstanding feat of engineering, and thanks to Skyhook Games, it will soon come to Train Simulator in fully fledged Pro Range fashion!
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