This pack offers you a scratch-built model of a phase-1 EMD SD9 in the livery of the Riverside, Waterton & Atlantic Railroad, the ficticious shortline railroad created by and for the friendly folks at RailworksAmerica.com. In this alternative version of history, the RW&A railroad bought a few EMD SD9 when after new deposits of iron ore were discovered at the Gogebic Mines, leading to a large increase in ore traffic that the railroad's old ALCo RS-1s couldn't handle. Or any other story you can come up with to explain why a 15-mile shortline on the coast of the Great Lakes would own these large diesels. Maybe they bought them second hand from a class-1? Or got trackage rights somewhere else and again the RS-1s wouldn't suffice?
This model features custom couplers, dynamic numbers (real roster numbers), light and cab window rain effects, animated wipers, roof fans and cab controls. This is an updated version of the original SD7 model, with edited physics, more detail work, bug fixes and tweaks to the blueprints. It would not have been possible without the help and advice from Dan Vystrcil and Micheal Calvin of Virtual Rail Creations, thanks very kindly! The fantastic new animated roof fans were also created by Dan.
The engine comes ready to run with its physics and simulation parameters based on the default F7, so it will perform similar to it. Engine exhaust and sounds are also aliased to the default F7. Please note that due to these aliased components, you must own the US Loco & Assets Pack: http://store.steampowered.com/app/208306/, which most users will already have. See below for more details.
Update Note: This engine has been updated to version 2.1 on May 30, 2014. Users who downloaded the engines before that date can download and install a small patch file. The update consists of a small tweak to the blueprints that allows the engines to be used without having to switch on the Kuju\RailsimulatorUS assets in the scenario editor (the US Loco & Assets Pack is still required!) This neat workaround has been brought to my attention by Dave Dewhurst — thanks very kindly!
QuickDrive consists have been included with the engines. These also use the equipment that shipped with the RWA Lakeside Route.