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Baseless Speculation Thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by raildan, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. londonmidland

    londonmidland Well-Known Member

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    Given that they’ve pretty much abandoned Rapid Transit, I wouldn’t get my hopes up about them fixing Great Western Express’ signalling.

    It’s clear something like this takes quite a bit of time and resources which DTG clearly haven’t got.

    I wanted to remain optimistic about the bugs getting fixed but we’ve all seen how long it takes for even simple things to get fixed so I can’t see anything changing in the near future.

    Essentially GWE may become another forgotten about route and left abandoned. Especially as it was one of the first DLC’s for TSW.
     
  2. Medellinexpat

    Medellinexpat Well-Known Member

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    londonmidland as someone mentioned yesterday GWE is part of the base game. Of course that could change, but while it is abandoning it would be an odd strategy. If nothing else new potential players are likely to read the reviews of the base game before making a purchase commitment so you’d want the reviews to be as ‘clean’ as possible.

    Mind you DTG do move in mysterious ways. I was looking at Steam today and my country store has the pack with TSW and TS2019 bundled together cheaper than TSW on its own. Quite what their marketing department is thinking I don’t know.
     
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  3. davejc64

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    Well one thing is for certain if it happens its more likely to happen in the future than in the past. :cool:
     
  4. LT586

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    Rostock doesn't sound appealling to be quite honest, I find the UK routes a lot more flowing, the German RE lines are too slow most of the time, it'll be nice to have a mix of high speed, regional and freight.

    Rapid Transit is lovely I agree but German rail isn't that interesting, with the UK there's a lot of styling to the stations and mainline stations, American Rail is cool too but again there's too many slow speed limits, I read a book playing the NEC, LIRR is about the most rapid US route i've ever seen, after the Acela driven routes in TS1.

    Id love to see some costal UK routes, GWE is the best one as it runs along side the channel at Dawlish and then there's the SWML from Waterloo to Weymouth (just my tupence)
     
  5. NorthRail1

    NorthRail1 Well-Known Member

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    In the latest studio update, Matt said there are several locomotive dlcs in production at the moment. What does everyone think these are? My current guesses are:
    • A freight dlc for Northern Trans-Pennine (maybe class 37 or 40)
    • DB BR 294 for either Ruhr Sieg Nord or Main-Spessart Bahn (maybe both)
    I don't really see DTG making new loco dlc for any route before West Somerset Railway for the following reasons:
    • CSX Heavy Haul isn't console compatible
    • Very limited expansion possibilities for Great Western Express due to time period
    • Rapid Transit would need PZB/Signalling fixing first
    • NEC: New York like GWE doesn't seem to have much loco dlc potential
     
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  6. raildan

    raildan Well-Known Member

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    IMO probably both are in the works. In fact, we recently got confirmation that a german loco that works on BOTH routes is in them works:
    Given that both routes have so many unelectrified sidings that are fully modeled, I think it's safe to say that they are working on a German diesel switcher for use on both routes- and the DB BR 294 fits the bill perfectly.

    I also think it will come first because there hasnb't been a German loco DLC yet, while the US and UK already have one. Besides, RSN was released earlier, which might mean that this would have been inj the works for longer assuming they had the idea while developing RSN.

    I was thinking they might be doing the US-UK-DE loop for locos as well, but I can't think of a good US DLC they might release after this (at the release of LIRR, the DE/DM30AC was hinted at as a possible future DLC, but not one they were actually working on at the moment), so the NTP loco is probably next after that.
     
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  7. AlexNL

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    Matt recently said on the Discord server that it's incredibly hard to get access to shunters, so I'm not really expecting that one to being worked on. I'm more inclined to believe it's something like a Vectron or a ES64F4 as there's hundreds of those in everyday service by dozens of operators.
     
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  8. raildan

    raildan Well-Known Member

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    Interesting, hadn't hear that before. I don't think it would be a Vectron or ES64F4, though- remember the time periods these routes take place in. Ould easily be something along those lines, though.

