GamersGate – New Releases – 15 July 2011

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Happy Friday everyone, time to get some brand new gaming going on. If you’re a trainspotter or a fan of the railways then you’ll find tons of stuff to keep you busy as Railworks 2 unleashed enough content to keep even the most finicky railroader happy.train keeps a rollin!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Step up and play the parts of your heroes in the epic finale of the entertainment event of the decade. Playing as Harry and other key characters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 videogame, you are on a dangerous and urgent quest to locate and destroy the remaining Horcruxes, and with them, Voldemort. Break into the high security vaults of Gringotts Bank, escape Fiendfyre in the Room of Requirement and battle Voldemort’s most powerful allies as you defend Hogwarts in this action-packed experience. Featuring the most epic battles of any Harry Potter games gone before; this is the ultimate showdown against Voldemort and his Dark Forces. The fate of the wizarding world rests in your hands in the final battle for Hogwarts.

KEY FEATURES

  • Play the Parts of Your Heroes – Take on the role of different characters as each plays a pivotal role in the battle for Hogwarts. Play as Harry, Hermione, Ron, Ginny, Seamus, Neville, Molly Weasley and Professor McGonagall as they each play their part in the defence of Hogwarts and the destruction of Voldemort

  • Epic Battles – Wield the power of accomplished wizards as you duel the most fearsome and formidable characters of the wizarding world.

  • Fight the Dark forces – Use your magical skills to defeat Death Eaters, Snatchers, and giants intent on destruction

  • Stunning Environments – Experience Hogwarts as you’ve never seen it before

RailWorks 2

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Can you control a 10,000-ton freight train over a mountain pass? Get your passengers safely home on a snowy winter’s night? Handle the pressure of a 125mph express train? Be the Driver. Meet the challenge.

Locomotives from the age of steam to the present day, recreated in incredible detail. Fabulous realism along 5 real-world and 3 fictitious routes with stunning scenery and exciting action. Simple to get going, but a challenge from the very start, with hundreds of hours of gameplay. Learn to drive quickly and easily with RS Cab Control ®. Compete with other drivers from around the world with the RS Career System ®.

Your imagination is the only limit. Create your own routes and scenery, and add to your collection with a wealth of extra locomotives, rolling stock and routes from www.railsimulator.com.

  • Each of the 8 routes is beautifully modelled with characteristic signalling and signage

  • Watch the action from a number of spectacular pre-set views, including cab, passenger, trackside and bird’s eye

  • Includes over 50 scenarios to test your driving ability

  • Simple, user-friendly interface allows instant access to train experience

  • Career System ® creates a challengingly realistic engine driving experience

  • Five accurate real-world routes: Bath-Templecombe, Oxford-Paddington, York-Newcastle, Hagen-Siegen and Cajon Pass

  • Three fictional routes: a large UK goods yard, a route based around Denver, Colorado USA and a route set in the alpine region of northern Europe

Powerful user tools to create your own content.

  • The World Editor enables users to easily create new routes or modify existing ones

  • Routes can be built from scratch, containing your choice of terrain, track and scenery objects

  • Ability to share user-created content

  • Additional content already available for download, including locomotives, rolling stock, scenarios and routes*

*Downloadable content available from RailSimulator.com and third parties. Extra content may be subject to additional charges. **Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 or greater; ATI Radeon 9500 Pro or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Rail Simulator 2: RailWorks 2. RailSimulator.com Limited, Compton House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4TX. ©2009 RailSimulator.com Limited. All rights reserved. Portions originally developed by Kuju Entertainment Limited in association with F4G Software plc. Portions copyright Kuju Entertainment Limited 2007. Physics engine provided by Ageia Technologies Inc. The Rail Simulator Logo is a registered trademark. The RailWorks 2 logo is a trademark of RailSimulator.com Limited. DB and the DB logo are trademarks of Deutsche Bahn AG. First and the First Logo are trademarks of the First Group plc. The Creative logo is a trademark of Creative Labs Inc. The Union Pacific shield is a trademark of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Railworks 2 Isle of Wight RailWorks Expansion Pack

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

This stunning RailWorks expansion pack features the unique and beautiful Isle of Wight railway. Travel round the picturesque holiday island in the Class 483; these ex-London Underground trains have been given a new lease of life on the Isle of Wight and are the oldest trains in mainline service anywhere in the UK. Or for a change of pace, power and era you can also drive the 1915 Kitchener Class 0-4-0ST "Invincible" on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

This RailWorks Expansion Pack comes with two locomotives, three liveries, rolling stock, Isle of Wight line and landscapes and a set of 14 scenarios for you to enjoy.

 

The Isle of Wight RailWorks Expansion Pack includes*

  • A Class 483 Electric Multiple Unit in a London Transport and Network Southeast Livery.

  • A W37 0-4-0ST ‘Invincible’ Steam Locomotive along with 6369 Composite First Class Carriage, a 4112 Third Class & Guards Van Carriage and a SR 5 Plank Goods Wagon

  • Other rolling stock includes: A DX 68809 Diesel Personnel Carrier and a 20t Support Trailer

About the line:

  • Island Line Length: 8.5 miles (Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin)

  • Isle of Wight Railway: 5 miles (Smallbrook Junction to Wootton)

Included Scenarios

After the Flood

  • In 1999 heavy rainfall caused damage to the line stranding a four-car train at Shanklin over Christmas. It is December 27th and the water has subsided. Take a passenger train from Ryde, making usual stops on the way before rescuing the stranded train at Shanklin. Then return to Ryde with this unusual six-car train.

And So to Bed

  • After a busy day the Steam Railway is closed. Stable all the rolling stock in the correct locations at Havenstreet before you finish for the night.

Island Line Day Rover: Part 1

  • Purchasing an Island Line Day Rover ticket gives passengers unlimited travel over the Island Line and the Steam Railway. After they have spent an afternoon enjoying the seafront, take a large group of tourists on a trip to Shanklin before letting them alight at Smallbrook where they will use their tickets to join the Steam Railway in part 2. This scenario will not penalise you for deviating from the timetable in general but you must arrive at Smallbrook before the steam train departs.

Island Line Day Rover: Part 2

  • Taking passengers that have just completed a trip on the Island Line you are now going to take them on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Starting at Smallbrook Junction, drive the line all the way to Wootton.

Isle of "White"

  • It has been snowing for days in a cold snap. The island is covered in snow and it shows no sign of letting up. Things have been running smoothly so far but problems could be just around the corner.

Last Train Standing

  • Just as you are about to finish your shift you hear the last train of the day has had a malfunction on the Up line at Ryde St Johns Road, leaving the last few stops unfinished. Take the 002 train and complete the final stops which are a round trip to the Pier Head from Ryde St Johns Road. Then you can finally stow your train for the night.This scenario does not require adherence to a timetable.

Let the Music Play On

  • It is the first day of a major music festival as well as high season so many people are riding the Island Line today. Drive a four-car service, typical for this time of year, on a round-trip of the line on this blistering June afternoon.

Lightning Strike

  • A tree was struck by lightning at Wootton causing the track to be obstructed. Volunteers have broken down the debris but you must drive to Wootton with a couple of empty wagons to clear the remainder so the line can reopen.

Lights! Camera! Action!

  • A major studio has hired stock and use of the line to shoot scenes for a movie. The weather is suitably dramatic and the crew is ready to start. Can you follow the directions and complete the shoot?

Looking After Number One

  • There is essential maintenance being performed on track one between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde St Johns Road meaning there is restricted use of the line. Use track two on this section for a typical December morning round trip of the line. Adherence to the timetable is critical for success.

Much Merriment and Cake

  • It is 2002 and the new Griffin’s Sidings at Havenstreet are being officially opened. Drive the W37 Invincible into the sidings for a ceremony before embarking on a round-trip of the line ending with a cake cutting at Havenstreet.

Pier Pressure

  • Today you are undergoing a performance review so the pressure is on to exactly hit your timetable. Drive a passenger service from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin.

Santa Special

  • Drive a Santa Special train on a snowy late December afternoon. The carpet of fresh snow has turned the line into a beautiful Winter Wonderland. This is a return trip to Wootton starting from Smallbrook Junction.

Shanklin Sunrise

  • It is a typical October morning and you are driving the first service of the day out of Shanklin. Drive the whole line to Ryde Pier Head as the island wakes up. You do not have to stick to the timetable for success, but passengers must be picked up from each station except Smallbrook Junction.

