RolandBP in the Steam discussion forums kindly informed us about a bug on the route that can cause the scenario editor to show a black screen (no lighting of the environment) when trying to edit a scenario on the Kingwood Branch route.
While I do not fully understand the nature of this bug yet, it seems to be related to the weather and/or terrain texturing settings in the RouteProperties.xml and TemplateRoute blueprint. I am linking a hotfix below, containing updated versions of these two files. With them, I have not been able to get the bug to show up any more.
Please backup the two original files first before installing the hotfix.
The modified files are: Assets\VNHRR\WVN_Railroad\TemplateRoutes\West Virgina Northern.bin
The latest offering from the VNHRR Team, the B&O Kingwood Branch Route,is now available from Dovetail Gamesin their store and in the Steam Store. Please follow these links to the stores to find out more:
The tired and light rails were creaking under our weight, but we made it. Travel by Train's new and absolutely stunning B&O GP35 has taken a tour on the Kingwood Branch. The massively increased power over the GP9 is very welcome for the engineer, but the thought that this might lead bosses to simply make the trains longer is worrying. Even a twenty car train with three GP9's can be tricky on this line with its huge elevation changes.
The GP35 is available in the Early Access B&O/Chessie GP35 pack by Travel by Train. We highly recommend this fine add-on locomotive pack for Train Simulator 2017.
Here are some pictures of our tour to and from Kingwood:
Have a look at the Rollercoaster Ride that awaits you on the upcoming B&O Kingwood Branchline route. Only gradients greater than 1% are shown, there are hardly any stretches of level track on this route:
I think we don't promise too much when we call this the Appalachian Rollercoaster:
The B&O Kingwood Branchline Route
Appalachian Coal Hauling
Based on the West Virginia Northern Railroad, our new route takes you back to the Appalachian woodlands in the 1950s and 60s.
Experience the thrills and challenges of a roller-coaster profile with extreme gradients of over 4%, tight and twisting curves, and even a switchback. There's hardly a moment to rest when you running this route.
Here are some more heavyweight repaints for your enjoyment. As the Great Northern and New York Central heavyweights before them, these cars are standalone models and do not require you to own the Springfield Line route DLC.
A new set of Heavyweight Coaches is now available. Baggage and Coach cars in four liveries of the New York Central railroad and its subsidiary Boston & Albany are ready for download on the blog's download page and on my website.
Matching motive power can be found in my New York Central GP9 pack, which includes two passenger units of the NYC classes DRSP-9g and DRSP-9a C.U.T.
As before, these repaints are freeware and a standalone add-on, in other words they do not require the Springfield Line to be installed.
A scenario pack using these cars is available on my website. In it you will be in charge of GN Train 6, the Seattle-Spokane local, across Stevens Pass. This is a more detailed version of the same scenario that is available on the Workshop, using additional free- and (some) payware items than what is available in the Steam Store.
Following the release of the Springfield Line last autumn and a brief break from route building, we soon teamed up again and started building a new route. Full details of our project will be released in the following weeks, for now we will just say: