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Jan
12
Rhaetian Remarkable!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 12 January 2018 02:24 PM

The RhB Enhancement Pack 02, featuring the classic Ge 4/4 ii locomotive, is Out Now!

Take to the unrelenting grades of the Arosa Line aboard the distinctive RhB 4/4 ii, which is represented authentically in Thomson Interactive’s new RhB Enhancement Pack 02!

Built between the 1970s and 1980s, the RhB 4/4 ii electric locomotive was designed for mixed-traffic work across the RhB network, replacing older motive power which was no longer up to then-modern standards. The new locomotives represented large power in small packages, many lines are mountainous in Switzerland, traversing the Alps while clinging to valley edges and navigating tunnels and viaducts; without struggle, the Ge 4/4 ii fleet could work passenger and freight, at speeds up to 90 km/h – not bad for a locomotive barely exceeding 40ft in length!

A total of 23 RhB Ge 4/4 ii locomotives were built, each named after a town served by the sprawling Rhaetian Railway network, and today some are resplendent in commemorative liveries which celebrate various anniversaries related to the RhB. And, thanks to refurbishment keeping them up to standard, they are all still in service today, working in tandem with the RhB fleet.

In Train Simulator, the RhB Enhancement Pack 02 brings the Ge 4/4 ii to life, along with new passenger and freight rolling stock which can be quickly put to good use in the included Career scenarios on the Arosa Line; where you learn how to drive the locomotive, before going to work on the unforgettable grades that the Alps have to offer.

And, to top it all off, the Arosa Line is currently 50% off to celebrate the arrival of the RhB Enhancement Pack 02, available now for Train Simulator! Head to the Store and save on this stunning route!

RhB Enhancement Pack 02 – Key Features

  • Ge 4/4 II Locomotive in red RhB livery with correct body side crests for all numbers 611 to 633
    • Quick Drive consists compatible with the Arosa and Albula Line routes
    • Dynamic animated pantographs compatible with the Arosa and Albula Line routes
    • Automatic detection of locomotive multiple mode and correct selection of pantograph pairs for player and AI trains
    • Speed select and automatic power cut-off for cabin control wheel
    • Manual control of locomotive fans (Blowers)
    • Opening cabin door and windows with dynamic audio levels
    • Three officially licensed RhB liveries for locomotives 620, 623 and 627
  • Pre-refurbishment Baggage Coach
  • Haik-v type Sliding Door Wagon
  • EWI AB and B Coaches
    • Three position passenger view for the EWI B coach
    • Seasonal timed operation of internal light dimming for all coaches
    • Random window animation on a per coach basis viewable externally and internally with “weather & time intelligence”
    • Rain effects
  • Three Career scenarios for the Arosa Line route
    • [GE 4-4 ii 627 Chur Arosa] Locomotive Tutorial
    • [Ge 4/4 ii 623 125 Jahre] Christmas Special to Arosa
    • [Ge 4/4 ii RhB] Autumn Evening Descent

The RhB Enhancement Pack 02 is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for more details! 


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Dec
14
Train Sim World: Rapid Transit – OUT NOW!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 14 December 2017 06:28 PM

Our next expansion for Train Sim World, entitled Rapid Transit, is available now, and reproduces the modern Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn S2 Line!

In 1969, separate commuter networks were established for both Halle and Leipzig. The Halle network started as a U-shaped railway, while Leipzig was treated to heart-shaped trackage which encapsulated the city. Together, the early S-Bahn networks of Halle and Leipzig formed the basis of what would become an interconnected hub of activity. In fact, the Leipzig network became overcrowded within two days, although this was due to complimentary free travel upon opening.

After the turn of the 21st Century, it was decided to link the two S-Bahn networks of Halle and Leipzig with a brand new commuter line between the 2 cities. The new link opened in 2004, and the separate S-Bahn networks were joined to form the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn. While a key link, its full potential would not be reached until the Leipzig City Tunnel was constructed.

The new 3.9 km long Leipzig City Tunnel was not the first to be proposed for the city of Leipzig, however this modern take would see multiple brand new S Lines provide a frequent service through the heart of the city, before branching out and heading north and south.

Tunnelling started in 2003, and lasted 5 years. Meanwhile, 4 new stations along the path of the tunnel were also excavated and constructed. Each station is bespoke in design, modern marble to tubular trimmings, and really bring a sense of vibrancy to the new-era network.

It was always the plan that the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn was to be transformed by the opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel in December 2013, and in fact, it was renamed entirely as the Mitteldeutschland (Central Germany) S-Bahn, and a whole new range of S Lines were defined, most of which serve the new tunnel as part of their route.

