Newsflashes about steamtrains or issues concerning add-on’s of steam locomotives.
Apr 26, 2019
LMS Rebuild Patriot Class
Bossman Ganmes has now released the LMS Rebuild patriot class and as we already know about BMG the details of the recent created engine is perfect and balanced.
The Patriot Class was a class of 52 express passenger steam locomotives built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The first locomotive of the class was built in 1930 and the last in 1934. The class was based on the chassis of the Royal Scot combined with the boiler from Large Claughtons earning them the nickname Baby Scots. A total of 18 were rebuilt to create the LMS Rebuilt Patriot Class between 1946 and 1948; thereafter those not subjected to rebuilding were often referred to as the Unrebuilt Patriot Class. These remaining 34 unrebuilt engines were withdrawn between 1960 and 1962.
The Patriot class were the fourth type of LMS 2A boilered 4-6-0,
By the end of 1947, the LMS had rebuilt seven engines, these being 5514/21/26/29–31/40. After nationalisation, a further 11 locomotives were rebuilt.
Rebuilt locomotives retained their numbers.
Between 1946 and 1949 eighteen LMS Patriot Class engines were rebuilt with Stanier 2A boiler, cab and tender, though these were largely paper rebuilds, based on the LMS Rebuilt Royal Scot Class. Seven (Nos 5514/21/6/9-31/40) had been rebuilt by the start of 1948 when British Railways inherited them.
In March 1948 BR added 40000 to their numbers to number them 45514/21/6/9-31/40. Subsequently, BR rebuilt another 11 of the Patriots, so that the rebuilt engines were (4)5512/14/21–23/25–32/34–36/45. The two original members of the class, and the first ten of the nominal rebuilds, were not rebuilt due to their non-standard parts.
The first two were rebuilt in 1930 from the 1912-built LNWR Large Claughton Class, retaining the original driving wheels with their large bosses, the “double radial” bogie truck and some other parts. Of the subsequent 50 locomotives of the class 40 were nominal rebuilds of Claughtons, being in fact new builds classified as rebuilt engines so that they could be charged to revenue accounts, rather than capital. The last ten were classified as new builds.
The two former Claughtons retained their original numbers until 1934, when they were renumbered 5500–1. The 40 built as replacements took the numbers of the Claughtons that they replaced; these were renumbered 5502–41 in 1934. The remainder of the class were allocated nos. 6030–9, but were numbered 5542–51 from new. The numbering of the similar LMS Jubilee Class continued on from where the Patriots left off. This was because 5552–5556 were ordered as Patriots (to be numbered 6040–4) but built with taper boilers as Jubilees on the orders of Sir William Stanier.
Naming of the class was somewhat erratic. Some retained old Claughton names, whilst others continued the military associations of the names Patriot and St Dunstans, and 13 carried names of holiday resorts served by the LMS. Seven remained unnamed, although they had been allocated names in 1943.
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Mar 12, 2019
SECR H Class released by Digital Traction.
The South Eastern and Chatham Railway (SECR) H Class is a class of 0-4-4T steam locomotive originally designed for suburban passenger work, designed by Harry Wainwright in 1904. Most of the sixty-six members of the class were later equipped for push-pull working for use on rural branch lines.
The two constituent railways of the SECR had both relied on 0-4-4T locomotives for London suburban, and semi-fast train services. The South Eastern Railway (SER) Q class was introduced in 1887, and the London Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) R class in 1891. Of these, the R was the most successful design, and was continued in production by Harry Wainwright after the amalgamation of the railways in 1899. However, as traffic continued to increase there was a need for a new powerful 0-4-4T design to take over from the SER Q class. Wainwright therefore based his new design on the LCDR A class.
The first seven locomotives were built by Ashford Works in November and December 1904. The design was soon found to be successful so that sixty-four were built at Ashford between 1904 and 1909. Following Wainwright’s retirement Richard Maunsell discovered that sixty-six had been ordered and their components built, but had not been erected earlier.
Therefore a further two were erected in 1915.
The H class boiler design was found to be so successful that it was later used as a standard replacement boiler on the SECR R1 class, LCDR B1 class, LCDR B2 class, LCDR R class, SER O1 class, SER Q1 class, and SER R1 class. All 66 locomotives were equipped with vacuum brakes as used on the former SER, but thirteen also had Westinghouse air brakes and were used on the former LCDR lines.
The majority of the class replaced Q class locomotives on the London suburban services of the SER and remained on these duties until after they entered Southern Railway stock in 1923. They began to be displaced by the electrification of these lines in 1925/6, when they began to be used on stopping trains further afield in the Eastern Section of Southern Railway in Kent.
After 1929, they also began to be used on the Central Section (the former lines of the London Brighton and South Coast Railway) in East Sussex), where they replaced withdrawn D3 class locomotives. Between 1941 and 1952, two (and later three) examples were loaned to the Western Section and worked from Nine Elms on local shunting and empty stock. During 1943 and 1944 three examples were also loaned to the London Midland and Scottish Railway at Forfar.
Two members of the class were withdrawn during the Second World War, but the remaining 64 entered British Railways stock in 1948. Forty five of the survivors were equipped for push-pull train working between 1949 and 1960, and the class was increasingly used on motor-trains on rural branches. With the completion of the Kent electrification scheme between 1959 and 1962, most of the surviving members of the class were withdrawn, except for a few examples working the non-electrified lines between Tunbridge Wells and Three Bridges.
The Package comes with additional features such as;
Multiple Camera Views
Custom SECR & SR Lamps & Discs
Wheel slip Dynamics
Custom SECR Cab
Changing smoke particles
Flashing fire glow in sync with chuffs
New Locomotion 1.2 script by SimNation
This engine can be yours and get the mighty experiance to drive surburban train in the area of London Open the Throttle and pop off with the distinguished exhaust and experiance the power of this briljant engine.
Feb 28, 2019
Digital Traction releases the GER class L77
Numerous steamers of Britain are already released by Digital Traction and they now released the GER L77 a magnificent steam loco capable of suburban trains and local trains. Caledonian Works is part of Digital Traction and they have recreate the GER L77 which now becomes available to drive yourself with a number of features as we already know within the release of this engine,
The GER Class L77, LNER Class N7, is a class of 0-6-2T steam locomotives. They were designed by Alfred John Hill of the Great Eastern Railway and introduced in 1915.
The design was perpetuated by Nigel Gresley of the LNER after the 1923 grouping. 134 were built; only one of them is preserved.
The N7s had superheaters and piston valves. They were unusual (for inside-cylinder locomotives) in having Walschaerts valve gear. They were, as London suburban locomotives, fitted with Westinghouse air brakes.
Some were fitted with condensing apparatus for working on the Metropolitan line and the East London Line but the condensing apparatus was removed between 1935 and 1938.
One LNER example, No. 7999 (BR No. 69621) has been preserved and is currently on static display pending overhaul at the East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel & Wakes Colne. It is owned by the East Anglian Railway Museum. It was the last engine built by the Great Eastern Railway’s Stratford Works in 1924 and was preserved in 1962. It was also named in honour of its designer A J Hill in 1989.
The package contains the following features:
Multiple Camera Views
Custom GER & LNER Lamps & Discs
Wheel slip Dynamics
Custom Sounds recorded from multiple GER engines
Custom GER Cab
Changing smoke particles
Flashing fire glow in sync with chuffs
New Locomotion 1.2 script by SimNation
Changeable Chimney/Condensing Pipes/Clack Valves
25 Destination Boards
Fully Animated Valve Gear
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Feb 16, 2019
Stainer LMS 8F now available
Following the BMG series of highly detailed LMS engines such as the Black 5 and the Jubilee Class now the freight version has been released. Aiming the same details as he predecessors and advanced operations of this engine you will have a superb engine to drive on enhanced with the authentic sounds and audio of the 8F by Steam Sounds Supreme .
The London Midland and Scottish Railway’s 8F class 2-8-0 heavy freight locomotive is a class of steam locomotive designed for hauling heavy freight. 852 were built between 1935 and 1946 (not all to LMS order), as a freight version of William Stanier’s successful Black Five, and the class saw extensive service overseas during and after the Second World War.
