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Dec
5
Virgin Trains First Generation Pack Update Available Now
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 05 December 2017 04:07 PM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2018, we have today released an update for the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:

General

  • Corrected English, French & German spelling and grammatical issues in the manuals
  • Corrected French and German spelling and grammatical issues in the scenarios

BR Class 47/8

  • Fixed an issue where the wiper blade would disappear
  • Fixed an issue where the controls on back wall of the cab were inoperable

BR Class 43 ‘HST’

  • Corrected the default brake position when starting from ‘Notch 1’ to ‘Full Service’
  • Corrected a texture issue with the tail lights
  • Corrected the speedometer needle
  • Corrected the Mk3 bogie run sounds
  • Corrected the volume of the engine noise
  • Fixed an issue where there was an odd black line above each external door
  • Fixed an issue where the ‘AWS Fault’ light would illuminate incorrectly
  • Removed the ATP start-up sounds when placing the reverser into forward
  • Improved performance of the HST when running as AI

If you own the Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, 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 Virgin Trains First Generation Pack, now is the perfect time to pick it up and experience the early years of privatisation!

The Virgin Trains First Generation Pack update will be approximately 24 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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Nov
27
Homeward Bound
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 27 November 2017 11:50 AM

The Thanksgiving Holiday is a time of travel and festivities in the United States

Thanksgiving Day. It is surely one of America’s most beloved and celebrated Holidays, and for millions of Americans, it is a time to visit home, renew family and friendship ties, and, of course, feast upon the classic turkey dinner with all the trimmings.

The Thanksgiving holiday week is also the busiest travel time of the year in the United States. This year, approximately 51 million Americans will travel for Thanksgiving (and 51 million is equal to the entire population of sizable counties such as South Korea or Columbia!). Much of the holiday travel is by automobile, but the airlines and railroads are, of course, bustling, too. Amtrak carries more than three-quarters of a million passengers over the holiday weekend and uses every locomotive and coach it can find, regularly short-term leasing commuter railroads’ equipment to increase its capacity for holiday travelers.

Indeed, travel by train for Thanksgiving visits to home has been a tradition, well, as long as there have been railroads. Even if one is staying home for the holiday, the warm experience of travel by rail can be enjoyed with Train Simulator, and thus we thought it would be appropriate to celebrate the holiday by re-creating images of Thanksgiving train travel across the nation and through the decades! – Gary Dolzall 


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Nov
20
TS2018 – The Complete Roster
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 20 November 2017 02:06 PM

Train Simulator 2018 is available now, and features a trio of iconic routes from around the world, including the exclusive North Wales Coastal, complete with Virgin Trains traction. You can see a complete rundown of everything included below.

You’ll be visiting the seaside with North Wales Coastal, an all-new and unprecedented railway between Crewe, a major transport hub in England and one of the most important stations in railway history, and Llandudno, a popular seaside resort set upon the North Welsh Coast, facing the Irish Sea. Not only that, but you will be enjoying the views from the tilting cab of the Virgin Trains Class 221 ‘Super Voyager’, along with the BR Class 175 and BR Class 158 of Arriva Train Wales.

Stretching 70 miles in length, there is no end to the unique sights along North Wales Coastal; Conwy Castle, the Crewe Heritage Centre, Chester Station, the semaphore signalling of North Wales, and so much more! Exploring the almighty North Welsh Coast has never been more exhilarating, manage speed, keep to timetable, and take in the fresh seaside air!

In summary:

  • 70 Mile route from Crewe to Llandudno & Conwy Castle
  • BR Class 221 ‘Super Voyager’ in Virgin Trains Livery
  • BR Class 158 ‘Express Sprinter’ in Arriva Trains Wales Revised Livery
  • BR Class 175 ‘Coradia’ in Arriva Trains Wales & ATW ‘Ghost’ Liveries

The Peninsula Corridor: San Francisco to San Jose route features operating speeds up to 79 mph, passes through a mixture or urban, suburban, and scenic open California country, and features no less than 26 authentically re-created station stops. Also represented in the route is Caltrain’s sprawling Central Equipment & Maintenance Facility (CEMOF) located near San Jose Diridon Station.

