West Coast Mainline Midlands and Northwest (aka – ‘Missing Link’)

West Coast Mainline Midlands and Northwest (aka – ‘Missing Link’)

4th August 2019 Off By SpeedyPete202

Phase 2 - Sandwell & Dudley to Wigan North Western

Phase two of the West Coast Mainline Midlands & northwest adds route between Stafford to Sandwell & Dudley and Weaver Junction to Wigan North Western. These sections include some well known railway landmarks such as Warrington Royal Mail (Dallam Royal Mail) Terminal, Acton Grange junction and the viaduct over the Manchester Ship canal, Wolverhampton and the first part of the industrial run into Birmingham New St. Also included are the new VMS signals which are commonplace throughout the west midlands.

This phase significantly furthers the project adding another 42 miles. (23 miles to the south and 19 miles to the north). This brings the overall route mileage to 110 miles (82 miles Sandwell & Dudley to Wigan North Western + 28 miles Weaver Jn to Liverpool Lime Street) Further updates include general performance tweaks and track layout updates across the route to correct errors.

Included in this release are new scenarios and quick drives.

 

** Although care has been taken to preserve functionality of scenarios written for Phase 1 no guarantee can be made that these will continue to work in Phase 2 as some updates have been made to parts of the original route. As a result, the Phase 1 route will remain available. WARNING - Phase 2 (if installed) will overwrite Phase 1

Phase 1 - Stafford to Liverpool Lime Street

Phase one of the West Coast Mainline Midlands and Northwest is the route between Stafford and Liverpool Lime street. This 60 mile route runs from the heart of Staffordshire, through Cheshire and into Merseyside. The route features some iconic landmarks including the Ethelfleda and Silver Jubilee bridges which span the river Mersey between Widness and Runcorn. Dutton Viaduct, which is the longest single viaduct on the WCML and spans the river Weaver near Acton Bridge.


'Missing Link' is a project to complete the WCML between London and Scotland. Originally Stafford to Preston was missing and it stood this way for a long time. Now the gap has been closed and before long, we hope eliminated altogether. This brings us to the next big project; In 2019 the full ECML was released for Train Simulator - this combination four routes was a groundbreaking achievement meaning that for the first time a non stop, full run between London and Scotland was possible. 393 miles of driving on the ECML was possible. Sadly the WCML was not in the same boat. At that time the furthest north from London that was possible on Britain's busiest mainline was Birmingham. Now, the ultimate aim is to replicate the London to Scotland link on the west coast. Building London to Glasgow and Edinburgh via Birmingham and the Trent Valley will be an extensive project calling on the skills of numerous people. The route is hugely varied and will incorporate Britain's highest average speed long distance (non HS1) journey: London to Warrington.


Requirements;

  • RSC Great Eastern Mainline
  • WCML Over Shap
  • DTG Liverpool to Manchester
  • DTG North Wales Coastal (Currently discontinued but available in copies of Train Simulator 2018)
  • OHLE Pack
  • Trent Valley*
  • UKTS Blocks & Lofts / Clutter / Buildings*
    *Updates will remove these as requirements in future releases. The parts of the route using these files can be downloaded free in the supplementary files below.

Scenario Requirements

These aggregate requirements are purely related to the scenarios. You do not need any of of these for the route to function.

  • Class 390 Pack - Steam (Discontinued)
  • Class 159 Pack - Steam
  • Class 350 EP* - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 170EP* - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 175 EP* - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 66 EP - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 156 Pack - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 150/2 - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 158 Perkins EP - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 220/221 - Just Trains (Updated)
  • Class 319 Pack Volume 1 - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • Class 325 Pack - Steam
  • Class 66 Pack03 Steam
  • FTA Wagons - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • JPA Wagons - Armstrong Powerhouse
  • IPA Wagons - Just Trains
  • TTA’s from WCML over Shap

 

Reskins: 

  • Class 390 Pack BH Reskins - ATS
  • Class 325 Repaint Pack - BodgeItTMD - ATS
  • Class 66 New Lights*
  • Class 170 WMR Reskin

Known issues

  • The OHLE will sometimes be slow to load around the Crewe area, especially on lower end computers.
    - Cause - The very large amount of loft items in the area. Crewe has a lot of tracks and many of them are electrified.
    - Fix - reduce scenery density or texture quality.
    - Development - We are working to add further lines to Crewe - once these are added we will optimize the area.

Found a problem? Get in touch


Future phases

There are future phases for this route which will be released as they are completed. The overall route is proposed to connect Rugby, Preston, Liverpool and Manchester.

  • Phase 1  – Stafford to Liverpool – Release 04 Aug 2019
  • Phase 2 - Sandwell & Dudley to Wigan Northwestern - Release 04 May 2020
  • Phase 2a – Extension to Birmingham New Street
  • Phase 3 – Extension to Preston
  • Phase 4 – Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Phase 4a - Rugeley Trent Valley to Manchester Piccadilly via Stoke-on-Trent
  • Phase 5 – Rugby – Rugeley Trent Valley

Once complete the route will be merged with other available WCML routes


Installation

Simply download and run the included installer. it will ask you to log in using your alanthomsonsim.com account details. It will then install the route automatically.


You can download alternative supplementary files for this route here


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