Monday, 25 November 2013

Screenshot Of The Day - 25th November


Saturday, 23 November 2013

Development Version Now Available

The first development version of East Coast Mainline – North East has now been uploaded and can be found via my Steam Workshop page, visible to those who have donated only. It requires both the original ECML and GEML.

If you have previously donated, or wish to make a donation then please follow this up via a 'Contact Us' form through the DPSimulation website, stating your Steam username.

Screenshots are permitted to be shown of the route on here or other forums such as UKTS in order to spread awareness before a full release. However, should you wish to show a screenshot, please take into account this is a route in development and try to show a completed area or something that looks particularly nice. :)

[DPS] East Coast MainLine - North East

[DPS] East Coast Main Line – North East

What is 'East Coast Main Line - North East'?

The route is a clone of the original East Coast Main Line route, formerly known as Newcastle to York. The original route is set in the late 1970's and is probably starting to show it's age given it originates before the release of Rail Simulator in 2007. This project from DPSimulation is an effort to modernise the route to reflect the route as it currently stands in 2013 with full electrification, accurate speed limits, track rationalisation and complete resignalling.

What requirements do I need?

The original East Coast Main Line route is required, this was available to all users of Train Simulator prior to the release of Train Simulator 2013. Anyone who purchased a copy of Train Simulator after that release would need to purchase the route from Steam. Great Eastern Main Line is also a requirement as this provides the foundation for the track, track rules, catenary and large portions of foliage.

What changes have been made?

The current changes, as of 23th November 2013 are as follows, all track, signal and catenary related improvements currently relate to the section between Newcastle and Darlington:

  • Complete track rule swap with the GEML track to incorporate the new track rule and allow electrification using the new catenary tool.

  • Complete track swap to GEML track, replacing the washed out effect that was present with the original ECML track.
  • Route resignalled using the GEML colour light and LED signals. All signals numbered correctly where information was available.
  • Track rationalisation/removal throughout the route to reflect modern day. This includes new platform allocations at Newcastle plus removals of things like Gateshead Depot, Tyne Yard, Darlington DMU depot etc.
  • Speed limits changed to reflect prototypical working in the present day.
  • Catenary added to utilise the new catenary tool with both sagging and zig-zagging wires.
  • All nearside trees and bush lines bulk swapped with the relevant newer variations provided with GEML.
  • Bridges along the route either replaced or raised to accomodate the catenary. In some cases, these bridges have been completely swapped with the newer GEML variants along with occlusion to project shadows and block rain.

What is to be done to the route?

As of 23rd November 2013, it is possible to drive from Darlington to Newcastle under full catenary, speed limits and replaced signalling. The next task will be to perform the same modifications to the section between Darlington and York.

Future updates will then include the remodelling of key points along the route such as Tyne Yard along with improved lineside foliage, buildings and other changes to scenery that have taken place in the last 35 years.

Another possible option is a complete texture replacement using the more extensive texture set provided with GEML. This would provide benefits such as a better ballast blend and greater variation in field texturing. However, any texture replacement would require the route to be stripped back to a base colour and completely repainted from scratch so is currently just slated as an option.

It is also entirely possible that the route may receive extensions to provide greater operational ability. These extensions could take the form of an extension north to Morpeth including Heaton Depot, west to MetroCentre and east to Saltburn.

What cannot currently be done?

At this point, super-elevation is not viable on the route due to the track not originally being laid with easements. The only current solution would be to completely replace the track and this is not viable mainly due to the timescales involved. In addition, gradient transitions are currently un-changed due to issues when using the newer gradient smoothing tool which created various kinks in the track. Options to work around this are currently being investigated.

Current issues?

Due to the complex track layout at the northern end of Newcastle Central, a simplified layout is currently in place due to the inability to form correct slips and double slips. This, like the gradient smoothing is currently under investigation.

Due to the issues mentioned above with regards to the gradient smoothing tool, there is an element of rough riding over certain sections, the same that were present in the original ECML route. Also, due to the track following the same alignment of the original route, but with higher speed limits in some locations, this also presents an issue when taking curves at speed, not that there are any chances of derailment, but it doesn't feel right. Solutions and workarounds to this are currently being investigated.

Where can I obtain the route?

The route is to be released, for free on the Steam Workshop in the coming weeks. As with other routes from DPSimulation, it will be provided in incremental versions and updated regularly. As stated previously, early developments of these projects will be provided as a way of thanks to those who donate to DPSimulation with the first development version of ECML-NE released later today (23rd November).

If you have previously donated to DPSimulation, then please send a feedback form at http://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/contactus.html stating your Steam username. Equally, if you wish to make a donation to DPSimulation, please send us the same form after donating in order to be added for early access.









