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Situated on the southern outskirts of Berlin, the railway junction that spurs west from the Leipzig main line to Seddin is densely packed with freight throughout. Featuring miles upon miles of extensive freight yards and winding paths through the Berlin countryside, German heavy hauling does not get more intense than this. Experience the bustling freight yards of Seddin in this complex array of rails for Train simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme member, Aerosoft, as an extension to the popular Berlin-Leipzig route.

The freight yard at Seddin opened in 1920, and was quickly established as an international hub for rail freight. It connected with various lines, including the Anhalt Railway and the Berlin-Blankenheim Railway and provided links to many locations. Seddin’s Freight Yard played a significant role in military movements, in both leading up to and during the Second World War. Seddin was a major target for Allied forces during those 6 fatal years, in fact, the yard was bombed directly in April 1945.

Following the Second World War, with the division of Germany, new railways were built throughout the outskirts of Berlin to ensure rail connections were maintained to the western side of the cleft-in-twain city. These new railways were the Berlin Outer Freight Ring and, simply, the Berlin Outer Ring; Seddin’s freight yard was adjoined to the former, as its high-profile movements and service capabilities needed to have unrestricted access.

The yard itself spans a 5km by 300m area, housing some 100km of track. All this trackage is sandwiched within a dense forest, with the town of Seddin immediately adjacent to the eastern face of the yard.

The town’s local DB Regio station is on the western front of the vast track layout, seeing hourly services formed of DB BR 442 ‘Talent 2’s.

Perhaps the most iconic landmark in the area was the grand octagonal Water Tower, this impressive 51 metre tall structure symbolised the area, and was in fact marked as a Grade II listed building in 1993. Unfortunately however, it was decided to demolish the tower in 2004 due to a lack of stability. One historic structure that has survived right into modern day is an old coal loading bridge, as part of the locomotive depot, and is protected as a monument. The locomotive depot itself is also present and in frequent use with DB traction coming and going on a daily basis.

Even to this day, the freight yard at Seddin is of high importance, serving beyond the German borders into places such as Russia and helping Germany move one day at a time. Marshal your freight and hauling it over the Berlin-Leipzig line in Aerosoft’s Mighty Seddin Freight!
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The Aerotrain, a futuristic and utterly unique lightweight diesel streamliner that became one of the most iconic American passenger trains of the 1950s, is now available for Train Simulator!

The Aerotrain was created by General Motors as a lightweight, low-cost alternative to traditional passenger equipment, and the diminutive streamliner was at once futuristic in its bold styling and design-based upon standard industrial components. Motive power for the Aerotrain came in the form of a sleek Electro-Motive locomotive designated the LWT12, which was equipped with a standard EMD 567-series 1,200-horsepower diesel power plant. The Aerotrain’s low-slung passenger coaches were based upon GM’s standard 40-passenger intercity bus carbody, which for rail service was widened by 18 inches and mounted on a pair of axles per coach.

General Motors assembled a pair of 10-car Aerotrain demonstrators in 1955. The distinctive streamliner made its debut in January 1956 when one of the demonstrators ran from Washington, D.C., to Newark, New Jersey on the Pennsylvania Railroad while the second dashed from Chicago to Detroit on the New York Central. The Pennsylvania Railroad then leased one Aerotrain and utilized it as a nine-car train in New York-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh service, while the second Aerotrain undertook a barnstorming tour that included working on U.S. railroads such as the Santa Fe and Union Pacific. A third Aerotrain locomotive was constructed for the Rock Island and the RI eventually purchased the two demonstrators as well.

Created for Train Simulator by DTM, the complete Aerotrain (LWT12 locomotive, coach, and coach-observation) is authentically re-created wearing the Pennsylvania Railroad’s famed “Keystone” logo, making it perfect for service on Train Simulator’s classic Horseshoe Curve route (available separately). And the Aerotrain pack also includes a version of the iconic train in standard demonstrator livery ideal for operation on a wide variety of Train Simulator routes.
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In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, we have today released a patch for the Chatham Main Line.

