Raven’s Mineral Worker
The LNER Q6, from noted Partner Programme developer Victory Works, shall provide authenticity and variety in abundance!
In true fashion, as seen with previous Victory Works releases such as the USATC S160 and GWR Saint Class, the upcoming LNER Q6 will represent the locomotive in about as many guises as you can think of; from the North Eastern Railway era, right up to their final working years, and beyond!
If you wish to read the history of the LNER Q6, see our previous article “North Eastern Nobility”.
First off, every locomotive, every single member of the Q6 Class are to be present, and for each of those, 10 liveries which the class wore throughout its lifetime under NER, LNER, BR ownership, and preservation. As in the BR era many locomotives were poorly maintained, clean and suitably weathered variants will also feature.
Being such a successful class, the Q6s were rarely modified substantially, however they did have their differences, and so details as small as steam heat dials, external vacuum brake pipes, piston caps, and overhead warning labels are all optional fittings dependant on how you wish to represent a particular member of the class.
The details do not stop there, the operational characteristics of the LNER Q6 are most distinct and the simulation captures them as such. Advanced mode can be toggled depending on how you wish to experience the LNER Q6, however when enabled you can look forward to; realistic wheelslip, simulated steam chest, realistic train pipe and reservoir vacuum braking, cylinder cock management, boiler management with priming possible, realistic injector control and realistic “by the shovel” stoking with synchronised sound.
While a read of the manual is highly recommended, at its most authentic the LNER Q6 is a locomotive truly mastered with hands-on practice and skill-honing, a process which you can go through as you work duties on the historic Weardale & Teesdale Network.
Keep an eye out for more updates regarding the LNER Q6, as this masterfully recreated locomotive is making headway for virtual Train Simulator service! ■
Now under BR ownership, but still sporting LNER numbers and lettering, Q6 No. 3417 assembles a coal dust train at West Beecham, bound for Dunston Power Station (above). Being designed for unfitted mineral freight traffic, managing your speed is critical as your brake force on these loaded runs can be somewhat limited (below). The cab of the Q6 is authentically represented by Victory Works, complete with a 3D-modelled firebox allowing you to judge the fire mass visually (above). Take a close-up look at the outside and the detail can be clearly seen, subtle weathering effects on every surface make for a locomotive that feels hard-worked and alive (below). On a dry ice train from Spennymoor to Penrith, Q6 No. 63416 is looking worse for wears as a layer of “BR Filth” livery covers up the applied British Railways branding (above and below). The sadder state was often common among the Q6s as towards the final years of steam only the most important of locomotives were kept up to scratch. Despite 120 Q6 locomotives being built, only one managed to survive into preservation, and throughout its post-steam era life, No. 2238 has worn a few of its older liveries. Seen here resplendent in the old NER lined black, 2238 is running a railtour, which was only made possible by the fitting of vacuum brake equipment after retirement. The authentically crafted LNER Q6, coming soon to Train Simulator!