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TSW: Northeast Corridor New York – OUT NOW!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 20 March 2018 05:16 PM

Our next expansion for Train Sim World, entitled Northeast Corridor New York, is Out Now for Windows PC, and reproduces the famed “NEC” for modern Amtrak and CSX “Big Apple” railroading!

Here’s 10 things for you to try when you get your hands on Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor New York!

Drive the “Amtrak Cities Sprinter”

The 8600 horsepower ACS-64 locomotive is your prime traction in Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor New York, working key Amtrak services through and surrounding New York Penn station.

Go for a Ride

The included Coachclass, Café and Businessclass Amtrak Amfleet I passenger cars are authentically crafted and offer a high level of interactivity, and taking in the “NEC” from a passenger perspective is entirely immersive.

Spend the Day Railfanning

Pick a station and time of your choosing and watch the bustling action unfold! Walk around to try and find the perfect angle for that once-in-a-lifetime shot.

Sunnyside & Suds

Walking around the expansive Sunnyside Yard lets you get an up-close look at the included Amtrak equipment, and with included scenario called “Right Round”, you are tasked with taking an ACS-64 through the train wash.

Visit Iconic Locations

Service Mode allows you to spawn on-foot at more than just stations; get a first person look at the almighty Hell Gate Bridge and take in the sheer scale of this 100-year old marvel of engineering.

Explore Freight Yards

Use Service Mode to spawn into the likes of Oak Point Yard, Hunts Point and Fresh Pond Junction, walk around and move freight cars into position with the EMD GP38-2 in CSX’s distinctive YN3 livery.

Expand Your Experience

If you own the CSX GP40-2 add-on, or decide to pick it up alongside Northeast Corridor New York, not only does it now also include the YN3b livery, it will dynamically incorporate itself onto the “NEC” around the various freight yards; in addition, CSX Heavy Haul’s YN3b GP38-2 will appear.

Switch about Oak Point

The included scenario “New York Switching” brings ‘free mode’ operations starting at Oak Point Yard, similar in many ways to CSX Heavy Haul’s own “Cumberland Switchback” – with power at your disposal and CSX trackage to explore, what will you get up to?

Go Hunting for Collectables

There are a total of 75 collectables scattered about the Northeast Corridor New York route, including route maps, hazard cones, and ‘No Trespassing’ signs, where will you go looking first?

Take out the Trash

In the included scenario “Trash Collector”, you are in charge of transferring trash cars between Oak Point Yard and Harlem Terminal using a duo of CSX’s venerable GP38-2s. The famed ‘trash trains’ are a vital, daily aspect of the city that never sleeps.

Corridors, Corridors Everywhere

Set up your ACS-64 as required by taking the trip between the two cabs, via the featured carbody corridor where additional controls can be found. Once ready to go, leave one corridor for another and take to the rails in Train Sim World: Northeast Corridor New York, available now!

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Train Sim World: Founders Edition – OUT NOW for Xbox One!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 09 March 2018 02:13 PM

Ever wanted to drive a train? Well, now you can from the comfort of your living room – Train Sim World: Founders Edition is Out Now exclusively for Xbox One!

The Great Western Main Line started construction in 1835 as a grand effort by famed engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, to link the Southwest of England to London, and the line was quickly established as a major link for both businesses and residents, in and outside the capital.

The first three stages of the “GWML” saw the line between London and Reading completed, this stretch of track followed the Thames Valley, and by Brunel’s design was noticeably level, being dubbed “Brunel’s Billiard Table”.

Today, the line is operated by Great Western Railway, and has for over 40 years been the definition of high-speed with the introduction of the ‘InterCity 125’ BR Class 43 HST (High Speed Train), a British icon in and of itself that has sped passengers out of London at 125mph with ease for decades.

“GWR” also provide local services along the Thames Valley utilising the 1990s-built ‘Networker Turbo’ diesel multiple units, including the BR Class 166, a 3-car unit capable of bringing commuters into the heart of the Capital, while keeping up with the bustling schedule.

Having rail connections across the length and breadth of Britain, the GWML also sees significant freight traffic daily. DB Schenker are frequently tasked with hauling freight across the Thames Valley, for which they employ a fleet of BR Class 66 diesel-electric locomotives, 3300 horsepower brutes which share heritage with the American SD40-2.

With Train Sim World: Founders Edition, available now exclusively for Xbox One, the full “Great Western Express” experience awaits!

Download the Train Sim World: Founders Edition Quick Start Guide here.

Be the Driver…

Step into the feature-accurate cabs of the BR Class 43 HST, BR Class 166 and BR Class 66 and perform a variety of high-speed, local stopper and key freight services along the stunningly recreated Great Western Main Line between London Paddington and Reading.