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 or greater; ATI Radeon 9500 Pro or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Rail Simulator 2: RailWorks. RailSimulator.com Limited, Compton House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4TX. ©2009 RailSimulator.com Limited. All rights reserved. Portions originally developed by Kuju Entertainment Limited in association with F4G Software plc. Portions copyright Kuju Entertainment Limited 2007. Physics engine provided by Ageia Technologies Inc. The Rail Simulator Logo is a registered trademark. The RailWorks logo is a trademark of RailSimulator.com Limited. DB and the DB logo are trademarks of Deutsche Bahn AG. First and the First Logo are trademarks of the First Group plc. The Creative logo is a trademark of Creative Labs Inc. The Union Pacific shield is a trademark of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners

Railworks 2 Edinburgh-Glasgow Expansion Pack

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The Edinburgh-Glasgow Expansion Pack is a recreation of the 46-mile line from Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Queen Street, via Falkirk High. Originally dating back to 1842, the line runs through open countryside passing through several stations including Haymarket, Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk High and Bishopbriggs, and passes the famous Murrayfield Stadium outside Edinburgh. For RailWorks 2, the route includes the Class 170 Turbostar DMU and features highly-detailed models of both terminus stations and all stations along the line, complete with atmospheric sound effects. The Edinburgh Glasgow Expansion Pack has been developed by Thomson Interactive with a focus on the ‘driver’s eye’ view, all station and line-side features being fully detailed and more distant landscape features represented with simpler detail to improve game rendering performance while driving.

Includes

  • Class 170 DMU in authentic First Scotrail liveries

  • 46-mile Edinburgh to Glasgow route with Edinburgh Waverley, Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, Linlithgow, Polmont, Falkirk High, Croy, Lenzie, Bishopbriggs and Glasgow Queen Street.

  • 6 scenarios plus 4 free-roams.

RailWorks 2 SD70 Ace

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The EMD SD70 is a series of diesel-electric locomotives produced by the Electro-Motive Division (EMD) of General Motors beginning in 1992. Over 4000 locomotives in this series have been produced, and the type continues to be produced though EMD is no longer owned by General Motors. Introduced in 2004, the SD70ACe was designed to meet the latest EPA emissions regulations and featured a few other modifications over previous models, including AC electric motors for increased reliability and HTSC bolster-less trucks for simpler maintenance. Rated at 4,300 horsepower, the SD70ACe is in use on a number of railroads across the US.

The SD70ACe Add-On includes:

  • SD70ACe in Union Pacific livery

  • SD70ACe in Denver & Rio Grande Western livery

5 Scenarios:

  • Free roam: SD70ACes at Victorville – click on a locomotive to drive it

  • Free roam: SD70ACe at Larkspur - click on a locomotive to drive it

  • Front and Back (Career System scenario): Drive an SD70ACe-led freight train to Oro Grande. On the way you need to drop off the rear half of your train at Victorville. There is no timetable but you are to follow in the signal block of a refrigerator boxcar train. Also, your score is initially set at 1000 powers. Your aim is to maintain that score.

  • Working the Hump Yard (Career System scenario): Driving an SD70ACe you need to bring freight cars from Barstow Hump Yard to make two separate rakes at Barstow East Yard. Starting with a score of 1000 you will have points deducted for poor switching and overspeeding, so take your time and be safe.

  • Colorado Ski Train (Career System scenario): Drive UP Heritage SD70ACe 1989 on a passenger special taking skiers down the length of the route. Aim to reach Monument by 14:35.

Railworks 2 Falmouth Branch Expansion Pack

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The Falmouth Branch Expansion Pack (based on ‘The Maritime Line’, as it was once known), extends from Truro all the way down to Falmouth. Revisit an idyllic era of steam on this classic West Country branch line, take control of the new 57xx Pannier tank locomotive and experience 12 miles of scenic Cornwall. Included with this RailWorks 2 Expansion Pack are the 57xx Pannier tank loco, new BR Mk1 coaches and 5 career mode scenarios. With scope for freight and passenger workings, the Falmouth Branch will offer many hours of driving pleasure.

