The oldest engines are now looking fresh again! We have been looking for historical models, which are now displayed in detail in our game. Some engines only had to be slightly adjusted, while others had to be redesigned from scratch to match their real-life counterparts.
We start with the Swallow. There are some engines that look quite similar to our initial model. The Rhaetian LD G 3/4 from Switzerland matches it best. This saturated steam locomotive was built from 1889 and had 250 HP at a dead weight of 23.5 tons. Three of the initial 16 engines are still preserved, among them Heidi, the engine with the serial number 11. The engine was given its name, because it was part of the Heidi movie from 1952. The engine was restored and fitted with an oil burner by the Club 1889. The club’s homepage neatly documents how the engine was taken apart, restored and then put back together again. We were guided by the new black paint of Heidi when choosing an alternative colouring.
Our new Raven is based on the Württemberg T3. The only remaining functional engine of the Royal Württemberg State Railways (KWStE) was built in 1905 and brought back into service 109 years later. The Gesellschaft zur Erhaltung von Schienenfahrzeugen Stuttgart e.V. (Stuttgart’s Society for the Preservation of Rail Vehicles) is keeping the Swabian railway tradition alive.
Following the introduction of the Bavarian S2/6, we are now also introducing an engine for all Rail Nation fans south of the ‘white sausage equator’. 2,233 Prussian G3 engines were built between 1877 and 1896, making it one of the most popular steam engines in the world. Only one of them has been preserved. The G3 ‘Saarbrücken’ can be found in the DB Museum (German railway museum) in Nuremberg.
Following its withdrawal from service, the engine was assigned a rather unusual task: it was used as a test weight for cranes in the repair workshop in Trier. This was a stroke of luck, otherwise the engine would most likely have fallen victim to the cutting torch.
The production series 75 or Baden VI c only had to be adjusted slightly to make it look realistic. The engine was one of the first superheated steam machines that was delivered and entered service in the years between 1914 and 1917. These engines were so efficient and tough that they remained in active service in the Deutsche Reichsbahn of the GDR until 1970.
After being used in Baden, ten engines were temporarily lent to Berlin for S-Bahn service. A tradition that might seem like a sensible solution again today for some Berlin commuters. The last remaining engine of this series is owned by the Ulm Railway Friends and used regularly on the local route between Amstetten and Gerstetten.
For association members that only call at industries with short waiting times, the Falcon is the best engine of the first era. High speed and powerful acceleration make up for the weak tractive force.
The original is the Series 62, that was built between 1928 and 1932. It was mainly used on the routes of the ‘Werrabahn’, where it could make full use of its sprint capacity. The last engine of the series was withdrawn from service in 1972. Today only one such engine remains and it can be seen in the Railway Museum in Dresden.
If you are wondering why the alternative paint for this engine is white: this is a so-called ‘photo paint’. It used to be a big challenge for cameras at the time to make good photos of black steam engines. In order to increase the contrast and the amount of light reflected, engines were painted white for photo sessions. The paint used was for instance chalk paint that could be washed off again, as white engines in active service got dirty quickly. Don’t worry, though: Our white series is colour-fast, even in storms and times of intense competition.
For players calling at industries in which they have no own majority, the Mole is the ideal engine. Its great tractive force makes up for its disadvantage in speed and acceleration on many routes. It’s the insider’s tip for the first era.
The Prussian P8, which features in the game as the Mole is a simply constructed superheated steam engine that was built and used from 1906 onwards. An impressive total of 3,946 engines of this kind were produced. Its tough design and the renunciation of costly details led more than 500 of these engines to remain in active service for 50 years or more. It was withdrawn from service just one year before its successor, the BR23, entered service.
15 P8 engines still exist today, most of them fit to drive.
The Red Kite is based on the Pennsylvania Railroad Class H1. The Consolidation Class became the default class in heavy cargo transport in 1875, as companies discovered the economic benefits of this series. Between 1875 and 1886, 545 such engines were constructed.
The Red Kite model has always been a highlight. Only a few materials needed to be refined for the revision of this engine in Rail Nation. You can win the bonus engine of the first era in the lottery, once you have gained 1,000 prestige.
Have you seen the new engines and production series already?