Winter in Tiefencastel
Solis Viaduct
GE 4/4 III locomotive cabin
GE 4/4 III locomotive cabin
Thusis Station
Tiefencastel Station
Glacier Express Ap panoramic coach interior view
Celerina Station
Over 130 custom bridge and tunnel portal models
St. Moritz Station

Albula Line

St. Moritz to Thusis route for Train Simulator


Albula Line is an add-on for Train Simulator

The base Train Simulator game is available separately from the Steam online store and is required to use this add-on DLC (Downloadable Content)


The RhB Ge 4/4 iii Locomotive, Glacier Express coaches and Lb-v wagons illustrated are included with this route
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About the Albula Line

History

Albula Line Map

With need to improve connections throughout the south-eastern alps of Switzerland, the Albula Line naturally became one of the most picturesque railways in the world. Home to the famed Glacier Express, and owner of UNESCO World Heritage status, there is no doubt that this line is one of the best there is.

Following the formation of the Rhaetian Railway (RhB) in 1890, plans were put into effect which would increase the somewhat lacking number of railway lines in south-east Switzerland. Multiple proposals were put forward for the new line's route with the eventual result settling on a pass through the Albula Valley to connect Thusis and St. Moritz.

The altitude difference throughout the Albula Valley meant that the maximum allowed gradient of 3.5% was not enough to connect the towns throughout the pass. The answer would be to artificially extend the railway. Using a combination of curved tunnels, spiral tunnels and viaducts, the builders carefully brought the railway to the right altitude while staying within the parameters. One other vital structure to the railway is the Albula Tunnel. Stretching across 5866 metres, this tunnel is among one of the highest alpine tunnels in Switzerland and passes under almost a kilometre of mountain above, avoiding the Rhine/Danube watershed.

Services began to operate across a majority of the line with its opening in July 1903, these services were not complete though. The debate between RhB and the St. Moritz municipality on where the town's station should be based was still ongoing, and as result the full line did not open until one year later.

In the late 1920s, the vision of connecting two Swiss mountain resorts was on the cusp of being realised. An express service, between St. Moritz and Zermatt, would be ideal for both locals and tourists alike and it was not long before such services began to operate. This service was named the Glacier Express. With such sharp turns and steep gradients, the Glacier Express traverses the line at an average of 39 km/h, making it amongst the slowest, yet most beautiful in the world.

With unique infrastructure helping to obtain captivating views, it is not surprising that this stretch of railway is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Albula Line is unlike any other.

Product Overview

The Albula Line for Train Simulator features the 64 km line from Thusis to St. Moritz via the Albula Valley. The entire line comes complete with a high level of details throughout; everything from 3D, metre gauge track to animated ski resort cable lifts, towering viaducts and spiralling tunnels.

The RhB Ge 4/4 iii electric locomotive is included, featuring all RhB liveried examples each with their own unique coat of arms. The locomotive comes with advanced features such as dynamic pantographs that follow the catenary wire height, various driving modes, ZSI-90 safety system and much more. Lb-v container flat wagons and the Glacier Express' panoramic and restaurant coaches are also included, complete with a highly detailed passenger view.

A selection of Career scenarios are included, alongside Railfan Mode scenarios and Thomson Interactive have introduced a Train Simulator first, Passenger Mode. There is no better way to experience the Albula Line than from the luxurious panoramic coaches, don't worry about the driving, just sit back, relax and enjoy!

Key Features

  • All new metre gauge track system with 3D sleepers, animated junction levers and illuminated indicators covering the 65km line
  • Completely new RhB signalling system with custom designed signal models and features including:
    • Animated Brake Test and Abfahrbefehl (departure indicators)
    • Operating "Besetztes Gleis" indicators for entering occupied platforms
    • Three state ground signals that function correctly between main signals
    • ZSI-90 Safety System track magnets and in-cabin equipment
  • Over 100 overhead line equipment and catenary models designed specifically for this route
  • The first ever operating pantographs in Train Simulator. Player locomotives have pantographs that dynamically follow the height of the overhead wires and lower through tunnels
  • Over 130 custom bridge and tunnel portal models designed to accurately represent the stunning engineering of the route
  • 16 Highly detailed station models designed from our survey of the route in early 2016 along with many other feature models along the line
  • New animated ski lift models in Bergün and Celerina
  • New detailed rock face models to capture the breath-taking scenery of the Albula Valley
  • Ge 4/4 iii Electric Locomotive in branded RhB livery with correct body side crests for all twelve locomotive numbers (641 – 652). Weather dependent pantograph sparking feature, animated wing mirrors and exterior driver character that automatically moves to the driving end of the loco. Cabin design based on later models with control wheel including speed control function and a host of other in cabin features
  • Glacier Express panoramic coaches in four variants (Ap, Api, Bp and WRp). The Ap first class coach includes a highly detailed passenger view with 3 camera positions and all coaches are fitted with close coupled corridor connections. They also feature configurable destination and coach number displays
  • Lb-v container flat wagons. An unloaded version and two container liveries are included
  • Route fully configured for Quick Drive scenarios with visibly loaded container wagons
  • 3 x Railfan Mode Scenarios
  • 1 x New Passenger Mode scenario where you can sit back and relax to take in the views
  • 7 x Career Scenarios including a guided tutorial for the Ge 4/4 III locomotive

and much more!

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