LMS freight traction suffered from the adoption of the Midland Railway’s small engine policy which had left it with trains double-headed by underpowered 0-6-0s supplemented by inadequate Garratts and Fowler 7F 0-8-0s.
The 8F design incorporated the two-cylinder arrangement of the Black Fives. They were initially classified 7F, but this was later changed to the more familiar 8F.
On the outbreak of the Second World War, the design was chosen to become the country’s standard freight design, reprising the role the GCR Class 8K had in the First World War. The War Department had 208 8Fs built by Beyer Peacock and North British Locomotive Company and requisitioned 51 more.
Stanier 8F production for the WD continued until 1943, when the cheaper WD Austerity 2-8-0 was introduced. Production for British domestic use continued until 1946. The War Department originally ordered 8Fs for service in support of the British Expeditionary Force, but they were not delivered until after the Fall of France. However, most of them did see wartime military service overseas in Egypt, Palestine, Iran and Italy.
Many of these locomotives were later sold to the local railways in these countries, and some were also sold to Turkey and Iraq.
The package comes with a variety of wagons, headplates, liveries and features. This steam locomotive is not suited for the starter/beginner of train simulation. If you want to know how to operate a steam locomotive please visit the Steamtrains Unlimited Campus website and have your free study there.Go to the website of Steamtrains Unlimited Campus
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Feb 01, 2019
This phrase was always heard on the German platforms and has the same meaning as “all aboard”. Now the class 01.5 has been released earlier as a freeware locomotive by Wilbur Graphics. This new release is a far more detailed and modeled payware version with far more features. A little further down de page you will find the features of this majestic engine that was one of the most succesfull steam locomotives ever (re)build in Germany. These engines has worked mainly express trains such as the former “Interzonezüge” between East and West Germany. The last depot the worked the services was Saalfeld and last up until about 1983-1984
1962 the repair shop (Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk) of RAW Meiningen rebuilt 35 Class 01 engines. At that time the locomotives were still vital for heavy passenger train duties, but the locomotive frame and boiler were so worn that it was essential to replace them. Like the DB rebuilds in West Germany after the Second World War, only those locomotives with more powerful brakes (i.e. those from no. 01 102 onwards) and 1000 mm carrying wheels were converted.
The rebuild did not just involve the installation of a new boiler; the entire locomotive underwent modification.
The most obvious external change was the steam space cover running the length of the boiler barrel and copied from the ČSD Class 477.0, which lent the locomotives a sleek, modern appearance. The large smoke deflectors too were replaced by smaller ones with the upper front corners clipped off at an angle.
The new boiler made the so-called Reko-01 (Reko is short for Rekolokomotive) into the most powerful German express train steam locomotive. In addition to a combustion chamber and the well-known IfS mixer-preheater, the 01.5’s boiler was fitted with three full bore boiler safety valves (Ackermann valves, nominal width 60).
The engines were given Trofimoff valves and, apart from 01 501 and 01 520, new welded cylinders. The new boiler came with a new, welded driver’s cab with upholstered seats, side-pull regulator and other improvements to the working conditions of the locomotive crew, as well as an Indusi system. The latter was required for the border-crossing traffic to Bebra and Hamburg-Altona and services on the Dresden-Berlin line. Because the coupled wheelsets on many engines had to be replaced due to fractured spokes, eight examples were fitted with Boxpok wheels made of cast iron, like those already used in the Soviet Union and the United States. These did not prove themselves, however, due to manufacturing defects and were later swapped out for spoked wheels from retired 01s. In order to hide the ugly wheelsets, the Boxpok locomotives and several other vehicles were fitted with full skirts.
01 0507-1 with Boxpok wheels, 1972. From locomotive number 01 519, all the locomotives were given oil-firing systems when rebuilt, which enabled a further increase in performance. Apart from the seven engines at Berlin Ostbahnhof locomotive depot, all the other engines were later converted to primary oil-firing.
The tenders could carry 13.5 tonnes of heavy fuel oil. During the course of the oil crisis in the early 1980’s all the oil-fired locomotives were withdrawn. All of the locomotives were originally meant to remain in service for two maintenance periods (each of 6 years), however every locomotive exceeded this.
After they were withdrawn from active duty, several engines were used as heating locomotives. Number 01 519 was refurbished in 1990-91 from being a heating engine, and was made fully operational by the DR. It was not taken out of service until 1991.
Designed for Train Simulator 2019, this locomotive has many advanced features to ensure you are able to enjoy an authentic drive but there is also a simplified version for those who just want to jump in and drive!
The DR Baureihe 01.5 is Quick Drive enabled and is supplied with two Standard scenarios for the Konstanz-Villingen Route Add-On
Advanced and simplified locomotives
Dynamic regulator and steam chest simulation
Dynamic Knorr brake simulation
Dynamic exhaust blows and sound
Original 01.5 sounds
Dynamic particle simulation (steam, smoke)
Dynamic wheel slip (depending on the season)
Dynamic injectors (temperature dependent)
Limited sand reservoir
Dynamic numbering (DR and museum railways)
Reichsbahn and Modern Museum Railway versions
Boxpok and standard wheels
01 504 with Boxpok wheels and streamlined partial panelling
01 519 with standard wheels and shortened number plate
Functional PZB90 V2
Communication with other vehicles in the train unit via whistle
Error message and fault message system – repair system
Having this engine is a must for the proffesional steam driver amoung the trainsimmers. This engine contains a lot of extra features that required extra attention and skills.
If you are a starter, this engine is not easy to operate in advanced mode. You need to know how to manage and control a steam locomotive. If yo do not know how to control a steam locomotive, please refer to the Steamtrains Unlimited Campus to learn more about how to drive properly.
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Jan 09, 2019
From the heart of Scotland.
Digital traction one of the best devellopers on creating steam for TS20xx has now recreate a major shunting engine that comes in differetn liveries and waggons. Digital traction has planned for the recreation of even more engines in the near future that will enhange your collection of magnificent steamers.
The Caledonian Railway 498 Class was a class of 0-6-0 tank locomotives built for dock shunting. They were designed by John F. McIntosh for the Caledonian Railway (CR) and introduced in 1911. Twenty-three were built. They passed to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923 and to British Railways (BR) in 1948.
The Caledonian Railway (CR) was a major Scottish railway company. It was formed in the early 19th century with the objective of forming a link between English railways and Glasgow. It progressively extended its network and reached Edinburgh and Aberdeen, with a dense network of branch lines in the area surrounding Glasgow. It was absorbed into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923. Many of its principal routes are still used, and the original main line between Carlisle and Glasgow is in use as part of the West Coast Main Line railway (with a modified entry into Glasgow itself).
In the mid-1830s railways in England evolved from local concerns to longer routes that connected cities, and then became networks. In Scotland it was clear that this was the way forward, and there was a desire to connect the central belt to the incipient English network.
There was controversy over the route that such a line might take, but the Caledonian Railway was formed on 31 July 1845 and it opened its main line between Glasgow, Edinburgh and Carlisle in 1848, making an alliance with the English London and North Western Railway.
The package if this Dock tank engine comes with:
Multiple Camera Views
Custom CR & LMSR Lamps
Wheel slip Dynamics
Custom CR Cab
Animated Brake rigging
Changing smoke particles
And much more
Once again a Scottish engine comes to life in TS20xx. You now can drive another Scottish engine and do not forget the Haggish and Whiskey.
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Jan 09, 2019
The GWR Pannier rolls into 2019
The steaming start of 2019 goes with the coming of the GWR Pannier Class from Victory Works. Despite the issue many GWR 5700 has already come to TS20xx. This engine is the Pro version of this type of engine and is one of the most significant shunting engines of Britain which was also capable to work local passanger trains and short freight trains. A design that is originated by William Stanier one of the greatest Railway Engineers in Britain.
