In this add on you find the 1300 engine series of the Dutch Railways. The 1300 could be seen as the big brother of the 1100 engine from Dutch Classics 5; both engine series were based on a similar French design, but the 1300 is much larger. The 1300 was not the most extensive engine series, but it was the most powerful electric engine of the Dutch Railways in its time. From the start of the fifties of the last century until the end of the twentieth century the engine could be seen in front of heavy passenger trains and heavy freight trains in domestic traffic and also as far as the German railway stations of Bad Bentheim and Emmerich where the Dutch overhead wire voltage was used. After retreat from active service the engine could be seen in front of museum trains and sporadically in other roles on the Dutch railway network.
The 1300 for Train Simulator has been rebuilt on the basis of many pictures and drawings, both the outside and inside have been modelled in high detail. The development of this engine add on for Train Simulator was based on many hours of research.
Engine types included:
NS 1300 turqois (several editions)
NS 1300 Berlin blue (several sub versions, with classic pantograph and faveley pantograph)
NS 1300 Yellow-grey color scheme (several sub versions, with classic pantograph and faveley pantograph)
NS 1300 Yellow color scheme, modernized version, with large NS-logo on the side (several sub versions, with classic pantograph and faveley pantograph)
Each engine type is included as a simple mode engine and as an expert mode engine
Realistic 3D model with high quality textures, so that the engine realism is still ensured when viewed from close distance and in high resolution.
Original rebuilt cabin, based on drawings and pictures
Almost all switches, buttons and lights in the cabin are operational
Sound effects included that are derived from the real engine
Simple mode edtion for easy operation like a model train with the standard Train Simulator functionality
Expert mode edition for realistic operation of the engine, almost like a real engine driver. This mode of operation makes you feel more as if you are operating a real train engine
Extensive scripting to support the advanced functions of the engine
Double regulator in the cabin for standard operation and operation with a so called weakfield controller; auxiliary regulator on the left of the cabin, just like in the real engine
A number of standard and free roaming scenarios is included for the Seebergbahn and TestTrak routes
Quickdrive consists available, for consists as standalone engine and for trains in combination with other rolling stock. Consists available in combination with the passenger coaches from Dutch Classics Megapack 1, so that you can drive with complete Dutch trains in your scenarios; you can also use the consists in your own scenarios
Extensive handbook (50 pages) in pdf format, English language, so that you can get started with enough instructions for the operation of the engine
Many animations of doors, windows and other items bring the 3D model to life
The first release of this year will be the long expected update of the NS 1300 engine. Finally it will be ready. It will be released at the end of February 2023. We are working hard to get everything ready for that. Especially the scripting will be the last big challenge before we can release the update. We keep you informed about the progress of the project in the coming weeks!
On behalf of Dutch Classics I wish you a happy, successful and healthy 2023! This year we will do our best again to bring the beautiful classic trains that once could be found in The Netherlands in the past, to Train Simulator. The past year has been a very busy year. Because of projects outside the world of Train Simulation we needed to put the development of rolling stock for Train Simulator on hold for some time. In the new year we plan to continue the development of beautiful virtual trains for your virtual railways. Also, the web shop will be renewed. We will offer more payment methods and we introduce a new way to handle all emails we receive every week. From now on we will respond to all questions within no more than 24 hours.