Arriving March 15th, Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor New York!
Our next expansion for Train Sim World, entitled “Northeast Corridor New York”, captures the busy and vital portion of Amtrak’s electrified Northeast Corridor in and around the New York City area, and is Available to Pre-Order now!
The experiences that lie ahead on the NEC within Train Sim World are tantamount to excitement, so to get on board, head to the Store and pre-order Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor New York today!
The drama and challenges of classic American heavy steam railroading in the 1920s roars into your collection with the extraordinary Bessemer & Lake Erie route!
Masterfully created by G-TraX, the Bessemer & Lake route brings to life the B&LE during the heart of the steam era and includes the B&LE’s rugged line from the shores of Lake Erie at Conneaut, Ohio to North Bessemer, Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of important B&LE rail yards, secondary lines, rail interchanges, and coal branches! The entire route has been refined to give 70 miles of the most entertaining and exhilarating experiences this railroad has to offer.
The Bessemer & Lake Erie was a railroad created to serve the steel industry and deliver iron ore from Great Lakes freighters docking at Conneaut Harbor to steel mills located around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. B&LE complemented its ore movements with the haulage of bituminous coal from the mines of western Pennsylvania, and the railroad also totted its share of general freight and operated limited passenger services.
Conneaut Harbor was the essence of America in the industrial age. Great Lakes freighters laden with iron ore arrived at Conneaut and gigantic Hulett unloaders transferred ore into B&LE hoppers. The Bessemer & Lake Erie route for Train Simulator re-creates Conneaut in remarkably authentic fashion, right up to including fully functional Hulett unloaders!
Conneaut is one of five major yard and terminal complexes featured in route. Albion, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania (home to three yards and key railroad interchanges); and North Bessemer, Pennsylvania (where the B&LE interchanged with Pittsburgh’s Union Railroad), each host railroad facilities. At B&LE’s hometown of Greenville, Pennsylvania, the railroad’s expansive facilities include the line’s erecting, car, and locomotive shops, highlighted by a transfer table and 17-stall roundhouse. And on a route rich with lineside industries, among the most important is the massive Standard Steel complex at Butler, home to steel production, rail car-building, and automobile production.
To move its tonnage (and passengers), the Bessemer & Lake Erie route includes two authentic steam locomotives – the B&LE’s venerable 0-6-0 steam switchers constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1909, and the railroad’s powerful D-1-A class 2-10-2s built by Baldwin in 1919. And the Bessemer & Lake Erie route includes an extraordinary selection of period-authentic rolling stock, with boxcars, flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, refrigerator cars, tank cars, pickle cars, cabooses, crane cars, and heavyweight baggage, coach, and commuter coaches all included, many in various liveries and with multiple loads.
It’s time to experience the famed B&LE – and the memorable and captivating era of 1920s American steam-era railroading – with the Train Simulator Bessemer & Lake Erie route!
Created to fill a critical gap in the Deutsche Bahn fleet, the DB BR 612 is here! Take control of a key piece of tilting diesel technology and put it through it’s paces on the Mosel Valley Koblenz-Trier Route Add-On.
DB’s early attempts at acquiring a fleet of tilting DMUs for un-electrified regional routes were, quite frankly, unsuccessful. Both the DB BR 610 and DB BR 611 came with significant problems in their tilting systems leading to cracked bogies, and they often spent time limited to slower speeds anyway, with their tilting systems disabled.
The ‘final hurrah’ for DB came when they commissioned Adtranz (today part of Bombardier) to build a fleet of DMUs which were to be almost completely redesigned, aiming to avoid as many faults from previous attempts as possible. The result was the DB BR 612, part of the RegioSwinger family, which entered traffic in 1998, and after the hurdles faced with traction prior, DB finally had a more capable tilting DMU.
Able to achieve 160 km/h in service, and improve journey times on routes laden with curves, the DB BR 612 fleet has seen consistent use across multiple regional networks in Germany, and for a time, also operated inter-city trains when the DB BR 605 ‘ICE-TD’ fleet was grounded for the seemingly common cracked axle issue.
With great included scenarios and a host of details to guarantee a realistic experience, this will make the perfect addition to your collection!
In response to your important feedback on a variety of content available for Train Simulator 2018, we have today released updates for the following 3 add-ons.
