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11/01/2018

http://store.steampowered.com/app/642803/Train_Simulator_RhB_Enhancement_Pack_02_AddOn/

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!
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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 RhB Enhancement Pack 01.

User Manual

Driving wheel name and description updated

Loco File Updates

Clipboard light updated
Request stop light and functionality added
Locomotive driving control updated to represent the real loco better (dynamic brake on left hand side of control wheel)
Brake effort increased

Audio File Updates

Request stop bleep added Audio triggers updated for control system.

If you own the RhB Enhancement Pack 01, 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 RhB Enhancement Pack 01 update will be approximately 400 MB in size.
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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 Albula Line.

User Manual

Driving wheel name and description updated

Career Scenario - Locomotive Tutorial

Updated to represent changes to controls

Passenger Mode Scenario

Updated to allow auto driving script to work with updated control names

Loco File Updates

Clipboard light updated
Request stop light and functionality added
Locomotive driving control updated to represent the real loco better (dynamic brake on left hand side of control wheel)
Brake effort increased

Audio File Updates

Request stop bleep added Audio triggers updated for control system.

If you own the Albula Line, 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 Albula Line update will be approximately 400 MB in size.
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Time to save in the bumper Steam Winter Sale is rapidly running out, make sure you start 2018 proper by saving BIG on your expanding your Train Simulator collection!

So hurry over to the store now as the sale ends at 6pm GMT
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The festive season has arrived, and with it comes the bumper Steam Winter Sale, which of course, offers the opportunity to save BIG when expanding your Train Simulator collection!

Take advantage of some of these incredible discounts now!
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20/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/642807/Train_Simulator_Peninsula_C24orridor_San_Francisco__Gilroy_Route_AddOn/

Test your limits with Train Simulator’s Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route, bringing you contemporary Caltrain commuter railroading and Union Pacific freight operations at their challenging finest!

The Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route is an extension to the popular San Francisco – San Jose route, and includes the full length of Caltrain’s dynamic San Francisco – Gilroy commuter operation (77 miles), plus additional Union Pacific freight trackage that extends the total length of the California route to more than 90 miles!

Along Caltrain’s 77 route miles there are 32 station stops stretching from San Francisco’s busy 4th and King Street Station to San Jose’s stylish Diridon Station to Gilroy. Six new stations are included in the extension: Tamien, Capitol, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, San Martin, and Blossom Hill. The route also includes Caltrain’s modern Central Equipment & Maintenance Facility at San Jose and lay-over commuter yards at Gilroy and Tamien.

The Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route features Caltrain’s workhorse Electro-Motive F40PH-2CAT and stylish MPI “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C diesel locomotives as well as the railroad’s Nippon Sharyo and Bombardier cab car and coach bi-level commuter equipment.

The Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route also delivers diverse Union Pacific freight operations, including the expansive pier district of San Francisco Bay, the busy Port of Redwood City, and the rural 14-mile UP Hollister Branch. For freight duties, the Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route includes the versatile Union Pacific Electro-Motive GP38-2 as well as an expanded range of freight rolling stock appropriate to the route.

Train Simulator’s new Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco – Gilroy route truly has something for everyone interested in contemporary railroading, and offers an extraordinary diversity of modern American railroading experiences. Test yourself on this challenging route today!
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15/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/642804/Train_Simulator_InterCity_BR_Class_370_APTP_Loco_AddOn/

Grow your collection with an iconic piece of British Rail history: the infamous Advanced Passenger Train Prototype. Securing its place in history as the first commercial passenger train to feature tilting technology, it nonetheless suffered as the new features caused uproar and contention. Experience a genuine turning point in train design and challenge yourself to improve with this unique train and accompanying scenarios!

Built by BREL at Derby, for allocation at Glasgow and Crewe, the BR Class 370 ‘APT-P’ was an InterCity Development train uniquely designed to provide faster journey times on the West Coast Main Line. The WCML was plagued with a multitude of twists and turns as railway companies of old attempted to navigate the hilly landscape; and while trains could probably take turns at higher speeds than they did, the passenger’s comfort would be jeopardised.

The initial APT project had already procured the APT-E (Experimental) which could tilt, but ran off of diesel turbines and was, much like previous turbine-driven locomotives, inefficient at lower speeds. The next development if the project would be the prototypes, but continual stalls in progress eventually called for the (not so) stop-gap, the High Speed Train.

