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07/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/621926/Train_Simulator_Canadian_National_Peace_River_Route_AddOn/

Enjoy contemporary and challenging railroading in the spacious prairies of Alberta, Canada as the remarkable Canadian National Peace River route comes to Train Simulator!

Created by Milepost Simulations, the Canadian National Peace River route delivers the experiences of hauling lumber products, timber, grain, and mixed commodities across 40 route miles of demanding, scenic Canadian National trackage located in Northern Alberta, Canada.

Train Simulator’s Canadian National Peace River route is centered upon the town of Peace River, Alberta, and includes portions of the Canadian National Railway’s Peace River, Manning, and Daishowa Subdivisions. The southern end of the Train Simulator Canadian National Peace River route is at Judah, located high on the Alberta prairie. From Judah to Grimshaw, via Peace River and Roma Junction, the route re-creates much of the CN Peace River Subdivision. From Roma Junction to nearby Roma Yard, the route replicates a key element of the CN Manning Sub, and from Michaud (on the west bank of the Peace River), the route fully re-creates the modern and rugged 10-mile Daishowa Subdivision to Peace Valley.

The included rail lines provide the Canadian National Peace River route with both main line tonnage and robust lineside tonnage sources, including grain elevators and loading facilities at Grimshaw, and a modern and expansive lumber mill at Peace Valley. Handling main line tonnage on the Canadian National Peace River route is a guarantee of challenging railroading. The line between Judah and Peace River involves a tortuous 2.4 percent grade linking the river valley and high prairie. The work west of the river is demanding, too; climbing from Michaud to Roma involves a gradient of over 2 percent and use of a double-horseshoe to gain elevation.

The Canadian National Peace River route includes locomotives and rolling stock ideally suited to serve on the line. The featured locomotive is Canadian National’s six-axle, 3,000-horsepower SD40-2W. Based on Electro-Motive’s standard SD40-2, the SD40-2W features the Canadian “comfort cab,” a design which includes a full-width and strengthened nose, more spacious crew cab, and distinctive four-piece windshield. The SD40-2W is provided in two CN liveries, the railway’s current livery and CN’s earlier “zebra stripe” livery. Featured freight equipment includes Canada’s classic cylindrical-design covered grain hoppers in two well-known liveries; boxcars in two liveries; center-beam and bulkhead lumber flats; and a Canadian National-design steel cupola caboose. And to put you right to work hauling tonnage and handling switching duties, the route also features a selection of six career scenarios which provide realistic operating experiences across the entire 40-mile route.

Explore the great prairie and river country of Canada and master a range of locomotive skills with the Canadian National Peace River route!
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06/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562380/Train_Simulator_Corris_Railway_Expansion_Pack_Loco_AddOn/

Experience industrial narrow gauge along the Corris Railway with this expansion pack for Train Simulator, featuring No. 5 “Alan Meaden” and No. 9 “Aberllefenni”. Explore the mountains of North Wales with these beautiful locos along a route that survives thanks to the dedicated efforts of rail enthusiasts!

The Corris Railway was a small freight line used for moving minerals that closed in 1949. In 1966 Alan Meaden started a group of volunteers to preserve what remained of the Corris Railway. Only one of the original locomotives from the Corris Railway survives to this day, No. 4, which is now at home on the Talyllyn Railway. The locomotives in use today are either from other railways or new builds.

Locomotive No.5 is a 4-wheel Motor Rail Simplex, Works No.22258 that was purchased in 1974. Built in 1965, it was originally used on the 2 ft (610mm) gauge gypsum mining system at Staveley Lime Products, Hindlow, Derbyshire. It was initially purchased from Staveley by an enthusiast who stripped it down for renovation and was in this dismantled state that it was sold to the Corris Society.

Following an extensive overhaul in the East Midlands, No.5 ran for the first time on Corris rails in 1979. It is named “Alan Meaden” in honour of the Society's late founder, who carried out a substantial part of the loco’s rebuilding.

The Corris Society sought a light locomotive to assist in rebuilding the railway, and it has since proven itself to be a very useful general works loco. Although it has on occasion been used for special passenger trains when visiting Talyllyn Railway, it is too light for regular passenger use, and has not been fitted with the necessary air braking equipment.

No.9 is a 4-wheel battery electric locomotive, Clayton B0457, built in 1974. It was formerly in use at the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry by Wincilate Limited. At the request of Wincilate, the locomotive carries the name “Aberllefenni”. It has regular use as a carriage shed shunter, but is too light for actual passenger carriage work as like No.5 it does not have air brakes fitted.

