VIA Rail Genesis Released May
The VIA Rail Genesis has been released. Included in this release is
an updated Genesis cab, and a repaint of Kuju's Acela Express cars in
the VIA scheme. They may be fake LRCs, but they do the job pretty well.
See the Releases page for more information.
Kelley Ellison Joins NALW April
You light up my life. Or at least my locomotives. Anyway, North American
Locomotive Works would like to welcome Kelley Ellison to our fine pool
of creative individuals. He is an expert at MSTS lighting, and we think
he will make a fine addition to the team. You can read his bio on the
Who We Are page. We also hear he's rather
Genesis Sounds Completed and Released April
The new Genesis sounds make to prime-time! And I still think
they sound fantastic. Yes, "Genesis Lawn Mower" sounds be
gone! If you are running any NALW Genesis variation, it it highly recommended
that you download this upgrade. You can find out more in Releases.
Union Pacific GE Package Released April
The Union Pacific Dash 8, Dash 9, and AC4400
package has finally been released. You'll be able to find it at Train-sim.com
and will be available when Nels has it uploaded. You can find more information
at the Releases section.
Matt Cyr Joins NALW Team April
Thanks to HAC, we are happy to welcome Matt Cyr to
the North American Locomotive Works team. Hailing from just east of
Winnipeg, Canada, Matt has his hands into many aspects of MSTS, from
modeling, skinning and has even done route work. His long-standing interest
in trains also gives him insight into prototypical operations. This
may have to do with the fact that his father works for CP Rail, we figure.
We are all very glad to have Matt join us. You can read his bio here...
Union Pacific #844 Production Started April
Once again, the ever-ambitious Jens-Chris has embarked
on his next steam project: Union Pacific's famous Alco #844. Not #8444,
as is was named to get out of the way of the diesels in '62. Jens-Chris
reports that the model is about 30% done. No physics or lighting have
been done yet, and the model will use the Big Boy cab currently being
undertaken. As for sounds, well, does anyone want to drive to Cheyenne,
How MSTS Connects A Train with an Activity April
Nagged by bad consists or want to remove an engine?
This not-short-enough piece explains what MSTS goes through to load
your consist when launching an activity... More...
UP Big Blow in Final Beta updated April
The Big Blow has made it into final beta testing,
and should be released shortly. We have found updated sounds, and have
located the original author. Not much longer. Really.
Big Boy Status April
For all of you who have so very patient with this
model, it is getting closer. The model and sounds are complete. Sam
Spade is hard at work on the custom cab, and it is taking a bit of time
as a steam cab is uncharted territory for him. We wish him luck, and
it's a good thing he has patience...
Metra Cab Car to Supplement
Metra F40 April 25, 2002
Tony Baerenz (who happens to be Jens-Chris's father) has produced a
cab car that is suitable for Metra service and is quite an excellent
model. Our engineers are currently fighting funky physics and sound
issues created by MSTS bugs. This will most likely be a separate release
from the Metra F40, and it may be a while before this one is released
as among other things, there are no lights. Our sources tell us that
this is against FRA regulations...
New Genesis Sounds Coming April
Based on actual recordings by our sound man Matt, our new Genesis sounds
are absolutely wonderful and sound quite realistic. This will be a worthwhile
upgrade, especially for those who don't like the "Genesis Lawn
Mower" sounds...expect this patch within two weeks.
VIA Genesis April 24, 2002
This repaint of Jens-Chris's P42 has been completed and will be ready
to go by the time the updated Genesis sounds are completed. We will
probably include VIA LRCs (based on the Kuju Acela cars). Repainting
is complete on the pseudo-LRCs in the blue/yellow scheme, and prototypically
go quite well with the P42 (or at least as close as we're going to get