  • Rochester Platform Loft Issues (CML-102)
  • English Manual Adjustments (CML-101)
  • Adjusted nameboard colouring to more closely match real life variant on SE Dark Blue Variant
  • Fixed Numbering on Southern 377 so that it shows as Black instead of Blue / White
  • Fixed - Southern and Ex Southern Variants now have a Southern Cab instead of Southeastern
  • Fixed - Southern Interior texture - Seating texture wasn't centred
  • No Power sounds when unit was running under 3rd rail (with Pantograph on HUD turned off )
  • Added Class 377/1 Variant with different light clusters - to cover 377140 - 377164 (to account for the Southern 377/1 variants)
This patch will be approximately 500MB.

If you own the Chatham Main Line, the update will download automatically from Steam. If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, leave a comment below or submit a ticket to our support site where our Support Team will be ready to assist.
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The quaint, atmospheric picturesque single-line branch, from Somerford to the small town of Malmesbury, features authentic, heart of English countryside steam, ready for you to enjoy in this add-on for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme developer Just Trains.

Historically, Malmesbury held quite a significance to its name and earned its place within the Cotswolds thanks to being a prominent market town. Being a centre for learning, the local Abbey also drew attention in the Middle Ages. Despite this however, when the Great Western Railway plotted their famed route from London to Bristol, Malmesbury didn’t make an appearance on the network.

The GWR did plan for other railways which would link Malmesbury to the rest of the World, the first of which was the Wilts and Gloucestershire Railway which was approved in 1864. The W&GR would have run north to south, via Malmesbury, in an effort to link existing GWR routes together. The northern section of the new route was reaching Midland Railway territory, and the new line’s construction would’ve given the Midland access to the GWR network. In the end, disagreements led to the line’s early abandonment.

No, Malmesbury wouldn’t get a railway until the community itself spoke up and approached GWR. Plans were soon drawn up for a simple branch line connection from Dauntsey that would more than suffice. The Malmesbury Railway Company was formed in 1872, work was approved, and GWR fronted half of the £60,000 price tag for the 6-mile branch, that’s over £6 Million in today’s money.

By this point, the GWR was realising that their broad-gauge reign was coming to a close, so the branch to Malmesbury was built to the more popular standard gauge. Construction wasn’t easy, bad weather proved to be a challenge, and the projected final cost of the line continued to rise. The new branch opened in December of 1877, after a staggering £87,094 (£9.5 Million) spend, and regular services were put into effect by the Malmesbury Railway Company. By 1880, the GWR had absorbed the new branch into their vast network.

After decades of running branches throughout the west of England, the GWR were looking to find ways to cut down on the costs of running these small lines. It was eventually decided to shorten the Malmesbury Branch, and have it connect to the newer South Wales Main Line at Somerford, instead of continuing south to the Great Western Main Line as it did before. This move effectively halved the distance between Malmesbury and the rest of the network, meanwhile the old connection to Dauntsey was used for wagon storage.

After the Second World War, the Malmesbury Branch fell into disarray. New bus services provided better connections to the local area, and by the late 1940s, only a handful of passengers were using the line. Despite local opposition, there was little choice but to withdraw passenger services in 1951, and freight was not enough to keep the branch open forever, so it closed in November of 1962.

While lost to history, the branch line to Malmesbury left its impression on the landscape, and with a keen eye, its route – both original and shortened – can still be seen from the skies to this day. Faithfully, Partner Programme developer Just Trains have re-created this branch as it existed in 1950, a small slice in time before passenger closure, and is now ready for you to enjoy!
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The Steam Summer Sale continues, and from the looks of it many of you have been busy expanding your collections!

Here's a look at the top 10 most popular items in the sale so far...

Number 1: Train Simulator 2017

Number 2: BR Class 150/1 DMU

Number 3: London Transport Heritage

Number 4: Mittenwaldbahn: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck

Number 5: CRH 380A High Speed

Number 6: South West China High Speed

Number 7: Albula Line: St Moritz - Thusis

Number 8: Semmeringbahn - Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz

Number 9: North London & Goblin

Number 10: North Jersey Coast & Morristown

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The Western Sichuan Pass delivers unique mountainside passenger operations throughout the Sichuan province of Southwest China, and is brought to life, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Simtech Vision.

