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Review: Class 60
Publisher: Just Trains
Reviewed By Matthew Peddlesden
Date: 22 September 2009

JustTrains seem to be taking the lead on producing stock to satisfy the needs of the modern image enthusiast for RailWorks and Rail Simulator. With their previous releases including numerous wagons and the Voyager passenger DMU their latest release adds more freight haulage to your collection: The Class 60.

Delivered to you electronically at a cost of 12.75 direct from the web site, you get the following in the pack:

Class 60 loco in ten different liveries:

  • British Steel
  • Coal
  • Corus
  • Construction
  • FWS (this is EWS livery, but not quite, presumably for copyright reasons)
  • GWR (Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the GWR green version)
  • Loadhaul
  • Mainline
  • Petroleum
  • Transrail

Additionally you also get Free Roam scenarios for Oxford to Paddington, Newcastle to York and Hedborough, plus one standard scenario called simply "Rail Tour".

So, how is it?

The model is fantastic, another absolutely gorgeous model for your collection. The texturing is very finely detailed and there are lots of additional 3D detailed parts added as well. It will certainly look good in any screenshots you take to share on the forums!

There is a lovely custom cab which again looks the part very nicely. Note: In my screenshots I am using a slightly altered perspective so that the outside views look better, unfortunately as RailWorks only supports a single perspective setting this means the cab views look a bit zoomed in from what you're normally used to.

Sounds again seem to fit the bill nicely.

Overall the loco itself is excellent and well produced, whether you feel it justifies the cost of 12.75 however is definitely down to how well it fits in with the era you are interested in simulating. Suffice to say if you're happy with the cost then I don't think you'll be disappointed with the loco.

Lastly, the scenarios... this is the disappointing bit. I'll put the free roam scenarios to one side, they pretty much have to be supplied or it's very difficult for the newcomer to start using their new purchase. They're pretty reasonable and give you some basic freight trains ready to start driving along with a few other bits and bobs littered around the tracks, so basically what you'd expect. The single scenario however I find very disappointing; a nice loco like this and it only comes with a single scenario?? To add to that, it's not even a freight scenario, it's an odd-ball passenger special. I find it difficult to believe that they couldn't have gone the extra mile and included 5 scenarios with the package stretching the legs of different liveried variations and really giving the user something to get their teeth in to. One scenario just seems a bit... tight.

If you like what you see, you can buy it here, direct from JustTrains for electronic download immediately.

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