Train Simulator

The Captivating Chessie!

Written by Gary Dolzall
Now available, the Chessie System Retro Pack brings a colorful and captivating American railroad to Train Simulator.
You can experience the classic, colorful, and captivating railroading of America’s iconic Chessie System in the now-available Chessie System Retro Pack for Train Simulator!
The Chessie System was created in 1973 to integrate the operations of three of America’s great eastern railroads – the Chesapeake & Ohio, Baltimore & Ohio, and Western Maryland Railway. With the Chessie System came the railroad’s vibrant livery featuring the silhouette of C&O’s famed “Chessie the Kitten” and brilliant yellow, vermillion, and blue colors. And now, you’ll experience the memorable era of the famed Chessie System as authentically re-created for the popular Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route!
The Chessie System Retro Pack, developed by High Iron Simulations, includes everything you need to step back in time to the 1970s and early 1980s and go to work for the famed railroad that was a key predecessor of today’s giant CSX Transportation.
The Chessie System Retro Pack features three types of Electro-Motive diesel locomotives – the GP9 and GP35 road-switcher, as well as the “SW-series” switcher, the latter in three model variations (SW7, SW9, and SW1200). And the pack also includes Chessie System’s ex-Western Maryland C-13A caboose in six liveries, and eight types of freight equipment appropriate for the era!
All locomotive types are provided in Chessie System’s dramatic and colorful full livery and with B&O, C&O, and WM sub-lettering as appropriate. The EMD GP9 is also included in a "patched” C&O/WM blue livery which resulted from the WM receiving 25 ex-C&O Geeps in the late 1970s. The steel C-13A cupola caboose is featured in Chessie System, Western Maryland, and four special Chessie “safety” schemes. The eight types of freight equipment include hoppers, covered hoppers, and boxcars in multiple sizes and styles, and the rolling stock wears a variety of Chessie System, Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
Created to bring the Chessie System era to vibrant life on the highly acclaimed CSX Hanover Subdivision route (known as Western Maryland’s “Dutch Line,” the route became part of the Chessie System along with the rest of the WM in 1973) the retro pack also features a selection of nine realistic career scenarios based on actual operations and train symbols.
Note: The locomotives and freight equipment to be included in the Chessie System Retro Pack can be realistically used on a variety of Train Simulator route; use of the included scenarios will require the CSX Hanover Subdivision route (route available separately).
Take the throttle of the Chessie System’s magnificent and diverse diesel motive power and enjoy classic railroading amid the towns, farmlands, and scenic mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania – with the Chessie System Retro Pack, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores! – Gary Dolzall
Now available for Train Simulator, the Chessie System Retro Pack includes everything you need to step back in time to the 1970s and 1980s and go to work for the famed railroad that was a key predecessor of today’s giant CSX Transportation. At Greenstone, Pennsylvania, a trio of Chessie System EMD GP9s are beginning the descent of the rugged east slope of Jack’s Mountain. Screenshots by Gary Dolzall.
Climbing South Mountain’s west slope in Maryland, colorful Chessie GP9 5953 is on the point at Raven Rock Trestle (above) and a few minutes later, the train’s Chessie C-13A caboose trundles over the span (below). Note: Screenshots depict content in development.
Created for the acclaimed Train Simulator CSX Hanover Subdivision route, the Chessie System Retro Pack includes three types of Electro-Motive diesels – the EMD GP9, GP35, and SW-series switcher. All locomotive types are provided in Chessie System’s colorful livery. The EMD GP9 is also provided in a "patched” C&O/WM blue livery. On a rainy day at Hagerstown, Maryland, a westbound freight with a blue Geep in the lead makes its arrival.
At Hanover, Pennsylvania, a GP35-powered Chessie System freight rolls past the diminutive yard. Dressed in Chessie System’s attractive yellow, vermillion, and blue livery, the GP35s included in the pack feature B&O, C&O, and WM sub-lettering. The Chessie System Retro Pack also includes Western Maryland’s steel C-13A cupola caboose in Chessie System, Western Maryland, and four special Chessie “safety” schemes, one of which is wore by WM 1811.
Chessie System Electro-Motive GP35s rumble past the classic depot at historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where, more than a century before, President Abraham Lincoln arrived to give his enduring Gettysburg Address. The now-available Chessie System Retro Pack includes eight types of era-authentic freight rolling stock, including multiple variations of hoppers, covered hoppers, and boxcars wearing a variety of Chessie System, Western Maryland, Baltimore & Ohio, Chesapeake & Ohio, and generic liveries.
The Chessie System Retro Pack features Electro-Motive’s successful SW-series switcher in sister SW7, SW9, and SW1200 types. B&O SW9 9613 is working the Bittinger quarry complex on the west side of Hanover, Pennsylvania (above), while a sister, C&O SW7 5218, makes its way through Hanover (below). The SW-series diesels feature a range of customizable details.
At Hagerstown (Maryland) Yard, snow-dressed B&O SW1200 9615 is working switching duties and delivering cars to lineside shippers. The Chessie System Retro Pack features nine realistic switching, local, and main line career scenarios based on actual operations and train symbols.
Amid the sprawling quarry atop Jack’s Mountain at Greenstone, Pennsylvania, a set of Chessie System EMD GP9s have eastbound tonnage in tow. Take the throttle of the Chessie System’s magnificent and diverse motive power and enjoy classic railroading amid the towns, farmlands, and mountains of Maryland and Pennsylvania – with the Chessie System Retro Pack, now available at the Steam and Dovetail Games Stores!
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Train Simulator
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The Captivating Chessie!
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