As an engineer of the Peninsula Corridor, you’ll climb aboard and take the throttle of three distinctive types of locomotives and rolling stock. For the busy commuter runs along the Peninsula, you’ll either take the controls of Caltrain’s modern MPI “MPXpress” MP36PH-3C diesel locomotive or snuggle into a Bombardier-built bi-level cab car as the commuter trains operate in “push-pull” configuration. And for switching, local, and mainline freight duty, you’ll take the throttle of Union Pacific’s Electro-Motive GP38-2.

In summary:

  • 47 Mile route from San Francisco to San Jose
  • MP36PH-3C ‘MPI Express’ Diesel Locomotive in Caltrain Livery
  • Bombardier Bi-Level Coaches & Cab Car in Caltrain Livery
  • EMD GP38-2 in Union Pacific Clean & Weathered Liveries
  • 3-Bay Hopper, Low Gondola, Refrigerator, 16,000gal Tank & Van Box Cars in Union Pacific Livery

The experiences that await you on the Mittenwaldbahn are tantamount to excitement; manage heavy freight trains aboard the all-efficient ÖBB 2016 locomotive, keep to the timetable on prominent regional services aboard the DB BR 442, or take to the trackside and watch in awe as these stunning examples of traction do battle with every turn, climb and swooping fall of the surrounding peaks.

Expect no easy day while working the Mittenwaldbahn, the mountainous region allows for little easy-going gradients and managing speed is one of the many skills mastered by drivers through the Alps. In contrast, the undulating path when under control, provides a very relaxed atmosphere. Travelling over viaducts, through tunnels, and along banks of lush green forests, the views are undeniably unmatched.

In summary:

  • 58 km route from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Innsbruck
  • DB BR 442 in DB Regio Livery
  • ÖBB 2016 in Clean, Lightly & Heavily Weathered ÖBB Liveries
  • SGGRSS, Shimmns & Zacns 95m Tanker Wagons in Various Liveries

If you’re new to Train Simulation, the TS Academy acts as the perfect starting point for you get to grips on a variety of locomotive types and operational procedures, and is set upon multiple short routes depicting various landscapes and differing training environments.

At your disposal are the BR 189, SD70MAC, Fowler 4F & BR Class 170, plus a selection of rolling stock – you’ll be up to speed in no time with the TS Academy!

In Summary:

  • Multiple short routes depicting various landscapes and differing training environments
  • BR 189, Fowler 4F, SD70MAC & BR Class 170 in TS Academy Livery
  • SGGRSS Container Flats, Coal Hopper, Mineral Wagon & Brake van in TS Academy Livery

Train Simulator 2018 is Out Now!
Click here to head to the Store!


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Nov
10
Power Unleashed!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 10 November 2017 01:23 PM

Virtual Railroads’ absolute representation of the DB BR 151 has arrivedfor powerful and competitive Train Simulator service!

Introduced in the 1970s, the DB BR 151 helped the rail freight industry keep up with the ever-growing road traffic; new locomotives, with more modern equipment on-board, would spell higher speed and heavier loads, and a more fierce competition between road and rail.

Time was of the essence, and so the new locomotive fleet bore much resemblance to previous designs, yet modern traction packages and enhanced bogie designs allowed the DB BR 151 to fit the bill. In order to ensure a network-wide improvement, 170 DB BR 151 locomotives were ordered, and then built between 1972 and 1978. At 118 tons each, the equivalent of 8400+ horsepower, and a top speed of 120 km/h, the DB BR 151s were ready for any heavy-hauling duty.

When new, the DB BR 151s were used on almost any freight traffic, and even saw some passenger use (which is today no longer possible); where members of the fleet did succeed was on heavy ore and mineral trains, which required the fitting of AK69e Unicouplers – locos would double-head 4000 and even 6000 ton ore trains on a regular basis.

In recent years, newer traction has risen above the might of the DB BR 151, and a multitude of 151s have been sold on to private operators, with some also meeting the cutters’ torch, and one mostly preserved at the DB museum in Koblenz. Nevertheless, with a tale of power and popularity in its wake, the DB BR 151 is a locomotive to remember, and is a befitting addition to any powerhouse collection in Train Simulator!

The DB BR 151 for Train Simulator is available in DB Traffic Red livery, with DB Cargo, Railion and DB Railion logo variants ready for service. Also, a notable inclusion is the DB BR 151 fitted with Unicoupler AK69e couplings, destined for hauling heavy trains formed of Faals 150 wagons, also featured.

