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Jun
21
USATC S160 Update Available Now!
Posted by Jio Butler on 21 June 2016 02:28 PM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, Victory Works have today released an update for the USATC S160.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

  • The Brake Percentage, which did not show on the F5 HUD, has now been fixed
  • Delivery loco tender blueprints have been added
  • Removed head out view reference from delivery loco (non-driveable)
  • Interior head-out camera on LMR cab model now has rods
  • Rear lamp on US tenders now show properly
  • US Air brakes have been fixed to show the proper pressure of 90psi
  • Whistles have now been fixed so that they are correct in both Quick Drive and Free Roam scenarios
  • Fixed an issue where having lots of locos in one area would create enough lag to cause problems with USA tenders showing multiple logos.
  • Updated USATC Grey (Polish) numbering list to remove Russian Star
  • Alaskan Railroad whistle type has been fixed

If you own the USATC S160, 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 USATC S160, why not pick it up now for use across the Riviera Line in the Fifties, West Somerset Railway and Horseshoe Curve!

The USATC S160 update will be approximately 240 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.


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Jun
17
The Fugger Express is Ready for Train Simulator!
Posted by Jio Butler on 17 June 2016 09:37 AM

Introduced to the world in 2008, the DB BR 440 would be destined to take point throughout Bavaria on the famed Fugger Express. A regional service to connect lines surrounding Augsburg, the Fugger Express was named after a well-known family from the 15th and 16th centuries and is now the optimal connection between the Bavarian cities. This iconic express and its stylish ‘Coradia Continental’ traction are now available for Train Simulator.

With the railways extending from Augsburg receiving a continuously higher passenger count, a new reliable service complete with modern and comfortable rolling stock was required. Augsburg was not large enough to receive an exclusive S-Bahn network and the slower pace of the Munich S3 line was not coping with the vast numbers. This new EMU would have to be capable of running at higher speeds across the network while carrying even more passengers than traction such as the DB BR 424. Deutsche Bahn turned to Alstom who offered their latest design, the ‘Coradia Continental’.

The aptly named ‘Coradia Continental’ was designed as an electric multiple unit for mainland Europe operations, a unit which was considered as the pinnacle of comfort and speed for regional services. Featuring a top speed of 160 km/h and a fully customisable interior from unit length to passenger luxuries, the Coradia Continental was considered the perfect traction for regional expresses in Bavaria. DB ordered 37 units for Munich to Augsburg service and classified them as the DB BR 440.

In July of 2008, the first DB BR 440 was completed and the service had been named as the Fugger Express. The unit was welcomed to Augsburg by the city’s Mayor and displayed for the resident commuters to see. Local school children performed a specially-composed ‘Fugger Express Song’ to celebrate the occasion. Following celebrations occurred in August at Munich Hbf for the upcoming launch of the Fugger Express, the occasion was large enough to see ICE services temporarily moved from platform 1 to make way for the new DB BR 440.

Although timetabled in for a winter 2008 introduction into service, technical concerns and a relatively slow production rate hindered this goal and it would not be until one year later that the completed fleet fully took command of the Fugger Express.

Following introduction, the DB BR 440s have been considered as one of the most reliable and passenger-friendly EMUs. With over 200 Coradia Continentals operating regularly throughout Europe, they are without a doubt fulfilling their role throughout Bavaria and beyond.

The DB BR 440 for Train Simulator features the four-car DB BR 440 in DB Regio red livery complete with Fugger Express branding. A selection of career scenarios for the Munich – Augsburg line are included along with four and eight-car Quick Drive consists.

The DB BR 440 is available now, head to the Store for full details ■

 


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Jun
9
The USATC S160 is OUT NOW for Train Simulator!
Posted by Jio Butler on 09 June 2016 09:47 AM

The outcome of the Second World War would not have been what is was without the aid of allied railways, where regular passenger workings were sacrificed for the transportation military troops and goods. Everything and anything useful was put to work across the rails, however a tractive shortage surrounding D-Day saw the introduction of a very uniquely designed locomotive, the USATC S160. This powerful icon aided in the war effort unlike any other, and is now available for Train Simulator.

By 1942 it was becoming clear that an allied invasion of Europe was on the horizon, the railways were coping at the time but after the invasion (which would eventually occur in June 1944) a projected shortage of locomotives needed to be avoided. The solution would come from across the Atlantic when Major J.W. Marsh designed the S160 locomotive, a high powered steamer specified for quick construction and rather than service life.

Between 1942 and 1946, 2120 S160 locomotives were built by American Locomotive Company, Baldwin Locomotive Works and Lima Locomotive Works for service across a variety of Allied countries. Many were shipped over to Europe with around 800 locomotives landing on the South Wales Coast for use on British soil, these locomotives worked in various locations including Great Western, Great Eastern and North Eastern regions, S160s were also seen in Scotland.

Despite the technical issues brought on by the rapid construction and lack of maintenance, the USATC S160s proved themselves as a valuable part of the war effort with struggles such as D-Day being aided by the unique locomotives. After the Second World War, many of the remaining S160 locomotives were given back to the USATC who subsequently shipped them to various countries with the intention of aiding them to rebuild themselves.

As a fleet of locomotives designed with a life span of a mere 90 days, it is incredible to think that some countries kept their S160s running into the 1960s and 70s. None are as impressive however as the Chinese owned locomotives who withdrew their final S160 in 1997. Multiple examples of the S160 locomotives went on to be preserved in various countries around the world, thanks to the huge numbers built in the heat of the war. Britain, Poland and Italy are just a portion of the countries who own a preserved S160.

The arrival of the S160 locomotives was a moment of grace for the Allied countries during the Second World War, they were the chance that was needed, and this iconic locomotive is available now for Train Simulator.

