Community Announcements - DTG_James
17/04/2015

Today we have released a patch for the Grand Central Class 180.

Details of what is included in this patch are as follows:

- Speed set information added to EN, FR and DE manuals.
- The door warning lights fixed
- Improved and prototypical Speed Set function

Download size is 15.6mb and should download automatically upon entering Steam.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
16/04/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277769/

One of the most powerful single-engine diesel locomotives in the World comes to Train Simulator, the General Electric AC6000CW.

The 1990s saw a huge horsepower race between North America’s two major locomotive manufacturers, GE Transportation and Electro-Motive, both keen to harness an anticipated demand from the railroads for high-powered freight movers. The results were the AC6000CW from GE and SD90MAC from EMD – both 6,000hp models.

Between 1995 and 2001, a total of 314 AC6000CW locomotives (in two variants) were constructed for CSX and Union Pacific in the US, and BHP Billiton in Australia. To achieve 6,000hp in a single-power-plant unit, GE collaborated with Deutz MWM of Germany to develop a new engine, the 7HDL16. Due to an eventual lack of demand for units of this size and the subsequent development of the more efficient and reliable GEVO power plant, the AC6000CW was the only significant rail application of the 7HDL-series power plant.

The AC6000CW packed considerable specifications when it entered service – units measured 76ft in length and weighed 425 tons. The locomotives are noted for their North American wide-nose cab styling, massive 5,500-gallon fuel tank, and huge rear ‘flared’ radiators unique to this GE locomotive. A total of 207 7HDL-powered AC6000CWs were built. Additionally, to hurry the model to market, GE built 106 locomotives for Union Pacific with GE’s standard 7FDL engine rated for 4,400hp, which were intended to be converted to the more powerful engine, but this re-powering program never materialised.

The GE AC6000CW for Train Simulator is available in ‘BC2’ CSX Transportation livery and features CSX freight wagons.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the CSX AC6000CW on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Miami – West Palm Beach route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
13/04/2015

Today we are releasing a update for the AT&N Consolidation Class 280-157, details of what is included in this update are as follows:

FIXED :

- Whistle no longer muted after entering a scenario directly from the editor.
- Eliminated a small glitch in the animation of the eccentric cranks.

IMPROVEMENTS:

Note: Those marked as [Adv] are applicable only to the advanced (non-HUD-enabled) version.

- Accurate starting tractive effort and improved performance (for example, boiler pressure increased to the prototypical 200psi)
- Louder sounds (rod clanking, cylinder drain cocks, whistle, safety valves).
- Cab rattling noise.
- Quillable whistle.
- Particle emitters re-worked for TS2015, including much denser stack smoke.
- Two additional cab camera views.
- Window glass re-textured with dirt around edges.
- Water sight glass float is now much easier to see.
- Headlight lens flare on full beam.
- Steam pressure gauges given a more authentic dial face.
- QD auto-numbering on tender and locomotive number both set to #201.
- QD consist selection list tidied up and some more QD consists created.
- HUD version can now be operated in Simple Controls mode.
- [Adv] Scripted, realistic wheel slip and skid physics (with sparks).
- [Adv] More advanced brake simulation, with independent brake bail-off, brake pipe pressure rate of change that depends on the length of the consist, and pressure differential between equalising reservoir and brake pipe.
- [Adv] Player-selectable friction conditions (dry, wet, icy, "wet leaves").
- [Adv] Friction set automatically to "icy" in winter.
- [Adv] Real steam chest with admission/exhaust valve events.
- [Adv] Back pressure gauge.
- [Adv] Piston over-speeding causes incremental damage that can lead to destruction of the cylinders.
- [Adv] Hydrostatic lubricator must be operating to avoid cylinder damage when the pistons are in motion.
- [Adv] Throttle jams in place when boiler is overfilled with water.
- [Adv] Catastrophic damage when water overflows from the boiler into the cylinders.
- [Adv] The cylinders will fill with steam only when the admission valves are open, which depends on the position of the slide valves and the cut-off. Thus, when starting from a standstill, the locomotive will not move if the cut-off is too short, depending on where the slide valves have stopped.
- [Adv] At a standstill, condensation builds up in cylinders while cylinder drain cocks are closed.
- [Adv] Water in the sight glass sloshes up and down when the locomotive is moving.
- [Adv] Bass-enhanced chuffs fully synchronised with the pistons even during extreme wheel slip.

This update is 81.4MB in size.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
09/04/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/222633/

As part of British Rail’s popular Sprinter family of diesel multiple units, Class 159s were a popular sight on south west services from the UK’s capital to the west of England, and is now available for Train Simulator.

Built between 1989 and 1992 as Class 158 units, the Class 159 units were converted in the early 1990s to meet a demand on south west services to replace ageing Class 50 loco-hauled services. The Class 50 trains were not suited to the short distances between stops and suffered reliability issues.

In all, 22 units were converted into Class 159 units, incorporating modifications such as the addition of a First Class passenger section and cab modifications. The most notable improvement was a more powerful 400hp diesel engine that allowed the units to tackle some of the more challenging gradients with ease.

Class 159 DMUs are formed of a leading Driving Motor Composite vehicle, incorporating the first class section, a Motor Second trailer vehicle and a reversed Driving Motor Second vehicle. These three-car sets were often coupled in units of six vehicles, allowing them to carry some 424 passengers.

