Thursday, 11 October 2018

Train Simulator 2019 - Important Notes

With the release of Train Simulator 2019 now imminent, it's important to note that some instructions have been added to the Train Simulator knowledgebase should you wish to immediately use the 64-bit version of the program.
  1. Load Steam and navigate to your Game Library.
  2. Right-click on Train Simulator and select Properties.
  3. Click the Local Files tab and then Browse Local Files.
  4. Double-click on the file called Setup_Audio.bat (we're receiving early reports this hasn't been included with the build - you can download it from here. Just drop it into the folder above)
  5. A window will open, and you should select Option 2 to set up the audio for 64-bit. (If you plan on going back to 32-bit, you will need to repeat these steps but choose Option 1)
  6. Follow the instructions presented until you’re back at the main menu – choose Option 3 to exit.
  7. You can now safely launch Train Simulator 64-bit by clicking Play from the Steam Games Library.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

More Timetables Added

I've just done a major update to the timetable archive, adding another 1gb or so worth of content. Additions include TOC timetables for East Midlands Trains, Midland Mainline,  ScotRail, Southern and WAGN along with a whole new raft of full Network Rail working timetables stretching back as far as 2007. Thanks to James Ivell for his assistance with these timetables.

To visit our timetable archive, click here.

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

North East England - Durham Coast Line

I've had a few emails over the past couple of weeks asking for more screenshots of the route. Happy to oblige, here are a few covering the Durham Coast line.

For more information about this upcoming route, click here.













Saturday, 30 June 2018

DPSimulation Website - New Additions

Following the recent revamp of the DPSimulation website, i've now added two all new sections that I hope will become useful in time. They are both currently work in progress but will expand rapidly in the coming weeks.

First is the 'DLC Directory' which is designed to eventually document all DLC from around the world. It provides information and screenshots for the relevant products but is also designed to offer alternative places to purchase where applicable in order to enable users to find the cheapest current price. It is also designed to be a hub for related content, so some pages will have recommendations such as a route extension (example), enhancements or scenarios. For Steam DLC it will also have a section where appropriate to outline additional content (example) you receive when buying a particular product, allowing users to potentially get a lot more for their money. The directory will also cover content from the TS Marketplace, after seeing feedback through various forums it is apparent that many people are often unaware of this extra content at the time of release.

Another quirky touch to some of these product pages will be the addition of other related information. As an example, if you visit the Horseshoe Curve page you can also watch the live webcam feed from the location, courtesy of Virtual Railfan. Click here to take a look.

Next we have the 'Timetables' section which is designed to assist in scenario creation. Intended to be a large repository of historic timetables from current and now defunct TOC's, the first batch of files are now live. As retrieving this historic data is a slow and often difficult process, I anticipate it will take time to fully realise the vision I have for this section. However, over the coming weeks I do hope to have timetables in place for every post-privatisation TOC in place that cover nearly 20 years worth of documentation.

Both of the new sections can be found on the top menu of the DPSimulation website by clicking here.


Tuesday, 26 June 2018

DPSimulation - New Website

It's been a long time coming but i've finally launched the revamped DPSimulaton website.

With analytics now showing a much larger percentage of people accessing the site on mobile devices, this was a major consideration on the new template and layout. Another consideration was the sheer size of pages such as those containing the vast amount of reskins from Richard Fletcher, this has now been split into multiple pages. Likewise with routes, these now have their own pages and other sections have been streamlined.

Unforunately, the downside is that some websites will now be linking to old pages that are in the process of being removed, but I guess that is the price of progress. Given how the site is now laid out, it should not be too hard for people to find where the content has been relocated to.

The new DPSimulation website can be viewed by clicking here.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Steam Workshop - 1D52 - 0823 Crewe to Chester

I have just released a new scenario on the Steam Workshop. It's just a simple run that I created when I fancied driving the Class 150/2 on North Wales Coastal.

Route: North Wales Coastal
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 25 Minutes Approx
Start Time: 06:21

Description

This morning you are in charge of an early morning Crewe to Chester service using an Arriva Trains Wales Class 150/2 DMU. Traffic is light and it should be a straightforward run.

Briefing

First open your doors to allow passengers to board before awaiting your departure time of 06:23. You will then run non-stop to Chester where this scenario will end.

Notes

Please be aware that there is currently a TSR (temporary speed restriction) on the approach to Crewe Electric TMD. Also, make sure that you do not exceed 75mph, the maximum speed of this service.

Steam Requirements

North Wales Coastal
WCML Trent Valley
Class 150/2 Arriva Trains Wales Pack

To visit the DPSimulation Steam Workshop, please follow this link.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Liverpool to Manchester - 2000/2001 Quick Drive

Ever since I included something similar with my ECML:NE route, i've wanted to release a range of era-specific Quick Drives for various routes but they do involve a lot of time and planning, and therefore I never got around to it. I'm therefore very happy to release version 1 of this Quick Drive on the Liverpool to Manchester route.

It's basically Quick Drive as you already know it, but providing you have a selection of the requirements installed then this particular Quick Drive will only spawn rolling stock specific to the represented era, in this case around 2000/2001.

The beauty of this system is that you don't necessarily need all of the requirements, it should function in some form no matter what you own. Despite that, the more you do own should give a better experience with much more variety.

With well over 100 consists and fragments included, it should be fairly different no matter how many times you run it although there will inevitably times where things can be duplicated. Due to the nature of how the randomisation works, some runs will have a low amount of traffic, some moderate and some quite heavy. If you are driving the full length of the route you might have a clear run or you might get stuck behind a stopper and encounter adverse signals. Driving through the central core of the route you might only see local traffic, or you might see empty stock workings or even the occasional engineering train.

Please make sure you read all of the included documentation that comes with this release before attempting to run any of the included Quick Drives.

This new Quick Drive can be downloaded from the dedicated page by following this link