Friday, 29 July 2016

GWR Saint and TPO: BR Add-on Pack

Edit: 12/10/2016
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Just before a short summer break we're going to leave you with some work in progress images of an add-on pack that we expect to release to the Train Simulator Marketplace shortly after the release of the GWR Saint and TPO DLC.

It will include the following:

GWR 2900 Saint class in BR Lined Green - Square and Curved frame variants

GWR 2900 Saint class in BR Lined Black - Square and Curved frame variants

Travelling Post Office sorting van and baggage van (with working exchange equipment) in BR Maroon livery

Travelling Post Office sorting van and baggage van (with working exchange equipment) in Mail red livery

And although they never ran in this livery with the Saint we wanted to provide BR blue versions of the TPO coaches for those who favour a later era.

So that completes everything we have to show for the upcoming GWR Saint & TPO DLC and BR liveries add-on. Obviously loaded with the usual "beyond our control" caveats we hope the GWR Saint & TPO will be released before the end of August.

We'll be back in a few weeks with some very exciting news about what we're up to next.

Friday, 22 July 2016

GWR Saint and TPO: Contents

The GWR Saint and TPO are currently in testing and we hope they will be released on Steam within the next few weeks.
Below is the feature list from the manual:

  • Simple, Standard and Advanced driving modes
  • Xbox controller support SIMPLE AND STANDARD MODES ONLY

  • GWR 2900 “Saint” Class Locomotive
    • All 75 named members of the class
    • Square and curved frame versions with lever and screw reversers and spectacle windows
    • GWR Green (liveries spanning 1906 to 1947)
    • White or red lamps for the correct era
  • Optional parts and fittings including outside steam pipes, cab cover, speedometer, running numbers and headboards
  • Custom sound sets inside and out based on preserved Churchwood locomotives, produced by Steam Sounds Supreme
  • Realistic cab with multiple views, including driver and fireman “head out”, and fully modelled firebox and coal
  • 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
  • NEW Realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound 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
  • Dynamic lamp setting on both locomotive and tender
  • Cab light effects including firebox glow and water gauge lamp
  • Tender water scoop compatible with Dovetail Games water troughs as featured in the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter to Kingswear route

  • Great Western Coaching Stock
    • Collett "Sunshine" Composite, Third and Brake Third
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
    • Travelling Post Office Sorting coach
      • 1927-34 GW livery
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
    • Travelling Post Office Diagram L21 baggage coach
      • 1927-34 GW livery
      • 1934-42 Shirtbutton livery
      • 1942-47 Coat of arms livery
      • Fully functional travelling post office exchange when used with included line side apparatus and compatible locomotives

  • 4 scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter to Kingswear route
  • 12 Quick Drive consists with appropriate Mail Train stock
Next week we'll have a preview of the Saint & TPO BR era expansion add-on containing re-skins of the Saint & TPO in BR and Mail colours.

Friday, 8 July 2016

GWR Travelling Post Office

We are very excited after many years of testing and experimentation that the GWR Saint we will be releasing through Steam will be coming with a fully working Travelling Post Office exchange system.

Pictures of the coach and apparatus are available on our previous blog posts

But nothing shows it off quite as well as a video... enjoy!

(Important: Dovetail Games are also publishing a GWR Star very soon and we've had a lot of people confusing the Star with our Saint and asking us about it. The Star is NOT by us and will not come with the working TPO, Victory Works advanced features, all named class members, etc.)

Next time we'll be posting the full feature list of the GWR Saint & TPO add-on and shortly after that we'll reveal the contents of the BR reskin marketplace add-on which should follow soon afterwards.

Friday, 1 July 2016

GWR Saint Cab and TPO Coach

We've got quite a few pictures today so we'll mostly let them speak for themselves.
First off, inside the GWR 2900 cab..

Actually this is outside the inside cab, but you get the idea!

Fireman's outside inside view

The square frame version has a lever reverser instead of the screw
reverser as seen here on the curved frame version of the 2900.

The gauge glass is quite hard to see from the side views that look out of the
front windows so we've added a view just for that and of course the 3D
firebox view is available as with all of our locos since the Bullied Q1.

And we are now very pleased to show the GWR Travelling Post Office coach in game as well.

As you can see we will be including a sorting coach along with the baggage coach which is fitted with the exchange apparatus. These come in 3 GWR liveries; 1926-34, 1934-42 and 1924-47 and have selectable coach codes and numbers.
They have external views at the front and rear of the baggage coach and the exchange apparatus is fully functional when used with the line side exchange apparatus that will also be included.

Also included are line side markers that were used to alert the TPO staff that the bags and net should be extended and also exchange apparatus warning boards and a hut which was often built near the apparatus.

The Saint and TPO will come with 4 scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties : Exeter to Kingswear route. The first is an introduction to the TPO and all of them feature some use of the exchange apparatus.
Our plan is to also create a Marketplace add-on which will feature the Saint in BR livery and also the TPO in BR maroon and the much requested BR blue livery.

Finally for the technically minded, the TPO apparatus can be placed in any scenario and configured to receive 0 to 4 mail bags and allow collection of 0 to 3 mail bags. It is placed with 4 track links (like a signal) and aligned with the expected player consist using markers on the TPO coach and the line side apparatus. There is also a non-working version with the net retracted and the standards empty and facing the rear which can be placed as static scenery. The loco is an integral part of the operation and is therefore required to have some scripting and controls to tell the coach where the apparatus is and we have created a simple add-on script and set of controls that can be added to any TS loco to make it fully compatible with the TPO exchange. You can use ANY TS stock in the consist and the coach will still work correctly if the leading loco is set up for it. We've already created a small .rwp file (just 182k) which adds this compatibility to all of the tender locos that come with the Exeter Kingswear 1950's route which we will distribute for free when the time comes.
The manual will include a full explanation of how to set up the apparatus to perform the exchanges in your own scenarios.