After skipping the January update as there didn't seem to be much news it now feels like February has been a very busy month with development making noteworthy progress on three Train Simulator 2014 expansions.
HEA Hoppers - Post BR
There has been surprising progress on this pack over the last month with all the clean and weathered versions of the liveries planned to be included in the expansion complete and now undergoing testing. These wagons reach through into a later period than we typically develop for so the opportunity has been taken to create a more recent battery tail lamp to include in this pack.
All of the liveries to be included in the expansion have been shown on our blog over the last few weeks with the weathered versions being shown off for the first time in the coming days so it's always worth keeping an eye on the blog!
With the wagons virtually complete progress is now being made on the scenario that will be included in the expansion. The scenario is planned to be in two parts and is set on the Settle and Carlisle route.
Ages of the Train 02: ECML Class 1 Passenger 1977 - 1985
The testing regime since Christmas has seen the player component of all 5 of the scenarios to be included in the pack given their first test before the remainder of the AI services are added ready for the testers to give them a thorough workout before static consists are added and final touches completed.
HEA Hopper Conversions
Alongside the development of the post BR HEA hoppers progress has also been made on the HEA Hopper Conversions. Both of the RNA barrier versions are now complete with textures and just need decals and numbering added to complete them.
More impressive, from a personal point of view, is the completion of the shape for the MEA box wagons which will see the completion of unwrapping in the next couple of days with shadow baking following fast behind so it might be an idea to keep an eye on the blog, our Facebook or Google+ pages to see the first painted version appear in the next week or so.
Once the MEA is settled progress should be fairly rapid as surgery is performed to convert it into an low sided MFA variant.