We searched right through the heart of railway history to find the most spectacular and peculiar passenger trains for the passenger transports. Today we will introduce you to the trains that we have selected for eras four to six and the endgame.
The passenger trains of the fourth era
In the second diesel era, we make a little excursion into the world of space travel the UAC TurboTrain was developed and built by the United Aircraft Corporation. The company, which also produced the space suits for the moon landing, made some changes to its engine. They were made in an aluminium lightweight construction. The engines were powered by gas turbines and could reach speeds of up to 274.9 km/h. The TurboTrain still holds the record for the fastest rail vehicle in Canada at 226.2 km/h.
The bonus engine hails from Great Britain. The High Speed Train , also known as InterCity 125, was introduced in 1976. It is still in service today and fills the gap on non-electrified InterCity routes. The speciality of this train is that it wasn’t designed for high-speed rail lines, but can only travel on conventional routes. During construction this engine came out as the winner of a duel with the Advanced Passenger Train that brought many experimental changes with it, which, unfortunately, never worked reliably. The HST can reach speeds of up to 200km/h.
The passenger trains of the fifth era
The MAT 54 marks the start of the first era of electric engines. The commuter train from the Netherlands offered great comfort for its passengers, while the conductors initially had to make do with a fold-up chair. The train’s insulation was also changed over the years: when the train entered service in 1956 the waggons were still insulated with asbestos. The characteristic design quickly led to the nickname Hondekop (dog head). Only in 1993 was the asbestos removed from the last train and replaced with glass padding. During its forty years of service, the trains witnessed quite some events: in 1977 for example a MAT 54 was hijacked and the passengers kept hostage for 20 days.
The bonus engine doesn’t require a long introduction: The TGV Sud-Est is an iconic high-speed train, which revolutionised passenger transport by rail. The track record of this engine manufactured by SNCF remains unbroken since 1982. With it, the French continue their tradition as the manufacturers of record-breaking engines: the TGV Sud-Est broke the existing record of the BB 9004 from 1955 on 26th February 1981 with a speed of 380 km/h. More about that engine and the speed records can be found in this blog post. The BB 9004 is available as a production series for the Medusa in Rail Nation by the way.
The passenger trains of the sixth era
Our bonus engine of the sixth era comes from another corner of the world. It is the Shinkansen E5. The train’s nose was aerodynamically designed particularly to prevent tunnel boom if the train travels through narrow tunnels at a speed of 320 km/h. The Shinkansen E5 is one of the most recent production series that continue the Japanese tradition of multiple units.
Since the introduction of the Shinkansen Series 0 in 1964, the trains have been considered the safest and most punctual means of transportation around the globe. The average delay in the year 2005 amounted to six seconds per train. No fatal accident has yet been reported either. Even when a train derailed during an earthquake in 2004, nobody was injured.
The endgame bonus engine
You can also win a passenger train and cargo engine in the endgame. The bonus passenger train is the .italo AGV from Italy. The multiple unit by Alstom was developed as the successor of the TGV. It first entered service in Italy, where it travels between Turin and Salerno and Venice and Rome at a top speed of up to 300 km/h.
The new feature is explained by our game designer Bruno here. In that post you will also find instructions on how to test this feature on the PTR server already.
The cargo bonus engine incidentally has been designed according to your ideas on the forum and your feedback on Facebook. What does it looks like? Be quick and log into the PTR server to check it out!