Friday, 16 February 2018

Raven (LNER) Q6: Rolling Stock, Part 1

Today we have Part 1 of the rolling stock that is included with the Raven Q6 DLC. We'll have Part 2 next week as there are a lot of images.

We start with the humble open wagon. This one is wood, built from 1932 with a 10ft wheelbase and able to carry 12 tons. These 6 plank wagons were mass produced and there were 15,000 unfitted examples by the 1940's.

Seen here empty we have added various loads all set with the correct weights, including...

... heavy loads, often minerals that needed to be kept dry (the heavy weight meant that the wagon was not completely full and the tarpaulins would dip down into the wagon...

... light loads (the opposite of above, a light load would stick out of the wagon and be secured with the tarpaulin)...

... ceramic pipes, needing no covering they were packed in with wood and straw...

... sacks, mostly root vegetables or goods that would not become spoiled travelling in damp sacks.

This wagon was also produced in a fitted version, numbering 6,000 units.
Here we see one filled with 5 gallon Carboys, a glass container with a thin neck often used in the brewing process.

The fitted versions also have other appropriate loads available, seen here is the heavy loaded tarpaulin.

Many of these wagons survived into British Railways service and were used all over the northern network. These come with various loads as above, with just a small sample shown below.

All numbering is dynamic covering thousands of each type of wagon and the tarpaulin numbers are unique as well.

Next we have another stalwart of freight movements but this time made from steel. These also had a 10ft wheelbase and could carry 13 tons of goods. The type seen here is unfitted and with wooden side doors.

Again there are plenty of loads to choose from to create unique and varied consists.

500 were also produced as fitted wagons but having metal side doors.

And as with the wooden wagons many of these were taken into British Railways service and used up to and beyond the end of steam.

Again, there are many optional loads for each type of wagon with correct weight values and all numbering is dynamic, as are the tarpaulin numbers.

Next week we'll take a look at the rest of the rolling stock which includes a large mineral wagon and an unusual conflat load.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Steam Lunar Sale 2018

The moon is in the sky! So that must mean it's time for a sale or something?!
Yes it's Steam sale time again because goodness knows it's been far too long since the last one. So grab yourself some more great deals.

Click this link to see all of our DLC on Steam or click on an image below to view a particular DLC.

GWR Large Prairies - 30% off
GWR Large Prairies Lined Liveries (Requires GWR Large Prairies Pack)
Stroudley A1/A1X Class 'Terrier' - 30% off
GWR Saint Class & Travelling Post Office - 30% off
BR Saint & Travelling Post Office Livery (Requires GWR Saint Pack) - 50% off
USATC S160 - 30% off
GWR 14xx - 30% off
LNER Peppercorn K1 - 50% off
GWR Small Prairies - 30% off
GWR 56xx - 50% off
GT3 Gas Turbine Prototype - 50% off
GWR Steam Railmotor - 50% off
Southern Bulleid Q1 - 50% off

Monday, 12 February 2018

Raven (LNER) Q6: On the Footplate

Today we take a close look at the Q6's footplate where you'll likely be spending most of your driving life. The Q6 was a freight workhorse and so lacked many of the comforts of other LNER designs - our minds turned to the particularly comfy looking seats we built for the Peppercorn K1 when we were fitting out the cab this time.

Here we see the NER/LNER style cab. Note the lack of the familiar duplex vacuum brake gauge - the Q6 has no need of this as it only has an engine brake (the whole class being built for use on unfitted freight trains), controlled by the brass lever on the right hand side - being proportional the brakes are applied to the amount that the lever is pulled so no gauge is required.

The Q6 does feature a steam powered reverser (last seen on our Bullied Q1 class) although this one works a little differently.
In basic mode we have simplified it, so pulling or pushing on the black lever (with the white painted end) will increase or decrease the reverser, the cut off setting being shown on the brass gauge set into the right hand bench for both modes.

However in advanced mode the engine uses the realistic system where the black lever applies steam to the reverser and the lever mounted to the side of the bench dictates whether the reverser is increased or decreased based on it's direction (this can be toggled using the E key for those who prefer keyboard controls).

As always we have outside cab views for the driver and fireman positions and also a view into the 3D firebox for checking that all important fire level.

The Q6 tender carries plenty of coal and water for the long freight runs and has working controls for water shutoffs, handbrake and water scoop, and uses the shovel to control how much coal is put onto the fire with each throw.

Under British Railways a repaint to some of the cab areas was the only significant change. For this model we have used the new texturing technique used on the outer model in all of the cabs as well creating a much more realistic "in use" appearance that is especially well suited to these hard working engines.

Next we have the cab for the BR filthy version which, as the exterior model, shows a large amount of neglect and many months with only the essential working parts being maintained and cleaned.

Finally we have the modern day preserved cab which has the addition of a vacuum brake (with gauge) and steam heat so that it can pull passenger services.

Friday we will show off all of the freight stock that is coming with the Q6 pack - although the keen eyed amongst you have already started to spot bits of it in the recent Dovetail Games teaser

Friday, 26 January 2018

Raven (LNER) Q6: Colour Pictures, British Railways

Finally we arrive at the last livery version of  the Raven Q6 (NER T3), under British Railways from 1948 until the last Q6 withdrawals in September 1967.

Still in the familiar black from NER and LNER days (as all non-express engines under BR) the red lining is gone and the numbers replaced with the standard BR lettering of the day, a plate on the smoke box door announcing the engine number (now with a 6 preceding the previous LNER numbering to create a series from 63340 to 63459) and a shed code plate below.

The simple "British Railways" lettering was the first livery under BR and is shown here on a reasonably clean engine.

Around 1950 this text was changed to the iconic "Cycling Lion" crest.

And in 1956 this then changed to the "Ferret with a Dartboard" crest, although in reality many engines still carried the older "Cycling Lion" for many more years and some were even withdrawn still carrying it in the late 1960's.

Finally we have the preserved version of the BR livery, now fitted with a train vacuum brake and steam heating.

Jumping back to the BR era:
The Q6 was a mineral freight engine. There was no glamour as with the express services of the day and these engines would frequently have gone for long periods of time without being painted or even cleaned beyond the necessary maintenance to keep them safe for use. Consequently they are best remembered by most people alive now in a livery we like to refer to as "BR filth". This worn down state is a popular subject in model railways as well as in Train Simulator and we think we have created our best "lived in" livery to date using some new texturing techniques.

All 120 members of the Q6 class will be available in all liveries we have shown over the past three weeks and as always with the option to change the numbering and certain components via the scenario engine number.
Next week we will step inside the cab under the NER, LNER and BR and take a look at the controls of this class which include a steam powered reverser.