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Situated in the Nara Prefecture of the Kansai region in Japan, there are many rural railway lines that interconnect to provide local residents with a vital connection to the bustling city of Osaka. Converging at Takada for the run up to the main city, the Wakayama Line and the Sakurai Line are particularly busy routes featuring a scenic yet bustling journey throughout. Japanese suburban rail does not get more picturesque than or as challenging as this.

Japan is known worldwide for its picturesque scenery, fascinating history and of course, an impeccable railway network. The towns to the South of Osaka are no exception with the railways traversing towering valleys, local farms and a number of towns full of both modern and historical architecture. Combined with Japan’s famous Cherry Blossom trees, the line-side truly makes for a highly unique palette between the rails and the lush green hills in the distance.

The Nara Prefecture has the most UNESCO World Heritage listed buildings in the whole of Japan, meaning the lines surrounding Takada are sandwiched on either side by a number of beautiful buildings, shrines and Buddhist Temples. The Sakurai Line in particular is famous for this, having gained the nickname Manyō-Mahoroba which refers to the sheer number of ancient structures along the line itself.

Many of the railways south of Osaka are single track throughout and like the rest of Japan (excluding Shinkansen) they were built to the 1067mm (3ft 6in) ‘Cape’ gauge; or as it known locally ‘kyōki‘ literally meaning ‘Narrow Gauge’. Services pass each other at the stations thanks to Japan’s impeccable timetabling, making trains right on time, every time. There is no margin for error on Japanese railways, arriving on schedule is the pride of the network.

Following electrification of the Wakayama and Sakurai Lines, they have been dominated by the classic 103 and 105 Series electric multiple units. While the 103 and 105 are capable of operating at speeds up to 100 km/h, the top speed across the Wakayama and Sakurai Lines is no higher than 85 km/h. When combined with the frequent stopping of Sakurai to Gojo via Takada services and the peaceful nature around the surrounding valleys, the journey across this railway is a very picturesque one.
The Wakayama & Sakurai Lines route delivers the unforgettable experience of taking the controls of Japan’s iconic EMUs, JNRs classic 103 and 105 Series (AI Only). Drive the picturesque Wakayama and Sakurai Line routes in this latest route add-on for Train Simulator.
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In response to your important feedback, today we have released an update to Train Simulator to address issues with the Steam Workshop integration and the User Interface, details of which can be found below.

Steam Workshop
  • Fixed an issue where scenarios and routes would not download from the Steam Workshop
  • Fixed an issue where scenarios and routes could not be uploaded to the Steam Workshop
  • Removed the upload size limitation on the Steam Workshop
  • Steam Workshop should now be back online and ready to use for all players
  • We’re working separately with Valve to address the overlapping text issue (Steam Workshop filter list) and will update you when we have more news

TS2016 User interface
  • Fixed an issue where text on the F1 Task List was difficult to read
  • Fixed an issue where the Workshop tab of the Drive menu wouldn’t show the required content for a scenario
  • Fixed an issue where a ghost pop-up would appear after clicking ‘Drive’
  • Fixed an issue where the Terms & Conditions could not be read
  • Fixed an issue where the background would lose focus after closing the
  • Registration screen
  • Fixed an issue where a pop up referring to the Academy was pointing to the wrong place
  • Fixed an issue where the text would be missing from the debrief screen
  • Fixed an issue where loading images would not feature the ‘spinning’ icon
  • Various fixes for Russian-speaking players
  • Improved the Graphic settings sliders and confirmation screen
  • Removed the three social media buttons from the loading screen

The TS2016 Steam Workshop & UI 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 TS2016 Steam Workshop & UI update will be approximately 35 MB in size.
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In the late 1890s the Great Western Railway were seeking new locomotives as part of their post-broad gauge conversion modernization. The newly appointed Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, George Jackson Churchward, sought out designs for modern steam locomotives that could serve the Western network far into the future. His first success came from the 2-cylinder prototype known as the Saint Class which, from 1902, would go on to serve as the standard 2-cylinder design for the foreseeable future. This gave Churchward the desire to experiment with 4-cylinder locomotives, which could help make a fleet of even more powerful locomotives. Churchward convinced the GWR to acquire a small handful of four-cylinder French steam locomotives for comparison.

