West Coast Mainline (WCML) Northwest and Scotland – Preston to Glasgow & Edinburgh

West Coast Mainline (WCML) Northwest and Scotland – Preston to Glasgow & Edinburgh

25th January 2019 5 By SpeedyPete202

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WEST COAST MAINLINE – NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND – V1.2 (03 AUG 2018)

This route is a direct merge of WCML North, WCML Over Shap and the DPS Edinburgh to Glasgow scenery extension to Carstairs > https://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/edinburghglasgow.html

I’d love to hear constructive feedback or thoughts on this. I can be contacted on [email protected] or through my page for my other WCML route https://www.facebook.com/WCMLMidlandsandNorthwestRoute/

About this release;

I should mention that this is not really meant to be a ‘serious addition’ to the train sim content available as it was done as an academic exercise to see whether or not it was possible to merge two routes with different origins.

I initially messed about with some game files to get a big Midlands station into another route as a template and then one thing has led to another. In the end this is actually a merge of three routes.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE

The main route is WCML North. Therefore other DLC which is built for WCML North will work with this route. The only exception is ANYTHING which affects the Tracks.bin file – Track upgrades probably work but edit this file at your own risk. Upgrades for WCML Over Shap or the DPS route will not import into this route. By all means request that I add them to a future release and I will see what I can do.

Bad points

It has been built on the AP track enhancement so if you don’t have this pack installed the track may look a little clunky in places.
Just north of Carstairs on the way to Edinburgh there is a pretty obvious track texture change and the OHLE height changes.
The MixMap (terrain textures) are not 100% lined up just north of Carlisle.
By today’s route standards the lineside on both routes is a little dated. There is no superelevation on the portion north of Carlisle.
The area just south of Carlisle is not perfect. This is the joint between the two routes and required rebuilding.
This is a 220 mile route plus all the suburban bits around Glasgow. It MAY NOT BE STABLE in 32 bit Train Simulator. It should be OK in 64 bit.

Good points;
There is now much more route to drive at once. 193 miles between Preston and Glasgow and 190 miles between Preston and Edinburgh.
I have removed quite a lot of ‘stuff’ which affects route performance so it should run a little better.
Once my other project which concerns the WCML is done I shall look to add that to this route.
It’s free but donations are more than welcome and go to developing other train sim things.

SCENARIOS

If you make a scenario for this route and would like it hosting somewhere – please get in touch.

CREDITS

Danny from ‘Danny’s Route Photography’ page on Facebook for lots of support and advice.
Alan Thomson – without his group and YouTube videos to get me through various night shifts where I have been doing train sim things, I think I would have gone loopy by now. I would wholeheartedly recommend his group on Facebook > and his YouTube Channel
Ash Lightfoot and Dom Cazaux – for general encouragement and support.
My Uncle Tim and a family friend Tony, for a lot of advice and help on the programming side of this.

Thanks
Pete

INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS;

Copy the ‘Content’ folder into your TSX directory.

Usually this is found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\RailWorks

REQUIREMENTS

WCML North
WCML Over Shap
Edinburgh to Glasgow (for the Edinburgh bit)

WEATHER / SKIES

To use the AP weather and skies as default in QD scenarios, open the “RouteProperties AP Weather” folder and copy the “Content” folder into your Train Simulator directory.

You need;

AP Wherry Lines
RSC GEML (Great Eastern Mainline: London to Ipswich),

for this to work.