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Sep
22
September Sale… Now On!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 22 September 2017 03:22 PM

It’s time to save big on Train Simulator routes and locomotives in the September Sale!

Add to your Train Simulator collection, or get started in the world of train simulation, in this September Sale, where you can save on a vast range of add-ons and pick up those all-exciting experiences to enjoy!

See the Entire Collection!


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Sep
21
Batteries Included
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 21 September 2017 01:23 PM

The Motor Luggage Vans were a unique sight to behold in the Southern Region, and now they are available for Train Simulator!

Latched onto the front of many services bound for the Kent Coast, the BR Class 419 ‘Motor Luggage Vans’ provided extra capacity for passengers’ belongings on top-link journeys, such as the Dover boat trains. When not heading passenger stock, the ‘MLV’ fleet would frequent local Parcel trains, assisting with a pair of General Utility Vans ‘GUVs’ or even transporting water in TTA Wagons while out on day-to-day movements.

With the BR Class 419 for Train Simulator, you’ll be able to experience a taste of what it was like to haul both passengers and parcels through South London, and to boot, the 419 itself is packed with advanced features for you to enjoy and master!

  • Master Switch operation
  • Authentic Reverser & Power Controller Handle
  • Deadman’s Handle
  • Accurate Camshaft Controller Simulation, Overload & Safety System
  • Advanced wheelslip operation
  • EP, Auto Air, Vacuum & Parking Brakes
  • Multiple brake modes & combinations depending on what you are hauling
  • Battery Control
  • Parcel System
  • Efficiency Reporting System
  • And more!

Battery Control

Perhaps one of the most distinctive features of the Class 419 is its ‘battery operated’ mode. In order to reach places such as the un-electrified Folkestone and Dover quay lines (where passengers would switch to a ferry, continuing their journey) the boat trains would need power away from the third rail. This was seldom an issue in the steam days, but with slam-door EMUs now on the scene, a new answer was required.

The Class 419s were fitted with batteries that would be charged by the third rail, this would allow limited use away from any electrification. Performance wasn’t fantastic, but it didn’t need to be, half an hour was the supposed maximum battery charge and was ample enough for service.

In Train Simulator, the Class 419 is fully equipped to run on its batteries, and they are accurately simulated as such: voltage can vary as per prototype (depending on the state of charge) and if dropped too low can damage the batteries. Additionally, repeated use will diminish the maximum charge of the batteries, and running on third rail will recharge them (although a full charge can take anything up to 20 hours). The detail doesn’t stop there either…

Parcel System

In reality, parcels would be unloaded and loaded as required at select stations on a journey, this has been represented as part of the Class 419 for Train Simulator by implementing a unique Parcels System.

By default, the loading and unloading of parcel bags will be random after each station stop, however you can have an input with keyboard commands; pick up only, drop off only, reduce number of bags picked up, or load/unload all bags at the next station. When you open the doors, you will see the baggage compartments of the Class 419 fill up or empty accordingly.

In conjunction with the Parcel System is an implemented Guard System. When picking up or dropping off a certain number of bags, it can take longer than a scheduled stop at a station, leaving the MLV doors open after the passenger doors of an EMU behind have already closed. To ensure you don’t move away with the MLV doors still open, the guard will apply the emergency brakes should you start to move. After the doors have closed, the guard will sound two rings of his bell, repeat the message back and then you are clear to depart. Atop that…

Efficiency Reporting System

With a simple press of Ctrl+4, you are able to get a report on various driving statistics for your current scenario. Everything from energy consumption, average speed and distance travelled, CO2 production and general efficiency. Not only interesting, this information can give you an idea of how you are driving, which if in battery mode, is ideal – you don’t want to get stranded! Note, you can click on the image above to see the Class 419’s efficiency report system in action.