Experience a piece of Welsh narrow gauge history and master bespoke locomotives with the Corris Railway Expansion Pack!
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In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2018, we have today released an update for the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:
    General
  • Corrected English, French & German spelling and grammatical issues in the manuals
  • Corrected French and German spelling and grammatical issues in the scenarios
BR Class 47/8
  • Fixed an issue where the wiper blade would disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the controls on back wall of the cab were inoperable
    BR Class 43 ‘HST’
  • Corrected the default brake position when starting from ‘Notch 1’ to ‘Full Service’
  • Corrected a texture issue with the tail lights
  • Corrected the speedometer needle
  • Corrected the Mk3 bogie run sounds
  • Corrected the volume of the engine noise
  • Fixed an issue where there was an odd black line above each external door
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘AWS Fault’ light would illuminate incorrectly
  • Removed the ATP start-up sounds when placing the reverser into forward
  • Improved performance of the HST when running as AI
If you own the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, 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.

The Virgin Trains First Generation Pack update will be approximately 24 MB in size.

If you do not yet own the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, now is the perfect time to pick it up and experience the early years of privatisation!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562389/Train_Simulator_Virgin_Trains_First_Generation_Pack_Loco_AddOn/
Train Simulator - DTG_James
30/11/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562389/

The Virgin Trains First Generation Pack brings classic cross-border action and ‘dash of red’ operations aboard famed traction. Relive the early days of privatisation in this officially licensed pack for Train Simulator!

The fleet of BR Class 47s operated by Virgin CrossCountry were already a popular locomotive that helped usher in a new era of British Railway travel.

The Virgin Class 47 fleet was quite different in its ability to go for miles upon miles without filling up. Long-distance routes have always required a lot of fuel, and in the steam days, that meant big tenders for coal and water troughs placed between rails for an added quench.

Diesel locomotives alleviated this issue by having suitably sized tanks laden with diesel to power the engines, and subsequently the electric traction motors. However, even the longest expresses needed extra range, and so a fleet of passenger-hauling Class 47/4s were retrofitted with extra tanks to extend their reach.

Used for InterCity Cross-Country services, the extended-range Class 47/4s were renumbered to the 47/8 subclass for easy identification, albeit still officially 47/4s. It was these locomotives which were inherited in operation by Virgin Trains, who won the CrossCountry franchise. Before long, the 47s would soon be given a fresh coat of paint, sporting the now defunct, classic Virgin Trains Black & Red livery.

Another form of traction which was utilised on the Cross-Country routes, by both InterCity and later Virgin, was the iconic High Speed Train.

After being introduced on the Great Western and East Coast Main Lines with operational success, being the first timetabled 125mph services in the country, the Class 43 ‘HST’ fleet also proved popular on long-distance routes, and dedicated sets worked across the length of England and Scotland. These HST sets were also soon operated by Virgin CrossCountry, who replaced the famed InterCity ‘Swallow’ and ‘Executive’ liveries with their own Black & Red guise. The Virgin 125s would become known as ‘The Red Arrows’.

The Class 47, and High Speed Train, would work for both the CrossCountry and West Coast divisions of Virgin Trains throughout their lifetime in red, making them perfect traction for a multitude of routes within Train Simulator.
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23/11/2017
We have now released an update for the InterCity Class 91 Add-on, which adds the modern East Coast livery into the mix!

The BR Class 91 was built to fulfil the electrification of the East Coast Main Line in the late 1980s. Branded as the InterCity 225, it was intended to run the new electric services at speeds as high as 140 mph (225 km/h), and as a result the BR Class 91 was designed to operate at such speeds.

The technology of the BR Class 91 was derived from the Advanced Passenger Train-Prototype, which you can read about in “The West Coast’s Fallen Stallion”, and would propel it into the record books. The 91s would not only become the fastest British locomotive, but they would also achieve the shortest journey time between London and Edinburgh.

Unique in most aspects, the BR Class 91 is equipped with both a streamlined nose for standard push-pull operation, and also a ‘blunt-end’ cab allowing standard locomotive operation. While limited to 110 mph in blunt-end-forward mode, it certainly sets the 91s apart from other designs and offers sight not often seen!

After working for the BR “InterCity” sector, the 91s, and their counterpart Mk4 and DVT rolling stock, would subsequently operate under GNER, National Express East Coast, and from 2009 until 2015, East Coast. East Coast was set up under Directly Operated Railways, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport after National Express abandoned their own ‘NXEC’ franchise. For all intents and purposes, the Class 91s, and the East Coast Main Line, were thrown into a brief era of Nationalisation until 2015, when Virgin Trains East Coast acquired the franchise.

