This ChrisTrains locomotive collection brings you the DH1 (single wagon) and DH2 (double wagon) versions of the 'Wadloper' diesel passenger train that was designed for and operated on the non-electrified lines of the northern Groningen and Leeuwarden areas of the Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Dutch national railways) network.
The train was to designed for one-man operation, meaning that the driver could take over conductor and ticket-seller duties in the quieter hours, and the roomy cab had a glass wall in the rear with a window and ticket table. Introduced in 1981, the locomotive had a top speed of 100 km/h.
Full custom model and 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 Quick Drive
English User's Manual supplied as a PDF file (available via Start->All Programs->ChrisTrains)
Additional locomotive information
At the beginning of the 70s, the NS started considering replacing the Blue Angels (an older train type) that were in service on the northern 'nevenlijnen' around Groningen and Leeuwarden. Compared to steam, the Blue Angels had provided a cheaper option, meaning that more of the unprofitable branch lines in the north were prevented from being closed. The question was asked whether it was possible to make these lines even simpler, and thus cheaper, to operate, by building a train type that was designed specifically for this area. Even the Plan U trains were to be replaced. 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 conclusion was obviously that the existing service was too expensive. A quick tram variant wouldn't help. A bus service was the cheapest option but that would lead to a further decline in passenger numbers.
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 swap-outs never happened in practice.
The seats were made by French company Compin, and were basically the same as those in the (at that time) new SGM Sprinter trains. By removing the interior dividing walls, the whole train became a single compartment giving it a roomy feel on the inside. The walls between the passenger compartments and the boarding areas were furnished with landscape pictures of the northern region.
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.
Power: DH1:1x210kW (281hp) DH2:2x210kW (562hp)
Axle Formation: DH1:Bo-2 DH2:2-Bo + Bo-2
Length: DH1: 22.31m DH2: 43.45m
Maximum speed: 100 km/h
Weight: DH1: 37 ton DH2:69 ton
Number built: DH1: 19, DH2:31
Built by: Düwag, Cummins, Voith, SIG
Years entered service: 1981-2008
Train Simulator 2017 (not suitable for driving in Train Simulator 'Simple' mode; dynamic lighting ON recommended)
3.0GHz or any Dual Core
512MB graphics card
Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista / XP (32-bit or 64-bit)
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