Friday, 15 March 2019

LNER J21 (NER Class C): Tender WIP

Work continues with the J21, this time on the tender.


In 1915 the D shaped holes in the frames were changed to oval shapes. Sometimes wooden planking was added around the upper area to stop smaller pieces of coal from slipping through the bars.


To increase capacity some tenders had 2 extra bars added and the planking was also raised to match.



Vacuum, air and heating pipes are available options and will be automatically synchronised with the attached engine.




Next week we'll bring you some more work in progress, this time from the driver and fireman's office.

Friday, 8 March 2019

LNER J21 (NER Class C): Continuing WIP

Works continues on the NER Class C/LNER J21 and here a few WIP images.

An early saturated boiler version sporting a safety valve bonnet with Ramsbottom valve, dual whistles, injectors on the outside of the boiler and a smokebox wheel handle.


This version has slide valves rather than piston valves, hence the altered smokebox front. Note that the safety bonnet has gone and been replaced with a platform mounting two Ross safety valves and the brake gear is now mounted outside of the driving wheels.


Finally the extended smokebox and dome mounted further back shows that this version has a superheated boiler. Also seen is a Gresley anti-vacuum valve along with a "wind jabber" behind and on top of the chimney respectively. A mechanical lubricator has been fitted on the right hand side, driven externally by the centre wheels, these were also driven between the frames on some versions which will also be an available option. Finally the safety valves are now mounted directly to the boiler and the whistles on the roof have been replaced by a single whistle in front of the cab sheet.


More work in progress to come next week.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Steam March Madness Sale 2019

Hey it's been a whole month so it must be time for another sale!

The GWR County is at it's lowest ever price with 50% off, the highly rated LNER Peppercorn K1 is 60% off as are the GWR Small Prairies. Many other add-ons are half price.

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

Note: As usual in the first few hours of any sale Steam will have a complete meltdown as so many people try to access it with some sale prices not showing or the site being completely unavailable - you may need to refresh the page if it doesn't show some of the offers or maybe wait for tomorrow when it's settled down.

GWR 1000 County Class - 50% off
LNER Peppercorn K1 - 60% off
GWR Small Prairies - 60% off
LNER Raven Q6 - 50% off
GWR Large Prairies Lined Liveries (Requires GWR Large Prairies Pack) - 50% off
Stroudley A1/A1X Class 'Terrier' - 50% off
BR Saint & Travelling Post Office Livery (Requires GWR Saint Pack) - 50% off
USATC S160 - 50% off
GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype - 50% off
GWR Steam Railmotor - 50% off
Southern Bulleid Q1 - 50% off

Friday, 22 February 2019

LNER J21 (NER Class C): First Look


Finally, we make good on our promise of 3 years ago and begin work on the LNER J21! Apologies that it took so long but this was by far the hardest locomotive that we have had to get hold of all of the information required and we will not start work until we can be sure of creating a detailed, high quality product.

But before we begin with WIP pictures, a little background information..

By 1885 the North Eastern Railway’s freight locomotives were in a dire state. Many were due for withdrawal and none were powerful enough to manage the increasing requirements. The New Locomotive Superintendent, T.W. Worsdell, set out to fix the NER’s issues by introducing a new locomotive based loosely on his previous GER J15 designs but also incorporating old Fletcher ideas and adding larger fireboxes, cylinders and cabs.

Production of the new NER Class C began in 1886 and carried until 1894. During this time a total of 201 locomotives were constructed for freight use under the NER. They featured 2 main variants; 171 Compounds (Class C) and 30 Simples (Class C1).
The Simple batches of Class C’s were introduced by T.W. Worsdell’s younger brother, W. Worsdell who took over the role of LS after T.W. retired due to poor health. W. did not like compound designs and when reports of coal savings by Compound locomotives fell short deemd that a programme of Compound to Single conversion for all NER locomotives should be considered.

