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.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
25/08/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/325992

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line brings to life the 1950s glory days of the famed New Haven (NYNH&H) Railroad – and glorious it is!

Extending from Springfield, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut, this highly authentic Train Simulator route represents 62 miles of multiple-track, densely-packed mainline railroading bustling with a mix of New Haven passenger, through freight, local freight, and switching activity. In the 1950s, the NYNH&H’s Springfield-Hartford-New Haven corridor was a busy center of New England manufacturing, and the line offers countless opportunities for serving those industries with local and switching operations. Plus, the route’s many beautiful lineside stations (including large stations at Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven) provide for classic-era passenger railroading at its best.

In addition to re-creating New Haven’s Springfield main line, the route includes a variety of adjoining branch lines and spurs, such as New Haven’s branch to Suffield and Windsor Locks, its Bloomfield/Griffin branch, the quarry line at Meriden, extensive industrial trackage around Hartford, and New Haven’s Mill River branch. Major freight yard and terminal facilities exist at Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven, keynoted by New Haven’s famously massive, 880-acre Cedar Hill Yard, which was the largest terminal complex in New England.

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line features a trio of locomotives from America’s three dominant diesel builders – the versatile GP9 from Electro-Motive; Alco’s 1,000-horsepower S-2 switcher; and General Electric’s diminutive 44-tonner. Together, the locomotives are perfectly suited for a variety of duties and are provided in a total of seven livery variations.

The route includes an extraordinary selection of 1950s freight and passenger rolling stock including more than a dozen freight car types (many in multiple liveries and with various loads) ranging from boxcars to gondolas to tank cars to TOFC flats. New Haven’s distinctive NE-5 class caboose is included in three liveries, and three passenger car types (heavyweight baggage and coach and distinctive Osgood-Bradley lightweight coaches, all in multiple liveries) are included with the route.

The Virtual New Haven Railroad’s Springfield Line route captures all the appeal that made the New York, New Haven & Hartford an iconic favorite of railroad enthusiasts and, in taking you back to the 1950s, will provide countless captivating and challenging railroading experiences!
Community Announcements - DTG_James
12/08/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376943

Originating the 1840s, the railway that connects Berlin to the likes of Wittenberg, Bitterfeld and Leipzig has seen many upgrades throughout the decades to make it the high speed railway known today. Before the wires dominated over the rails, the line was considered as one of the most important of its kind throughout Germany. Be ready at the controls as Berlin-Leipzig is now available for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme member, Aerosoft.

The Berlin-Anhalt Railway Company was responsible for building many of Berlin’s railway connections throughout the mid-19th Century. Their main railway, the Anhalt Line, ran from Berlin to Köthen via Wittenberg and opened throughout 1840 and 1841. From Köthen, a connection was made to the nearby Magdeburg-Leipzig railway allowing for services to Halle and further to Leipzig. By the late 1850s, various connections were made faster with new, more direct routes.

The Anhalt Railway was quickly established as a major long-distance route, one of the most important in Germany. Express services were departing Berlin daily to destinations such as Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, and even beyond Prague. By the late 1930s, as many as 33 trains a day were on the move between Berlin and Bitterfeld before branching off to multiple destinations. This frequency of long-distance travel was the highest of every other railway in the country.

World War Two was harsh on the Anhalt Railway, many platform and lineside structures were destroyed along the route and only the most essential were repaired. The line also saw some changes in years to follow, the rise of the Berlin Wall meant services from Halle and Leipzig were no longer allowed to enter their former terminus. This would not be rectified until sections of the Berlin Outer Ring were completed, allowing direct connections to continue without approaching the wall. Several compromises had to be made and service numbers suffered.

The reunification of Germany saw the Anhalt Railway lose a portion of its importance, many services ceased following the fall of the Berlin Wall and a new stable timetable was not introduced for some time after. Several years later and even more services stopped operating across the line, with new high speed routes offering a faster connection.

A plan was put into place to upgrade the Anhalt Railway to 160 km/h running, with 200 km/h a distant provision. To achieve this higher speed and increase journey times, all level crossings were to be replaced with bridges and every station would be modernised. By 1995, the journey time between Berlin and Leipzig was only at 100 minutes, but with further modernisation was expected to be under an hour in years to come. Just over a decade later and a majority of the Berlin to Leipzig route was 200 km/h ready. Further upgrades to allow this included the restoration of the old Anhalt route in Berlin, connecting to the new main station for the city and just outside Bitterfeld, the longest set of points in the world were installed; safe for up to 220 km/h operation featuring 59 metre-long point blades weighing in at 120 tons each.

With higher speed allowances, ICE services began to operate between Berlin and Leipzig at journey times of around 1 hour and 10 minutes (non-stop services could travel the gap between the two cities in as little as 57 minutes). The upgrades were a success and ICE passenger numbers alone soared upwards, with regional services also adding to the increasing popularity of the line.

Some reconstruction has taken place in recent years, old metal 'Y-shaped' sleepers from the days of slower running were suffering from rust and needed to be replaced. Speed limits drastically dropped during the period of repairs, and following the initial issue the line speed is currently no higher than 160 km/h, with 200 planned to be re-introduced in 2017. Future projects along the line will see signal boxes replaced by larger signaling centres, with the old structures likely to see demolition after they have lived through their purpose.