The western highlands form perhaps the most striking scenery in all of China, and nestled within the mountains are towns such as Dujiangyan, Wenchuan and Maoxian, all of which are connected by the 160km long Western Sichuan Pass. The passengers experience an unforgettable journey across this line, all while the driver’s skills are put to the test on a ruling grade of 3%.

With such steep grades, and a top line speed of 160 km/h, the Western Sichuan Pass demanded an entirely new type of unit to compete with modern standards and safely transport passengers through the range. Enter the CRH6, a unique iteration of China’s modern electric multiple units which could be built for a variety of uses.

For the Western Sichuan Pass, the CRH6F was chosen, a quasi-high-Speed commuter variation with a top speed of 180 km/h and high capacity to fill the express commuter role. Given the family’s rapid acceleration and effective braking, efficient operation and as-standard creature comforts, the CRH6F was the perfect choice for such a route, and it entered service in July 2015.

The CRH6F, given its tough environment, is relatively straightforward to drive. It has enough power and brake force to manage the grades, and features cruise capabilities to ease the load on the driver in harsh climbs and descents. For the passengers, a spacious cabin allows for high capacity and high comfort, with plenty of windows from which to enjoy the view.

Buried within the Hengduan Mountains, the Western Sichuan Pass, which is ready for you in Train Simulator, truly is a change of pace from the high-speed networks that link cities together, instead, a chance to take a step back in awe of some of the World’s most stunning peaks, from modern-day traction, awaits you.

The Western Sichuan Pass for Train Simulator includes the 160km route from Dujiangyan to Maoxian and Mashancun, the modern CRH6F EMU in 4, 8 and 16-car variations - complete with cruise control, startup procedures and in-cab signalling - a selection of Career scenarios to put you through your paces and quick drive compatibility as standard.
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There's going to be no better time than now to save big on some of the best Train Simulator add-ons available with the Dovetail Games Publisher Weekend Sale! Pick up some amazing routes and locos today or miss out on unrepeatable deals with the biggest discounts of 2017!

Hurry though, these offers will only be available until the 22nd of June!

Train Simulator 2017 Standard Edition 75%
NEC: New York-New Haven Route Add-On 50% off
Norfolk Southern Coal District 50% off
NJ TRANSIT® ALP-46 Loco Add-On 50% off
BR Class 73 'Gatwick Express 30% off
BR 266 50% off
Pacific Surfliner® LA - San Diego 50% off
ECML London - Peterborough Route 50% off
DB BR 145 50% off
South London Network 50% off
Norfolk Southern Dash8-40C 50% off
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DB BR 605 ICE TD 75% off
Seaboard GE U36B 50% off
MRCE BR 185.5 50% off
Midland Mainline-London-Bedford Route 50% off
CSX NRE 3GS-21B 'Genset' 50% off
Network SouthEast Class 415 '4EPB' EMU 75% off
The Rhine Railway: Mannheim - Karlsruhe Route Add-On 50% off
CSX AC6000CW 75% off
LNER Peppercorn Class A2 'Blue Peter' Loco Add-On 50% off
Soldier Summit Route Add-On 75% off
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Amtrak® Dash 8-32BWH Loco Add-On 50% off
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The Electro-Motive 2,500-horsepower GP35 was a railroading success story, with more than 1,300 of the locomotives sold to 40 original railroad buyers during its 1963-1966 production run. When the GP35 debuted, it represented the latest in Electro-Motive’s extraordinarily successful line of four-axle (B-B) “GP” (“general purpose”) diesel road-switchers.
The list of GP35 customers read much like a railroading “who’s who” of the time, and among the railroads which purchased the landmark diesel was the Western Pacific, which between 1963 and 1965 acquired 22 of the versatile freight-service diesels. Western Pacific’s GP35s were originally dressed in WP’s eye-catching “Zephyr” silver and orange livery. Following the discontinuance of the California Zephyr in 1970, the Western Pacific adopted a new green color scheme. In 1980, most of the WP GP35s were rebuilt by Morrison Knudsen and soon thereafter joined the Union Pacific roster when WP was merged into UP.

