Thursday, 12 October 2017

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

GWR Large Prairies: Features and Contents Summary

With the release of the Large Prairies being imminent we thought it would be good to sum up the features and everything that comes with the DLC.

With this pack you will be getting the following:
  • GWR 5100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 5101 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 6100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 8100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
ALL members of EVERY class listed for each era are included with appropriate components and shed codes, which can also be selected by you by editing the scenario loco number.
The following features are also included:
  • Optional parts and fittings including steam pipes, painted or polished safety valve covers for early GWR and preserved examples, red or white lamps and more
  • Realistic cab with multiple views, including dual “head out” and fully modelled firebox and coal
  • Realistic wheel slip physics and effects ADVANCED MODE
  • Simulated steam chest ADVANCED MODE
  • Realistic train pipe and reservoir vacuum braking ADVANCED MODE
  • Cylinder cock management  ADVANCED MODE
  • Boiler management with priming possible ADVANCED MODE 
  • Realistic injector control ADVANCED MODE 
  • Realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound ADVANCED MODE
  • 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 and water gauge lamp
  • Communication with the guard in the brake van for handbrake usage (when used with compatible GWR Toad brake van – included with this DLC) ADVANCED MODE
  • Second valve regulator effects ADVANCED MODE
  • Atmospheric AI effects ADVANCED MODE

We covered the new advanced braking system in this post, developed with the help of two GWR preservation drivers, it adds a whole new realistic element to driving our steam engines.

Also the following rolling stock is included:
  • ex-GWR 8t Cattle Wagon
  • GWR Fruit A Van
    • GWR
    • Worn GWR
    • BR(W)
  • BR(W) Gunpowder Van, Diagram 1/260
  • BR(W) “Herring” Hopper, P22 - Loaded and Empty
  • BR(W) Iron Mink, V6
  • BR(W) 12t Mogo Van
  • BR(W) Tunnel Inspection Van (ex-Cattle Wagon)
  • GWR 20 ton Toad Brake Van
  • BR(W) 20 ton Toad Brake Van

And finally it comes with:
  • 4 scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter - Kingswear Route
  • 75 Quick Drive consists with appropriate stock

The pack should be released very soon and as always we look forward to seeing these engines on people's routes mixed in with all the other excellent GWR engines that are available in Train Simulator.

Coming soon... work starts on the LNER Q6!

Monday, 9 October 2017

GWR Large Prairies: Rolling Stock

With the Large Prairie's release rapidly approaching it's time to take a look at the accompanying rolling stock.

First up is the GWR 20T "Toad" Diagram AA13/15 brake van in GWR grey and BR Bauxite. This van is compatible with the "Active Guard" system that was also included with the 4200/5205/7200 DLC and allows you to use the second "deep tone" whistle of the locomotive to alert the guard to apply and release the brake van handbrake. This can be used to slow the train on a steep decent or to bring it to a halt whilst keeping the wagon couplings tight. Note that the AI will also use this system and can be heard to whistle for the brakes to be applied and released at the start and end of steep gradients.

Up next is a British Railways wagon: Gunpowder Van, Diagram. 1/260. These were used to carry military and commercial explosives up until the 1970's when they were replaced by generic air braked vans. In the latter days of BR in some areas, Llantrisant for example, the sole freight being carried by the railways were mining explosives.

Built in Swindon from 1947, the 20 ton P22 "Herring" Hopper was used to carry the millions of tons of ballast required by the railway network. Textured in a typical worn BR style and available loaded or empty these wagons were vacuum fitted and could run at speed.

Next is an old faithful, the GWR 8 ton Cattle Wagon as seen in BR days. With a majority of livestock traffic moving from the railways to the roads these old wagons were used for any kind of bulk traffic that did not require a specific van. They were invariably worn out and uncared for.

Some of them found very specific uses and this next van is one of those cases. Converted with a flat roof and access hatch and under the control of the civil engineering department a number of cattle wagons became tunnel inspection vans and were used to check the state of the ceiling by climbing up onto the roof as the department train was pulled slowly through the tunnel.

An ex-GWR Iron Mink (Diagram v6) is next, repainted in bauxite under BR but left to fall into disrepair. Carrying goods that required a watertight container (wooden vans being unable to guarantee this) they also found themselves in yards being used as static sand containers in their later lives.

Another ex-GWR van, our old friend the 12 ton Mogo van. Originally used for carrying brand new motor cars from their factories these become all purpose vans under BR when road vehicles were almost exclusively carried by road and had become too large to fit in these vans.

Finally we have the 3 lives of the GWR 6 ton Fruit "A" van. Built from the early years of the 20th Century these were used to carry fruit produce all over the country.
From left to right: as new in GWR livery, worn and neglected in the late 1940's/early 1950's, and then re-born in BR bauxite livery.

The GWR Large Prairies DLC will come with all of this rolling stock, as well as the 5100, 5101, 6100 and 8100 classes in GWR Green and BR Black (Clean and Worn) and will be available on Steam very soon.

