Leipzig’s Got Talent Too

Written by: TrainSim-James

Train Sim World: Rapid Transit is coming December 14th, and features the all-modern DB BR 1442 as operated by S-Bahn Mitteldeutschland GmbH.

The DB BR 1442 ‘Talent 2’, known more common simply as the DB BR 442, was first introduced onto European soil in 2011 as an evolution of the previous ‘Talent’ electric and diesel multiple units. Despite sharing names however, the two families of units are most distinct with the Talent 2 offering improved crash safety, better performance, and all-round more widespread service potential.

The original Talent was designed by Waggonfabrik Talbot, however Bombardier would acquire the company before any construction would begin, and subsequently, Bombardier also oversaw the development of the brand new Talent 2, which began production in 2008. Like their predecessors, the Talent 2 family quickly proved popular, with hundreds ordered, and delivered, for operation throughout Europe.

It’s all in the name; Talent of course alludes to particular skills or natural abilities, however in the case of the unit family, it is also a clever anacronym of TALbot LEichter Nahverkehrs Triebwagen, or Talbot light suburban railcar, and the Talent was sought out by many. The units range anything from 2 to 5 cars in length, and can easily achieve a maximum speed of 160 km/h, sailing past their predecessors’ previous limit of 140.

The Talent 2s are also smooth, sleek and safe; shared Jacobs bogies allow for a lesser impact on the rails, keeping things quiet and comfortable for the passengers, all while reducing drag and improving efficiency, and ensuring the units stay upright in any derailments. They are also safe from a front-end point of view, the crash-optimised cab is designed to cushion impact, but it is this distinct detailing that earned them the nickname of “Hamsterbacke” (Hamster Cheeks).

As the Leipzig-Halle S-Bahn was set to be transformed into the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn, with the opening of the Leipzig City Tunnel, a new fleet of rolling stock was required which met all the tunnel safety regulations, unlike older traction. Attention turned to the Talent 2 family, and at the cost of about 200 million Euro, an order for 51 EMUs was placed. Classified as the DB BR 1442, they entered service on the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn lines in August 2013.

A total of 36 of the Mitteldeutschland S-Bahn DB BR 1442s are formed of 3 articulated coaches (as the 1442.1 subclass), which double up to form 6-car sets in the rush hour. Across all the lines, the daily ridership averages at 57,000, meaning the Leipzig City Tunnel in particular feels the pressure in the peaks, a pressure alleviated with a frequent timetable of Talent 2 action.

With Train Sim World: Rapid Transit, you will get the chance to step into the cab of the modern DB BR 1442.1, represented in the unique DB Silver & Green livery, and get a taste of what true commuter action is like from the best seat in the house. Of course, you can also play the role of a passenger and take a seat in the ergonomic, stepped passenger compartment, and be hustled through the state of Saxony in modern, stylised fashion. To get on-board, make sure you get your ticket to be the first to play when Train Sim World: Rapid Transit goes live on December 14th!

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  • This add-on looks really amazing. But please don’t say that the destination signs of the trains do not work. Also in the pictures the displays at the stations are empty. I really hope that this is only due to development.

    • The destination boards form part of the larger Passenger Information System which is still heavily in development and will be added in the future Welxx 🙂

  • Will there be a new game option added to have miles for US/UK routes and kilometers for german DLC? Like it was in the old TS?

    • That feature was added with Great Western Express Daniel, you can set your own unit of measure. Train Sim World will give you greater control over these things and does not force you to use units you may not be familiar with 🙂

      • Really? I though it was only possible to switch all routes to mph OR kmh, not a mix of both where every DLC uses the measure that is in the country used.
        I have to check the options again later. 🙂

        • I checked the options again, and i only can select imperial or metric… but if want miles on US-routes and kilometers on German routes? I dont see an option for this.

          • You would select the option that best suits the experience you’re intending to play, Daniel. Some players only like to drive with mph across every route and some only km/h, so the option allows everyone to select what they feel is most appropriate without being forced into one particular option or another

        • You would select the option that best suits the experience you’re intending to play, Daniel. Some players only like to drive with mph across every route and some only km/h, so the option allows everyone to select what they feel is most appropriate without being forced into one particular option or another

          • I don’t think you understand what I mean, I don’t want to choose between kmh or mph. I don’t want to switch between kmh for German routes and mph for us or UK routes all the time.
            If I start a UK route I want units in mph, If I start a German route in kmh, without allways changing the units in the options.

            • I understand exactly what you mean Daniel but you need to accept that there are many players that don’t play the same way you do 🙂

              • Yes but why dont give us more options so everybody can setup the game for its own style? I just want it like it was in the “old” Train Simulator.
                I play all DLC, german, UK and US but if i set the units to kmh it makes no sense for me to have kmh on a UK or US route as all the (US-) signals and speed signs are in mph but then the HUD is showing kmh.
                Well if this is your decision we have to decicde between kmh or mph for ALL routes from ALL countries then it is for me a huge step backwards. Then i have to change it allways in the settings if i drive a UK/US-route after a german route wich is just very inconvenient.

