Community Announcements - DTG_James
25/06/2015

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The classic Class 105 diesel multiple unit comes to Train Simulator, perfect for the stunning Weardale & Teesdale Network route.

Built by Cravens of Sheffield between 1956 and 1959, the Class 105 operated throughout the UK on branch lines and rural services in East Anglia, North West and North East England, and also parts of southern Scotland. The Class 105 could also found on suburban routes out of London King’s Cross before electrification.

Once the stable of North East railways, operating alongside their superior cousins, the Class 101, most of the units that operated in that area were based at the DMU Maintenance Depot at Bank Top, Darlington. However, some units were based at Heaton Depot, Newcastle and operated local services to Sunderland, Hartlepool and Durham.

Some Cravens Class 105s were designated as Class 106s, due to them being fitted with different engines; however they were all later re-classified to Class 105. They were also based on the BR Mk1 coach body, underframe and bogies, Cravens having built a number of these coaches for British Rail previously.

Nineteen of the Class ran as three car units, but all of the centre cars had been withdrawn and re-used in Class 101 trains by 1970. None of the units were selected for refurbishment as they were candidates for early withdrawal, however they operated in passenger service until 1988 in their BR Corporate Blue livery.


The Class has also fared badly in preservation, with only three vehicles preserved today; a number of cars were also purchased and sectioned for use as store rooms on North Sea gas platforms, although it is not known whether any of these sections survived.

The Class 105 for Train Simulator is available in British Railways Green livery and features a working gear lever, wipers, engine start/stop, AWS, headlamps and tail markers, and changeable numberboards.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 105 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).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
25/06/2015

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Some of the north east of England’s oldest and most important railway lines come together in the stunning new Weardale & Teesdale Network route for Train Simulator.

The broad network of railway lines connected some of the north east’s largest town and cities with collieries across the Pennines, with the first line opening in 1825 that connected the collieries near Shildon with Stockton-on-Tees via Darlington.

At this time, the line was a mere 25 miles in length, but by 1860 it had grown considerably with extensions and branches to virtually every corner of Weardale and Teesdale, covering more than 200 miles. The original line is probably most famous as being the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives when they were first introduced in 1833.

The area was linked with a prestigious and long list of railway heritage, with several railway-related works and engineering facilities to be found throughout the network. Darlington Railway Works, responsible for the building of many steam and diesel locomotives, was built in 1863 and survived until the Beeching Axe in 1966. Shildon Railway Works, known locally as ‘The Wagon Works’ as it built many of British Rail’s freight revenue vehicles, is also a famous landmark in the area, closing only recently in 1984 and now home to ‘Locomotion’, the National Railway Museum’s second site.

Much of this extensive railway network and many of those famous landmarks suffered at the hands of Dr Beeching, whose sweeping changes to the British rail network in the 1960s closed many of the branch lines to passenger traffic. As collieries closed and freight traffic reduced, by 1980 there was virtually nothing left of the famous routes as they were once known.

Towns such as Crook, Tow Law, Barnard Castle, Piercebridge and Bishop Auckland – once bustling railway towns – lost their stations and trackbed lifted, and today visitors to the area would never believe they once had such a rich railway heritage.

The Weardale and & Teesdale Network faithfully recreates the main lines and branch lines around the area as they were between 1950 and 1960, just before the Beeching closures, recreating almost all of the 200 miles of rail lines between Durham City, Darlington, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Wearhead.

Classic BR green liveried diesel traction is also represented, in the guise of the Class 08, Class 25, Class 37 and Class 101, along with Mk1 blood and custard coaching stock and a number of freight wagons, including a 21t Mineral Hopper, 16t Mineral Wagon, Five Plank Mineral Wagon, Six-Wheel Milk Tanker, Presflo Bulk Powders Wagon, 20t Bitumen Tank Wagon, 20t Toad E Brake Van and 10t Cattle Van.

Also new for the route is a diesel brake tender ‘slug’ in BR green livery, alongside prototypical LNER semaphore and colour light signalling throughout the route.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
23/06/2015

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One of the most versatile German electric locomotives, the BR 120, is now here for Train Simulator in distinctive Deutsche Bahn ‘Regio’ livery.

The BR 120 was originally designed to replace the impressive BR 103, and was one of the first electric locomotives to feature three-phase motors, as widely used throughout modern electric locomotives.

Intended to be the first truly universal locomotive with capability to haul fast passenger trains and heavy freight loads, prototypes of the class were delivered in the late 1970s and more than 60 models entered service in the late 1980s. The BR 120 locomotives are still widely used throughout Germany today.

Weighing in at 84 tons and delivering 7500hp of power, these lightweight locomotives are versatile for virtually any route, and with a top speed of 200km/h (124mph).

