Saturday, 22 September 2018

More Timetables Added

I've just done a major update to the timetable archive, adding another 750mb or so worth of content. Additions include TOC timetables for Gatwick Express, 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






Friday, 16 March 2018

Weekend Showcase - Settle to Carlisle - 2000-2003

In this showcase we feature the picturesque Settle to Carlisle route as seen in the period between 2000 and 2003. Although traffic is normally fairly quiet on this particular line, this time period certainly saw plenty of variation with WCML diversions being a regular feature.

66547 awaits the road at Carlisle while working a Hunterston to Drakelow loaded coal train - May 2002

142020 passes the now much reduced London Road sidings with a service from Sunderland to Carlisle - June 2002

Passing the oddly coloured signal box at Armathwaite, 156454 and 156475 depart the station with a service bound for Carlisle - August 2000

66064 approaches Langwathby with a Ayr to Milford MGR working - September 2003

With the gypsum plant in the background, 66708 awaits the road while working a trial service to Hull King George Dock - August 2002

Following the reintroduction of loco hauled services on the Settle to Carlisle line, 37408 'Loch Rannoch' departs Appleby with the 13:33 Carlisle to Leeds service - October 2003

Now a distant memory, WCML diversions over the line were fairly frequent. Here, 47854 opens up through Kirkby Stephen while working the 1M64 Carlisle to London Euston - April 2003

In the bleak surroundings of Garsdale, 33030 and 33025 work the inaugural run of the short lived 'Minimodal' service - August 2002

Held in the loop at Blea Moor while working a Carlisle to Crewe Basford Hall departmental train, the driver of 56070 has a chat with the signalman - September 2002

With Whernside dominating the background, 43100 'Blackpool Rock' crosses Ribblehead Viaduct with a diverted Edinburgh to Bournemouth service - June 2000

Departing from the very well kept station at Ribblehead, 156487 works the 12:46 from Leeds to Carlisle - July 2000

Hauling a rake of recently built HTA wagons, 66048 heads a northbound MGR working past Settle - September 2003

If you have any questions about the rolling stock or repaints used above, feel free to leave a comment below.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Virgin Trains 43100/101 Repaint

I have just uploaded a new repaint pack to the DPSimulation website.

Utilising the Class 43 (Valenta)/Mk3 Enhancement Pack, this pack features Virgin Trains 43100 and 43101 with their respective 'Blackpool Rock' and 'The Irish Mail' stickers. The variation of the Virgin 'Flying Lady' is also included towards the rear of each power car although I am aware that due to mapping issues they are currently reversed on one side. This will be addressed in due course.

These powercars are something I have wanted to tackle since as far back as the days of MSTS but it never happened for one reason or another, mainly due to a lack of research material. I finally plucked up the courage to try and make the two stickers from scratch and although they are not 100% perfect, they are near enough for me.

Both the European Loco & Asset pack from Steam and the Class 43 (Valenta)/Mk3 Enhancement Pack are required, otherwise this pack will not work. 

This pack can be downloaded from the 'Locomotives' section of the repaints page by following this link.


 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Weekend Showcase - WCML Trent Valley - 2001

In this showcase we feature the WCML Trent Valley as seen in 2001. With Class 390 and Class 220/221 multiple units now under construction, the traditional days of loco hauled services on the West Coast Main Line were now numbered. With future livery changes and extensive stock withdrawals, many see this as the final great era on the WCML.

87022 arrives at Rugby while working a service to Birmingham New Street - May 2001

58083 stands in the sidings at Rugby with a rake of engineering wagons - April 2001

92036 'Bertolt Brecht' approaches Rugby with a short intermodal service - April 2001

158788 waits time at Nuneaton before forming a service to Cardiff - April 2001

In the unique 'Belgium' livery, 90028 passes Nuneaton with 92029 dead in tow - October 2001

37609 passes Atherstone with a rake of empty wagons bound for Grain - June 2001

90001 storms through Tamworth with a service for Glasgow Central - May 2001

With Rugeley Power Station in the background, 58030 comes off the Walsall branch with a rake of empty MGR hoppers - June 2001

43065 leads through Rugeley Trent Valley with a service bound for London Euston - March 2001

With a livery giving a nod to the future, 90029 exits Shugborough Tunnel with a rake of mail vans headed for Willesden - August 2001

82125 leads out of Stafford with a Virgin Trains service to London Euston - September 2001

325016 leads two unidentified classmates through Stafford with a mail service bound for the capital - May 2001

37429 'Eisteddfod Genedlaethol' stands at Stafford before working a service to Holyhead - January 2001

If you have any questions about the rolling stock or repaints used above, feel free to leave a comment below.

Thursday, 8 March 2018

Woodhead Class 08 BR Blue Repaint

I have just uploaded a new repaint to the DPSimulation website courtesy of Richard Fletcher.

Utilising the Blue Woodhead Class 08, this repaint depicts the generic BR Blue livery of the era, minus embellishments as added by Longsight Depot which the supplied DLC portrays.

This repaint can be downloaded from the 'Locomotives' section of Richard's page by clicking here. 



 

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Class 76 Blue 76022 Roundel Repaint

I have just uploaded a new repaint to the DPSimulation website courtesy of Richard Fletcher.

A repaint of the Blue Woodhead Class 76, it features the later British Railways 'Roundel' logo, as carried by 76022 right up until closure of the line 1981.

This repaint can be downloaded from the 'Locomotives' section of Richard's page by clicking here.

 

Friday, 2 March 2018

Weekend Showcase - Liverpool to Manchester - 1985 to 1987

In this showcase we feature the Liverpool to Manchester route as seen from 1985 to 1987. As can be seen in the screenshots, during this time the Class 31 was certainly the predominant traction over the route. Although BR Blue was still very much the colour of choice in the period, new build DMU's in a variety of different regional liveries were also starting to appear, giving a very colourful feel to the area.

50011 stands at Liverpool Lime Street while awaiting departure for Penzance - April 1985

43012 approaches Liverpool Lime Street with the morning service from Bristol Temple Meads - December 1986

At Edge Hill, 142017 leads 142053 on a Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria service - September 1987

31311 leads an unidentified classmate through West Allerton on the final leg of it's journey from Great Yarmouth - July 1987

31461 awaits departure from Hunts Cross with a local service for Warrington - October 1987

Shortly before withdrawal, 45135 passes Warrington Central while working empty stock from Edge Hill to Longsight - 1st March 1987

37033 stands in the loop at Glazebrook East Junction with a short rake of tanks - February 1986

142005 stands at Irlam with an all stops service between Hunts Cross and Manchester Oxford Road - May 1987

31433 passes Deansgate with a Liverpool Lime Street to Sheffield service - August 1986

A year later, 47377 passes Manchester Oxford Road with a Sheffield to Liverpool Lime Street service - August 1987

87004 waits time at Manchester Piccadilly before working an evening service to London Euston - April 1986

303041 leaves Manchester Piccadilly with a service bound for Crewe - August 1987

If you have any questions about the rolling stock or repaints used above, feel free to leave a comment below.