                • I’m not disagreeing with you Daniel, I think it’s a fair point and, at least for the moment, how it works means you have to set it manually. As with all of these suggestions, they do get recorded and put in front of the guys that are making the software so please don’t despair, I’m sure some proper thought will be put into it.

  • Hello Dovetail. I have a question about train. Have you planned to release this train – EMD F7A?

    • No current plans for the F7 in Train Sim World but it does exist in Train Simulator Samuel 🙂

      • Yes, i know. But in Train Simulator i couldn’t walk inside cab and so on. But thank you for answer.
        I have suggestion. Have you planned about voting? So users could vote about trains and routes they wanted to see in TSW

        • Thanks for the suggestion SamuelV and we do have a process that works quite well, you can post route, loco and feature suggestions on our forums. Other players can then vote on the suggestions that they feel strikes a chord with them.

  • It’s coming along nicely. Is there a possibility of extending the CSX Heavy Haul route as far as Connellsville, PA? I’d love to see Amtrak in TSW one day.

    • Always a possibility Antonio though I have no details whether that is planned or not

  • Will the whole route be available?

    • What exactly do you mean by “whole route”, Angel?

  • Video, Teaser, Trailer? I wanna See moving Images 😀

    • Soon™ 🙂

  • Honestly, i thought the cover for this article was a real picture… But even though i am not interested in European Trains. This one seems pretty good!

  • Wow, that train looks great. At a glance I thought the first picture was an actual photo!

  • Two more things i noticed, the platform in Leipzig MDR is a bit far away from the train and the Zs3v Signal on the first picture shouldnt look like normal letters, it should be made out of single LED`s

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Jodler85, I think with the Zs3v signal, what you’re seeing is just the result of scaling the image to the smaller size presented 🙂

      • I hope so, if it really looked like this in the game it would be a backstep to TS18 🙂

  • Will you be able to control both the lower and the high steps under the doors? You can only see the higher ones on the pictures.

    • I believe the steps are part of the door mechanism Jodler85 but, don’t quote me on that, I’m honestly not sure. Will certainly ask the question and update this message 🙂

      EDIT: The version of the BR 1442 includes only the upper step and not the lower. Apparently they don’t all have two steps.

      • Good to hear, because you can see both cm hight buttons in the cab on steam 🙂

  • I’m really looking forward to this. I guess this our Christmas present from you and a brilliant present it is. It’s so nice to see us venturing into Germany at last but I’m pleased the UK came first. As I tweeted the other day, I’ve already pre-ordered it which just adds to my excitement! There is one unrelated question I wanted to ask. I’m currently creating a scenario for TS18 which uses a bunch of 3rd party content by Armstrong Powerhouse and Just Trains, so can I upload it straight to the workshop or is there a different process? I just wanted to ask because I was doing a scenario for JT’s Western Mainlines and when I went to upload it, it stopped me because it wasn’t official content, so I don’t know if it’s just routes and trains. I know I could search the internet, but I just wanted a straight forward answer.

    • You can upload your scenario to Steam Workshop in exactly the same way Ant Craft. If you’re using content that cannot be sourced from Steam, this will make it quite difficult for people to play it 🙂

  • Looks great guys! I’m really impressed. Any chance of some screenshots of Leipzig Hbf. before release?

    • We’ll see what we can do RenfeBilbao7277 🙂

  • Those screenshots are truly beautiful. I’m really looking forward to this.

  • Some of those screenshots really confuse me though, they look quite real.
    As the article stated, the trains are formed of 6 cars in rush hour. I guess this is also simulated in scenarios and service mode?

    • I believe so Simon 🙂

      • And following a bit of research, I have managed to figure out that the Leipzig/Halle S-bahn have some 4- and 5-car trainsets. Judging by the article and screenshots, I guess this only include 3-car trainsets, is that correct? To be honest, have 4- and 5-car sets is not one of those things that is very important to me, but it would add a litte bit of extra variety amongst all the 1442’s

        • Yes, Rapid Transit only includes the DB BR 1442.1 (3-Car) and does not include the BR 1442.2 (4-Car) or BR 1442.3 (5-Car) sets though it’s likely we’ll bring these along in the future Simon 🙂

  • still no news on TSW for console does that mean that it is cancelled?

    • Certainly not Anthony, just means that it’s taking a while to port from one platform to another 🙂

  • On the first article about rapid transit it’s written that the route will be going from Markkleeberg-Gaschwitz to Dessau Hauptbahnhof. But under the article it says 70+km and 23 stations.
    The S2 has 24 stations, is this just a mistake or why is a station missing?
    All stations: http://www.s-bahn-mitteldeutschland.de/s_mitteldeutschland/view/mdb/s_mitteldeutschland/fahrplan/2017/mdb_241381_s-bahn_md_linie_2_704x205_cp_0x97_962x377.jpg

    • Can’t get anything past you Daniel! Good spot, should be fixed 🙂

      • I see everything 😉 By the way really nice pictures, I had to look twice if the first pic was a real or TSW picture.
        Can’t wait to take the Hamsterbacke for a ride 🙂

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