The GWR started designing and building 0-6-0 tank locomotives in 1860, and this continued into the BR era until 1956, with a total of 2,393 being built. The GWR also used 0-6-0 tank locomotives from other manufacturers’ designs (from its subsidiary and absorbed railways’ stock), and since 1898 it always had at least 1,000 tank locomotives in stock.
The early 0-6-0 tank engines were fitted with either saddle tanks (wrapped over the boiler) or side tanks (mounted at the side of the boiler and reaching down to the running platform). GWR first fitted pannier tanks (mounted on the side of the boiler but not reaching down to the running platform) in 1898 to nine 4-4-0 tank locomotives and, in 1901, to five 0-6-0T locomotives which were also fitted with Belpaire fireboxes. The shape of the Belpaire firebox gives a larger surface area which improves heat transfer and steam production, but their rectangular shape made them difficult to combine with saddle tanks. Locomotives fitted with pannier tanks have a lower centre of gravity than those with saddle tanks (enabling higher speeds on curves), and access for maintenance is easier than for those fitted with side tanks.
Churchward’s period as Chief Mechanical Engineer (1901–21) is well known for significant improvements in locomotive design and manufacture, and the development of standard designs. However, the scope of the standard designs did not include the 0-6-0 tank locomotive, and the GWR did not introduce any new 0-6-0 tank designs from 1897 to 1928 (with exception of the GWR 1361 class of five 0-6-0 saddle tanks in 1910).
However, pannier tanks and Belpaire fireboxes became the standard for the rebuilding of various 0-6-0 tank locomotives (projected in 1902 and getting fully underway by 1910).
The rebuilding program also included a number of other changes including:
improved cab designs, eventually becoming fully enclosed.
superheating, which by 1929, had been found to have little benefit on shunting engines.
adaptation for working with autocoaches for push–pull trains (auto-working).
increasing boiler pressures, for example, the various rebuilds of the GWR 2721 class started at 150 lbf/in2 (1.03 MPa), increasing to 165 lbf/in2 (1.14 MPa), and then to 180 lbf/in2 (1.24 MPa).
With the completion of grouping in 1923, GWR’s collection of 0-6-0 tank locomotives was expanded with the stock from 28 acquired companies. The acquired tank locomotives came from different manufacturers, were a mixture of side, saddle and pannier, and varied widely by size and state of repair.In addition, GWR’s stock was wearing out, and the variety of classes was problematic for maintenance and rostering. Collett had to produce a new standard design for 0-6-0 pannier tanks. The result was the 5700 class.
The first batch of 300 locomotives built between 1929 and 1931 included a medium height chimney, a mid-boiler dome, safety valve with cover, and an enclosed cab. The boiler included a top-feed (between the chimney and dome). They were similar in appearance to older 0-6-0 tank engines that had been rebuilt as pannier tanks, particularly the later rebuilds of the 2721 class. The 2721 class was itself a development of the 1854 class, which in turn was based on the 645 class.
In Train Simulator, you have the ability to experience the GWR Panniers in incredible, authentic and almost never-ending detail. The different configuration and livery options mean you have access to hundreds upon hundreds of individual locomotives, as they were in each era. If that wasn’t enough, the GWR Panniers are accompanied by the BR-built Hawksworth A38, A39, A40 and A43 autocoaches for varied steam-era push-pull operations.
Extensive collection of GWR Panniers including 5400, 6400, 5700 (and 8700) and 7400 classes
Simple, standard and advanced driving modes
Customisable engine numbers and shed codes
Optional parts and fittings including painted or polished safety valve covers, chimney styles, lining, power discs, ATC, speedometer and much more
Custom sound sets inside and out
Realistic cab with multiple views, including dual head out and fully modelled firebox and coal
Realistic wheel slip physics and effects (Advanced Mode Only)
Simulated steam chest (Advanced Mode Only)
Realistic train pipe, reservoir vacuum and steam braking (Advanced Mode Only)
Cylinder cock management (Advanced Mode Only)
Boiler management with priming possible (Advanced Mode Only)
Realistic injector control (Advanced Mode Only)
Realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound (Advanced Mode Only)
Dynamic steam and smoke colour and quantity
Realistic boiler water gauges effected by gradient, acceleration and speed and with blow down test
Opening windows (with rain effects), doors, weather panels and roof hatch
Dynamic lamp setting
Cab light effects including firebox glow, water gauge lamp and cab lamp
Second valve regulator effects (Advanced Mode Only)
British Railways 63ft Autocoach
With the release of this amazing engine a new iconic locomotive is now available in advanced mode .
To drive this engine in advanced mode you need to know how a steam locomotive is working in order to experience the full steam vibes the engine produces. You need to have a several route add-on’s in order to see this engine working the scenario’s on different routes such as the Riviëra in the 50’s.
You now can enjoy and experience one of the most significant tank engines and (try to) drive them as it should be.
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Dec 07, 2018
The LMS Patriot 6P rebuild from Stanier.
The London, Midland and Scottish Railway Patriot Class is a class of 4-6-0 express passenger locomotive introduced in 1930. Originally having parallel boilers, all members were later rebuilt with tapered type 2A boilers designed by William Stanier.
Between 1946 and 1949 selected members of the class were rebuilt to create the Rebuilt Patriot Class. Similar in appearance to the Rebuilt Royal Scots, they differed in having more modern cabs, different sandboxes, balance weights, middle cylinder covers amongst other small details.
Withdrawals began in 1961, before 1965 when the last 3 members of the class were taken out of service. None of these locomotives were preserved.
The Patriot Class was a class of 52 express passenger steam locomotives built for the London Midland and Scottish Railway. The first locomotive of the class was built in 1930 and the last in 1934.
The class was based on the chassis of the Royal Scot combined with the boiler from Large Claughtons earning them the nickname Baby Scots. 18 were rebuilt between 1946 and 1948. the remaining 34 unrebuilt engines were withdrawn between 1960 and 1962.
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Dec 01, 2018
The Rhätische Bahn class G3/4 is the pinnacle that comes across the Swiss alps.
The Landquart-Davos G 3/4, also known as the Rhaetian Railway G 3/4, created due to TS2019 by Beekay Romantic Railroads was a class of lightweight metre gauge 2-6-0 steam locomotives operated from 1889 by the Landquart-Davos Narrow Gauge Railway (LD), 1895 renamed to Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in the Canton of Graubünden, Switzerland.
The G 3/4 class was so named under the Swiss locomotive and railcar classification system. According to that system, G 3/4 denotes a narrow gauge steam locomotive with a total of four axles, three of which are drive axles. Prior to 1902, the class was known as the G 3 class, under an earlier classification system.
A total of 16 examples of the G 3/4 class entered service between 1889 and 1908. Built as tank locomotives by the Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works(SLM) in Winterthur, the G 3/4s were made redundant by electrification of the RhB network between 1913 and 1922. Most of the class were then sold to other railways, but three preserved examples remain, two on the Rhaetian Railway and one on the Appenzeller Bahnen. These locomotives are kept in working order for occasional steam trains.
The complete electrification of the Rhaetian Railway network between 1913 and 1922 rendered the G 3/4 class locomotives surplus to requirements. Three locomotives from the original batch, G 3/4s Nos 3-5 were sold to the Prince-Henri-Railway in Luxembourg in 1917 and renumbered 53-55. All three locomotives were later taken over by the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft in 1943 and were renumbered in the DRG narrow-gauge series as 99 271-99 273; on return to state control in 1945 the locomotives were renumbered as CFL 351-353 and continued in service until they were retired and scrapped in 1954.
The RhB sold a further four engines in 1923; No 6 Landquart to the Administration of the Port of Recife in Pernambuco state, Brazil where its eventual fate is unknown while Nos 7-8 were sold to the Domodossola–Locarno railway for use on construction trains until they were retired and scrapped in 1943. No 12 was sold to the Sagunt steel works in Spain and renumbered as No 207 Algimia for use around the works until it too was withdrawn and scrapped, sometime during 1970.
