Albula Line 2.1 (for MSTS), by Michael Vone and Joachim Zander

Version and Release Date: 2.1 (June 7, 2003)

Description: This route simulates in great detail a 40 km section of the real-life Albula Line high in the Swiss Alps, with its multiple reversal and helicoidal tunnels, and its 6-km Albula Tunnel, as well as a 10 km section of a branch line to Davos. It is accompanied by a pack of nearly 40 pieces of matched rolling stock for the Rhaetische Bahn. Includes extensive documentation and maps. The upgrade from Version 2 to 2.1 adds: photoreal station buildings, older-style gantries, 16 new pieces of rolling stock, 4 new activities, 12 new types of water, changed snow terrain textures, cows and people that disappear in some seasons and weather, and many other details.

Installation Method: For the route: requires version 2 installed (file MValb2.zip); unzipping MValb21.zip, followed by running a batch file. For the rolling stock pack: requires version 1 installed (RhBpack.zip); unzipping RhBpack2.zip.

Size of Download: Version 2.1: two files of about 15 Mb; requires Version 2: two files of about 18 MB each.

Size of Installed Route: 192 MB (size on disk).

Fantasy, Prototypical, or Freelance Operations: Prototypical.

Freight or Passenger: Both.

Era or Genre: Contemporary (electrified).

Location: Southeast Switzerland.

Length of Mainline: 40 km.

Length of Branches: 10 km.

Number of Branches: 1.

Number of Sidings: Many sidings in yards, and 2 wyes.

Number of Yards: 5 yards and 6 smaller 2-track stations.

Mixture of Dual and Single Track: Single track mainline with dual or multiple tracks in yards and stations.

Level of Trackside Detail: Complete sets of signals, mileposts, speed limits, platforms, siding markers, yard definitions, sounds, custom gantries, interactive deer and moving or stationary people, station objects, etc. New track and tunnel textures.

Amount of Scenery Completed: Fully completed, including roads and road traffic, towns and villages, static consists and vehicles, people, many 3rd-party objects, new custom textures for streams, waterfalls, rocks, trails, etc., 12 completely new environments (with non-flashing water).

FPS Specs, with qualifiers: Low: 4-20 fps (57 fps in some tunnels), using 1 GB Pentium III with 64 Mb GeForce 2 GTS, 256 MB of RAM, and maximum detail settings in MSTS.

Activities Provided: About 24 activities, including an Introductory Train Ride, and an activity that explains the local sights (available in 6 languages).

Non-Default Consists or Rolling Stock Required in Activities: Required are the consists and rolling stock contained in file RhBpack.zip and RhBpack2.zip.

Add-In Track Sets: None.

Tsection.dat file used: Default tsection.dat.

Payware or Freeware: Freeware.

URL for More Information and Screenshots: http://avsim.com/hangar/utils/mvchal...-Albula21.html

Known Problems: Corrupt tiles near Spinas and Alvaneu; arched bridge pieces may disappear at close range; the bridge to Naz village is completely black in winter; a terrain section east of Filisur sometimes looks transparent from a distance; the level crossing at Surava allows cars to stop too close to the tracks; the rocky transfers may give undesired shimmering effects, depending on hardware; the MSTS bug of flashing water has been resolved in this route, but as a result the water and terrain may glow at night; the Freight shunting activity can fail due to front-coupler problems in MSTS.

Where it can be downloaded: TrainSim.com, Avsim.com, thetrain.de.

Extra Information: Manuals in html format; 6 maps. Includes optional camcfg.dat file to greatly increase the freedom of camera motions.

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Submitted by Michael Vone - [email protected]
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