Background to Rivet Games Surselva add-on for Train Simulator 2020.
The simulation we have made models the Surselva route as it is in 2019, highlighting the new Hinterrhein bridge in Tamins that opened in 2018.
As a popular route for train fans, there is lots of reference material for Surselva both online and available to purchase, we’ve collected links to our favourites at the bottom of this page. For a brief history of the railway see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reichenau-Tamins%E2%80%93Disentis/Must%C3%A9r_railway
The main traction used on this route is the Ge 4/4 II, which is provided as RhB Enhancement pack 2 from Thomson Interactive. Some details and history of this vehicle are here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhaetian_Railway_Ge_4/4_II
The simulation was created with the support of Rhaetian Railway (RhB) and we would like to thank them for their long-standing help and feedback.
There are many beautiful rail routes in Switzerland, and in the course of our research trips we’ve become friends with the lovely people at Railtour who put together an excellent selection of Swiss rail holidays for anyone wanting to experience the journeys for themselves:
Creating the Surselva simulation
As you will appreciate when you use the simulator, a huge amount of work across a range of disciplines is required to make a product like this. Rivet have created a number of videos exploring some of the aspects of the development, watch them on YouTube via this playlist.
While researching and building this route, we looked at hundreds of different sources of reference material, both in Switzerland on survey trips, and online from the comfort of the office. Here’s a selection of links to the items we liked the most that we think fans of the Surselva route may appreciate too:
For further reading, here are some of the books we found that we recommend:
Help plan your 2020 with an RhB calendar:
For a bit of fun we like these ‘Eat Sleep Trains’ hoodies:
If you’re looking to treat yourself we love these Swiss Railways Watches:
Or if you’ve won the lottery (!), this model of the Ge 4/4 II is no longer in production: