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The general purpose GP38-2 road switcher joins the Norfolk Southern stable for Train Simulator.

As the successor to the previous GP38, more than 2,000 GP38-2 models were built by General Motors between 1972 and 1986. The majority of models were put into service on US railroads, although some were exported to Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Their modest power output of 2,000 horsepower from a 16 cylinder engine saw them classified as road switchers, but were adequately able to haul light freight across the US railroad network. Many remain in service today, more than 40 years after entering service.

Most GP38-2 locomotives were built with a low hood, although some were built in high hood variant, as portrayed in the EMD GP38-2 for Train Simulator, which comes in Norfolk Southern black and thoroughbred liveries. Features of the model include flashing ditch lights, low gondola freight car, NS box car and flat car.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Norfolk Southern GP38-2 High Hood on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258666/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
Dovetail Games is pleased to announce that Train Simulator 2015 is set to launch on 18th September 2014 for PC. Train Simulator 2015 will give players the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most powerful high-speed trains on three iconic routes from around the globe.

For more information please see our press release - http://www.dovetailgames.com/news/2014/jul/21/dovetail-games-announces-train-simulator-2015-for-september-18

Additional information is also available on Engine Driver - http://www.engine-driver.com/article/show/4681/train-simulator-2015-announced-for-18-september-2014
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Trouble with the thermic syphons, I see.

I sometimes fancy visiting the countryside in the driver’s cab of a virtual train, especially now I’ve seen the new Japanese DLC route inspired by Spirited Away>, but know I’ll never put the time into teaching myself to drive one from manuals and tutorial videos.

Almost as if they knew train simulators appear terrifyingly complex from the outside, Dovetail Games have announced they’ll tackle that with Train Simulator 2015. This year’s refresh will bring a train-driving academy teaching how to make choo-choos chug-chug, along with new base routes and trains–including a train from the future.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
General Motors’ bestselling SD40-2 diesel locomotive comes to Train Simulator in Norfolk Southern black livery in its popular high hood, long hood variant.

Around 4,000 models of the Dash 2 series locomotive were built between 1972 until 1989 as an upgrade to the SD40. This new version included an updated 3,000 horsepower, turbocharged 16 cylinder diesel-electric engine, with some external updates including longer front and rear ‘porches’ and an additional roof-mounted radiator grill.

The reliability and versatility of the Class saw many variants produced and nearly all remain in service, seeing service across the US, plus Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guinea. The locomotive is capable of a 65mph top speed when fitted with standard gearing.

The EMD SD40-2 High Hood Long Hood Forward for Train Simulator is available in Norfolk Southern livery and features include cab lighting, step lights and dynamic braking. A number of freight wagons are also included, such as Bay Cement Cars, Lumber Flat Cars and Double Door Box Cars.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Norfolk Southern SD40-2 High Hood Long Hood Forward on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/277737/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The beautifully rural Mon Line running through the heart of Pennsylvania springs to life in this new route for Train Simulator, complete with mile-long coal trains and distinctive street running.

The original Monongahela Railroad was a joint venture between the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE). Through the early 1900s, the two companies acquired many lines in the area and by 1930, the Monongahela (‘Mon Line’) was operating more than 170 miles of track serving numerous coal mines.

At the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal country, the rural Mon Line is today owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX Transporation also having trackage rights. Coal mines dominate the route, with important facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine connecting with a staging yard at West Brownsville from where coal trains continue on their way to power stations or to ports for export.

More than 20 million tons of coal is annually transported along the line, much of it to Loveridge Secondary where it is transhipped from rail to river barges. The route is primarily made up of four branch lines – Manor, Ten Mile Run, West Brownsville and Loveridge, and includes the unusual spectacle of full size coal trains sharing the public highway with cars along Main Street in West Brownsville.

The route is relatively level, following the west bank of the Monongahela river, as far as Millsboro, then Ten Mile Creek to Waynesburg and Emerald Mine. The line then turns north east, closely following the twists and turns of Browns Creek. This final 15 miles to Bailey is completely rural in nature until it reaches the loop at Bailey, when the dominant coal industries take over.

Included with the 50 mile section of the Mon Line from Bailey Mine to West Brownsville for Train Simulator is a Norfolk Southern-liveried ES44AC diesel locomotive, part of GE’s Evolution Series. Its mammoth 4,400 horsepower and 75mph top speed make it an ideal locomotive to head the long coal trains seen on the Mon Line.

Bespoke Conrail signalling can also be found throughout the route, along with new ‘Top Gon’ coal gondolas with full and empty loads. Engineers can also create their own coal loads at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine with working coal loading facilities.

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258654/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The latest route for Train Simulator captures the rugged beauty of South Africa. This route will take you on a 3’6” Cape gauge line through twenty six stations or halts on the way. Experience a range of terrain, from lush green plantations, winding rivers, traversing gorges, numerous tunnels, mountain sides, deep valleys and open plains. Travel through the rolling green hills of Pietermaritzburg at a height of 672 m and end approximately 191 km further north at Ladysmith, 1037m above sea level.

The route starts at Masons Mill’s huge railway yard and depot just outside Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. From there it winds with double, electrified track to the first major station on the route, Pietermaritzburg. Travelling north from Pietermaritzburg, it forms two complete balloons (loops) at Boughton station, in order to negotiate the narrow valley at the foot of the first mountain range, then climbing to the first tunnels at Cedara, two single bores each 6km long.

After Cedara, the line continues to progress through more tunnels, river crossings and a few major stations, surrounded by plantations, factories and the occasional traditional village next to the line.

Between Merrivale and Tweedie is the huge wall of the Midmar dam, a spectacle to tourists, which can be seen from the line.

