Trucking Digest

As noted in my short post on Thursday, I was at a retirement party and subsequently I’ve had a number of other things to keep me busy including a football match down in Folkestone and Epi taking me out for a meal on Sunday – so it’s a very late Digest this week. In the last Digest I spoke about some of the things expected in Euro Truck and American Truck. That was back on 7th February. We were anticipating version 1.34 to be delivered soon and I speculated that it might include the MAN TGX Euro6 which the community has been awaiting eagerly and which MAN Bus and Truck UK had hinted would soon be with us. On Friday 8th SCS Software released v1.34, breaking one of my unwritten rules about software delivery. ‘You never deploy on a Friday in case there’s a problem – On Friday everyone’s already got their weekend head on!’ In 18 years of software and application work I always delivered our updates on a Tuesday or Thursday 😉 I had expected the Euro6 TGX to appear probably in the 1.35 release but no! Here it is in 1.34 🙂

So the driving in the past week has all been in Euro Truck, trying out some different configurations. What do I think of the new version of the TGX? It’s ok – a little bit underwhelming when compared with the latest Scania R and S series trucks that were released last year. It seems to be a generation behind compared to them. I think that is because it’s been ready to go for at least 2 years but has been mired in Licensing issues. That said, the interior is excellent with the dash very nicely reproduced. The engine sounds are definitely better than those in the Euro5 TGX that we’ve had since the start. There’s a very clear difference in sound between the D26 and D38 series engines. However I did note a discrepancy in the D38 engine ratings compared with those in the current MAN range. The current brochure gives a range in logical steps of 540, 580 and 640HP but what we get in game is 520, 560 and 640HP. This is almost certainly a result of the licensing delay as those engine ratings would have been correct back in 2014 when the D38 series was first announced. Looks like a job for an enterprising modder to provide the current options 😉 I initially tried out the 520HP engine before spec’ing the truck in one of the commonest configurations you see in the UK – 6×2/4 midlift chassis with the 440HP D26 engine. Here she is with one of our reefers about to set off from Frankfurt with a load of Smoked Sprats for delivery to København……and here is a view from the interior as we cross the Great Belt Fixed Link between Funen and Zealand…

The 440HP spec performed adequately and I think Martin Transport et Logistique will be rolling these out across the fleet to replace the Merc’s and the Euro5 MAN trucks. However, I will also be using Scania R450 series trucks at some depots. When suitable trailers become available I’ll take a look at the MAN 8×4 truck with the 640HP engine as an option for our heavy-haul division alongside the Scania R580 and R730 or S730. But for now it’s normal hauling that is the focus. I’ve played around with the spec of the truck since the 440HP test. I’ve applied a special livery celebrating 100 years of MAN Bus and Truck and added a blue interior light – I find it enhances the visibility of the gauges at night (My Scania Streamline R580 also has blue interior lighting). And she’s back to the 520HP D38 engine. Here’s some shots of the new livery taken during a run from Montpellier to Köln…

That’s all for ‘last’ week 😉 Hopefully we’ll be back on time come Thursday for the next edition!

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