One of America’s most famous and challenging railroading experiences – hauling Santa Fe tonnage and leading Amtrak’s Southwest Chief over the rugged Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico – now awaits you with the new Train Simulator Raton Pass route!
Developed by Milepost Simulations (creators of noted Train Simulator routes including Canadian Mountain Passes and Clear Creek Narrow Gauge), the new Raton Pass route re-creates the 1990s when Raton Pass was host to Santa Fe warbonnet diesels totting intermodals, coal, grain, and manifests as well as Amtrak’s stylish Superliner-equipped Southwest Chief.
The Raton Pass route extends from the Colorado high plains at Hoehne’s, then to Trinidad where the rugged climb over Raton Pass begins. With steep grades, tight curves, and a mix of single and double track, the path through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to Raton, New Mexico promises both challenging and memorable railroading. South of Raton, the upcoming routes continues to Hebron, New Mexico, and offers a total of approximately 45 route miles as well as yard and interchange facilities. Constructed through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and the along the path of Raton Creek in 1878-79, the railroad featured imposing grades that reached 3.7 percent on the final leg of the climb west from Gallinas to Wootton and the 2,041-foot-long Raton Pass Tunnel at an elevation of 7,588 feet (highest point on the Santa Fe).
In addition to the legendary route over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the Train Simulator Raton Pass route features a superb selection of locomotives and rolling stock. Santa Fe motive power includes two General Electric 4,000-horsepower “Dash 8” locomotives clad in Santa Fe’s famed silver-and-red “Warbonnet” livery: the four-axle (B-B) GE B40-8W, six-axle C40-8W. To power the Amtrak Southwest Chief, Amtrak’s unique GE B32-8WH (Dash 8-32BWH), is provided. A complete Amtrak Superliner consist is also featured, highlighted by an Amtrak Material Handling Car (MHC). For tonnage duty, the new Raton Pass route also provides a superb selection of freight rolling stock, including distinctive articulated “spine car” piggyback flats and Thrall-design coal gondolas.
Note: The Raton Pass route is available worldwide. Due to licensing restrictions, Santa Fe markings will appear only on content distributed to U. S. customers.
Experience the glory and legendary challenges of Western mountain railroading – with the Train Simulator Raton Pass route!
- 45 main line route miles of challenging Santa Fe trackage and operations, including the full passage of famed Raton Pass in Colorado and New Mexico.
- Diverse main line Santa Fe freight and Amtrak passenger operations
- Yards and interchanges and Amtrak station at Trinidad and Raton
- Santa Fe General Electric B40-8W and C40-8W diesels in AT&SF Warbonnet livery
- Amtrak GE B32-8WH (Dash 8-32BWH) diesel and complete Superliner set, including Amtrak Material Handling Car (MHC)
- Freight equipment, including articulated “spine” piggyback flats and Thrall-style coal gondolas
- Eight career scenarios; two free-roam scenarios
- Quick Drive compatible