Undoubtedly, the line owes its important heritage to the fact that it terminates in the world’s largest railway station by floor area, Leipzig Hbf. This goliath-like transport hub ensured that many passengers would want to travel to Leipzig either as a destination or as a waypoint along their journeys.

With high speed operations, both express and stopping, serving one of the most important lines in Germany’s railway history, the line between Berlin and Leipzig is unlike any other.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
10/08/2016

We have now released a small update for Train Simulator 2016

Change list:

- Fixed missing tabs in Profile Screen

This update should download automatically through Steam and is around 24mb in size.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
10/08/2016

We have now released a small update for the Hamburg-Lübeck route.

Change list:

Improved German and French localisation and added Spanish, Russian and Polish localisation to Hamburg-Lübeck route

This update should download automatically through Steam and should be around 500mb in size
Community Announcements - DTG_James
09/08/2016

We have now released a small update for the South Wales Coastal Route

Change list:

Improved German and French localisation and added Spanish, Russian and Polish localisation. Also added more numbers to the HHA Coal Hopper CSV

This update should download automatically through Steam and is around 500mb in size.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
09/08/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376951

First designed in the 1990s, the Talent truly is the forefront of modern European transportation for both passengers and drivers alike. With such sparks as the ever-successful Talent 2 in its legacy, the Austrian Federal Railway can be proud of operating such a uniquely versatile EMU. Be prepared to experience this modern passenger workhorse for yourself as the ÖBB 4023, from Partner Programme developer RSSLO, is now ready for service in this Pro Series Add-On for Train Simulator.

ÖBB ordered their Talent EMUs from Bombardier in the early 2000s as a modern helper to their ageing ÖBB 4020 fleet. While a majority of the order was comprised of the four-car variant, the ÖBB 4024, a handful of three-car variants were also part of the bill. The three-car Talents were classified as the ÖBB 4023 and were designed to serve more rural routes where passenger numbers were lower and platforms were not suitable for their longer siblings.

After addressing comfort issues raised by the passengers, the ÖBB 4023 was a network-wide success. Its powerful nature and generous capacity made them ideally suited for routes such as the Semmeringbahn, being able to effortlessly crawl up and down the winding rails in all conditions.

The ÖBB 4023 provides a very smooth journey thanks to its shared Jacob’s bogies, both reducing drag and increasing safety at the same time. When combined with a streamlined profile, the ÖBB 4023 set foot in a new era of efficiency while traversing the Austrian landscape. It will not be long until this experience will be wholly your own, as the ÖBB 4023 will be coming to Train Simulator.

The ÖBB 4023 EMU add-on features the three-car EMU in the distinctively-modern ÖBB red and grey livery, complete with a variety of comprehensive procedures such as a full start-up sequence from battery panel to master key. A selection of challenging scenarios is included for the Semmeringbahn route (available separately) to test your skills in this modern Austrian traction.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
05/08/2016

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, today we have released an update for the Western Pacific FP7 ‘Califorina Zephyr’.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

- Cab camera positions have been unified across the F9 and FP7 locomotives
- Additional passenger view added on the lower deck of the observation car
- Specular levels have been increased on passenger vehicles
- Mars Light functionality added
- Added additional cab equipment
- Lights are no longer tied to the horn
- Independent front and rear control
- Ability to stop Mars light rotation
- Two additional scenarios have been added for the Soldier Summit route.
- Dynamic brake handle has been fixed in the FP7 cab
- Manuals have been updated
- Localisation text fixes to manuals and scenarios
- F9 and FP7 Power handles mouse over animation now matches asset animation
- Air gauge needle colours fixed

If you own the Western Pacific FP7 ‘California Zephyr’, 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.

If you do not yet own the Western Pacific FP7 ‘California Zephyr’, now is the perfect time to pick it up!

The Western Pacific FP7 ‘California Zephyr’ update will be approximately 100 MB in size.
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In the alphabetical news round-up waiting like a pre-pounce puma beyond the break ‘A’ is more likely to be for ‘airship’ or ‘angry house’ than ‘apple’. Stripy ungulates probably won’t feature in the entry for ‘Z’ but simulated Bf 110s or Mitsubishi A5Ms might. If you’ve an eye for a shapely engine nacelle or a finely chiselled turret if you’ve an interest in the bloodier bits of history – I guarantee your curiosity will be piqued by something> in the 26-compartment specimen drawer below. … [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - DTG_James
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 First Capital Connect Class 319 and North Jersey Coast Line

First Capital Connect Class 319 Changelist

- Fixes the AWS horn only clearing once and never being audible again.

North Jersey Coast Line Changelist

- TS16 update. Improved German and French localisation and added Spanish, Russian and Polish localisation.

If you own the First Capital Connect Class 319 or North Jersey Coast Line the updates will download automatically from Steam. 

The First Capital Connect Class 319 update will be approximately 45 MB in size and the NJCL update will be approximately 620 MB in size.
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