Newsflashes about steamtrains or issues concerning add-on’s of steam locomotives.
may 10, 2014
4MTT Enhangement Pack of Steam Sound Supreme
A set of amazing add-on and more features conceerning the Digital Traction 4MTT as main engine. Severall different and accurate physics of driving and further enhangements are included even as very detailed liveries comes with this package. You need to own the originat 4MTT of Digitaltal traction to get the full add-on pack of the Steam Sound Supreme 4MTT enhangement pack.
On the decision to build the BR standard series of locomotives, a series of class four tank engines was ordered, based on the ex-LMS Fairburn 2-6-4T with some modifications. The lineage of the class could therefore be tracked through the LMS/BR Class 4 2-6-4T locomotives back to the Fowler design of 1927.
Design work was done at Brighton, the overall programme being overseen by R.A. Riddles. The principal modifications to the Fairburn design involved the reduction of their envelope to enable them to fit into the L1 loading gauge. To do this the tanks and cab were made more curved than the Fairburn design, the Fairburn having a straight-sided tank. The biggest mechanical change was a reduction in cylinder size, also to reduce cross-section, and a corresponding increase in boiler pressure to compensate. Other visible changes include the reintroduction of plating ahead of the cylinders.
130 of the class of 155 were built at Brighton, 15 (80000–80009, 80054–80058) at Derby Works and 10 (80106–80115) at Doncaster Works between 1951 and 1956. The first to emerge was 80010 from Brighton in 1951. Fifteen that were due to be constructed in 1957 were cancelled due to impending dieselisation, and the last five would have been too had they not been at an advanced stage of construction when the order came to cancel them.
No significant modifications were made to the design. The tank vent was found to restrict the driver’s vision and was moved further forward from 80059. Initially built with fluted coupling rods, these caused problems on other classes and from 80079 plain section coupling rods were substituted.
The BR standard class 4 4-6-0 was essentially a tender engine derivative of the Standard Class 4 tank.
Visit the site for more details about the 4MTT enhangement pack and even the site provides you some amazing videos including their astonishing sound effects bringing the 4MTT back to real life.
(Source: Steam Sound Supreme and Wikipedia)To Digital Traction Go to Add-On
May 9, 2017
The Famous “Jupiter” class now available.
From Smokebox and that maestro of steam locomotive creation, Mike Rennie, the Train Simulator CPRR Jupiter is a marvel. Authentic in every detail including its stunningly beautiful black, blue, and crimson livery – the 4-4-0 delivers the true and challenging experience of taking the throttle of a mid-19th Century wood-burning steam locomotive.
Built in the summer of 1868 by the Schenectady Locomotive Works (a predecessor of the famed American Locomotive Company), No. 60 was one of a quartet of identical 4-4-0 locomotives built for the CPRR. The Jupiter was designed for dual service, with 60-inch-diameter drivers and 16 x 24-inch cylinders and a total engine weight of 65,400 pounds and was typical of its era in that many of its operating features were relatively primitive (including a lack of air brakes!). Smokebox has meticulously re-created the Jupiter in its “as built” condition, which promises a new, different – and demanding – experience for Train Simulator locomotive engineers.
The Jupiter itself is a true masterpiece – and accompanying the Jupiter are the historic locomotive’s three CPRR sisters: the “Storm,” “Whirlwind,” and “Leviathan.” The Smokebox Central Pacific Jupiter pack also features authentic flat cars, two styles of Emigrant coaches, baggage car, and a coach-caboose. Fittingly, given that Central Pacific’s crown-jewel accomplishment was its crossing of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains, the pack includes three captivating and challenging career scenarios on the Train Simulator Donner Pass route.
And there’s still more: For those wishing to create their own 1860s-era Train Simulator route or scenarios, the pack includes a variety of period-authentic assets, including trackage, a wooden trestle, switch stand, water tower, and locomotive fueling point.
From the noted creators of the acclaimed Union Pacific FEF-3 4-8-4 and AT&N 2-8-0 “Connie,” the CPRR No. 60 Jupiter DLC is now available at the Store, ready to take you on a remarkable and challenging journey into railroading history!
(Source: Train-simulator.com)Go to the website Go to the store
May 7, 2017
London Transport Heritage with a fictional route
Featuring iconic locomotives such as GWR’s prolific Pannier Tank, the 5700 Class; English Electric’s definitive Type 1, known today as the BR Class 20 ‘Chopper’; and of course, the long-serving 1938 Tube Stock, which has served DC rails for nearly 8 decades, the London Transport Heritage Collection is the perfect way to experience a wide variety of operations. From passenger commuting to freight hauling, behind the controls of either steam, diesel or electric.
The bonus, and fictional, London Transport Heritage route is included to provide challenging and unique operations for each distinct locomotive. Work hard along the tough gradients of Stony Bay Quarry before coasting down to the quaint Breakwater docks, get busy on the loop and pass the scenic locations of Channel and Jurassic Halt, stoke up the fire at Vindelis and steam along to Stony Point. There’s no end to the potential of the London Transport heritage route, and with the plethora of route assets available, you’ll be able to create whatever you desire.
The London Transport Heritage Collection features the 1938 Stock, as used on the Northern Line, in London Transport Maroon livery; and in Maroon & Gold livery comes the BR Class 20 ‘Chopper’ (20142), and ex. GWR 5700 Class ‘Pannier Tank’ (L.92, L.94 & L.99), both of which didn’t start life in London, yet proved useful on the Underground when required and have such received commemorative liveries for their efforts.
