Re 4/4 II + III NOW AVAILABLE at VMD!
 
FINALLY - it took how long? Two and a half years?
Anyway the result should be well worth the wait. As the saying goes: the prettiest children come from complicated childbirth.
The eleven different versions are now available via the webshop at Virtual-Motive-Division (VMD) Konstruktionsbüro JB's trusted partners. And even more versions are in the making, but exactly which is still a secret. Just click the SBB Cargo Re 421 to see some screenshots of the available models. You might want to bookmark that particular page since it is going to change frequently
This electro locomotive is the mainstay of the Federal Swiss Railways (SBB CFF FSS)  - and some of the many privately owned railway lines as well. It was introduced to the Swiss rail networks in 1964 and with the last unit added to the roster in 1985 some 296 Re 4/4 II and III have worn the SBB livery. Further 10 units wore the colours of Mittel Thurgau Bahn and Regionalverkehr Mittelland.

When travelling in Switzerland you regularly come across the Re 4/4 in front of all sorts of consists. But you quickly notice that a Re 4/4 is more than just a Re 4/4. 
Actually you can divide the class into three distinct groups;

  • group 1 with a single Scherenstromabnehmer (traditional scissor shaped current collector),
  • group 2 with two Einholmstromabnehmer ("one-legged" current collector colloquially referred to as Hühnerbein that is chicken leg)
  • group 3 which is virtually identical to series 2 save for the gear ratio; 1:3,107 as opposed to 1:2,636 which makes it ideal for the heavy work on the Gotthard ramps.

Within the groups you will find little differences as well, as no less than seven series - including the prototypes - of Re 4/4 II are in service.

Re 4/4 II for TRS

What we offer is a locomotive typical of group 2 and 3. The liveries and meshes will differ from road number to road number, so some packages will be prices differently depending on the degree of extra effort put into them. The exact price has not been settled as of now, we still wait for the brand owners to respond with regard to commercial licenses, but expect it to be a round average of what you see from the other shops.

As you can see from the credits, this is not a one-man show. Special thanks are due to master painter Steffen Gross AKA sg1 for his excellent work with the skin(s) and to our never tiring "man in the field" Pascal Robert AKA probert for providing some rather unique reference material.
Also all the other folks out there who provided hints and advice deserve thanks - you all know who you are ;o)

All the RM Re 436 units nicely displayed on Steffen's little test layout. Yes, this is how they look in the game! We are aware that no. 114 and no. 115 are used as Werbeloks (Schweizer Stahl and M-Real respectively), but unfortunately we have not yet been able to get hold of good enough photos to do the liveries sufficient justice. Since we started RM has merged with BLS and as such does not exist as an individual entity. But the Re 436 carrying the distinctive livery still can be seen on the Swiss rails, so we see no reason to discontinue the model.
More liveries? Click here to se more of Steffen's amazing texture work.

 

More versions and skins in the making

Re 4/4 II 11243 at the depot in Erstfeld

Having returned from a ten day trip to Switzerland I was recharged with inspiration and ideas for further versions of this redoubtable locomotive. Furthermore it was great to see your own work live on the rails and I can tell you one thing: Steffen's art work is very very close to the real thing.

My friends and I spend many hours hiking along the Gotthard North- and South ramps and where they were doing scenic vistas with trains and landscapes, my focus tended to be somewhat different. Just like the venerable Altmeister Carl Bellingrodt had his way of photo documentation, I too developed a routine of my own.
People looked in amazement at the guy doing 6 steps sideward - click - 6 steps sideward - click until finishing with a wide shot covering the whole locomotive, but this routine enabled me to get a good degree of weathering details as well as a total view in the book. Some 250 MB was shot this way and that was only for the locomotives.

Now I await Steffen's word on the skins, but that will not prevent me from doing a new mesh with aircondition as well as some older versions with round lights. With the airco version I only need to do a Cargo Re 421 with cross border capability - i.e. a German and a Swiss current collector and Indusi. This also involves a different cab layout, but you will have to imagine that for starters, because I will do the original one current collector version Re 4/4 II first.

Well now we know what to expect. Steffen has presented me with the first templates for a red AIRCO Re 4/4 III and they look just amazing. Now I hope the shots I made of the green and the Cargo versions will result in just as great looking new members of this growing family.

Re 4/4 II 11114

This version is made with TRS 2006 and Trainz Classics in mind - and looking a little bit ahead towards TRS 2009 as well. It represents a locomotive of group one with the distinctive single scissor type current collector - Scherenstromabnehmer - on the roof. This version also features a shorter cab than on the available two current collector versions - 28 cm to be exact.

The model features a completely rebuilt body and a number of 3D details such as Wappen, insignia and numbers. Furthermore this model represents the locomotive as it looked when it left the SLM works in the sixties, i.e. round headlights and "simple" front. Later versions will match the current look of the locomotive.

Other distinctive locomotives of the short cab variety were the orange and white Swiss Express units. They are on our to-do list, but will not be part of the upcoming launch. We ask you to be patient because Swiss Express was much more than just the locomotives and we have something big on the way in this department.

The BLS have bought a number of this type as well both ex Swiss Express and regular group one locomotives like 11114 and we plan to release a BLS pack as well. This pack will comprise both the green "paint over" livery and the new grey, blue and screaming green livery in two versions representing the locomotive before and after the merger with Regionalverkehr Mittelland.

The cab.

The first release was originally intended to have a cab typical for the Re 4/4 II/III 11101 - 11298 and 11353 - 11370. However circumstances have made this impossible. The cab will however be offered as part of the upcoming release of the Re 4/4 II 11114 and you can easily alter the config of the "older" Re 4/4 II and III to use the new cab.
The cab will only become fully integrated when I upgrade the locomotive itself. This upgrade will be free for owners of the relevant locomotive and cab, but first time buyers will pay full price. If you prefer to wait for the upgrade and do not buy a cab separately, you will eligible for a discount.

From start the cab will have the basic functions; brakes, throttle, pantographs, etc. But I have been promised a little intro into scripting, so you can expect the numbers of features to grow accordingly.

 

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