TS20: U-Boats in the Appalachians!
Written by: Gary Dolzall.
Now available, the General Electric U36C in Clinchfield Railroad livery is ready to haul heavy tonnage in the Appalachians!
For those who witnessed it, the deep, throaty voices of General Electric “U-Boat” diesels, their pounding exhausts echoing off Appalachian granite cliffs, was unforgettable. And now, a classic GE U-Boat has come to the Appalachians in Train Simulator – with the new GE U36C diesel in the livery of the famed Clinchfield Railroad!
The U36C, a 3,600-horsepower, six-axle (C-C) behemoth was produced by General Electric from 1971 through 1975. The U36C was one of GE’s final and most powerful variants of U-Boats, with only the customized twin-diesel U50s and U50Cs exceeding the U36C’s potency. Powered by GE’s reliable four-cycle FDL16 power plant, the U36C weighed nearly 400,000 pounds and exerted 92,500 pounds of tractive force.
Before being succeeded in the General Electric diesel catalog by Dash 7 series locomotives, the U36C garnered orders for 124 units from four U. S. railroads – the Santa Fe, Milwaukee Road, Erie-Lackawanna, and Clinchfield – as well as orders from two railroads in Mexico.
Clinchfield acquired seven GE U36Cs (CRR road numbers 3600-3606) in late 1971, and together with EMD SD45-2s purchased during the same period, the units were the most powerful locomotive types on the CRR. Purchased primary for coal-train service, the husky GE U-Boats could often be founding working Clinchfield’s priority manifest freights as well.
As the only General Electric-built diesels on the Clinchfield roster, the U36Cs were somewhat out of place and in 1977 CRR swapped its U36Cs to parent Seaboard Coast Line for a group of eight SD45s. The ex-Clinchfield U36Cs went on to serve the Seaboard Coast Line and successors Seaboard System and CSX.
The new General Electric U36C for Train Simulator features realistic details, controls, and sounds – and is dressed in Clinchfield’s final distinctive black-and-yellow livery. Accompanying the U36C in this DLC are a Clinchfield 100-ton, four-bay coal hopper as well as CRR’s well-known “Santa Fe style” steel cupola caboose. And the DLC includes three career scenarios that take you over the length of Train Simulator’s popular Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route (route available separately).
Experience the remarkable railroading drama of U-Boats in the Appalachians, with the new Train Simulator Clinchfield General Electric U36C diesel locomotive – now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
The powerful General Electric U36C diesel locomotive, in the distinctive black-and-yellow livery of the Clinchfield Railroad, has now come to Train Simulator! Deep in the rugged and majestic Appalachian Mountains, a duo of GE U36Cs have heavy tonnage in tow on the Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
The U36C, a 3,600-horsepower, six-axle (C-C) behemoth was produced by General Electric from 1971 through 1975 and Clinchfield acquired seven units (CRR 3600-3606) in 1971. At the Dante (Virginia) engine house, CRR U36Cs 3601 and 3605 await their next call. Note: Screenshots depict content while in development.
Night has fallen in the Appalachians and burly Clinchfield GE U36C 3600 is tucked away in the Dante engine house (above). Typical of its era, the U36C employed a traditional engineer’s control stand which is masterfully modeled in the Train Simulator locomotive (below).
Each weighing in at nearly 400,000 pounds, a trio of CRR U36Cs depart Boody Junction northbound on the Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route while another freight rolls south (above). Later, the set of big GE diesels pound past the iconic First Baptist Church in Dante (below).
Clinchfield purchased its U36Cs primarily for unit coal train service and such is the case (above and below) as GE’s haul strings of coal while CRR EMD GP9s handle “turn” local duties. The Clinchfield U36C for Train Simulator is accompanied by a Clinchfield 100-ton, four-bay coal hopper, CRR’s well-known “Santa Fe style” steel cupola caboose, and three career for the Train Simulator Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route (route available separately).
A classic Appalachian winter scene is re-created on the Train Simulator Clinchfield Railroad: Elkhorn City - St. Paul Route as a pair of Clinchfield GE U36Cs roll southbound across Pool Point trestle at dawn (above). On another day, CRR U36C 3600 is on the point as northbound tonnage arrives at the Clinchfield’s northern terminus of Elkhorn City, Kentucky (below).
Experience the remarkable railroading drama of U-Boats in the Appalachians, with the new Train Simulator Clinchfield General Electric U36C diesel locomotive – now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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TS20: U-Boats in the Appalachians!