Class 421 London Southeast Jaffa Changelist (Approx. 39MB)
- Updated Textures to improve colours - to be more similar to the MLV - Rebuild DRM (to fix model issues) - Fixed Z-Fighting on Private Sign on Driver Door (on DTCL) - Updated Quick Drive Consists to include new routes. - Replaced Driver (So that it has a different one to the rest of the Slam Door Stock) - Removed Branding (apart from Loudaphone) - Fixed Handbrake Keyboard Control - Fixed Locomotive Coupling Issue - Fixed Coupling Gap between Carriages - Fixed Passenger Legs going through tables
Class 375 Dark Blue Changelist (Approx. 80mb)
- Fixed Passenger View going Dark in Tunnels and at Nighttime - Removed Driver from Class 375/8 & 375/9 Non Driver Variants - Added Maidstone West as a destination. - Added Variant of 375/8 - 375823 with "Ashford" Name Plates (just a copy of the 375/8 blueprints with a child object attached - no new carriage models)
Class 205 Network SouthEast Changelist (Approx. MB)
- Small Audio Update
If you own any of the above add-ons, the updates 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.
Soak in the sights, sounds and smells of a venerable route with almost 200 years of history, but which still runs both passenger and freight services across the Kentish countryside. With a range of locos and multiple units tearing down the tracks between lovingly rendered, true-to-life stations this is the route for all fans of English rail!
The South Eastern Railway was established in 1836 to build a railway line which would link London and the coastal town of Dover, a key port with connections to mainland Europe. The line was sedate, but bustling. Passenger, fruit and hops traffic became a staple of the line between Maidstone and Paddock Wood, and despite opposition from residents, and even the Mayor of the county town, there was little denying that the railway was proving beneficial. So beneficial in fact, that it was decided to extend the line further north, continuing to follow the path of the stunning Medway Valley.
One striking feature of the route is that the Medway Valley Line retained its semaphore signalling. It would not be until 2005 that the line was finally brought up to modern standard with colour-light signalling, however some still remain open and can be seen in-game, especially at stations like Cuxton where the level crossing is still hand-operated gates.
Today, the line is a community rail service operated by Southeastern. The same service pattern is in effect, and is typically formed of 3-car Class 375/3 Electrostars, although Class 466s are used on occasion, and Class 465s have also been used in years prior. An extra service pattern was trialled in 2011 and is now permanent, Southeastern Highspeed Class 395s operate in the morning and evening peaks to Maidstone West, calling only at Snodland before heading to/from London St Pancras.
When brought into Train Simulator, the Medway Valley Line will complement the Chatham Main Line by bringing you a quieter side to Southeastern services while unlocking freight potential across the picturesque countryside. Kent is called “The Garden of England” for a reason – so get out there and see for yourself!
In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2018, we have today released an update for the FEF-3 UP Northern & Overland add-ons
This resolves an issue where the whistle on the Advanced versions of the FEF-3 under certain conditions would not turn off after being used.
If you own the FEF-3 UP Northern & Overland, 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 FEF-3 UP Northern & Overland update will be approximately 120 MB in size.
Bring powerful locomotives and hefty freight to life with the action-heavy MRCE Dispolok Pack! With a rich history and lots to play with, this pack is the perfect way to freshen up your collection.
Following the turn of the 21st Century, a handful of Siemens’ locomotives, which had recently been shipped to their buyers, were returned owing to technical issues found upon entrance into service. While not ideal, Siemens took it in their stride to repair the faults and ensure the locomotives were ready for service proper, and to avoid working at a loss, took full advantage of the European rail transport deregulation.
The deregulation would allow the leasing of traction and rolling stock to newly-formed private companies, instead of them having to purchase and maintain such stock outright. It was this that saw Siemens set up “Dispolok”, a locomotive-leasing division that would put their returned traction to profitable use. The project was a success, and soon more locomotives would be built specifically with leasing in mind.
Before long however, Siemens, who was retiring from the leasing business, reached an agreement for Mitsui Rail Capital Europe to acquire the brand in 2006. By this point, around 100 locomotives were in the Yellow & Grey Dispolok brand, and MRCE added to that by ordering from Siemens around the time of their acquirement of the brand. Two years later, and the company was renamed to MRCE Dispolok, which saw a new Black livery added to locomotives. The brand was further changed to MRCE GmbH in 2013.
