Modified Time of Day System for UK Routes

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Modifies the Time of Day system of all UK routes to bring the overall lighting visuals in line with what was introduced on the two German routes "Dresden - Riesa" and "Dresden - Chemnitz". This has the effect of making the nights look significantly darker overall and therefore appearing much more natural as opposed to the overly bright visuals on other routes in the game. It also vastly improves the lighting in cloudy and rainy conditions, removing the washed out feeling the routes usually have with this weather setting and making it look a lot more appropriate for a cloudy sky. You may also notice that the sunrises and sunsets have a much more natural transition and the timings now match what you would see in real life a lot more closely.

I have also made sure to lower the bloom intensity setting on the routes in this pack where it was a lot higher than what we are used to on most routes from DTG. This removes the incredibly bright effect everything appears to have in the game with the higher bloom setting which also adds to the more natural feeling of the enviroment.

I'd also like to say a massive thank you to @Aurora Bee/annadess for providing me with her guide on all relevant changes that need to be made and helping me through the process of getting the changes into the game.

A comprehensive list of changes can be found below:

  • Changes the Time of Day system on the following UK routes to use the DRA/DCZ lighting setup:
    • Bakerloo Line
    • Brighton Mainline
    • East Coastway
    • Glasgow Cathcart Circle
    • Great Western Express
    • Northern Trans-Pennine
    • Tees Valley Line
    • West Cornwall Local
    • West Somerset Railway
  • Seperate Versions for each route, allowing you to pick and chose which ones you wish to have installed
  • Significantly improves the lighting on the route:
    • Makes nights appear a lot darker than before
    • Removes the "washed out" effect from the enviroment when running with clouds
    • Changes the dawn and dusk transitions to feel a lot more convincing
  • Reduced bloom intensity on routes that used a higher than normal setting

There is currently no version for the Isle of Wight or Island Line 2022 routes because I don't own them at the time of uploading these mods. This page will be updated if and when I get around to making them.

Installation Instructions

Download the .pak file of your choice and move it into TSW's DLC directory, this is usually located here: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Train Sim World 3\WindowsNoEditor\TS2Prototype\Content\DLC"

Additional Comments

Patch Notes

  1. March 2023:
  • Aran-BKL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-BML-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-ECW-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-GCC-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-GWE-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-NTP-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-TVL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-WCL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  • Aran-WSR-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Initial Release
  1. February 2024:
  • Aran-WSR-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak - Not compatible with the WSR Update from Liam and marked as such

Known Issues

Due to the way routes are set up in TSW, it is possible that not all routes will have identical lighting visuals with this mod. While the same improvements will apply to all routes the mod is installed for, it is possible that you will notice cases where some routes are significantly darker than others. If you wish to not use this mod on any one of your routes, it can simply be removed while all other routes will continue to profit from the improvements made with it.

Tags: england lighting night-lighting route scotland tod uk


Aran-BKL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 286 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,663×

Bakerloo Line Version

Aran-BML-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 692 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,895×

Brighton Mainline Version

Aran-ECW-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 142 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,661×

East Coastway Version

Aran-GCC-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 165 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,384×

Glasgow Cathcart Circle Version

Aran-GWE-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 483 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,592×

Great Western Express Version

Aran-NTP-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 488 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,388×

Northern Trans-Pennine Version

Aran-TVL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 380 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,322×

Tees Valley Line Version

Aran-WCL-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 106 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,240×

West Cornwall Local Version

Aran-WSR-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak 60 KB · Added 3 Mar 2023 · Downloaded 1,122×

West Somerset Railway Version, TSW3 only since WSR Update on 01.02.2024


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Many many thanks, nice work.

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Bescot 22 Oct 2023

Hi Aran, Just to let everyone know that all your TOD updates work in TSW4 :)

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Morelocolayer 30 Dec 2023

Work in TSW4 ?

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DenisJura 2 Feb 2024

Thanks for this beautiful mode !
a question: with the new wsr I imagine that"Aran-WSR-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0" should no longer be used?

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Aran 3 Feb 2024

Correct, as has been reported by a few community members the update is not at all compatible which is to be expected. The route now runs on TOD4 and has been adjusted to work with it, this mod holds it back on TOD3.5 which causes all sorts of issues.
I've added notes to the appropriate files too so hopefully that'll inform people using the mod, not much more I can do unfortunately.

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DenisJura 3 Feb 2024

Thanks Aran..

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0hiena0 2 Feb 2024

In West Somerset Railway after the latest route update I have a problem with street light and lights on stations. All lights are too bright. When I remove your mod "Aran-WSR-Time-of-Day-Update-v1.0.pak" the problem with lights disappears. It's on all routes in West Somerset Railway, on other routes everything is ok. The problem occurs in the evening and in the night hours.

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Aran 3 Feb 2024

Yeah, this mod and the WSR Update are not compatible and can't be because of how fundementally the two TODs do not work together. The WSR version is now intended for use in TSW3 only and has been marked as such in the file section of this page.

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CrAzZyKiLLa 16 Feb 2024

Anychance to figure out something simular like this for TOD4 routes, especially that washed out feeling.

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About this mod

3 Mar 2023
3 Mar 2023
Train Sim World
Type of content
Train Sim World compatibility
Train Sim World 2: Steam version (UE4 4.26), Train Sim World 2: Epic Games Store version (UE4 4.26), Train Sim World 3
Train Sim World Content
Bakerloo Line, Cathcart Circle Line: Glasgow - Newton & Neilston, East Coastway: Brighton - Eastbourne & Seaford, Great Western Express, Northern Trans-Pennine: Manchester - Leeds, Rush Hour - London Commuter - Brighton Main Line: London Victoria - Brighton, Tees Valley Line: Darlington – Saltburn-by-the-Sea, West Cornwall Local: Penzance - St Austell & St Ives, West Somerset Railway