So far, the We Are Railfans Podcast has delved into the world behind the controls of the iconic HST Class 43 power car in the UK and the short, sweet, spacious LINT 41 trains used across Europe and in Denmark in particular. But for the latest instalment, we take a look at driving locomotives in the virtual world by chatting to Senior Producer of Train Sim World, Matt Peddlesden.
Matt explains the behind-the-scenes development stages required to construct a locomotive cab in the virtual world, including considerations for sound, tutorials and accuracy so that users of Train Simulator and Train Sim World products have as an authentic experience as possible behind the controls of the railway world's most iconic forms of traction.
The ability to drive virtually has a number of advantages for: both the general non-railfan audience, who might be curious as to what life is like in the cab; those working in the industry, who might wish to know more about locomotives in other countries or on other railways; and of course railfans who can enjoy the prospect of operating trains and routes that they have grown to love over years and decades appreciating the hobby.
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You can also view some of Dovetail Games team's Railfan TV streams to learn more about the development of the games, updates expected in the coming months and details of their wide range of products, from the British Rail era of the 1980s through to the modern LGV services in France and the powerful railroads of North America. Examples can be found below.
Funds are being raised by the CEPG to help buy and restore an AM9 EMU. They've told us a little bit about the unit and their future plans.
After introducing us to the layout in a previous article, Allen Jackson takes us through the locomotives of Brymbo East Junction.