Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

In the light industrial districts that have sprung up around FSX, X-Plane, and DCS World, genuine craftsmen aren’t all that hard to find. The machine tools that whirr and thump and whine in the workshops of add-on makers like A2A Simulations and PMDG are operated by passionate perfectionists – driven micrometer wielders whose scrap bins brim with components that look, on first, second and> third inspection, absolutely flawless. Elsewhere in Simulatia, it’s a different story. Just about the only sim that can boast a third-party add-on as lovingly fashioned as this Texan or this Fishbed, is Train Simulator. I enthused about that add-on – a delightful Class 205 DEMU – a few weeks ago, and in today’s Flare Path I talk to the outfit behind it, Armstrong Powerhouse.

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Community Announcements - DTG_James
22/09/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376935

The Outeniqua Choo Tjoe was one of South Africa’s longest-lived and most famous steam passenger train services – and now the spectacular and challenging route of the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe is available for Train Simulator!

Tracing a path between the Outeniqua Mountains to the north and the Indian Ocean to the south, the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe operated between George and Knysna in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, a distance of 67 kilometers (42 miles). The rugged line was constructed between 1924 and 1928 – and for eight decades thereafter proved a paradise for those seeking either the scenic majesty of South Africa’s Garden Route or the magic of its Cape-gauge (3-foot, 6-inch) steam railroading.

Train Simulator’s Outeniqua Choo Tjoe route features South African Railways’ Class 24 2-8-4 steam locomotive designed by SAR Chief Mechanical Engineer, M.M. Loubser and constructed by the North British Locomotive Company in 1949-1950. Weighing in at 147,000 pounds, 100 of the stylish SAR Berkshires were constructed and many remained in active service into the 1980s. And the Train Simulator route also includes a variety of authentic SAR passenger and goods rolling stock to re-create not only the iconic Outeniqua Choo Tjoe passenger train but the route’s goods and mixed trains.

The route of the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe was one of the world’s most majestic and inspiring railroads – and the Train Simulator Outeniqua Choo Tjoe route includes all the remarkable features of the legendary line, from the towering Kaaimans River bridge to the reverse loops of Goukamma to the spectacular Knysna Estuary.

The Train Simulator Outeniqua Choo Tjoe route, from Dovetail Games Partner Programme member Johansteam, recaptures and brings to life all the extraordinary appeal of one of the globe’s most captivating steam-operated railroad lines!
Community Announcements - DTG_James
20/09/2016

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, Influenzo have today released an update for the DB BR 420.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:
  • The Traffic Red shader was updated
  • The Traffic Red Livery was updated to more accurately reflect the real world version
  • The Carmine Red shader was updated
  • Detailed door window frames were added to improve quality
  • The roof components pertaining to the electricity supply have been improved
  • Added additional destinations to the ZZA

If you own the DB BR 420, 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.

The DB BR 420 update will be approximately 299 MB in size.

If you do not yet own the DB BR 420, why not pick it up now following its recent introduction as part of the Pro Range, complete with all liveries as previously available on the Marketplace!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/222599/
Community Announcements - DTG_James
15/09/2016

store.steampowered.com/app/24010

Are you ready to take on the challenge of running to tight schedules with absolute precision in some of the World’s most advanced passenger trains?

Featuring the latest and greatest routes, a diverse array of locos and hundreds of hours of gameplay, there is no better time than now to enter the world of Train Simulator.

The Art Of Precision

Step into the cab of some of the World’s most advanced passenger trains and take on the challenge of running to tight schedules with absolute precision

Enjoy four fantastic real-world routes including:
• Transport your passengers precisely on time along the Vogelfluglinie between Hamburg and Lübeck in the renowned DB BR 218 locomotive.
• Drive at breakneck speeds along the breathtaking Ligne Grande Vitesse: Marseille Saint Charles to Avignon TGV route in the iconic TGV® Duplex.
• Take in the scenic countryside of Southern Wales in the distinctive Arriva Trains Wales Class 175.
• Experience the precision of American commuter operations along the North Jersey Coast Line in the modern NJ TRANSIT ALP-45DP locomotive.

