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  • Nickel Plate High Speed Freight Set - Now Available

    N3V Games is pleased to announce the release of the Nickel Plate High Speed Freight Set for Trainz Simulator 12.

    This new DLC pack includes the follow:
    • New York, Chicago & St, Louis / 'Nickel Plate Road' Class S-2 2-8-4 locomotive in early and late conditions.
    • Pere Marquette Class N-1 2-8-4 locomotive in 'as preserved' condition.
    • NKP 40' Boxcar
    • NKP 400 Series Bay Window Caboose


    A full list of features included in this pack are:
    • Custom 3d Locomotive Interior.
    • Custom 3d Caboose Interior.
    • Animated ringing bell, including bell lever controlls in locomotive cab.
    • Configurable classification lights and flags.
    • Automatically assigned prototypical vehicle numbering for Locomotive, Boxcar, and Caboose.
    • Tender automatically displays the running number.
    • Automatic tail light on rear of tender.
    • Automatically configured end of train flags (day), marker lamps (night) and a lantern for backing up on the Caboose.
    • Interior of Caboose is lit at night.
    • Train crew will board / alight from caboose at the crew depot.
    • Automatic brake hose connection on all vehicles using the ACS standard.
    • Boxcar loads palletized goods by default, other loads configurable in surveyor.
    • Boxcar doors are animated and will open when loading and unloading products.



    A little History for the fans...


    The Lima 'Super Power'

    In the early 20th century the rampant spread of the developing industrial machine demanded ever faster service from it's transportation systems. It was clear that dragging freight over vast distance at low speed was the formula of a bygone era. If the railroad was to keep pace with the modern world it would need to provide more rapid methods of moving the tonnage. More power was the obvious solution, but how to achieve this at reasonable cost and in a way compatible with existing infrastructure?

    As demand declined for the powerful but slow pulling Shay technology licensed to Lima Locomotive Works, the company turned it's attention to conventional locomotive development. In 1922 Vice President of Engineering, William Woodard set about solving the problem of generating greater power without excessive axle loads and fuel consumption. Building upon Lima's experimental H-10 Mikado built for the New York Central Railroad, Woodard's team applied several innovations including Type E super-heaters, Worthington feedwater heaters, cast steel cylinders and increased boiler pressure. Most notably the firebox was increased in size by over a third. Distribution of the additional firebox weight was achieved by incorporating a four wheel trailing truck, resulting in the characteristic 2-8-4 wheel arrangement.

    The Class A-1 'Super Power' locomotive proved successful in testing on the NYC's Boston & Albany subsidiary, hauling heavy freight over the Berkshire Hills. The 2-8-4 wheel arrangement would come to be known on most railroads as the 'Berkshire'.

    Improved and refined over the ensuing years, Lima's 'Super Power' designs would find a home on various railroads, perhaps most famously on the New York, Chicago & St. Louis or 'Nickel Plate Road' which ordered a total of 65 of these locomotives of three slightly different designs. In 1944, 30 Class S-2 Berkshires were built for NKP of which No.765 survives in operational condition, maintained by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society.


    Nickel Plate High Speed Service

    Proving Woodard's concept of 'horsepower at speed', the Nickel Plate is remembered for it's High Speed Freight Service. Racing the freight through NKP's home states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio at up to 60mph, Lima Berkshires linked cities such as Chicago, Peoria and St.Louis along the western gateway with Buffalo in the east, making overnight connections with New York, New England and Philadelphia services.


    Pere Marquette N-1 - 'The Polar Express'

    Another descendant of the A-1 and close relative of NKP's S-2, Pere Marquette's Class N-1 was built by Lima in 1941 for fast freight services in the Great Lakes region. Pere Marquette N-1 #1225 has been preserved in operational condition. It is currently undergoing repairs subsequent to a compulsory 15 yearly boiler inspection and is expected to returned to service on the Great Lakes Central Railroad in mid to late 2013. The locomotive is a familiar sight in modern culture since an accurate representation is featured in the 2004 movie, 'The Polar Express'.
    Comments 131 Comments
    1. Cratey's Avatar
      Cratey -
      High definition renders are available via Trainz Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1659432&type=3
    1. stevelerro's Avatar
      stevelerro -
      spent 5 hours installing TS12, and the SP1 patch, and it says "installation of the content package failed due to presence of corrupted data" anyone have a clue?
    1. nicky9499's Avatar
      nicky9499 -
      Most amazing piece of locomotion ever created for Trainz. Unfortunately I, for one, will not be getting this solely due to the SP1 prerequisite. Shame, really.

