Train Sim World 4
Maintalbahn – Coming Soon
Deutsche diesel duty comes to port with the forthcoming arrival of the DB BR 642 in Maintalbahn: Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg from November 28th. Pre-order on Steam for a 10% discount!
Locomotives and Units
Introducing: DB BR 642 DMU
Where we’re going, we don’t need... wires. The DB BR 642, new to Train Sim World, has become a common sight in recent decades on rural branch lines, with its diesel power moving passengers on non-electrified routes since their introduction in the late 1990s.
These 2-car multiple units feature an innovative low floor and boarding design for increased accessibility and are mounted upon a shared bogie to improve safety and ride quality. The low floor also gives the 642 its distinctive large windows for ultimate scenic viewing – particularly for passengers travelling along the scenic Main Valley.
With Free Roam a popular feature in Train Sim World 4, players with additional route Add-ons will have the ability to take the 642 elsewhere across the German network too! Though Niddertalbahn in-game may be set in the early 1990s, the DB BR 642 has been in operation along the route in more recent times. Similarly those with Dresden - Riesa (since upgraded for Train Sim World 4 players) may wish to Free Roam the 642 in and around the Dresden area.
Freight Loco: DB BR 363
Joining in on the diesel action is the DB BR 363 shunting locomotive in blue livery, hauling DB Habbiins and Roos-t Wagons. Developed in the late 1950s, this formidable shunter was produced in good numbers, with 942 being delivered by the time production ceased in 1964.
Players of previous German Train Sim World routes will find this locomotive a familiar entry point into exploring the Maintalbahn route and running services in between the passenger trains, negotiating the single-track sections in order to let them through on time.
Located in the westernmost part of Bavaria, the Main Valley winds its way through scenic countryside, with the railway line following the course of the river throughout. This single-track line features a varied service pattern for the DB BR 642 as well as the local freight trains servicing industry in the area.
Aschaffenburg will be familiar to players of the previous Main-Spessart Bahn route Add-on, which instead cuts across country to join the Main Valley at Gemünden much further along. This portside town is served my multiple stations in addition to Aschaffenburg Hauptbahnhof, which forms the northernmost stop in Maintalbahn.
Fourteen stations in total lie along the route, with Miltenburg forming the southern endpoint for in-game services.
Completing the Tier 2 Mastery Challenge will also add further drama to the scenery, with a ship launch to unlock!
Services, layers and gameplay
The passenger experience is primarily full length runs. The RB 88 service is roughly hourly and calls at most if not all stations. RE 87 is a semi-fast run, stopping at less stations. There are also shorter shuttles between Aschaffenburg and Aschaffenburg South, and depot/shunt manoeuvres at either end of the line.
The BR 363 shunts freight wagons and delivers them to and from Aschaffenburg port, as well as a couple of mainline runs, split into parts as a result of the single-track necessitating waits for paths, similar to how freight services operate on Niddertalbahn.
Players with Niddertalbahn and Train Sim World 4 will have received the updated red DB livery for the Class 628.2 and this version of the older DMU class will substitute into all of Maintalbahn’s 642 services. The DB BR 612 from Tharandter Rampe also subs into the 642 services.
There’ll also be substitutions with the red liveried DB BR 363 into the freight services for those that own the separate locomotive Add-on.
At Aschaffenburg, there’ll be a series of AI layers from other German Train Sim World routes, including:
- Bremen - Oldenburg: DB BR 425
- Kassel - Würzburg: DB BR 401 ICE 1
- S-Bahn Vorarlberg: DB BR 185
- Railpool BR 193 Vectron
- Dresden - Riesa: Zacns Wagons
- Main-Spessart Bahn: DB BR 146 and Doppelstock
There’ll be a handful of Scenarios to choose from, including the unique ‘Running on Vapors’ Scenario in which you’ll need to manage your fuel usage to complete your service without running out of fuel! You’ll start with a minimal amount and will have to fill up once you get to a refuelling point.
Train Sim World 4: Maintalbahn: Aschaffenburg – Miltenberg route Add-on will be available from November 28th for €29.99/£24.99/$29.99
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Train Sim World 4
Maintalbahn – Coming Soon