Swiss-Grade Railway

Written by: TrainSim-James

The bespoke and utterly stunning Arosa Line will shortly be arriving for Train Simulator, and from the cab of the Allegra, you’ll get to take in the sights as you battle incredible grades.

The Rhaetian Railway’s Arosa Line is a popular tourist hub with resorts busy all year round. Starting at Chur, the line ascends over 1,100m in order to reach its terminus at Arosa, but not without significant hairpin turns of a steep 6% grade, with multiple tunnels and viaducts – including the nationally important Langwieser Viaduct. If distinct mountainous crossings were not enough, the Arosa Line also shares its rails with the streets of Chur, known as the “Stadtbahn”, imploring vigilance at all times.

The Arosa Line is not just home to passengers, freight facilities populate key areas through the peaks and see frequent traffic both day and night; you must be ready to work the Arosa Line at any hour, without fault. Additionally the main traction on the route is Stadler’s ABe 8/12 Allegra, a 3-car electric multiple unit, so when you’re not taking passengers, you’ll be uniquely using this EMU to haul freight through the mountains.

In Train Simulator, the Arosa Line will feature the 25km railway from Chur to Arosa in Alpine Switzerland, complete with…

  • Metre gauge track system with 3D sleepers, animated junction levers and illuminated indicators covering the line.
  • RhB signalling system with custom designed signal models and features including:
    • Arosa group signals unique to this line.
    • Animated Brake Test and “Abfahrbefehl” (departure indicators).
    • Operating “Besetztes Gleis” indicators for entering occupied platforms.
    • Three state ground signals that function correctly between main signals.
    • ZSI-90 Safety System track magnets and in-cabin equipment.
  • All new request stop features designed especially for the Arosa Line.
  • Over 100 overhead line equipment and catenary models.
  • Dynamically operating pantographs for the ABe 8/12 Allegra. Player locomotives have pantographs that dynamically follow the height of the overhead wires and lower through tunnels.
  • Over 50 custom bridge and tunnel portal models designed to accurately represent the stunning engineering of the route.
  • Highly detailed station models designed from Thomson Interactive’s survey of the route in early 2017 along with many other feature models along the line.
  • Animated ski lift models in Arosa.
  • Detailed rock face models to capture the breath-taking scenery of the route.
  • All new ABe 8/12 Allegra Electric Multiple Unit in branded RhB livery with correct body side nameplates for all fifteen set numbers (3501 – 3515). Dynamic and selectable pantographs with sparking feature. Animated wing mirrors and exterior driver character that automatically moves to the driving end of the train. Player selectable destination system. Automatic speed control system and a host of other in cabin features.
  • Passenger view for the EWA coach of the Allegra where you can take in the breath-taking scenery and observe the driver’s cabin through the glass partition.
  • Lb-v container wagons, Sp-w timber wagons and all-new Fac hopper wagons are included.
  • Route fully configured for Quick Drive scenarios and Allegra trainset compatible with our existing Albula route Quick Drive (Albula Line available separately).
  • 7 x Career scenarios including a guided tutorial for the ABe 8/12 Allegra train.
  • 3 x Railfan mode scenarios.

The release of Thomson Interactive’s highly anticipated Arosa Line draws ever closer, so make sure you keep an eye out for any news!

On the Arosa Line, there is a unique view for every twist and turn; be that nestled in forests while climbing a mountain (above), or squeezing your way past the buildings of Chur, Switzerland’s oldest known town (below).

Performing freight duties, Allegra No. 3511 ‘Otto Barblan’ curves away from the aggregate terminal near Arosa and heads towards Chur (above). The ruling grade of the Arosa Line is an astonishing 6%, no mean feat for any driver to master, thankfully the Allegra Abe 8/12 fleet is fitted with advanced speed control systems that aid on the unforgiving rails (below).

3503 ‘Carlo Janka’ works a short rake of aggregate hoppers through the streets of Chur, a service which originated just outside Arosa. After the kilometre drop, the driver will take a break, and the aggregate will continue its journey along the RhB network (above and below).

Busy at all hours. As a night freight picks up an engineer at Langwies, a southbound service formed of 3501 ‘Willem Jan Holsboer’ takes on a few more passengers who are about to witness the illuminated Schanfigg Valley in all its glory.

Elena and her trusty companion stand at Chur Stadt, one of several request stops along the Arosa Line, ready for a trip through the mountains aboard the Allegra.

Unique and remarkable, Thomson Interactive’s Arosa Line is coming soon to Train Simulator!

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