Announcement: HEA Hoppers - Post BR Released
The HEA Hoppers - Post BR expansion for Train Simulator 2014 is now available to buy in our shop.

Priced at just £3.00 the pack contains HEA hoppers originally built by British Rail to bring the house and industrial coal business into the Speedlink air braked network and follows on from our existing HBA/HEA Hoppers expansion for Train Simulator 2014 to bring the HEA hopper story through to the present day.

This Train Simulator 2014 expansion features versions of the hoppers in clean and weathered versions of Mainline, Loadhaul, Transrail, faded Railfreight red and grey and maroon and gold liveries, these are further supplemented by loaded and empty variations with matching physics. The end of a train isn't complete without a tail lamp and the hoppers are supplied with rear versions carrying both early and later models of battery flashing tail lamps where appropriate. The models themselves have also seen modifications in a similar fashion to their real life counterparts over the past 25 years.

The expansion is completed with a two part scenario for the Settle to Carlisle route (available separately) which will allow you to use the wagons in Train Simulator 2014 straight away and a comprehensive manual in the style of a period document.

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:00
 
Announcement: 12T Vanwides
We're really pleased to have welcomed a new rolling stock modeller to the team and are really excited to be announcing a new expansion for Train Simulator 2014 featuring the dia. 217 12T Vanwides.
Fastline Simulation - 12T Vanwide: An in development screenshot of a VEV coded Vanwide with roller bearings and Oleo buffers poses for scrutiny outside of the works.

British Railways continued to develop the design of short wheelbase van in an attempt to make them more suitable for evolving methods of loading and transportation requirements. The last development of these vans were the vanwides, so called due to their wider doors than the standard vans (with the exception of the Palvans) that had gone before them. The next developments for domestic traffic would be the various versions of air braked vans during the 1970s and 1980s like our previously release VDA vans.

Some 1,894 vanwides were built from 1961 through to 1963 at Wolverton and as can be expected from any type of wagon built in large numbers there are a number of variations that have come about from changes during the production run and subsequent modifications. The vans survived in service through to the early 1980s and around a quarter were subsequently refurbished and fitted with to air brakes.

This expansion will feature:

Vanwide - In as built condition with Oleo buffers and plain bearing axle-boxes.

VWV - TOPS coded original Vanwide with Oleo buffers and plain bearing axle-boxes.

VMV - TOPS coded modified version fitted with an alternative style of plain bearing axle boxes and self contained buffers.

VEV - TOPS coded modified version with roller bearing axle-boxes and Oleo buffers.

As with all Fastline Simulation expansions for Train Simulator 2014, the models will feature a range of suitable liveries, weathering variations, loaded and empty physics and tail lamp carrying versions.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014 18:00
 
Progress Update: June 2014

The best laid plans of Mice and Men effect seems to have happened yet again with time being the enemy of the monthly update! Sorry about that but at least we do have some good news to report about the progress of our Train Simulator 2014 expansions.

HEA Hoppers - Post BR

What more can I tell you other than all the shapes, the scenarios and manual are complete and a test version of the installer is currently being put through its paces. If all goes to plan these should be available in the next couple of weeks.

HEA Hopper Conversions

The other focus has been to continue work on the HEA Hopper conversions.

CEA: This is the shape that still needs the most work. About 50% of the detail is now complete with final unwrapping and baking then to take place.

HSA: These are now complete with all textures and weathering finished.

MEA: The shapes for these are complete with all variants and liveries completed and just needing final weathering.

MFA: The shape is now complete with all baking finished, just liveries to add and then send off for weathering.

RNA: Both the cut down and full body versions of these are complete with some final weathering to be completed.

Good progress has been made around finishing off the Post BR pack and we're really happy to have added an extra texture artist to the team which should mean the weathering and completion of this pack shouldn't take too long.

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We're always on the lookout to add more talented modellers, route builders and scenario authors to the team. If you think you've got something to offer feel free to get in touch.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014 21:00
 
Progress Update: February 2014

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.

Thursday, 27 February 2014 21:00
 
Announcement: HEA Hopper Conversions
British Rail and their successors were always good at reusing surplus assets for new purposes with varying levels of conversion and success. Some of these conversions are the subject of our third expansion for Train Simulator 2014 completing the HEA hopper story.
Fastline Simulation - HEA Conversions: An in development render of one of the cut down and ballasted RNA barrier wagons used to maintain correct distances from nuclear flask wagons.

The research for the initial versions of the HEA hoppers uncovered the huge variation of wagon types that have been created through various conversions. Some of the conversions were basic, while others were more involved, completely changing the original appearance of the hoppers.

This expansion pack for Train Simulator 2014 will feature the majority of the conversions from the late 1980's through to the present day, including:

CEA - Hopper fitted with flexible cover.

MEA - Mineral wagon with high ribbed body.

MFA - Lower sided mineral wagon mainly for infrastructure use with ribbed body

HSA - Hopper converted for scrap traffic (ballast filled and plated hopper bottoms)

RNA - Recoded hopper and with hopper removed.

As with all Fastline Simulation expansions for Train Simulator 2014, the models will feature a range of suitable liveries, loads, physics and tail lamps. There may even be a bonus item lurking in there!

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Saturday, 25 January 2014 15:00
 
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