The BR Class 159 for Train Simulator is available in late Network SouthEast livery and reproduces the three-car DMU as it operated for Network SouthEast following inception in 1993 and before refurbishment in 2000. Also included is an InterCity Swallow liveried High Speed Train.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Network SouthEast Class 159 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).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
You’ve chosen your routes and mastered your machines, now prepare yourself to take on some of the world’s most extreme train challenges with the upcoming arrival of Train Simulator 2016.
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Launching in September 2015, TS 2016 will contain exclusive features and content that will challenge and entertain in equal measure.
Built on the foundations of the current Train Simulator technology, TS 2016 will provide a selection of all-new extreme challenges set across a variety of different eras that will test the mettle of every driver.
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Community Announcements - DTG_Martin
http://store.steampowered.com/app/277765/

Slam door multiple units were a much loved and classic sight on the UK capital’s rail network from the 1950s onwards, and now one such unit – the Class 415 ‘4EPB’ – comes to Train Simulator, perfect for the South London Network route.

Introduced in 1951, the ‘4EPB’ (4-car, Electro-Pneumatic Brakes) was a classic southern ‘slam-door’ third-rail EMU which had a career spanning 44 years, and became the most numerous class on the region after the withdrawal of Class 405 ‘4SUBS’. Each four-car set was comprised of two powered driving cars and two trailers, originally with compartment seating but later refurbished with open seating.

The units were designed for a mixture of inner-city and suburban operations on third third-rail DC lines out of south London, and a top speed of 75mph (121km/h) was enough for runs further out of town.

In 1960, the first British Rail designed units were introduced, based on then current Mk1 Suburban stock. A refurbishment of the Class in the late 1970s and early 1980s saw compartment stock converted to open saloons, and both seating and luggage racks replaced with standard Mk2 fittings.

Despite their numerous numbers, the 4EPBs were withdrawn from service by 1995, with one four-car unit preserved.

The Class 415 ‘4EPB’ for Train Simulator is available in Network SouthEast livery as a Class 415/6 variant, indicating refurbished stock of BR design. Features of the model include passenger view, slam-door sound effects, guard’s whistle when setting off, and high intensity headlamp.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Network SouthEast Class 415 ‘4EPB’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the South London Network route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_Martin
http://store.steampowered.com/app/277763/

The iconic Class 180 ‘Adelante’ speeds into Train Simulator in distinctive Grand Central Trains livery.

The five-car sets were built by Alstom at their Washwood Heath plant between 2000 and 2001 for First Great Western, who wanted to increase the frequency of their express services between London Paddington and South Wales, and became part of the Coradia 1000 family, alongside the popular Class 175.

Nicknamed ‘Adelante’ by First Group, the Class has had a chequered career, being late into service in the early 2000s and returns to their leasing company, Angel Trains, ahead of schedule in 2009. Subsequently, they were assigned to other train operators and in 2012, five sets were refurbished by First Great Western.

In total, only 14 sets were built and despite their reliability problems, are still in operation today for Grand Central Trains, First Great Western and First Hull Trains. They are capable of reaching 125 mph (201 km/h) thanks to a Cummins QSK19 diesel engine, identical to the engine fitted to the Class 220 ‘Voyager’. The ‘Adelante’ is also unique in being the only diesel-powered high speed train in the World that has a diesel-hydraulic transmission.

The Class 180 ‘Adelante’ for Train Simulator is available in Grand Central Trains’ black livery and includes features usually seen on high speed trains, including signal bell, open/close coupling hatch, DRA, instrument lights, glare panel, headlight control, vehicle overspeed, brake gauge, DSD reset pedal and working TMS system.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Grand Central Class 180 ‘Adelante’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the East Coast Main Line: London-Peterborough route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
24/03/2015

Today we have released a small patch for the Miami Commuter Rail F40PHL-2, with this update the class lights have been seperated from the main headlights and the class lights have been scripted to turn off by default

Download size is 22mb
Community Announcements - DTG_James
19/03/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277768/

One of Germany’s most strategically important rail lines comes to Train Simulator, bringing the splendours of The Rhine Railway to life and featuring one of Europe’s largest freight marshalling yards.

The Rhine Railway runs from Mannheim to Rastatt, via Karlsruhe, and was opened in 1870 as an alternative route to the Baden Mainline. The line originally ran between Graben-Neudor and Karlsruhe, following a more western path to its current one, and is now called the Hardt Railway, partly used by lines S1 and S11 of the Karlsruhe Stadtbahn.

In 1895, the current route was opened as far as Karlsruhe and extended to Rastatt. Being entirely within the Upper Rhine Plain, the line is almost entirely straight and there are no major engineering structures anywhere along its path, and runs almost parallel with the Rhine Valley Railway, which runs from Mannheim to Hiedelberg, Karlsruhe, Rastatt, Offenburg and Basel.

The line has undergone several changes through the years, being adapted and extended for both World Wars. Most notably, the line was electrified in the 1950s and in subsequent years, several stations were abandoned, including the station of Altrip, - the town now lies on the opposite bank of the Rhine having been cut off entirely by the straightening of the river.

Today long distance trains formed of BR 145 locomotives with Regio passenger coaches, as well as ICE and TGV high speed trains, travel the route in either direction. It is also served by Regional-Express services formed with BR425 S-Bahn electric multiple units.

A prominent landmark on the route is the Mannheim Rangierbahnof, one of Europe’s largest freight marshalling yards, stretching six kilometres (3.7 miles) and covering 200 hectares, and also an important freight exchange for the Southern Rhine Valley.

The 80 kilometre (50 mile) Mannheim to Karlsruhe section of The Rhine Railway for Train Simulator recreates the busy line as it is seen today, and features the criss-crossing commuter, high speed and freight lines that see dense traffic on a daily basis.

A number of passenger and freight locomotives and trains are also included with the route, including the DB BR 406 ICE 3M, DB BR 189, DB BR 425, DB BR 294 and associated freight wagons.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
Today we have released a small patch for the BR Class 14 that adds quick drive support and a BR Blue livery variant.

This update should download automatically upon entering Steam and is 31.8MB in size.
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