      Also, I believe "Nickel" has been misspelt.
    1. gremlin1812's Avatar
      gremlin1812 -
      G'day, I'm with you nicky9499, SP1 and it's so called hot fixes caused many problems on my PC and they only went away when I got rid of anything to do with SP1.
      It is a real shame N3V is doggedly taking this track, only time will tell but unless something drastic happens to make things right I have spent my last dollars with them.
      Regards
      Barrie
    1. pdkoester's Avatar
      pdkoester -
      Yes, the word Nikel, on the caboose, is incorrect. LOL
    1. wkwood's Avatar
      wkwood -
      If I only had a dime for every time I saw the word "Nickel" misspelled...
    1. pdkoester's Avatar
      pdkoester -
      Quote Originally Posted by wkwood View Post
      If I only had a dime for every time I saw the word "Nickel" misspelled...
      Yes, even the title of this spells it Nickle, LOL!
    1. frogpipe's Avatar
      frogpipe -
      Yeah, that shows me the level of care taken in the creation.

      Pass.
    1. Lomax40's Avatar
      Lomax40 -
      can't wait to see it
    1. ZeroX624's Avatar
      ZeroX624 -
      What about Trainz for iPad and android what happened to those games Why do you refused to updating them N3V? well since you don't Update them we will never get Awesome DLC like this package :-(
    1. nicky9499's Avatar
      nicky9499 -
      For the price of this "update" you could could buy 4 copies of Trainz iPad. Stop whining, alot of PC users aren't getting it either.
    1. nicky9499's Avatar
      nicky9499 -
      Quote Originally Posted by pdkoester View Post
      Yes, the work Nikel, on the caboose, is incorrect. LOL


      Man, this is so embarrassing...
    1. PerRock's Avatar
      PerRock -
      Texture & model wise the locomotives are real nice. The biggest downside is the spelling on the caboose. N3V it pays to beta test!


      I'll have to revisit my videos, but the sounds didn't sound like the real NP 765 to me, mind you it's been a while since NKP765 was in my neighborhood, and I could be mis-remebering it. But it just didn't sound quite right to me.

      peter

      PS: NKP765 is supposed to be black, not blue.
    1. MMMTZ's Avatar
      MMMTZ -
      Nice! I want to buy it but I dont know how can i pay for an internet transaction anyone knows?
    1. gawpo50's Avatar
      gawpo50 -
      G'day, I'm with you nicky9499, SP1 and it's so called hot fixes caused many problems on my PC and they only went away when I got rid of anything to do with SP1.
      It is a real shame N3V is doggedly taking this track, only time will tell but unless something drastic happens to make things right I have spent my last dollars with them.
      Works fine for me.

      Most amazing piece of locomotion ever created for Trainz. Unfortunately I, for one, will not be getting this solely due to the SP1 prerequisite. Shame, really.
      True it is

      Yeah, that shows me the level of care taken in the creation.
      Hmmmmm.........You could maybe do better.......
    1. frogpipe's Avatar
      frogpipe -
      At spelling? Probably.

      And yes, I will take something as visible as that as an indication of how carefully it was vetted before release. Granted, it may be the result of a hyper focus on the "under the hood" details, but it does not bode well.

      And just what is the point of "Works fine for me."? Except to be aggravating, because it certainly doesn't help anyone.
    1. nickelplateroad's Avatar
      nickelplateroad -
      Let me ask question.. Does Berkshire into new route?
    1. 64Warhorse's Avatar
      64Warhorse -
      Quote Originally Posted by pdkoester View Post
      Yes, even the title of this spells it Nickle, LOL!
      Do bear in mind that, although the correct spelling in this case is indeed "Nickel", in pretty much any Commonwealth nation the word *is* spelled "nickle". In spite of Hollywood's best efforts, we don't (yet) all speak American ...
    1. opus722's Avatar
      opus722 -
      No, I am 99.9% sure it is "nickel" in both British and American English. In fact, the -el spelling is in pretty much every Latin script language from Afrikaans to Turkish.
    1. ZecMurphy's Avatar
      ZecMurphy -
      Good Afternoon All
      Thank you for reporting the spelling error on the caboose. Seems this one slipped through (it was beta tested, by quite a few people, but doesn't seem to have been picked up).

      Over the years, I've had other content creators mention they intentionally leave obvious errors in their models for beta testers to find, only to find them never reported. This does somewhat show that things can slip through from time to time, as even the best testers can miss things.

      I have passed this on for it to be looked into, and resolved if we do release an update in future

      Regards