Of the remaining locomotives, the RhB sold Nos 9-10 and 15-16 to the Brünigbahn in 1926 and 1924 respectively where they worked together with eight locomotives of the same type delivered by SLM in 1905–13 until they were withdrawn and scrapped in 1941-42, when Brünigbahn was electrified. No 2 Prättigau was withdrawn and scrapped in 1925, while No 1 Rhätia was withdrawn in 1928 and placed in storage for a planned Swiss railway museum. The remaining three engines, Nos 11, 13, and 14, remained in service as shunting locomotives and reserve engines in case of electrical power failures. No 13 was the last G 3/4 to be withdrawn and scrapped by the RhB in 1950, while Nos 11 and 14 continued in service until 1977 and 1972 respectively.
Beekay resp. Romantic Railroads has set an extraordinary engine which is well worth the purchase. If you do not have this engine yest it is a must to have this engine. With the package comes a several scenario’s to run this engine across the Swiss Alps.
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Nov 15, 2018
A new but famous German engine has arrived for TS2019 the Saxonian IVK Mallet Steam locomotive.
It has been almost a year Just Trains released a steam locomotive with advanced features but nov the 15th a German Steamer now came to the store of Just trains expanding their amount of advanced locomotives with this Saxonian IVK Class Mallet engine.
The Saxonian IV were eight-wheeled, narrow gauge, Günther-Meyer type steam engines built for the Royal Saxon State Railways with a track gauge of 750 mm. A total of 96 were built between 1892 and 1921, making the Saxon IV K the most numerous narrow gauge locomotive in Germany. In 1925 the Deutsche Reichsbahngrouped these engines into their DRG Class 99.51–60.
As a result of the constantly rising traffic on the Saxon narrow gauge railways towards the end of the 19th century, the power of the existing Saxonian I-K and III-K soon proved insufficient.
So the Sächsische Maschinenfabrik developed an engine with eight coupled wheels and which had a larger boiler and adhesive weight. Unlike its predecessors, it was given two driven bogies in order to be able to cope with winding routes despite its length.
Between 1892 and 1921 a total of 96 locomotives were built with running numbers 103 to 198. To begin with they were designated as class H M T K V, which meant that they were locomotives built by Hartmann to a Meyer design as a tank engine with a 750mm rail gauge and compound engine. From 1896 they were reclassified as K IV and from 1900 as IV K. The ‘K’ stood for Kleinspur or ‘small gauge’.
The IV K was used both in front of passenger trains and also goods trains and proved itself so well that it ousted the other locomotive classes completely on several lines.
Five locomotives (123, 139, 147, 148 and 174) were deleted from the roster after World War I. Two had been left behind in Hungary, and three were handed over to Poland as reparations. In 1925 the Deutsche Reichsbahn-Gesellschaft took over the remaining 91 units allocating them the numbers 99 511–546, 99 551–558, 99 561–579 and 99 581–608.
Designed for Train Simulator 2019, this locomotive has many advanced features to ensure you are able to enjoy an authentic drive but there is also a simplified version for those who just want to jump in and drive!
The Saxonian IV-K is Quick Drive enabled and is supplied with three scenarios and a set of authentic rolling stock.
Advanced and simplified locomotives
Clean and dirty versions
Snow plough version
Reichsbahn and modern Pressnitztalbahn versions
Dynamic numbering (DR and Pressnitztalbahn)
Original IV-K sounds
Dynamic regulator and steam chest simulation
Dynamic Körting vacuum air brake simulation
Dynamic exhaust sound
Dynamic particle simulation (steam, smoke)
Dynamic wheel slip
Dynamic injectors (depending on temperature)
Limited sanding operation
Communication with other vehicles
Communication by whistle
Traglastenwagen with Random Skin function
Error and fault message system
Scenarios for the Pressnitztalbahn V2 route (not included)
Quick Drive enabled
Included rolling stock:
– OOw, HHw, GGw – in green and brown
– Traglastenwagen – passenger coach
– Packwagen – for heavy objects
– Rollwagen – a narrow gauge wagon on which a standard gauge wagon can be loaded
German and English language manuals are included
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Nov 3, 2018
Caledonian Railways Class 782 roll out by Digital Traction
A true workhorse with amazing driving capabilities just rolled out of the Digital Traction Workshop. Digital traction is by far the best and the only creator aiming to create steam locomotives at the conveyor belt.
Regularly Digital Traction brings amazing engines that are breath taking and gives the thrill of driving steam in an amazing way. In corporation with Steam Sound Supreme you now can experience the regulator/throttle of this brilliant engine that comes in 22 different liveries and even with a working Westinghouse brake pump.
The Caledonian Railway 782 Class was a class of 0-6-0T steam locomotives designed by John F. McIntosh and introduced in 1896. The 29 Class was similar but fitted with condensing apparatus.
The locomotives were taken into London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) ownership in 1923 and into British Railways(BR) ownership in 1948.
A model that simply may not fail your collection of steamers. The model comes with different features such as: Performance Mode, Wheell slip dynamics, custom CR cab and crew and much more.
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Okt 14, 2018
Caledonian Railways Class 944 released by Digital Traction
The Caledonian Railway 944 Class were 4-6-2T passenger tank locomotives designed by William Pickersgill and built in 1917 by the North British Locomotive Company’s Hyde Park Works in Glasgow. Although the Caledonian Railway built a long and successful series of small 0-4-4T passenger tank engines, twelve locomotives of the 944 Class were the only large passenger tanks operated by the Caley.
Although the Caledonian Railway built a long and successful series of small 0-4-4T passenger tank engines, the twelve locomotives of the 944 Class were the only large passenger tanks operated by the company. They shared much of their design with the contemporary 60 Class 4-6-0s. They were originally used on the Inverclyde Line and so gained the nickname ‘Wemyss Bay Pugs‘ amongst enginemen.
They were originally used on the Inverclyde Line working has boat trains to some very strict timetables and so gained the nickname “Wemyss Bay Pugs” amoungst Caley engine crews. In 1923, every member of the class passed into the LMSR and were repainted from CR Light Blue (Having never carried black or Dark Blue) into LMS Crimson Lake, although within a few years this gave way to LMS Lined Black. They were later displaced from the Wemyss Bay trains by LMS Fowler tanks and Fairburns and by 1948 all but two locomotives were allocated to Beattock shed, primarily for banking duties on Beattock Bank.
The locomotives passed into the ownership of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway upon its formation in 1923 and were repainted from Caledonian blue into LMS crimson lake livery, although within a few years this gave way to lined black livery.
They were later displaced from the Inverclyde line by LMS Fowler and Fairburn 2-6-4Ts and by the time of Nationalisation in 1948 the surviving locomotives were all allocated to Beattock shed, primarily for banking duties on Beattock bank. Unfortunately they were all withdrawn and scrapped between 1946 and 1953.
Taking a closer look to this engine is is a true pitty none of these engine were saved how so ever. This engine is a beaty on its own and Digital Traction therefore brings the Class 944 back to life in TS20xx.Go to the store
Okt 05, 2018
The Wild West Ten-Wheeler Iron Horse to ride
Constructed by the Rogers Locomotive & Machine Works in 1868, Central Pacific’s “Buffalo” class included five steam locomotives. Largely based on Rogers standard 4-4-0 design (of which one notable example was Union Pacific No. 119), the “Buffalo” was equipped with an extra set of driving wheels, making it a 4-6-0 “Ten-Wheeler” – and a locomotive well-suited to battle the steep grades of Central Pacific’s crossing of California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains.
CPRR’s Buffalo-class locomotives were wood burners, equipped with balloon smoke stacks housing large spark arrestors made from hardware cloth. Representing “big” power in the late 1860s, the 4-6-0s featured 18” x 24” cylinders, 57-inch drivers (with tires), and produced 13,000+ pounds of tractive effort. With an extra set of driving wheels (as compared to a 4-4-0), the Buffalo-class Ten-Wheelers had less space to fit the valve gear and crosshead pumps, leading to a cramped appearance in the area just behind the cylinders. But nonetheless, dressed out in a vibrant Russia-iron, black, red, and green livery, the husky Ten-Wheelers were handsome steam locomotives.