Scenarios

The Dawn Shift

  • Drive the usually quiet first service of the day down the length of the line, gently easing yourself into your shift. A simple commuter passenger all stops, 1 length of the line. (Beginner skill scenario)

Branch Business

  • Keep the Falmouth Branch Line flowing by providing a vital passenger service for residents traveling to and from Truro. Drive a GWR work horse in the form of the Pannier Tank 0-6-0 Steam Locomotive. A more complex, timetabled return trip. All stops. 2 lengths of the line. (High skill scenario)

The Maritime Line

  • Take control of the Cornish Riviera Express on this rare occasion that sees it take in the sights of the beautiful Falmouth Branch Line and docks. A an express special 1 length of the line. Just end to end stations. (Beginner skill scenario)

Harbour Haulage

  • Falmouth Harbour provides maintains a critical flow of goods for both Cornwall and abroad. This service is assisted by the Docks own Saddle Tank Shunter. Get ship shape by sorting the various goods around Falmouth docks. Shunter based scenario at Falmouth Docks. (High skill scenario)

The Little Things Count

  • Collect and convey freight that has arrived at Truro from London, and deliver it to businesses and homes along the line. With fresh fruit and cattle to move, you must keep a tight schedule, all without breaking any eggs! Mixed freight activities all around the line, (Medium skill scenario)

Includes UK Buildings Model Pack

Railworks 2 Doncaster Works Expansion Pack

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Set amid the grime and decay of a Northern England railway scrapyard in 1981 and featuring the Class 03 shunter, Doncaster Works captures a snapshot in time when large parts of British Rail’s aging diesel traction fleet were being dismantled and replaced with new-generation locomotives and multiple units. An accurate recreation of Doncaster Works and station, the Doncaster Works Expansion Pack includes the brand-new Class 03 shunter locomotive (built many years earlier at Doncaster Works) in BR Blue livery, complete with accurate gearing like the original. Doncaster Works also includes a wealth of other new features such as movable ‘dead’ locomotives and carriages, dismantled locomotive and carriage bodies and parts, a team of new workmen figures and a fully operational traverser for accessing the highly-detailed maintenance shed. With highly-detailed workshops, yard surroundings and Doncaster Station - plus the Class 03 - Doncaster Works offers many hours enjoyment.

Includes:

  • Class 03 shunter locomotive in BR Blue

  • Movable ‘dead’ rolling stock including Class 02, Class 07, Class 08, Class 101, Class 37, Class 47, Class 55 and coaches

  • Scrapyard clutter and scrapped locomotives (non-moving) including Class 08, Class 20, Class 26, Class 37, Class 45, Class 47, Class 55

  • 11 scenarios including 2 Career System scenarios

  • UK Buildings Model Pack

Railworks 2 Challenger

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

In the 1930s, with freight traffic increasing, the Union Pacific Railroad was struggling to get trains over the rugged grades of the Wahsatch Mountains. To stay competitive, a more powerful locomotive was needed to speed up the railroad and to reduce the rising cost of helpers and extra trains. An original design of 4-12-2 was proposed, but after much deliberation, an arrangement of 4-6-6-4 was finalised and the Challenger was born. In August 1936, number 3900 was the first to enter revenue earning service with a refrigerator train from Council Bluffs. A total of 252 were eventually operating around North America.

The Challenger Steam Locomotive Addon Includes:

  • No. 3977 Challenger 4-6-6-4 Steam Locomotive

  • No. 3985 Challenger 4-6-6-4 Steam Locomotive

Included Rolling Stock:

  • Consolidation 2-8-0 Steam Locomotive (Please note: This locomotive uses the sounds and cab view from the Challenger.)

  • Union Pacific Baggage Car

  • Union Pacific Dome Car

  • 30+ variants of a 50ft Box Car

Included Scenario:

  • Steam Gala - Castle Rock Railroad is playing host to a steam spectacular with both preserved Challengers on the line as well as other steamers. Drive 3977 to a timetable down the route.

  • We Built This City - Castle Rock is enjoying some boom years and much building work is taking place throughout the city. There is much freight on the line and you must drive a Challenger on freight duties bringing coal to the cement plant at Castle Rock.

  • LA Excursion - In 1994 a City of Los Angeles sponsored excursion train ran from Salt Lake City to Ontario, CA from where a "Cajon Pass Steam Special" ran to Barstow. Drive the return leg of this incredible passenger run.

