The first T's were quite distinctive with their flat roofline. This was a standard EMD export design and were basically "off the shelf". The bogie mounted sandboxes were also distinctive. The flat roofline made for a very cramped cab and only the shortest crewmember did not have to duck their head when inside. They were however the best riding of all of the T class due, presumeably, to their lower centre of gravity and longer wheelbase. Of all the T's the first series were the least likely to wheelslip when lugging at low speeds.
T's 320 to 333 were delivered with their controls on what became the firemans side. The controls were relocated in early 1966.
T 320 and 321, as delivered the yellow stripe along the side was much narrower as can be seen in the photos of T 320. Exhausts changed over the years as well. In the early 80's several T's had their skirt above the fuel tank area removed for maintenence ease as shown on T 342, T's known to have chopped skirts include 321, 333, 342, 343, 345. Several got yellow handrails and 321 and 345 got distinctive aluminium side cab windows. In 1986 T 345 was electrically modified for hump working along with T 413. T 320 - T 325 kept their fabricated bogies for their entire lives which made them different from the rest of the 1st series T's.
In 1984 13 first series T's were sent to Clyde for a complete rebuild, after rebuilding they became the P class numbered P 11 to P 23.
(information thanks to victorianrailways.net)
These models have been in the works for over 2 years so to finally be able to release them is very exciting. I would like to thank a few people:
• Zec (S301) for his tireless scripting work for all of AT's locos.
• Aaron (Azervich) for building the bogies.
• Garry (Jerker) for building the cab interior.
Features on this locomotive include (of which some can be switched on or off via the 'properties' menu):
• Automatic running numbers (unless specific version)
• Changeable marker light settings (Using the VR Set Train Lamps Rule, available on the DLS).
• Visible directional sand.
• Toggle switch to choose crew either visible or not, which also rotate depending on direction of travel.
• Automatic working windscreen wipers.
• Toggle switch for illuminated numberboards.
• Toggle switch for cab light.
• Toggle switch for external lights (step/bogie/coupler).
• Toggle switch for flashing safety beacons on APM T342.
• Animated coupler and mesh swap for hosebags, compatible with other rollingstock/locomotives fitted with ACS coupling system.
• Automatic mirrors on some versions which fold in or out depending if crew is visible.
• Authentic sounds including brake squeal, flange squeal, air brake and compressor sounds.
• 4 levels of detail to ensure good PC performance.
• Use of environmental, specular and normal maps to give realistic looking textures.
Colour schemes include:
• VR (50's/60's/70's/80's, Preserved 320/333/341)
• VR 413 (70's/80's/90's/Preserved)
• V/Line (fictional)
• Ozride 334
• APM 342
• GN 345
• El Zorro 342
• SCT 345
With all that said and done, I hope you enjoy using these locomotives as much as I have making them!
*Please note, these have only been designed for TANE SP2 (PC) and above ONLY, we cannot guarantee they will work in earlier versions of Trainz and provide no support for people attempting to get them to work in earlier versions of Trainz.
**These locomotives are also available on the DLS under the username 'lesley' for use in multiplayer sessions.