Includes 4 items: Train Simulator 2015, Train Simulator: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, Train Simulator: NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On
Includes 7 items: Train Simulator 2015, Train Simulator: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Los Angeles Commuter Rail F59PH Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, Train Simulator: NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Pacific Surfliner® LA - San Diego Route, Train Simulator: San Diego Commuter Rail F59PHI Loco Add-On
Includes 13 items: Train Simulator 2015, Train Simulator: Amtrak Acela Express EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: DB BR 411 'ICE-T' EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: DB ICE 2 EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: East Coast Main Line London-Peterborough Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Hamburg-Hanover Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Isle of Wight Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Miami - West Palm Beach Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen Route Add-On, Train Simulator: NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Pacific Surfliner® LA - San Diego Route, Train Simulator: The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton Route Add-On, Train Simulator: West Rhine: Cologne - Koblenz Route Add-On
One of the more unusual locomotives ever to be built, the GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype is nevertheless part of British railway history and is now available for Train Simulator from Victory Works.
The GT3 was part of a programme for the development of gas turbine locomotives started in the late 1940s. Designed by English Electric engineer JOP Hughes, construction of the GT3 began in the early 1950s at their Vulcan Foundry works in Newton-le-Willows.
The desire to minimise the number of changes as the locomotive developed and make use of existing machining tools led to the GT3’s rather odd design choice of a 4-6-0 wheel arrangement with a single driving cab at the rear of the locomotive, much like a steam engine - other locomotive being conceived had a cab at each end, removing the need for locomotives to be turned at the end of journeys.
The 2,700hp EM27L Gas Turbine was a two-stage gas turbine with a mechanical gearbox driving directly to the wheels, most efficient when running at high speed. It was also incredibly lightweight, so much so that the locomotive’s frames were three times thicker than those on similarly sized steam locomotives simply to add weight so it could have the required traction.
Continuing its steam locomotive heritage, the GT3 also had a traditional tender, which contained 2,000 gallons of fuel oil, and a vertical boiler with 1,765 gallons of water to supply it.
After static testing at Rugby, the GT3 was run on the Great Central Main Line and the West Coast Main Line, including the famous Shap incline. It was also part of the Marylebone Rolling Stock Exhibition of 1961 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Institute of Locomotive Engineers. However, the popularity of diesel and electric traction saw the GT3 withdrawn and returned to Vulcan Foundry in 1962, being scrapped at nearby Salford in February 1966
The GT3 Turbine for Train Simulator, developed by Victory Works, is available in original demonstrator and fictional British Rail blue liveries, and features simulated turbine flood when overfilled, working window demister on cold days, optional manual cold start sequence, battery isolation switches, opening cab doors and windows, configurable head codes/tail lights, exhaust heat haze and tender interior view. Also included are worn Mk1 maroon passenger coaches.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR GT3 Turbine on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Woodhead route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
The distinctive Baldwin RF-16 with ‘Sharknose’ design comes to Train Simulator, from Digital Train Model.
In 1948, Baldwin Locomotive Works began to apply a new ‘Sharknose’ body style to its cab unit diesel locomotives, partly to differentiate Baldwin locomotives from its competitors, but also to distance the new locomotives from early Baldwin diesels that were plagued with mechanical problems.
The ‘Sharknose’ style was inspired by the Pennsylvania Railroad’s T1 class duplex steam locomotive, some of which were built by Baldwin. The first locomotives to receive the new styling were the Baldwin DR-6-4-20, which was carried through subsequent Baldwin locomotives, including the RF-16.
The RF-16 quickly gained a reputation as a reliable and rugged locomotive with heavy pulling power. Many of the units saw service hauling coal drags, where these characteristics were put to best use.
A total of 109 cab-equipped A units were built between November 1950 and May 1953, along with 51 cabless booster B units, for three main railroads - the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, New York Central Railroad and the Pennsylvania Railroad.
Withdrawals of the Class began in the early 1960s and by 1971, all but two of the units had been sold for scrap – units 1205 and 1216 were to be scrapped in 1974, but were saved by the Delaware and Hudson Railroad for freight services until 1981. The two units have since reportedly been stored on the Escanaba and Lake Superior Railroad, inside a warehouse that is inaccessible to the public.
The Baldwin RF-16 ‘Sharknose’ for Train Simulator, from Digital Train Model, is available in Pennsylvania Railroad livery and features position lights, number board lights, cab and instrument lighting, engine room lights, opening cab doors and windows, and cab heater. Also included are a number of freight cars, including a 40ft Boxcar, 50ft Boxcar, 53ft Flatcar, Tank Car and Caboose.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the PRR RF-16 ‘Sharknose’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Horseshoe Curve route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Now you can easily find, download and rate Train Simulator 2015 scenarios directly through Steam.
The Steam Workshop enables simple searches for specific content; you can also search by area of interest or by specific routes or add-ons. Once you’ve found something you want, click the “Subscribe” button and, the next time you play Train Simulator, the scenarios will automatically appear.
You can even see what your friends have added to their favourites. Scenario writers also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading their work directly to Steam. Of course the exciting part is creating your scenario.
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