The second-generation Deutsche Bahn ICE 2 is synonymous with stylish high speed train travel in Germany, and now you can take control of this cool express train in Train Simulator.
The ICE 2 is the second class of high speed train serving the German railway network, built between 1995 and 1997 as an enhanced high speed unit to its predecessor, the ICE 1. Its main purpose was to enable smaller train units to be built which could be coupled to or uncoupled from other units as needed. The resulting ICE 2 featured one power car, six passenger cars and an unpowered cab car with a top speed of 174mph (280km/h), instead of two power cars and up to 14 passenger cars as was the consist of the ICE 1.
The ICE 2 is similar in appearance externally to the ICE 1 but an airline-style seating arrangement provides enhanced passenger accommodation over its predecessor. The ICE trains are also fitted with a high standard of technology, including audio jacks for on-board music and radio, full air conditioning and some seats benefiting from seat-back video displays.
In total, more than 40 eight-car units have been built and each has passenger capacity for almost 400 people. The ICE 2 mainly operates within Germany with some units licensed to run in Austria and Switzerland.
The ICE 2 for Train Simulator is available in Deutsche Bahn white and red livery, and features a fully detailed cab and internal control panel, functioning AFB, PZB and LZB systems, in cab lighting and TSX standard features. It is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the ICE 2 on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator, such as those available through Steam. Also included are scenarios specifically for the Munich to Augsburg line.
Quick Drive compatible – drive the ICE 2 on any Quick Drive enabled route in Train Simulator.
Three scenarios for the Munich-Augsburg route:
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!
Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios that include the ICE 2.
The EMD SD45 was one of the first standard North American diesel locomotives to use a 20 cylinder diesel engine, and now you can drive this freighter in Train Simulator.
The SD45 shared the same common frame as its forerunner, the SD40, but featured a number of unique characteristics, including a flared radiator and a 20 cylinder engine that produced 3,600hp. Such was the popularity of the SD45s, more than 1,200 units were built between 1965 and 1971 for more than 25 railroads, with many more companies acquiring second hand units. Union Pacific purchased 50 units, primarily for high-speed freight and intermodal services – such was the gear ratio of the locomotive, the SD45 was capable of 90mph top speeds. Many of the UP SD45s were also put into service on specialist traffic operations, such as wood chip, coal and mineral trains.
The demise of the Union Pacific SD45 began in the early 1980s as traffic slowed on the network. High fuel consumption and excessive engine wear made the Class an early candidate for storage, and thus all were retired by 1987. However, some SD45s still exist as preserved examples whilst others have been scrapped or dismantled for spare parts.
The Union Pacific SD45 for Train Simulator, developed by DigitalTrainModel, comes in the UP’s famous ‘Armour Yellow’ livery, with features including opening cab doors and windows, accurate sounds, extensive locomotive lighting and power selector. Four scenarios for the Sherman Hill (available separately) are also included.
The Sherman Hill Add-On (available separately) is required to play the scenarios included with this add-on.
Five exciting scenarios for the Sherman Hill (available on Steam):
Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.