An “Electric” Experience
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 25 August 2017 10:18 AM

The New Haven’s remarkable EF-4 ignitron rectifier electric freight locomotive comes to Train Simulator!

Reppo and its master craftsman Ricardo Rivera now bring the remarkable New Haven General Electric EF-4 (GE E-33) freight electric to Train Simulator! Created in exacting detail, the NYNH&H EF-4 for Train Simulator faithfully recaptures the features and operating characteristics of this distinctive and notable electric freight locomotive.

To learn about the fascinating history of the EF-4 (also commonly called a GE E-33), be sure to check out our previous Train Simulator articles “Electric Vagabond” and “Coming to the Rescue”.

Reppo’s edition of the New Haven EF-4 electric is provided in both ready-to-roll “running” and “cold and dark” variations, the latter offering an authentic, multi-step start-up procedure. That process begins with raising the pantograph to access the power in NYNH&H’s overhead catenary by using a manual air pump located in the unit’s nose, then setting up the locomotive for duty. And once you’re ready to move, you’ll take the handles of the EF-4’s 17-position master controller and 24RL air brake systems. A fine and comprehensive replica of the locomotive’s original operating’s manual is provided to help guide you.

Constructed by General Electric in 1956-57 for the Virginian Railroad, these locomotives were purchased second-hand by the New Haven in the summer of 1963. The 3,300-horsepower EF-4 was an ignitron rectifier electric and employed 12 water-cooled ignitron rectifiers. NYNH&H’s 11,000-volt alternating current (A. C.) catenary power was reduced by a main transformer before being routed through the rectifiers for conversation to direct current (D.C.)., then used in the locomotive’s six General Electric 752 tractor motors. Stretching nearly 70-feet in length, the husky EF-4 electrics weighed 394,000 pounds, exerted 98,500 pounds of traction effort, and were geared for a 65-mph maximum speed.

Although few in number (12 of this type were built), the six-axle (C-C) road-switcher-style GE electrics were capable and successful. After serving the Virginian (and successor Norfolk & Western), the locomotives worked on the NYNH&H between New York City and New Haven, Connecticut until the railroad was merged into the Penn Central in 1968. But even then, the EF-4s careers were far from over, and the electrics worked for Penn Central and successor Conrail into 1981. Two of the distinctive rectifier electrics have been preserved: Ex-VGN 131 at the Illinois Railway Museum, and appropriately, ex-Virginian 135 at the Virginia Museum of Transport in Roanoke. The latter is beautifully restored to its original black-and-yellow Virginian livery.

One of the Train Simulator community’s finest artists, Ricardo Rivera of Reppo has outdone himself in creating the New Haven EF-4, which includes interactive cab and control features, a remarkable fidelity to details, and a magnificent visual representation of the EF-4, right down to its weathered but striking New Haven vermillion (red-orange), white, and black livery. Accompanying the EF-4 in the DLC pack are a 40-foot New Haven steel boxcar in “McGinnis” era livery, and a superb NYNH&H NE-5 class steel cupola caboose. New Haven operated more than 100 of the NE-5 class, which had been built in the early 1940s and, like the EF-4, enduring into the Penn Central and Conrail eras. And for AI-train use a New Haven Electro-Motive GP9 is included.

The New Haven EF-4 is also accompanied by four career scenarios for the Train Simulator NEC: New York-New Haven route (route available separately), which of course in the New Haven era was the primary stomping grounds of these big electrics. There’s no doubt, too, the EF-4 will be popular with Steam Workshop scenario creators, putting the electric to work not only on the NEC: New York-New Haven route, but on the electrified portions of the popular VNHRR Springfield – New Haven route (which includes catenary in portions of massive Cedar Hill Yard and the New Haven area).

A truly “electric” experience awaits you with the New Haven EF-4 (GE E-33) locomotive, available now at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores! – Gary Dolzall 

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Ongoing Engineering Works
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 24 August 2017 09:25 AM

As you know, we’re approaching the final stages of Train Sim World: Great Western Express development and we’re aware just how excited you all are by the prospect of passenger mode, new and exciting timetables and high-speed travel in all their Train Sim World glory. So, we’re going to extend the pre-order period to give everyone more time to take advantage of the pre-order discount and have therefore moved Train Sim World: Great Western Express to release on September 14th.

We appreciate that this may be frustrating, but doing so will also give us more time to get those passengers into position, ensure everything is working as intended and is up to the standard you all deserve on the day of release. We very much appreciate your patience and so have a few new screenshots of how Great Western Express is progressing!

We’ll have even more new in-game footage for you in the run up to the release, so please look out for them 

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Arosa Line – Out Now!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 17 August 2017 01:19 PM

Thomson Interactive’s definitive Arosa Line is available now for Train Simulator, it’s time to explore the stunning Alpine Peaks!

