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When you think about it the railways have to transport the materials that they use and this expansion for Train Simulator tells a little part of that story. Rails were an important product of the UK steel mills and given their 60 foot length special wagons were needed to transport them not only to track fabrication sites but also to the docks for export around the world. Alongside this the railways were often tasked with carrying other large loads and the family of wagons developed for carrying rails were also found to be of use for other traffics.

This Train Simulator expansion features BORAIL EB and BORAIL EC wagons for the carrying of lengths of rail and pre-stressed concrete beams complete with the aforementioned loads and some others that the wagons have been seen to carry. In addition, a bonus vacuum piped brake van in freight brown livery is included to allow you to form correctly marshalled trains.


Background

1959 saw construction start on a series of four lots of vacuum braked wagons to a brand new design and are the focus of this expansion. The wagons were all built at Derby works between 1959 and 1961 and would eventually number some 165 wagons. With a carrying capacity of 50T the wagons were constructed from riveted plates and had a considerable, instantly recognisable ‘fishbelly’ under-frame and rode on 8ft plate back bogies. A series of lashing rings were positioned along the under-frame and handbrake wheels could be found at each end. As fully fitted wagons they were naturally out shopped in fitted brown livery.

There were two variations of BORAIL constructed with different types of traffic in mind. By far the largest group were those 135 built to dia. 1/483 with 5 bolsters for the carrying of finished rail for fabrication or export. A further 30 wagons were constructed using the same under-frame but without the bolsters. These wagons were designed for carrying pre-stressed concrete beams and had flush sockets on the deck to locate stanchions as required.

Although designed with two specific traffic uses in mind photographs show that they were looked on as ‘handy’ for a number of other uses including carrying vehicles. Naturally they were pressed into service to carry items longer than other bolster wagons could handle without the need for runner wagons. However, they also seem to have found a lot of use in carrying exceptional loads either as spacers or for carrying the load itself. In some pictures the bolster fitted wagons can be seen with their bolsters removed to carry alternative loads including deck sections for the Humber Bridge.


Features

We always like to find ways of doing things a little differently and to incorporate new features to improve the use and enjoyment of our expansions.

Sometimes we will look at enabling new features to make models operate more like the prototype and in other cases to more closely reflect other influences in the real world

The BRV 50T BORAIL EB/EC Wagon Pack for Train Simulator includes

  • Clean and weathered freight brown livery
  • Animated handbrake
  • Randomised decals with overrides
  • Randomised stanchions for empty versions
  • Empty and loaded versions with suitable physics
  • Rail and H-beam loads for the BORAIL EB
  • Concrete beam and fabricated bridge beam loads for the BORAIL EC

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.

To allow the formation of correctly marshalled trains a British Railways dia. 1/506 vacuum piped 20T brake van is also bundled with this wagon pack.

Click here to view the BRV 50T BORAIL EB/EC Manual

Click here to view the CAP Brake Van [Brown] Manual


Scenarios

As these expansions are being released via Steam Marketplace it is usual to not included bundled scenarios as we have in the past with our self-published expansions. However, as this product is workshop compatible we have commissioned two scenarios featuring the rolling stock included in the pack and these will be uploaded to Steam Workshop in the near future.

In the meantime you may want to search Steam Workshop to see if any scenarios have been shared by other people: Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios

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