Real Railways

Transport your passengers across highly detailed real-world routes in Great Britain, France, Germany and the North America.

More than driving

Create and share your own routes with the community and watch the world go past as a passenger or rail fan in the ultimate rail related hobby. You can also capture the perfect scenes in our Railfan Mode. Take some shots and share them with our community.

Beginners Welcome

Start from the beginning at the TS Academy and learn to master your machines and rule the rails.

Additional Features:

• Quick Drive menu system: drive whatever you like, where you like
• Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
• Integrated Steam Workshop free scenario download centre
• Create your own routes and scenarios with powerful in-game editing tools
• Access the Train Simulator community in-game
• Find all the content you love in our Add-Ons catalogue, from our Classics Range selection through to study-level Pro Range.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
15/09/2016

If you would like to check that you are now eligible to receive the Beta Access for Train Sim World in December, please follow this easy step by step:

Go to the TS2017 page

Click on "Package info" under the TS2017 Pioneers Edition Bundle

When you are on the page, click on the “Add to Cart” box. If you see the pop up box message telling you that you already have all the included content, then you are all set! You will receive the Beta Access in December at launch straight in your Steam library!

For more information on Pioneers Edition, click here - http://store.steampowered.com/bundle/999/
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Tim Stone)

With the 100th anniversary of warfare’s first armour action less than a week away, I was rather hoping I’d be able to fill today’s gaping word trench with a fat fascine of WW1 tank game news. Graviteam are working on a landship sim! Rev Sudasana is to release a Whippety version of Armoured Commander! Noble Empire are going to let us assemble A7Vs!> As it’s now Friday morning and my OPs have yet to sight a single rhomboid on the horizon, it looks like Plan B will have to be put into operation instead. A few inches below yonder html parapet lurks news of Dovetail’s TS replacement, plus talk of the latest Sengoku Jidai add-on and a WW2 MP tactics game with hints of Close Combat, Men of War, and Jagged Alliance. … [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - DTG_Stephen
08/09/2016

