How to Enjoy the Train Simulator: Bulleid Q1 Class Loco Add-On
If you are a fan of train simulation games, you might have heard of the Train Simulator: Bulleid Q1 Class Loco Add-On, a downloadable content for the popular Train Simulator Classic game on Steam. This add-on features the Bulleid Q1 Class, a unique and powerful steam locomotive that was designed and built during World War II for the Southern Railway in the UK.
In this article, we will give you an overview of the history and features of the Bulleid Q1 Class, as well as some tips on how to drive it in the game. We will also show you some of the scenarios and wagons that are included in the add-on, and how to get the most out of them.
The History of the Bulleid Q1 Class
The Bulleid Q1 Class was the brainchild of Oliver Bulleid, the Chief Mechanical Engineer of the Southern Railway. He wanted to create a new class of 0-6-0 steam locomotives that could handle the increased goods traffic during World War II, using minimal resources and weight due to wartime austerity.
The result was a locomotive that looked very different from the traditional steam engines of the time. It had a boxy shape, no running board, no external valve gear, and a high-pitched boiler. It was nicknamed \"the ugly duckling\" or \"the coffee pot\" by some railway enthusiasts, but it proved to be very efficient and versatile.
The Q1 Class could operate across most of the Southern network, and was even used occasionally on passenger services. It had a top speed of 65 mph (105 km/h), a tractive effort of 29,000 lbf (129 kN), and a weight of 72 tons (73 tonnes). It was also equipped with Stephenson's valve gear, which allowed for reversing and variable cut-off.
The Q1 Class was built between 1942 and 1946 at Brighton and Ashford Works. A total of 40 locomotives were produced, numbered C1 to C40. They served well until the end of steam in the mid-1960s, when they were all withdrawn and scrapped, except for one.
The first locomotive built in the class, C1, was preserved by the Bluebell Railway in West Sussex. It ran until 2004, when it was retired due to boiler problems. It can now be seen on static display at the National Railway Museum in York.
The Features of the Bulleid Q1 Class Loco Add-On
The Bulleid Q1 Class Loco Add-On for Train Simulator is a faithful recreation of this remarkable steam engine, brought to you by Victory Works. It is available in Southern and BR liveries, with pre- and post-1956 BR logos. It also has dynamic numbering and optional fittings for all members of the class.
The add-on has extensive detailing and features that make it realistic and challenging to drive. Some of these features are:
Three driving modes: simple, standard, and advanced.