Eventually, in 1979, the BR Class 370 ‘APT-P’ was completed. The APT-P consisted of six rakes and spare driving second & brake first vehicles, numbered 370001 – 370007. Each rake would contain up to six articulated trailer vehicles and one non-driving motor vehicle, so that each train set would comprise of two such rakes with the motor vehicles being situated in the centre of the formation. These formations resulted in three almost identical sets of 12 to 14 vehicles in length.

Each centrally-positioned power car consisted of four traction motors, delivering upwards of 4,000hp per power car. With around 8,000hp propelling the APT-P in total, it earned the accolade of the most powerful domestic passenger train in the UK and would undoubtedly be able to reduce journey times, all it needed was a good tilting system.

Needless to say it was good, it was very good, and in fact it was too good – as claimed by passengers and press. The active tilting system was so effective that you could not tell it was tilting, but when looking out the window, feeling level-headed and seeing the countryside bobbing up and down at the same time caused seasick-like discomfort. The ghost-tilt of the APT would be one of many issues to come to light, and would not be rectified until later models were released.

Due to the shoestring budget during engineering there were flaws in the manufacturing of the power car bogies which resulted in poorly fitting brake equipment. This caused brakes to stick to the wheel of the power cars causing them to overheat. There were also problems with various lubricants used throughout the power cars which caused oil filter blockages.

Despite the technical troubles the APT-P was credited with a number of firsts. It was the first passenger train to use self-contained septic tanks, and it housed a completely unique hydrokinetic braking system which was very successful and worked incredibly well. The APT-P was also the world’s first commercial passenger train to use tilting technology. The APT-P would offer a passenger relief service between London and Glasgow, three days a week, between 1983 and 1985. However, it was forced into service during December and failed on one of its first big outings, dealing more damage in the public eye.

Ultimately, after the technical problems and a lack political will to take the project forward, the planned APT project would never be fully developed into the APT-S (Squadron) sets. The APT-P powercar would instead influence the BR Class 89, the prototype to the BR Class 91 InterCity 225 of the East Coast Main Line, and the tilting technology would be sold to Fiat who refined their Pendolino family and would eventually sell their train sets back in the form of the BR Class 390 - the tilting, spiritual successor to the APT-P.

Today only a single, almost complete APT-P has survived into preservation and is housed at the Crewe Heritage Railway Centre next to its old stomping grounds, the West Coast Main Line. Despite drawing people from all over the world, APT-P has suffered and is all but a shadow of her former self.

Entirely unique in every right and with a service speed of 125mph, a design speed of 155 and a record speed of 162.2, the APT-P, while flawed, has its own place in railway history; continue its tale yourself as we bring the much-loved BR Class 370 ‘APT-P’ to Train Simulator!
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07/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/621926/Train_Simulator_Canadian_National_Peace_River_Route_AddOn/

Enjoy contemporary and challenging railroading in the spacious prairies of Alberta, Canada as the remarkable Canadian National Peace River route comes to Train Simulator!

Created by Milepost Simulations, the Canadian National Peace River route delivers the experiences of hauling lumber products, timber, grain, and mixed commodities across 40 route miles of demanding, scenic Canadian National trackage located in Northern Alberta, Canada.

Train Simulator’s Canadian National Peace River route is centered upon the town of Peace River, Alberta, and includes portions of the Canadian National Railway’s Peace River, Manning, and Daishowa Subdivisions. The southern end of the Train Simulator Canadian National Peace River route is at Judah, located high on the Alberta prairie. From Judah to Grimshaw, via Peace River and Roma Junction, the route re-creates much of the CN Peace River Subdivision. From Roma Junction to nearby Roma Yard, the route replicates a key element of the CN Manning Sub, and from Michaud (on the west bank of the Peace River), the route fully re-creates the modern and rugged 10-mile Daishowa Subdivision to Peace Valley.

The included rail lines provide the Canadian National Peace River route with both main line tonnage and robust lineside tonnage sources, including grain elevators and loading facilities at Grimshaw, and a modern and expansive lumber mill at Peace Valley. Handling main line tonnage on the Canadian National Peace River route is a guarantee of challenging railroading. The line between Judah and Peace River involves a tortuous 2.4 percent grade linking the river valley and high prairie. The work west of the river is demanding, too; climbing from Michaud to Roma involves a gradient of over 2 percent and use of a double-horseshoe to gain elevation.