Wednesday, 20 November 2013

November Donations, Site News & Incentives

It's approaching that time of the month again, with server fees due in the coming days. November so far has been a record month for both site visits and downloads, with the latter up by about 7% on October. Much of this traffic has been arriving directly from the workshop, where I always provide a link on every workshop upload and with this exposure available to the whole TS2014 userbase, traffic is increasing rapidly. One downside of this increased traffic is the increase in outlay on my part to keep the site free and with high speed downloads so we still unfortunately still require donations in order to help with this.

As well as having a bi-monthly competition as an incentive to those who donate, I have also decided to add a further incentive. Users who donate will now have an opportunity to take delivery of our workshop projects earlier than anyone else. If you donate, or have donated in the past then simply send me confirmation via a feedback form at http://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/contactus.html and you will then have the opportunity to add DPSimulation as a friend on Steam, enabling you early access to our uploads. The first incentive in this program will be a development version of my new ECML project which has been shown in screenshots recently, this development version will be made available in the coming days. Please be aware that this version of ECML requires both the original ECML (Newcastle to York) route and the Great Eastern Main Line DLC. Further incentives will feature new extensions to Edinburgh to Glasgow, City Lines and our range of scenarios exclusive to the workshop.

I realise that times are hard, I'm feeling it just as much as anyone! But any donations are appreciated, contribute directly to the costs incurred through hosting and aid research and development of projects both now and in the future.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 18th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 15th November

Steam Store

Class 87 Locomotive  -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 19th November

Class 325 EMU  -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 20th November

Munich to Augsburg   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 21st November

Friday, 15 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 15th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 15th November

Steam Store

DB ICE 1 EMU  -   30% off -  £6.99   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 16th November

DB BR 143 Locomotive  -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 17th November

Munich to Augsburg   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 21st November

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 14th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 14th November

Steam Store

DB ICE 1 EMU  -   30% off -  £6.99   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 16th November

CN SD40-2 Wide Nose Locomotive
  -   30% Off - £5.59   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 15th November

Munich to Augsburg   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 21st November

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Steam Workshop - FEX4: 'Tarmac Through Traffic'

I have just uploaded a new scenario to the Steam Workshop entitled 'Tarmac Through Traffic', a fourth installment of my 'Freight Experience'.

You can either visit the Workshop in Train Simulator 2014 itself by using the 'Collection' screen, or you can alternatively visit my Workshop page by clicking here.

FEX4 - Tarmac Through Traffic

Description: In what can be described as typical Autumn weather in the south of England, a mixture of the rain and seasonal leaf fall means you will have to carefully navigate your heavy train from Three Bridges to beyond Clapham Junction. As ever, traffic is busy so you will have to maintain full concentration at all times.

Briefing: Following the short journey from Crawley New Yard to Three Bridges, you have already ran around your train and are now awaiting your path towards Clapham Junction....

Notes: The maximum speed of your consist is 60mph. Failure to adhere to this could mean the player arriving at key points in the scenario at the wrong times, thus affecting playability.

Duration: 60 Minutes  


Requirements:  London to Brighton, Class 66 EWS V2, First Capital Connect 377

As ever, the scenario utilises all traffic from the real timetable so being a busy line, there are in excess of 50 AI movements which may cause issues for those with a lower end system.


Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 13th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 13th November

Steam Store

BR Class 50 Locomotive  -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 14th November

CN SD40-2 Wide Nose Locomotive
  -   30% Off - £5.59   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 15th November

Western Lines of Scotland   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 14th November


Vizzart

A sale will start at 12:00GMT today and run until 12:00GMT tomorrow. Click here to visit the site, or wait until after midday when I will post the discounted product(s).

*Update

The sale has now started at Vizzart and the product on sale for 24 hours is the BR 429 'Flirt'. It is available for only €2.95 and the product page can be accessed directly by clicking here.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 12th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 12th November

Steam Store

BR Class 50 Locomotive  -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 14th November

Amtrak F40PH 'California Zephyr'  -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 13th November

Western Lines of Scotland   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 14th November

Monday, 11 November 2013

IHH - ECML Diesel Chapter 1 & 2

Iron Horse House have once again decided to release two 'chapter' based packs which provide fantastic value, this time based around the East Coast Main Line. Both packs are priced at £19.99 and they can be purchased by following this link. Each pack contains the following:

ECML Diesel - Chapter 1

Class 55 'Deltic'
Class 31
Class 45
Class 08
Mk2 AC
GUV
CCT


ECML Diesel Chapter 2

Class 56
Class 47
Class 20
Class 118
HAA
HCA
HEA



Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 11th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 11th November

Steam Store

BR DP1 Deltic Locomotive   -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 12th November

Amtrak F40PH 'California Zephyr'  -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 13th November

Western Lines of Scotland   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 14th November

Just Trains

For the following deals, use the discount code 'Weekend' for 60% off the following products. Deal ends at 14:00GMT on 11th November.

Class 3700 with City Of Truro (Download) 

Newcastle to York 'Modern' (Download)  

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 10th November

All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 10th November

Steam Store

BR DP1 Deltic Locomotive   -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 12th November

DB BR423 EMU   -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 11th November

Western Lines of Scotland   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 14th November

Just Trains

For the following deals, use the discount code 'Weekend' for 60% off the following products. Deal ends at 14:00GMT on 11th November.

