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Next Generation, also known as current Generation since V1.5, are trains which include modelled cabs, interiors, and working doors. The current fleet upgrade programme aims to give all trains more detailed models while improving performance, enabled by the use of meshes (NGv3).

History

The Next Generation fleet upgrade programme officially began on the 7th May 2019, with a video titled 'The Future of Stepford County Railway' showcasing a Class 158 with a modelled interior, functioning animated doors and, at the time, static PIS screens. In contrast to the previous 'paper trains', these trains also had interlock lights and collidable side walls. After testing by BanTech Systems Beta Testers in-game starting in v1.2.8 , the Class 158 was released to the public as part of the v1.3.0 update alongside the Class 508 for Waterline.

The first upgrade to an already existing train happened shortly after with the Class 185 for AirLink. The Stepford Connect version got upgraded shortly after.

The rollout of Next Generation upgrades to all of the trains continued over time until 2 March 2020 when former Product Developer Mattyx2013 unveiled the rebuilt Next-Gen Class 707, built with a new method called Next Generation V2. Next Generation V2 trains had a CSG Model livery, new seats, and other small changes made to reduce lag. CSG Model liveries allowed the livery details to be higher resolution.

After V1.5, the conversion of the entire fleet to 'Next Generation' was completed, with the refurbishment of the Class 730 model to NGv2. The term 'Next Generation' was discontinued.

On August 11th 2020, a new programme to upgrade the entire fleet to mesh (NGv3) began with the announcement of a revamped Class 802 model for AirLink by former Product Developer OverheadWires, with the train being released in v1.6.5. Mesh trains are designed using Blender, and imported to Roblox, having many advantages including higher-resolution texturing, higher levels of detail, lower memory consumption, and smoother shading.

The Class 165 and 166 became the last reminiscent NGv2 trains as of V1.8.3.

At present, the programme to upgrade all trains to mesh continues. As of version 1.9.2, nine trains still use the original NGv1 standards, while two trains use the CSG technique and 25 use the latest mesh technique.

Features

Interior

NG trains have detailed interiors with seats, lights, handrails and door operation buttons. All trains except the Class 143 and the Class 68's Mark 3 Coaches have working PIS displays.

Standard Interior (NGv1)

The Standard interior of a former NGv1 Class 331

The first version of an interior, it comes with:

  • Working PIS displays
  • Handrails
  • Functional doors
  • Fabric seating with either the entire seat or the headrest the operator's color

CSG Interior (NGv2)

The CSG interior of a Class 165

Built with NGv2 trains, it includes:

  • All the features of the Standard interior
  • More detailed seating with the headrest the color of the operator

Mesh Interior (NGv3)

The Mesh interior of the Class 43

Mesh interiors are included with NGv3 trains. They include:

  • Detailed PIS displays
  • Handrails
  • Smooth functional doors
  • Detailed comfortable seating with many designs on fabric
  • Detailed lighting
  • Floor textures

Cab

The high-detail cab of the Class 43

NG trains come with cabs of varying detail. Currently, the mostly-agreed-upon best cab is the cab of the Class 444; it has 3D indicators and buttons as well as detailed side panels, among other things. Many of the first cabs (like the Class 360's) use decals for the controls and are often called "rushed". However, the cabs of the Class 158 and Class 508, despite being the first NG trains, are relatively detailed, although slightly pixellated.

Interlock Lights

Interlock lights on a Class 802

NG trains also come with working door interlock lights which illuminate when doors are open and flash when only the guard's local door is open. They are used primarily for Dispatchers and Guards to check that all the doors are closed.

List of Trains

Current

Train class NGv1 NGv2 NGv3 Notes
Amount of trains 9 2 25
Class 43 X Released as NGv1 in 1.4.0, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.2
Class 68 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.21
Class 143 X Released as NGv3 in 1.8.1
Class 158 X Released as NGv1 in 1.3.0
Class 165 X Upgraded to NGv2 in 1.5.0
Class 166 X
Class 168 X Released as NGv3 in 1.7.4
Class 170 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.24, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.4
Class 171 X
Class 185 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.1 (AirLink), 1.3.5 (Connect), upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.2
Class 195 X Released as NGv1 in 1.4.1, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.9.1
Class 220 X Released as NGv2 in 1.4.6, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.3
Class 221 X
Class 319 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.4.1
Class 321 X
Class 331 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.4.1, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.9.1
Class 332 X Upgraded to NGv2 in 1.4.3, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.4
Class 333 X
Class 350 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.17
Class 357 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.17, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.3
Class 360 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.18

Undergoing an upgrade to NGv3

Class 377 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.11, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.0, overhauled to match new standards in 1.9.2
Class 379 X Released as NGv1 in 1.3.11, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.0, overhauled to match new standards in 1.9.2
Class 380 X Upgraded to NGv2 in 1.5.0, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.3
Class 387 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.11, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.0, overhauled to match new standards in 1.9.2
Class 444 X Released as NGv3 in 1.8.0
Class 458 X Released as NGv1 in 1.3.20 (/5), 1.3.22 (/0), upgraded to NGv3 upgrade in 1.8.4
Class 465 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.4.1
Class 508 X Released as NGv1 in 1.3.0
Class 707 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.18, upgraded to NGv2 in 1.4.2, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.2
Class 717 X Released as NGv3 in 1.8.2
Class 720 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.4.1, upgraded to NGv2 in 1.6.0, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.0
Class 730 X Upgraded to NGv2 in 1.5.0 (Waterline), 1.6.0 (Stepford Connect), upgraded to NGv3 in 1.8.0 (both)
Class 755 X Released as NGv1 in 1.3.26
Class 801 X Released as NGv1 in 1.4.0, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.7.0
Class 802 X Upgraded to NGv1 in 1.3.28, upgraded to NGv3 in 1.6.5

Future

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Train class NGv1 NGv2 NGv3 Notes
Class 345 X To be released as NGv3

Trivia

  • The legacy/paper AirLink trains were given a completely different look when upgraded. Before the Next Generation changes, the livery looked similar to the Connect livery with a yellow line, however following these changes they received an orange livery, inspired by Gatwick Express.
  • As of V1.8.3, the Class 165 and Class 166 are the only CSG model trains left in the game. Other NGv2 trains were later upgraded to NGv3.
  • Most Next Generation trains were made by former Product Developer Mattyx2013.
  • AirLink is the first operator to have all its paper trains upgraded to Next Generation.
  • All future Next-Gen trains will receive an upgrade to Mesh models in the future.
  • It is disputed whether to call Next Generation 'Current Generation' because Next Generation is no longer an official term. CSG Models and Mesh models may be referred to as Next Generation.
  • Former Product Developer Mattyx2013 has openly stated that after all the current trains are upgraded to using the CSG model, the Class 323 and Class 365 will be added. However this is currently unconfirmed due to his resignation.
  • In the future, Innovations Director BanTech has stated that trains will receive functional door buttons and destination signs. The functional Passenger Information Screens were added in V1.7.1 on the 1st January 2021.
    • On 16 July 2021, the SCR Prototyping Centre was opened, featuring a preview of functional door buttons using Proximity Prompt. This has yet to be implemented in the main game.
  • Stepford Express is the first operator to have a full NGv3 fleet.
  • It is easy to spot a NGv1 train by looking at the livery. NGv1 trains have a pixelated livery, while NGv2/NGv3 have less pixelisation.
    • NGv2 trains also have sharper modelling.
  • If the Class 345 ever gets released, it would be the only train to be upgraded straight from Previous Generations to NGv3.
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