Saturday, 16 August 2014

GWR 56xx: Steam Sounds Supreme Addon Pack

We are pleased to announce that Steam Sounds Supreme have just released a sound pack for our GWR/BR(W) 56xx addon.

They have created a complete new sound set with some really excellent features which is accompanied by an official BR Lined reskin supplied by ourselves, all for £5.50.
Obviously you will need to have the original addon for this pack to work.

Click here to visit Steam Sounds Supreme's page. The video is well worth watching to see just how good it looks and sounds.

It's a nice connection that some of the sounds were recorded by SSS from 5643, the very loco I rode on and studied at the Llangollen Railway 4 years ago which inspired me to build a more realistic Railworks steam locomotive and resulted in the 56xx addon. And it's always a pleasure to work with other developers who are as passionate about steam locomotives as we are.

Friday, 15 August 2014

GWR 48xx/14xx: Autocoach in colour and full feature list

A couple of images of the A31 autocoach in it's GWR and BR liveries.

And it wouldn't be right if we didn't show them along with the locomotive.

Also here is the final feature list taken from the manual:

  • Simple, standard and advanced driving modes
  • Xbox controller support SIMPLE AND STANDARD MODES ONLY  
  • 4 versions of the 4800 locomotive
    • 48xx – Great Western Railway, autocoach fitted
    • 58xx - Great Western Railway
    • 14xx – British Railways, autocoach fitted
    • 58xx – British Railways
  • All can be given optional water top feeds, whistle deflectors and cab steps, and painted or brass safety bonnets and boiler rings
  • Great Western Railway versions have appropriate fittings for each member and 3 available logos (shirt button, GWR, Great Western)
  • British Railways versions have appropriate fittings for each member and pre and post 1956 logos.
  • Custom sound sets inside and out
  • Realistic cab with multiple views, including fully modelled firebox and coal
  • Fully modelled and animated valve gear
  • Realistic wheel slip physics and effects ADVANCED MODE ONLY
  • Simulated steam chest ADVANCED MODE ONLY
  • Cylinder cock management  ADVANCED MODE ONLY
  • Boiler management with priming possible ADVANCED MODE ONLY
  • Realistic injector control ADVANCED MODE ONLY
  • Realistic forward and reverse dampers 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, opening doors and roof hatch
  • Dynamic lamp setting

  • 2 liveries of the GWR Diagram A31 autocoach
    • Driveable unpowered cab for any consist
    • Period and Modern passengers
    • Intelligent display of driver in cab
    • Ground platform support with animated steps using special scenario marker
    • Additional features when coupled to a Victory Works auto-fitted locomotive, including:
      • Realistic simulated remote control, including steam chest of driving locomotive ADVANCED MODE ONLY
      • Whistle/gong alert
      • “Intelligent” lamp setting
  • 6 scenarios for the Falmouth Branch route
  • 20 Quick Drives covering all liveries and autocoach combinations

And that's about all we have to say about the GWR/BR 14xx/48xx/58xx and GWR/BR A31 autocoach!
We expect it to be making it's way to Steam soon. There will be a short pause in production while we take a breather and then it's on to the next project, details of which will be posted here as usual.

Friday, 8 August 2014

GWR 48xx/14xx: Autocoach

Here we have the first look at the GWR Diagram A31 Autocoach that will come with the 48xx/14xx.

Anyone who owns the Steam Railmotor by Victory Works will probably be thinking that it looks rather similar. In fact the A31 autocoaches were built from the Q Diagram Steam Railmotors when it was realised that the autotrain (separate locomotives and coaches) was a lot more flexible than having to take the entire railmotor out of service to clean and repair it.
Although having a model of the Steam Railmotor built already gave a small head start, the most complex and visible area - the main body - has had to be completely rebuilt and optimised, there are many extra parts to add and then it has required a full re-texture.

The model is actually a lot closer to completion than in this picture as I did some work on it before I started the locomotive.
We should have some colour pictures of the GWR and BR liveries very soon.

Friday, 1 August 2014

GWR 48xx/14xx: Colour cab and a familiar face?

Still busy colouring things in, mostly the cab now.

Someone asked in the previous posts comments whether a certain famous film star 14xx would be included. I'm making as many options as possible open to you for all the locos, so setting one up in BR black, but with no logo, with a whistle shield but no top feed and giving it the number 1401 is very simple. And of course they all have the two tone whistle as well.

Note that the safety dome, although brass in the picture, will be available in brass and painted versions on the final model.