The BR 120 for Train Simulator is available in Deutsche Bahn ‘Regio Red’ livery and features PZB, LZB and SIFA functionality. Also included are new IC coaches.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DB BR 120 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the The Rhine Railway: Mannheim-Karlsruhe route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
Today we have released a small fix for the SD40T-2 locomotive included in the recently released Soldier Summit route, download size 176.3mb.

Community Announcements - DTG_James
Last week we began an open beta for Update 51.6a for Train Simulator. This beta is now closed.

We would like to thank everyone who took part and provided feedback for the update. The final version of the update will be released in the coming weeks.

Please note that your copy of Train Simulator will now automatically revert to its pre updated state until the full release of 51.6a. This reversion should happen automatically.

Thanks again to everyone who took part and helped us in shaping the future of Train Simulator!
Community Announcements - DTG_James
Today we have released an update for Train Simulator 2015 into open beta.

This update includes the addition of a random Quick Drive generation button, Fixing of the white effect obscuring distant scenery and a number of UI improvements.

The open beta will run for a week and allow players to provide feedback about the update before it is released. You will need to own Train Simulator 2015 to take part.

Please see click here for information on how to take part and what is included in the update - http://dtg.link/4Vrb
Community Announcements - DTG_James
29/05/2015

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The World’s fastest electric multiple unit speeds into Train Simulator, perfect for recreating Gatwick Express services on the London-Brighton route.

The Class 442 ‘Wessex Electric’ (or 5WES) electric multiple unit (EMU) was introduced in 1988 on the South Western main line between London Waterloo and Weymouth. Their introduction coincided with the completion of the electrification from Bournemouth to Weymouth.

The units were initially used solely on the Weymouth line, but through the 1990s began to be used on the London Waterloo to Portsmouth direct line. Upon privatisation, the whole fleet passed to the South West Trains franchise, and then to Southern.

In 2008, Southern began a refurbishment programme that saw all Class 442 units pass on to Gatwick Express services between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport, and at peak times to Brighton.

Dedicated services between the UK capital and the country’s second busiest airport began in May 1984 with air-conditioned InterCity Mk3 coaches operated by British Rail. In 2008, Gatwick Express ceased to exist as a separate franchise, being merged into the Southern franchise.

Despite their popularity on Gatwick Express services, all 24 trainsets are due to be replaced by Class 387 units in 2016 with the 5WES’s future still to be determined.
The 442 currently holds the world speed record for a third-rail electric multiple unit on conventional rails with 108mph (174 km/h) attained in April 1988, although the designed operational top speed of the units is 100mph (161 km/h).

The BR Class 442 for Train Simulator reproduces the Gatwick Express service as it operated for Southern from 2008. The five-car units comprise of Driving Trailer Standard (DTS), Trailer Standard (TSO), Motor Luggage Composite (MLC), Trailer Standard Wheelchair (TSW) and Driver Trailer Standard (DTS).

The train is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Gatwick Express Class 442 ‘Wessex’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the London-Brighton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
21/05/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/370960/?snr=1_7_7_204_150_10

Ever dreamed of going on epic rail journeys around the World? Now you can! Train Simulator 2015: Epic Journeys Edition captures the excitement of some of the World’s most epic rail journeys in incredible detail.

Welcome to TS Academy: Your career starts here! Learn to master all kinds of trains, locations and situations as you qualify to be a train driver.

Real World Routes: Power up Utah’s legendary Soldier Summit, discover some of Germany’s most spectacular countryside and take a high speed express to London.

Build Your Dream: Turn your hand to building your own routes with a suite of powerful and easy to use creator tools and download more routes and locos from the store.

TS2015: Epic Journeys Edition features three stunning routes for you to enjoy:

Soldier Summit: Provo to Helper, including the D&RGW SD40T-2, Amtrak F40PH and D&RGW GP9
The Rhine Railway: Mannheim to Karlsruhe, including DB BR 406 ICE 3M, DB BR 189, DB BR 425 and DB BR 294
London-Faversham High Speed, including Southeastern Class 395 and Class 375

NOTE - Train Simulator: Epic Journeys Edition is a standalone game; however, it will be launched via the Train Simulator 2015 listing in your Steam library. If you own Train Simulator 2015, all Train Simulator: Epic Journeys Edition content will appear in the menu system as it does with add-ons
Community Announcements - DTG_James
19/05/2015

As part of our continued drive to improve customer services, we are pleased to announce the release of a new player support system across all of our titles. This new system is available now and can be accessed at dovetailgames.kayako.com

The new system replaces the email based system we have used previously, and allows us to answer queries from players more quickly and efficiently. It is hosted online, which means players can access the new system from any Internet enabled device, and search our Knowledge base for answers to frequently asked questions.

Players can also track their own support calls, responses and history of previous support enquiries.

Please note, new support enquiries will no longer be responded to by email and should be submitted via the new system at dovetailgames.kayako.com Existing support queries already submitted by email will remain open until resolved.
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