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Experience the high speed TGV Atlantique on the 220km Atlantic High Speed route running south-west from Paris Montparnasse to St-Pierre-des-Corps station in Tours, passing through the two high speed stations at Massy-TGV and Vendome-TGV.
As you travel at up to 300 km/h you will pass through the beautiful landscape to the south-west of Paris. The Quick Drive enabled route includes numerous custom and animated objects and also winter textures. Expansive freight yards, engine workshops and depots are included. Ten Standard scenarios and four Free Roams are also included.
The included TGV trains, supplied in several liveries, have the in-cab TVM signalling system to allow running at up to 300 km/h and are supplied in several authentic consists. The TGV has an authentic start-up procedure, dual-voltage pantograph operation, cruise control, operating nose covers and custom sounds and passenger views.
Highlights and features[ul][li]Runs between Paris Montparnasse and St-Pierre-des-Corps, Tours[/li][li]220 km route length[/li][li]Includes low and high speed track sections[/li][li]Speed limit of 300 km/h on the high speed sections[/li][li]Two high speed stations at Massy and Vendome[/li][li]Large marshaling areas for freight marshaling[/li][li]Two engine workshops and depots[/li][li]Includes a very large range of custom scenery objects and animations[/li][li]Winter textures[/li][li]Beautiful landscape south-west of Paris[/li][li]Authentic French railway signalling and signage[/li][li]Quick Drive enabled[/li][/ul]Trains leave Montparnasse station and pass through the southern suburbs of Paris, partly underground beneath the 'Coulée Verte'. At this point the route follows the old Paris-Chartres line. After Massy TGV station at PK 14 ('Point Kilométrique', or Kilometre Point) trains pass through the Villejust tunnel, reaching a speed of 300 km/h at the tunnel exit, and the route then follows the A10 motorway.
The route curves south near the Saint-Arnoult toll and passes over the A10, briefly following the non-electrified single-track Brétigny-Tours line from Dourdan - La Forêt station.
The fork between the western branch (in the direction of Rennes and Le Mans) and the south-western branch (towards Tours) is at PK 130 in Courtalain. After Courtalain the line heads due south in the direction of the Vallée du Loir.
Vendôme TGV station at PK 162 is situated shortly before the section of the route at PK 166.8 where the world speed record had been set in 1990.
The line then enters Indre-et-Loire, crosses over the A10 and begins its descent towards the Loire valley. After the Vouvray tunnel (1,496 meters) comes a succession of three viaducts across the Loire, almost a kilometer long in total, and the line then arrives at Saint-Pierre-des-Corps station at PK 233.
Stations[ul][li]Paris-Montparnasse[/li][li]Massy TGV[/li][li]Vendôme-Villiers-sur-Loir[/li][li]Saint-Pierre-des-Corps[/li][/ul]Railway infrastructure[ul][li]Technicentre de Chatillon[/li][li]Montrouge depot[/li][li]Saint-Pierre-des-Corps marshalling yard[/li][li]Technicentre de Saint-Pierre-des-Corps[/li][/ul]Route signalling - standard track signalling
The route is equipped with B.A.L. ('Bloc Automatique Lumineux') light signals on the standard (i.e. not High Speed) section and TVM-300 cab signalling on the High Speed section of the route where the higher speeds make it difficult for the driver to accurately see trackside light signals.
The route includes:[ul][li]B.A.L light signals[/li][li]Speed limit signs[/li][li]Identification signs[/li][li]Direction indicators[/li][li]Change of electrical section indicators[/li][li]Indications of zones where the pantograph must be lowered and raised.[/li][/ul]Route signalling - high speed route signalling
High speed routes on the TGV/Thalys/Eurostar network are equipped with a system of beacons which transmit signals directly to the driver's cab, where they are displayed as part of the train controls. The signalling information is transmitted through the rails as electrical signals which are picked up by antennae placed under the train.
This TVM system (Transmission Voie-Machine or 'track to train transmission') is a fixed block system, i.e. the track is subdivided into fixed segments, each of which has a particular state.[ul][li]Entry and exit signs[/li][li]Ground markers[/li][/ul]TGV ATLANTIQUE TRAIN
The TGV Atlantique was built from 1988 until 1992 by GEC-ALSTHOM and is in operation on the Atlantic line serving the west and southwest of France. The locomotives are equipped with the TVM-300 in-cab signalling system and are numbered 301 - 405.
