DB class 232

DB class 232
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DB class 232
Inhalt
1 HISTORY .................................................................................................... 2
1.1 DB class 232 ...........................................................................................................................2
1.2 Technical Specification ........................................................................................................ 2
2 DB CLASS 232 LOCOMOTIVE ......................................................................3
3 CAB AND CONTROLS ................................................................................... 4
3.1 Startup and get ready to drive / cold start ................................................................................5
3.2 Regulator wheel ................................................................................................................. 5
3.3 Brakes .............................................................................................................................. 6
3.4 Wheelslip and Sander.......................................................................................................... 7
3.5 SIFA (driver vigilance system) .............................................................................................. 7
3.6 PZB (PZ80R System PZB90) ................................................................................................. 7
3.7 Train heating ..................................................................................................................... 8
3.8 Cooling blower control ........................................................................................................ 9
3.9 Additional keycommands and cab controls ........................................................................... 10
4 ADDITIONAL NOTES ................................................................................... 11
4.1 Notes for scenario creators ................................................................................................ 11
5 THANKS ...................................................................................................... 12
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1 History
1.1 DB class 232
Due to the political climate in the 1960s, the GDR had to stop development of their own
diesel locomotives ( V180 ), and import high powered engines from The Eastern Bloc.
First bought was the M62 (V200 / Class 120 ). This machine could only be used for freight
trains because of it's maximum speed of 100 km/h, and lack of any ability to
heat
passenger trains. Consequently an additional machine with a higher speed limit and train
heating supply was needed for passenger trains.
In 1970 Luhansk locomotive works introduced a newly developed locomotive type, most
commonly known as Ludmilla, to the GDR. These machines needed a lot of changes to
suit the needs of the GDR Reichsbahn.
Several versions were introduced (Class 130 / 131), before finally giving the GDR the
machine that they really needed. The class 132 with a max speed 120 km/h and an electric
train supply to heat the passenger coaches in winter time. This class became the backbone
of GDR diesel traction.
After reunion of both German countries in 1989 the Deutsche Bahn renumbered all Class
132 to DB BR232 and used them for non-electrical routes to drive freight and passenger
trains.
Today only a few machines remain in service in with the national companies. A
lot of them were sold to private railroad companies.
1.2 Technical Specification
Manufacturer:
Type:
Length:
Power:
Lokomotivfabrik
Lugansk
diesel-electric
Construction:
Wheel Arrangement:
20.82m
Weight:
3000PS (2200kW)
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Max. Speed:
1970 - 1982
Co-C0
122t
120 km/h
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2 DB class 232 Locomotive
DB class 232 traffic red (vR BR232 VRot)*
DB class 232 traffic red Railion Logistics (vR BR232 Railion)*
*Editor naming
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3 Cab and Controls
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3.1 Startup and get ready to drive / cold start
Basically the locomotive will be started up so you can start your run with only
releasing the train brake and switch “Drive” (“Fahren”) to “On” (“Ein”).
If the scenario creator called a cold start (see section 5.1), then right after your
scenario starts the engine will shut down and your locomotive is not ready to run yet.
To start up the locomotive you need to execute the following steps (please note: you
may need to push some key commands twice to get them to work (Toggle bug)):
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Switch the fuel pump to on <Shift+K>
Push the start engine button on the desk <Schift+M>
Release the handbrake <#>
Set the train brake to 4,7 BAR <Ö> or <NumPad - >
Now your locomotive is started up. Switch on SIFA <Shift+NumPad Enter> and/or PZB
<Ctrl+ NumPad Enter> if you want.
To get the locomotive to run you need a few more steps:
-
Release the train brake <Ö> or <NumPad - >
Check the loco brake and dynamic brake are in released position
Switch “Drive” to “on” <Shift+W>
If you want to brake with combined brakes you need to switch on the
“dynnamic brake” switch <Shift+S>. The brake levers are then coupled.
Now you can notch up the regulator and do your run.
To shut down the locomotive just switch the fuel pump to “off” and the engine will
go down immediately.
3.2 Regulator wheel
The regulator is formed like a car steering wheel and has 16 notches, notch 0 to 15.
The BR132 is a diesel-electric locomotive, with the regulator you control the diesel
engine speed and with that the power that goes to the traction motors.
Please note: the regulator is disabled / locked when…
-
The train brake is or was active
The dynamic brake is or was active
The SIFA initiates a brake application
you initiate an emergency brake application with Backspace or the HUD
The switch „Drive“ is in „off” position
Overloading of the traction motors has cut the power
Traction motors maximal ampere overload on about 5900A has happen
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The diesel engine was stopped
To unlock the regulator again move it to notch 0 and eliminate all of the above
remarked exceptions. Otherwise you can’t apply power.
3.3 Brakes
The locomotive has three brake systems.