  • Pomona to Yermo - On a run from Pomona to Yermo drive the section from San Bernardino to Victorville where a passenger stop must be made. You are running to a timetable so maintain your speed up the Cajon Pass.

  • Snap Happy - Drive Challenger No 3985 on the southern half of the Cajon Pass. Due to massive interest this outing has generated there have been three brief scheduled photographic stops worked into the timetable.

  • Free Roam: Larkspur Steamers - To drive in free roam, click on an engine and explore the route.

  • Free Roam: Barstow Yard - To drive in free roam, click on an engine and explore the route.

Railworks 2 Class 08 Diesel Shunter

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The Class 08 Diesel Shunter RailWorks add-on allows users to experience the very best this fantastic machine has to offer. The Class 08 Diesel Electric Shunter can be found in no less than 12 iterations carried during its operating life span. Some are still in operation today.

The Class 08 Diesel Shunter RailWorks Add-on includes:

The Class 08 Diesel Shunter in 12 included liveries:

  • British Rail Black, British Rail Green, British Rail Blue, Rail Freight Red Stripe, Intercity, Rail Freight Sector Grey, Network South East, Regional Railways (Provincial), Rail Express Systems, First Group, Featured – BR Blue ‘Thornaby’ and Featured – RES ‘Parcels’

Included freight rolling stock:

  • OAA 2-Axle Open Wagon

  • PCA 2-Axle Depressed Barrel Cement Tank

  • PGA 2-Axle Stone Hopper

7 scenarios:

Acton Action

  • Assemble a train of empty TTA tank wagons ready for haulage back to Lindsey Fuel Depot.

All Messed Up

  • Great Western has an unveiling of their new colour scheme shortly, but some joker has scattered the coaches all over the depot. Assemble it in the correct order as fast as you can ready to head out to Paddington for 9.00am.

Shunt on Tyne

  • The staff at Gateshead Depot has you hauling a rake of coaches into Newcastle Station, but the rake must be created first!

Snow Trouble

  • It’s a frosty cold morning at Darlington. Rescue a failed freight train before going about your shunting duties.

Some Assembly Required

  • Assorted wagons are located around Templecombe Lower Yard and need to be assembled for transportation up the line. Use a Class 08 on loan to the region, to shunt the freight for an incoming Black 5 to haul over the Mendips.

Freight’o’clock

  • Use a Class 08 shunter which has been loaned to the railway to split a large consist at Bath Yard into smaller orders and deliver them to the correct locations.

Green Day

  • Assemble a train in the main yard containing items needed by local farms in the area.

*Supported chipsets: NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 or greater; ATI Radeon 9500 Pro or greater. Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required. Rail Simulator 2: RailWorks. RailSimulator.com Limited, Compton House, Walnut Tree Close, Guildford GU1 4TX. ©2009 RailSimulator.com Limited. All rights reserved. Portions originally developed by Kuju Entertainment Limited in association with F4G Software plc. Portions copyright Kuju Entertainment Limited 2007. Physics engine provided by Ageia Technologies Inc. The Rail Simulator Logo is a registered trademark. The RailWorks logo is a trademark of RailSimulator.com Limited. DB and the DB logo are trademarks of Deutsche Bahn AG. First and the First Logo are trademarks of the First Group plc. The Creative logo is a trademark of Creative Labs Inc. The Union Pacific shield is a trademark of the Union Pacific Railroad Company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners

Railworks 2 Class 37 Diesel Locomotive Add-on Pack

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Over 300 Class 37 Locomotives were built by English Electric between 1960-1965 and allocated to all regions of British Rail, with the exception of the Southern. With so many operating for over 50 years, it is no surprise that to give a true representation of this fantastic machine, RailSimulator.com are releasing a section batch of examples covering modifications found in later life. No less than five sub classes of varying design are to be found within this pack.