The first four-cylinder prototype appeared in April 1906 as No. 40 and with the Class being named the ‘Star’, No. 40 was named North Star. No. 40, much like the Saint prototypes built by Churchward before, featured a 4-4-2 wheel arrangement with the standard 4-6-0 being only a simple conversion away. Various aspects of the design were influenced by the French locomotives and the wheel arrangement was eventually converted into the classic 4-6-0 by November of the same year. This was decided after reports concluded that the 4-4-2 design would suffer during low adhesion or with heavier loads. A clear indication that the Class had set the standard four-cylinder design was the prototype itself, which would eventually be rebuilt into a Castle Class locomotive in 1929.

Following the success of the prototype, several series of Star Class locomotives would be built between 1907 and 1923. Each series was given a different overall name despite them being part of the same class; for example, after the first batch of 10 locomotives, known as the Star series were produced, the second batch were classed the Knight series and this trend continued through each batch of locomotives. Each batch saw various differences between them, however underneath the standard Star Class remained.

The final Star Class, 4072 Tresco Abbey, was built in February 1923. After this Class had ended its production run its successor, the 4073 Castle Class, continued on the numbers as a more powerful express passenger locomotive which originated from the Star Class. In fact, as many as 15 Castle Class locomotives came to be thanks to Star Class conversions (including Tresco Abbey).

During its prime, the Star Class fleet operated mainly as an express passenger locomotive, hauling the longer distance journeys at higher speeds than had been seen before. They literally were the ‘Stars’ of the Great Western from London to Bristol and beyond. That was however until improvements were made upon its design and the more powerful Castle Class – and also eventually the even more powerful King Class – began to take charge of the top link expresses out to the West. Many of the Star Class locomotives were displaced to secondary operations while the new Castle and Kings reigned supreme, however the most reliable of the Stars did last in service well into the 1950s.

Eventually, the end was approaching for the Star Class, those that hadn’t been scrapped by the mid-1950s were rebuilt into the Castle Class and the final two that were still in service were withdrawn by British Railways in 1956 and 1957. Out of all the Star Class locomotives, only one has been preserved and it is done so in a static state; 4003 Lode Star can be found today as the sole survivor of the Class under the protection of the National Railway Museum, a non-working exhibit that treasures the legacy behind some of the most iconic GWR locomotives in history.
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In order to test our upcoming Steam Workshop patch, we will be temporarily turning off Workshop functionality for Train Simulator later this week.

For the entirety of Thursday 14th July through to 12 noon (BST) on Friday 15th July, we will be turning off the Steam Workshop for Train Simulator. This will ensure that we can easily and safely test an upcoming update to TS2016 that addresses various issues raised by you.

What Does This Mean for You?

You will not be able to access, download or upload content to Steam Workshop during the period it is turned off. If attempted, you will simply be redirected to the Steam Workshop homepage.

You will also not be able to use the Workshop tab in-game but you should still have access to any previously downloaded Workshop content. The Steam Store and In-game Store will remain unaffected by this and all of your previous purchases should work without issue.

On Friday 15th July, Steam Workshop will automatically come back on without any required input by you, any updates will download as normal through Steam.
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In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, we have today released an update for the South Wales Coastal route and Arriva Train Wales DMU Pack.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

South Wales Coastal
  • Fixed an issue that would cause some passenger doors to fail to open at stations on the Class 175
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the Class 175 to overlap when coupled to another Class 175
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the second tone of the Class 175's horn to not sound
  • Fixed an issue that would cause HHA wagons to explode when marked as Loaded
  • Improved the volume levels of engine sounds on the Class 175
  • Corrected a number of issues in the German and French manuals
Arriva Trains Wales DMU Pack
  • Corrected the list of Class 143 destinations in the manual

If you own the South Wales Coastal route, 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 South Wales Coastal route, why not head to the Store and grab it now!

