Thursday, 18 January 2018

Dovetail Games - Steam Publisher Weekend Sale

The latest publisher sale on Steam is dedicated to Dovetail Games this weekend. With discounts of up to 75% and with many items at 50% off, there are some bargains available. The base TS2018 package which includes the North Wales Coastal line is also part of the sale with 50% off at only £12.49.

You can access the Steam sale page by clicking here.

 

CRH2A EMU - Now On Steam

Today has seen another add-on released on Steam for Train Simulator in the form of the CRH2A EMU from Union Workshop and Just Trains. This high speed train includes six scenarios, four for the South West China High-Speed Network and two for the Western Sichuan Pass route. The following is taken from the product page:

Authentically crafted high-speed action awaits you with the striking CRH2A for Train Simulator! Experience an integral part of the Chinese railway network’s modern history with this revolutionary locomotive.

To compete with road and air traffic, the railway network of China needed a massive improvement to average journey times. This was done through several rounds of “Speed Up” campaigns, which saw dramatic changes to the infrastructure between 1997 and 2004.

The next stage however would be the most radical, the construction of passenger-dedicated high speed links between cities, and of course brand new traction to run upon them. The first of these new lines opened in 2007, and a handful of modern electric multiple units were especially constructed for the job, one of which was the CRH2A.

Unlike the state-of-the-art traction introduced nowadays, which is uniquely designed, the first generation of Chinese high-speed EMUs were built to various existing family designs from companies across the world; Bombardier delivered the CRH1, and Alstom the CRH5, however the CRH2, specifically the 2A, was from Kawasaki in Japan and entirely derived from the E2-1000 Series Shinkansen of JR East.

The first of the CRH2A EMUs was delivered as early as March 2006 and the fleet would enter service 13 months later. Despite being Shinkansens, only a few train sets were actually constructed in Japan, a handful more were sent in knock-down form as a ‘kit’ for CSR Sifang who would produce the rest of the fleet by means of technology transfer from Kawasaki, Mitsubishi and Hitachi. The initial order of CRH2A EMUs called for 60 sets, however a further 40 would be ordered by 2010, a tell-tale sign of in-service success.

Capable of 250 km/h, the 100-strong fleet of 8-car CRH2A EMUs rapidly revolutionised travel in China, and helped lay the foundation of the record-breaking high-speed network which today outmatches all others. While not related to the Shinkansens like the CRH2A, further derivatives such as the ‘2B’ and ‘2C’ would further decrease journey times, and rather importantly, the Shinkansen/CRH2 family was chosen as the basis of the landmark CRH380A.

You can access the Steam store page for this product by clicking here.



 

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Medway Valley Line - Rolling Stock

Following the recent announcement that the Medway Valley line is coming soon to Train Simulator, a further announcement has now been made that shows which rolling stock will be included and the biggest surprise comes in the form of a Class 59/0 locomotive. The rolling stock is as follows....

Class 59/0 
Class 59/2
Class 375
Class 377
Class 465
JNA, JHA, MEA, MFA and MXA freight wagons.

With such a range of rolling stock provided with the route, it should be possible to create many third-party scenarios that do not require a great deal of additional requirements.

More information on this announcement can be found on the Train Simulator website by clicking here.







Friday, 12 January 2018

Bessemer & Lake Erie Route - Coming Soon

Developed by well respected developers G-TraX, it has been announced that their new route is coming soon to Train Simulator.

Set in the 1920's, the Bessemer & Lake Erie route includes the 140 mile (approx) main line from Conneaut, Ohio to North Bessemer, Pennsylvania along with various secondary branch lines to different points of industry.

More information on this announcement along with further screenshots can be found on the Train Simulator website by clicking here.





All screenshots taken by Gary Dolzall.



Thursday, 11 January 2018

Thomson Interactive - RhB Enhancement Pack 02

There has been a new add-on released on Steam for Train Simulator in the form of the latest RhB Enhancement Pack from Thomson Interactive. Priced at £11.99, this new pack includes a Ge 4/4 II locomotive in red RhB livery along with licensed RhB liveries for locomotives 620, 623 and 627 and a small variety of coaches and wagons. The following is taken from the product page:

Get ready for another helping of classic Arosa Line traction with the authentic RhB Enhancement Pack 02 for Train Simulator! A new range of Alpine challenges await you inside…

First built in 1973, the Ge 4/4 II was designed as a capable replacement to the older and unreliable Ge 6/6 I. More would be introduced in 1984, making a total of 23 locomotives to serve the Rhaetian Railway’s core network. They share resemblance to locomotives of the Swiss Federal Railways, but are broadly different under the hood, well-suited for the challenging Alpine landscape which awaited them in their mixed-traffic service.

The classification of the Ge 4/4 II indicates that it is the RhB’s second example of a locomotive which has 4 axles, all of which are powered. The 23 locomotives are numbered from 611 to 633; all of them are named after towns served by the RhB network, and brandish the relevant coat of arms next to the locomotive name. While the standard RhB red livery is applied across the fleet, multiple locomotives actually feature promotional designs depicting various events and advertisements.

In 1997, the Ge 4/4 II fleet was permitted to work along the famed Arosa Line as freight and passenger locomotives, as the 25 km mountain railway was converted to the same overhead system as the rest of the RhB network; 2400 V DC to 11 kV 16.7 Hz AC. The Ge 4/4 II’s power output was ideal for the sharp grades and ever-growing traffic, and they would easily work passengers and freight in tandem, making for most unique consists throughout the valley.

Age is always a concern with classic traction, however the entire Ge 4/4 II fleet was modernised to keep up with ever-advancing technologies. New headlight clusters were fitted on several locomotives from 1999, and from 2004 until 2008, analogue components were taken out with digitised equivalents installed.

Expand your collection with the RhB Enhancement Pack 02 and try out a classic loco, 3 brand new scenarios and a range of rolling stock now!

Please note that the Arosa Line Route Add-On is available separately and required in order to play the included scenarios.

You can access the Steam store page for this product by clicking here.






 

Skyhook Games - Mittenwaldbahn Scenario Pack

There has been a new release to the Steam Marketplace in the form of a scenario pack developed by Skyhook Games for the Mittenwaldbahn: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck route. The following is taken from the product page:

Mittenwaldbahn Scenario Pack 01 includes 10 challenging and enjoyable scenarios for the Mittenwaldbahn: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck Route on Steam, covering passenger and freight operations across this border route.

Take the controls of BR 111, ICE-T and OBB 1044 to haul passengers and freight on regular train services along the line following real world timetables with real world difficulties from poor weather to emergencies.

Please Note: The Mittenwaldbahn: Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck Route Add-On, the DB BR111 Loco Add-On, the DB BR 411 'ICE-T' EMU Add-On and the ÖBB 1044 Loco Add-On are required, as separate purchases, in order to use the content featured in this add-on.

You can access the Steam store page for this product by clicking here.





Wednesday, 10 January 2018

CRH2A - Coming Soon To Steam

The 'Union Workshop' CRH2A Chinese high-speed train is coming soon to Steam and will feature scenarios on both the South West China High-Speed Network and Western Sichuan Pass routes.

Considered as part of the first batch of CRH trains, they are capable of 250km/h and were based on the E2-1000 Series Shinkansen design from Japan.

More information on this announcement along with further screenshots can be found on the Train Simulator website by clicking here.