Friday, 24 March 2017

East Coast Mainline: South - Update Released

Following a report of track directionality and electrification issues at Letchworth Garden City, I have just uploaded a new version of the route to the Steam Workshop which should address these issues.

As I had secretly been working on a further extension to the route over the past few days, this means that the changes I had made are also included and therefore scenery is now complete as far as Baldock. Quick Drive has also been added to this new location.

As with all workshop updates, this should happen automatically for subscribers, however, I have no control over this process. If the route doesn't show up after installation, all I can suggest is to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to the route, I have no control over how the route installs on to your system.

The DPSimulation Steam Workshop can be found by following this link

 


Wednesday, 22 March 2017

ECML: Letchworth Garden City Extension - Released!

Following a day of ironing out issues with the route and making sure everything works correctly, and then a day of wrestling with the Steam Workshop, I have finally uploaded the ECML: Letchworth Garden City extension.

This route provides a small extension to the ECML: London to Peterborough route and adds additional track and scenery to Letchworth Garden City, the EMU sidings at Letchworth and the new flyover at Hitchin.

This extension was done after a request from a friend to include Letchworth Garden City on the ECML route so I decided to have a crack it it. I have no immediate plans to include further extensions but the usual caveat applies, never say never. In fact, on researching the potential assets needed for other extensions, the requirements chosen below for this extension reflect the possible need for these future assets.

After subscribing and allowing installation of the route via the Steam Workshop, the route will be listed under Quick Drive as '[DPS] East Coast Mainline – South'. A very basic quick drive has been provided with fast line paths to and from Letchworth Garden City. Initially, the grand plan was to add the new paths to a clone of the original ECML quick drive, but doing so (rightly) fails the workshop validation process. If the route doesn't show up after installation, all I can suggest is to unsubscribe and re-subscribe to the route, I have no control over how the route installs on to your system.

Steam Requirements

ECML: London to Peterborough
Liverpool to Manchester
North London Line
South London Network

The DPSimulation Steam Workshop can be found by following this link
 
 

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Monday, 20 March 2017

ECML: Letchworth Garden City Extension - Coming Soon

Coming soon to the Steam Workshop, an extension to the ECML: London to Peterborough route. 

This follows a recent request from a good friend to add Letchworth Garden City to the route as a more northerly terminus for the Class 313 as well as adding the new Hitchin flyover.

Although there isn't a concrete plan to go any further with this project, I have spent some time researching possible extensions to Royston, as well as adding scenery to the Hertford Loop. I have therefore studied available assets and chosen the requirements for this extension in anticipation of possible future extensions.

I am hoping to tidy up a few loose ends with the extension over the course of this week before uploading it to the Steam Workshop. Please keep an eye on the blog for any updates.

In the meantime, here are a few screenshots of this upcoming release.









 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Steam Workshop - 1A15 – 0728 Harrogate to London Kings Cross

I have just released a new scenario on the Steam Workshop.

Difficulty: Medium
Length: 65 Minutes Approx
Start Time: 09:25

Warning

This scenario was created for the Steam Workshop to make use the recently released Armstrong Powerhouse Class 43 (Valenta)/Mk3 Enhancement Pack and the Network Southeast Class 313 on the marketplace This allows me to have more realistic suburban services as AI. I have no interest in the emotional discussion of the Armstrong Powerhouse decision to release the EMU and these liveries on Steam that many like to participate in, and also realise many might not own the marketplace version. This scenario is created for those who do.

Despite the addition of the Class 313, we still do not have a Class 317 available for the workshop so these services have either been omitted or replaced by the Class 365. I also realise that the era depicted (1998) means that the Class 365 used has the wrong front end, there is nothing I can do about this. I also realise that the marketplace Class 313 has small NLL branding, again there is nothing I can do about this.

Description

This morning you are in charge of the 07:28 Harrogate to London Kings Cross service using a GNER HST. You will drive the leg from Peterborough to London Kings Cross.

Briefing

Starting at Peterborough, first release your doors to allow passengers to board before awaiting your departure time of 09:26. You will then call at Stevenage and London Kings Cross where you are scheduled to arrive at 10:27. Also, following days of intense rainfall and coupled with the autumn season, there are reports of very poor railhead conditions.

Steam Requirements

East Coast Main Line: London to Peterborough
European Loco & Asset Pack
Class 91 'Intercity' Pack
Class 313 'London Overground' Pack (Base Requirement For NSE 313)
Class 313 'Network South East' Livery Pack – Marketplace
Class 365 'Network South East' Livery Pack – Marketplace

Other Requirements

Armstrong Powerhouse Class 43 (Valenta)/Mk3 Enhancement Pack
Armstrong Powerhouse Class 91/Mk4 Enhancement Pack

To visit the DPSimulation Steam Workshop, please follow this link.  







 

Network Rail 31107 Repaint Released

I have just uploaded a new repaint to the DPSimulation website courtesy of Richard Fletcher.

Depicting the Class 31 number 31107 in Network Rail Black, as featured on Top Gear, this repaint requires both Class 31 packs from Steam in order to work correctly. These can be found here and here.

As well as the requirement of the South London Network, this repaint is also  set up to utilise the sounds from the Armstrong Powerhouse Class 31 Sound Pack (Pro). This sound pack is therefore recommended.

This pack can be downloaded from the 'Locomotives' section of Richard's page by following this link.
 
 

Greater Anglia Class 170 Released

I have just uploaded a new repaint to the DPSimulation website courtesy of Richard Fletcher.

Utilising the Class 170 that is included with the Wherry Lines: Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft Route available from Steam, this repaint depicts the class in Greater Anglia livery.

This pack can be downloaded from the 'DMU' section of Richard's page by following this link.