The product features Class 6E1 Series 4 3Kv DC electric locomotives, designed and built for the South African Railways (SAR) by Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, Transvaal. One hundred locomotives were delivered in 1973 and 1974, numbered E1446 to E1545. The South African Class 6E1 was produced in eleven series over a period of nearly sixteen years, with 960 units produced altogether, all built by UCW. This makes the 6E1 the most numerous single locomotive class ever to have seen service in South Africa and serves as proof of a highly successful design.

The locomotive is presented in four livery variations, Blue, Red, Red with yellow stripes and Orange.

In addition, a selection of wagons is included along with a passenger car.

Career Scenarios:
My Shift
In to the Past
Evening Run
Pickup at Dawn
Double Take
School Rugby Dilemma
Long Haul Up
Delivery Masons Mill
Jack of all Trades
Uphill

Run long, heavy freight trains over difficult and rugged terrain for the long haul or passenger services along the line. There is something here for everyone.

More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Key Features include:

191km Route from Pietermaritzburg to Ladysmith
26 Stations and Halts
Large freight rail yards and loco depots
Class 6E1 locomotive in four livery variations
Wagons and a Passenger Coach
Career Scenarios
Free Roam Scenarios
Quick Drive Compatible

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/222622/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The dual mode P32 AC-DM comes to Train Simulator for the NEC: New York-New Haven route in Metro-North livery.

The General Electric designed ‘Genesis’ series were built between 1992 and 2001 for Amtrak, Metro-North and Via Rail. Their unique design – built with a lower height than other North American locomotives – has made the series a common sight on the Northeast Corridor, known for its low-profile tunnels.

The P32 AC-DM can operate on power generated by diesel motor or from third rail pick-up. It is also unique in being equipped with General Electric’s alternating current (AC) traction motors, rather than DC motors as used in other subtypes.

The P32 AC-DM ‘Genesis’ for Train Simulator is available in Metro-North livery and features in-cab signalling specifically for the NEC: New York-New Haven route. Also included are Metro-North Shoreliner III passenger cars and a Metro-North Shoreliner III Cabcar.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Metro-North P32 AC-DM on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for NEC: New York-New Haven route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258655/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The dual mode P32 AC-DM comes to Train Simulator for the NEC: New York-New Haven route in Metro-North livery.

The General Electric designed ‘Genesis’ series were built between 1992 and 2001 for Amtrak, Metro-North and Via Rail. Their unique design – built with a lower height than other North American locomotives – has made the series a common sight on the Northeast Corridor, known for its low-profile tunnels.

The P32 AC-DM can operate on power generated by diesel motor or from third rail pick-up. It is also unique in being equipped with General Electric’s alternating current (AC) traction motors, rather than DC motors as used in other subtypes.

The P32 AC-DM ‘Genesis’ for Train Simulator is available in Metro-North livery and features in-cab signalling specifically for the NEC: New York-New Haven route. Also included are Metro-North Shoreliner III passenger cars and a Metro-North Shoreliner III Cabcar.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Metro-North P32 AC-DM on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for NEC: New York-New Haven route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258655/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The diminutive Class 2F Dock Tank is here for Train Simulator, developed by MeshTools.

The 0-6-0T short wheelbase tank engine was designed by Sir Henry Fowler for the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) who were responsible for operating lines on a number of docks. The short wheelbase of the locomotive made them an ideal candidate to traverse the sharp curves found on these docks, something other tank engines could not able do.

Only 10 of the Class were built between 1928 and 1929 at the Derby Works and their design was typical of other dock tanks, although unusually they incorporated outside cylinders. The Class saw service after nationalisation and some were allocated to Scottish depots, where they operated on branch lines as well as docks. However, withdrawals began in 1959 and by 1964 all had been removed from service.

The Class 2F Dock Tank for Train Simulator, developed by MeshTools, is available in a number of BR and LMS liveries, and features notched reverser with reverser catch, realistic steam brake and reverser dynamics, dynamic smoke and steam effects, exterior animations and animated brake rigging. Also included are a variety of freight wagons.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Class 2F Dock Tank on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Falmouth Branch route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/277735/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
One of the most well-liked and successful locomotives of the Great Western Railway, the Castle Class, speeds into Train Simulator in gleaming BR Brunswick Green liveries.
http://youtu.be/oWLHjqajbPE
Originally designed by Charles Collett, Chief Mechanical Engineer for the Great Western Railway, the origins of the Castle Class were in the Star Class of 1907, which introduced the basic four-cylinder 4-6-0 layout to steam locomotives. When introduced, the Castle Class was heralded as Britain’s most powerful express passenger locomotive with an average operating speed of 80mph (129 km/h) and a top recorded speed of 108mph (174 km/h).

The first models in the Class were built in 1923 for the GWR at Swindon Works; construction continued at intervals until 1950, by which time 171 locomotives had been built. The first withdrawals started in the 1950s, with the last Castle Class being withdrawn in November 1965.

However, eight locomotives in the Class have been preserved with two currently certified for mainline running. These preserved locomotives are often called upon to haul named special railtour services, including The Cornishman, The Bristolian and The Cornish Riviera Express.

The Castle Class for Train Simulator is available early BR and late BR Brunswick Green liveries, as it operated for BR in the 1950s - 1960s, and includes a Collett 4,000 gallon tender. The model features advanced steam simulations such as a reverser lock, 3D fire in firebox, animated internal valve gear, cab controls animated in exterior view, switchable headboards and coach boards. Also included are BR Mk1 coaches in Chocolate & Cream livery.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Castle Class on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Get it now on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258657/
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