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TSW: Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr Out Now!

Explore the action-packed rails of Duisburg, Essen and Bochum with the new Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr route, which is available now for Train Sim World.

Here’s 10 things to try in Train Sim World: Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr

I... Get up to Speed in the DB BR 425

The DB BR 425 is used throughout Germany on regional services, and with its debut in Train Sim World you can discover the challenge and thrill of driving this modern multiple unit at speeds up to 160 km/h. With its excellent acceleration and braking capabilities, mastering the art of blending comfort and punctuality has never felt so rewarding.

II... Climb Aboard the DB BR 422

Used exclusively on the S-Bahn Rhein-Ruhr network, the DB BR 422 is a common sight on the Rhein-Ruhr mainline and vital for passengers travelling to and from the larger towns and cities. Its spacious interior offers style and accessibility to hundreds at a time, and with a frequent service pattern helps carry thousands of passenger across the Rhein-Ruhr Metropolitan Region.

III... Take charge of Regional Services

The line between Duisburg and Bochum is characterised by a split in the route after Essen. Regional services take the path via Wattenscheid, and with the DB BR 425 you’ll be driving across this section on RE11 trains, while also able to drive RB33 trains between Duisburg and Essen. Combined they run on the western end of the route at 4 trains per hour, and in Timetable Mode this gives you 71 services to take control of.

IV... Operate part of a Commuter Network

Meanwhile, the S-Bahn Rhein Ruhr branches off at Essen and takes the path via Essen Steele. This alternate path has more stations than the mainline and is served by S1 and in-part S3 trains. The DB BR 422 gets put to use on this line, running through the heart of Essen 4 times an hour in each direction ensuring plenty of capacity. Operating 24/7, you have 141 services to complete aboard the BR 422.

V... Tackle adverse Conditions

The weather doesn’t always make things easy, and in the included scenarios you’ll be expected to get the job done no matter forecast. Snow and fog are no match for a driver that knows a route and their traction off by heart, and with due practice you’ll be a master of the Rhein-Ruhr mainline in no time.

VI... Go on a Journey

Experience over 20 hours of sequential training, scenario and timetables operations with Hauptstreke Rhein-Ruhr’s included journey. Across 2 chapters, you’ll get involved in both regional express and S-Bahn duties across the route, becoming familiar with both the BR 422 and 425 in the process, as well as learning the intricacies of each path along the route.

VII... Complete various Tasks

There’s more to a railway that just driving trains, plenty of trackside and station jobs await your assistance; including route maps and posters to place, ticket machines to bring into service and fire extinguishers to restock. Either complete them as you go about your other duties, or make a point of completing all the jobs, can you find them all?

VIII... Live life as a Passenger

Want to just take in the scenery? Step aboard either the DB BR 422 or BR 425, find a passenger seat that takes your fancy and watch out the window as the world goes by. Look out for the tall buildings of Essen, and the large junctions that split off as the route goes its separate ways.

IX... Hauptstrecke Spotting

Pick a station, find a vantage point and watch the day-to-day action unfold. A station like Essen Hbf allows you to see every service, meanwhile heading to a quieter station will let you see regional services passing at speed, or frequently stopping S-bahn trains.

X... Experience additional Traffic

If there wasn’t enough to be getting on with already, then owners of Main-Spessart Bahn are in for a treat. Utilising the DB BR 146.2, 185.2, doppelstock and freight wagons, Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr gains additional services in the form of RE1, RE2 and RE6 passenger trains, as well as east and westbound mixed and tanker freight trains. All told, this brings the total number of services on the route to 374. Additional locomotives such as the DB BR 143, 155 and 182 can be used on services as well if you own them.
Discover the challenge of precise S-Bahn and rapid regional services, as well as additional experiences with your existing collection, with Train Sim World: Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr which is available now!
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Train Sim World 4
TSW: Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr Out Now!