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Release Date: Jul 10, 2014
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The latest route for Train Simulator captures the rugged beauty of South Africa. This route will take you on a 3’6” Cape gauge line through twenty six stations or halts on the way. Experience a range of terrain, from lush green plantations, winding rivers, traversing gorges, numerous tunnels, mountain sides, deep valleys and open plains. Travel through the rolling green hills of Pietermaritzburg at a height of 672 m and end approximately 191 km further north at Ladysmith, 1037m above sea level.

The route starts at Masons Mill’s huge railway yard and depot just outside Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. From there it winds with double, electrified track to the first major station on the route, Pietermaritzburg. Travelling north from Pietermaritzburg, it forms two complete balloons (loops) at Boughton station, in order to negotiate the narrow valley at the foot of the first mountain range, then climbing to the first tunnels at Cedara, two single bores each 6km long.

After Cedara, the line continues to progress through more tunnels, river crossings and a few major stations, surrounded by plantations, factories and the occasional traditional village next to the line.

Between Merrivale and Tweedie is the huge wall of the Midmar dam, a spectacle to tourists, which can be seen from the line.

The product features Class 6E1 Series 4 3Kv DC electric locomotives, designed and built for the South African Railways (SAR) by Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, Transvaal. One hundred locomotives were delivered in 1973 and 1974, numbered E1446 to E1545. The South African Class 6E1 was produced in eleven series over a period of nearly sixteen years, with 960 units produced altogether, all built by UCW. This makes the 6E1 the most numerous single locomotive class ever to have seen service in South Africa and serves as proof of a highly successful design.

The locomotive is presented in four livery variations, Blue, Red, Red with yellow stripes and Orange.

In addition, a selection of wagons is included along with a passenger car.

Career Scenarios

  • My Shift
  • In to the Past
  • Evening Run
  • Pickup at Dawn
  • Double Take
  • School Rugby Dilemma
  • Long Haul Up
  • Delivery Masons Mill
  • Jack of all Trades
  • Uphill
Run long, heavy freight trains over difficult and rugged terrain for the long haul or passenger services along the line. There is something here for everyone.

More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Key Features

  • 191km Route from Pietermaritzburg to Ladysmith
  • 26 Stations and Halts
  • Large freight rail yards and loco depots
  • Class 6E1 locomotive in four livery variations
  • Wagons and a Passenger Coach
  • Career Scenarios
  • Free Roam Scenarios
  • Quick Drive Compatible

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Definetely not the best choice. Looks like that developers made this route in a hurry.
This DLC is lacking content soooo bad.
There are quite a few scenarios for the route, Workshop is also almost empty . There is only one loco and just 5 coaches (2 cisterns, 2 hoppers and one passanger) for it. Thats all, nothing more.

Second complaint - lack of details. DLC locomotive 6E1 looks like it was carved with axe - lame model, lame textures. And yeah, sounds...sounds, which will make you deaf after 5 minutes. Same for coaches. Cmon, coaches in MSTS looked way better than these carved abominations.
Same for track details. Most of the time it's empty land with few trees and houses all around. And besides that all objects are lamely placed: river banks carved in grass texture, buildings floating in the air, horribly placed car roads, etc. Not to mention track overhead line - it just hangs ideally straight (in real life it will cut your pantograph in two just in a couple of minutes).
Yeah I know, that route is very long, but c'mon, look at Marias Pass DLC - route is longer than KwaZulu, but level of details is way higher, not to mention way better made ES44DC and SW1500.

To summarize:

+ Good length of route
+ The only one African route so far in a game
+ electrified route
+ "Free" locomotive and coaches

- Too few scenarios + almost empty workshop for this route
- Low quality of locomotive
- Route is poorly detailed
- Low quality of route details

Well, it's not the worst route, but it definitely don't cost 30 Eur, even 15 Eur is too much for it.
Posted: October 3
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended for one reason alone; The scenery is unlike ANY other routes that have ever existed in Train Simming. The narrow gauge, the sparse trees and Savannah. It's just a great break away from all the rolling English hills and huge American cities and deserts. Yes, the rolling stock is more crude that other more modern DLC, but if you want this scenery, you put up with it.

The unique rolling stock design and markings and local buildings are a nice change pace as well. It's a great way to see a different part of the world for the price of a cross country bus ticket.

Highly recommended as a change of pace, you may want to wait for a sale for more value if you like.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
i dont know why,but this scenario dont work,nothing open. this requier ts 2015,i have,my sistem windows 8,my pc i7 4970k 4.4ghz,32gb of ram(corsair},graffics card asus gtx 770 oc. so its more than the add ask....so why i cant open.....
Posted: October 5
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