The rebuilding of Class C's into Class C1's began in 1901 and took 12 years to complete at which point the entire class became known by as Class C. Many rebuilds featured Joy Valve Gear but 75 featured Stephenson’s Valve Gear alongside larger cylinders and piston valves. Many also received Superheaters in later years but with repairs and replacements any locomotive could just as easily lose any upgrades throughout its life.

In 1923 the NER was absorbed into the LNER and the Class C was reclassified as the J21. Under the LNER the J21’s would see a change from their mineral/freight intentions and would frequently pull passenger services. During this time they also received even more changes and upgrades.
Withdrawals of the J21 began in 1929 but surprisingly as many as 83 were still running when the railways were Nationalised in 1948, quite an incredible feat on the part of the Worsdell Brothers, and the last was withdrawn in April 1962.

The sole survivor, BR No. 65033, is currently preserved at NRM Shildon in BR Black livery and is awaiting funding for restoration to running status.

The J21 for Train Simulator will be published by our good friends at Steam Sounds Supreme who we are delighted to be working with again and who will be providing a top quality sound set for the locomotives.


There are so many variations of the J21, the most noticeable being the saturated and superheated boilers, but we usually start with a single variant and model that to completion before modifying and duplicating parts to make other versions. In this case we are starting with the non-superheated version with the shorter smokebox.


Note the side injectors which were moved to the cab in later years along with the original style of tall chimney which all-but vanished in later life due to gauging issues on the GER.


This image incorporates some later parts and is a bit of a mash up as it has parts for steam heating, air brakes, vacuum brakes and a mechanical lubricator. Many of these parts will be optional or based on specific times and locations as we attempt to do justice to the huge number of changes these engines went through during their 75 years of service.

More WIP images to come in the following weeks.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Future DLC Announcement

We've just had a look back and it seems that the last time we did a big post with a list of future announcements was Friday 2nd October.. 2015!

Since then we have announced releases one at a time but we thought it would be good to give you another glimpse at our future plans.

So, and importantly in NO particular order, we are hoping to bring you..

WD 2-8-0

WD 2-10-0

A brand new, top quality, GWR Manor

BR Pannier tank (one, two, or maybe all three!)

All of these will be produced to our exacting standards, available to drive in simple, basic and advanced modes, with as many realistic features as we can pack into them and with a nice dollop of rolling stock to accompany them. And of course we are really excited that Steam Sounds Supreme will be producing sounds for all future products.

But before all of those we are delighted to be able to finally bring you the one locomotive from that post back in 2015 that we haven't released, the LNER J21 (NER C class).

And we will have some Work In Progress pictures of this for you next week!

Monday, 4 February 2019

Steam Lunar Sale 2019

It's sale time, because the moon.. or something?!

The GWR County is at it's lowest price to date with 40% off, everything else is half price.
For those who already have everything, thank you very much, and we'll have some exciting news in the next few weeks so stay tuned.

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

Note: As usual in the first few hours of any sale Steam will have a complete meltdown as so many people try to access it with some sale prices not showing or the site being completely unavailable - you may need to refresh the page if it doesn't show some of the offers or maybe wait for tomorrow when it's settled down.

GWR 1000 County Class - 40% off
LNER Raven Q6 - 50% off
GWR Large Prairies - 50% off
GWR Large Prairies Lined Liveries (Requires GWR Large Prairies Pack) - 50% off
Stroudley A1/A1X Class 'Terrier' - 50% off









GWR Saint Class & Travelling Post Office - 50% off









BR Saint & Travelling Post Office Livery (Requires GWR Saint Pack) - 50% off









USATC S160 - 50% off









GWR 14xx - 50% off









LNER Peppercorn K1 - 50% off









GWR Small Prairies - 50% off








GWR 56xx - 50% off








GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype - 50% off









GWR Steam Railmotor - 50% off









Southern Bulleid Q1 - 50% off

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Victory Works Locomotive Number Generator

We are very pleased to announce that after a short testing period we are releasing Version 1.0 of the Victory Works Locomotive Number Generator.

