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Mixed (29 reviews) - 62% of the 29 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 5, 2016

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Pro Range

The Pro Range is aimed toward the serious train simulation enthusiast looking for a complex machine to master. Each product is designed to provide education and entertainment for users. Xbox controller and HUD interface support do not come as standard and users will need to read the accompanying documentation to fully understand the operation of this advanced simulation.

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About This Content

The Class 156 DMU, also known as a Super Sprinter, was built from 1987 to 1989 by Metro-Cammell as part of the effort to replace the ageing fleet of first-generation DMUs dating back to the 1950s. The Class 156s were all built as two-car sets, each set comprising a pair of driving motor units. Powered by 6-cylinder diesel engines, Super Sprinters are rated to run at 75mph and are used mainly for suburban and short-haul branch line duties. All units have now passed from British Rail ownership into private hands, and are currently in operation with a number of train operators including Scotrail, Northern Rail, East Midlands Trains, and National Express East Anglia.

**Please note that the Class 156 cannot be controlled using the in-game HUD driver interface or Xbox controller.

Updated Features

  • Projecting exterior headlights for low light visibility
  • Cab night lighting (activated using Shift + L)
  • QuickDrive Compatible

Key Features:

  • Advance Warning System (AWS) self-test routine.
  • Fully functional destination blind (operates during game-play).
  • Westinghouse notched brake system.
  • Animated cab accessories such as windows, sun blinds and arm rest.
  • Fully functional wheel slip protection (WSP) with realistic speedo fluctuations.
  • High quality audio with stereo cab sound effects.
  • Semi-functional “compressor speed up” feature.
  • Realistic cab night lighting effects.
  • Driver to guard buzzer.
  • Drivers Reminder Application (DRA).
  • 6 liveries:Regional Railways, Express, CT, ONE, Northern and Scotrail.


Scenarios for the Great Western Main Line route, East Coast Main Line (Newcastle to York) route and Test Trak route:
  • Northern in the South
  • Norwich Knowledge
  • Where should they go?
  • Sprinting the ECML
  • Midnight-moon
  • Shunt move

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: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®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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Mixed (29 reviews)
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 6
Very good DMU especially with all the recent bug fixes. There's a lot of liveries and scenarios for this train as well.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2, 2015
Cool little train with many liveries good for almost every route!
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: April 5
DO NOT buy this unless you want a broken train that can only really be used as AI. For those that don't know, this item was deemed so bad by DTG themselves, they REMOVED IT FROM SALE. This is why the release date above now shows April 2016, dont be fooled, this is NOT new!!

The train itself dates back to the early days of Railworks and so doesn't even have basic upgrades like rain on the windscreen. It's also not compatible with any kind of controller and if you try to use the keyboard, you have to get into the habit of stabbing at the brakes otherwise a nanosecond press too long and you're in emergency braking!

For DTG to reissue this at full price knowing its faulty is dishonest. Unless it's £3 in a sale and you really want one of these for AI in scenarios, run away!!!!
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: April 6
I dont why everyone hates this DLC. Sure it's not detailed but it's old. Anyway, I love the 150, 156 and 158 DLCs without any argument :D Definitely give all three a go :D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 21, 2014
Class 150 but longer, and has a passenger view. Probably the better one of the two, as it has scenarios for all base routes.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: February 26, 2015
A very nice purchase for your RailWorks game. It comes in several liveries (Regional Railways, BR Express, ONE railways, Central Trains, Northern Rail (early) and ScotRail (from 2000). Tha\nks to our friends at DPSimulation, there are many easy-to-install reskins including Northern Spirit, First Scotrail and Northern Rail (current), just to name a few! It has a really nice passenger interior, although I am convinced that it is the Arriva Trains Northern interior.

There are, however, some inperfections, for example, the DLC has not been updated to TSX mode, so you will not be able to enjoy the rain particles on the windscreen of other trains. If you can get these past you, then go and click the add to cart button and you will not be dissapointed.

