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.
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.