The Canadian National Peace River route includes locomotives and rolling stock ideally suited to serve on the line. The featured locomotive is Canadian National’s six-axle, 3,000-horsepower SD40-2W. Based on Electro-Motive’s standard SD40-2, the SD40-2W features the Canadian “comfort cab,” a design which includes a full-width and strengthened nose, more spacious crew cab, and distinctive four-piece windshield. The SD40-2W is provided in two CN liveries, the railway’s current livery and CN’s earlier “zebra stripe” livery. Featured freight equipment includes Canada’s classic cylindrical-design covered grain hoppers in two well-known liveries; boxcars in two liveries; center-beam and bulkhead lumber flats; and a Canadian National-design steel cupola caboose. And to put you right to work hauling tonnage and handling switching duties, the route also features a selection of six career scenarios which provide realistic operating experiences across the entire 40-mile route.

Explore the great prairie and river country of Canada and master a range of locomotive skills with the Canadian National Peace River route!
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06/12/2017

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562380/Train_Simulator_Corris_Railway_Expansion_Pack_Loco_AddOn/

Experience industrial narrow gauge along the Corris Railway with this expansion pack for Train Simulator, featuring No. 5 “Alan Meaden” and No. 9 “Aberllefenni”. Explore the mountains of North Wales with these beautiful locos along a route that survives thanks to the dedicated efforts of rail enthusiasts!

The Corris Railway was a small freight line used for moving minerals that closed in 1949. In 1966 Alan Meaden started a group of volunteers to preserve what remained of the Corris Railway. Only one of the original locomotives from the Corris Railway survives to this day, No. 4, which is now at home on the Talyllyn Railway. The locomotives in use today are either from other railways or new builds.

Locomotive No.5 is a 4-wheel Motor Rail Simplex, Works No.22258 that was purchased in 1974. Built in 1965, it was originally used on the 2 ft (610mm) gauge gypsum mining system at Staveley Lime Products, Hindlow, Derbyshire. It was initially purchased from Staveley by an enthusiast who stripped it down for renovation and was in this dismantled state that it was sold to the Corris Society.

Following an extensive overhaul in the East Midlands, No.5 ran for the first time on Corris rails in 1979. It is named “Alan Meaden” in honour of the Society's late founder, who carried out a substantial part of the loco’s rebuilding.

The Corris Society sought a light locomotive to assist in rebuilding the railway, and it has since proven itself to be a very useful general works loco. Although it has on occasion been used for special passenger trains when visiting Talyllyn Railway, it is too light for regular passenger use, and has not been fitted with the necessary air braking equipment.

No.9 is a 4-wheel battery electric locomotive, Clayton B0457, built in 1974. It was formerly in use at the Aberllefenni Slate Quarry by Wincilate Limited. At the request of Wincilate, the locomotive carries the name “Aberllefenni”. It has regular use as a carriage shed shunter, but is too light for actual passenger carriage work as like No.5 it does not have air brakes fitted.

Experience a piece of Welsh narrow gauge history and master bespoke locomotives with the Corris Railway Expansion Pack!
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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 Virgin Trains First Generation Pack.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:
    General
  • Corrected English, French & German spelling and grammatical issues in the manuals
  • Corrected French and German spelling and grammatical issues in the scenarios
BR Class 47/8
  • Fixed an issue where the wiper blade would disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the controls on back wall of the cab were inoperable
    BR Class 43 ‘HST’
  • Corrected the default brake position when starting from ‘Notch 1’ to ‘Full Service’
  • Corrected a texture issue with the tail lights
  • Corrected the speedometer needle
  • Corrected the Mk3 bogie run sounds
  • Corrected the volume of the engine noise
  • Fixed an issue where there was an odd black line above each external door
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘AWS Fault’ light would illuminate incorrectly
  • Removed the ATP start-up sounds when placing the reverser into forward
  • Improved performance of the HST when running as AI
If you own the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, 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 Virgin Trains First Generation Pack update will be approximately 24 MB in size.

If you do not yet own the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, now is the perfect time to pick it up and experience the early years of privatisation!

http://store.steampowered.com/app/562389/Train_Simulator_Virgin_Trains_First_Generation_Pack_Loco_AddOn/
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