Getting to grips with the DB BR 151 will be your task, as you learn to start up and manage this powerful locomotive across 3 enticing Career scenarios for the popular Hamburg-Hanover route. In each scenario, you’ll be at the head of a coal, gravel, or limestone train and, with up to two locomotives at your disposal, will be roaring through Lower Saxony, classic seventies style!

A brief rundown:

  • DB BR 151, with chain-link coupling, in DB Traffic Red livery with Railion, DB Railion or DB Cargo logos
  • DB BR 151, with AK69e Unicoupler, in DB Traffic Red livery with Railion, DB Railion or DB Cargo logos
  • Coal, Gravel, Limestone and Ore Faals 150 wagons
  • Authentic simulation throughout
  • Advanced cold-start procedure
  • Dynamic failures, no overworking the traction motors!
  • High fidelity recreation of cab and external body
  • High quality textures with prototypical weathering detail
  • A trio of Career scenarios for the Hamburg-Hanover route

All these features and exacting details have firmly earned the DB BR 151 a slot within the Pro Range!
What is the Pro Range? Find out more here.

The venerable DB BR 151 is available now, head to the Store for more details! 


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Oct
24
Train Sim World Update Available Now
Posted by DTG Support SD on 24 October 2017 12:30 PM

Thank you all once again for your continued feedback following the release of Train Sim World: Great Western Express. Your input has helped us identify and address a number of issues, which we have outlined below.

General

  • A new function has been added to the locomotives ‘3’ external camera. If the camera becomes stuck by collision, the camera can be reset by pressing CTRL+0.
  • Collision smoothing for the locomotive ‘3’ external camera.
  • Fixed an issue where, if the player was crouched and sat in a seat of a locomotive, the character would appear to be floating from an external camera view.
  • Fixed an issue where at a low random chance, AI trains would disappear in the player’s viewpoint.
  • Fixed an issue where changing cab ends in any of the included trains, using CTRL and + or – would break the driving HUD.
  • Updated Service Mode Locomotive Selection screen so the right-hand information updates when the livery is changed.
  • In-game credits are now translated into French and German.
  • Removed a cloud of fog that sometimes briefly appeared on the Main Menu Diorama upon first load up.

Great Western Express

Additions

  • BR Class 66 EWS livery reskin

Achievements

8 Steam Achievements have been added
  • Journey Shrinker - Reach a speed of 125MPH in the HST.
  • Turbo Power - Reach a speed of 90MPH in the BR Class 166.
  • Pushing the Limits - Reach a speed of 75MPH in the BR Class 66.
  • Cross Country – Operate the BR Class 43 HST for 430 miles.
  • Mile Muncher – Operate the BR Class 166 for 1660 miles.
  • Powerhauler – Operate the BR Class 66 for 660 miles.
  • Peak Performance – Successfully completed all scenarios.
  • Qualified Driver – Successfully completed all introduction tutorials.

Localisation

  • Improvements to missing Polish translations.
  • Fixed missing subtitles when Voice Over was playing in French in the Aggregate Industries scenario.

Environment

  • Overhead Wire installation in London Paddington station.

Gameplay

  • Class 43 Introduction Tutorial: Fixed an issue where holding the engine start button down would not complete the objective.
  • Class 166 Introduction Tutorial: Fixed an issue where holding the engine start button down would not complete the objective.
  • Class 66 Introduction Tutorial: Fixed an issue where holding the engine start button down would not complete the objective.
  • Fixed an issue where each locomotive appeared in the list multiple times on the Locomotive Selection screen in Services.
  • Christmas Closures: Fixed an issue where the BR Class 43 brakes would stop working.
  • Christmas Closures: Fixed an issue where no power/amps were being applied to the train when following the ‘Switch Cab’ instructions at Acton Yard.
  • Down the Line: Fixed an issue where the Platform 14 service could not be completed due to an AI train blocking the player path into Southall Platform 3.
  • Station Stopping Tutorial: Fixed an issue where the player character in an external camera view could be seen in the ‘T’ animation pose as opposed to a seating animation.
  • Drag Line: Fixed an issue where the seat marker for the HST objective would appear under the world and not on the required cab seat.
  • Aggregate Industries: Fixed an issue where the ‘Couple to formation’ objective was missing its objective marker.
  • Aggregate Industries: Fixed an issue where the unloading percentage markers would disappear when saving and reloading this scenario.