Composition of a rake of 10 coaches and two engines:[ul][li]Front engine - loco1[/li][li]Coach R1 - R101ere (First Class, 44 seats)[/li][li]Coach R2 - R51erecompartiments (First Class, 36 seats)[/li][li]Coach R3 - R51erecompsansbog (First Class, 36 seats)[/li][li]Coach 4 Bar - R4bar (Bar)[/li][li]Coach R5 - R52emesb (Second Class, 60 seats)[/li][li]Coach R6 - R52eme (Second Class, 60 seats)[/li][li]Coach R7 - R52eme (Second Class, 60 seats)[/li][li]Coach R8 - R52emeespfami (Second Class, 56 seats)[/li][li]Coach R9 - R52emeespfamisb (Second Class, 56 seats)[/li][li]Coach R10 - R102eme (Second Class, 77 seats)[/li][li]Tail engine - loco 2[/li][/ul]This package for Train Simulator includes several consists:[ul][li]TGV ATLANTIC[/li][li]TGV ATLANTIC 2[/li][li]TGV ATLANTIC UM[/li][li]TGV ATLANTIC UM 2[/li][li]TGV RECORD[/li][li]TGV RECORD 2[/li][li]TGV-ATLANTIC-RESEAU[/li][/ul]Includes the current and older style of liveries as well as an overhead wire control coach.
Features[ul][li]Realistic start-up and operational procedures[/li][li]Included safety systems:[ul][li]VACMA ('Veille Automatique de Contrôle à Maintien d'Appui') is the equivalent of the British DSD (Driver's Safety Device)[/li][li]B.A.L ('Bloc Automatique Lumineux', or 'Automatic Light Blocks')[/li][li]TVM ('Transmission Voie-Machine', or 'Track-to-train transmission') is a signalling system used on high speed lines whereby signalling information is transmitted to the train and displayed as part of the train controls[/li][/ul][/li][li]Realistic in-cab speed displays from the TVM system[/li][li]Different operational pantograph operations[/li][li]Multi-voltage overhead line operations[/li][li]Automatic speed control[/li][li]Realistic passenger view included[/li][li]Opening nose coupling cowls[/li][li]Extensive manual includes descriptions of the various systems and instruction on the complex start-up procedures for both low and high speed line operations[/li][li]Authentic train and operational sounds[/li][li]Working sunshade[/li][li]In-cab lighting[/li][li]Working screen wipers[/li][li]Ten Standard and four Free Roam scenarios[/li][li]Quick Drive enabled[/li][/ul]Standard scenarios
Atlantic TGV Tutorial
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL loco1 / Duration: 10 minutes
Learn to drive the Atlantic TGV.
Control Coach Test from Vendôme to Massy
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 60 minutes
Good evening. You are to drive your train from Vendôme to Massy TGV. The overhead wires control coach is in your train consist.
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco2 / Duration: 60 minutes
Good morning! At the start of your day you have to drive your train from the Chatillon workshop to Paris Montparnasse station, then pick up your passengers and drive south to Vendôme TGV.
Paris - St-Pierre-des-Corps
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 60 minutes
Drive from Paris to St-Pierre-des-Corps with a stop at Vendôme station.
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 100 minutes
Take command of your TGV for a local service to get some line experience, especially as regards slowing the train to stop correctly at stations. You will stop at Massy TGV, Vendôme TGV and finally arrive at St-Pierre-des-Corps.
St-Pierre-des-Corps - Paris Montparnasse
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 60 minutes
It's midday and you will drive north from St-Pierre-des-Corps direct to Paris. Have a good trip!
Tours - Vendôme - Paris - TGV Direct
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 90 minutes
Take control of the outbound TGV from Tours to Paris.
Vendôme - Paris Montparnasse TGV 325
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1-rec / Duration: 45 minutes
You are at Vendôme station in charge of the 325 TGV, the famous record breaking train, and you'll experience 350 km/h during the testing of the train. You will need to stop at Chatillon before continuing to Paris Montparnasse station.
Vendôme - St-Pierre-des-Corps
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1 / Duration: 40 minutes
A simple trip south from Vendôme TGV to St-Pierre-des-Corps.
Troubleshooting on The Line
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL loco2 / Duration: 60 Minutes
A TGV is down shortly before Vendôme. You must dock it, after you have opened the nose coupler covers (CTRL+Y) and then push it up to Vendôme.
Free Roam scenarios
FREE ROAM from Paris Montparnasse
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco1-rec
FREE ROAM from Tours
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco 1-LA
FREE ROAM from Vendôme
Loco: AHS-TGV-ATL Loco 1
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