[87] 1G21 16.52 London Euston – Birmingham New Street (2006)

[87] 1G21 16.52 London Euston – Birmingham New Street (2006)

11th August 2022 6 By Bradleigh Ennis

In 2002, Virgin trains slowly started to roll out their brand new Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ fleet in line with the WCML upgrade, to enable services to run at 125mph. This ofcourse was the start of the end for loco hauled services on the mainline.
Though it wasn’t until the end of 2004 before all services to the Mindlands, Manchester, Liverpool, Scotland and Wales where worked by the Pendolinos, meaning they could start to withdraw the last remaining Class 87 and Class 90… or so they thought.
Unfortunately, like all new rolling stock, reliability issues began to arise and as a result Virgin Trains had to re-impliment loco hauled services whilst the new fleet was getting work done to improve.

Set in the summer of 2006, you are today in charge of taking 87002 hauling a rake of 9 mk3s and a DVT on a peak time service from London Euston to Birmingham New Street. You will make a fast run to Rugby, before calling at Coventry and Birmingham International.
Virgin Trains continued to operate this service with a Class 87 (Using both 87002 and 87006) until December 2006, when 87002 had the honours of hauling the last set on the 22nd. (Though Virgin Trains would once again have revert to loco hauled a few years later as a result of the Graygrigg incident using a Class 90).

All passenger AI have been taken from the May 2006 WTT, unfortunately this only shows passenger workings and no freight so I have added a couple to add some realism though are fictional. All liveries are within the time period.

AP Class 87 pack
VTWC Loco hualed pack (https://alanthomsonsim.com/downloads/virgin-trains-west-coast-loco-hauled-pack/)
Major Wales Class 390 Revamp pack (Requires AP Class 390 Sound pack)
DTG Portsmouth – London (And AP Class 350 Enhancement pack)
AP Class 321
AP Class 313
DTG Class 86 (And AP Class 86 Enhancement pack)*
DTG EWS Class 66 2.0*
AP Class 90 Freightliner*
DTG Cross City (And VP WMR Class 323 pack)[Fully aware this is currently broken however does work for AI]
Thompson Class 170 (And AP Class 170 Enhancement pack)*
Just Trains Voyager 2019 Advanced*
DTG Class 159 (And AP Class 158 Perkins Enhancement pack)**
DTG Class 150/1 (And AP Class 150/1 Enhancement pack)

*-Only 1 AI train
**-Static only

To install, simply unzip the 1G21 folder and drag the ‘Contents’ folder into your ‘Railworks’ folder (Usually found in Program Files/Steam/Steamapps/Common)

Any problems then please let me know!

Updated 12/08/2022 – Player train consist updated and AI Collision sorted.