In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator, we have today released an update for the ECML: London - Peterborough route and the Hitachi Class 801 Add-Ons.
This update is around 644mb in size and should download automatically through Steam.
Once a record-breaking steam locomotive admired by many on the UK’s rail network, the LMS Coronation Class ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ comes to Train Simulator in its striking streamlined variant.
The LMS Coronation Class was a mainline steam locomotive designed by William Stanier and built at Crewe Works between 1937 and 1948. In total, 38 were produced and are the most powerful steam locomotives ever built in the UK, with an impressive 3,333hp - more than the diesel traction that replaced them in later years.
The first five locomotives built in the Class were painted in Caledonian Railway blue with sliver stripes to match the coaches for the Coronation Scot service, for which they were designed for. They also featured streamlining, designed by Tom Coleman, the streamlining mainly added as a publicity stunt. However, Stanier believed the added weight, increased difficulty for maintenance and the fact that it just wasn’t effective at lower speeds, didn’t make it worthwhile.
In 1937 during speed trials, Coronation Class No. 6220 reached an impressive 114 mph (183km/h) south of Crewe, setting a new record speed at the time. However, shortly after reaching this speed, the locomotive entered a series of crossover points and with insufficient braking distance, entered the crossover too fast. Fortunately, the locomotive remained on the rails but destroyed most of the crockery inside the coaches. As a consequence, record-breaking runs were deemed too dangerous for passengers, crew and trains alike, and they were subsequently banned.
The second batch of five Coronations was also streamlined, apart from the more traditional Crimson Lake with gold stripes livery, one such locomotive being No. 6229 ‘Duchess of Hamilton’. The ‘Duchess’ was built in 1938 and was the last in the Coronation Class to be built with streamlining. Nine years later, ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ had its streamlining removed and smoke deflectors added.
Today, three Coronation Class locomotives have been preserved, No. 6229 ‘Duchess of Hamilton’, No. 6233 ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ and No. 6235 ‘City of Birmingham’. ‘Duchess of Sutherland’ remains in mainline service on railtours around the UK, while ‘City of Birmingham’ and ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ are static displays in museums, the latter alongside LNER A4 Class ‘Mallard’ at the National Railway Museum in York, resplendent in its original streamlining.
The Coronation Class ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ for Train Simulator is available in LMS Crimson Lake livery with gold stripes, and includes Mk1 passenger coaches in LMS Maroon Lined (late crest) livery.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the LMS Coronation Class (Streamlined) ‘Duchess of Hamilton’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Settle to Carlisle route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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 Union Pacific Big Boy Add-On.
Here's a list of what's been addressed:
Fixed missing pressure value of brakes on the F3/F4 HUD
Fixed missing couplings between wagons provided with the pack
Fixed missing polygons on wheels and bogies
Fixed gap between stacked containers on provided wagons
Fixed Add-On not appearing when searching American content in the front end
Fixed missing sound
Fixed AI collision in Big Boy on Sherman Hill Part 1 scenario
Fixed issue of faulty signal in Big Boy on Sherman Hill Part 2 scenario
Fixed headlight not working
Added Quick Drive compatibility
Improved text in scenario message boxes
If you have purchased the Union Pacific Big Boy the updates will download automatically from Steam.
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 Norfolk Southern Coal District Route and the Norfolk Southern Dash8-40C Loco add-ons.
Here's a list of what's been addressed:
Norfolk Southern Coal District
Fixed a number of text errors and spelling mistakes
Fixed a flickering road at Denbo
Fixed a number of instances of clipping or missing textures and missing terrain
Fixed a number of flickering textures alongside the track
Fixed an issue with some bridges that would disappear on low scenery densities
Fixed an issue with tunnels
Fixed a number of floating objects
Fixed non-functional cab controls on Dash9-44CW
Fixed non-functional train brake on Dash9-44CW
Fixed missing wiper audio on Dash9-44CW
Fixed brake cylinder and brake pipe pressure readings on Dash9-44CW
Fixed missing wiper audio on ES44AC
Fixed missing windscreen heater strip on exterior view on ES44AC
Fixed brake cylinder and brake pipe pressure readings on ES44AC
Fixed an issue with the G11 round tub coal gondolas that would cause them to rock from side-to-side in the middle of long consists.
Fixed an issue with the road number boards not being illuminated
Fixed missing flashing ditch lights (now tied to horn activation as per prototype and can be activated using the J key)
Fixed an issue with Quick Drive that would incorrectly state the loco as EMD SD80MAC
Fixed an issue with the G11 round tub coal gondolas that would cause them to rock from side-to-side in the middle of long consists
If you have purchased the Norfolk Southern Coal District, either standalone or as part of Train Simulator 2016: Steam Edition, and/or have purchased the NS Dash8-40C, the updates will download automatically from Steam.
A workhorse of German and Polish railways, the BR 24 ‘Steppenpferd’ comes to Train Simulator from Romantic Railroads.
The ‘Steppenpferd’ (‘Prairie Horse’) was developed specifically for the long, flat routes in West and East Prussia between 1928 and 1940 as passenger locomotives. The Deutsche Reichsbahn soon pressed these heavy steam engines into service and they served the DR well until the outbreak of World War II.
During wartime, a number of the locomotives were moved to Poland, where 34 remained after 1945 and re-classified as Oi2 by the PKP. These locomotives served until the last was withdrawn in 1976. Of the remaining locomotives, 47 were taken on by the Deutsche Bundesbahn and retired by 1968. Four locomotives were left with the DR following WWII and withdrawn from services in the 1970s.
In total, four examples have been preserved – three in Germany and one in Poland.
The BR 24 for Train Simulator is available in black livery and features cab lighting, accurately recreated steam simulation (including simulated boiler explosion) and functioning PZB90 in-cab signalling, plus custom route assets including a loco shed, water crane and coaling & sanding tower.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DR BR 24 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Hamburg-Hanover route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
As the first diesel locomotives to be built at BR’s Darlington Works, the Class 24 was built as part of the British Rail Modernisation Plan in the late 1950s.
The Class 24 was a Sulzer Type 2, Bo-Bo diesel-electric locomotive built between 1958 and 1961, incorporating numerous elements such as off-the-shelf standardised components used for manufacture, including a Sulzer 6LDA28 diesel engine and a 735Kw British Thomson-Houston (BTH) electric transmission, producing a total of 1,160hp resulting in a top speed of 75mph (120km/h).
Built at BR’s Derby, Crewe and Darlington Works, Class 24s could be seen running services initially around Derby and Crewe, but eventually across the British Rail network hauling both passenger and freight. Fifteen of the original 20 locomotives were put into use on the Southern Region as the Kent Coast electrification scheme was behind schedule, and could also be spotted in the Eastern Region, London Midland Region, Wales and Lancashire.
Class 24s also took over Condor freight services from London to Glasgow, replacing Class 28s, and became the foundation for the later Class 25 model.
The first Class 24 to be withdrawn from service was D5051 in November 1967 and by 1979, all but three Class 24s had been withdrawn from service, 14 of which were scrapped before receiving a TOPS number. The final locomotive, 24081, was withdrawn in October 1980.
Today, only four of the Class have survived into preservation, D5032 and D5061 at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, D5054 at the East Lancashire Railway and 24081 at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway.
The BR Class 24 for Train Simulator recreates the locomotive as it operated for British Railways throughout the UK in the 1960s, and is available in British Railways corporate blue/grey livery. Also included are BR Mk1 coaches in corporate blue/grey livery and 40T YGH ‘Sealion’ ballast wagons.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 24 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Weardale & Teesdale Network route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Those of you who have been enjoying the LNER Peppercorn K1, and who have run the included scenarios for the Weardale-Teesdale Network, can now enjoy three all-new scenarios as part of an update to the K1 add-on which was release live on Steam today. The three additional scenarios have been created by Victory Works and are given free to K1 owners automatically taking the total of scenarios for the LNER Peppercorn K1 to 8.
The classic Rail Blue livery of British Rail from the 1960s typified the heyday of diesel traction across the UK’s railway network, as depicted in this collection of diesel locomotives for the Weardale & Teesdale Network.
The BR Class 03 was one of the most successful small shunters that British Rail ever produced, built between 1957 and 1961. With a very short 0-6-0 wheelbase, the Class 03 had a top speed of 28.5mph (46km/h) and found itself working at places like Ipswich Docks where heavier Class 08s were unable to operate, and as station pilots across the UK network. Today, a total of 56 in the Class have survived into preservation, with one remaining in active service until 2008 for Govia Thameslink Railway as a yard shunter.
With a demand for faster, less restrictive diesel locomotives in the early 1960s, the BR Class 25, with its 1,250bhp engine and 90mph (145km/h) top speed, could be seen across the UK network, earning their affectionate nickname of ‘Rat’. Initially designed for freight work, some ‘Rats’ were fitted with boilers so they could heat passenger trains, in particular on the Crewe to Cardiff services in the 1980s. In March 1987, the final Class 25 was withdrawn from service with 20 examples surviving the cutter’s torch and today can be found in various states of operation at heritage railways across the UK.
The diesel-electric BR Class 31 was built by Brush Traction between 1957 and 1962 with Mirrlees engines and a top operational speed of 80mph (129km/h). Their original 1,250bhp or 1,365bhp engines proved to be unsuccessful, and the fleet was subsequently fitted with English Electric engines instead – the same motive power as fitted to Class 37s but with a lower 1,470bhp. The Class 31 is probably best known for its numerous variants, the /0 variant easily recognisable for its lack of headcode box above the cab, earning the nickname ‘Skinhead’.
The sound of ‘Tractors’ is synonymous to the 1960s, the BR Class 37 being a frequent sight across the UK, in particular in East Anglia and Scotland hauling InterCity services. Built between 1960 and 1965 by English Electric at their Vulcan Foundry and Robert Stephenson and Hawthorns, 309 of the Class were produced. British Rail initially placed an order of 42 locomotives in January 1959, with the remainder of the Class being built between 1960 and 1965, very much as a mixed traffic locomotive, easily pulling coaches or hauling freight.
Built by Cravens between 1956 and 1959, the BR Class 105 had the same side design profile as Mk1 coaches, utilising the same doors and windows for efficiency and cost saving. A total of 302 cars were built with 150bhp per engine and a top speed of 70mph (112km/h), initially made up as three-car (19 units) and two-car configurations. The Class 105 was used throughout the UK on rural and branch line services in East Anglia, North East and North West England and parts of Southern Scotland, and also running in and out of London Kings Cross on suburban services before electrification.
The BR Blue Pack for Train Simulator recreates these popular diesel locomotives as they worked over the Weardale & Teesdale Network in the 1960s. Also included are PCA, PCAV and YGH ‘Sealion’ freight wagons, plus BR Mk1 passenger coaches in blue/grey livery.
The locomotives are also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Blue Pack on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Weardale & Teesdale Network route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).