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Locomotive brake (straight air brake)
Train brake (automatic train brake)
dynamic brake (electrical brake using traction motors)
The locomotive brake is only for the locomotive itself and should only be used for light
engine movements, and to hold the train when starting on a gradient whilst the auto brake
releases, and power builds up sufficiently to start the train moving. Otherwise it should
be in the release position.
The train brake is a default German Knorr brake. To start driving the brake needs
be completely released. Consider the slow release rates.
to
The dynamic brake is off when you enter the cab. To activate the dynamic brake set
switch (8) to position “Ein”. The dynamic brake lever is then coupled to the train
brake lever if both levers are in the position “Release” and the dynamic brake is switched
on. To use the dynamic brake independently move only the dynamic brake lever to
uncouple them from the train brake lever.
Please note, that when using the HUD or a gamepad that the dynamic brake cannot be
used independently, they can however be used coupled to the train brake lever. Also be
aware that if using the HUD, rapid movement of the train brake lever can cause the
brakes to uncouple.
Important! When train and dynamic brake are coupled the train brake has a totally
different behavior. When braking at higher speeds with the train brake only the dynamic
brake is used. When you exceeds the 4.0 BAR brake pipe pressure the train brake will be
used too. When driving with slower speeds than 40 km/h the train brake is used in
normal operation even if the brakes are coupled. So you have to “play” with the brakes
for smooth decelerate.
Button: “Bremse lösen” (force release brakes)
The button „Bremse lösen“, to the right of the drivers desk, forces the release of the train
brake without moving the train brake lever. This is very useful when you have a SiFa or
emergency brake application. Note that it only releases the automatic train brake and not
the direct loco brake.
Handbrake:
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The handbrake is located on the backwall of the cabin and has to be released before
departure. Just turn around the hand wheel or use the key command <#>. If you run with a
applied handbrake you will get a power cut soon and the engine falls back to idle RPM.
3.4 Wheelslip and Sander
The class 232 has a special system to prevent the wheels from spinning. An
additional pneumatic sanding system that applies sand beneath the loco wheels
will
help to prevent further wheel-slip. When you hear the nose bearing spinning
switch
down the power and apply sand to control and prevent further wheel-slip. Also listen to
the additional locos in your consist, because they can slip independently.
3.5 SIFA (driver vigilance system)
The class 232 has a SIFA driver vigilance system. When you enter the cab the SIFA is
deactivated by default. To switch on the vigilance system, please use the switch (3)
which is positioned to the left of the SIFA warning light. Press down the switch and
press key <NumPad Enter> to confirm the initial SIFA test alert. The SIFA can only be
switched on or off when the locomotive is standing still.
When SIFA is activated and you are driving, you will get a SIFA alert approx. every 3038 seconds. Acknowledge the alert by pressing key <NumPad Enter>. You have 4
seconds to do so. If you do not respond within 4 seconds you will get a second alert
and an additional two seconds to respond. If after this you fail to respond, the SIFA will
initiate a normal brake application. To continue driving, acknowledge the alert. The
brakes will release automatically. To bring back the traction power you need to set
the regulator to zero, to unlock it, and then you can drive further.
3.6 PZB (PZ80R System PZB90)
This locomotive is equipped with a prototypical working PZB. The following key commands
are needed for it:
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PZB
PZB
PZB
PZB
PZB
on or off <Ctrl + NumPad Enter>
Switch for Train mode <Shift + Ctrl +NumPad Enter>
Push button to acknowledge <Page down> or <NumPad Enter>
Push button for PZB Free <End>
Push button for PZB Command <Del>
The included and simulated PZ80R System PZB90 with its active monitoring curves is nearly
working as the real one. Even the behavior after a not allowed releasing from an active
monitoring works now as it should. However, we will declare the system as beta version.
That’s because we can’t exclude some failures within its functionality. The system is a
full rebuild on some areas to provide the different displaying against the normal DB PZB90.
If you found some errors or wrong function, please tell us and use our support channels
on our store, mail or Facebook.
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We will not and can’t provide a full description on the system here, because it will to
go beyond the scope of this manual. If you want to learn the generally to use and
understand the PZB system, please take a look on this site:
http://www.sh1.org/eisenbahn/rindusi.htm (it’s in English)
The different displays to the PZ80R instead of the descripted PZB90/Indusi you can learn
easil.
Notice: the build in PZ80R is not exact the same as was available in the class 132 (now
class 232) until 1989. It is more the recreated 1990 version from the DB. But the main
concept and function is the same.
And at least we build in our PZB help system in this loco, well known from our last EL
locomotive, the class 103. This will help you to understand why an emergency brake
applying was happened and will tell this with an onscreen message to you. Switch it on
wit key <Shift+?>
3.7 Train heating
Acoustically remarkable and an important feature of the class 132 (now 232) was its build
in train heating possibility to make it nicely warm for the passenger in the coaches. For
that, the diesel engine has to spin up the RPM on about 600RPM to let
the generator
provide that additional needed electric power to the consist.
We have created this function with an expensive amount of extra development time.
