It's starting feel a little hectic at the moment as two more wagon packs for Train Simulator are now available to buy on Steam Marketplace.
After a bumper release of three wagon packs last week we can now announce that the HSA Scrap Wagons and RNA Barrier Wagons are also available.
HSA Scrap Wagons
One of the conversions which were attempted with the HEA hoppers from 1987 was for scrap traffic as there was a distinct shortage of suitable wagons at the time. This shortage was possibly as a consequence of the removal of vacuum braked and unfitted trains from the network which meant that the 16T mineral wagons that had previously been used for scrap traffic were no longer available. It should also be remembered that at this time British Rail were actively encouraging customers to own or lease their wagons rather than them being supplied by the railway.
With this situation in mind, a very basic conversion of HEA hoppers was attempted for scrap traffic. The main aim of the conversion was to produce a flat bottomed wagon and to take the hoppers out of use as loading and unloading at scrap processors would be via mechanical grabs and magnets. This flat bottom was achieved in two ways, either a steel plate was welded across the bottoms of the hoppers at approximately under-frame height or a similar level of ballast was dropped into the wagon. The latter wagons can be identified by an increased tare weight that was patch painted on to the data panel.
Inevitably the end of Speedlink saw the end of the majority traffic for which the wagons had been converted but some do appear to have remained in use well into the 1990s.
The HSA scrap wagon pack features:
- Weathered BR maroon and BR Railfreight flame red & grey liveries
- Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics.
- ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
- Animated hand brake
- Variable infill method with tare weight patch
- Five different logo styles randomly applied with overrides
- Variable load planes randomly applied
- Body switching dependent on vehicle number with reference to end ladders on earlier vehicle
- Randomised textures of Railfreight red/grey versions
The pack includes a user manual with further details about the rolling stock and the customising of some of the features when using the wagons in scenarios.
RNA Barrier Wagons
One of the features of railway operation until the mid-1990s was the requirement for trains carrying ‘Dangerous Goods’ to be formed with barrier wagons to help protect the crew in the event of a collision by increasing distance from the cargo (for safety reasons or at least due to Union pressure) and providing a ‘crumple zone’ in the event of low to medium speed rear end collision. In the case of the relatively short nuclear flask trains the additional vehicles provided extra brake force allowing the train to avoid having to run at restricted speed. Trains conveying ‘Dangerous Goods’ were also required to have a Guard in attendance to lay detonators to protect the train in the event of derailment or collision and a brake van would often be provided to avoid having to pass the load in the event of spillage.
Traditionally any available wagon would be used as a barrier wagon, but no doubt with sectorisation in the run up to privatisation it was felt this should be a tangible (and accountable) resource. As a consequence two wagon design sheets were issued in 1989 for the conversion of HEA hoppers to RNA barrier wagons by the removal of the hoppers and the fitting a floor at Carlise Currock wagon works creating some thirty cut down barrier wagons. This fleet was then further enlarged by nine more conversions which were generally re-coded as RNA but retained their bodies, some of these wagons were never officially reclassified as RNA even though allocated to Nuclear Barrier traffic.
The RNA Barrier Wagon Pack for Train Simulator a full-bodied hopper variant in weathered Railfreight red/grey livery, weathered maroon and clean Railfreight grey/yellow coal sector liveries. The cut down hopper variant with added floor is finished in clean Railfreight yellow/grey coal sector livery.
Other features include:
- Animated handbrake lever
- Intelligent flashing early style battery tail lamp
- Randomised decals with overrides on maroon and Railfreight flame red and grey versions
This pack also includes the CAR Brake Van [RF Sector] Pack as a free download, enabling scenario writers to place an appropriate brake van at the end of each train.
The CAR Brake Van (from dia. 1/507) is finished in clean Railfreight Sector livery and includes dynamically smoking and non-smoking stove pipe versions, selectable trainload freight sector decals and intelligent flashing early style battery tail lamp.
The packs include user manuals with further details about the rolling stock and the customising of some of the features when using the wagons in scenarios.