With this free update to the already-available Intercity Class 91, which features the Electra locomotive in InterCity Swallow livery, we have added East Coast’s crisp light grey and pink livery for prominent and up-to-date operations on the ECML: London – Peterborough route within Train Simulator!

Existing owners of the InterCity Class 91 will receive this additional livery for free, and it will download automatically from Steam with an estimated download size of 100 MB.

If you don’t yet own the InterCity Class 91, there is no better time to step on board!
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The Ultimate Rail Hobby
http://store.steampowered.com/app/24010/
Train Simulator fully immerses you in a World of trains, transporting you to a place where you decide what to do, where and when. Experience the challenge of mastering a wide variety of different locos and learning the routes in every direction. Unlock your creative potential using powerful tools to create your very own routes and scenarios and enjoy your collection from the perspective of the driver, passenger or railfan. Whatever you love about trains, Train Simulator has it covered.

Spanning Crewe to Llandudno the North Wales Coastal cross-border railway brings spectacular seaside views with both local and inter-city services as it traverses the north Welsh coast line.

Take a ride on the dynamic and modern Peninsula Corridor, one of America’s premier commuter railroads winding along California’s vibrant and bustling San Francisco Peninsula.

Experience the wonder, beauty, and challenging nature of the scenic Mittenwaldbahn as it carves its way through the Alpine landscape of Western Austria.

Begin your career as a virtual train driver or engineer, driving or operating some of the world’s most amazing rail-bound machines.

Discover a world of amazing vistas, diverse railroads and railways, including challenging locomotives and trains.

Create
Create living worlds with easy-to-use comprehensive tools and share them with your friends and other players.

Collect
Build a dream collection of routes, locomotives, trains and rolling stock with a vast array of content on the Steam store.
Train Simulator - DTG_James
03/11/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/621922

Traverse the stunning Upper Rhine and Black Forest Railways in this incredibly-detailed and picturesque route courtesy of Partner Programme developer Maik Goltz.

Set upon the stunning landscape of Baden-Württemberg, the Upper Rhine and Black Forest Railways serve as key links between major hubs throughout the state and beyond. Two of these hubs are more specifically the cities of Villingen, which is home to over 81000, and Konstanz at the southern tip of Germany, slightly larger at 83000 residents.

These two cities are connected by more than 90km of scenic inter-city rail. From Konstanz, the line starts off as the Upper Rhine Railway, which has followed the path of the great river since the 1840s. The Upper Rhine Railway stretches all the way from Mannheim down to the Swiss city of Basel, before sharply darting east and following, plus frequently crossing, the German-Swiss border all the way to Konstanz. Trains from Konstanz, bound for Villingen, follow this path as far as Singen.

At Singen, the line splits with the Upper Rhine continuing west, onward to Schaffhausen, Lauchringen, Basel and Mannheim. Meanwhile, the line to Villingen heads northwards. This diverging route is in fact the start of the famed Black Forest Railway.

Opened in 1866, the Black Forest Railway itself spans over 140 km and is laden with incredibly steep gradients, twists and turns to effectively navigate through the towering firs and packed valleys. Populous settlements such as Hausach and Donaueschingen were connected by rail, and south of Villingen, so was Immendingen, the starting point of the equally scenic Wutachtalbahn.

In Train Simulator, the 90km Konstanz-Villingen route authentically recreates scenic sections of the Upper Rhine and Black Forest Railways as they were between 1998 and 2002. The route is packed with no less than 4 different signalling types, including semaphores, and offers exquisite detailing throughout every station, every turn, every inch!
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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 an update on Master Key Simulations’ behalf for the BR Class 460.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:
  • Fixed an issue where sound was glitching and the simulation was freezing
  • Fixed an issue where the AWS alarm cuts out or doesn’t sound correctly
  • In ‘1U43 Stewarts Lane – Three Bridges’, fixed an issue where passenger loading could not take place at London Victoria
  • In ‘1U21 Gatwick Airport to London Victoria’, fixed an issue with a crawling train at Gatwick Airport
If you own the BR Class 460, 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.

If you do not yet own the BR Class 460, why not? Fulfill exciting Gatwick Express action on the bustling Brighton Main Line today! Head to the Store!

The BR Class 460 update will be approximately 37 MB in size.
Train Simulator - DTG_James
26/10/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/621923/Train_Simulator_Southern_Pacific_SD45T2_Loco_AddOn/

Southern Pacific’s Electro-Motive SD45T-2 was born to battle mountains – and now the famed and rugged SP “Tunnel Motor” is ready for Train Simulator service!

