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Jul
27
Narrow Gauge Splendour – Corris Railway is Out Now!
Posted by Jio Butler on 27 July 2016 04:01 PM

Corris Railway is available now, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Skyhook Games.

Deep within the heart of the Dulas Valley can be heard the bellowing whistle and clickety-clack of a steam railway unlike any other. The Corris Railway originated from a need to transport mineral goods out of the surrounding landscape, but after passenger services became a regular the little line imprinted itself as a unique example of railway history that, despite all struggles, deserved to be preserved. Today, a small section of the Corris Railway has been brought back to life, with the provision to bring even more in the future.

Once a horse-drawn tramway, the Corris Railway was converted for steam haulage in the 1870s to increase the mineral, and eventual passenger, potential of the line. Due to the very enclosed and steep nature of the Dulas Valley, the Corris Railway was laid as a 2 ft 3 in narrow gauge line, naturally featuring small steam locomotives such as the Tattoo Class to accommodate.

The Corris Railway saw ownership from the likes of the Imperial Tramways of London, Bristol Tramways and even the Great Western Railway. While each company brought something new to the line, the GWR were perhaps the least kind to the line. More interested in the bus services put in place by previous owners, the GWR quickly shut down passenger operations across the Corris Railway and the declining number of freight services failed to keep it above the line.

After British Rail made out the end for the Corris Railway in the late 1940s, it would only be a couple of decades later when the idea to preserve the rather quaint line came to fruition. Alan Meaden and his dedicated band of Corris supporters set out to acquire and preserve what remained of the tiny valley line.

Throughout the last several decades, various aspects of the line were restored; starting with station buildings and loco sheds until the first section of test track was set down in the early 1970s. Today, the line stretches between Corris and the station of Maespoeth, where all the loco/rolling stock sheds are based. Services thus far slowly trundle between these two stations, be them regular passenger runs with the Corris Railways’ brand new No. 7 Tattoo Locomotive or special gravity runs where wagons use the natural force to make themselves run down the line.

A future provision would see the Corris Railway extend down to Machynlleth, with the first phase terminating at Tan-y-Coed. The line would follow the A487 down the valley to serve both Tan-y-Coed and a new intermediate stop at Esgaergeiliog. While permissions are in place, the process of building a railway can take some time, and as a result it will be a bit of a wait until any locomotives make their way further down the valley.

In Train Simulator however, tracks take a little less time to become a reality, and as such Skyhook Games have modelled the Corris Railway how it is intended to be once this first phase is completed. A full run from Corris to Tan-y-Coed is possible aboard the Tattoo Locomotive No. 7, complete with passenger and freight rolling stock and also the unique gravity wagon.

Multiple Career scenarios are included depicting a variety of different services such as; No. 7’s arrival, the Gravity Train run and the day that the extension is finally opened. Both passenger and freight Quick Drive consists are also included for No. 7.

It’s time for you to discover the Corris Railway, which is available now for Train Simulator. Head to the Store for full details.


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Jul
27
Content Updates Available Now
Posted by Jio Butler on 27 July 2016 04:00 PM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2016, Skyhook Games have today released an update for the BR Class 58.

Here is a list of what has been addressed:

  • Added a cant rail along main body – both liveries
  • Added Trainload coal vertical sector flags adjacent to cab doors – Coal sector only
  • Added door handles to main bodywork – both liveries
  • Added a white stripe and cant rail level – RailFreight only
  • Added another red diamond to both cab ends – both liveries
  • Toned down the yellow cab fronts and orange interiors – both liveries
  • Darkened bogies – both liveries
  • Small tweaks to dirt and colouration – both liveries
  • Added the line, ‘The following scenarios all take place on the Great Western Mainline route.’, to page 10 of the Manual.

Armstrong Powerhouse have today released an update for the GEML Class 90, this update includes compressed textures which may have a positive effect on lower-end computers.

If you own the BR Class 58 and/or the GEML Class 90, the updates 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 BR Class 58 or GEML Class 90, why not head to the Store and grab them now!

The BR Class 58 update will be approximately 70 MB in size and the GEML Class 90 update will be approximately 90 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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Jul
22
The Wakayama & Sakurai Lines – Out Now!
Posted by Jio Butler on 22 July 2016 01:39 PM

The railway lines south of Osaka, Japan first came about in the 1890s as a means to connect various towns and villages to the larger city above. In recent years, these same lines are part of the most reliable and right-on-time railway networks in the world. It is time to capture the excellence of Japan as the beautifully scenic Wakayama & Sakurai Lines are available now for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Union Workshop.

