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One of Germany’s most modern diesel multiple units speeds into Train Simulator, with the ICE TD joining the popular ICE fleet.

Following the successful introduction of the Intercity-Express system across Germany in the early 1990s, Deutsche Bahn started plans to upgrade long distance services with higher speeds and raise comfort levels for passengers, and to replace locomotive-hauled regional services.

These developments resulted in three new ICE trains being built – the ICE 3, ICE T and ICE VT, the latter ‘VT’ standing for Verbrennungstriebwagen (internal combustion motor car). All three trains were developed alongside each other and shared common components and layout – noticeable differences on the ICE VT were its crescent-shaped bogie supports and the removal of pantographs.

The ICE VT – later to be more commonly known as the ICE TD – was built by a Bombardier and Siemens consortium, and a four-car configuration chosen, without a restaurant car. The first trainset was assembled in 1998 and in 2001, all 20 units were commissioned for Deutsche Bahn and today operate on many electrified lines in Germany, despite being diesel powered.

The BR 605 ICE TD for Train Simulator is available in Deutsche Bahn livery and features PZB and LZB signalling, SIFA and AFB driver vigilance devices, a tilting mechanism and passenger view.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DB BR 605 ICE TD on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Hamburg-Hanover route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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Next week we will be releasing an update for Train Simulator 2015 into open beta. The open beta will run for a week and allow players to provide feedback about the update before it is released. You will need to own Train Simulator 2015 to take part. We will provide full details next week of how you can join the beta.

The update contains the following changes:

FIXED: Task list on the 2D map not updating in real time
FIXED: Whistle boards activating in the wrong direction
FIXED: Inability to edit secondary speed limits
FIXED: The ability to raise and lower the Google Maps overlay in the World Editor
FIXED: Inability to finalise Workshop content
Added additional localisation support for video
Added support for TrackIR hardware
Improved performance and stability when using the Google Maps overlay in the World Editor
Added new system for character movement*

*The new character movement system will prevent characters from walking off of platforms and will generally smooth out character movements. Players may still witness characters acting in an undesirable way at certain stations. This is because we will need to specifically update the spawn points on certain routes in order to fully implement the new system. We plan to do this on a route by route basis in the future.

We will also be releasing a range of developer documentation for using the World Editor. This is advanced technical information aimed at people wishing to create third party content, however advanced editor users may also find this information of use.
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As the last of the DB V160 family of locomotives, the BR 218 was the backbone of the Deutsche Bundesbahn’s main line diesel locomotive traction from the 1970s up to the reunification of Germany, and is now here for Train Simulator.

The V160 family comprised several classes of closely related four-axle diesel-hydraulic locomotives built in the 1960s and 1970s for the Deutsche Bundesbahn, of which the BR 218 was the most numerous, with 12 prototype locomotives and 398 main production locomotives built in total.

They were seen as a multi-use locomotive, operating passenger and freight services on main lines and secondary branch lines before reunification of Germany. Such was their success, they went on to be used across the country’s railway network well into the 2000s, with many still in use for freight and yard work, and others as ‘Thunderbird’ rescue locomotives on electrified lines.

Despite their relatively fast top speed of 87mph (140km/h), the Class was displaced by newer diesel multiple units (DMUs), electrification of the rail network and new diesel locomotives introduced by DB.

The BR 218 for Train Simulator is available in Deutsche Bahn Traffic Red livery and includes a non-powered BR 146 as a failed locomotive to recreate ‘Thunderbird’ operations. Features of the model include PZB and LZB signalling and a rake of passenger coaches in DB white livery for Quick Drive use, complete with passenger view.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DB BR 218 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the West Rhine: Cologne-Koblenz route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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One of the first generation of British Rail electric multiple units comes to Train Simulator in eye-catching SPT livery.

Based on the well-used Mk1body shell design, 91 units were built by Pressed Steel at Linwood in Paisley between 1959 and 1961, although they were not introduced until 1960 for the electrification of the North Clyde and Cathcart Circles lines in Strathclyde.

Initially, the EMUs – nicknamed the ‘Blue Trains’ - were classified as AM3 units before the introduction of the TOPS system in the late 1960s, and operated local and suburban passenger services for more than 40 years before being replaced with new generation EMUs in the 2000s.

The BR Class 303 for Train Simulator is a former Iron Horse House model, which has been updated to Train Simulator 2015 standard, including new scenarios and improved exterior modelling, and is available in Strathclyde Partnership for Transport orange and black livery.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 303 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the West Coast Main Line North route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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Mountainous islands and volcanic plateaus command the beautiful new ‘The Story of Forest Rail’ for Train Simulator, with its unique story –based scenarios and stunning Japanese buildings.

