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Sep
27
ScotRail Class 68 Update Available Now
Posted by Jio Butler on 27 September 2016 01:42 PM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, we have today released an update for the ScotRail Class 68.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

  • Braking technique instructions have been added to the manual
  • Tail lights will now show when operating a consist in Top and Tail formation
  • The ETS Condition lamp in the cab ceiling now emits ambient light
  • The auto brake handle has been corrected to ‘PBL-style’ operation as per the prototype. However, it is not possible to include the emergency brake notch at full travel of the handle (adding this meant you would enter emergency brake condition every time you applied brakes)
  • Emergency brake can no longer be activated by using the auto brake handle. The application can only be made by using the slam switch on the cab desk or backspace key
  • The locomotive numbering has been fixed and will no longer generate erroneous vehicle numbers
  • The throttle and brake mouse movement direction in the 3D cab environment has been corrected
  • The braking range of the combined throttle and brake handle is now a granular control and no longer notched as per prototype
  • Hazard light operation and function has been corrected
  • The blue tractive effort bar now show properly after the red tractive effort bar was shown
  • When the locomotive is in forward or reverse, holding the DSD pedal upward has been corrected to sound the vigilance alarm and dump the brakes a few seconds later as per prototype
  • The auto brake has been corrected to blend the dynamic brake as per prototype
  • The dynamic brake functionality has been corrected so that it no longer causes jerky movements at slow speeds
  • The sun blind is now operable
  • The passenger saloon lighting now illuminates when the ETS button is pressed
  • The Driver Safety Device message box now displays the appropriate message in the top right corner
  • The Mk2 FO vehicle body has been fixed to ensure proper position of the passenger doors
  • A fault which resulted in the throttle lever becoming impossible to control has been fixed
  • The translucent rear cab wall isolation diagram has been fixed
  • The straight air brake handle has been fixed to allow faster application of brakes
  • Brake force on the locomotive has been tuned to be more like the prototype
  • The manual has been corrected to show the proper vehicles
  • The scenario ScotRail Saviour has been fixed to allow players to achieve 1000 points
  • Coach numbering has now been corrected to show the apporpriate numbers
  • The Driver Safety Device has now been fixed to register appropriate resets

If you own the ScotRail Class 68, the update will download automatically from Steam. Why not pick it up now and thrash your modern metal across the Scottish straight!

The ScotRail Class 68 update will be approximately 70 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.


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Sep
27
BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack Update Available Now
Posted by Jio Butler on 27 September 2016 10:56 AM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, we have today released an update for the BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

Class 421

  • Simple controls have now been fixed
  • The second horn has been removed
  • A Guard’s Bell has been added
  • Brake pipe equipment has been added
  • Yellow stripe added to first class

Class 33

  • The couplings have been adjusted to reduce the gap
  • The driver now only appears in one end

GUV

  • Wagon bogies now rotate properly around curves

Other

  • The French localisation has been corrected across all vehicles

If you own the BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack, the update will download automatically from Steam. 

If you do not yet own the BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack, why not pick it up now to set Southern Region routes such as the Chatham Mainline back into the classic 1980s!

The BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack update will be approximately 140 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.


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Sep
15
Train Simulator 2017 Release FAQ
Posted by Jio Butler on 15 September 2016 03:27 PM

Please see this article which may answer some of your queries, and see below for answers to frequently- asked questions. http://train-simulator.com/the-future-of-train-simulation/

Can I use my previously- purchased DLC with TS17?

Yes, all of the DLC available for previous iterations of Train Simulator is compatible with TS17.

If I have all of the content given in the paid version of TS17, do I have to buy TS17?

You will need to use the 'complete my collection' feature in Steam which will give you the appropriate discount depending on what content you have.

If I get Beta access to TS: World, am I eligible for a free copy of the full game on release?

Unfortunately not, you will need to purchase the game on it's release.

Will TS17 be 64- bit?

TS17 will remain a 32- bit program, however it will run on 64- bit systems.

Is TS17 compatible with Windows 10?

Yes, TS17 can run on Windows 10.

Can I Run TS2017 on Mac or Linux?

TS2017 is only available for Windows at this moment in time.

Will I be able to access the beta for TSW as soon as TS2017 Releases?

The beta is expected to start in early December 2016. The exact date will be confirmed through social media soon.

With the free update to TS2017, will I get all of the included routes and locos for free?

To access the TS2017 content you will need to purchase Train Simulator 2017 or Train Simulator 2017 Pioneers Edition.