The “Buffalo” 4-6-0 will provide everything from the challenges of stoking a wood-burning fire and managing injectors and boiler steam pressure to throttle lag and dealing with authentic wheel slip. With numerous interactive and animated elements, the “Buffalo” is remarkable in its realism. Smokebox provides expert and simple operating modes that make the locomotive accessible and enjoyable for all users.
Joining Central Pacific No. 82, the “Buffalo,” is sister locomotive CPRR No. 86, the “Gorilla,” as well as two new types of period rolling stock – a CPRR wooden boxcar and caboose-coach. The “Buffalo” pack also features three enjoyable career scenarios set on Smokebox’s captivating and immersive Cheyenne 1869 route (as included in the “Union Pacific No. 119 Steam Loco Add-On” DLC, which is available as a separate purchase).
The Central Pacific Ten-Wheeler “Buffalo” is now available for Train Simulator – and the classic locomotive will provide countless memorable “Old West” railroading experiences!
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Sep 26, 2018
The North Easter Railway Long Boiler arrived at Digital traction.
The “long boiler” design dated back to a Stephenson design of 1842. At that time there was a controversy about keeping the centre of gravity low. Another point of view was espoused by John Gray who set out to improve efficiency and increase the pressure in shorter boilers using single drivers instead of coupled wheels. His ideas led to the design of the highly successful Jenny Lind locomotive.
The long boiler design with coupled wheels continued for slower heavier work. A total of 192 NER 1001 class locomotives were built from 1852 by a number of private manufacturers, as well as the NER’s own works at Darlington and Shildon.
The small size of the firebox would seem remarkable in later years, but the engines were ideal where trains might spend long periods standing, waiting for a path, or when shunting. A minimum amount of fuel would have delivered sufficient heat to the large boiler to start heavy loads.
The last ten NER 1001s were delivered in 1875. Many were rebuilt in the following twenty five years. The last was withdrawn in 1923.
Having travelled an official mileage of 908,984 miles (1,462,868 km), locomotive number 1275 is preserved at the National Railway Museum in York.
Lighting & Performance Mode
Custom NER Lamps
Custom NER Cab with Extensive Controls
Multiple Camera Views
Animated inside Stephenson inside valve gear
The package contains also several freight wagons and a the package contains also a NER brake van with extended roof to scout the train from above, its freight and track. It is well worth to obtain a engine like the NER 1001 “Long Boiler”Class. The engine is of superb and outstanding quality as we already know of Digital Traction.
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Sep 26, 2018
The Stanier 5XP Jubilee Class now available at BMG.
In 1932, William Stanier arrived at the London Midland & Scottish company to become Chief Mechanical Engineer. His task was to produce a modern standard range of locomotives to allow for withdrawal of many indifferent and varied pre-grouping machines that were difficult and expensive to maintain.
The first design of a new 4-6-0 incorporating a tapered boiler (influenced from the time Stanier spent with GWR) was commissioned in May of 1932. An initial batch of 5 made up the order, with them first appearing on display at Euston in 1934. While this was taking place, a further order was placed in June of 1933 for an additional 108 locomotives, split between Derby, Crewe and North British Locomotive works, with the Derby allocation being rushed into traffic as early as Christmas of 1934.
This haste however, proved somewhat of a back track, as final condition of locomotives invariably differed between batches. Those from Crewe showing influence from the earlier Patriot class. Later on, indecision over appropriate tenders lead to no less than three variants being married to the locomotives until a common design as settled upon.
The first examples of the class were put to work on Euston to Birmingham services, for which they were quickly disliked by their crews, commenting that the new machines were inferior to the Patriot Class they were intended to replace. Testing was thus commenced with locomotives running Euston to Wolverhampton runs where the class was allowed to settle for a while.
By 1939 the entire class were working as expected, with most centred around Birmingham to Euston duties, while some had become scattered around the LMS network.
To commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935, the LMS decided to name one of its 4-6-0s Silver Jubilee, and in April of that year, selected one of the newest examples to could, to service that honour. While a long list of glossy alterations was made to improve her appearance, the most notable was the sudden change from 5642 to 5552 – becoming the official first member of the class. Effectively the two locomotives had switched places, for which very little of this was know to the public. As a result, the rest of the 4-6-0s in this class inherited the title, which was later abbreviated to just ‘Jubilees’.
The package includes:
All 191 Jubilee nameplates
Authentic audio recorded from 45690 Leander and other LMS designs.
6 authentic liveries.
Stanier 4,000 Gallon Tenders, Fowler 3,500 Gallon Tenders
Customisable lamp arrangement (locomotive and tender)
High Intensity lamps for mainline running
A selection of headboards:
The Great Britain
Cumbrian Mountain Express
The North Wales Coast Express
Welsh Marches Express
Customisable loco numbers, controlling the following and much more
Number, Nameplate (automatically selected by the loco’s number), etc.
Realistic performance physics and may other features are included in the package.
It is absolutely well worth to have this engine at TS20xx. Though with the earlier released Black 5 of Stanier, this engine is one of the best engines so far created.
Enjoy the sounds and the steam atmosphere as you drive this amazing engine that is created with such precision you can hardly imagine. If you encounter problems with tdriving this amazing engine please refer to the Steamtrains Unlimited Campus website.
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Sep 15, 2018
The GWR Dukedog Class
Digital Traction just released an amazing engine which quite is common for Digital Traction the Dukedog class. A late 18th century 4-4-0 (2B) engine. The Great Western Railway 3200 Class (or ‘Earl’ Class) was a design of 4-4-0 steam locomotive for passenger train work. The nickname for this class, almost universally used at the time these engines were in service was Dukedog since the locomotives were composed of former Duke Class boilers on Bulldog Class frames.
As such they were one of the last steam locomotive classes to retain outside frames. The GWR absorbed the Cambrian Railways in 1923, but, with the Cambrian main line being lightly built, permanent way restrictions debarred the use of heavier locomotives. This meant that only a few classes of GWR locomotive were allowed to run over it, including the Duke Class. However, by the 1930s the Duke class engines were past their estimated life, and in particular the frames were in poor condition.
At the same time the heavier Bulldog Class was becoming redundant and being withdrawn, and later members of this class had an improved straight topped frame design. The conversion was a success and from 1936 twenty-nine “new” locomotives were constructed from the relevant components of withdrawn Dukes and Bulldogs.
The classification of the rebuilds as “new” locomotives had advantages in the railway’s accounts, and they were given new numbers in the 32xx series (3200-3228). A further eleven conversions were scheduled, but the onset of World War II brought a halt to the program.
Locos in seven liveries: BR Black, GWR, BR Lined Black (Fictional), GWR Black (Fictional), BR Black weathered, GWR Green weathered, Earl of Berkeley Custom lamp system, changeable on the fly, including on tender. 3 In-Depth Scenarios. Custom recorded and sampled sounds, advanced scripting, particle effects, lighting, changeable headboards, sparks effect. reverser lock, water trough pick up (CTRL+T), external animations, custom cab with extensive controls, multiple camera views. Changeable loco features: chimney, top feed, route restrictions, safety valve bonnet, Depot.
With the release of the Dukedog Class Digital Traction has expand their collection even further of superb steam locomotives that surely get you back into the 18th century as the railroads were developing.Go to the store
Source: Wikipedia and Digital Traction.
Sep 04, 2018
The Adams family shows up.
Yes. The Adams family has arrived, but it has nothing to do with haunting ghosts, walking deaths or a crawling hand on the floor. Digital Transforms just released the LSWR 415 class is a steam tank locomotive of 4-4-2T wheel arrangement, with the trailing wheels forming the basis of its “Radial Tank” moniker. It was designed by William Adams and introduced in 1882 for service on the London and South Western Railway (LSWR).
Originally rostered for suburban traffic, the class was soon displaced to the countryside by Dugald Drummond’s M7 class which is also available at Digital Transforms. Most of the class was scrapped around the end of the First World War, and further decreases meant that all of them were due to be withdrawn by 1929. However, the class was noted for its long service on the Lyme Regis branch line, and three members of this long obsolete class were utilised on this duty until 1962, when suitable replacements became available. One has survived and can be found on the Bluebell Railway.
