Working in the West

Written by: TrainSim-James

The Western Hydraulic Pack is coming soon to Train Simulator, and will feature variety abounds as you work the Riviera Line, 1960s style!

Between 1961 and 1964, a total of 101 ‘D7000’ series locomotives were produced for the Western Region of British Railways. The D7000s worked out of Old Oak Common, Cardiff Canton and Bristol Bath Road, and with their 1700hp Bristol-Siddely/Maybach MD870 engines producing a maximum tractive effort of 46,600 lbf, were able to effective handle secondary passenger and freight at speeds upwards of 90mph.

Much like most British Railways locomotives, the D7000s started life in BR Green livery, but some were soon seen in BR Blue before the entire fleet was untimely withdrawn from service. Unlike other classes however, the early Green guises were much more elaborate on the D7000s, featuring a Brunswick and light green body, medium grey roof, white window surrounds and on later iterations, yellow warning panels. Although never renumbered, the D7000 fleet was reclassified under TOPS as the BR Class 35, and they were nicknamed the “Hymek”.

Between 1958 and 1964, a total of 38 ‘D800’ series locomotives were built for express passenger services on BR’s Western Region. The D800s were allocated to Old Oak Common, Newton Abbot, Plymouth Laira and Bristol Bath Road, from where they headed trains such as the Cornish Riviera Express and the Bristolian. Unlike the D7000, the D800 featured two Maybach MD650 engines providing a combined output up to 2270hp, so despite the similar top speed of 90mph, the D800s could haul significantly heavier loads.

Again, the D800s started life in BR Green, although not as vibrant as the D7000’s variation, however the Western Region soon turned controversial as they adopted maroon as their new standard colour and applied it to D800s. By 1966, BR Blue started to appear on the fleet. Whereas the D7000s were not named, each D800 was, and all but two were named after Royal Navy vessels, and the fleet was known as the “Warship” diesels. As locomotives were re-liveried post-1968, the ‘D’ prefix was dropped from the number, and despite being reclassified as the BR Class 42 under TOPS, this was not reflected in reality.

Between 1961 and 1964, a total of 74 ‘D1000’ series locomotives were constructed to relieve the D800s of the Western Region top-link expresses, for which they were underpowered. When new, the D1000s were allocated to Old Oak Common, Plymouth Laira, Bristol Bath Road, Cardiff Canton and Landore, however as Class 50s, and later the HST took their place, they were all based at Laira. Much like the D800s, the D1000s were fitted with two engines, but the Maybach MD655 was utilised, and a pair of them could produce a staggering 2700hp.

The D1000s were also subject to the likes of BR Maroon and BR Blue, however they were also seen in more unique liveries such as BR Desert Sand a trial in testing for a new standard colour for locomotives of BR. Interestingly, there has been debate over what type of blue was used on some D1000s; early reports stated a ‘chromatic blue’ was used, giving the locos a metallic sheen. Some enthusiasts accept that this is merely an early camera anomaly, and that no such blue was ever implemented. Every D1000 locomotive was named ‘Western…’ and a single word such as ‘Champion’, and so they were known as the “Western” class. Under TOPS, the D1000s became the BR Class 52, but were never renumbered as such before withdrawal.

For Train Simulator, the Western Hydraulic Pack will bring the Hymeks, Warships and Westerns to life, as they were in service. Additionally, multiple liveries are present, and so are nameplates, a lot of nameplates! Keep an eye out for more updates, but for now, enjoy your first look at our in-service Western Hydraulics

The D7000, also known as the BR Class 35, will be resplendent in the earlier BR Green and later BR Blue liveries, with era-appropriate logos to suit. Note, screenshots depict content still in development.

The D800, known by many as the BR Class 42, arrives in BR Green, BR Maroon and BR Blue liveries, and all 38 examples of the class are featured.

The D1000, later called the BR Class 52, also sees the BR Blue and BR Maroon liveries, and additionally, the experimental BR Desert Sand. All 74 nameplates are available for your driving along the Riviera Line.

A Western (above), and a Hymek (below), look worse for wears as they go about their daily duties south of Newton Abbot. Both of these locomotives in the Western Hydraulics Pack will include weathered, and heavily weathered variants.

D867 ‘Zenith’ is seen powering her way up the bank out of Kingswear on a heavy passenger service to Exeter, sporting the fondly remembered BR Maroon livery (above). Meanwhile, a grimy D7004 and D1023 ‘Western Fusilier’ cross paths at Exminster station on a typically rainy day (below).

Before BR Blue was BR Green, and D817 ‘Foxhound’ charges along the Riviera Line with a long rake of Mk1 coaches in-tow (above and below). The Western Hydraulic Pack acts as a total conversion kit for the Riviera Line in the Fifties route, bringing it forward into the diesel era.