This stunning new route from Union Workshop bases its story on the now defunct Furusato Ginga Line with different station names and fictional towns – now called the ‘Matsuhara Line’.

Constructed in the late 1890s and connecting Matsuhara with Asashikawa Forest, the line used to be operated by local forestry company for timber transportation. Scheduled passenger services were introduced in 1912 when more people moved into the area following development of the forestry industry.

After World War II, logging camps began to close and traffic ceased in the 1960s with some parts of the line also being closed. However, in the late 1990s as tourism began to rise, passenger services re-started when the line was bought by a local businessman.

The real-life Furusato Ginga Line was most recently operated by the Hokkaido Chihoku Kōgen Railway Company until its closure in 2006. The first section of the line connected Ikeda and Rikunbetsu and was opened in September 1910. In 1987, with the line extended north to Abashiri, Japanese National Railways was privatised and JR Hokkaido took over management of the line. However, as traffic dwindled, the last owners of the line - Hokkaidō Chihoku Kōgen Railway Company – ceased operations on 21 April 2006.

Featuring custom-built Japanese buildings and trackside detailing, prototypical signalling and 15 stations along its main line and branch line, The Story of Forest Rail brings a unique feel to Train Simulator with its story based scenarios and two distinctive railbuses – the Kiha 750 and Kiha 720.
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The modern and reliable Class 220 ‘Voyager’ comes to Train Simulator, as seen speeding through the west of England on cross country services.

The four-car diesel-electric high speed multiple units were introduced to service in 2001 to replace ageing HST sets and loco-hauled services on cross country routes between Bristol and York. ‘Voyagers’ were originally operated by Virgin Trains until the cross country route franchise was transferred to Arriva CrossCountry in November 2007 when most of the ‘Voyager’ fleet was transferred with it.

Today, all 34 trainsets operate exclusively on the CrossCountry network with a 125mph (200 km/h) top speed and a range of approximately 1,350 miles (2,170 km) between refuelling stops.

The Class 220 ‘Voyager’ for Train Simulator recreates the trainset as it currently operates for CrossCountry in the West of England. Available in Arriva CrossCountry livery, standard DMSL, MSRMB, MSL and DMFL coaches are included, alongside a passenger view.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the CrossCountry Class 220 ‘Voyager’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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One of the most modern electric multiple units (EMUs) for the London rail network comes to Train Simulator, a perfect accompaniment for the South London Network route.

The Class 378 ‘Capitalstar’ was first introduced to service in 2009 to replace ageing classes of EMUs in service around London. Based on the Class 376 used by Southeastern, the ‘Capitalstar’ was specifically designed for the London Overground network with a focus on easy access and capacity - coaches do not have doors or partitions between them, creating an open end to end interior space allowing easier movement along the train during peak times and more standing room for passengers.

A total of 20 four-car units, classified as Class 378/1, currently operate on the East London Line and South London Line, and 37 units, running as Class 378/2, can be seen on the North London Line, West London Line and Watford DC Line. Class 378/1 units run on 750 V DC third rail only; Class 378/2 units run on 750 V DC third rail and 25 kV AC overhead lines.

Both variations of the EMU are represented in the model for Train Simulator, with DMSO, MSO and PTSO coaches. Features include two-tone horn, ‘Underground’ style whistle and passenger view.

The EMU is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the London Overground Class 378 ‘Capitalstar’ on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the South London Network
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Tomorrow we will be releasing an update to the Metronom ME146 which fixes issues the community have told us about as part of our content review programme. The patch will download and install automatically through Steam if you own the Metronom ME146.

The full patch notes are as follows:

•Fixed - No headlight illumination from loco.
• Added cab light.
• Fixed - Broken glass.
• Fixed - Window wipers not working from inside cab.
• Fixed - No horn sound.
• Fixed - Task listing not correct.
• Fixed - Doors not opening at Großburgwedel Gleis 2.
• Fixed - No rain effect.
• Fixed - Window wiper on driver trailer coach does not work.
• Fixed - Grammar error in message boxes.
• Fixed - Rankings tab is shaded out.
• Fixed - Locomotive does not appear in Quick Drive menu.
• Added manual
• Added thumbnail image for loco in menu.
• Added locomotive information in menu
• Added Meta data
• Fixed - Shadows do not appear under rail vehicles.
• Fixed - Dynamic brake not working.
• Fixed - Handbrake control does not work using icon on the HUD and/or keyboard command.
• Fixed - Dynamic brake control lever animates the wrong way.
• Fixed - No direction control lever present to use.
• Fixed - Unable to use light control lever inside 146 cab.
• Added light switch in cab of 146.
• Added sounds on cab control levers, switches and buttons.
• Added rain on window and roof sound effect.
• Fixed - Wiper sound is not consistent.
• Added animated Sun shields
• Fixed - Cab view in driving trailer coach is partially missing.
• Added wiper switch.
• Added locomotive brake information message box.
• Fixed - Cab roof not welded.
• Added Power indicator Z-fighting.
• Fixed Emergency brakes applied by reverser.
• Added AFB instructions to manual
• Updated Screenshot of loco in manual
• Fixed - AFB not reaching target speed.
• Fixed - Loco slowing below AFB control.
• Fixed - Incorrect information in message box.
• Added reverser information to manual.
• Fixed Missing driver.
• Added switch legend for headlights.
• Fixed - Start/Stop engine keyboard control not working.
• Fixed - Keyboard control does not activate handbrake.
• Fixed - AFB reaches full at half setting.
• Added door handles on inside of cab.
• Added physical cab light.
• Fixed - Cab light casts strange shadow on cab.
• Adjusted Throttle and AFB grab points.
• Added hook
• Fixed - Left wiper arm disappearing
• Corrected spelling mistakes in manual and scenario text.
• Fixed - Incorrect naming description given for quick drive consists.
• Added Localisation for German.
• Fixed - Message box errors.
• Fixed - Wiper sound from driver trailing cab coach is missing.
• Fixed - Loco name inconsistent in menu’s.
• Fixed - Driver train name wrong in Quick Drives.
• Fixed - Driver train name wrong in “The Early Morning Commuter” scenario.
• Fixed - Unnecessary apostrophe in description, briefing and first message box.
• Fixed - AFB causes sudden stops and loses points in career.
• Fixed - Disabling AFB enables AFB bug on speedo.
• Fixed - Blue line for brakes not completely disappearing on driving trailer.

We would like to thank everyone who provided us with suggestions and feedback about the Metronom ME146. We hope that you enjoy this new updated version.
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The naughty group of garden gnomes,
Have taken presents from people’s homes,
Hidden around the garden high and low,
Will you be able to find them with all that snow?

Drive the miniature train called Little Ned,
Around in the darkness after everyone’s in bed,
And gather up all the gifts and toys,
So that Christmas morning can be filled with joy.

Winter is here and Christmas is coming!

However, the naughty gnomes from the garden have made off with the children’s presents and hidden them in the snow.

As driver of ‘Little Ned’, the Richie Rails garden scale train, it’s up to you to gather all the lost toys before the Children awake on Christmas Day.

Chase the gnomes, collect the presents and return them to the house – but watch out for snowballs and those mischievous gnomes! If all goes to plan, ‘Little Ned’ will be back running around the Christmas tree and no-one will have to know about the night-time adventures……
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As small mixed traffic branch locomotives, the Great Western Railway’s Prairies were diminutive workhorses of the railway network, and are now available for Train Simulator from Victory Works.

The 2-6-2 tank engines were introduced to the GWR in 1904 with the 4400 Class, primarily for use on the railway’s numerous hilly branch lines. Only 11 of the class were built before the production of its successor, the 4500 Class – the same in design but with larger driving wheels, giving the locomotive extra speed and therefore more widely used on the GWR network.

Between 1927 and 1929, a further 100 small Prairies were built with larger 1,300 gallon water tanks, and were allocated the Class number 4575. A number of these locomotives were fitted with equipment to run push-pull trains with autocoaches, which saw them pressed into service on lines through South Wales.

Withdrawal of the Prairies began in the late 1950s and by the mid-1960s all had been assigned to the scrapyard. However, three 45xx Class and 11 4575 Class locomotives were saved and many run today on preserved railways around the UK.

The GWR Small Prairies for Train Simulator, developed by Victory Works, are available in a variety of GWR and BR liveries – GWR Green and BR Black, plus BR Green (45xx Class and 4575 Class) and a fictional red livery for the 4575 Class.

Three operating modes await drivers – simple, standard and advanced – each with their own style of driving and features for the novice and expert drivers. An abundance of detailing can also be found on each locomotive, including realistic wheel slip, simulated steam chest, operable cab doors, windows and hatches and 3D fireboxes. The 4575 Class can also be set with optional auto-gear to make it fully compatible with Victory Works’ GWR Class 14xx autocoaches.

A number of freight wagons are also included with the locomotives, including fruit vans, covered goods vans, standard vans, banana vans, iron minks, milk siphons and toad brake vans.

The locomotives are also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the GWR Small Prairies on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Falmouth Branch route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
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