Wednesday, 11 October 2017

GWR Large Prairies: Features and Contents Summary

With the release of the Large Prairies being imminent we thought it would be good to sum up the features and everything that comes with the DLC.

With this pack you will be getting the following:
  • GWR 5100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 5101 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 6100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
  • GWR 8100 Class Locomotive
    • GWR Green (4 logos)
    • BR Black (3 logos)
    • BR Black (heavily worn) (3 logos)
ALL members of EVERY class listed for each era are included with appropriate components and shed codes, which can also be selected by you by editing the scenario loco number.
The following features are also included:
  • Optional parts and fittings including steam pipes, painted or polished safety valve covers for early GWR and preserved examples, red or white lamps and more
  • Realistic cab with multiple views, including dual “head out” and fully modelled firebox and coal
  • Realistic wheel slip physics and effects ADVANCED MODE
  • Simulated steam chest ADVANCED MODE
  • Realistic train pipe and reservoir vacuum braking ADVANCED MODE
  • Cylinder cock management  ADVANCED MODE
  • Boiler management with priming possible ADVANCED MODE 
  • Realistic injector control ADVANCED MODE 
  • Realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound ADVANCED MODE
  • 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), doors, weather panels and roof hatch
  • Dynamic lamp setting
  • Cab light effects including firebox glow and water gauge lamp
  • Communication with the guard in the brake van for handbrake usage (when used with compatible GWR Toad brake van – included with this DLC) ADVANCED MODE
  • Second valve regulator effects ADVANCED MODE
  • Atmospheric AI effects ADVANCED MODE

We covered the new advanced braking system in this post, developed with the help of two GWR preservation drivers, it adds a whole new realistic element to driving our steam engines.

Also the following rolling stock is included:
  • ex-GWR 8t Cattle Wagon
  • GWR Fruit A Van
    • GWR
    • Worn GWR
    • BR(W)
  • BR(W) Gunpowder Van, Diagram 1/260
  • BR(W) “Herring” Hopper, P22 - Loaded and Empty
  • BR(W) Iron Mink, V6
  • BR(W) 12t Mogo Van
  • BR(W) Tunnel Inspection Van (ex-Cattle Wagon)
  • GWR 20 ton Toad Brake Van
  • BR(W) 20 ton Toad Brake Van

And finally it comes with:
  • 4 scenarios for the Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter - Kingswear Route
  • 75 Quick Drive consists with appropriate stock

The pack should be released very soon and as always we look forward to seeing these engines on people's routes mixed in with all the other excellent GWR engines that are available in Train Simulator.

Coming soon... work starts on the LNER Q6!


  1. The moment this is released...


  2. i dont like the water gadge speed thing

    1. Feedback is always useful. Can we ask what you don't like about it?

    2. i find it to be annoying...

      there is always drivers who forget to inject water before climbing a hill, and when you hit the gradient the water goes down and may even run dry

    3. That is true in real life as the water moves in the boiler, however in game it is impossible to replicate that behaviour and it won't happen.

      What we can do is replicate the motion of the water level moving up and down in the glass with the acceleration, gradient and regulator opening, however even if the glass reports "empty" due to this movement the game still won't end because the real water level for the game is static and can't be changed up and down other than using it up by driving or by filling it with the injectors.
      You can run out of water of course, but only by thinking you have more in the boiler than you really do due to it reporting higher but that's a skill that a real fireman has and can be learned in TS as well.

      But we found it very poor in the game that you could read the "normal" gauge glass and see EXACTLY how much water you have to the gallon - that is totally unrealistic. If you ever have the pleasure of driving a real steam loco you'll find that it is not exact in any way and just being aware that the glass is 1/4, 1/2 or 3/4 full is quite sufficient anyway.

      It's another skill to learn, knowing your engine and knowing when on a gradient, accelerating or braking, and having the regulator open that you know how much that effects the water level in the boiler.
      It's no different to managing the steam production (with the dampers, blower, etc) or the steam chest with the regulator. All part of the skill of driving a real steam engine.

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    1. Not as part of this pack. We may do a reskin pack if enough people are interested.

  4. no 3100 or 3150 class? thats kinda sad. but oh well. good work!

    1. The 3100 is the 5100 (they were renumbered in 1927), we've included the old style red lamps for them as well, just change the loco number in the scenario editor. Done! :-)

      The 3150 used a much larger boiler and would have required a large remodelling which would have pushed the pack price up or had us leave out a livery.

      4 classes, all with 3 liveries, each with 3 logos, period appropriate optional parts, all for the price most companies charge for 1 class, 1 livery and a dozen nameplates if you're lucky... we think we provide pretty good value ;-)

    2. Oh extremely good value, but if a 3150 was made in a vein similar to your 7200 pack, i'd gladly open my wallet for some more.