The Class 37 Diesel Locomotive Railworks Add-on Includes:

Class 37 Mainline Diesel Locomotive in five liveries:

  • British Rail Green - Centre Headcode

  • British Rail Blue - Domino Headcode

  • Railfreight Triple Grey Sectors

  • Red - Plated doors

  • Blue - Revised Headlights

Included freight Rolling Stock:

  • OCA 2-Axle Open Wagon

  • PCA 2-Axle Barrel Cement Tank

  • PGA 2-Axle Stone Hopper

RailWorks 2 SW1500 Switcher

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

Built by the General Motors Electromotive Division as a replacement of the SW1200, the SW1500 was intended for switching duties, and was capable of light branch line work as a road switcher. It was a development of the SW1200 and previous SW-series switchers dating back many years earlier, and was fitted with a 1500 horsepower two-stroke V-12 diesel engine. A total of 808 examples were built from 1966 to 1974, serving industrial and railroad operators across the length and breadth of the United States, with approximately a quarter of the whole production initially purchased by the Southern Pacific Railroad. A huge number of SW1500s can still be found in use today, proving the durability and versatility of this old locomotive design.

The BNSF, Frisco and BN marks are licensed marks owned by BNSF Railway Company. CN is an exclusive copyright and mark of Canadian National Railway Company. All rights reserved. Used with permission. NS and Southern are registered and/or common law marks of Norfolk Southern Corp. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Southern Pacific, Western Pacific and the Union Pacific shield are registered trademarks used under license.

Includes

SW1500 Switcher in the following liveries: Union Pacific, Southern Pacific, BNSF, Burlington Northern, Norfolk Southern ‘Lines’, Norfolk Southern ‘Horse’, Frisco, Western Pacific, Southern and Canadian National.

6 Scenarios:

  • Free roam: Switch Back at Castle Rock Cement Plant

  • Free roam: Light Switch at East Victorville

  • Free roam: Supplier Switch at San Bernadino Station

  • Standard scenario: Road Time

  • Standard scenario: Mobile Switcher

  • Standard scenario: A Grand Day Cutting

Railworks 2 Class 111

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The Class 111 Expansion Pack puts you in the cab of the Rolls Royce-engined Class 111 Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) built by Metro-Cammell between 1957 and 1960. This pack also includes the Class 02 shunter and 8F steam locomotive, plus a new RailWorks 2 freeware route called The Granfield Branch for you to run them on.

The Class 111 is a 2-car DMU with twin Rolls Royce engines and a 4-speed manual transmission, which is accurately modelled in this add-on to allow you to operate the gearbox yourself. With 23 sets being manufactured in total, the Class 111 is typical of the small DMUs which provided passenger services on rural lines like The Granfield Branch.

The Class 02 is a diesel shunting locomotive with a Rolls Royce engine providing the kind of tractive effort required to move heavy trains from a standstill. Built by the Yorkshire Engine Company for just two years from 1960, only a limited number were made, strictly for yard work, and many of these passed from British Rail into private industrial ownership.

The 8F is a heavy freight locomotive built from 1935 to 1946 to a William Stanier design for the London, Midland and Scottish (LMS) railway. More than 850 were made, with the last examples being withdrawn from service in the very last year of British main line steam in 1968.

The Granfield Branch is a fictional 7-mile RailWorks 2 freeware branchline based on the lines radiating from Banbury in Oxfordshire. Setterfield, the route’s mainline station, is a recreation of the ex-Great Western Railway Banbury General station, and incorporates a 4-platform station, locomotive depot and sizeable marshalling yard. The line passes through several small hamlets before terminating at Granfield itself, which is modelled on the old LNWR terminus at Banbury Merton Street. The line also serves an ironstone quarry. A pleasant rural branchline with plenty of scope for train operations, The Granfield Branch is set towards the end of the steam era in Britain, just before the infamous Beeching Review resulted in a drastic reduction in small branchlines and the permanent closure of many lines like The Granfield Branch.

Includes:

  • Class 111 DMU

  • Class 02 shunter locomotive

  • 8F steam locomotive

  • 7-mile branchline from Setterfield to Granfield, with main stations, halts, yards and a quarry

  • 3 free roam scenarios

  • 5 standard scenarios, including Introduction to the Granfield Branch

  • 3 Career System scenarios

Portsmouth Direct Line Expansion Park

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The Portsmouth Direct Line Expansion Pack is a recreation of the 49-mile railway line between Woking and Portsmouth Harbour via Guildford. Based on the line as it appeared between 2000 and the present day, this expansion pack includes the Class 450 electric multiple unit (a very familiar sight on the line) and faithful representations of all 16 stations along the route. The Portsmouth Direct Line runs through busy urban centres, suburbs and rural areas as it makes its way from Woking in Surrey across the North and South Downs to the historic naval town of Portsmouth on the South Coast. The line was first begun in 1845, at which time the steep gradients of the Downs between Guildford and Petersfield proved a struggle for steam traction. Journey times improved with the electrification of the line in 1937, and by the late 2000s the third-rail 750-volt DC line was served predominantly by Class 444 and Class 450 EMUs. The Class 450 EMU included with the Portsmouth Direct Line is closely modeled on the real Siemens-built Class 450 ‘Desiro’ units which entered service in 2003, and features accurate controls and sound effects, plus realistic details including matrix destination displays, independent left and right door controls and more.

