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SLC Update – October 2018

Hello everybody, welcome to another blog post.

Let’s dive right in with the updates.

The V1.3 update of the T9 has unfortunately had to be put on hold, as I need to gather more research on the Drummond 3,500 gallon tenders, among other things.

In the last blog post I mentioned one of the reasons why I’ve restarted the modelling on the Lord Nelson add-on. An additional factor is that I was hoping to release the add-on around the same time that 850 returned to steam after overhaul. As the overhaul hasn’t started yet, I’ve been working on a number of intermediate projects, including the ‘T9’. Another of these intermediate projects is nearing completion and I’m pleased to announce in this blog post that the next SLC add-on will be…

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The Wainwright SE&CR ‘H’ class 0-4-4T

This beautifully proportioned 0-4-4T has been a class that I’ve been wanting to do for some time, so I’m thrilled to be building it for Train Simulator.

In a first for an SLC add-on there will be rolling stock included, I’m not going to reveal what just yet, but I’m confident you’ll all enjoy it!

Make sure you keep checking the blog, as my posts are irregular at best!

Until next time …

James (SLC)

 

SLC Update – 4 April 2018

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since the last blog post, so I though it was about time I gave an update of what’s been going on in the SLC workshop.

LSWR T9

It’s now been 2 months since the release of the ‘T9’ and a big thank you must go to everyone who’s purchased the add-on, and also to those who have offered feedback.

As a result of said feedback I’m currently working on what will become V1.3 of the ‘T9’ add-on. While there will be a number of minor niggles fixed, the vast majority of the update will be adding new sounds and scripts. If you’ve purchased the ‘T9’ and have any feedback, then NOW is the time to send it in.

As well as the new sounds and scripts already mentioned the update will also add the 2 variants of the Drummond 3,500 gallon six-wheeled tender. Work on the 14 ft. wheelbase version is progressing well and a couple of renders are shown below.

I don’t know how long it will be before the update is released, so keep checking the blog for further updates.

Maunsell Lord Nelson

It might seem odd that in 2016 I was showing renders of a nearly complete Lord Nelson model and now seem to have reverted to the early stages of construction. The fact is that I’ve completely restarted the locomotive and tender models due to new research and new 3D modelling techniques that I’ve learnt while building the ‘T9’.

Work on researching the locomotive modifications is nearly complete, and work is well underway on the 4 different tenders.

Previously I’ve shown the progress on the flat-sided 5,000 gallon tender, which was the the usual style of tender coupled to a Lord Nelson. However, two Nelson’s, Nos. 852 and 853 were coupled to six-wheeled 4,000 gallon tenders from new until 1930. The 4,000 gallon tender was based on the flat-sided 5,000 gallon tender. This type of tender could be seen in various incarnations coupled to the Maunsell Moguls & Schools classes throughout Southern Railway and into BR days.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before I can show the first renders of the locomotive model.

That just about wraps up this post, thank you for reading.

Until next time …

James (SLC)

SLC Update – 8 February 2018

Two blog posts in a week! What is going on!

Many thanks to everyone who has purchased the ‘T9’, it seems to have been received quite well and I’m always grateful for any feedback that you send me. Don’t forget you can get in touch via the contact us page on the website or via email: steamlococollection@gmail.com

As the result of said feedback, I’m pleased today to release V1.1 of the ‘T9’ add-on.

The following changes/additions have been made:

  • Incorrect Facing BR First Emblem fixed

Sincere apologies for this blunder.

  • Added Incorrect BR Second Emblem tender

Photographs that I’ve not come across before have shown that most the of the ‘T9s’ to receive the second emblem, received the incorrect emblem with the lion facing forward on both sides.

  • Added section in manual regarding adding T9 to a scenario

Apologies for not adding this to the manual in the first place. There are also instructions on how to get the crew to appear in the cab.

  • Added see-through coal rails for LSWR, Early SR and Maunsell E liveries

The No. 120 preserved liveries are unaffected.