Store.steampowered.com/app/376963

Delivering mail and hauling passengers was the Saint Class’ staple throughout their operational lives, leaving London as the day comes to a close and passing through the Riviera Line in the shadow of night. The Saint Class truly was a grand example of Great Western engineering and is now ready for you to enjoy in Train Simulator, complete with unique TPO rolling stock, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Victory Works
After modifications to the Great Western Railway network, converting lines into the widely adopted standard gauge, modernisation quickly came into effect. New lines that shortened the distance between London and the West Country were not seeing a dramatic change of journey times, services were still being hauled by older and slower locomotives. New traction was clearly required and G. J. Churchward, soon-to-be Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, sought to deliver.
After acquiring several experimental locomotives (and also designing his own), Churchward, who was now C.M.E. ordered a prototype loco to be built at GWR’s Swindon Works. This first prototype finished production in February 1902 and was numbered ‘100’, later being named Dean, then William Dean in honour of Churchward’s predecessor. This 4-6-0 prototype took into account of all Churchward’s initial findings, however following testing further modifications would be made to future models, leaving ‘100’ as a unique locomotive.
A further two prototypes were built in 1903, no. 98 and No. 171, each developing on the last and also featuring a mix of 4-4-2 and 4-6-0 wheel configurations (the latter of which was eventually proven to be the best, and also chosen as the base for the new production locomotives).
A total of four different Saint Class production series would be built between 1905 and 1913. Each series was given its own name, these were; Scott, Ladies, Saints and Courts. Multiple variants could be listed between the different series, the main differences were in the frames, boilers and smokeboxes. Combined, the four series came together to form a 77-strong fleet of Saint Class locomotives.
The Saint Class proved suitable as passenger and mail haulers on longer-distance journeys, being able to cope with just about anything aside from the top link expresses. Once the Castle Class was introduced in the early 1920s, many Saints (and their larger sisters, the Stars) were displaced to secondary duties. However, a problem arose with the Saint class as their large wheels were deemed ineffective for hauling freight.
While Churchward tried to rectify the lack of freight locomotives with the 4700 Class, his successor, C. Collett decided to modify the original Saint Design and built out of 2925 Saint Martin a new prototype locomotive. This new locomotive would become a success and soon be known as the Hall Class, which in itself turned into the Modified Hall, Grange, Manor and County Classes. The Saint Class was recognised as, ‘one of the most important steps forward in railway traction of the 20th century’ by The Great Western Society, a locomotive that in no doubt became the future of the GWR.
Despite the acclaims of the revolutionary Saint Class, no examples managed to survive into preservation. All locomotives were withdrawn from service by 1953 and subsequently scrapped, leaving their successor locomotives to continue on until the end of steam.
Thankfully, not all hope is lost for the return of the Saint Class. The Great Western Society are currently in the process of reverting an old Hall Class locomotive, 4942 Maindy Hall, into a Saint Class no. 2999 Lady of Legend. 2999 is a continuation of the Saint Class’ numbering and so Lady of Legend will essentially be a ‘new’ locomotive to the Class (aside from being a Hall conversion) much like 60163 Tornado is to the LNER Peppercorn A1 Class.
The Travelling Post Office
The Great Western Railway was famous for a service called the Travelling Post Office. These trains would set out from London in the dead of night and deliver the post to every major town, ready for the locals to open in the morning. The trick to a fast and reliable Travelling Post Office is to have a consist which does not need to stop, and the solution was quite revolutionary.
The concept of the Travelling Post Office first originated in the 1830s. Post began to run across the Liverpool & Manchester Railway following an agreement with the General Post Office, and within the decade it became mandatory that all railways had to carry the mail in some capacity. It was in 1838 when the concept of sorting the post on the train itself came to fruition, the Grand Junction Railway was the first, with the post being sorted on the way. This post service must’ve proven popular as by the mid-1840s it had been extended up through to Scotland.
The services quickly became known as Travelling Post Offices, and could either be formed of dedicated mail rolling stock or a mixture of mail and passenger. Not only did this concept continue throughout Britain, it was also employed across various Commonwealth countries and even the Army.
Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the Travelling Post Office is the rolling stock itself, and how it interacts with the world around it. The Sorting Coach and Baggage Coach would’ve been built off of existing rolling stock designs, be that local ‘Big Four’ or BR Mk1 etc. and would feature dedicated ‘TPO’ interiors, complete with unique mail equipment. The Baggage Coach would be fitted with a net and several mail bag holders, while on the trackside similar equipment would be standing, ready to perform the mail transfer.
At specific locations, workers inside the TPO would prepare the mail bags to be hung from the side of the coach, and then these bags would be collected by a trackside net. At the same time, any empty mail bags would be returned to the coach by a similar process. This operation happened while on the move and allowed for non-stop services throughout the night.
The first special Travelling Post Office was across the GWR network, London to Bristol services started in 1855 and the lineside equipment was introduced at Maidenhead and Slough just over a decade later.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
Train Simulator is getting ready to depart on its most exciting journey to date, get your world exclusive first look at the future of Train Simulation below!

- ESRB Rating Pending -

http://dtg.link/bJLvG
Community Announcements - DTG_James
01/09/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376966/

Since the introduction of railways, many breathtaking landscapes have been unlocked for global captivation. From plains to canyons, what the world has to offer has been made ever-closer as technology advanced. One such example of stunning scenery is of course Switzerland, crisp blue skies contrasting against the towering peaks of the Alps would not be the tourist attraction they are today without the railways. The Albula Line sought to better connect the South East of this picturesque country, and by doing so traversed unbelievable scenery that today is enjoyed around the world.

