Description Edit

Learn to drive the EMD SD40-2.

Objectives Edit

  • CLIMB ON LOCOMOTIVE: Climb aboard the SD40-2 locomotive.
  • ENTER TRAIN CABIN: Walk through the door into the cabin.
  • ENGINEER'S SEAT: Sit down in the engineer's seat.
  • FRONT HEADLIGHTS: Set Headlights to 'Bright'.
  • REVERSER: Set Reverser to 'Forward'.
  • AUTOMATIC BRAKE: Set Automatic Brake to 'Release'.
  • HORN: Sound the Horn twice.
  • THROTTLE: Set Throttle to notch '1'.
  • THROTTLE: Set Throttle to 'IDLE'.
  • AUTOMATIC BRAKE: Set Automatic Brake to 'Initial Reduction'.
  • STOP TRAIN: Bring the train to a stop.

Controls Edit

  • HEADLIGHTS: You can also use H to toggle the Headlights.
  • REVERSER: You can also use W to set the Reverser to Forward.
  • AUTOMATIC BRAKE: You can also use ; to decrease the Automatic Brake.
  • HORN: You can also use Space to sound the Horn.
  • THROTTLE: You can also use D to decrease the Throttle.
  • EXTERNAL CAMERA: Press '3' on the keyboard.
  • MOVE CAMERA: Use the mouse and arrow keys to move camera.
  • FIRST PERSON CAMERA: Press '1' on keyboard to return to cab and first person.
  • AUTOMATIC BRAKE: You can also use the ' to increase the Automatic Brake.

Task Log Edit

  • This is a Special Duty type 40 locomotive built by the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors. Known as an SD40-2, this locomotive is one of the most successful designs of all time. A 16-cylinder diesel-electric motor provides a stomping 3,000 horsepower. Let's get a closer look and see how it works.
  • First off, walk over to the locomotive as indicated.
  • Open the cab door and proceed inside.
  • To take control, you'll want the Engineer seat, head over and sit down.
  • Before you learn about moving the train, accessing cameras, and how to operate the brakes, you first need to let those around us know this locomotive is operational. We'll do this with visual AND audio cues. Turn the headlights to the 'Bright' setting.
  • Now, there are three main controls to operating a locomotive, the Reverser, Throttle and Brakes. The Reverser determines our direction of travel. Put this into the 'Forward' position.
  • Beside your left shoulder is the Auto Brake handle. This controls all the brakes from the locomotive to the last car. Move this to the 'Release' position.
  • OK, you're ready to move. To alert anyone around, make two short blasts of the horn.
  • Now add some power. Not too much though! Too much power too soon, can damage both the locomotive and the cars. Always start off nice and slowly. Move the Throttle lever so that '1' is displayed on the notch indicator.
  • You're doing great. To maintain a constant speed move the Throttle lever so that 'IDLE' is displayed on the notch indicator.
  • While driving, you may wish to view the train from the outside. You can do this by switching to one of the many external cameras. For now, we'll look at the 'Follow' camera.
  • Have a play with moving the camera around now, while the train is coasting along.
  • Now move the Brake handle into the 'Initial Reduction' position. As with applying power, too much brake pressure applied too quickly, can be detrimental to the train and its' cargo.
  • That was great work! You've just completed your first lesson operating the SD40-2. There's always more that can be discovered though. As Engineers, we'll never stop honing our skills.

Trivia Edit

  • This tutorial was also included in the beta.
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