A reproduction of the DH1/DH2 'Wadloper' diesel passenger train that operated on the non-electrified lines of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch national railways) network.
History At the beginning of the 70's, the NS started considering replacing the Blue Angels (an older train type), that were in service on the northern 'nevenlijnen' around Groningen and Leeuwarden. To research how the still unprofitable northern lines could still be exploited by a train service, the 'Werkgroep Exploitatie Nevenlijnen (WEN)' was formed in 1976. They looked at how the service could be made cheaper. The working group gave preference to the development of a new 4-axle diesel train, meaning the service could still be kept simple. The train was to be designed for one-man operation, meaning that the driver could take over conductor and ticket-seller duties in the quieter hours.
The new trains were very boxy and quickly got the nickname SRV-wagon (the name of a small, boxy, mobile supermarket service that operated all over Holland). The engine came from a freight truck, made by Cummins, with the intention of being something that could easily be swapped out after 15 years of service. These swapouts never happened in practice.
The driver's cab was also roomy, mostly because of the one-man operating design, and had a glass wall in the rear with a window and ticket table. The trains also got fold-out mirrors for the cab so the driver could check the outside doors were clear before closing them. There was no separate conductor to perform this function.
Because the 'SRV-wagon' really had no association with public transport, the NS started a competition to pick a proper name for the new train. Residents of both northern provinces could choose, and in October 1983, after counting 48,000 votes, the name 'Wadloper' was chosen (in Dutch, a Wadloper is the name of a wading bird commonly found in the northern province marshlands). Train unit 3231 was the first of the DH1 DH2 trains to be delivered with this new name.
DH1 Traction: Diesel Power: 1x210kW Axle Formation: Bo-2 Length: 22,31m Maximum speed: 100 km/h Weight: 37t Number built: 19 Built by: Düwag, Cummins, Voith, SIG Years entered service: 1981-2008 DH2 Traction: Diesel Power: 2x210kW Axle Formation: 2'-Bo2 Length: 43,45m Maximum speed: 100 km/h Weight: 69t Number built: 31 Built by: Düwag, Cummins, Voith, SIG Years entered service: 1981-2008
Full custom model, custom audio
DH1 (single wagon) and DH2 (double wagon) versions
Versions for NS (new and old), Noordned (including the green version), Veolia (including the red/white/grey version) and also Transferoviar Calatori (Romania)
ATB-NG (train protection system) emulation in the newer NS version
Second class passenger view
Uses smart scripting for cab lighting, custom controls, destination boards and more
Comes with a tutorial / training scenario set in the TS Academy
Can be used in your own scenarios, and is available in QuickDrive
User's manual supplied as a PDF file.(The manual is available in Start->All Programs->ChrisTrains)
Free updates for life
Scenarios will become available on my scenarios page as I complete them.
Train Simulator (Product will not work in Train Simulator 2012, 2013, 2014) 'Expert' control mode (my add-ons typically do not work with 'simple' controls. Turn off simple controls. Recommended: Dynamic lighting ON Download size: 100 MB
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