Train Sim world has been at full release for around two months now, better polished than the ‘early access’ Founder’s Edition that launched back in May of this year, with Dovetail addressing most of the issues that arose during that time. You can check out our review of the main game here.
So with the West Somerset Railway DLC you get two new trains, the Class 47 a diesel-electric locomotive developed and built in the 1960’s as part of the British Transport Commissions aim of removing steam locomotives from British railways. The Class 09 built in the late 50’s early 60’s is primarily a shunting locomotive, yet as noted in the introduction/tutorial these were also used for the occasional bit of passenger work.
you also gain access to the usual service mode and scenarios for these trains, with scenarios ranging between 30 and 75 minutes expected completion time, there’s six of these in total, featuring a mix of passenger and shunting work. Service mode, for those that don’t know is Train Sim World’s version of a free roam. you have access to a full 24 hour schedule, that let’s you control any train you like, swapping and changing between trains if you wish, or simply enjoy the services as a passenger, or go on the hunt for collectibles.
One of the standout things for this bit of DLC is its setting, the majority of the base game and other expansions are set in and around urban/city/industrial areas. West Somerset Railway is set in the rolling countryside and coastal area of south-western Britain. It definitely changes things up, adding a bit of a breath of fresh air, probably more noticeable if you’ve played TSW in its entirety.
I mentioned earlier that the game is much more polished now compared to its early access release, and it’s brilliant to see that dovetail are actively fixing issues that crop up, especially visuals. There are still some audio bugs, mainly the horns, these become extremely annoying at times, there’s also still the odd general sound bug with engine sounds too. Hopefully this is still on the fix list. My biggest downside to this DLC is the price. Coming in at nearly half the cost of the base game that includes GWR, Rapid Transit, and Northeast Corridor. it does seem like you’re paying maybe $10 too much. Nevertheless I’m sure it will still appeal to the fans of the genre.