Class 3700 with City Of Truro (Download) 

Newcastle to York 'Modern' (Download)   


Saturday, 9 November 2013

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 9th November

I'm going to try and keep track of the daily/weekend/weekly deals on the blog from now on, basically so you don't have to. All prices shown are in GBP, click on the product name to head to the relevant page.

Train Simulator 2014 Deals - 9th November

Steam Store

LMS Class 3F 'Jinty'   -   30% off -  £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 10th November

DB BR423 EMU   -   30% Off - £8.39   -   Available until 08:00GMT on 11th November

Western Lines of Scotland   -   25% Off -  £18.47   -   Available until 14th November

Just Trains

For the following deals, use the discount code 'Weekend' for 60% off the following products. Deal ends at 14:00GMT on 11th November.

Class 3700 with City Of Truro (Download) 

Newcastle to York 'Modern' (Download)   



Friday, 8 November 2013

DPSimulation Prize Draw

A reminder that DPSimulation are now holding a bi-monthly prize draw to all users who make a donation to help towards running the website, keeping downloads free and at high speed without the need for registration. For every £5 donation given, the user will be given one entry into the draw, so £5 = 1 Entry, £10 = 2 Entries and so forth.

The prize will be an item of Steam DLC up to the value of £25, gifted to the winner of the prize draw. If a Steam sale is running at the time of the draw, the winner can choose more than one item of DLC up to the £25 value. This is not restricted to Train Simulator 2014 content, any Steam content can be chosen up to this value.

The winner of the first draw will be announced near the end of December. Good luck to all who take part.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

SteamGifts - Free Games From DPSimulation

DPSimulation has now joined SteamGifts and is currently giving the opportunity to win three games! Hurry though, the three current giveaways only have less than three hours to run!

SteamGifts is a free to join and very popular website that allows users to create competitions for Steam based games, whether it be by new/unwanted keys, or by trading. Simply link your Steam account to SteamGifts and enter the giveaways that suit you best, you receive one entry point for every new giveaway created.

To see what DPSimulation are giving away today, follow this link. More giveaways will be added as time goes on, who knows, there maybe even some TS2014 DLC to giveaway!



Sunday, 3 November 2013

More New Scenarios On Workshop

I have now added two further 'Short Hop' scenarios to the Steam Workshop named 'Midnight Moves' and 'Slippery When Wet', both for the London to Faversham route. Both scenarios, though short, have been designed for the user to maintain maximum concentration at all times.

[DPS-SH03] Midnight Moves

Description:  It's now after midnight and although many passenger services are starting to wind down, there are still lots of empty stock diagrams still roaming the network.

Briefing:  In charge of an empty stock working from Ramsgate to Gillingham, you are currently awaiting a path. Once given the road, you will be proceeding through Faversham and on to Gillingham station.

Duration:  25 Minutes

Requirements:  London to Faversham High Speed

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[DPS-SH04] Slippery When Wet

Description: Following two days of incessant rain, the network has started to become affected with many delays affecting services. With the rain still showing no sign of dying off, you are surprisingly running to time, but that could change.....

Briefing: Starting at Swanscombe, release the doors to allow passengers to board. You will then be continuing to Gillingham where this service terminates. Be careful out there, there is a lot of standing water around...

Duration:  35 Minutes

Requirements:  London to Faversham High Speed, Class 465 EMU

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You can either visit the Workshop in Train Simulator 2014 itself by using the 'Collection' screen, or you can alternatively visit my Workshop page by clicking here.








Saturday, 2 November 2013

New Scenarios On Workshop

Having just realised I had forgot to announce these, I'll do it now....

I am starting to add a series of 'Short Hop' scenarios to the Steam Workshop. This type of scenario is designed to last no more than around 30 minutes and use minimal requirements whilst still being engaging and exciting.

[DPS-SH01] Drama At Dusk

Description: Following a day to forget on the East Coast Main Line, things are gradually returning to normal....

Briefing: Driving the last leg of a Transpennine service, please release the doors at Durham to allow passengers to board before calling at Chester-le-Street and finally Newcastle.

Duration: 30 Minutes

Requirements:  East Coast Main Line (Newcastle to York)

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[DPS-SH02] Returning To Normal

Description: Following a night of strong winds in the South-East, many services have been disrupted this morning and are only just starting to return to normal...

Briefing: Held at a signal near Rochester due to a late running service from St Pancras, you
will be taking this Ramsgate bound service as far as Faversham.

Duration: 35 Minutes

Requirements:  London to Faversham High Speed

The 'Returning To Normal' scenario has also been cloned and uploaded separately to make use of the Class 465 DLC on appropriate AI services and can also be found in the Workshop.

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You can either visit the Workshop in Train Simulator 2014 itself by using the 'Collection' screen, or you can alternatively visit my Workshop page by clicking here.