For those who missed our previous announcement, here is a quick recap..

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One of the things you learn about steam engines, especially those that last a long time in service is that they change a lot during their lives. Better ways of doing things are developed and modifications are made to suit the engines uses.
With all of our loco add-ons we always try to reflect as many of these options as we can: safety bonnet styles, bunker steps, reverser types (lever or screw) are just some of the dozens of options we've created over the years. The way to set these options in game is to use the loco number in the scenario script using the Locomotive Numbering section from all our add-ons manuals, for example:

(from the GWR County manual) 

1. to 4. 4-digit locomotive number
5. to 7. 3-digit reporting number, use ### for no number
8. Headboard
•    0 - None
•    1 – The Cornishman
•    2 – Torbay Express
•    3 – The Mayflower
•    4 – Royal Duchy
9. Chimney
•    1 – Single
•    2 – Double
•    3 – Sheet steel double
10. Safety bonnet
•    1 – Polished
•    2 - Painted
11. Company logo
•    1 – GWR lettering (1942-47)
•    2 – British Railways lettering in GWR font (1948)
12. Lining – Yes or No
13. Power disc – Yes or No
14. Speedometer – Yes or No
15. Head code – Letter of the head code class (see Appendix), note: lower case for running tender first

e.g. 1012###0111YYN

As time has gone on these numbers have become more and more complex and people have told us that they are beginning to struggle to make sense of all of the available choices. And due to the complexity and detail that we love to provide they are not getting any shorter.. one of the GWR Pannier Tanks that we are working on at the moment will have a number that is 25 digits long! That is a lot to fiddle about with and has the potential for getting it wrong in a small way that can completely change the loco's set up.

Although all of our add-ons can be used "out of the box" and have prototypical numbers already set we also know you all like to set them up just the way that you want. We have heard the feedback loud and clear.

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For those who like to jump right in, here is the Dropbox link to download the program https://bit.ly/2FhoFwc
Click the "Download" button in the top right corner and save it somewhere you can find it again. Then unzip the files anywhere you please, double click the "Victory Works - Loco Number Generator.exe" file.

The first time the program runs it will attempt to discover your default Train Simulator installation folder - this is to check for which add-ons you own and also in future so it can scan new add-ons and automatically add the required files to make this program work with them.

If it finds the folder by itself you will see this pop up


If the folder can't be found you will be prompted to select it. You are looking for the Steam Railworks folder that contains the Railworks.exe program.


After this you will be presented with the main window where you can initially select the add-on that you want to generate a number for.
All of our existing add-ons are listed (including the newly released GWR Pannier Tanks) and in future we will include the required files which will be automatically added by the program when you buy our new products.


Next select the specific livery you require. Please read these carefully as different liveries often have different number options.


Once you have chosen this you will be presented with a set of options for that specific class and livery. Some of these are text entry with advice on specific length requirements, others are drop down lists that you can click on and make a selection from.
As you make these changes the number in the box above will update to reflect the locomotive number that the game will be expecting. If you make any errors in entering these details (too few/many letters, etc.) the box will turn red to warn you that it is not a valid entry.


Once you are happy with your selections you then click the "Copy To Number Clipboard" which will save the number ready to be pasted into Train Simulator.


In Train Simulator, add the correct class and livery of engine and double click to bring up the locomotive details. Select the existing number and delete it, then hit Ctrl-V to paste in the generated number.


And that's it!

The download link is https://bit.ly/2FhoFwc
Click the "Download" button in the top right corner and save it somewhere you can find it again. Then unzip the files anywhere you please, double click the "Victory Works - Loco Number Generator.exe" file.

We hope you find this a useful addition to our products. Do keep an eye on this blog, Facebook, UKTS forums, etc. for future changes and improvements to the Locomotive Number Generator and feel free to give us any feedback in the same places.