Over the years, a multitude of locomotive types have been leased by MRCE/Dispolok to provide operators a reliable choice of traction, that is able to put down as much power required for any duty. The fleet includes Siemens’ very own ES 64 F, F4 and U2 electric locomotives, and their ER20 Eurorunners. Additionally, EMD JT42CWR’s have been a recent popular addition, this locomotive is better known as the EMD Class 66, a Europe-wide favourite with over 650 produced.
Authentically crafted high-speed action awaits you with the striking CRH2A for Train Simulator! Experience an integral part of the Chinese railway network’s modern history with this revolutionary locomotive.
To compete with road and air traffic, the railway network of China needed a massive improvement to average journey times. This was done through several rounds of “Speed Up” campaigns, which saw dramatic changes to the infrastructure between 1997 and 2004.
The next stage however would be the most radical, the construction of passenger-dedicated high speed links between cities, and of course brand new traction to run upon them. The first of these new lines opened in 2007, and a handful of modern electric multiple units were especially constructed for the job, one of which was the CRH2A.
Unlike the state-of-the-art traction introduced nowadays, which is uniquely designed, the first generation of Chinese high-speed EMUs were built to various existing family designs from companies across the world; Bombardier delivered the CRH1, and Alstom the CRH5, however the CRH2, specifically the 2A, was from Kawasaki in Japan and entirely derived from the E2-1000 Series Shinkansen of JR East.
The first of the CRH2A EMUs was delivered as early as March 2006 and the fleet would enter service 13 months later. Despite being Shinkansens, only a few train sets were actually constructed in Japan, a handful more were sent in knock-down form as a ‘kit’ for CSR Sifang who would produce the rest of the fleet by means of technology transfer from Kawasaki, Mitsubishi and Hitachi. The initial order of CRH2A EMUs called for 60 sets, however a further 40 would be ordered by 2010, a tell-tale sign of in-service success.
Capable of 250 km/h, the 100-strong fleet of 8-car CRH2A EMUs rapidly revolutionised travel in China, and helped lay the foundation of the record-breaking high-speed network which today outmatches all others. While not related to the Shinkansens like the CRH2A, further derivatives such as the ‘2B’ and ‘2C’ would further decrease journey times, and rather importantly, the Shinkansen/CRH2 family was chosen as the basis of the landmark CRH380A.
We have today released an update for Train Simulator 2018.
Added Simplified Chinese as a supported language
North Wales Coastal DLC:
Added Simplified Chinese as a supported language
Mittenwaldbahn + DB BR442 DLC:
Added Simplified Chinese as a supported language
Peninsula Corridor DLC
Added Simplified Chinese as a supported language
This update will download automatically from Steam and will be around 1.7GB in size. 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.
Get ready for another helping of classic Arosa Line traction with the authentic RhB Enhancement Pack 02 for Train Simulator! A new range of Alpine challenges await you inside…
First built in 1973, the Ge 4/4 II was designed as a capable replacement to the older and unreliable Ge 6/6 I. More would be introduced in 1984, making a total of 23 locomotives to serve the Rhaetian Railway’s core network. They share resemblance to locomotives of the Swiss Federal Railways, but are broadly different under the hood, well-suited for the challenging Alpine landscape which awaited them in their mixed-traffic service.
The classification of the Ge 4/4 II indicates that it is the RhB’s second example of a locomotive which has 4 axles, all of which are powered. The 23 locomotives are numbered from 611 to 633; all of them are named after towns served by the RhB network, and brandish the relevant coat of arms next to the locomotive name. While the standard RhB red livery is applied across the fleet, multiple locomotives actually feature promotional designs depicting various events and advertisements.
In 1997, the Ge 4/4 II fleet was permitted to work along the famed Arosa Line as freight and passenger locomotives, as the 25 km mountain railway was converted to the same overhead system as the rest of the RhB network; 2400 V DC to 11 kV 16.7 Hz AC. The Ge 4/4 II’s power output was ideal for the sharp grades and ever-growing traffic, and they would easily work passengers and freight in tandem, making for most unique consists throughout the valley.
Age is always a concern with classic traction, however the entire Ge 4/4 II fleet was modernised to keep up with ever-advancing technologies. New headlight clusters were fitted on several locomotives from 1999, and from 2004 until 2008, analogue components were taken out with digitised equivalents installed.
Expand your collection with the RhB Enhancement Pack 02 and try out a classic loco, 3 brand new scenarios and a range of rolling stock now!