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Sep
8
The Post is Here!
Posted by Jio Butler on 08 September 2016 02:22 PM

Sparked from turn-of-the-century modernisation, Churchward’s 2900 Saint Class became the forefront for all of Great Western Railway’s express locomotives. Being able to serve the Greater West at speeds merely imaginable before, the Saint earned its mark in memory, and legacy, despite a lack of preservation. The GWR Saint Class, complete with iconic Travelling Post Office operation, is available now for Train Simulator courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Victory Works.

A total of four different Saint Class production series would be built between 1905 and 1913. Each series was given its own name, these were; Scott, Ladies, Saints and Courts. Multiple variants could be listed between the different series, the main differences were in the frames, boilers and smokeboxes. Combined, the four series came together to form a 77-strong fleet of Saint Class locomotives.

The Saint Class proved suitable as passenger and mail haulers on longer-distance journeys, being able to cope with just about anything aside from the top link expresses. Once the Castle Class was introduced in the early 1920s, many Saints (and their larger sisters, the Stars) were displaced to secondary duties. However a problem arose with the Saint class as their large wheels were deemed ineffective for hauling freight.

While Churchward tried to rectify the lack of freight locomotives with the 4700 Class, his successor, C. Collett decided to modify the original Saint Design and built out of 2925 Saint Martin a new prototype locomotive. This new locomotive would become a success and soon be known as the Hall Class, which in itself turned into the Modified Hall, Grange, Manor and County Classes. The Saint Class was recognised as, ‘one of the most important steps forward in railway traction of the 20th century’ by The Great Western Society, a locomotive that in no doubt became the future of the GWR.

Even though the Saint Class was considered as a very important locomotive in GWR history, none survived into preservation. The Saint doesn’t look to be gone forever though, there are plans to convert a preserved Hall Class locomotive, 4942 Maindy Hall, into its iconic predecessor which shall be known as 2999 Lady of Legend.

The Travelling Post Office

The concept of the Travelling Post Office first originated in the 1830s. Post began to run across the Liverpool & Manchester Railway following an agreement with the General Post Office, and within the decade it became mandatory that all railways had to carry the mail in some capacity. It was in 1838 when the concept of sorting the post on the train itself came to fruition, the Grand Junction Railway was the first, with the post being sorted on the way. This post service must’ve proven popular as by the mid-1840s it had been extended up through to Scotland.

The operation of the Travelling Post Office was simple yet unique; on approach, the workmen inside the Baggage Coach open the doors, grab the hooks and attach the mail bags, at this time the bags are left inside the coach and won’t be swung outside until the locomotive passes a marker warning of the upcoming exchange. At the marker, which is either a white post or white plank, the driver must be travelling 15 and 70mph, anything faster or slower and the exchange will be aborted.

At the exchange, the mail bags swung out of the Baggage Coach are the first to make a move, the catchment area on the floor collects the bags, ready to be distributed around the surrounding area. Milliseconds later, the mail bags suspended from the trackside equipment are swooped up by the Baggage Coaches’ own catching net. A yellow and black sign warns those aboard the train that lineside equipment is imminent. After the train has passed, the net will be retracted, the doors closed and the next exchange prepared.

The Travelling Post Office thrived in this manner until line speeds increased to such a point where exchanges were no longer safe. Today, the mail scene on the rails completely different; major depots such as at Willesden fill Class 325 EMUs that distribute mail, in bulk, across various other depots in the country.

The Saint Class, available now for Train Simulator, comes fully featured and is accompanied by prototypical mail and passenger rolling stock. Please see a full list of features below.

  • Simple, Standard and Advanced driving modes
  • Xbox controller support (Simple and Standard modes only)
  • GWR 2900 “Saint” Class Locomotive

    • All 75 named members of the class
    • Square and curved frame versions with lever and screw reversers and spectacle windows
    • GWR Green (liveries spanning 1906 to 1947)
    • White or red lamps for the correct era
  • Optional parts and fittings including outside steam pipes, cab cover, speedometer, running numbers and headboards
  • Custom sound sets inside and out based on preserved Churchwood locomotives, produced by Steam Sounds Supreme
  • Realistic cab with multiple views, including driver and fireman “head out”, and fully modelled firebox and coal
  • Realistic wheel slip physics and effects (Advanced mode only)
  • Simulated steam chest (Advanced mode only)
  • Cylinder cock management  (Advanced mode only)
  • Boiler management with priming possible (Advanced mode only)
  • Realistic injector control (Advanced mode only)
  • NEW Realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound (Advanced mode only)
  • Dynamic steam and smoke colour and quantity
  • Realistic boiler water gauges effected by gradient, acceleration and speed and with blow down test
  • Opening windows with rain effects
  • Dynamic lamp setting on both locomotive and tender
  • Cab light effects including firebox glow and water gauge lamp
  • Tender water scoop compatible with Dovetail Games water troughs as featured in the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter to Kingswear route
  • Great Western Coaching Stock

