Written by: TrainSim-James
As Master Key Simulations’ BR Class 460 is coming soon to Train Simulator, we’re going to delve into the feature-rich representation that will be yours to control, and see just how detailed Gatwick Express operations are going to get!
- Highly accurate model, textures and sound set, featuring the older and newer Gatwick Express livery
- Passenger view with scrolling Passenger Information System, and authentic cab representing the BR Class 460 in older (CSR) and newer (GSM-R) configurations
- Master Key Operation
- Authentic Driver’s Direction Selector (reverser)
- Power/Brake Controller with correct notches, smooth braking and hill-start function
- Driver Safety Device with Vigilance equipment and relevant isolation switches
- Accurately represented AWS, TPWS & self-test sequence
- Train Auxiliaries Set & Trip Button
- Saloon and cab air-conditioning
- Operable Door Release Panels
- Guard or Driver Only Operation as you choose
- Cab, Clipboard & Headlight switches
- Multi-speed windscreen wiper, demist and washer jet simulation
- Operable cab doors with proper locking procedure
- Multi-functional Train Monitoring System with fault list, Train Service Number selection and various audio announcements
- Cab Secure Radio and GSM-R Radio
- Miniature Circuit Breakers
- And more!
Cold Start Procedure
This procedure has been taken from the manual, to give you an idea of what you’ll be reading to learn your way around the Class 460. In total, there are over 8000 words; descriptions for every function, details on the consist, if any EMU was going to make it into the Pro Range, it would certainly be the Class 460!
- Enter the driving cab, checking for any tripped MCBs or Isolation/Cut-Out Switches in the ISOLATE position. A unit must NOT be brought into service with any tripped MCBs or isolated systems.
- Check emergency plungers are set (black line must be vertical).
- Check PBC in the HIGH position.
- If not already set, set the auxiliaries by holding down the TRAIN AUXILIARIES SET button for five seconds, or until the LINE VOLTS Indicator is lit.
- At this point, the compressor will begin charging the Main Reservoir (the Main Reservoir must charge to at least 5.6 bar for the brakes to release).
- Set the HEADLIGHTS as required.
- Set TAILIGHTS as required.
- Insert and turn the Master Key through 90 degrees clockwise.
- Operate the passenger doors if at station of service origin.
- Move the Drivers Direction Selector (DDS) to the NEUTRAL position.
- Observe all TPWS light on.
- Observe AWS activation via horn and sunflower movement.
- Reset AWS.
- Check DRA is in the ‘On/Set’ Position.
- Observe Incident Recorder ‘Healthy’ Light on back wall.
- Check no Cab Warning Indications.
- Login to the TMS by entering 00000, and set the TSN if at station of service origin.
- Register the CSR or GSM-R radio.
- Once the Main Reservoir is fully charged, check for any faults showing on the TMS fault page.
- Ensure cab doors are shut and locked.
- Close passenger doors if opened, ensuring Door Interlock is gained.
- Ensure any relevant signal is not showing a Do Not Proceed aspect.
- Reset the Driver Reminder Appliance.
- With the Hillstart Button depressed, move the PBC from a braking position, into notch 1, releasing the Hillstart Button as the unit begins to move.
In all, over 150 in-cab elements of the BR Class 460 have been captured by Master Key Simulations, and all of them will be yours to master as you work the Gatwick Express. If that wasn’t enough, Master Key Simulations have also been working away at BR Class 73 ‘73202’, in Southern and Gatwick Express livery, which will contain a wide range of authentic features and will be included with the BR Class 460 as a free bonus! ■