In 1972, Electro-Motive introduced become its landmark “Dash 2” series of locomotives. An evolutionary refinement of EMD’s “40 Line” of diesels, the Dash 2 locomotives featured improved traction motors and alternators, strengthened components in the EMD 645-power plant, and solid-state modular components in the electrical and control systems. Among the “Dash 2” line was a standard SD45-2, but giant Southern Pacific issued a special request to EMD to better equip its locomotives to operate efficiently in the harsh and hot conditions found within SP’s long tunnels and snow sheds. Accordingly, the 3,600-horsepower, six-axle SD45T-2 (the “T” standing for “Tunnel”) was designed with rear air intakes located right above the frame to access cleaner air in tunnels and snow sheds and radiators placed at the top of the boxy rear of the locomotive. The SD45T-2s immediately earned the nickname “Tunnel Motors.”

Southern Pacific (and subsidiary Cotton Belt) acquired 247 SD45T-2s between 1972 and 1975, and the locomotives could be found working system wide. But, of course, the SD45T-2s had been created to work in mountain country and the rugged “Tunnel Motors” were most at home, and most impressive to witness, battling the railroad’s famed mountain crossing such as Donner Pass, Tehachapi, and the remote Cascade Line.

The Southern Pacific SD45T-2 comes to Train Simulator provided in three authentic SP liveries: SP’s Tunnel Motors were delivered in the railroad’s traditional scarlet and gray livery, later wore a similar livery with large and flashy “speed lettering,” and 14 SD45T-2s are known to have be dressed in the red-and-yellow “Kodachrome” livery intended for the aborted merger of Southern Pacific with the Santa Fe. Along with these liveries, the SP SD45T-2 is also provided with standard and “L” style windshield designs, and with winter snow covering.

And that’s not all. The pack features a remarkable selection of freight equipment, including a Gunderson articulated 5-table Twin-Stack car (in empty, single-stack, and double-stack configurations); a 50-foot “Hydra-Cushion” livery SP boxcar; Pacific Fruit Express R-70-12 mechanical refrigerator car; and a SP C40-7 steel bay-window caboose. The pack also features five career scenarios for use on the Train Simulator Donner Pass route (route available separately) and, is Quick-Drive compatible. Southern Pacific’s distinctive “Tunnel Motor” -- the Electro-Motive SD45T-2 – is now ready to go to work in Train Simulator!
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19/10/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/500212

The Southern Railway’s 2-HAL, a once-classic on the commuter scene, makes a comeback in this detailed add-on for Train Simulator!

Derived from the 2-BIL EMUs of the Southern Railway, the 2-HAL fleet was built with the purpose of populating the spate of newly-electrified main lines in Kent – from London Victoria and Charing Cross to Gillingham and Maidstone. The electrification project was monumental, and would transform the Chatham Main, North Kent and Medway Valley lines into how they more-or-less stand today.

As the railways were modernised, engineers at Eastleigh and Lancing Works began to produce a fleet of 76 brand new electric multiple units. The on-order fleet for the Southern Railway was of similar specification to the older 2-BIL, the most significant change was half as many toilets (Bi–Lavatory/Half Lavatory), however differences in construction lead to quite a different aesthetic for the new units.

The construction of the 2-HALs beat the electrification project, and so the new fleet was ran-in on the Southern Railway’s central section – running suburban services out of London Victoria – until Kent’s modernisation was complete. 2-HALs would finally arrive in Kent, more specifically the Chatham Main Line, in July 1939, and get to work on commuter services to Maidstone and Gillingham.

Services formed of 2-HAL sets, typically in 8 or 10-car formation (8/10-HAL), would depart London Victoria and split at the relocated Swanley station, with each half bound for Gillingham and Maidstone respectively, before performing the opposite operation on the journey back up to the capital. 2-HALs would also work the North Kent “metro” services, them too splitting at Strood and serving Gillingham and Maidstone out of London Charing Cross & Cannon Street.

Perhaps the most prestigious working that the 2-HALs partook was long distance services from Gillingham to Portsmouth, these weekend excursions were mainly put in place for naval personnel but could also accommodate regular passengers. The popularity of the 2-HALs was so just, that a second batch was fulfilled at the outbreak of war.

The Second World War was harsh on the 2-HALs, but none were totally destroyed, instead they would survive beyond the conflict and eventually wind up on the Brighton Main Line in the advent of the 1955 Kent Coast electrification scheme. The final passenger work for the 2-HALs, which had now been officially re-classified as the BR Class 402, was on the Coastway routes out of Brighton.

Some Class 402s were re-purposed as parcel stock, but all services ceased in 1971. Throughout the next several years, the entire fleet would be sold for scrap, none survived into preservation. The 2-HALs’ story has spanned decades, and a new chapter is opened as this Kentish classic is ready to enjoy in Train Simulator!
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