Friday, 15 May 2015

GT3 Gas Turbine: Details and Pictures

As promised, today we are showing some more pictures of the English Electric GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype along with a full features list.
The loco is in testing so there may be some minor tweaks but we don't envision any features being removed. We hope that it will be released in 6 weeks or so.

So without further ado, the drivers seat..

This is where you drive from with a nice view ahead looking along the side of the locomotive - there is also an integrated head-out view in the cab. Every control that you can see in the picture works - by which we mean that all dials show a relevant value and that all switches, buttons and levers move when clicked or dragged, but also that every drivers control has a function; even the demister switch.

This is the centre console which has all of the controls for starting the gas turbine from cold and lights for monitoring the state of the locomotive. Every Quick Drive consist has a "cold start" equivalent so you can begin any journey with the turbine shut down or idling. These are also available to add in your own scenarios so you can choose how they start.

As you have come to expect from Victory Works all of the doors and windows are operable as can be seen here looking across at the second-man's seat. In front of him are 6 dials showing fuel pressure and oil levels and temperatures for various parts of the turbine as well as the lever controls for the steam boiler in the tender (heated using exhaust gas from the turbine) that would have provided steam heating to the passengers - had there ever been any!

Here is the feature list from the manual:
  • Simple and Expert driving modes
  • Xbox controller support
  • Highly detailed model of the GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype and tender
  • Accurate simulation of the EM27L two-shaft Gas Turbine
  • Synchronised compressor fan
  • Custom sound set including a matching specification turbine
  • Heat haze exhaust effect
  • Complete cold start sequence with “one click” automated demonstration
  • User selectable head code
  • Fully modelled  3D cab with all operable controls, including:
    • Gas turbine compressor RPM and oil temperature dials
    • Individual head code and reverse light switches
    • Forward and reverse sanders
    • Opening doors and windows
    • Tender interior containing heating boiler
  • Worn Mk1 maroon coaches used for testing load pulling
  • 5 scenarios for the Woodhead route covering all types of service testing
  • 10 Quick Drives (including Hot and Cold starts)
  • Fictional .................. livery
    • 2 Quick Drives (Hot and Cold start)
We've edited the last item in the list as we're not quite ready to show the fictional "fun" livery yet, we'll add a picture when it's finalised.

So now it's back to working on the S160.
And the loco project we built at the end of last year (which should be announced very soon).
And the work we're doing for Dovetail Games.

It's all rather busy!


  1. Oh man I'm so hyped! Any idea on the pricing yet? (Not that it really matters, It could be $60 and I'd still buy it!)

    1. Thanks George :-)
      We would expect it to be the usual loco add-on price, £11.99

    2. Fantastic. Is there a scheduled and/or presumed release date? Or will it just be released when it's ready?

    3. As above "The loco is in testing so there may be some minor tweaks but we don't envision any features being removed. We hope that it will be released in 6 weeks or so"

      This is the point where it's really out of our hands and down to DTG's QA process - but we do regularly harass them about it :)

    4. Ah, I must've missed that part in my excitement to look at all the pictures. XD Anyway, Any chance we could get a teaser video in some form? I'm sure there's a lot of people such as myself who would love to hear the turbine winding up!