Audio

  • Fixed an issue where AWS and DSD alarms could be heard on AI trains from outside of the cab.

BR Class 43 'HST'

  • Improvements to the Automatic Warning System (AWS).
  • Improvements to the Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS).
  • Improvements to the Driver Safety Device (DSD).
  • Improvements to the Train Brakes so the correct pressures in each stage are being read.
  • Fix to the Horn, where sometimes interacting with it, no sound could be heard.
  • Improvements to the Brake Pressure gauges on the driving HUD.
  • Improvements to the Air Hoses and Multiple Unit cables, where they were dragging through the track/floor.
  • Improvements to the engine start audio, where before it was too quiet.
  • Smoke emissions are now present.
  • Fixed an issue where saving the game whilst the doors were closing/opening would cause them to act strangely on reloading.
  • Smoothed cab blinds interactions so they no longer snap to locations, they are 100% dynamic.

BR Class 166

  • Improvements to the Automatic Warning System (AWS).
  • Improvements to the Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS).
  • Improvements to the Driver Safety Device (DSD).
  • Fix to the Horn, where sometimes interacting with it, no sound could be heard.
  • Improvements to the Brake Pressure gauges on the driving HUD.
  • Reduced the window wipers audio, where before it was too loud.
  • Improvements to the door Hustle Alarm audio and timings.
  • Smoke emissions are now present.
  • Fixed an issue with the blinds glitching when using an Xbox controller.

BR Class 66

  • Improvements to the Automatic Warning System (AWS).
  • Improvements to the Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS).
  • Improvements to the Driver Safety Device (DSD).
  • Changed the Headlight Switch UI Slider to be horizontal.
  • Fix to the Horn, where sometimes interacting with it, no sound could be heard.
  • The rear cab Main Reservoir Pipe and Main Reservoir Dials now show the correct values.
  • The correct side wipers animate when that side control is used.
  • Window wipers now clear rain from the window.
  • Updated Class 66 cab collision to allow the player to have access to the Windscreen wiper controls (which were partially blocked).
  • Removed snow textures in winter from the roof.
  • Improvements to the Brake Pressure gauges on the driving HUD.
  • Smoke emissions are now present.
  • Improvements to the AMPs meter on the Driving HUD.
  • Improvements to the Warning Device Icon on the Driving HUD, so it now responds in sync with safety devices (AWS and DSD).

Passengers

  • Improvements to passenger train boarding sequence, to prevent them trying to board a train after the loading instruction has complete.
  • Improvements to skinning to help with hands intersecting with laps when seated, on a bench or in the train.
  • Added an arms crossed pose for seated characters, with randomised transitions.
  • Improvements to random head movements which previously appeared ‘robotic’.

Signalling

  • Fix to signal SN203 coming out of Acton Yard, where the train brakes would trigger an Emergency Brake Application when passing at 20MPH, for service 4V38.
  • Fix to signals T1675 and SN25 TPWS ramps which were triggering brake applications on a double yellow aspect.

Service Mode

  • Improvements to some services stopping at the wrong location at platforms.
  • Fixed AI services spawning in from portals sometimes appearing backwards.
  • Fixes to services 2N52, 2R19, 2P67 and 5P17 where the incorrect door side would need to be opened to complete objectives.
  • Fixed the player not spawning into a locomotive when selecting service 2P71 Reading to London Paddington.

CSX Heavy Haul

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue that was preventing the Turntable tutorial being completed.

AC4400CW

  • Fixed a performance stutter when jumping to an external camera view from the first person camera view.
This update is around 600 MB in size and will download automatically from Steam (note that you may need to restart Steam to kick off the download). If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, submit a ticket where our Support Team will be ready to assist. Additionally, if you have any feedback in regards to the update, we urge you to post in our Train Sim World Forums (click here). Thank you all for your continued feedback and support, keep it coming!

No Updated Content? Steam File Verify

In the unlikely event that Steam fails to update Train Sim World: Great Western Express, 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, dependent on your internet speed. If you find that after the file verify has completed, you are confident you have not received the update, please contact us by submitting a ticket where someone will assist you directly.
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