To put your skills to the test, 3 Career scenarios for the South London Network route – which is currently on sale – offer both parcel and passenger use in less-than-favourable conditions; be careful to not lock up the wheels! Each scenario lets you drive the Class 419 in the quaint London & South East ‘Jaffa Cake’ livery, and through quick drive, you are also able to enjoy parcel services under a Network SouthEast guise. A full list of included rolling stock is below…

  • BR Class 419 MLV in London & South East ‘Jaffa Cake’ and Network SouthEast liveries
  • BR Class 421 4-CIG in BR Blue & Grey and Network SouthEast liveries
  • BR Class 423 4-VEP in BR Blue & Grey and Network SouthEast liveries
  • Mk1 General Utility Van (GUV) in BR Blue livery
  • TTA Tank Wagon (Water Only)

All these advanced features have, quite suitably, landed the BR Class 419 in the Pro Range.
What is the Pro Range? Find out by clicking here.

The BR Class 419 is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for more details! 


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Sep
14
All Aboard for Reading!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 14 September 2017 06:41 PM

Train Sim World: Great Western Express is OUT NOW for Windows PC!

We are proud to announce that our first add-on for Train Sim World: CSX Heavy Haul, our latest, next-generation train simulator, is available now!

To celebrate the release, and to get you in the zone of the Great Western Main Line, we present to you our 10 favourite things to do in Train Sim World: Great Western Express. Feel free to try them out!

1. Beat the Clock

Managing a balance of safety and timeliness provides a unique challenge within Train Sim World. Whether you’re racing along in the HST or visiting every station in the Networker, keeping to schedule while offering a smooth ride is of utmost importance.

2. Get Up to Speed

Step into the cab of the iconic HST and whisk passengers through the Thames Valley at over 2 miles per minute! There is nothing like seeing the trees, houses and industrial complexes whizz past the windscreen as you work some of the fastest services in the country.

3. Explore the Thames Valley

Hang up the master key and just go for a walk, start at each station and feel the detail as you explore your surroundings. There are a total of 75 collectables for you to find in Train Sim World: Great Western Express, where will you start looking first?

4. Catch a Ride

It is common practise for railway employees to catch a ride in the cab with their fellow train crew, be that to pick up a service elsewhere, or simply get a front row seat on their way home. Of course, you can also do the same from the rear cab and watch the world head away before your eyes.

5. Take the Load Off

It’s not all commuters and containers, aggregate duties will see you unload at the facility near Southall so knowing the ins-and-outs of the BR Class 66’s EM2000 system will be essential for low-speed running.

6. Spend a Day Trainspotting

Pick a time, pick a station, and just spot, spot for hours. You could note down the numbers of every train you see, capture each one in a still or film your day to share the experience of a breathtakingly fast HST flying along the Thames Valley.

7. Become a Passenger

It’s not all about driving, you are welcome to walk amongst the passengers, board trains with them, and sit down in the morning peak with fellow travellers dotted everywhere. If you’re looking for a bit of high-speed action, a journey in the HST is always a good start.

8. Lend a Helping Hand

Failures aren’t always common, but are not unheard of, and when a HST fails it needs rescuing. As a driver of the BR Class 66, freight will not be your only duty, as in the scenario “Drag Line”, you’ll have to couple up to a HST and help it back to Old Oak Common.

9. Capture that Once-In-A-Lifetime Shot

A quick study of the timetable and a few “epic” moments may just pop out at you; head to the nearest station, choose a perfect spot, and await for the unique action to unfold.

10. Face the Weather

Nothing says a typically British day like a cold and rainy rush hour, and when the task of hauling heavy freight falls on your shoulders, you must brave the conditions and prepare to weave through the bustling morning peak.

After you’ve taken the time to explore, be sure to tell us your stories of the Great Western Main Line. The Thames Valley awaits!

You can download the manual here, and download the Service Mode Timetable here.

To start your journey, head over to the Store and be captivated by Train Sim World: Great Western Express, featuring the iconic HST, dependable BR Class 166 and powerful BR Class 66! 


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Aug
25
An “Electric” Experience
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 25 August 2017 10:18 AM

The New Haven’s remarkable EF-4 ignitron rectifier electric freight locomotive comes to Train Simulator!

Reppo and its master craftsman Ricardo Rivera now bring the remarkable New Haven General Electric EF-4 (GE E-33) freight electric to Train Simulator! Created in exacting detail, the NYNH&H EF-4 for Train Simulator faithfully recaptures the features and operating characteristics of this distinctive and notable electric freight locomotive.