With a dock and quarry fully ready for service on the route, freight rolling stock is an essential foundation of the London Transport Heritage Collection. BR Standard Van, TTA Tank, Conflat Wagons and a suitable brake van are all featured, and will help form your trains plus make the sidings come to life as you pass by on other duties.
A selection of career scenarios will put your skills to the test in each locomotive, across all areas of the included route, and the Railfan Mode scenarios will let you take in the action at some of the route’s most scenic locations.
With quick drive, you can not only run whatever you like on the included route, but you can make the included stock feel at home on our various London-based routes.
(Source:www.train-simulator.com)Go to the store
May 1, 2017
Now available, the Clear Creek Old Timer Rolling Stock Pack.
You can take a journey to the majestic Colorado Rockies – and travel back in time to the free-wheeling 1890s – with the Clear Creek Old Timer Rolling Stock Pack, now available to back-date operations on the popular Train Simulator Clear Creek Narrow Gauge route!
The Clear Creek Old Timer Rolling Stock Pack features an authentic and highly detailed selection of vintage equipment that worked on the Clear Creek Narrow Gauge lines during the time when the Clear Creek lines were under the control of the Union Pacific Railroad as part of a subsidiary company, the Union Pacific Denver and Gulf Railroad.
In 1860, thousands journeyed to the Colorado Territory, beckoned by reports of gold discoveries in the mountains west of Denver. In the early 1870s, W.A.H. Loveland built a railroad connecting Denver to the Clear Creek Mining District-the Colorado Central Railroad. Over the next 28 years, other lines were established, bought, sold, extended, and merged to service the mining towns of Black Hawk, Central City, Idaho Springs, and Silver Plume. In 1898, the Union Pacific, Denver & Gulf, and the Denver Leadville & Gunnison were combined to form the Colorado & Southern Railway.
After more than 40 years of dedication to the Clear Creek District, the railroad was scrapped in 1941. However, tourism would revitalize the area, and in the years to come a group of enthusiasts began to rebuild a portion of the old right of way. Toady, the spirit of the C&S is alive again, and rail fans can make the same journey over “The Loop” that thrilled tourists a century ago.
The add-on as it comes in the store comes with a number of freight rolling stock includes a wooden boxcar, 4-wheel “bobber” caboose, and wooden gondola (empty, and with coal and gravel loads) each provided in DSP&P and Union Pacific liveries, plus a wooden reefer in UP dress.
Three types of wooden passenger-service equipment are provided in UPD&G liveries: a baggage-mail-express car; a standard coach; and an open-side excursion car. These early passenger cars are equipped with Miller Hook couplings, an early version of the knuckle coupler. The baggage-mail-express car is equipped with a Miller coupler on one end and a link-and-pin coupler on the other, so it can couple both to the locomotive and the coaches.
The talented developer of the pack, Milepost Simulations, also has created six highly authentic freight and passenger career scenarios, several based on actual 1890s historical schedules, and the Baldwin 2-8-0 and its consists are ready, too, for immediate Quick Drive duty on the Clear Creek Narrow Gauge route (available separately).
Take a remarkable and memorable journey to the captivating bygone era of steam-powered, narrow-gauge mountain railroading of the “Roaring Nineties” with the Clear Creek Old Timer Rolling Stock Pack. (source train-simulator)
April 25, 2017
Train Mechanic 2017
Arrived the end of March there is a new kind of Train Simulator called: Train Mechanic Simulator 2017 and is available for download at the steamstore. This amazing simulator is a welcome extention for trainsimmers while this stand-alone train simulator not only drive a train but creates it as well. This is significent for educational purposes and playing this simulation will give you a bright insight of the creation of steam locomotives. Not only steam locomotives are present but electric and diesel engines are included as well.
Never the less after creation of the engines you can also rescue derailled trains with some amazing scenarios. Further on Train Mechanic 2017 is NOT compatable with TS2017 but the way you construct an engine will give you a better understanding of the working of a steam locomotive. This knowledge is usefull for clubs and heritage lines. The scenery is still astonishing and either the graphic performance is brilliant. Still you need to have a good PC and minimal 5 Gb. of free space on your hard disk. The program is well worth to have in order to improve your technical knowledge about the working and the way of driving a steam locomotive.
April 23, 2017
Mixed traffic engine S15 now available.
Derived from the successful ‘mixed-traffic’ H15 and ‘passenger’ N15 design, the London & South Western Railway’s S15 was the much-needed answer for a lack of freight locomotives that could link the ports of Southampton, Weymouth & Portsmouth to the rest of the LSWR network. The S15 was originally formed from the mind of LSWR’s Chief Mechanical Engineer, Robert Urie, and was later refined by Southern’s Richard Maunsell; the end result was a powerful locomotive that could perform effortlessly under heavy load, from capital to coastline. The S15 proved so successful, that it could even fulfil passenger duties whenever required, despite being classified as a freight locomotive.
The S15 fleet survived the Big Four era, and continued working hard until British Railways, lasting until the end of steam. Thanks to the unexpected versatility of the S15 fleet, they managed to outlive their passenger-focused sister, the N15, which last saw use in 1962; instead, the last of the S15s remained on the rails up to 1966.
Out of the 45 locomotives which were sent for scrap, 7 were saved from the cutters torch, and out of those 7, only 2 have yet to see steam in preservation.