  • Modified Tender water bounding box

Hopefully any issues with filling the tenders should be gone.

  • F4 hud water level indicator fixed.

This turned out to be a conflict in the control part of the locomotive blueprint, all sorted now though.

 

I’m also pleased in this blog post to show of the first renders of the Maunsell 5,000 gallon flat-sided tender which will be included in the upcoming Lord Nelson add-on. These tenders were also coupled to the ‘S15s’ and a number of ‘N15s’ during the years. Work has also started on the smaller 4,000 gallon tender and I hope to show some renders of that in the near future.

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Thanks for reading and until next time …

James (SLC)

SLC Update – 1 February 2018

Hi everyone,

Apologies for the lack of updates recently. I’m pleased to say that the ‘T9’ is ready for release and is available NOW! I’m extremely proud of the add-on and I hope you enjoy the ‘T9’ as well.

There are around 50 individual locomotive models, over 20 individual tenders and around 25 different liveries.

One of the challenges that I’ve not faced before while building an add-on is the differences in the cab size and splasher arrangement. 51 ‘T9s’ had narrow cabs and initially, the sandboxes were combined with the front splasher. 15 had wide cabs with the sandboxes located in between the frames. The 51 narrow cab locomotives were later modified with the sandboxes relocated in between the frames.

Royal engine No. 119 was given a number of special repaints and these are included in the add-on. Additionally, in 1935 No. 119 was fitted with an organ pipe whistle and, in May 1948 a deep toned hooter was fitted. While no recordings exist for these whistles, I’ve tried to recreate what they would have sounded like.

The LSWR Green, Maunsell Green and BR Black liveries carried by No. 120 in preservation are also included. In fact, there are two versions of the BR Black livery, as during its 2009 overhaul, the top lamp iron on No. 30120 was modified.

I’ve decided to make the 56 page manual available on the website, so you can have a read before you purchase. LINK

If you have any queries or questions please feel free to get in touch.

Work has already re-started on the Lord Nelson and I hope to show you the progress on the tenders very soon.

Until next time …

A New Start

 

Welcome to the very first blog post on the new SLC website.

Hopefully the new website is clearer and looks nicer. I’ve also changed over the hosting of the add-on’s, so it should be easier to get hold of your add-on’s, once you’ve purchased.

I’m very excited in this first post to be revealing the next add-on that I’ll be releasing. Just a heads-up, sadly it’s not the ‘Lord Nelson’ class. The ‘Nelsons’ will, however, be the next add-on I’ll be working on. I was waiting for the opportunity to get some more info on the class and rather than waiting around, I decided to start on an add-on that would tie me over until I could get the information on the ‘Nelsons’, which I now have.

In 1899 Dugald Drummond, Locomotive Superintendent of the London & South Western Railway (LSWR) introduced what became probably his most famous and best loved locomotive design. Nicknamed ‘Greyhounds’, these 4-4-0s were quintessentially Drummond. Beautiful in design, relatively simple, but with a bit of a bite if the fireman wasn’t careful, they are of course the LSWR Drummond ‘T9’ 4-4-0.

While the add-on is still very much in developement, it is at a far enough advanced state that I can show off a couple of screenshots.

The focus of the add-on is on the class post-superheating. As with the N15 ‘Scotchmen’ add-on, I hope to include as many variations as I can. Both wide and narrow cab variants will be included as well as the varying weights between the different batches, plus a host of other variations.

Initially I’m planning on releasing just the Drummond 4,000 gallon ‘watercart’ tender. The 13′ and 14′ wheelbase 3500 gallon tenders will be released at a later date.

The ‘T9s’ aren’t quite a clean break from the Maunsell influence that I’ve had over the past years, being a Drummond designed class, but there is a Maunsell element to the locomotives. Post October 1924, the Maunsell superheater became the standard fitting for the class. In addition all of the chimney, sandbox and lamp iron modifications took place during Maunsell’s tenure as CME.

I hope to have the add-on released ASAP, so keep an eye on the blog and youtube channel for the latest info.

Until next time …

James