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Jul
17
Mighty Seddin Freight – Out Now!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 17 July 2017 11:21 AM

The railway junction that spurs west from the Leipzig main line to Seddin, which is densely packed with freight throughout, has arrived for Train Simulator courtesy of Partner Programme member, Aerosoft, as an extension to the popular Berlin-Leipzig route!

Situated on the southern outskirts of Berlin, The freight yard at Seddin opened in 1920, and was quickly established as an international hub for rail freight. It connected with various lines, including the Anhalt Railway and the Berlin-Blankenheim Railway and provided links to many locations. Seddin’s Freight Yard played a significant role in military movements, in both leading up to and during the Second World War. Seddin was a major target for Allied forces during those 6 fatal years, in fact, the yard was bombed directly in April 1945.

Following the Second World War, with the division of Germany, new railways were built throughout the outskirts of Berlin to ensure rail connections were maintained to the western side of the cleft-in-twine city. These new railways were the Berlin Outer Freight Ring and, simply, the Berlin Outer Ring; Seddin’s freight yard was adjoined to the former, as its high-profile movements and service capabilities needed to have unrestricted access.

The yard itself spans a 5km by 300m area, housing some 100km of track. All this trackage is sandwiched within a dense forest, with the town of Seddin immediately adjacent to the eastern face of the yard. And, even to this day, the freight yard at Seddin is of high importance, serving beyond the German borders into places such as Russia and helping Germany move one day at a time.

Featuring miles upon miles of extensive freight yards and winding paths through the Berlin countryside, German heavy hauling does not get more intense than this, and Mighty Seddin Freight is available now for Train Simulator!

Key Features

  • 40km Extension for the Berlin Leipzig Route Add-On (required as a separate purchase).
  • Adds the extensive DB freight operations to the already bustling passenger services of the route.
  • Includes the entire Seddin Rail freight yard and updates the route’s eastern section to the south of Ludwigsfelde through Genshagener Heide, Cramerkurve and Birkengrund.
  • Includes the route from Genshagener Heide to the old Airport Berlin-Schönefeld station, an additional starting point for freight and passenger trains (different from the Airport Berlin-Brandenburg-International station). The Berlin-Schönefeld Airport area and the new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport is outlined with large buildings, rotating radar, lighted taxiways and runway, and approaching and departing aircraft.
  • Six additional stations show the atmosphere of four different eras of German railroad history. The area between Berlin-Schönefeld and Seddin has a historical bandwidth of around 100 years. Discover old buildings, lamps, bridges beside modern ones.
  • See at night thousands of different lights beside roads and tracks and feel the ambience.
  • Extensive rework of the HL signalling used for the freight yards
  • Includes the iconic Pro Range standard DB BR 232 in DB VRot and Railion liveries.
  • Six Challenging Career Scenarios
  • Quick Drive compatible

Pro Range DB BR 232 Key Features

  • Available in DB VRot and Railion liveries
  • Equipped with SiFa86 (Zeit-Zeit Aufforderungssifa)
  • PZB80R system PZB90
  • Accurate and prototypical operating and driving characteristics
  • Accurate and authentic sounds representing the iconic DB BR 232
  • Monitoring functions for traction motors and power
  • Overload Protection
  • Distance adjustable headlights
  • Automatic and manual cooler fan control
  • Switchable and coupled electric brake
  • Switchable electrical train heating
  • Switchable cab lighting

What is the Pro Range?

Mighty Seddin Freight is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for more details! 


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Jul
17
Express to the Fabulous Fifties!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 17 July 2017 11:21 AM

Take a Train Simulator journey to the 1950s in the streamliner that symbolized the decade – the Aerotrain!

Train Simulator and acclaimed partner programme member DTM (Digital Train Model) take you on a journey back to the fabulous 1950s aboard the train that came to symbolize that decade – the General Motors Aerotrain, now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores!

As the railroad passenger business in North America grew ever more challenged in the 1950s, one proposed savior for the industry was the lightweight streamliner, a concept which promised the railroads lower capital and operating costs compared to traditional equipment – and offered passengers lower fares and the panache of riding aboard unique and futuristic streamliners.

A veritable “who’s who” of railroad equipment manufacturers, including Budd, Talgo, Pullman-Standard, American Car & Foundry, Fairbanks-Morse, and Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton lined up to offer various lightweight designs – but none exceeded in either bold styling or public buzz the lightweight train constructed by General Motors and christened the “Aerotrain.”

To create the Aerotrain, General Motors enlisted its portfolio of industrial divisions, involving not only locomotive-builder Electro-Motive, but Detroit Diesel and GM’s Truck and Coach division. Motive power for the Aerotrain came in the form of a locomotive designated the LWT12 equipped with a standard EMD 567-series, 12-cylinder, 1,200-horsepower power plant as was employed in EMD’s switcher line; the power truck for the Aerotrain locomotive was a two-axle Flexicoil truck often employed on EMD switchers and light road-switchers. For “hotel power” (HEP), the Aerotrain locomotive was equipped with a pair of Detroit Diesel six-cylinder diesel power plants and accompanying generators. The Aerotrain’s coaches were based upon GM’s standard 40-passenger intercity bus carbody, which for rail service was widened by 18 inches and rode on two axles per coach. The Aerotrain was originally envisioned to include a 10-car train set capable of carrying 400 passengers. As for the Aerotrain’s futuristic styling, General Motors called upon its styling staff studio.