Includes:

  • Class 450 ’Desiro’ electric multiple unit (EMU)

  • Portsmouth Direct Line 49-mile route from Woking to Portsmouth Harbour

10 scenarios:

Introduction to Portsmouth Direct Line

  • It is your first day on the Portsmouth Direct Line and you are being shadowed by a veteran driver. As you drive the line, performing passenger stops at the major stations just before rush hour, he will offer driving tips and information about the surrounding towns and areas of interest.

End of Days

  • Its the end of a good days work. Take a unit on its final leg to Portsmouth Harbour, before working back to Fratton Depot.

Guildford & District

  • The Portsmouth Mainline is an important artery of travel for commuters and day trippers alike, throughout the Surrey Hills. Take part in the busy operation of the daily services that operate up and down this prestigious network

Halfway Haslemere

  • Haslemere is a key turn back point along the line. Run a return service from Guildford to Haslemere, observing the tight timings of surrounding services.

Hightail to the Harbour

  • Join an 8-car Class 450 at Woking, on its way to Portsmouth Harbour. This is a semi-fast service so you’ll only be calling at principle stations along the route.

Holybourne Tanks

  • A weekly delivery of fuel oil is made to the industries of the Water Cress Valley near Alton in north Hampshire. Pilot today’s service from the southern town of Havant, north through Guildford, and on to the terminal at Holybourne.

Saturday Shunt

  • Take a 4-car Class 450 unit from Woking to Guildford to be used for the Ascot Shuttle

Petersfield Shuffle

  • Engineering works on the line mean trains can only work as far as Petersfield. Operate a Sunday service as far as the blockage before turning back south for the return journey.

Southern Rail Tour

  • Operate a summer Saturday rail tour headed by an LMS Black5 steam locomotives to Portsmouth Harbour. Despite it being the weekend, the mainline remains a busy place. You may be required to let faster trains pass, or be delayed behind the many commuter services that operate. Do your best to get to the coast on time.

Working to Woking

  • An all stops service from Portsmouth & Southsea to Waterloo. Another driver will relieve you at Woking station for the final leg along the Southern Mainline into the Capital.

Drive a Steam Train

Posted: 15 Jul 2011 12:00 AM PDT

The new and easy way to go train driving!

Take control of a Steam locomotive running through beautiful English countryside. Your hands are at the controls, the steam is swirling and the whistle blowing…

Drive a Steam Train is the perfect introduction the world of train simulation. Set on the historic Somerset and Dorset Railway. Take control of a steam locomotive, learn how to drive and improve your skills as you take passengers and cargo to their destinations. Learn the rules of the railway, speed limits and signals as you try to keep to your timetable. Drive a Steam Train is great entertainment for all the family!

Features

  • Driving Tutorials and timetabled scenarios to complete

  • 3 authentic steam locomotives with realistic controls and physics

  • Fully-detailed 30-mile authentic railway line including stations, towns and rolling countryside

Includes:

Content:

  • 3 Steam Locomotive’s

  • Black 5

  • 7F

  • Fowler 4F

Tutorials

  • Driving a steam locomotive with simple controls

  • Driving a steam locomotive with expert controls

  • Freight operations

7 Standard Scenarios

  • Bank on it

  • Colliery Hop

  • Maids of all work

  • Night Rider

  • School Run Special

  • The Pigeon Special

  • Training Day

6 Career Scenarios

  • Goods to Market

  • Last Orders

  • Manchester Pilot

  • Maximum Effort

  • Pigeon Special: The Return

  • The Pea-Souper

3 Free Roam Scenarios

  • 4Fs at Templecombe

  • Bath in Winter

  • Evercreech in Summer

 

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