Disclaimer: This thread does not confirm any new features that haven't already been announced for the upcoming DRA DLC. It is speculative and because of that I will try to update it when more information becomes available. The thread is also based on what the freight trains would do IRL, the in-game performance may differ. I have done a lot of research and talked with real world drivers but since I'm not a train driver myself, there may be errors. Feel free to give me criticism and corrections. The more realistic the trains become in TSW the more realistic our (as players) techniques and operating procedures have to become to drive the trains in a safe (for the poor AI people) and enjoyable fashion (unless you enjoy game ending SPADs that is ). Some of the train parameters that are important to the driver or the dispatching office are train weight, train length, braked weight and the lowest allowed speed of any vehicle in the train. These would determine what the max speed of the train will be, the PZB mode (U,M,O) and the brake setting on each vehicle (G or P). To determine the brake settings on each vehicle in the consist, and the braked weight percentage (BrH) I have used the following resource (thanks OpenMinded !): The brake setting on the locomotive is given by the column "arbeitende Triebfahrzeuge". The next 5 wagons are determined by the middle column ("Wagenzug: Fahrzeug 1-5") and the remaining wagons are determined by the column to the right of the previous ("Wagenzug: Fahrzeug 6-x"). To determine the PZB mode you simply calculate the BrH as: BrH = (Summed Braked weight) / (Train weight), with the corresponding reductions found in the sub-columns to the right of the train length columns "-5% etc". To determine the trains max allowed speed I used the below resource: The process goes as follows: find the maximum descending grade of any pre-signal run (track between the main signal and the distant signal) in the lowest diagram "Maßgebendes Gefälle" and then move horizontally to the right to find the BrH of your train (or the highest number below the BrH). Then move vertically up to middle diagram, to the same row of the pre-signal distance of the route. The number you ended on is the Vmax of your train (or the lowest Vmax of any vehicle in the train if that is lower). With the method completed we can now calculate the PZB Zugart, Brake setting and Vmax for some typical trains on the route. EDIT: I've made a Google spreadsheet with some modifications of the trains with more realistic consists on the route: LINK 1. Loaded paper train between Riesa Gbf/Röderau and Dresden Hbf (20 x Habbiins + BR185.5): Train weight: 1884t. Train length: 496m. BrH: 49. PZB Zugart: U. Vmax: 85 km/h. Brakes: G (all). Since this train exceeds 1600t in weight and the couplers are not of UIC-AK type, but the length is below 700m, we need to set all vehicles to G-brake and reduce the braked weight sum by 25%. The Habbiins wagons have a maximum braked weight of 58t, thus the BrH is 49. Since this BrH is below 65 we need to use PZB U. We next find the Vmax in the second table. The maximum descending grade on the "old" line is about 0.6 percent. On the high speed line it is higher, about 1.1 percent but here the pre-signal distance is longer (about 1100-1200m from what I could find) so the 0.6 percent is the critical number. Thus the Vmax is 85 km/h. 2. Loaded tank train from Riesa Gbf to Weißig Transfer Yard (20 x Zacns + BR185.5): Train weight: 1735t. Train length: 322m. BrH: 53. PZB Zugart: U. Vmax: 95 km/h. Brakes: G (all). The same logic applies for the brakes, the BrH and the PZB Zugart. The Vmax is higher in part due to the slightly higher BrH and because this part of the route has very light descending grades. Of course, if the train originated at another location the Vmax might have been lower. The train weight is based on an average loaded tank wagon weight for the liquids that are transported to the chemical plant at Wacker Chemie AG (Methanol, Ethanol, Ethyl Chloride, Sulphuric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide etc). 3. Empty tank train from Weißig Transfer Yard to Riesa Gbf (20 x Zacns + BR185.5): Train weight: 536t. Train length: 322m. BrH: 113. PZB Zugart: O. Vmax: 120 km/h. Brakes: P (all). This train has such a good BrH that PZB O can be used (based on the BrH at least, please correct me if freight trains are prohibited from using PZB O) and because the train weight is low and the tank wagons can run at 120 km/h while empty this is the Vmax of the train. 4. Loaded intermodal train between Dresden Hbf and Riesa/Röderau (10 x Sggmrss + BR185.5): Train weight: 779t. Train length: 314m. BrH: 100. PZB Zugart: M. Vmax: 115 km/h. Brakes: P (all). The Vmax is slightly reduced due to the 0.6 % grades. Train weight is based on previous consists of this type in TSW2. 5. Empty intermodal train between Dresden Hbf and Riesa/Röderau (10 x Sggmrss + BR185.5): Train weight: 379t. Train length: 314m. BrH: 101. PZB Zugart: M. Vmax: 120 km/h. Brakes: P (all). The marginally higher BrH bumps the Vmax up to 120 km/h. 6. Empty auto transport train between Dresden Hbf and Riesa/Röderau (10 x Laaers + BR185.5): Train weight: 384t. Train length: 322m. BrH: 101. PZB Zugart: M. Vmax: 120 km/h. Brakes: P (all). 7. Loaded auto transport train between Dresden Hbf and Riesa/Röderau (10 x Laaers + BR185.5): Train weight: 624t. Train length: 322m. BrH: 100. PZB Zugart: M. Vmax: 100 km/h. Brakes: P (all). Since the maximum allowed speed for the Laaers wagons while loaded is 100 km/h, this sets the limit to the trains speed. Some warnings: if the Vmax and/or advised PZB Zugart is not adhered to (especially for the heavy tank and paper trains) you are likely to SPAD if you encounter a cautionary (Vr0) distant signal. If you run the paper trains at 120 km/h you might get a nasty surprise, at least if you run it in G-brake setting To find more guidance on how to select the different brake settings described above, on the locomotive and the freight wagons, go to this message.