GM built two Aerotrain demonstrators and the lightweight streamliner made its debut in January 1956 when one of the demonstrators ran from Washington, D. C., to Newark, New Jersey on the Pennsylvania Railroad while the second hurried from Chicago to Detroit on the New York Central. The Pennsylvania leased one Aerotrain and utilized it as a nine-car train set in New York-Philadelphia-Pittsburgh service. The second Aerotrain demonstrator took on a barnstorming tour and in addition to the PRR and NYC, the Aerotrain sets are known to have operated on Santa Fe, Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, Chicago & North Western, Great Northern, and the Illinois Central. In early 1956, a third Aerotrain-style LWT12 locomotive was constructed by EMD and purchased by the Rock Island for use with a Talgo-designed train set on RI’s “Jet Rocket” between Chicago and Peoria, Illinois.

Alas, the Aerotrain – like the other lightweights spawned during the 1950s – proved more failure than savior. The ride in the “bus-turned-rail car” coaches was rough and left passengers unimpressed, and the LWT12 proved underpowered for any route involving steep grades. Beyond the two demonstrators and the lone unit ordered by the Rock Island, no additional Aerotrain sets were constructed. The two demonstrators were soon sold to the Rock Island, where they operated in Chicago-Joliet (Illinois) commuter service (and were soon joined by the Rock’s own “Jet Rocket”) until retired in 1966. Nonetheless, the Aerotrain, with its futuristic and unique design, became something of a railroad icon of the 1950s (so much so that Disneyland had a look-alike “Viewliner” miniature edition of the train as a Tomorrowland ride in the late 1950s) and two of the LWT12s and some coaches found their way to U. S. museums.

DTM’s new Aerotrain is a beautiful and authentic re-creation of the diminutive streamliner. Now available at the Dovetail Games and Steam Stores, the DTM pack features the complete Aerotrain (LWT12 locomotive, lightweight coach, and coach-observation) as operated by the Pennsylvania Railroad (and wearing PRR’s famed “Keystone” logo) with a selection of scenarios on the Train Simulator Horseshoe Curve route. And the pack also provides an un-branded standard demonstrator version of the Aerotrain that will be ideal for service on a variety of Train Simulator routes such as the Pacific Surfliner route, Cajon Pass, and the Northeast Corridor! Take an express journey to the 1950s – with the iconic Aerotrain! – Gary Dolzall 


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Jul
12
Ultimate Electrostar Update!
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 12 July 2017 02:19 PM

Today, we have released an update for the Class 375 Southeastern Livery Pack Add-on, and in doing so, introduced a plethora of reskins and variations to make your Kentish experience the best it can be!

Originally, the Class 375 Southeastern Livery Pack Add-on consisted of only a direct reskin of the London-Faversham Class 375 into the new Dark Blue livery, but today’s update has changed that spectacularly, see below…

Liveries

Class 375/3, Class 375/6, Class 375/7

  • Southeastern Dark Blue (original version updated to match Chatham Main Line version)
  • Southeastern Grey Stripe with Yellow Doors
  • Southeastern No Stripe with Yellow Doors
  • Southeastern No Stripe with Blue Doors
  • Southeastern Blue Stripe with Blue Doors
  • Southeastern No Stripe with Royal Blue Doors – 375610 Only – Named Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Southeastern Gold Stripe with Royal Blue Doors – 375610 Only – Named Royal Tunbridge Wells

Class 375/8 and 375/9

  • Southeastern Dark Blue *

* Notes – no custom made passenger view for the 375/8 and 375/9 as these are extra.

Named Variants – SE Grey Stripe / SE No Stripe + Yellow

  • 375304 Medway Valley Line 1856 – 2006
  • 375608 Bromley Travelwise
  • 375611 Dr. William Harvey
  • 375619 Driver John Neve
  • 375623 Hospice in the Weald
  • 375624 White Cliffs Country
  • 375701 Kent Air Ambulance Explorer
  • 375703 Dickens Traveller

Named Variants – SE Dark Blue

  • 375619 Driver John Neve
  • 375623 Hospice in the Weald
  • 375701 Kent Air Ambulance Explorer
  • 375710 Rochester Castle
  • 375714 Rochester Cathedral

Other notes

  • 3 Different Textured Passenger views (one as original Chatham Main Line version)
  • Consists that should appear on Various routes – including Chatham Main Line, London to Faversham, 2012/2016 London Victoria & St Pancras to Faversham & Sheerness Workshop Routes

If you own the Class 375 Southeastern Livery Pack Add-on, 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 Class 375 Southeastern Livery Pack Add-on, why not Pick it up now and explore the many liveries now included! Note; you must own the London-Faversham route before you will be able to use this add-on.