Expensive because TS2014 is not able to provide such function and don’t like it that much
as we do. We build in a separate and virtual working engine RPM to simulate that
behavior. Why to notice that here? Because you may confused about some unexpected
RPM values in TS2014s HUD.
To switch on or off the train heating you have two push buttons in the cabins desk on
the left side. On switching it you get some helpful messages on the right side screen
area.
The switched on train heating is in first place an acoustical experience but not only that.
In the second place it will affect the traction power within the RPM steps 1-6.
You will
get a lower tractive effort on that while heating is powered on. To move
your train you
will and need to set the regulator directly to notch 6 or 7. But beware on the step from
6 to 7 because the traction power comes then rapidly to its normal value. On a heavy train
and maybe on a uphill start, you can reach the maximum applicable power to the traction
motors get a power cut out as a result. In such cases you need to start a bit slower.
In most cases the tractive effort on low RPM is enough to hold the train in place and have
a smooth start rolling.
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3.8 Cooling blower control
As a little additional feature we build in a manual cooling blower control. Some customers
wished that and so we make it. It does not affect the simulation but the acoustical experience.
On the lower part of the cabins desk you will find four switches. From left these are (labeled
in German language of course): Lufter Auto/Man“, Lufter I, Lufter II and Lufter III.
Means: blowers manual on/off and blower control 1 to 3. To switch over from automatic
temperature controlled to manual controlled blowers, please set the Lufter auto/man
switch to the lower position man.. If the blowers are already running, now they will go
off. Please wait for shutting down completely before you
set any of them to manual
powered on. You can see it on the roof if they are spinning or not precisely. Now you
can switch on each blower manually. But note that you need always to switch on blower
1 to get control over blower 2 and 3. If all blowers are spinning and you stop only blower
1, then also blower 2 and 3 will forced to stop. After such procedure you need to switch
all blower switches to off and wait for their spin off. After this you can switch them on
again if you want.
To inform you about the simulated blowers in function and sound we will tell you,
that
the blowers on that loco called as “Siemens” ones. This means that these are newer
blowers from Siemens instead of the original delivered ones on the DR class 132s. They
are much quieter than the original ones. The used sounds for the blower are captured
from a class 130 but their noises are nearly the same, just a lot quieter. We tried to
rebuild that sound as good as we can do it in TS2014 and you can hear a distinct difference
to the class 132.
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3.9 Additional keycommands and cab controls
<V>
Wipers
<L>
<Shift+L>
<Space>
<X>
<NumPad ;/´>
Train brake
Cabin light
<Shift+W>
Drive on/off
Desk light
<Shift+S>
Dynamic brake on/off
Horn
<Shift+M>
Motor start
Sander
<Shift+K>
Fuel pump
<Ctrl +
NumPad Enter>
PZB on/off
<Ctrl+Shift+
NumPad Enter>
PZB train mode
<Shift+
NumPad Enter>
SIFA on/off
<NumPad
Enter>
<Page Down>
„Bremse lösen”
„Lüfter Auto/Man“
„Lüfter“ „I“-„III“
SIFA reset
PZB Acknowledge
<End>
PZB Free
<Del>
PZB Command
„Zugheizung“
<NumPad Enter>
<Shift+[>
<Shift+Home>
<Shift+End>
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Release train brake
Manual blower control
Blower I-III on/off
Train heating on/off
PZB Acknowledge
PZB Help system on/off
Headlight beam stronger
Headlight beam lesser
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4 Additional notes
4.1 Notes for scenario creators
AI:
Basically it is easy to set up the class 232 for AI use. But please let them a few seconds
before starting their runs. If not it can happen that they driving without exhausts smoking.
Since TS2014 is not that gently to AI driven diesel locomotives, please spend an extra
bulk cargo weight to the connected wagons of about 200-400 tons. Especially if you build
light weight passenger consists. They look a lot better if you put on that extra cargo.
You can do that with most of our rolling stock out on our store.
Player:
For the player driven train you need to consider the following. Class 232 locomotives are
not able to push consists with a driving trailer or get used as a multiple traction.
Unfortunately TS2014 is not able to do that in a right way. If you want that the player
drives in multiple traction, please let them know to not change the active driven loco if
possible. There is a chance that the brake operation will not work further as expected.
Multiple traction on AI driven consist is no problem at all.
Please give your player a minimum of one minute to start up the locomotive before departure.
The startup procedure has to proceed by the player.
Cold start:
This locomotive has the ability to stay shut down on scenario start. The player then needs to
start up the engine before he can start the run. To call a cold start, you
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need to enter a “c” before the engine number into the editor fly out field. So for an engine
numbered as “2321313” (232 131-3 on the model) you need to enter “c2321313” into
that field.
5 Thanks
Now enjoy driving that “Beast” and have thanks for your confidence.
Best regards
Your virtualRailroads team
Ulf Freudenreich
Maik Goltz
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