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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Community Announcements - DTG_James
15/052015

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

Master your Machines with Train Simulator 2015 Epic Journeys Edition.

Key Features

  • Learn to drive different trains at the TS Academy and qualify as a train driver
  • Three fantastic real-world routes including Soldier Summit: Provo to Helper (USA), The Rhine Railway: Mannheim to Karlsruhe (Germany) and London-Faversham High Speed (UK)
  • Nine stunningly accurate locomotives with realistic sounds, controls and physics including DB BR 406 ICE 3M, D&RGW SD40T-2 and Southeastern Class 395
  • Enhanced graphics and performance
  • Quick Drive menu system: drive what you like, where you like
  • Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
  • Integrated Steam Workshop free mission download centre
  • Create your own routes with powerful in-game editing tools
  • Access the Engine Driver community site in-game

Click here for more information
Community Announcements - DTG_Martin
As part of our continued drive to improve customer services, from next Tuesday (19th of May 2015), we will be rolling out a new player support system across all of our titles. This new support system will replace the email based system which we currently use and will allow us to answer queries from players more quickly and efficiently.

The new support system is hosted online and can be accessed using any Internet enabled device such as a PC, tablet or smartphone. The system will offer players access to a range of additional support features including:
  • Easy tracking of support enquiries – players will be able to track their own calls, responses and history of previous support enquiries
  • Access to a knowledge base that allows players to review frequently asked questions and known issues without needing to raise a support enquiry.
In preparation for this switchover, we will be switching off our email support system on Monday (25th of May 2015) to new support enquiries. Please check back on our various community sites from Monday for more about our new support system.

Dovetail Games
Community Announcements - DTG_James
14/05/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277771/

Master the controls of the last surviving Peppercorn A2 Class locomotive, Blue Peter, and return this famous locomotive to the rails in Train Simulator.

The Arthur Peppercorn designed A2 Class locomotive is the sole survivor of the 15 locomotives in the class, built at Doncaster Works between 1947 and 1948. The design was a move towards modernity, with features such as a self-cleaning smokebox and electric lighting prominent in the out-shopped locomotives.

The class was designed for express passenger work and all locomotives were initially turned out in LNER’s apple green livery, with repainting into British Railways’ Brunswick green livery beginning in 1949.

With the exception of the first A2 Class to enter service, all locomotive names followed LNER’s tradition of using famous racehorse names – Blue Peter III was a racehorse owned by Harry Primrose, 6th Earl of Roseberry, which in 1939 won races including the Epsom Derby and the 2000 Guineas.

Blue Peter served on the mainline until 31 December 1966, two years before the end of British steam, and put into storage. However, in 1968 the locomotive was purchased by enthusiast Geoff Drury and a campaign for its restoration was launched on the famous British children’s television programme and locomotive-namesake Blue Peter.

The locomotive is now owned by the Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust and awaiting restoration and renewal of its mainline boiler certificate at the famous Barrow Hill Roundhouse in Derbyshire, before returning back to mainline standard.

The Peppercorn Class A2 Blue Peter for Train Simulator recreates the famous locomotive in its current Brunswick Green livery with British Railways on the tender sides and blue-faced nameplates, as it ran between 1996 and 2001. As a preserved locomotive in the modern era, the locomotive is fitted with modern safety systems such as AWS, and also comes with BR Mk1 coaches with passenger view.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the LNER Peppercorn Class A2 Blue Peter on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the East Coast Main Line: London-Peterborough route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
07/05/2015

The May Sale has begun and with it comes some great savings on everything Train Simulator.

Head over to Steam now where you can pick up Train Simulator 2015, which includes such favourites as the East Coast Main Line, the Hitachi Class 801 and the stunning New York - New Haven route at a huge 70% off!

And we’ve even got something for those of you looking to grow (or even begin) your Train Sim collection, as you can also pick up a selection of our finest content at 33% off including Chengdu – Suining High Speed, The Riviera Line and The DB ICE 3.

This sale is running for a limited time only, so make sure you don’t miss out! - http://store.steampowered.com/dlc/24010/
Community Announcements - DTG_James
07/05/2015

Two weeks ago we held an open Beta for an upcoming update for Train Simulator 2015, this beta proved extremely successful and thanks to everyone who took parts feedback and involvement we are now able to publicly release this update for all owners of Train Simulator 2015.

51.2a CHANGELIST

UI Improvements

Added a Resume button to Quick Drive Menu for the last saved scenario.
Added a Start button to Workshop to launch a selected scenario.
Added a Rating screen before Debrief, following completion of a Workshop scenario.
Fixed the display of Non-Official Routes/Trains/Scenarios in the Drive screens.
Fixed the inability to use Copy/Paste for the GoogleMaps overlay API key in the Tools menu.

Operational Bugs

F3/F4HUD Speed & Gradient display improved to read from the front of the train instead of the rear.
Fixed Quick Drive AI no longer being random.

New Functionality

Additional regional support
Expansion of external controller support (requires 3rd party compatibility).
Please see here for more information on what is included in the update -

This update should download and apply automatically through steam and will be around 26.1mb in size.
Community Announcements - DTG_James
06/05/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277770

High-speed Chinese rail services were first introduced in 2007 and operated with existing CRH (China Railways) rolling stock running on existing lines which had been upgraded for speeds of up to 250 km/h (160 mph) and on newer dedicated high-speed track rated up to 350 km/h (220 mph).

The CRH380D is the newest generation of Chinese high speed train, capable of running at 380km/h and one of the fastest production trains in the world. In service with China Railways these trains have been designated as CRH380D (8-car set) & CRH380DL (16-car set) using the new numbering system.

In September 2009, Bombardier announced an order for eighty Zefiro 380 high-speed trains by the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MOR) to be produced at Bombardier's joint venture Sifang (Qingdao) Transportation Ltd.

The CRH380D uses state-of-the-art flat-screen glass panels to display train information as well as the route speed and signal data from suitably equipped routes. It can be driven manually or by using the on-board computers which mean you need to do little more than adjust the cruise control to comply with the speed limits between your departure and destination stations.

The CRH380D has been developed for and interacts with the speed and signalling system included in the Chengdu – Suining High Speed Route, also available on Steam.

The CRH380D developed by Just Trains is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the CRH380D on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Chengdu - Suining High Speed route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Community Announcements - DTG_James
22/04/2015

http://store.steampowered.com/app/277749/

One of the smallest classes of diesel shunters built for workings around one of the UK’s largest dockyards is now here for Train Simulator, developed by Skyhook Games.

The diminutive 0-6-0 Class 07 shunter was designed specifically for use within Southampton Dockyard and to replace ageing tank steam locomotives used previously in the dockyard. Their short wheelbase was designed to negotiate the dockyard’s tight curves, but the shunters packed enough power for general shunting duties and to occasionally marshal Ocean Liner trains around the dockyard.

The 14 locomotives were built in 1962 and entered service in the same year, delivered in old green BR livery but changed to the obligatory blue livery in the early 1970s. Their single ‘off centre cab with mirrored left/right controls gave drivers all round visibility – an essential requirement in the busy dockyard.

When part of the dockyard’s internal railway network closed in 1973, the class began to be withdrawn, and by July 1977, all had been made redundant. However, many of the Class were put to work with industrial users and seven has survived into preservation today.

The Class 07 for Train Simulator, developed by Skyhook Games, is available in British Railways green livery with circular logo and features a variety of freight wagons, including three weathered variants of OAA wagon (loaded and unloaded), three weathered variants of PGA hopper, and three weathered variants of PCA tank wagon.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 07 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the West Somerset Railway route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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