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Review: UP Class 4000 'Big Boy' for Trainz
Developer: Claes Wikdahl
Reviewed By Matthew Peddlesden
Date: 24 September 2002


You can purchase this product direct from Claes at his site for $7.50 US

Trainz is not known for its steam - at least not officially.

Some folk in the community however have been pushing Trainz to the limits and proving that even without official support it is still possible to do some gorgeous steam.

When Claes emailed me and introduced his new 'Big Boy' I was intrigued, from what i've seen in the MSTS release it's an awesome steam locomotive and such a beast on Trainz should be interesting to see!

The distribution comes as an approx 7 meg download using the lesser spotted 'RAR' file format. A quick email back to Claes revealed that it is actually http://www.rarlab.com for the latest version of WinRAR and moments later the password protected RAR file was expanded.

The result is a single 'CDP' file for the Trainz Content Despatcher - just double click on the CDP file and it self installs without any difficulty at all.

A quick buzz in to Driver located the loco and tender and within moments we were in the sim and steaming.

Holy steam engines batman, that's one awesome looking locomotive - both the real one and this particular model.

Trainz allows for very high polygon count models and Claes has taken full advantage of this as you can see from some of the screenshots where I have tried to get up close and personal with it.

One thing that I was particularly impressed with was the absolutely fantastic smoke effects that have been used. As you go in to the sim the engine sits there and various valves on the top let off steam and then finally some valves go off at the base blasting steam out to the sides. As you pull away you see the outstanding valve gear doing its work and below each cylinder box you can see a small exhaust of steam at just the right time.

Sounds are very good - though as I have no idea what the real one sounds like I can't comment on that. Sounded very steamy though to me :)

Animation is extremely high quality, modelling is equally high and the detail is excellent.

As Trainz does not support Steam there is no cab view and hence no way to drive the locomotive using anything other than the DCC (model railway style) controller.

If you are interested in the UP Class 4000 'Big Boy' locomotive and you have Trainz then this is a definite must-have.

Our score:

95%



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