To learn about the fascinating history of the EF-4 (also commonly called a GE E-33), be sure to check out our previous Train Simulator articles “Electric Vagabond” and “Coming to the Rescue”.

Reppo’s edition of the New Haven EF-4 electric is provided in both ready-to-roll “running” and “cold and dark” variations, the latter offering an authentic, multi-step start-up procedure. That process begins with raising the pantograph to access the power in NYNH&H’s overhead catenary by using a manual air pump located in the unit’s nose, then setting up the locomotive for duty. And once you’re ready to move, you’ll take the handles of the EF-4’s 17-position master controller and 24RL air brake systems. A fine and comprehensive replica of the locomotive’s original operating’s manual is provided to help guide you.

Constructed by General Electric in 1956-57 for the Virginian Railroad, these locomotives were purchased second-hand by the New Haven in the summer of 1963. The 3,300-horsepower EF-4 was an ignitron rectifier electric and employed 12 water-cooled ignitron rectifiers. NYNH&H’s 11,000-volt alternating current (A. C.) catenary power was reduced by a main transformer before being routed through the rectifiers for conversation to direct current (D.C.)., then used in the locomotive’s six General Electric 752 tractor motors. Stretching nearly 70-feet in length, the husky EF-4 electrics weighed 394,000 pounds, exerted 98,500 pounds of traction effort, and were geared for a 65-mph maximum speed.

Although few in number (12 of this type were built), the six-axle (C-C) road-switcher-style GE electrics were capable and successful. After serving the Virginian (and successor Norfolk & Western), the locomotives worked on the NYNH&H between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut until the railroad was merged into the Penn Central in 1968. But even then, the EF-4s careers were far from over, and the electrics worked for Penn Central and successor Conrail into 1981. Two of the distinctive rectifier electrics have been preserved: Ex-VGN 131 at the Illinois Railway Museum, and appropriately, ex-Virginian 135 at the Virginia Museum of Transport in Roanoke. The latter is beautifully restored to its original black-and-yellow Virginian livery.

One of the Train Simulator community’s finest artists, Ricardo Rivera of Reppo has outdone himself in creating the New Haven EF-4, which includes interactive cab and control features, a remarkable fidelity to details, and a magnificent visual representation of the EF-4, right down to its weathered but striking New Haven vermillion (red-orange), white, and black livery. Accompanying the EF-4 in the DLC pack are a 40-foot New Haven steel boxcar in “McGinnis” era livery, and a superb NYNH&H NE-5 class steel cupola caboose. New Haven operated more than 100 of the NE-5 class, which had been built in the early 1940s and, like the EF-4, enduring into the Penn Central and Conrail eras. And for AI-train use a New Haven Electro-Motive GP9 is included.

The New Haven EF-4 is also accompanied by four career scenarios for the Train Simulator NEC: New York-New Haven route (route available separately), which of course in the New Haven era was the primary stomping grounds of these big electrics. There’s no doubt, too, the EF-4 will be popular with Steam Workshop scenario creators, putting the electric to work not only on the NEC: New York-New Haven route, but on the electrified portions of the popular VNHRR Springfield – New Haven route (which includes catenary in portions of massive Cedar Hill Yard and the New Haven area).

A truly “electric” experience awaits you with the New Haven EF-4 (GE E-33) locomotive, available now at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall 


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Aug
24
Ongoing Engineering Works
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 24 August 2017 09:25 AM

As you know, we’re approaching the final stages of Train Sim World: Great Western Express development and we’re aware just how excited you all are by the prospect of passenger mode, new and exciting timetables and high-speed travel in all their Train Sim World glory. So, we’re going to extend the pre-order period to give everyone more time to take advantage of the pre-order discount and have therefore moved Train Sim World: Great Western Express to release on September 14th.

We appreciate that this may be frustrating, but doing so will also give us more time to get those passengers into position, ensure everything is working as intended and is up to the standard you all deserve on the day of release. We very much appreciate your patience and so have a few new screenshots of how Great Western Express is progressing!

We’ll have even more new in-game footage for you in the run up to the release, so please look out for them 


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