In a fresh BR Blue, D1068 ‘Western Reliance’ departs Exeter St. Davids with a fully loaded, top-link passenger service headed for the Devon Coast (above). Again in the pouring rain, D7004 is spotted again doing a lighter, stopping service in the same direction (below).

Cloud and Clag fill the skies as D814 ‘Dragon’ breathes fire into Exeter St. Davids, heading north (above). After giving the Dawlish Sea Wall a good thrash, D1051 ‘Western Ambassador’ departs Teignmouth, in need of a good scrubbing (below).

With the Western Hydraulics Pack, the clag-filled 1960s are coming soon to the Riviera Line in Train Simulator!

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  • And also, I know this pack is still in development but when is it expected to be released or is there no definite date yet?

    • We generally do not discuss release dates for Train Simulator add-ons TheCornishCrusader. I’m confident you’ll not have too much longer to wait though 🙂

  • Can you confirm how much this pack will be so I know how much money to set aside for it? Thanks in advance 🙂

  • Will there be new sounds? With a pack that’s looking this promising, I’d assume so.

  • If we already own the Class 52 Pack and/or the Class 35 Pack, do we get a discount on this pack?

    • I believe this post should answer your question, Daniel.

      • Will these locos link into the old IHH file paths as there are quite a number of scenarios for the IHH locos which relative newcomers like myself would appreciate? Also is it posible to add the D63xx locos (again with the IHH paths? These were all important locos in my youth!!

        • The locos will not link to the IHH file paths Roger as these are Dovetail products. If you’re familiar with the Scenario Editor, Roger, I’m sure you’re aware it’s a fairly simple process to swap out locomotives in scenarios. If you’re not sure how to do this, perhaps we could help with a simple step-by-step guide? 🙂

          The D63xx locos are on the list to be considered for the future as requested

          • That would be great as I’m not sure how the editor works. If you could send aguide to my email address that would be really helpfull.

            • I can do better than a written guide Roger, one of our staff members has created a series of videos that might be of more use to you. Click here to view the video.

  • Will you be updating any of the sounds on the locomotives included that already exist on their own?

    • How do you mean Dash?

  • looking good! 🙂

  • “The Western Hydraulic Pack acts as a total conversion kit for the Riviera Line in the Fifties route, bringing it forward into the diesel era.”

    Does this mean we’re getting a post Beeching pre Rationalization Riviera Line with this? Because if we aren’t it isn’t a ‘total’ conversion 😉 😛

    • James is referring to the operational traction perspective, Robert 🙂

      • Then it isn’t a total conversion kit Steven, it is just a conversion kit because of how different certain areas of the line were post Beeching in the 60’s 😛

        • Still going to possibly be the best value for money DTG release ever.. I mean every name plate for every Loco that carried one, multiple liveries… Wowser!

  • I cannot wait to see these though the hymek and western are already in steam but only in select liveries so this is a welcome addon for ANY fan of the WR hydralics


  • I trust that all members of the Westerns and Warships have nameplates?

    • I think this line in the above article “Additionally, multiple liveries are present, and so are nameplates, a lot of nameplates!” answers your question for you Stuart but just in case, yes they do 🙂

  • the riviera line must be my favorite route in TS, and with this pack, I might actually be able to turn my graphics up for this route! 😛

    on a slightly different note, what became of the 2-HAL that was announced a while back?

    • The 2-HAL is still in progress Railfan722, and still coming 🙂

  • I’m guessing the 14 didn’t make it in the pack Steve? The other locos are looking awesome though, love the weathering. Also is that a maroon mk1 first brake in the 2nd to last picture? If so I think that’s a new one in TS that will be appreciated 😀

    • Sadly not Dan, it’s going to take too much work to bring it in for when we need it. I’ve put it on the list to be looked at properly at a later date. On the subject of Mk1s, yes, that’s a Brake First Composite.

      • also on the subject on MK1s are they new? they look new

        • They’re pulled together from a range of different packs, some that are no longer on sale, though there are some Mk1s in a livery that was not previously available.

      • also the 43 warship is a good thing to tack on to this pack in the future

        • Great suggestion flyingscotman4472

      • Thanks for trying. I’m guessing that weathering and scenarios would have been needed for the release and that wouldn’t of been possible. It would be cool to see it on Rivera 50’s some day, maybe a marketplace pack?

        • Will make sure it stays on the list to be reworked Dan, in the meantime, you can at least still enjoy the existing pack.

  • AMAZING! These look great.

    • yep it looks great

  • This DLC looks very promising, very feature-rich and the textures look excellent. Will weathered coaches be included? I think it would be something that would further enhance this add-on. Also, is there a price for this yet? Certainly looking forward to this one!

    • No weathered coaches included AirbourneAlex and pricing will be similar to our previously released BR Blue Packs.

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