The next Rail Nation update is just around the corner: soon, there will be passenger trains on all restarting servers!
Game designer Bruno already explained, how the feature works and today we introduce you to the new trains of the first three eras.
We will start with an old English lady: the Class 1 Stirling Single of the Great Northern Railway was built between 1870 and 1875. Its most striking feature were the eight foot (2.44m) tall wheels on the only powered axle. In 1895 the engine took part in the Great Race to the North in which the two English railway companies GNR and LNR fought for the fastest journey time from London to Aberdeen. Here the engines achieved average speeds exceeding 100 km/h.
The bonus engine of the first era comes from Sweden and Denmark respectively. The SJ F was designed in Sweden and based on the Württemberg C. It was the stmost powerful Swedish steam engine. NSince electrification already began in Sweden in 1933 and all main routes were electrified by 1936, the engine lost its operational application. The remaining engines were sold to Denmark. There they were so successful that as late as 1942 another 25 of them were built.
It remained in active service until 1970 and in 1972 two lined up DSB E engines led the funeral train of king Frederick IX.
The first diesel engines entered active service in Germany as early as the 1930s, therefore putting a lot of pressure on the manufacturers of steam engines. The Henschel-Wegmann Train resulted from a cooperation between the engine manufacturer Henschel and the waggon manufacturer Wegmann. They teamed up to prove that steam engines also had a role to play in modern rapid transit. The production series 61, that was designed for exactly that purpose, could reach a top speed of over 175 km/h. The engine didn’t however run smoothly, which even effected the waggons. Hence the trains were used on the route Berlin – Dresden, where speeds above 135 km/h were not required. The train completed the journey in just one hour and 40 minutes. A record that has not been beaten by any other train on this route up to the present day.
Henschel later made some changes to the engine’s design in a bid to make it run smoother. Yet the Henschel-Wegmann train remained a one-off. The costs of the engines were too high and diesel engines were more popular. The second engine became a donor for another engine: the running gear and external cylinders were used to build the DR 18 201. The 18 201 today is the fastest operational steam engine in the world.
The bonus engine of the second era stems from the golden age of steam engines in the USA. The Milwaukee Road Class F7 engines are considered the fastest steam engines in the world according to their schedules. A French journalist on-board recorded a speed of 201 km/h; on a seven kilometre long stretch he recorded an average speed of over 190 km/h. It is surprising that these engines never took part in an official world record attempt. So this record belongs to the LNER Class 4 Mallard, that is available as a production series for the Boar in the game, up to this day.
The TEE is available to you in the first diesel era. The diesel engine of the Series VT 11.5 and 601 respectively was designed for international transport. The new development meant a big leap in terms of engineering and travel comfort. The trains served on routes across all of Europe and accompanied the introduction of the InterCity trains.
The bonus engine of the third era, which became famous as the Flying Hamburger, is the Series DR 877. Its service on the route Berlin – Hamburg was the fastest rail link in the world at the time. Furthermore. it was the first diesel engine of the Deutsche Bahn and played a key role in demonstrating the superiority of diesel engines.
We will cover eras four to six and the endgame bonus engine in another blog post very soon.
You can try out the passenger trains on our PTR server already and soon on restarting servers!