William Adams’ 415 (later 0415) Class was based on his earlier LSWR 46 Class, and was specifically designed with London suburban services in mind. The design was based on a 4-4-0 design with a trailing axle added to support an enlarged coal bunker, a necessity for the intensive suburban services of the LSWR network.The radial axlebox worked in a corresponding curved hornblock the centre of which was struck near the middle of the chassis.
The device was originally invented in 1863 by William Bridges Adams (no relation) and could be applied to a leading or trailing axle but was generally preferred for the latter. Many other engineers used it, including Webb, R. J. Billinton, H. G. Ivatt, and D.E. Marsh. Many of the tank engines so fitted earned the soubriquet “Radial Tanks”, or simply “Radials”.
The enlarged coal bunker was also designed to incorporate a back tank for extra water storage in addition to the capacity of the side tanks. Valve gear was of modified Stephenson type.
Production began in 1882 when a total of four engineering companies were contracted by the LSWR to construct the new class, which numbered 71 when production ceased in 1885. These were:
Robert Stephenson & Co. (28 constructed);
Dübs & Co. (20 constructed);
Neilson & Co. (11 constructed)
Beyer, Peacock and Company (12 constructed).
This arrangement was because Nine Elms, the LSWR’s own locomotive works, was already stretched to capacity in terms of production.
The class was noted for its long service on the Lyme Regis Branch line, and three members of this long obsolete class were utilised on this duty until 1962, when they were replaced by Ivatt tanks. One survives today on the Bluebell Railway as No. 488 but sadly has not run since the 1980s.
The class was given the Power Classification of 1P, and initially carried the Southern livery, though this was promptly changed to the BR Standard Mixed-Traffic Black livery with red and white lining. Numbering was of the BR standard system, the three locomotives being allocated the numbers 30582, 30583 and 30584.
The package comes with a lot of features and 10 liveries and QuikDrives, performance mode, multiple Camera Views. Severall extended features are added like: Custom LSWR discs, wheelslip dynamics, custom LSWR radial cab and automatic fireman for those who does not want to fire the engine itself.
Sound recordings are customized and the recordings are done at the preserved LSWR Beattie Well Tank. Digital Transforms has done a tremendous job containing all Digital Tramsforms quality and standards to bring this “Adams” (engine) family to life.
Source: Wikipedia and Digital Transforms
Aug 16, 2018
Rheingold 1928 available now
3DZUG recently released the historic Rheingold Express. This train was running between Switserland and England passing the Rhine Valley all the way. Normally hauled by the DRG Class 18 the Rheingold was a well-known luxurus train and formally the predecessor of the later known TEE trains. Many names the Rheingold carried out are later used at TEE trains and some names are still in use today.
The luxurus interior is accesable and ity is even possible to see the kitchen inside of the dinning car. 3DZUG has completed the German luxury trains. The train is available in three different packages and even one package contains all the released luxury trains 3DZUG has released. The Platinum package contains the Oriënt Express, the Rheingold from 1962 and the original Rheingold from 1928.
The train rans between London Liverpool Street (dep. 20:30) to Luzern via Harwich, Hoek van Holland, Utrecht (Later Eindhoven), Arnhem, Cologne, Mainz, Baden-Baden, Basel and terminated at Luzern.
The main traction was in the Netherlands a 4-6-0 class NS3700 – NS3800 – NS3900 These engines are a direct off-spring of the British King Class series (King, Grange, Hall) with a almost very similar design and lay out but adapted to the Dutch railroad specifications. In German soil the hauling power usually was a class 18.3 and 18.4 which is also available on Steam.
In Switzerland the trains normally is hauled by an electric engine type Ae 4/7. 3DZUG has now bring the German luxury way of travelling to your PC and brings back the original Rheingold as it was in the 30’s. Having the Platinum package you got all three major luxury trains including the most famous one the Oriënt Express.
source: 3DZugGo to 3DZug Get the BR 18 here
Jun 17, 2018
Caledonian Railway Class 294
Digital traction is one of the most extraordinary developer for TS20xx assets of authentic steam locomotives of the period from late 1890 till the 2nd World War. Creating the most brilliant steam loco’s of the past with wagons and coaches of the same era. With a hugh eye on detail they are truly a name they have created widely known around the world of steam enthusiasts. Combining the present PC with the historical clock of 100-125 years ago you have a tremendous environment of that time which is also called the golden age of the railway.
The Caledonian Railway 294 and 711 Classes were 0-6-0 steam locomotives (nicknamed “Jumbo”) designed by Dugald Drummond for the Caledonian Railway(CR) and introduced in 1883. After Drummond’s retirement, construction of the class continued under Smellie, Lambie and McIntosh.
All 244 locomotives survived to be absorbed by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923 and 238 survived into British Railways (BR) ownership in 1948.
The package comes with a total of 27 different liveries and a hugh amount of features aiming the get the best results out of the engines close to reality. SOme feautres are: realistic Westinghouse brake, authentic CR lamps, custom cabs with extensive controls, animated valve gears and much more.
A hard-edged steam enthusiast should surely have this engine.
Source: Wikipedia and Digital tracktionGo to the store
Jun 17, 2018
County Class Steam locomotive GWR 1000 arrived.
The standard GWR 4-6-0 locomotive design dated back to the turn of the 20th Century, when George Jackson Churchward revolutionised the way Great Western traction was to be built with his Saint Class, from which Charles Collett developed the Castles, Halls, Granges, and Kings to name a few.
A total of 30 new locomotives were built in two batches between 1945 and 1947, and were named as the “County” Class, a call-back to a previous class of the same name. Each were adorned with a nameplate stating a County of England or Wales that was served by the GWR network. The locomotives were numbered from 1000 to 1029 and were given a power rating of ‘D’, GWR’s equivalent of ‘6MT’ (mixed-traffic).
When Frederick Hawksworth came to be Chief Mechanical Engineer of the GWR, he designed the likes of the Modified Halls, but aspired to build a 4-6-2 Pacific locomotive for post-war passenger use. Unfortunately, the struggle of the Second World War did not permit this, and by the end there was no demand for new passenger traction.
Instead, Hawksworth was granted the production of more mixed-traffic 4-6-0s, and so many of the ideals for the Pacific were worked into this new batch which became a testbed of sorts. The boiler was of differing design – Swindon Works had been used during the War to build LMS 8F locomotives, and Hawksworth studied the 8F’s boiler tooling for inspiration with the new fleet.
In addition to the innovations already adopted for the Modified Hall class, the new class contained several further changes from usual Great Western practice including the use of double chimneys on certain members and a high boiler pressure of 280psi (although this was later lowered in an attempt to reduce maintenance costs). The boiler was a development that used the tooling for the LMS Stanier Class 8F boiler, Hawksworth being able to study this design closely when 8Fs were being built at Swindon as part of the war effort.
The class initially had a tractive effort of 32,580 lbf (144.92 kN), which was =1,000 lbf (4.45 kN) greater than a Castle Class locomotive, although the tractive effort was reduced to 29,090 lbf (129.40 kN) when the boiler pressure was lowered. The class had continuous splashers over the driving wheels and, when named, straight nameplates, making them immediately recognisable from other 4-6-0 classes. They were also fitted with Hawksworth’s 4,000 imp gal (18,000 l; 4,800 US gal) slab-sided tenders, but the County tenders had a water tank six inches wider than the tenders built for the Modified Halls and retro-fitted to many earlier designs.
Something of an oddball among typical GWR traction, the County Class was quite distinctive from its predecessors despite being based off a near-identical, standardised platform. Wheel splashers, and nameplates, were continuous along the body side as opposed to tapered with the wheels on previous locos. Multiple County locomotives were fitted with double chimneys, and when built had a staggering boiler pressure of 280psi, this made them more powerful than the four-cylindered Castles!