The Arosa Line, a mountain railway that spans 25km through the Swiss Alps, is home to some of the most challenging yet scenic terrain out of all the RhB network. Whether you’re climbing high hauling freight or easing your way down with eager tourists aplenty, the Arosa Line never ceases to captivate and will put your skills to the test at every turn. For Train Simulator, the Arosa Line is packed with features for you to enjoy:

  • Metre gauge track system with 3D sleepers, animated junction levers and illuminated indicators covering the line.
  • RhB signalling system with custom designed signal models and features including:
    • Arosa group signals unique to this line.
    • Animated Brake Test and “Abfahrbefehl” (departure indicators).
    • Operating “Besetztes Gleis” indicators for entering occupied platforms.
    • Three state ground signals that function correctly between main signals.
    • ZSI-90 Safety System track magnets and in-cabin equipment.
  • All new request stop features designed especially for the Arosa Line.
  • Over 100 overhead line equipment and catenary models.
  • Dynamically operating pantographs for the ABe 8/12 Allegra. Player locomotives have pantographs that dynamically follow the height of the overhead wires and lower through tunnels.
  • Over 50 custom bridge and tunnel portal models designed to accurately represent the stunning engineering of the route.
  • Highly detailed station models designed from Thomson Interactive’s survey of the route in early 2017 along with many other feature models along the line.
  • Animated ski lift models in Arosa.
  • Detailed rock face models to capture the breath-taking scenery of the route.
  • All new ABe 8/12 Allegra Electric Multiple Unit in branded RhB livery with correct body side nameplates for all fifteen set numbers (3501 – 3515). Dynamic and selectable pantographs with sparking feature. Animated wing mirrors and exterior driver character that automatically moves to the driving end of the train. Player selectable destination system. Automatic speed control system and a host of other in cabin features.
  • Passenger view for the EWA coach of the Allegra where you can take in the breath-taking scenery and observe the driver’s cabin through the glass partition.
  • Lb-v container wagons, Sp-w timber wagons and all-new Fac hopper wagons are included.
  • Route fully configured for Quick Drive scenarios and Allegra trainset compatible with our existing Albula route Quick Drive.
  • 7 x Career scenarios including a guided tutorial for the ABe 8/12 Allegra train.
  • 3 x Railfan mode scenarios.

Go All Swiss!

To celebrate the release of the Arosa Line, Thomson Interactive’s previous venture into Switzerland, the Albula Line: St Moritz – Thusis route, and its accompanying RhB Enhancement Pack, are both 30% off, exclusively on the Steam Store, for a limited time only!

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BR Class 150/1 Update Available Now
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 09 August 2017 11:40 AM

In response to your important feedback on a variety of add-ons available for Train Simulator 2017, we have today released an update for the BR Class 150/1 DMU.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:

  • Completely rewritten throttle physics to match prototype
  • Completely reworked brake performance to match prototype
  • Fixed an issue with the headlights
  • Fixed an issue with a number of missing audio assignments
  • Added bonus “Ex-Silverlink” London Overground Livery

If you own the BR Class 150/1, 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 BR Class 150/1, why not? It’s perfect for not only Great Western territory, but also now the popular North London and Goblin Lines route! Pick it up and experience classic Sprinter action!

The BR Class 150/1 update will be approximately 130 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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The Sizzling SIMmer Sale is Now On!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 08 August 2017 04:11 PM
Save up to 70% on our Franchises with the Sizzling ‘Simmer’ Sale! These deals cannot last forever, so make sure you get yourself over to the store and grab those bargains while they’re hot!

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Designer Desiro
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 03 August 2017 10:32 AM

RSSLO’s advanced DB BR 642, of Siemens’ popular Desiro Classic family, has come to Steam and Dovetail Games Stores for authentic regional service!

Built to serve the rural rails of Germany, the DB BR 642 introduced significant benefits over the previous loco-hauled stock, namely, shorter journey times, higher standard of comfort and reliability, and able to work under a plethora of conditions.

Each car features a low floor, providing step-free access from platform to train. From there, one car would be fitted with first class seating, and the other a multi-purpose area, where the W/C and wheelchair facilities were situated. Both cars shared a common bogie, this articulated design was not only safer, but reduced the overall noise and drag produced by the DB BR 642 when in motion. With a diesel engine under the floor, behind each cab, the DB BR 642 can quickly get up to its top speed of 120 km/h, and effective braking can ensure a rapid yet gentle stop, every time.

For Train Simulator, the DB BR 642 arrives in DB Traffic Red livery, complete with DB Regio branding, ready for service wherever required. RSSLO have packed the DB BR 642 full of complex features for you to master, including the step-by-step cold start sequence. Both a simple and advanced SIFA system are featured, so you can really step up your game if up for a challenge. PZB is also fully implemented, you’ll be changing modes directly from the control panel. Additionally, you’re even able to set up your radios.

Before you’re ready to start your journey, setting up the destination displays are an essential step for the passengers’ benefit, and then of course you’ll need to unlock the doors, without forgetting to lock them again!

What better way to test out the Desiro Classic than with a trio of Career scenarios for the Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen route, which is currently 50% off, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to put the 642 through its paces, and you’ll have to endure some inclement weather along the way.

The DB BR 642 for Train Simulator is suitably present in the Pro Range, and is available now, so head to the Store for more details! 

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