One of the key routes in particular is the S2, which generally operates between Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz in the south, and Dessau Hbf in the north. Combined with a modern of DB BR 1442 EMUs, the Mitteldeutschland S2 Line provides an accessible, frequent and service.

The DB BR 1442 ‘Talent 2’ was first introduced onto European soil in 2011 as an evolution of the previous ‘Talent’ multiple units. Despite sharing names however, the two families of units are most distinct with the Talent 2 offering improved crash safety, better performance, and all-round more widespread service potential. Like their predecessors, the Talent 2 family quickly proved popular, with hundreds ordered, and delivered, for operation throughout Europe.

Talent of course alludes to particular skills or natural abilities, however in the case of the unit family, it is also a clever anacronym of TALbot LEichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen, or Talbot light suburban railcar. The units range anything from 2 to 5 cars in length, and can easily achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h, perfectly suited for commuter routes akin to the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn.

Shared Jacobs bogies, a common feature of modern units, allow for a lesser impact on the rails, keeping comfortable, reducing drag, and ensuring the units stay upright in any derailments. They are also safe from a front-end point of view, the crash-optimised cab is designed to cushion impact, but it is this distinct detailing that earned them the nickname of “Hamsterbacke” (Hamster Cheeks).

At the cost of about 200 million Euro, an order for 51 EMUs was placed. Classified as the DB BR 1442, they entered service on the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn lines in August 2013. A total of 36 of the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn DB BR 1442s are formed of 3 articulated coaches (as the 1442.1 subclass), which double up to form 6-car sets in the rush hour.

The Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn S2 Line, featuring action, precision and popular traction, is ready to be explored through Train Sim World: Rapid Transit, available now! 


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Dec
14
Train Sim World: Happy Holidays Update
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 14 December 2017 03:55 PM

Thank you all once again for your continued feedback regarding Train Sim World. Your input has helped us identify and address a number of issues with CSX Heavy Haul, Great Western Express, and the GP40-2, which we have outlined below as part of our Happy Holidays Update!

General

  • This build contains a number of general optimisation and stability improvements.
  • Fixed an issue relating to Player Experience Levelling Up.
  • Fixed an issue relating to duplicated locomotives appearing in the Service Mode Menu.
  • Fixed an issue relating to missing objective markers on the 2D map.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the Save & Load feature.

CSX Heavy Haul

Steam Achievements

  • Fixed an issue relating to the Gas Guzzler and Workaholic achievements.

Gameplay

  • Fixed a number of issues with the Turntable Tutorial
  • Fixed a number of issues with the Switching Tutorial.
  • Fixed an issue in the Coal Loading Tutorial.
  • Fixed an issue in the Clear Cut Scenario.
  • Fixed an issue in the Ice & Snow Scenario.
  • Fixed a number of issues in the Powering America: Part 1 scenario.
  • Fixed a number of issues in Powering America: Part 2.

Services

  • Fixed an issue with the representation of the loco when changing route/loco services.
  • Fixed an issue with Service Q015.

Locomotives

  • Improved the appearance of snow on the EMD SD40-2.
  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the displays from being turned on or off on the GE AC4400CW.

Rolling Stock

  • Fixed an issue that would cause the player to move to an invalid location in the Box Car.
  • Fixed an issue with the door animation on the Box Car.

Route

  • Fixed a number of issues with speed limits and trackwork.
  • Fixed a number of instances of floating foliage.
  • Fixed a number of instances of missing snow on vehicles.
  • Fixed a number of missing player collision volumes.
  • Relocated a tree that would invade the cab of locomotives.
  • Fixed a floating telegraph pole asset.
  • Fixed an issue with LODs.
  • Fixed an issue that would limit player movement between two scenery objects.
  • Fixed an issue with some instances of foliage that were an inappropriate colour.

Collectables

  • Fixed an issue with a poster collectable that was unable to be collected.

Controller

  • Fixed an issue that restricted yard switch movement when using the Xbox Controller.

Great Western Express

Localisation

  • Fixed an issue with French localisation.

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue with the door controls in the Station Stopping Tutorial.
  • Fixed an issue with the Down the Line Scenario.
  • Fixed a number of issues with the Christmas Closures scenario.
  • Fixed an issue with the Aggregate Industries scenario.
  • Fixed an issue with the Drag Line scenario.

Services

  • Fixed issues with a number of services that required you to open doors on the wrong side.
  • Fixed a number of instances of missing drivers in the Class 43 whilst in Service Mode.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause Train Sim World to become unstable when using the EWS Class 66 and Winter Blizzard Pre-set.
  • Fixed an issue that would award players XP at the end of their objectives.