Driving this engine is possible in either standard and advanced mode and without knowledge is is much much harder to drive in advanced mode instead. The package contains different liveries and boiler pressures such as the 280psi double chimney engine. and different vans such as the Monster Van and the Python Van in different liveries as well.
Source: Steamstore and Wikipedia
May 17, 2018
The Famous Black 5 class A masterpiece from Bossman Games now available in the store
A masterpiece now arrived at the SteamStore.
One of the most significent and most build engines the Black 5 comes to TS20xx. The frist Black Five in the Advanced series. Different Black 5 came to TS20xx in recent years started with the European Locao and Asset pack which contians the Black 5 in a very standard mode. UKTS came alongside with some upgrades to the Black 5 within the UKST famous Freeware packages.
Beside the release of the Black 5 with the UKTS FP’s the Black 5 was the main engine that came wioth the West Lines of Scotland featuring some more detail and enhanged driving physics. Never the less the lack of an advanced engines till remains untill today. Bossman Games released a Pro version of this magnificent engine that worked along British rails all over Britain and Scotland. The significant sound and whistle of a Black 5 is the signature of a typical Black 5 engine.
No other engine became famous because if its hauling capabilities taht also became famous amoung traveellers and crew. The engine last untill the end of steam in Britain. One of the most distinguished operations of the Black 5 is the working of this engine between Fort William and Mallaigh where she hauled the most famous steamtrain so far. The Hogward Express from Harry Potter.
Severall engines where also build as a 3 cylinder engine the Jubilee Class which were originated on the Black 5 design. A total of 842 “Black Five” locomotives were built for the London, Midland and Scottish and later British Railways; and, a truly definitive add-on is unleashed, in the form of Partner Programme developer Bossman Games’ fantastic LMS Stanier Class 5!
What became one of the more memorable locomotives in British rail history starts its story in the early 1930s, when William Stanier, Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), sought to design a new and suitably powerful mixed-traffic locomotive. In his early LMS days, Stanier used his engineering skills which he acquired while working for GWR, however steadily refining and honing his own unique style of locomotive.
When the LMS needed more powerful traction, Stanier’s response was equivalent to the GWR’s Hall Class, a 4-6-0 with a rating of 5 for passenger, and 5 for freight – the Stanier Class 5. Originally the Class 5 fleet was known as “Black Stanier”, in contrast to the “Red Stanier” Jubilee Class; however, when ‘5’ was seen adorned on the cab side from 1940 onwards, a new “Black Five” name befell the fleet.
The do-anything attitude of the Black Five saw their popularity rise with both crews and enthusiasts alike – it could turn up almost anywhere, get the job done, and look good while doing it – the fleet of 842 was a familiar sight right up until the end of steam.
The Black Fives were sadly scrapped in droves, but an impressive 18 were saved for use on both preservation railways and mainline railtours, and the preserved fleet has a history of ‘acting’ by means of temporary alternative numbers to revive lost members of the class.
You can have your copy today and enjoy the most well known steam locomotive of the British mainland.
Source: SteamStoreGo to the Store
May 01, 2018
The West Somerset Railway comes to TSW
After the release of the TSW now the very first glimpses of steam now appeared above the horizon with the coming of the West Somerset Railway. Though proposed yet there will be some diesel locomotives only with a link to the diesel gala’s the WSR is famous of. These diesels however are related to the (post)steam area as well even as the Mk1 though.
The West Somerset Railway (WSR) is a 22.75-mile (36.6 km) heritage railway line in Somerset, England. The freehold of the track and stations is owned by Somerset County Council; the railway is leased to and operated by West Somerset Railway (WSR); which is supported and minority-owned by charitable trust the West Somerset Railway Association (WSRA) and the West Somerset Steam Railway Trust (WSSRT). The WSR operates services using both heritage steam and diesel trains.
It originally opened in 1862 between Taunton and Watchet. In 1874 it was extended from Watchet to Minehead by the Minehead Railway. Although just a single track, improvements were needed in the first half of the twentieth century to accommodate the significant number of tourists that wished to travel to the Somerset coast. The line was closed by British Rail in 1971 and reopened in 1976 as a heritage line.
It is the longest standard gauge independent heritage railway in the United Kingdom.Services normally operate over just the 20.5 miles (33.0 km) between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard. During special events some trains continue a further two miles (3.2 km) to Norton Fitzwarren where a connection to Network Railallows occasional through trains to operate onto the national network.
With this arrival now steam locomotives has come a little closer to TSW. The release of the WSR will not grant if there will be any release of steam locomotive but the fact a steam heritage railway now comes to TSW will open up new perspectives of the coming of the steam locomotive.
Source: Steam, WikipediaMore details
Apr 26, 2018
Union Pacific No. 119 Locomotive
Apr 15, 2018
It was Union Pacific 4-4-0 No. 119, together with Central Pacific’s “Jupiter,” that on May 10, 1869 stood pilot-to-pilot at Promontory, Utah for the ceremonial driving of the transcontinental railroad’s Golden Spike. Union Pacific No. 119 was one of five 4-4-0 “American” type locomotives built for the UP by the Rogers Locomotive and Machine Works in November 1868. Following its historic moment at Promontory, UP No. 119 went on to serve the railroad until 1903. Like the “Jupiter,” however, Union Pacific No. 119 was reborn in the 1970s as a full-sized replica operating at the U. S. National Park Service’s Golden Spike National Historic Site.
Smokebox has once again created the extraordinary. Union Pacific No. 119 is re-created with a superb fidelity to every detail and features operating characteristics that are amazingly authentic. The UP 4-4-0 provides everything from the challenges of authentic wheel slip and managing the boiler and firebox conditions to the artistry of working with long and quilled toot whistles. Multiple settings for selecting difficulty and use of an auto fireman nonetheless make the 4-4-0 accessible and enjoyable for users of all experience levels. The locomotive is provided in two livery variations, including the prominently black and green livery believed by historians to be its original “as delivered” scheme, and the black and red colors that are applied to the modern replica.
To bring Union Pacific No. 119 – and challenging 19th century railroading – to life, the 4-4-0 is accompanied by a marvellous Train Simulator route representing the city of Cheyenne and its surroundings (extending about 6 miles to the east and 20 miles to the west) as existed in 1869. And joining UP 4-4-0 No. 119 on the Cheyenne 1869 route is a superb selection of period-authentic rolling stock, including a Union Pacific boxcar, flat cars (empty and with multiple loads), emigrant passenger coach with clerestory roof, baggage car, and combined caboose and coach.
The route also offers a captivating selection of Old West structures and trackside assets, ranging from vintage engine servicing facilities to old west buildings and working ball signals!
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New range of scenario arrived.
Steamtrains Unlimited has started a new program of scenario types. Many scenarios will enter the site for download based on original timetables and facts instead. Of corse there will always be standard scenario’s as well but Steamtrains Unlimited is always aiming for the LoR grade which means Level of Reality.
We start with a scenario on the North Wales Coastal Line with a scenario that is based on Steam Special 1Z86 that should run at March 1, 2017. Please find this scenario for download and install using the Train Installer.
Please visit the downloadpage of scenario’s for more information and new downloads.
Mar 1, 2018
LNER Raven Q6 has arrived.
Wilson Worsdell’s Q5 0-8-0s met the initial increases in the North Eastern Railway’s (NER) mineral traffic at the turn of the century. This large upsurge in traffic continued and more locomotive power was required. Hence, Raven designed his Q6 class using the best parts of the piston valve version of the Q5 design. A larger boiler was fitted with a saddle fitting for the smokebox. A total of 120 Q6s were built between 1913 and 1921 in a total of six batches.
After fitting superheaters to many of the B15 4-6-0s, Raven had become fully convinced of the superheater’s worth, and fitted them as standard to the Q6s. A number of different superheater types were initially tried, but all of the Q6s had been standardised to the Schmidt design by Grouping (1923). The original working pressure was 160psi, but this was increased 180psi before Grouping.
The Q6s were an unqualified success. By combining Worsdell’s motion with the B15 boiler and the Schmidt superheater, Raven managed to create a strong and reliable locomotive which gave good strong service right up to the end of BR steam.