    • Collett “Sunshine” Composite, Third and Brake Third
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
    • Travelling Post Office Sorting coach
      • 1927-34 GW livery
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
    • Travelling Post Office Diagram L21 baggage coach
      • 1927-34 GW livery
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
      • Fully functional travelling post office exchange when used with included line side apparatus and compatible locomotives
  • 4 scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter to Kingswear route
  • 12 Quick Drive consists with appropriate Mail Train stock

The GWR Saint Class & Travelling Post Office, from Partner Programme developer Victory Works, is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for full details


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Aug
25
Springfield line released!
Posted by Jio Butler on 25 August 2016 02:59 PM

The glory days of the famed New Haven Railroad now come to Train Simulator with the extraordinary 1950s-era Springfield Line

 

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line for Train Simulator, now available at the Steam Store, brings to vibrant life the 1950s glory days of railroading on the legendary New York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad. And glorious the experience will be!

 

This remarkably authentic and richly detailed new Train Simulator route re-creates the New Haven’s bustling main line from Springfield, Massachusetts to New Haven, Connecticut, and captures all the classic appeal of the famed New England route as it existed in the mid-twentieth century. In the 1950s, the NYNH&H’s Springfield Line was both a busy freight artery of manufacturing, agricultural, and aggregates tonnage – and a bustling, vital passenger-service corridor that hosted more than 50 New Haven passenger trains daily.

 

With today’s release of the Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line route for Train Simulator, let’s take a look at the features of this extraordinary new route:

 

The Main Line:

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line faithfully re-creates the 62-route-mile, multi-track NYNH&H line (which was often also called the railroad’s “Hartford Line”) from Springfield to New Haven via Connecticut’s capital city of Hartford. Employing authentic New Haven-style signaling for its dense and diverse traffic, the route hosts a mixture of New Haven passenger, through freight, local freight, and lineside switching operations. The New Haven’s beautiful and architecturally varied lineside stations, including large union stations at Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven, provide a setting for classic-era passenger railroading at its very best.

 

Branch Lines:

This new Train Simulator route includes a variety of adjoining branch lines and spurs that deliver virtually endless operating opportunities and challenges. Secondary lines include New Haven’s branch to Suffield and Windsor Locks, its Bloomfield/Griffin branch, the quarry and industrial lines around Meriden, extensive urban and industrial trackage around Hartford, and the city of New Haven’s Mill River branch.

 

Terminals and Yards:

Numerous major freight yard and terminal facilities existed on the Springfield Line in the 1950s and the Train Simulator route features busy yards at Springfield, Hartford, and New Haven, keynoted by the 880-acre Cedar Hill Terminal (located near New Haven), which was the largest terminal complex in New England and hosted two roundhouses with 72 stalls for servicing locomotives, more than a dozen separate arrival, departure, and classification yards, a busy LCL (“less-than-carload”) terminal, and, in total, 154 miles of yard trackage!

 

Locomotives:

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line route features a trio of notable first-generation diesel locomotives from America’s three dominant diesel builders – Electro-Motive’s versatile GP9 road-switcher; Alco’s venerable 1,000-horsepower S-2 switcher; and General Electric’s diminutive 44-tonner. Together, the three locomotives are perfectly suited for a variety of duties and are provided in a total of seven of the New Haven’s distinctive livery variations, including the NYNH&H’s iconic “McGinnis” schemes.

 

Rolling Stock:

The route includes a comprehensive and highly authentic selection of 1950s-era freight and passenger rolling stock including more than a dozen freight car types (many in multiple liveries and with various loads) ranging from boxcars and gondolas to tank cars and hoppers. New Haven’s distinctive steel NE-5 class cupola caboose is included in three liveries, and three passenger car types (traditional heavyweight baggage and coach and NYNH&H’s distinctive Osgood-Bradley lightweight coaches, all in multiple liveries) are also included with the route.

 

Scenarios:

The Virtual New Haven Railroad Springfield Line route includes 16 challenging and realistic career scenarios that capture the unique feel and the experiences of 1950s railroading and include a variety of mainline and local freight operations, switching duties, and NYNH&H fast-paced passenger services.


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