- New DLC release for Train Sim World 2, LGV Méditerranée set in the South of France
- The fastest DLC for the simulation, reach a top speed of 320 km/h as you explore the route
- Featuring the official 200 series TGV Duplex in SNCF Carmillion livery
Today we are launching the first French route for Train Sim World 2, with the sun-soaked LGV Méditerranée: Marseille – Avignon. This high-speed line runs across the South of France with the TGV Duplex carrying passengers at speeds of up to 320 km/h. Sit in the driver’s seat and take control of this thrilling train. Find out more about how this was built…
Building the 93 km route
This is the longest route to date for Train Sim World 2. This means we’ve had to look to new tools and new ways to build the scenery. Traditionally we build our routes by hand. The craftsmanship is no different to how building a model railway would be. For example, if you want a tree you place a tree, now multiply that by 60 scale miles and that gives an idea of the weight of work the environment teams take on. With this route we’ve used a new tool that allows us to autogenerate some content to give our environment team a canvas to start from, allowing us to retain a handcrafted feel, but build bigger routes.
Real world locations
Once the scenery and track is laid, our team will start to work on creating the familiar structures and stations on the route. Each of these has been carefully recreated to match the real-world locations. As you drive the route you’ll be travelling from the historic 12 platform Marseille-Saint Charles, originally opened in 1848, to the ultra-modern Avignon TGV with its ‘cathedral of glass’ that runs along the platform edge. You’ll also pass by familiar structures like Aix-En Provence station and drive over the huge 1.7 km Ventabren Viaduct.
This will be our fastest route on Train Sim World 2 at an incredible 320 Km/h. It is the first route that we’ve done that deploys the TVM430 cab signaling system and also uses the French KVB in-cab signaling system. Along with multiple different braking systems used on this locomotive these are critical to maintaining safe control as you race through the French countryside. You need to plan ahead to get accurate station stops.
And, if travelling at high-speed isn’t enough, this route is an absolute rollercoaster – featuring some of the fiercest gradients you can imagine. You will fall and climb across the route as you travel between stations, with fast changes between 3.5% gradients. This kind of gradient can be big on any normal route, but when you’re travelling at 320 km/h these become a tense challenge as you battle the adhesion physics.
Recreating the TGV Duplex
The star of this DLC is the TGV Duplex, rebuilt here and using the official Carmillion livery in conjunction with SNCF this locomotive is one of the most complex we have built for Train Sim World 2. The multiple safety and braking systems have been recreated in authentic detail alongside the power systems, pantograph and underlying technical elements that define how the locomotive feels and reacts to both your input and the environment. We use a custom tool called Simugraph to simulate the internal physics of our trains and this one has around 100 different nodes that work together to recreate the TGV Duplex.
You can experience this with LGV Méditerranée which is out today for Train Sim World 2. Start playing to get a tutorial on how to drive the TGV Duplex, and then try out our custom Scenarios before taking on realistic full timetable services on this new route.
Train Sim World® 2: LGV Méditerranée: Marseille – Avignon