Most train simmers has experienced MSTS already. On the start of MSTS it was the best train simulator available at that time. Now we are looking back to that decade of MSTS and we watch some of the default routes that came with MSTS. Mr. R.C. de Visser developed MSTS-Steamtrains, dedicated to the same target as Steamtrains Unlimited does today. However the name changed a few years later into Steamtrains Unlimited targeting all steam locomotives around the world between original and the tiniest live-steam steam locomotive.
Enjoy some of the early days MSTS screenshots created by Mr. R.C. de Visser.
The earliest virtual route of the most famous original was included as one of the six main routes that came along with MSTS. The Settle-Carlisle route is available as default route at MSTS, as add-on for Trainz and as add-on for TS20xx. Together with the Gölsdorf 380 engines for hauling the Oriënt-Express, a Flying Scotsman was included for running at the S&C line. The cab was the start and far from what it is today and was fitted at the driver’s side at the right side instead of the left. One of the first add-on’s that came available was the redesigned cab that fits better to the original cab of the Flying Scotsman.
Some later the Mallard came available at trainsim.com together with the teak wooden coaches Mr. R.C. de Visser runs a train containing these coaches and the Mallard as engine. Here are some of these images which are still available at www.trainsim.com 12 years after the creation of these screenshots.
The Arlberg Route.
At the time of the MSTS release there was no German route at all. The first German route was along the Rhine but came out some later in addition of MSTS. After that, many routes and trains came to the MSTS shed, either freeware or payware. The Gölsdorfer 380 and the non driveable 310 were provided in the MTST installation.
A famous name: “BeeKay” created this engine. The 150X from the SNCF. Together with the class 64. He now creates the present German engines under “Romantic Railroads” that are released by Just Trains. BeeKay created steam locomotives since the coming of MSTS,
One of the builders Named MadMike from Koblenz, Germany, created some of the most beautiful German engines for MSTS. For local services MadMike created the class 70 hauling a local passenger train with open doorsteps. However the work of MadMiuke is discontinued for TS20xx.
The Pacific class 01 belongs to the most famous steam locomotives in Germany. After the separation between West and Eas Germany, many 01 were overhauled and recreated. in West Germany the 01.10 became a new boiler, oil burners and a 2’3′ T34 tender.
In East Germany they were converted into the class 01.5 with the typical streamline dome area, half streamlined side plates and some received “Boxpox” wheel sets,. The high performance boiler resulted in their long life under the DR wings. The last steam depot and shed in service was Saalfeld. In both German countries, these engines were the backbone of Express train service at non electrified routes.
The class 01.10 remained in service until the end of steam in 1977. The express train service came to an end in may 1975, the service after that was only back up for all services were needed. One of these engines is the streamlined 01 1102 and is preserved and restored receiving the blue streamlined outfit that was originally designed.