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Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
Add some iconic UK locomotives and routes to your collection this weekend and make huge savings in our Best of British sale. Hurry, offers are for a limited time only. Find out more here:

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Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The mixed-traffic Class 35 diesel-hydraulic locomotive is now available for Train Simulator in BR green livery.

The hydraulic transmission fitted to the Class 35 locomotives gave them their affectionate nickname of ‘Hymeks’ and, at the time they were built, were the most powerful diesel-hydraulic locomotive operating with a single engine. They were popular sights at the head of semi-fast and freight trains across the Western Region of the British rail network during the 1960s.

A total of 101 models were produced by Beyer Peacock between 1961 and 1964, although their operational life was relatively short – withdrawals began in 1971 and were completed by 1975. A total of four locomotives have survived into preservation.

The Class 35 for Train Simulator is available in British Railways green livery and is a former Iron Horse House model, which has been updated to TS2014 standard, including new scenarios and improved exterior modelling. Also included are BR Mk1 passenger coaches in chocolate and cream livery.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 35 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258677/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
Joining two of the north of England’s major cities, the Liverpool to Manchester route for Train Simulator features stunning stations and well known landmarks throughout.

The original route between the cities ran between Liverpool Central (High Level) Station and Manchester Central, and was opened in 1873 by the Cheshire Lines Committee. Although both stations have since been demolished and replaced by Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly, it still remains an important route for passenger and freight traffic.

The 40 mile route sees up to four passenger trains per hour in each direction with freight still operating throughout the route. Various light industrial sidings are also a feature, including well known landmarks such as Manchester International Freight Terminal, the River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and Liverpool Edge Hill. A total of 24 stations can also be found on the route, including Manchester Oxford Street, Warrington Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Widnes.

Included with the route is a Regional Railways Class 158 diesel multiple unit (DMU), built for British Rail between 1989 and 1992. The DMU was built to replace many locomotive-hauled passenger trains and had a top speed of 90mph (145 km/h).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258653/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
Coming to Train Simulator this week is the Regional Railways Class 101. Dovetail Games is pleased to announce that all owners of the Strathclyde Class 101 DMU, BR Class 101 DMU or Class 101 DMU British Rail will receive the Regional Railways Class 101 for free.
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The general purpose GP38-2 road switcher joins the Norfolk Southern stable for Train Simulator.

As the successor to the previous GP38, more than 2,000 GP38-2 models were built by General Motors between 1972 and 1986. The majority of models were put into service on US railroads, although some were exported to Canada, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

Their modest power output of 2,000 horsepower from a 16 cylinder engine saw them classified as road switchers, but were adequately able to haul light freight across the US railroad network. Many remain in service today, more than 40 years after entering service.

Most GP38-2 locomotives were built with a low hood, although some were built in high hood variant, as portrayed in the EMD GP38-2 for Train Simulator, which comes in Norfolk Southern black and thoroughbred liveries. Features of the model include flashing ditch lights, low gondola freight car, NS box car and flat car.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Norfolk Southern GP38-2 High Hood on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258666/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
Dovetail Games is pleased to announce that Train Simulator 2015 is set to launch on 18th September 2014 for PC. Train Simulator 2015 will give players the opportunity to drive some of the world’s most powerful high-speed trains on three iconic routes from around the globe.

For more information please see our press release - http://www.dovetailgames.com/news/2014/jul/21/dovetail-games-announces-train-simulator-2015-for-september-18

Additional information is also available on Engine Driver - http://www.engine-driver.com/article/show/4681/train-simulator-2015-announced-for-18-september-2014
Rock, Paper, Shotgun - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Trouble with the thermic syphons, I see.

I sometimes fancy visiting the countryside in the driver’s cab of a virtual train, especially now I’ve seen the new Japanese DLC route inspired by Spirited Away>, but know I’ll never put the time into teaching myself to drive one from manuals and tutorial videos.

Almost as if they knew train simulators appear terrifyingly complex from the outside, Dovetail Games have announced they’ll tackle that with Train Simulator 2015. This year’s refresh will bring a train-driving academy teaching how to make choo-choos chug-chug, along with new base routes and trains–including a train from the future.

… [visit site to read more]

Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
General Motors’ bestselling SD40-2 diesel locomotive comes to Train Simulator in Norfolk Southern black livery in its popular high hood, long hood variant.

Around 4,000 models of the Dash 2 series locomotive were built between 1972 until 1989 as an upgrade to the SD40. This new version included an updated 3,000 horsepower, turbocharged 16 cylinder diesel-electric engine, with some external updates including longer front and rear ‘porches’ and an additional roof-mounted radiator grill.

The reliability and versatility of the Class saw many variants produced and nearly all remain in service, seeing service across the US, plus Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Guinea. The locomotive is capable of a 65mph top speed when fitted with standard gearing.