Brace yourself for a real challenge as Victory Works bring Sir Vincent Raven’s powerful fleet of LNER Q6s to life on the Weardale & Teesdale Network – the first public route to use steam locomotives! You’ll be taking control of a locomotive that was specially designed for freight-pulling power and testing yourself against every difficulty the Pro Range label can throw at you.
The operational characteristics of the LNER Q6 are complex and the simulation captures them as such. Advanced mode can be toggled depending on how you wish to experience the LNER Q6 – when enabled you can look forward to; realistic wheelslip, simulated steam chest, realistic train pipe and reservoir vacuum braking, cylinder cock management, boiler management with priming possible, realistic injector control and realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound.
Being such a successful class the Q6s were rarely modified substantially, however they did have unique details such as steam heat dials, external vacuum brake pipes, piston caps, and overhead warning labels. We’ve lovingly recreated these optional fittings meaning you can decide how you wish to represent a particular member of the class!
These incredible trains were in service for more than 50 years but the only way to experience their majesty in the modern world is here on Train Sim! Try this epic chapter in traction history today and make their story your own! The locomotive comes with a number of scenarios at the Weardale & Teesdale Network Route Add-On which you need to have in order to run the scenarios.
Sources: LNER Enceclopedia, Steamstore.Go to the store
Feb 21, 2018
Bessemer & Lake Erie Railroad from the 20’s.
Iron, steal, Sand and a lot of shunting at Conneaut Harbour.
G-Trax has now created a masterpiece from the steam era. The creators of steamers like the mifgty Daylight and the Nickle Plate Railroads Berkshire’s has now created this matser piece respresenting a major industial area from around the year of 1920.
The Bessemer & Lake Erie was a railroad created to serve the steel industry and deliver iron ore from Great Lakes freighters docking at Conneaut Harbor to steel mills located around Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. B&LE complemented its ore movements with the haulage of bituminous coal from the mines of western Pennsylvania, and the railroad also totted its share of general freight and operated limited passenger services.
Conneaut Harbor was the essence of America in the industrial age. Great Lakes freighters laden with iron ore arrived at Conneaut and gigantic Hulett unloaders transferred ore into B&LE hoppers. The Bessemer & Lake Erie route for Train Simulator re-creates Conneaut in remarkably authentic fashion, right up to including fully functional Hulett unloaders!
Conneaut is one of five major yard and terminal complexes featured in route. Albion, Ohio; Butler, Pennsylvania (home to three yards and key railroad interchanges); and North Bessemer, Pennsylvania (where the B&LE interchanged with Pittsburgh’s Union Railroad), each host railroad facilities.
At B&LE’s hometown of Greenville, Pennsylvania, the railroad’s expansive facilities include the line’s erecting, car, and locomotive shops, highlighted by a transfer table and 17-stall roundhouse. And on a route rich with lineside industries, among the most important is the massive Standard Steel complex at Butler, home to steel production, rail car-building, and automobile production.
To move its tonnage (and passengers), the Bessemer & Lake Erie route includes two authentic steam locomotives – the B&LE’s venerable 0-6-0 steam switchers constructed by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1909, and the railroad’s powerful D-1-A class 2-10-2s built by Baldwin in 1919.
The Bessemer & Lake Erie route includes an extraordinary selection of period-authentic rolling stock, with boxcars, flatcars, gondolas, hoppers, refrigerator cars, tank cars, pickle cars, cabooses, crane cars, and heavyweight baggage, coach, and commuter coaches all included, many in various liveries and with multiple loads.
Masterfully created by G-TraX, the Bessemer & Lake route brings to life the B&LE during the heart of the steam era and includes the B&LE’s rugged line from the shores of Lake Erie at Conneaut, Ohio to North Bessemer, Pennsylvania, as well as a variety of important B&LE rail yards, secondary lines, rail interchanges, and coal branches! The entire route has been refined to give 70 miles of the most entertaining and exhilarating experiences this railroad has to offer.
The drama and challenges of classic American heavy steam railroading in the 1920s roars now into your collection with the extraordinary Bessemer & Lake Erie route. It’s time to experience the famed B&LE – and the memorable and captivating era of 1920s American steam-era railroading!
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Jan 16, 2018
Deutsche Reichsbahn Class 01,5 Available
The Iconic Reko Engine of the former DDR is now available for TS2018
Wilbur Graphics is one of the three devellopers that creates German engines. together with Romantic Railroads and Eidenbahwerk this develloper brings now the Historic Reko engine into TS20xx. Wilburg Graphics is still the only one creating Dutch steam locomotives such as class 3700. Based on this experainces and the 2nd German WG created has now the Reko engine at the download page of treinpunt.nl available. The coming of the Reko 01 (better known as Class 01.5) had payd a tremendous effort to the transportation in The former DDR. Read the brief history here below.
The history of the DR Class 01.5
In 1962 the repair shop (Reichsbahnausbesserungswerk) of RAW Meiningen rebuilt 35 Class 01 engines. At that time the locomotives were still vital for heavy passenger train duties, but the locomotive frame and boiler were so worn that it was essential to replace them. Like the DB rebuilds in West Germany after the Second World War, only those locomotives with more powerful brakes (i.e. those from no. 01 102 onwards) and 1000 mm carrying wheels were converted.
The rebuild did not just involve the installation of a new boiler; the entire locomotive underwent modification. The most obvious external change was the steam space cover running the length of the boiler barrel and copied from the ČSD Class 477.0, which lent the locomotives a sleek, modern appearance. The large smoke deflectors too were replaced by smaller ones with the upper front corners clipped off at an angle.
The new boiler made the so-called Reko-01 (Reko is short for “Rekolokomotive” Reconstructed locomotive) into the most powerful German express train steam locomotive. In addition to a combustion chamber and the well-known IfS mixer-preheater, the 01.5’s boiler was fitted with three full bore boiler safety valves (Ackermann valves, nominal width 60). The engines were given Trofimoff valves and, apart from 01 501 and 01 520, new welded cylinders. The new boiler came with a new, welded driver’s cab with upholstered seats, side-pull regulator and other improvements to the working conditions of the locomotive crew, as well as an Indusi system.
The latter was required for the border-crossing traffic to Bebra and Hamburg-Altona and services on the Dresden-Berlin line. Because the coupled wheelsets on many engines had to be replaced due to fractured spokes, eight examples were fitted with Boxpok wheels made of cast iron, like those already used in the Soviet Union and the United States. These did not prove themselves, however, due to manufacturing defects and were later swapped out for spoked wheels from retired 01s. In order to hide the ugly wheelsets, the Boxpok locomotives and several other vehicles were fitted with full skirts.
From locomotive number 01 519, all the locomotives were given oil-firing systems when rebuilt, which enabled a further increase in performance. Apart from the seven engines at Berlin Ostbahnhof locomotive depot, all the other engines were later converted to primary oil-firing. The tenders could carry 13.5 tonnes of heavy fuel oil. During the course of the oil crisis in the early 1980s all the oil-fired locomotives were withdrawn.
All of the locomotives were originally meant to remain in service for two maintenance periods (each of 6 years), however every locomotive exceeded this.
After they were withdrawn from active duty, several engines were used as heating locomotives. Number 01 519 was refurnished in 1990-91 from being a heating engine, and was made fully operational by the DR. It was not taken out of service until 1991. (Source: Wikipedia)
The eninge is also available for download at: www.rail-sim.de
Jan 5, 2018
Welcome in 2018
Steamtrains Unlimited is going to expand further more.
The engine site is now expanding and using this page you can easily enter the sites where engines has been made. At this moment we are workin at a fine database concerning all available steam locomotives available within TS20XX.
We still will continue with the devellopment of some of the most special scenario’s, but we are looking foreward for a brand new computer with SSD Hard-Disk and a very fast videocard.
Not only for the effort of gaming but also to expand Steamtrains Unlimited. The present computer (Laptop) does not fit the present standard and needs to be replaced as soon as possible.
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