Friday, 29 September 2017

GWR Large Prairies: Dirty BR

Today we have the Prairies as they appeared after a period of neglect, typically at the end of steam under BR in the early 1960's, however they may have become this worn and dirty if they were close to being scrapped at any time or as cleaning and polishing of engines became less and less important to the running of the railways after the merge in 1948.
As with all of the liveries, every class is included with the option of 3 BR logos and parts such as chimney top, safety bonnet, side steps, etc.

The 5100 class

The later 5101

The 6100  'Tanner One-er'

And the 8100

Next week we'll take a look at the included rolling stock and hopefully it won't be too long until they are available to buy on Steam.

Friday, 22 September 2017

Steam Autumn Sale 2017

The Steam Autumn Sale has started and continues until 3rd October and includes all of our engines which also means the Stroudley Terriers Isle of Wight pack is reduced for the first time.
Pick yourself up a bargain!

Click this link to see all of our DLC on Steam or click on an image below to view a particular DLC.

Stroudley A1/A1X Class 'Terrier' - 30% off

GWR Saint Class & Travelling Post Office - 40% off

USATC S160 - 30% off

GWR 14xx - 30% off

LNER Peppercorn K1 - 30% off

GWR Small Prairies - 30% off

GWR 56xx - 30% off

GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype - 30% off

GWR Steam Railmotor - 30% off

Southern Bulleid Q1 - 50% off

Friday, 15 September 2017

GWR Large Prairies: BR in colour

And we are back!
After a very nice summer break we've been busy with the BR versions of the Large Prairies and are happy to show these today in their "clean" versions. Not spotless ex-works but the every day look of a cared for engine in service.

We start with the 5100, shown here with the short lived "British Railways" text which was used from 1948 and before the creation of the first of the Lion emblems in 1949.

Note: As with the GWR engines, the logos and liveries are available on all 4 classes of large prairie as they were worn.

Next we have the 5101 with the curved frames and displaying the 1949-56 Lion on Wheel crest.

The 'Tanner One-er', or 6100 class as it was officially known, is next. Shown in the later post 1956 Lion and Wheel totem.

And finally the 8100 with it's peculiarly small rear truck wheels.

Every member of all 4 classes are included with appropriate settings for all 3 eras as default. You can also edit the loco number in the scenario editor to change any of the following...

Loco number - any 4 digits

Shed Code - any 2 digits and a letter (A to H, J to L)

Bunker steps - these were added to most engines by BR in the early 1950's

Number plate colour - some of these were painted red in the early days of BR and are often shown this way in preservation

Safety Bonnet - can be shown painted (default) or polished, as frequently seen in preservation

Chimney Cap - as the bonnet, painted or polished

So that covers everything BR and clean for the Large Prairies. Next time we head to the latter years of BR and throw a lot of dirt and rust about the place - overalls are recommended ;-)

Friday, 18 August 2017

GWR Large Prairies: First colour pictures

Today we have our first colour pictures of the Large Prairies in game.

Starting off with the 5100 class, shown here with the pre-1934 lettering.
Please note that all liveries are available on all engines as appropriate.

This shows the original design of the 5100 class which started construction in 1903 - they actually began life as the 3100 class but were renumbered in 1927 (you can also renumber any engine to this in game if you wish to). The square frames are clearly evident as is the lack of outside steam pipes, although these can be added as an option. 40 of these were built.

Next we have the 5101 class which were built from 1929 right up to 1949 and covered 140 engines, 5101-5110, 5150-5199 and 4100-4179.

Seen here in the 1934-42 shirt button livery the changes to the front end are very clear with the new curved frames and the external steam pipes.

Another variation of the large prairies is the 6100, 70 engines built 1931-35 and with an increased boiler pressure from 200psi to 225psi specifically for commuter services in London which they worked right up to the 1960's.

It is shown here in the 1942-48 livery. They were usually referred to by trainspotters as 'Tanner One-ers'. This being in reference to the 61xx numbering using slang for a sixpence and a penny.

Finally we have the 8100 class, just 10 engines converted from 5100's during 1938/9. These also had the boiler pressure increased to 225psi and had smaller driving wheels at 5' 6" (instead of 5' 8") and smaller pony truck wheels at 3' (instead of 3' 8").

Altered to give a supposed better acceleration they were mixed in with the 6100 class and performed the same duties.
In these pictures it is wearing the short lived livery which consisted of the GWR style lettering but using the newly formed British Railways name.

Although all of the engines shown are correct for each period we are aware that lots of you like the familiar preservation appearance of these engines and also like to recreate the activities of those cheeky GWR shed crews who ignored the rules about painting the chimneys and safety valve bonnets of non-express engines and polished them anyway!
So using the standard scenario numbering system you can have your chimney and safety valve bonnet shining with much less scraping and polishing. And this is of course available on all classes.

So that covers the 4 classes included in the pack and takes us right up to 1948. Next time we'll take a look at the large prairies as they appeared under British Railways and worked through right to the very last days of steam in Britain.