Locomotives

  • Fixed a number of animation issues with brake hoses on the Class 43.
  • Fixed an issue that would result in zero amps being applied to the Class 43.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the doors to become stuck on the Class 43 when using the Dispatch Menu.
  • Fixed an issue with displaying button guidance when sat in a passenger seat in the Class 43.
  • Fixed an issue that would cause the doors to become stuck on the Class 166 when using the in-cab controls.
  • Fixed an issue that would result in the rail reflections appearing to travel in the opposite direction when sat in the Class 166.
  • Fixed a number of issues that would cause passenger feet to clip when seated in the Class 166.
  • Fixed an issue with the automatic brake keyboard controls in the Class 66.
  • Fixed an issue with overlapping buffers when coupling to the FKA wagons in the Class 66.

Route

  • Fixed a number of instances where the OHLE were missing between some gantries.
  • Fixed a number of floating signs at Maidenhead Station.
  • Fixed some incorrectly placed foliage at West Ealing Station.
  • Fixed some instances of signal gantries and signals not casting shadows.
  • Fixed a number of issues with fences.
  • Fixed some instances of floating signs.
  • Added some instances where ‘stop blocks’ were missing in Platforms 9 to 14 at Paddington.
  • Fixed some instances of missing textures.
  • Fixed some instances of inappropriate platform markers.
  • Fixed an issue with the representation of signals on the Underground tracks.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where the door hustle alarm could not be heard in the Class 166.
  • Fixed an issue with missing ambient audio for the Class 166 in the Locomotive Selection Menu.
  • Fixed an issue with missing ambient audio for the Class 43 in the Locomotive Selection Menu.
  • Fixed an issue with missing ambient audio for the Class 66 in the Locomotive Selection Menu.

Collectables

  • Fixed an issue with collectable progression data that would be reset in some unique circumstances.

CSX EMD GP40-2

Localisation

  • Added localisation in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue with the Power Line Scenario that could not be completed.

Locomotive

  • Fixed an issue with a large gap in the lower part of the Engineer’s Window when seen from the exterior.

This update is anything up to 2.2 GB in size, depending on what TSW add-ons you own, and will download automatically from Steam (note that you may need to restart Steam to kick off the download). 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.

Additionally, if you have any feedback in regards to the update, we urge you to post in our Train Sim World Forums (click here).

Thank you all for your continued feedback and support, keep it coming!

No Updated Content? Steam File Verify

In the unlikely event that Steam fails to update any aspect of Train Sim World you’ll need to perform a file verify and ensure Steam provisions your installation properly. Follow the instructions listed at this link to perform a file verify to reset your installation to default. Note that this process can take some time to complete, dependent on your internet speed.

If you find that after the file verify has completed, you are confident you have not received the update, please contact our Support Team by submitting a ticket to our support site where someone will assist you directly 


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Dec
5
Virgin Trains First Generation Pack Update Available Now
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 05 December 2017 04:07 PM

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.

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!

The Virgin Trains First Generation Pack update will be approximately 24 MB in size.

No Updated Content? Steam File Verify

In the unlikely event that Steam fails to update the Add-Ons listed in the article, you’ll need to perform a file verify and ensure Steam provisions your installation properly. Follow the instructions listed at this link to perform a file verify to reset your installation to default. Note that this process can take some time to complete and, if you have a high number of Add-Ons, we’d recommend you do this overnight.

If you find that after the file verify has completed, you are confident you have not received the update, please contact our Support Team by submitting a ticket to our support site where someone will assist you directly 


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Nov
27
Homeward Bound
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 27 November 2017 11:50 AM

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time of travel and festivities in the United States

Thanksgiving Day. It is surely one of America’s most beloved and celebrated Holidays, and for millions of Americans, it is a time to visit home, renew family and friendship ties, and, of course, feast upon the classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

The Thanksgiving holiday week is also the busiest travel time of the year in the United States. This year, approximately 51 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving (and 51 million is equal to the entire population of sizable counties such as South Korea or Columbia!). Much of the holiday travel is by automobile, but the airlines and railroads are, of course, bustling, too. Amtrak carries more than three-quarters of a million passengers over the holiday weekend and uses every locomotive and coach it can find, regularly short-term leasing commuter railroads’ equipment to increase its capacity for holiday travelers.

Indeed, travel by train for Thanksgiving visits to home has been a tradition, well, as long as there have been railroads. Even if one is staying home for the holiday, the warm experience of travel by rail can be enjoyed with Train Simulator, and thus we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the holiday by re-creating images of Thanksgiving train travel across the nation and through the decades! – Gary Dolzall 


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