Combined, the South Wales Coastal route & ATW DMU Pack updates will be approximately 500 MB in size.
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Expand your Train Simulator collection with this state-of-the-art powerful, mixed traffic Class 68 locomotive.

The diesel-electric Class 68, initially built between 2013 and 2014 for Direct Rail Services, was derived from the Eurolight family of locomotives and known as the UKLight by manufacturer Vossloh.

An order of 15 locomotives was placed by DRS in January 2012 for use on passenger and intermodal operations around the UK, the first locomotive to be built, 68001 Evolution was sent to the Czech Republic for extensive testing of its power and reliability. The first to enter the UK, 68002 Intrepid arrived in January 2014.
DRS mainly use their new locomotives to haul container freight services, however their signed agreement between themselves and Venice-Simplon Orient Express sees Class 68s hauling the Northern Belle service from time to time.

With 3800 horsepower, a top speed of 100mph and a hefty weight of 85 tons, the ultra-modern Class 68 is a perfect example of a mixed traffic locomotive, being able to haul heavy freight loads and perform mainline passenger services with ease.

The Train Simulator British Rail Class 68 is available in ScotRail Saltire Livery and recreates the locomotive as it operates today for ScotRail over Edinburgh - Glasgow. The pack also includes appropriate Mk2e coaches in ScotRail Saltire livery as well as a trio of challenging and engaging career scenarios for the route.
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DTM have today released a small patch to correct an issue with the power curve and total available power of the Union Pacific DD35. Alongside this update, they have retimed two of the included scenarios to compensate for the revised physics. This update will download automatically to owners of the Union Pacific DD35. The download is estimated to be approximately 60MB.
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In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, Victory Works have today released an update for the USATC S160.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:
  • The Brake Percentage, which did not show on the F5 HUD, has now been fixed
  • Delivery loco tender blueprints have been added
  • Removed head out view reference from delivery loco (non-driveable)
  • Interior head-out camera on LMR cab model now has rods
  • Rear lamp on US tenders now show properly
  • US Air brakes have been fixed to show the proper pressure of 90psi
  • Whistles have now been fixed so that they are correct in both Quick Drive and Free Roam scenarios
  • Fixed an issue where having lots of locos in one area would create enough lag to cause problems with USA tenders showing multiple logos.
  • Updated USATC Grey (Polish) numbering list to remove Russian Star
  • Alaskan Railroad whistle type has been fixed
If you own the USATC S160, 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 at where our Support Team will be ready to assist.

The USATC S160 update will be approximately 240 MB in size.
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Expand your collection of modern German passenger trains with the introduction of the DB BR 440 to Train Simulator.

The DB BR 440, or Coradia Continental is a family of high speed commuter trains designed for S-Bahn services throughout Germany. They were first built in 2008 as DB needed an S-Bahn EMU designed for high speeds and long distance journeys that could travel alongside their ICE services, with a top speed of 160km/h (100mph), it was more than capable. These units were also designed with the environment in mind, meaning up to 95 percent of the EMU is recyclable once they reach the end of their lives.

The BR 440 was a development on the popular BR 424/425 S-Bahn EMUs with modern day improvements such as moving most of the underfloor equipment onto the roof of the unit, this resulted in a consistent lower floor, providing step-free access from platform to car. With this low floor design, the BR 440 was designed to cater for disabled passengers including spacious areas for wheelchairs and disabled toilets for those who need them. The other main advantage of moving the underfloor equipment was it was kept well above the track, making maintenance easier and reducing the risk of damage due to the excess ice that can build up around the track in the colder months.

The Train Simulator DB BR 440 ‘Coradia Continental’ is available in Deutsche Bahn Traffic Red Livery and recreates the EMU as it operates today for DB over the Munich – Augsburg route. The pack includes a trio of career scenario for the route, recreating the well-known Fugger-Express services the units are renowned for.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DB BR440on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Munich - Augsburg route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

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