Upcoming Release of the Class 313
The wait is nearly over!
For those of you following us on Twitter you may have seen the progress of our Class 313 upgrade. The good news is that we now have an upcoming release of this updated train.
Our social media ambassadors have been busy putting together all kinds of content showcasing the updated model and the new liveries that we’ve added. You can see some of their efforts below:
Check out TransportFlick for a more in-depth play through and to see the original livery in all it’s new glory
What do you mean Liveries?
There are those of you out there that will remind us (rightly so) that we don’t tend to dabble with the newer stuff, so liveries are a bit of a departure from the usual fare. You’d be right, we don’t tend to do anything post 2015, and some of these liveries are quite current (we’re looking at you Southern) but it seemed like a fun addition to our latest release.
That been said we’ve not gone to town on the liveries, some of them would require a major refit of the interior and since we’ve just done a major refit of the interior we didn’t fancy putting a kitchen, a couple of million pounds of lab equipment and “crew facilities” in too. Yes, you, Network Rail.
You missed out my favourite Livery!
Before you start shouting at us about WAGN and the Railcard Advert we should just point out that these are our favourites. You can have a go at it yourself but if you do want to then please read this first. We’re also not discounting the possibility of doing it when we tidy up and finish off our liveries.
Without further ado here are the liveries you’ll get in this release:
What else should we expect to see?
Our initial model was just a placeholder so we could get the route released quickly to help alleviate boredom during Lockdown. We always intended to re-model it to a much higher standard. Over the last few months we’ve torn the old model apart and rebuilt most of it from scratch. The result is a brand new interior and exterior as you can see below:
In addition to that we’ve added a lot of new textures, some of which you can’t even see in the video above. We had to leave some things as a surprise in the upcoming release!
We spent countless hours researching and fact checking to ensure that this was the most accurate model we could produce for the Silverlink era. There could well be others in the future…
A brand new interior?
That’s right! The upcoming release includes a brand new interior, completely remodelled to make it as realistic as possible. The interior is accurate for the British Rail, Silverlink, Network South East and London Overground. The First Capital Connect, Great Northern, Network Rail and Southern liveries have had lip service paid to them but they would require individual upgrades. We’re looking into this.
So, what's the full list of upgrades we can expect?
- A fully refurbished Class 313 both inside and out with updated modelling across the entire unit from the pantograph to the seats
- Brand new hi res textures with tiny detailing including dirt, rust and riveting
- New easier to use controls to change power supplies
- 8 Liveries – 7 are new and all are authentic to the Class, two of which it still carries today
- Working cab doors for extra realism
- Small bug fixes to route and train
- The length of the route – it still terminates at Statford
- The handling and behaviour of the train – it was built to be as authentic as possible originally from the braking profile to the acceleration so no updates are needed
- The cab set up and details – it’s all about the external 3D modelling this time not the cab view
- Cross compatibility – this train can currently only be used on the North London Line and the route can only accept this train. We are looking into cross compatibility in the future as it’s not a simple fix
When will you do more underground upgrades?
Those of you following us on Twitter already know that there’s an upcoming upgrade for the Central Line. In the meantime we’ll put articles up on here, and keep you updated on Twitter.
If you’re finding it hard to make the change from Underground to Mainline driving then BVE Central has posted a video explaining the difference.