The Class 375 Southeastern Livery Pack Add-on update will be approximately 140 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
11
Chatham Main Line Update Available Now
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 11 July 2017 02:33 PM

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 Chatham Main Line: London – Gillingham route.

Here’s a list of what has been addressed:

  • Fixed Rochester platform issues
  • Adjusted the English manual
  • Adjusted the Class 375 nameboard colouring to more closely match real life
  • Fixed numbering on the Southern Class 377 so that it shows as black instead of blue/white
  • Fixed, Southern and Ex-Southern variants now have a Southern cab instead of Southeastern
  • Fixed Southern interior seating texture
  • Fixed no power sounds when units were running under 3rd rail (with pantograph on HUD turned off)
  • Added Southern Class 377/1 variant with different light clusters – to cover 377140 – 377164

If you own the Chatham Main Line, 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 Chatham Main Line, why not? It’s 50% off right now! Pick it up and experience the classic Kentish countryside!

The Chatham Main Line update will be approximately 500 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
7
Introducing Miami - West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 07 July 2017 03:44 PM

CSX freight, Amtrak passenger, and Miami commuter operations are all featured in this new scenario pack!

Train Simulator’s Miami – West Palm Beach route is a contemporary rail route along America’s scenic Atlantic coast and is home to Amtrak intercity passenger trains, CSX freight operations, and Miami-area commuter services. And now, Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01 brings the full diversity and challenges of busy south Florida railroading to vibrant life!

The latest release in partner programme member High Iron Simulations popular series of scenario packs, the new Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01 features ten new career scenarios based upon authentic railroad operations that will put you at the throttle of CSX freights, Amtrak intercity streamliners, and South Florida commuter trains.

Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01 brings you the opportunity to take the controls of Amtrak’s famed long-distance “silver sisters” – the Silver Meteor and Silver Star; you’ll be called to duty for CSX manifest freight, stone train, local, and switching duties; and you’ll handle demanding Miami-area “push-pull” commuter assignments.

The realistic career scenarios of Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01 will take you from end-to-end (Mangonia Park to Miami’s Airport Station) on the multi-track Miami – West Palm Beach route, and put you at the controls of seven types of locomotives and equipment, including Amtrak’s stylish P42DC “Genesis” diesel; powerful CSX Dash 8-40CW, AC6000CW, SD80MAC, and SD40-2 freight locomotives; and the unique EMD/Morrison-Knudsen F40PHL-2 and bi-level Bombardier cab cars used in bustling South Florida commuter operations.

In Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01 and its ten new career scenarios, more than eight hours of challenging and diverse railroading, based upon actual operations, await you – and with the screenshots below, let’s take a look at the Amtrak passenger, CSX freight, and Miami area commuter railroading that is brought to life in Miami – West Palm Beach Scenario Pack 01, now available at the Steam Store!  – Gary Dolzall 


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Jul
7
Somerford Spectacular
Posted by Dovetail Games Support on 07 July 2017 03:43 PM

Get ready to jump on Great Western footplates and go to work in the heart of Wiltshire, as Just Trains’ challenging and scenic Malmesbury Branch is available now!

Set in the steamy 1950s, the Malmesbury Branch route for Train Simulator recreates the sedate trundle north from Little Somerford station, of the South Wales Main Line, up to the historic market town of Malmesbury. As simple as it may seem, the gradients make mastering the Wiltshire countryside no easy task, and making sure you’re on time too, as to not disrupt the busy main line, makes for a thrilling and immersive journey, no matter what your duty!

The locomotives at hand, GWR’s iconic Pannier Tank and reliable Grange Class, are perfectly suited to the day-to-day challenges of the Malmesbury Branch; Light freight, heavy freight, passenger, mixed train. What better way is there to recount the classic steam era than by mastering the workhorses of the GWR?

To get you up to speed, 5 Career scenarios will have you run up and down the Malmesbury Branch, and even the disused line to Great Somerford, in varying weather conditions, be careful not to slip in the snow! As you approach Little Somerford, both you and your passengers have the joy of watching the express trains run by, but don’t get too distracted, you won’t want to stall on the junction. And, with Quick Drive compatibility, you can take whichever GWR locomotive you desire on a little Malmesbury trip!

From Partner Programme developer, Just Trains, the Wiltshire ‘Wonder’, the Somerford ‘Spectacular’, the ‘Magical’ Malmesbury Branch is available now for Train Simulator!

The Malmesbury Branch for Train Simulator includes:

  • 4.5 Mile long route from Malmesbury to Little Somerford and Great Somerford
  • GWR 6800 Grange Class
  • GWR 5700 ‘Pannier Tank’ Class
  • GWR 4073 Castle, 6959 Modified Hall & 6000 King Class (AI Only)
  • BR Centenary Coaches
  • Collett “Sunshine” Coaches
  • 3,5 & 7 Plank Wagons
  • Fish, Milk & Parcels and GW Standard Vans
  • Milk Wagon
  • Diagram AA3 “Toad” Guards Van, with passenger view

The Malmesbury Branch is available now for Train Simulator, head to the Store for more details! 


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