The mixed-traffic Class 35 diesel-hydraulic locomotive is now available for Train Simulator in BR green livery.
The hydraulic transmission fitted to the Class 35 locomotives gave them their affectionate nickname of ‘Hymeks’ and, at the time they were built, were the most powerful diesel-hydraulic locomotive operating with a single engine. They were popular sights at the head of semi-fast and freight trains across the Western Region of the British rail network during the 1960s.
A total of 101 models were produced by Beyer Peacock between 1961 and 1964, although their operational life was relatively short – withdrawals began in 1971 and were completed by 1975. A total of four locomotives have survived into preservation.
The Class 35 for Train Simulator is available in British Railways green livery and is a former Iron Horse House model, which has been updated to TS2014 standard, including new scenarios and improved exterior modelling. Also included are BR Mk1 passenger coaches in chocolate and cream livery.
The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the BR Class 35 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Four scenarios for The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton route:
This is a surprisingly good little DLC. The class 35 has been recreated very nicely. The interior/cab is especially worth talking about - it features a little 'Easter-egg'! One version of the train which comes with the DLC features a cab with a pasty on the side, and behind the driver; an electric oven presumably for heating the pasty. The sound effects included are actually pretty good. They're not quite the standard of Armstrong Powerhouse but I wouldn't complain. The train (aesthetically) fits in really well with the route, especially in combination with the BR Castle Class loco addon. As ever, disappointingly small number of 'actual' scenarios (excluding the tutorials). Overall, really not bad - made better by the pasty easter egg and good modelling.
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