    I'm still sticking to my BR294 theory. The Aschaffensburg Dockyards are on the end of a good 8.5 km of extra track, so a diesel switcher locomotive would make sense, as they are the only locomotives to go through there. Given that the BR294 can be found on the main as well as in yards and also represents a good portion of Germany's switchers, I feel that they'd go to these lengths to capture it- they wouldn't really ever need to do another switcher for Germany after that.

    But, as always, this is the baseless speculation thread... anything is possible. For all we know it's something completely different from either of our guesses.
     
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  9. AlexNL

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    The Aschaffenburg route is set in recent years; the Spessart Ramp only closed in 2017. The ES64F4 was introduced in 2003 and the Vectron was introduced in 2010, having Vectrons or ES64F4's running around on that route would be perfectly cromulent.

    A diesel shunter or locomotive (how about a Class 66 with PZB?) wouldn't be out of the question either, they wouldn't have built the harbour line with the intention of never serving it.
     
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  10. NorthRail1

    NorthRail1 Well-Known Member

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    Another depot has been added to TSW on SteamDB, this time DLC 11. It seems that DLC 12 has been skipped out for now. I would presume both DLC 11 and DLC 13 are the loco dlcs that were mentioned in the Studio Update.
     
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  11. raildan

    raildan Well-Known Member

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    Would that make DLC 12 the next US route, then?

    I think we've had enough New York by now, hoping for somewhere else this time.

    Also that means there are in fact probably 2 loco DLC's in development- the NTP one and the multi-route German one.
     
  12. NorthRail1

    NorthRail1 Well-Known Member

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    I hope that the next US route is away from the east coast since there have already been three route dlcs there. Something different like Cajon Pass or the Moffat Tunnel Sub would be good. Some diesel Amtrak services would be good to see in TSW as well.
     
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  13. raildan

    raildan Well-Known Member

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    Yes! I'm really curious about more deserted landscapes in TSW, and I'd like to see more North American freight from a different railroad than CSX. That would be great...
     
  14. QO1922

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    So Cajon Pass could be interesting...
     
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  15. theorganist

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    The Cajon Pass would be interesting, I think TSW would do the landscape of that area justice.

    Assuming the next route after is a UK route, I suspect it will be something modern this time, maybe an electrified line. I wonder if the Cross City or Edinburgh to Glasgow could be contenders as they would fit in with the length of routes we are currently getting?
     
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  16. Thelonius16

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    I hope at the very least they are working to combine NEC and LIRR into one route.
     
  17. theorganist

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    From what Matt said on Twitch that definitely won't be happening. He could see little point in it.
     
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  18. volvolover1972

    volvolover1972 Well-Known Member

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    What would be the point? Aside from AI reasons. There no route that crosses over from the NEC to the LIRR tracks. Now if they made a let’s say New Rochelle to New Haven route, then a merge with NEC would make sense
     
  19. Anthony Pecoraro

    Anthony Pecoraro Well-Known Member

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    The LIRR and NEC maps do overlap at from F interlocking to Penn.
     
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  20. volvolover1972

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    I meant there’s no actual service that crosses over. The track itself does.
     
  21. Anthony Pecoraro

    Anthony Pecoraro Well-Known Member

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    Right, but both Amtrak and LIRR pass through there and can conflict each other.
     
  22. Thelonius16

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    The point would be to offer a service mode that allows you to switch between LIRR, NEC and freight at will. In my perfect vision, it would also include Metro North to Grand Central and NJ Transit, but obviously that's asking a lot. I don't think it's asking a lot to have interaction between the two add-ons that depict a few miles of common track.
     
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  23. Digital Draftsman

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    Given how popular joining routes in TS2019 is, it would be nice for DTG to merge TSW routes which are adjacent to each other. That way when/if the Editor appears we can create scenarios which traverse multiple routes. As things stand it won't be possible to merge existing routes using the Editor, so it's up to DTG to do the merging as we won't be able to.
     
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  24. Anthony Pecoraro

    Anthony Pecoraro Well-Known Member

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    When.
     

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