…Beat the Clock…

Managing a balance of safety and timeliness provides a unique challenge. No matter your duty, be that stopping at every station or travelling at over 2-miles-a-minute, keeping to schedule while offering a smooth ride is of upmost importance.

…Explore the Thames Valley…

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

…And so much more!

Catch a ride as a passenger, go trainspotting, unload aggregate, rescue a stranded HST, face the typically British weather – forget the “Beast from the East”, the “Best from the West” is available now in the form of Train Sim World: Founders Edition, exclusively for Xbox One! ■

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The Journey to Xbox
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 05 March 2018 10:16 AM

Introducing Train Sim World: Founders Edition, coming exclusively to Xbox One on March 9th!

Available to Pre-Order now, Train Sim World: Founders Edition brings the bustling experience of the Great Western Main Line to your Xbox One console!

Read what Matt Peddlesden, Senior Producer, has to say below:

Train Simulation has been a personal passion of mine for the last 17 years, and as a console gamer myself since the first Xbox was launched in the UK, it's always been a dream of mine to get Train Sim on to a console. The slick user interface, easy-to-use controller and generally "lean back" gaming style is just super relaxing and beautifully matches up with the fundamentally relaxed nature of the Train Sim World experience.

There are a lot of challenges to bringing a simulation like Train Sim World over to a console platform. Design decisions that were thought to be sound on the PC become more thoroughly tested, for example - is the game fully controllable with a controller or am I actually using the odd key press here and there without necessarily thinking about it? How does the game look when it's on a TV a few feet away - are some of those fonts now looking a bit on the small side? Can we make a real world, one-to-one replication of the route come to life on the console? There aren't many console games with a 45 mile map you can freely move around in, let alone doing it smoothly at over 100mph.

One of my main goals when we embarked on the project to bring Train Sim World to the Xbox One was that I wanted to deliver our legendary quality to consoles for the first time and I'm really delighted to say that the team have delivered on that goal, the game that ships on the Xbox One brings you the great experience that players have been enjoying for years. You'll have access to all the same controls within the cab of the Class 66, Class 43 "High Speed Train" and Class 166 trains. You can drive a series of engaging scenarios including rescuing a broken down passenger train and even go open world and take part in the living, breathing world of Service Mode where trains will go about their duties and you can choose to be a passenger or drive a train or just sit back and watch it all happen.

We've achieved this by a process of optimisation, that is spending time really digging into the game and even the core game engine and identifying where time is being spent. We've optimised game models, lighting systems, the way we handle scenery, physics systems, how we make use of memory and much more. The team have also gone through a process of learning how to get the best out of the Xbox One.

One of my favourite benefits from being on the Xbox One has been how well the game integrates with the core Xbox Live platform. I can see at a glance how my friends are doing in the game, comparing statistics such as how many miles we've driven, or by seeing what my friends are doing within the game such as what scenarios they're playing just by looking at my friend list.

Bringing Train Sim World to the console also makes it a more social experience, my son and I will sit together while one of us drives and the other watches for signals, speed changes or talk about the things we see as we drive.

I don't need to bring my PC into the living room anymore, now I can just fire up my console and relax on my couch while I race down the Great Western Main Line at 125mph. That's the dream. - Matt Peddlesden, Senior Producer

And soon, you too can fulfil your dreams, as the highly anticipated arrival of Train Sim World on Xbox One is booked for departure on March 9th, all aboard! 

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Rhaetian Remarkable!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 12 January 2018 02:24 PM

The RhB Enhancement Pack 02, featuring the classic Ge 4/4 ii locomotive, is Out Now!

Take to the unrelenting grades of the Arosa Line aboard the distinctive RhB 4/4 ii, which is represented authentically in Thomson Interactive’s new RhB Enhancement Pack 02!

Built between the 1970s and 1980s, the RhB 4/4 ii electric locomotive was designed for mixed-traffic work across the RhB network, replacing older motive power which was no longer up to then-modern standards. The new locomotives represented large power in small packages, many lines are mountainous in Switzerland, traversing the Alps while clinging to valley edges and navigating tunnels and viaducts; without struggle, the Ge 4/4 ii fleet could work passenger and freight, at speeds up to 90 km/h – not bad for a locomotive barely exceeding 40ft in length!

A total of 23 RhB Ge 4/4 ii locomotives were built, each named after a town served by the sprawling Rhaetian Railway network, and today some are resplendent in commemorative liveries which celebrate various anniversaries related to the RhB. And, thanks to refurbishment keeping them up to standard, they are all still in service today, working in tandem with the RhB fleet.

In Train Simulator, the RhB Enhancement Pack 02 brings the Ge 4/4 ii to life, along with new passenger and freight rolling stock which can be quickly put to good use in the included Career scenarios on the Arosa Line; where you learn how to drive the locomotive, before going to work on the unforgettable grades that the Alps have to offer.

And, to top it all off, the Arosa Line is currently 50% off to celebrate the arrival of the RhB Enhancement Pack 02, available now for Train Simulator! Head to the Store and save on this stunning route!

RhB Enhancement Pack 02 – Key Features

  • Ge 4/4 II Locomotive in red RhB livery with correct body side crests for all numbers 611 to 633
    • Quick Drive consists compatible with the Arosa and Albula Line routes
    • Dynamic animated pantographs compatible with the Arosa and Albula Line routes
    • Automatic detection of locomotive multiple mode and correct selection of pantograph pairs for player and AI trains
    • Speed select and automatic power cut-off for cabin control wheel
    • Manual control of locomotive fans (Blowers)
    • Opening cabin door and windows with dynamic audio levels
    • Three officially licensed RhB liveries for locomotives 620, 623 and 627
  • Pre-refurbishment Baggage Coach
  • Haik-v type Sliding Door Wagon
  • EWI AB and B Coaches
    • Three position passenger view for the EWI B coach
    • Seasonal timed operation of internal light dimming for all coaches
    • Random window animation on a per coach basis viewable externally and internally with “weather & time intelligence”
    • Rain effects
  • Three Career scenarios for the Arosa Line route
    • [GE 4-4 ii 627 Chur Arosa] Locomotive Tutorial
    • [Ge 4/4 ii 623 125 Jahre] Christmas Special to Arosa
    • [Ge 4/4 ii RhB] Autumn Evening Descent

The RhB Enhancement Pack 02 is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for more details! 

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Train Sim World: Rapid Transit – OUT NOW!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 14 December 2017 06:28 PM

Our next expansion for Train Sim World, entitled Rapid Transit, is available now, and reproduces the modern Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn S2 Line!

In 1969, separate commuter networks were established for both Halle and Leipzig. The Halle network started as a U-shaped railway, while Leipzig was treated to heart-shaped trackage which encapsulated the city. Together, the early S-Bahn networks of Halle and Leipzig formed the basis of what would become an interconnected hub of activity. In fact, the Leipzig network became overcrowded within two days, although this was due to complimentary free travel upon opening.

After the turn of the 21st Century, it was decided to link the two S-Bahn networks of Halle and Leipzig with a brand new commuter line between the 2 cities. The new link opened in 2004, and the separate S-Bahn networks were joined to form the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn. While a key link, its full potential would not be reached until the Leipzig City Tunnel was constructed.

The new 3.9 km long Leipzig City Tunnel was not the first to be proposed for the city of Leipzig, however this modern take would see multiple brand new S Lines provide a frequent service through the heart of the city, before branching out and heading north and south.

Tunnelling started in 2003, and lasted 5 years. Meanwhile, 4 new stations along the path of the tunnel were also excavated and constructed. Each station is bespoke in design, modern marble to tubular trimmings, and really bring a sense of vibrancy to the new-era network.

It was always the plan that the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn was to be transformed by the opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel in December 2013, and in fact, it was renamed entirely as the Mitteldeutschland (Central Germany) S-Bahn, and a whole new range of S Lines were defined, most of which serve the new tunnel as part of their route.

One of the key routes in particular is the S2, which generally operates between Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz in the south, and Dessau Hbf in the north. Combined with a modern of DB BR 1442 EMUs, the Mitteldeutschland S2 Line provides an accessible, frequent and service.

The DB BR 1442 ‘Talent 2’ was first introduced onto European soil in 2011 as an evolution of the previous ‘Talent’ multiple units. Despite sharing names however, the two families of units are most distinct with the Talent 2 offering improved crash safety, better performance, and all-round more widespread service potential. Like their predecessors, the Talent 2 family quickly proved popular, with hundreds ordered, and delivered, for operation throughout Europe.

Talent of course alludes to particular skills or natural abilities, however in the case of the unit family, it is also a clever anacronym of TALbot LEichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen, or Talbot light suburban railcar. The units range anything from 2 to 5 cars in length, and can easily achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h, perfectly suited for commuter routes akin to the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn.

Shared Jacobs bogies, a common feature of modern units, allow for a lesser impact on the rails, keeping comfortable, reducing drag, and ensuring the units stay upright in any derailments. They are also safe from a front-end point of view, the crash-optimised cab is designed to cushion impact, but it is this distinct detailing that earned them the nickname of “Hamsterbacke” (Hamster Cheeks).

At the cost of about 200 million Euro, an order for 51 EMUs was placed. Classified as the DB BR 1442, they entered service on the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn lines in August 2013. A total of 36 of the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn DB BR 1442s are formed of 3 articulated coaches (as the 1442.1 subclass), which double up to form 6-car sets in the rush hour.

The Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn S2 Line, featuring action, precision and popular traction, is ready to be explored through Train Sim World: Rapid Transit, available now! 

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