The EMD SD40-2 High Hood Long Hood Forward for Train Simulator is available in Norfolk Southern livery and features include cab lighting, step lights and dynamic braking. A number of freight wagons are also included, such as Bay Cement Cars, Lumber Flat Cars and Double Door Box Cars.

The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the Norfolk Southern SD40-2 High Hood Long Hood Forward on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Norfolk Southern Coal District route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/277737/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The beautifully rural Mon Line running through the heart of Pennsylvania springs to life in this new route for Train Simulator, complete with mile-long coal trains and distinctive street running.

The original Monongahela Railroad was a joint venture between the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad (P&LE). Through the early 1900s, the two companies acquired many lines in the area and by 1930, the Monongahela (‘Mon Line’) was operating more than 170 miles of track serving numerous coal mines.

At the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal country, the rural Mon Line is today owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX Transporation also having trackage rights. Coal mines dominate the route, with important facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine connecting with a staging yard at West Brownsville from where coal trains continue on their way to power stations or to ports for export.

More than 20 million tons of coal is annually transported along the line, much of it to Loveridge Secondary where it is transhipped from rail to river barges. The route is primarily made up of four branch lines – Manor, Ten Mile Run, West Brownsville and Loveridge, and includes the unusual spectacle of full size coal trains sharing the public highway with cars along Main Street in West Brownsville.

The route is relatively level, following the west bank of the Monongahela river, as far as Millsboro, then Ten Mile Creek to Waynesburg and Emerald Mine. The line then turns north east, closely following the twists and turns of Browns Creek. This final 15 miles to Bailey is completely rural in nature until it reaches the loop at Bailey, when the dominant coal industries take over.

Included with the 50 mile section of the Mon Line from Bailey Mine to West Brownsville for Train Simulator is a Norfolk Southern-liveried ES44AC diesel locomotive, part of GE’s Evolution Series. Its mammoth 4,400 horsepower and 75mph top speed make it an ideal locomotive to head the long coal trains seen on the Mon Line.

Bespoke Conrail signalling can also be found throughout the route, along with new ‘Top Gon’ coal gondolas with full and empty loads. Engineers can also create their own coal loads at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine with working coal loading facilities.

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/258654/
Community Announcements - DTG_Admin
The latest route for Train Simulator captures the rugged beauty of South Africa. This route will take you on a 3’6” Cape gauge line through twenty six stations or halts on the way. Experience a range of terrain, from lush green plantations, winding rivers, traversing gorges, numerous tunnels, mountain sides, deep valleys and open plains. Travel through the rolling green hills of Pietermaritzburg at a height of 672 m and end approximately 191 km further north at Ladysmith, 1037m above sea level.

The route starts at Masons Mill’s huge railway yard and depot just outside Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa. From there it winds with double, electrified track to the first major station on the route, Pietermaritzburg. Travelling north from Pietermaritzburg, it forms two complete balloons (loops) at Boughton station, in order to negotiate the narrow valley at the foot of the first mountain range, then climbing to the first tunnels at Cedara, two single bores each 6km long.

After Cedara, the line continues to progress through more tunnels, river crossings and a few major stations, surrounded by plantations, factories and the occasional traditional village next to the line.

Between Merrivale and Tweedie is the huge wall of the Midmar dam, a spectacle to tourists, which can be seen from the line.

The product features Class 6E1 Series 4 3Kv DC electric locomotives, designed and built for the South African Railways (SAR) by Union Carriage and Wagon (UCW) in Nigel, Transvaal. One hundred locomotives were delivered in 1973 and 1974, numbered E1446 to E1545. The South African Class 6E1 was produced in eleven series over a period of nearly sixteen years, with 960 units produced altogether, all built by UCW. This makes the 6E1 the most numerous single locomotive class ever to have seen service in South Africa and serves as proof of a highly successful design.

The locomotive is presented in four livery variations, Blue, Red, Red with yellow stripes and Orange.

In addition, a selection of wagons is included along with a passenger car.

Career Scenarios:
My Shift
In to the Past
Evening Run
Pickup at Dawn
Double Take
School Rugby Dilemma
Long Haul Up
Delivery Masons Mill
Jack of all Trades
Uphill

Run long, heavy freight trains over difficult and rugged terrain for the long haul or passenger services along the line. There is something here for everyone.

More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

Key Features include:

191km Route from Pietermaritzburg to Ladysmith
26 Stations and Halts
Large freight rail yards and loco depots
Class 6E1 locomotive in four livery variations
Wagons and a Passenger Coach
Career Scenarios
Free Roam Scenarios
Quick Drive Compatible

Find out more on Steam - http://store.steampowered.com/app/222622/
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