NOTE: The DLC release date is set to 6 April 2016 because it was withdrawn to be updated.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: October 16, 2014
You should get it is so realistic
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: November 28, 2015
Beautifully rendered, nice sounds (for someone who has never ridden one of these). Unfortunately broken controller support - attempt to brake ends in emergency braking. The reverser is fickle, both using keyboard and controller. Some crazy framerate issues: framerate fluctuating wildly between 20 and 70 fps. Definitely more crashes than with other locos.

However, if you adjust your driving technique and learn to ignore bugs, you can still enjoy the ride.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: March 30, 2015
It is a highly detailed add on but there are no quick drive conisits you need to make them yourself
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 20, 2015
It`s a great add-on for train simulator I got on this train from glasgow to barrhead route I now love it now `it`s here:)
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Posted: September 26
Now that the bug has been fixed this a great loco. How ever it could have come with some more liveries this is my bug bare but yeah great loco
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Posted: September 13
I'll make this quick and simple.

1. Renumbering the train to have the same numbers on both carriages will result in a bug which prevents the doors from opening on one of the carriages.

2. It's a really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really bad addon.

3. £11.99 for a train that is more broken than Donald Trumps relationship with Mexico.

1. It lets you drive the Class 156.
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Posted: April 10
In the past, this add-on had a few bugs which sadly rendered the train for AI only use. Which was a shame. But recently this add-on has been fixed to an acceptable level which makes it useable in scenarios now. So that's a good start there. The pack comes with a nice amount of "base" liveries to get you started and there is a nice amount of freeware community made repaints available for this pack as well. However I have noticed that the "Regional Railways" logo is missing from the grey, black and two-tone blue striped "Express" livery is absent. Especially as "Regional Railways" was dissolved when British Rail was privatised between 1995 and 1997 which a sizeable chunk of the fleet passed to "Central Trains" and "First North Western" in the 1990's outside Scotland. I would have liked to have seen the Central Trains unit in the pack with the Central Trains branding as that TOC ceased trading in 2007 when the Class 156 fleet passed into East Midlands Trains and National Express East Anglia at the end of that year. So I am not sure why those names were not present in this pack as that would have been nice.

In terms of the add-on itself. I like the cabview as the position is nice and I like the layout of the controls. The passenger view is also nice as well. The sounds are reasonable and I am saying this because I would recommend getting the Armstong Powerhouse Class 150/153/156 sound set if you intend to use this as a player train in your scenarios as the experience with the higher quality sound set will be much better. However there is a slight inaccuracy with this add-on because the passenger access doors that are rear most of each car have a grab iron/handrail which is not present on the real life Class 156. While it is not a deal breaker to me, more research should have been done to avoid inaccuracies like this, However it is still a recommended add-on for your train simulator.

Overall Rating: 7/10.
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Posted: April 7
Not quite sure what everyone is complaining about to do with this DLC. Yeah, I know it's old and it HAS had some issues, but DTG has fixed this. Even the sounds that it comes with default are'nt too bad compared to some. If you want the true experience though, get the AP Sound Pack. A nice addon all in all.

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Posted: April 6
Wow, thanks for the free update.
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Posted: April 6

This DLC has been majorly improved with better lighting, less crashes, HUD compatibility, it's become better.
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Posted: April 5

Absolutuely rubbish. I got excited when DTG withdrew this add-on. I thought finally they are going to fix it. But, no.

The Class 156 hasn't been fixed at all. It still used way too much fuel to be used practically. I've just this minute driven it the appproximately 5 miles from Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Park and it used 15 gallon per coach, about 14 times more than it should. For god sakes it used two of those gallons in one minute while sat in idle at Edinburgh Waverley. It also still rolls like the town drunk even at normal line speed and derails due to "consist tilt".

Dove Tail get your finger pulled out and fix this now!
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