The Wakayama & Sakurai Lines were built using the non-standard yet ever-popular 3 ft 6 in gauge and are single track throughout. Passing loops are at most stations, of which the most unique is Kitauchi where the platforms are not even directly connected to the main line, services must use reversing sidings to get their passengers home.

Despite being built as mixed-traffic lines, the Wakayama & Sakurai Lines both lost their freight operations in the early 1980s, following electrification. Around this time also saw the introduction of the versatile 103 and 105 Series EMUs for wired passenger haulage, with both spacious interiors and sufficient power for the lines. The 103 Series is the workhorse of the Wakayama & Sakurai Lines, in particular operating from Sakurai to Gojo via Takada (and vice versa) during the peak hours.

Both the Wakayama & Sakurai Lines pass through some of the most varied scenery there is, towns provide a very urban feel with both low and higher-rising buildings visible on either flank. While in less populated areas the line looks over farms, ancient sites and towering forests buried deep within the surrounding valleys.

Japan operate an impeccable service throughout, make sure you keep an eye on the time and stick to the speed limits along the undulating valleys of the Wakayama Line! Do not let your guard down along the Sakurai Line either, distraction from the densely packed commotion is no excuse.

The Wakayama & Sakurai Lines for Train Simulator includes the 25 km Wakayama Line from Gojo to Takada and the 9.7 km Sakurai Line from Takada to Sakuari, as it was in the 1970s. A selection of challenging and uniquely exciting Career scenarios are featured utilising the 103 Series and 105 Series (AI Only) EMUs.

The 103 Series EMU features in the Nara Depot Green livery and comes with advanced features such as train class selection, destination board selection, cabin heating/air conditioning, ATS-P signalling and much more. Both 4 and 6 car Quick Drive consists are also included.

The Wakayama & Sakurai Lines are available now, head to the Store for full details.


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Jul
18
TS2016 57.3b Steam Workshop Update
Posted by Scott Barker on 18 July 2016 07:07 AM
In response to your important feedback, we have released an update to Train Simulator to address issues with the Steam Workshop integration and the User Interface, details of which can be found below.
Steam Workshop
  • Fixed an issue where scenarios and routes would not download from the Steam Workshop
  • Fixed an issue where scenarios and routes could not be uploaded to the Steam Workshop
  • Removed the upload size limitation on the Steam Workshop
  • Steam Workshop should now be back online and ready to use for all players
  • We’re working separately with Valve to address the overlapping text issue (Steam Workshop filter list) and will update you when we have more news
TS2016 User interface
  • Fixed an issue where text on the F1 Task List was difficult to read
  • Fixed an issue where the Workshop tab of the Drive menu wouldn’t show the required content for a scenario
  • Fixed an issue where a ghost pop-up would appear after clicking ‘Drive’
  • Fixed an issue where the Terms & Conditions could not be read
  • Fixed an issue where the background would lose focus after closing the Registration screen
  • Fixed an issue where a pop up referring to the Academy was pointing to the wrong place
  • Fixed an issue where the text would be missing from the debrief screen
  • Fixed an issue where loading images would not feature the ‘spinning’ icon
  • Various fixes for Russian-speaking players
  • Improved the Graphic settings sliders and confirmation screen
  • Removed the three social media buttons from the loading screen
The TS2016 57.3b Steam Workshop & UI update will download automatically from Steam. If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, please submit a ticket where our Support Team will be ready to assist.
The TS2016 57.3b Steam Workshop & UI update will be approximately 35 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 where someone will assist you directly.


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Jul
12
Steam Workshop Notice
Posted by Scott Barker on 12 July 2016 01:38 PM

In order to test our upcoming Steam Workshop patch, we will be temporarily turning off Workshop functionality for Train Simulator later this week.

For the entirety of Thursday 14th July through to 12 noon (BST) on Friday 15th July, we will be turning off the Steam Workshop for Train Simulator. This will ensure that we can easily and safely test an upcoming update to TS2016 that addresses various issues raised by you.

What Does This Mean for You?

You will not be able to access, download or upload content to Steam Workshop during the period it is turned off. If attempted, you will simply be redirected to the Steam Workshop homepage.

You will also not be able to use the Workshop tab in-game but you should still have access to any previously downloaded Workshop content. The Steam Store and In-game Store will remain unaffected by this and all of your previous purchases should work without issue.

On Friday 15th July, Steam Workshop will automatically come back on without any required input by you, any updates will download as normal through Steam.


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