The USATC S160 for Train Simulator features an extensive variety of locomotive variants and rolling stock, a full list of what is included can be found below:

  • USATC Black
    • Wartime
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • French 140U
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Polish Tr201
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • USSR Ша
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USATC Grey
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • UK Longmoor Military Railway
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • UK British Railways preservation livery
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USSR Ша Post-War
    • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USA Alaska Railroad
    • Early livery
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Late livery
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • USA Army
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • Poland Post-War
    • Tr201
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Tr203
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
  • USATC Black – 11th Dec 1942 handing over ceremony
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USATC Black Wartime Delivery
    • Static non-driveable version as delivered overseas
  • USATC 56 Ton Flat Car
    • Empty
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-76 (USSR)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-85 (USSR)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • T34-76 (Poland)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • M10 Tank Destroyer
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
    • Cromwell
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Char B1
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • US6 Military Truck (loaded as single or double, with 5 random variations of truck)
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
      • Hook/Air (Europe)
      • Buckeye/Air (USA)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • 40ft Flat Car
    • USSR Ша locomotive (1520mm gauge) delivery
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • USSR Ша tender (1520mm gauge) delivery
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USATC 9900 Gallon Tank (3 random logo variations)
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • USATC Caboose
    • Hook/Air (Europe)
    • Buckeye/Air (USA)
  • Warwell
    • Empty
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • Cromwell
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
    • M10
      • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • LMS Brake Van
    • Hook/Vacuum (UK)
  • USSR 20 Ton Flat Car
    • Empty
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • Katyusha
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
    • ZIS-3 75mm Anti-tank gun (with random cloth cover)
      • Willison/Air (USSR)
  • USSR Brake Van
    • Green or brown
    • Willison/Air (USSR)

The S160 locomotives are operable in Simple, Standard or Advanced mode to cater for every driver out there, advanced features include: custom, realistic wheel slip physics and effects with auto detection of weather conditions, simulated steam chest, cylinder cock management, boiler management with priming damage possible and realistic injector control. Simple and Standard modes are compatible with the Xbox controller whereas Advanced mode is not.

Multiple Career scenarios are included with the S160 for the West Somerset Railway route, the Riviera Line in the Fifties route and the Horseshoe Curve route. Also featured are numerous Quick Drive consists each with appropriate rolling stock covering all the variants listed above.

The USATC S160 from Victory Works is available now, head to the Store for full details.


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Jun
2
The ÖBB 1044 is Out Now for Train Simulator!
Posted by Jio Butler on 02 June 2016 12:47 PM

When the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) was seeking to add a fleet of powerful, universal electric locomotives to their roster in the early 1970s, they turned to multiple manufacturers for their new design. After two prototypes the new locomotives were put into production and classified as the ÖBB 1044, this new design featured the latest in technology and went on to become the backbone of the Austrian fleet, and this impressive locomotive is now available for Train Simulator.

The first ÖBB 1044 was introduced into service in 1976 as a multi-purpose electric locomotive that was able to operate across the entirety of Austria’s electrified railways, regardless of the terrain. One particularly impressive scene for the locomotives was the stunning Semmeringbahn, a stunning and challenging mountain pass turned key Austrian railway. The ÖBB 1044 could operate both heavy freight and regional passenger services through the pass with relative ease, as during its reign over the rails it was the most powerful Bo-Bo electric locomotive in the world.

The pride of the ÖBB fleet stood at 217 locomotives strong by 1995, while the two prototypes were used for other purposes the remaining 215 were worked to their limits across the country and even into the reaches of Germany.

As the years passed and the 21st Century came around, ÖBB were looking to make several changes to modernise their fleet; the ÖBB 1044 roster would go onto be converted into ÖBB 1144 locomotives for regional passenger use with push-pull rolling stock, and the ‘Universal Locomotive’ role was given to Siemens’ EuroSprinter family, famously known as the Taurus locomotives.

The ÖBB 1044 for Train Simulator features in the standard ÖBB red and grey livery with new and old logo variations, also included are Hbbills wagons in multiple liveries, each featuring old ÖBB, new ÖBB and DB logos. No less than 6 Career scenarios for the Semmeringbahn route and one TS Academy tutorial are included to hone and test your skills in this iconic locomotive.

The ÖBB 1044 from Third Party developer Skyhook Games is available now, head to the Store for full details ■

 


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Jun
2
Semmeringbahn Update Available Now
Posted by Jio Butler on 02 June 2016 09:14 AM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, we have today released an update for the Semmeringbahn route.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

  • Fixed PZB 1000Hz magnet not functioning correctly.
  • Fixed the handling of speed information on Protection signals.
  • Fixed Main signals not correctly displaying 60km/h limit.
  • Fixed Distant signals warning of a 60km/h speed reduction in a 60km/h speed limit zone.
  • Adjusted Cab camera to see PZB panel without having to look down.
  • Stopped the audio from other locomotive cabs being heard.
  • Fixed scenery issues in tunnels.
  • Added advanced warning of speed limit reductions of 70km/h or less, with PZB functionality.
  • Fixed missing critical scenery on low detail settings.
  • Fixed spelling error in Scenario 4 steam achievement.
  • Removed speed limits from signals unable to display them.
  • Added post markers to block signals.
  • Fixed reported issues in the manual.
  • Added details about using PZB to the manual.

If you own the Semmeringbahn route, 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 through Kayako where our Support Team will be ready to assist.

If you do not yet own the Semmeringbahn route, why not grab it quick ahead of the highly anticipated ÖBB 1044 release which is right around the corner! Read more about the upcoming ÖBB 1044 here.

The Semmeringbahn route update will be approximately 75 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 through Kayako where someone will assist you directly. ■


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