SLC UPDATE 25 MARCH 2022

I’m pleased to announce that the second Trio ‘B’ pack is now available. Pack 2 focuses on the SE&CR ‘Wellington’ brown livery used from 1916 until the grouping in 1923.

The same 6 different coach diagrams that were in pack 1 are included, with 2 different versions of the brown livery available:

  • SECR Clean Brown
  • SECR/SR Weathered Brown

In 1923 the Southern Railway renumbered the SE&CR sets, with the Trio ‘B’s becoming 515 – 528. It seems likely that the new set numbers were applied to trains even when the coaches remained in SECR brown. Additionally, the roof destination board brackets appear to have been removed around this period and replaced by side destination brackets.

The exact period covered by this pack will vary with each coach. Some like Diagram 2335/2 No. 667 received SR Green very early (October 1923) while others like Diagram 2331/2 No. 813 & Diagram 2332/2 No. 840 were not repainted into SR colours until October 1929.

While compiling a list of the changes required for pack 2, I found a photograph that showed class designations and coach numbers on the inside of the coach door. Once I’d figured out how to achieve this efficiently on one of the coaches in pack 2, this feature was applied to pack 1 and was included in the recent update earlier in the month.

V1.2 of pack 1 is also now available, this fixes a couple of issues with the coaches and some minor alterations to the manual. Customers should receive an email notification within the next 24 hours.

In pack 3 the Trio ‘B’s enter Southern Railway ownership and green becomes the dominant colour for the next 20 years.

Until next time …

SLC Update 8 March 2022

I’m pleased to say that V1.1 of Trio B pack 1 is now available. Customers should receive an email notification within the next 24 hours.

What’s included in V1.1?

  • Incorrectly facing normals on the running plate step have been corrected.
  • Missing brake shaft support found and added.
  • Added SE&CR label to axlebox covers.
  • Added dynamic internal numbered to each compartment door.
  • Added class designations to each compartment door.
  • Added door closing sounds

With the update to Pack 1 now complete, it’s full steam ahead with the remaining packs, so look out for Pack 2 featuring the SE&CR ‘Wellington Brown’ livery!

Until next time…

SLC Update 30 November 2021

Hi Everyone, I hope you’re all well and staying safe.

I know I’ve not posted anything for a while, but hopefully, this blog will make up for the lack of updates during the summer.

H Class V1.3

I’m pleased to announce the release of V1.3 of the ‘H’ class add-on. I’d had the update planned, but when a customer raised an issue recently, it seemed like the ideal opportunity to get the update done. 

Let’s say I got a little carried away. What was intended to be updating a few textures turned into something larger, but I’m delighted with the results and I hope you’ll enjoy the update too.

So the list of changes/additions in V1.3 are:

  • Adjusted collision boxes on all locomotive models.
  • Altered reflectiveness and shininess of smokebox texture.
  • Adjusted sander steam particles.
  • Added sound to the steam sander.
  • Steam sanders now have a delay between opening the valve and sand being applied.
  • Altered colour of SE&CR Brunswick Green.
  • Altered colour of SE&CR Dark Red.
  • Added early SR Green (LSWR Green) model.
  • Corrected the shade of Dark Maunsell Green.
  • Added 1938 style of lining Dark Maunsell Green model.
  • Altered colour of Bulleid style lettering and numerals.
  • Altered colour of Bulleid ‘Sunshine’ style lettering and numerals.
  • Added 4 styles of Gill Sans numbering (8” Yellow, 8” Straw, 10” Yellow, 10” Straw).
  • BR Clean Transitional (now combined with BR Transitional livery).
  • Dynamic Numbering for BR Transitional & BR Transitional PP liveries re-done. (101 dynamic numbers).
  • Dynamic Numbering for BR Lined & BR Lined PP liveries re-done. (342 dynamic numbers).
  • Altered shades of Red, Grey, Cream & Yellow BR lining.
  • Added 2017 No. 263 Livery
  • Corrected colour of Gill Sans lettering and numerals on PP coaches.
  • Added lighting to PP coaches (turns on automatically at night time).

Another change I’ve made that might not be obvious is the use of AP files. While these don’t save you any storage space they do allow the add-on to benefit from the fast loading feature which was enabled as standard in Train Simulator 2022.

Lord Nelson Update

Work on the Lord Nelson add-on got put on hold during the summer as another project jumped into first place. As this project nears completion, I should be able to restart work on the Lord Nelson in the new year. 

Next Project

What is this mysterious project? Well, I’ll just leave this little teaser here.

Until next time.

SLC Update – 2 April 2021

The clocks have changed, the days are getting longer and spring is most definitely here. Work at SLC continues apace and I hope to soon release a scenario pack for the ‘H’ class.

I’m pleased to announce that V1.2 of the ‘H’ class add-on was released today. This update focuses mainly on improvements to the vacuum ejector and braking scripts, but there are a couple of other adjustments/fixes. Driving the ‘H’ is a much more interesting experience and I hope you enjoy it.

It’s been over two months since I last did an update on the ‘Lord Nelson’. While work hasn’t stopped, I like to try and show completely finished components in the blog posts. My focus has been on completing the bogie, bogie wheels, driving wheels, as well as the outside and inside motion. This task is made harder by the fact that across the classes lifetime everything except the bogie wheels received some change or modification. Oh well, they say variety is the spice of life, but right now I feel like I’ve got indigestion! Hopefully I’ll have a more visual update on the Nelson’s in the near future, so keep an eye on the blog.

Stay safe everyone.

James (SLC)

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