In the early 1890s, many towns and villages throughout Graubünden were not fairly served by railways. After the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) was formed out of the successful Landquart-Davos-Bahn, and voted into state ownership, discussions were soon taking place for a new railway line to serve the somewhat isolated communities.

Multiple plans were drawn up for a railway through Graubünden, but eventually a deal was settled in 1898 for a railway that would traverse the Albula Valley via Thusis and St. Moritz. While originally planned as a standard gauge railway, the higher popularity of the narrower metre gauge within the state saw that the latter would be chosen in the end.

After the railway reached Thusis, it was time to traverse the Albula Valley. Construction began in October of 1898 and much of the new line was laid within 5 years. Despite the rapid construction, the new Albula Line was in no shortages of logistical challenges along keys sections of the pass. Steam locomotives of the day were not excessively powerful, yet the line was meant for both passenger and freight traffic. To overcome this, the line was restricted to both a 3.5% gradient and fairly generous turning radius; this solved any potential power struggle and avoided a rack-and-pinion railway, but ushered in the problem that the line couldn’t reach its destination.
The altitude difference throughout the Albula Valley meant that a 3.5% gradient was not enough to connect the towns throughout the pass. The answer would be to artificially extend the railway. Using a combination of curved tunnels, spiral tunnels and viaducts, the builders carefully brought the railway to the right altitude while staying within the parameters. One other vital structure to the railway is the Albula Tunnel. Stretching across 5866 metres, this tunnel is among one of the highest alpine tunnels in Switzerland and passes under almost a kilometre of mountain above, avoiding the Rhine/Danube watershed.

Services began to operate across a majority of the line with its opening in July 1903, these services were not complete though. The debate between RhB and the St. Moritz municipality on where the town’s station should be based was still ongoing, and as result the full line did not open until one year later.

Even though the line was built as a steam railway and was projected to be so for some time, the coal shortage during the First World War pressed RhB into the realm of electrification. By 1919 the whole line was now seeing wired traction.

In 1930, the Ablula Line became home to one of the slowest, yet most beautiful railway expresses in the world, the Glacier Express. This service was born from the idea to connect two of the main mountain resorts in the Swiss Alps by rail, St. Moritz and Zermatt. The full run takes upwards of 7.5 hours to complete, during which time the rolling stock passes over 291 bridges and 91 tunnels, including those on the iconic Albula Railway. After over 80 years of operation, the Glacier Express is considered as one of the principle passenger services to operate across the Albula Line, and it does so on a regular, daily basis.

In modern times of course, the classic Glacier Express has seen some changes to its rolling stock. Perhaps the most revolutionary was the introduction of brand new panorama cars between 1986 and 1993, these new passenger cars featured windows that stretched beyond the sides of the car and upwards over the roof. This open-plan design gives passengers a completely unobstructed view of the snow-capped Alps, featuring both 1st and 2nd Class accommodation.

The route has been served by a variety of locomotives, and today sees the powerful RhB Ge 4/4 III take the Glacier Express across its unforgettable journey. The RhB Ge 4/4 III entered service in 1993 as a new generation of electric locomotives, developed from the previous Ge 4/4 II. With a top speed of 100 km/h, the Ge 4/4 III is perfect for Glacier Express, and Albula freight haulage. A total of 12 locomotives were built between 1993 and 1999, with each featuring a unique Coat of Arms.

With stunning scenery from the outset, impressive structures throughout and an iconic rail service which has been operating for the last 8 decades, the line between Thusis and St. Moritz has earned UNESCO World Heritage status. Welcome to the Albula Line, now available for Train Simulator courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Thomson Interactive.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
26/08/2016

We have now released a small update for Semmeringbahn - Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz.

Change list:

Improved German and French localisation and added Spanish, Russian and Polish localisation to the Semmeringbahn route.

This update will download automatically through Steam and should be around 500mb in size.
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