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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!



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.



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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Update: Semmeringbahn - Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz Route Add-On
Posted by Scott Barker on 12 August 2016 01:57 PM
Further to our earlier announcement (see below). We have identified additional issues with the Semmeringbahn - Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz Route Add-On which required correction. In light of this, it means we will need to perform a more extensive test of the route package to ensure no other issues have crept into the latest build. As we do not wish to leave our customers with a route they cannot enjoy, we will be rolling back to the previous, known working, version of the route immediately. Steam will automatically download this for you and there will be no additional action you need to take.
We would, once again, like to thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter. Should you experience any issues, we would encourage you to submit a ticket to us by clicking the Submit a Ticket button above.
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Train Simulator: Semmeringbahn update
Posted by Jio Butler on 12 August 2016 08:21 AM
Recently, we provided our customers with an update to the Semmeringbahn - Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz Route Add-On which adds new language support to the package. Unfortunately, you have reported that this update caused a problem with the included ÖBB 1116 in that the pantograph no longer functions. Upon further investigation, we have confirmed the problem and are in the process of preparing an update which we will deploy in the coming days.
We thank you for your understanding in this matter and hope that you are still able to enjoy Train Simulator whilst we prepare to deploy this fix.
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Berlin-Leipzig Out Now!
Posted by Jio Butler on 12 August 2016 08:04 AM

Prepare to take power across one of the most important lines in Germany as Berlin-Lepizig, the famed inter-city railway, is available now for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme member Aerosoft.

The railway line that links Berlin to towns and cities such as Wittenberg, Bitterfeld and Leipzig dates back to the 1840s; when the need for a long-distance railway became prudent, the Anhalt railway company was quick to deliver.

It was not long before this new line grew in popularity, with more and more services running up and down the line daily. By the 1930s, it was clear that the long-distance connections south of Berlin were some of the most important in the country. As many as 33 trains a day were making their way between Berlin and Bitterfeld, before serving multiple destinations.

World War Two and the rise of the Berlin Wall both took their tolls on the line, with major structures along the route utterly destroyed, and denial of access into the lines’ Berlin-bound terminus. It took a lot of effort to build up the essentials after War, and services from the south couldn’t serve Berlin at all until the Outer Ring Line was completed.

After the re-unification of Germany, many high-speed lines began to enter public service. The line serving Belrin and Leipzig was not such a line, and as a result began to lose passengers to the more rapid connections.

Before long, a plan was drawn up which would see the Berlin-Leipzig Railways’ upgrade to 160 km/h running. The entire line was subject to modernisation, from the upgrade of platforms to the removal of level crossings, with road bridges taking their place. By the mid-1990s, trains were successfully running at this higher speed, bringing journey time to around 100 minutes. It would only be a decade later, with the upgrade of the track itself, that an even faster, 200 km/h journey was a possibility. Towards the end of the 21st Century’s first decade, journey times were settling around an hour.

By the means of upgrading, the line between Berlin and Leipzig is now a modernised example of outstanding historical infrastructure. Germany’s most important long-distance railway line is back in business, and available now for Train Simulator.

Berlin-Leipzig for Train Simulator features the 195 km route from Berlin Gesundbrunnen to Leipzig Hbf via Bitterfeld. The route is set between 2006 and 2015, allowing for both historical architecture that has recently been demolished and also the new 200 km/h speed limit, despite this being restricted to 160 km/h at present in real life. Also included is the Berlin Brandenburg Airport connection, which is still under construction.

A number of Career scenarios are included, utilising the DB BR 101 and DB BR 151, plus a whole host of included rolling stock including Doppelstock, IC coaches and even Berlin S-Bahn traction (AI only).

If you’re an owner of Berlin-Wittenberg, you qualify for a discount off Berlin-Leipzig. All you need to do is add Berlin-Leipzig to your Steam Cart and the discount will automatically be applied. Please note that this offer is time limited and you’ll need to purchase Berlin-Leipzig before 18th August.

Berlin-Leipzig has arrived for Train Simulator, head to the Store for full details.

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The True Talent Has Arrived!
Posted by Jio Butler on 09 August 2016 08:51 AM

Built from the versatile Talent platform, the ÖBB 4023 set in place a new era for travel throughout Austria. With state-of-the-art engineering, unbeatable efficiency and outstanding safety, the ÖBB 4023 is the modern image of the Semmeringbahn, and is available now for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, RSSLO.

In 1994, the German manufacturer known as Waggonfabrik Talbot designed a multiple unit platform which had the potential to change rail travel in Europe. This new unit platform was given the family name of Talent (Talbot Leichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen or Talbot light suburban motor-coach) and was capable of being adapted to the operator’s needs. Diesel mechanical, diesel-electric, fully electrified? The Talent was designed to handle any traction method.

The interior of the Talent was also capable of being altered to specific needs, several low floor heights were selectable to allow for a broad range of step-free access, no matter the infrastructure. Should extra space be needed, the Talent was configurable between 2, 3 and 4-car lengths, this gave operators the ability to acquire both commuter and more rural traction from one reliable platform.

Much of the traction equipment is stored at the front and rear of each unit, having it compacted in these locations ensures that a majority of the floor can be as low as necessary. Each coach is connected via a shared Jacobs bogie, not only does this further the amount of low floor, it also provides a higher level of safety, all while reducing the overall drag of the unit.

Austrian Federal Railways were soon on the search for new rolling stock that was capable of assisting the ageing ÖBB 4020s which had been in service since the late 1970s. They turned to Bombardier, who took over from Waggonfabrik Talbot in 1995, and ordered a fleet of 3 and 4-car EMUs from the Talent family. While the 4-car units were designed to increase capacity on various lines throughout Austria, there were also lines that did not need such an increase, and could not even fit 4 coaches on the platforms. The 3-car units became classified as the ÖBB 4023, 11 were produced and they were put to good use on various routes, including the illustrious Semmeringbahn.

The ÖBB 4023 for Train Simulator features the 3-car EMU in ÖBB’s red and grey livery. Multiple advanced features are included from the outset such as a startup sequence, selectable door lock, DOO screens, full signalling and safety systems and much more. The ÖBB 4023 includes a selection of Career scenarios for the Semmeringbahn route and is also Quick Drive compatible, with both 3 and 6-car consists included.

The ÖBB 4023 is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for full details.

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