Activities on LGV Med
This page describes most of the activities and required rolling stock for the LGV Med route. Rolling stock, and some hints, for Wolfgang Plenz's activities are listed on the TGV series activities on LGV Med page.
All these activities, including the activities installed as part of the LGV Med route installation, assume you've bought Clem Tillier's TGV Addon pack. At only $US7.95 (about $AU15), it's a worthwhile purchase to obtain 4 TGV trainsets which naturally fit in with the high speed requirements of the LGV Med.
You'll also see that the activities below need various freeware rolling stock and the sites from which to download these are given. In the main, from this side of the world, it's been easier to download from the Train-sim.com file library, if that choice is available, than from an author's European site. There's nothing more frustrating than getting to the stage of downloading of 1 second remaining and the download won't go further for that last little bit (or byte). Alternatively, waiting for a download that's coming throught at 888kb/sec is no fun.
If you want to try to substitute player consists with freeware TGV trainsets, you'll probably find the time consumed in doing so is outweighed by the simple purchase of the TGV Addon packs. Then there are the loose consists which ConBuilder can only check on but not enable you to exchange for rolling stock in your roundhouse. Perhaps the Activity Editor would help out here (not yet having a suitable monitor, webTrainSim can't verify one way or the other) but that's valuable time taken away from driving!
Freeware TGV trainsets
All Clear - LGV Acela
No extra rolling stock is required. If you want to be able to drive at speeds up to 300kmh, you'll need to change the Acela's default ENGine file; the author has included one in the download file. If you're happy to edit ENGine files with WordPad or other Unicode text format editor, you can make the changes yourself to MaxSpeed and in the OverSpeedMonitor section.
webTrainSim didn't bother with the Acela and used ConBuilder to change the activity's consists to the Eurostar trainset. Another alternative is to substitute the Thalys trainset in place of the Acela.
Download lgvacel.zip (28kb, 11-Aug-02) from the LGV Med Route activities page.
This activity requires the Speedworks TGV trainset pack as well as the rolling stock below; some of these you will have downloaded for TGV1 - First run and TGV2 - Return with Thalys.
secoursTGV - TGV rescue
The Speedworks TGV trainsets are required, as well as the following (some of which you may already have if you've run the activies above).
At first glance of the contents of the zip file, you may wonder what's going on! Apart from the necessary ACTivity file, PATh files, and so on, there is an instruction to run a batch file and there are a number of WAGon files in the zip.
Rather than using WinZip's extract facility to place files in the folders as given in the zip file, webTrainSim extracted files to the required folders opened in Explorer by the drag and drop method.
The final job was to manually copy the *.ACE, *.S and *.SD files from ...\Trainset\TGV_531_V1\ to a newly created folder ...\Trainset\TGV Secours\ (note the space between TGV and Secours). Sort these files by clicking the Type column in Explorer to make the copy process a bit easier.
As a general rule, webTrainSim doesn't like spaces in a loco or wagon folder name. In this case, if you look through the ACTivity file and check the loose consists, the folder name is enclosed in quotes so in this case MSTS should behave itself.
Required rolling stock:
Download secoursTGV.zip (31kb, 11-Aug-02) from LGV Med Route activities page.