The TRAXX series of electric locomotives from Bombardier is responsible for many of Germany’s more modern freight and passenger locomotives, including the BR 145, now available for Train Simulator.Read full description
The TRAXX series of electric locomotives from Bombardier is responsible for many of Germany’s more modern freight and passenger locomotives, including the BR 145, now available for Train Simulator.
The mainline BR 145 was derived from the prototype locomotive 128 001, built by AEG and Henschel as an experimental high-performance electric locomotive as a test bed for new technology. This prototype paved the way for an order of 80 BR 145 locomotives in 1997 by Deutsche Bahn AG, specifically for medium-weight freight operations on the German rail network.
In 2000 a derivative locomotive, the BR 146, was developed specifically for passenger services, adapted for higher speed running; however, over time the BR 145 was also pressed in passenger service, albeit with a top speed of 140 km/h (87mph) but equally capable of hauling local Regio passenger trains.
The BR 145 for Train Simulator is available in Deutsche Bahn ‘Traffic Red’ livery as it can be seen hauling passenger services across Germany. The locomotive is fitted with PZB, AFB and SIFA in-cab signalling and driver safety devices, alongside Regio passenger coaches. The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the DB BR 145 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Hamburg-Hanover route (available separately and required to play these scenarios).
Four scenarios for the Hamburg-Hanover route:
• Simple Controls Training: DB BR 145
• Expert Controls Training: DB BR 145
• It’s Snow Trouble
• Northbound Passenger
• BR 145 in Deutsche Bahn ‘Traffic Red’ livery
• PZB, AFB and SIFA in-cab signalling and driver safety devices
• Regio passenger coaches
• Quick Drive compatible
• Scenarios for the Hamburg-Hanover route
• Download size: 132mb
The BR 145, like many DTG trains, is nicely and accurately modelled. As ever it is let down by the flat sound effects. Neither the train nor its coaches feature any form of rumbling or authentic clanking/rubbing sounds which would have otherwise provided a level of immersion which only some locos exhibit. Horn, motor, and int/exterior sounds are recycled from the BR 101. Further to add to the disappointment, the DLC includes just two scenarios (where the others are 'training'). To me, the train looks and feels little different to the BR 101 which you no doubt already own in your collection. Therefore, I can only recommend purchasing this DLC if you are very particular about this specific loco (maybe because you are familiar with riding on it in real life), as [for me] it simply doesn't add the variety which I would want the route. This might be just what you are wanting, but I prefer a bit of variety.
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