We're really pleased to announce that another three wagon packs for Train Simulator are now available to buy on Steam Marketplace.

With our first two wagon packs receiving a warm welcome to the Steam Marketplace it's great to be able to announce that both CEA covered hopper wagon packs and the VCA 45t GLW Van wagon pack are now available. Those of you who have been following us for a while will know a couple of those packs have had a long gestation and you're probably as pleased to see them finished as we are!


CEA Covered Hoppers [Loadhaul]

Fastline Simulation: CEA Covered Hoppers [Loadhaul]

The CEA conversion was one of the later attempts to find a use for the large numbers of HEA hoppers that were standing around with very little to do as the requirements for domestic and industrial coal diminished. The CEAs were converted in 1996 by the shadow privatisation company Loadhaul with a retractable sheet that could be rolled back from ground level by attaching a windlass to a spigot fitted to the under-frame. The sheet allowed them to carry products which needed protecting from the weather or that may have had issues with dust blowing off in transit. Interestingly a thin corner support was added to the later build wagons at the time of conversion.

Some 44 wagons were converted and they appear to have had questionable success in traffic. Some commodities that the wagons have been noted carrying include Limestone, Calcified Seaweed, China Clay, Petroleum Coke and Chipped Tyres for use at Aberthawe Cement Works.

The Loadhaul CEA Covered Hopper Wagon Pack for Train Simulator includes:

  • Clean and weathered versions of both wagon body types
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics
  • ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
  • Animated hand brakes
  • Body variation switching based on vehicle number as per the prototype.

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.


CEA Covered Hoppers [EWS]

Fastline Simulation: CEA Covered Hoppers [EWS]

Following the sale of the three shadow privatisation companies to Wisconsin Central the CEA hoppers became the responsibility of English Welsh and Scottish Railway. The company was very pro-active in attempting to grow rail freight across the United Kingdom, both in terms of block train and wagonload traffic. EWS obviously saw some value in the CEA fleet and a large number received a coat of EWS maroon along with new matching flexible covers.

Oddly, for such a small fleet of wagons the repainting wasn't uniform and two distinct styles appeared. In one case the wagons received EWS maroon on the hopper body area only, the lettering and notices were in the same style applied to the wagons when converted by Loadhaul and no EWS branding was carried. Other wagons also received maroon paint on the top face of the under-frame and on the buffer beams, EWS branding was applied and other lettering above under-frame level was moved and applied in gold using Gill Sans.

The EWS CEA Covered Hopper Wagon Pack for Train Simulator includes:

  • Branded and unbranded EWS liveries.
  • Clean and weathered versions of both wagon body and livery types
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics. Other features include:
  • ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
  • Animated hand brakes
  • Body variation switching based on vehicle number as per the prototype.

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.


VCA 45t GLW 2 Axle Vans

Fastline Simulation: VCA 45t GLW 2 Axle Vans

In 1971, a new design of long wheel base van appeared from Ashford Works that had the same overall dimensions as earlier air braked vans, but they were fitted with 2 centrally mounted sliding doors per side and were Air-braked only. These 125 wagons to lot 3764 were coded as COV CD and painted Freight Brown with a large Double Arrow high on the left hand side. In the 2nd half of 1974, Shildon Works constructed a further 100 vans to lot 3832. It is these 2 lots of wagons that feature in this pack.

After the changeover to TOPS, these vans were coded as VCA, though the 2nd lot were incorrectly labelled as VBA when new (not featured in the pack). In time, the first lot were repainted in Maroon livery with a boxed Double Arrow and Railfreight branding. Both lots later received Railfreight Flame Red & Grey livery.

The VCAs seem to have been mainly used for tinplate traffic from South Wales to various Metal Box Company factories around the country and for export traffic. From the early 1980s many of the vans were transferred to departmental use or were used as the base for further wagon types, but these are outside the scope of this pack.

The VCA 45t GLW 2 axle vans Wagon Pack for Train Simulator includes:

  • BR Freight Brown, BR Maroon and BR Railfreight flame red & grey liveries
  • Clean and weathered textures
  • Loaded and unloaded versions with suitable physics.
  • ‘Intelligent’ tail lamps
  • Animated hand brakes
  • Decal switching

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.

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