Created by DTM, the Train Simulator Western Pacific GP35 is an authentic re-creation of this landmark locomotive and includes the WP GP35 in its original stylish silver and orange livery and in the WP’s 1970/80s green livery, making the locomotive suited to service across several decades on the WP’s Feather River Canyon route. The GP35 features highly authentic controls and operating features, as well as details specific to the WP locomotives. The Western Pacific GP35 add-on pack also includes WP 50-foot boxcars and three-bay covered hoppers and four career scenarios for the Train Simulator Feather River Canyon route.
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We have today released a patch for the DB BR 101

  • Fix for AFB not working over 160kph
This patch will be approximately 100MB.

If you own the DB BR 101, the update will download automatically from Steam. If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, leave a comment below or submit a ticket to our support site where our Support Team will be ready to assist.
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The DB BR 101 is a classic among the modern electric locomotives of Germany, with heritage spanning some of the nation’s most revolutionary designs and continuing the honour by working throughout the Deutsche Bahn network every day. Partner Programme Developer Virtual Railroads brings this classic locomotive to life in a true expert simulation of the class as it joins the Pro Range line-up for Train Simulator.

In the early 1990s, a majority of Germany’s express passenger services were undertaken by locomotives that date back to the 1970s including the DB BR 103 and DB BR 120. Both once-revolutionary locomotives had more than outlived their purpose where they were now hauling heavier trains than they had ever been designed for, this resulted in a lot of damage over time with increasingly poor reliability rates and maintenance costs. Germany was in desperate need of a new express passenger locomotive.

Following the reunification of Germany, the newly formed Deutsche Bahn AG (DBAG) went on the lookout for designs, with many manufacturing companies bidding for the deal. There were over 30 designs in the second phase of bidding some of which were quickly eliminated, in particular the non-German manufacturers. One company in particular, ABB Henschel, didn’t even have a design ready to show, but more of a concept known as the eco2001. The eco2001 was basically 2 modified DB BR 120s, with changes to various components that massively increases the reliability of the locomotives.

In 1994, DB signed a deal with ABB which would develop into an order of 145 locomotives the following year, with the first locomotive completed and displayed in the Orient Red livery by July 1996. Around this time, ABB had merged with AEG to form ADtranz, this was beneficial because it meant the future DB BR 101s would be built quicker in multiple locations. Different components were built at a variety of facilities, with the final assembly taking place in Poland. The first DB BR 101 officially entered service in February 1997.

The DB BR 101 was designed and procured to be an efficient, high speed passenger locomotive and is capable of achieving this in part due to the carefully structured sloped front and rear of the locos. This slope may look extreme in places, but it optimises streamlined efficiency to its maximum especially when compared to its cost-effectiveness. The slope is also designed not to disrupt the flow of air between the rear of the locomotive and whatever it may be hauling. The DB BR 101 was also designed with bogies derived from the ICE series, as a basis for potential speed modifications in the future, as fast as 250 km/h.

All 145 locomotives were completed by 1999 and entered service hauling express passenger services across the Deutsche Bahn network including the likes of the Nuremberg – Munich High Speed Line where the 101s operate the fastest regional service in Germany at 200 km/h. All the DB BR 101s are based in Hamburg where they receive their periodic safety checks and maintenance, they were originally based in Frankfurt, but with the rapid increase of the various ICE series’ and push-pull operated consists, they were moved to Hamburg despite the amount of driver training that would require, the 101s sometimes visit Nuremburg for major maintenance works.

The basis of the DB BR 101 has its roots in some of the most ground breaking electric locomotives, so much so it shares a lot of heritage with the popular TRAXX series of locomotives and a variation of the DB BR 101 was ordered for a most unlikely customer, New Jersey Transit, which in the early 2000s worked with ADtranz/Bombardier to procure their ALP-46 and ALP-46A locomotives.

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