8C25 13.15 Merehead Quarry – Minehead (1998)

8C25 13.15 Merehead Quarry – Minehead (1998)

30th December 2022 5 By Matt Carroll

Hi, and thank you for downloading this 2 hour scenario for the Just Trains South Western Expressways – Reading route.
To install, simply copy the enclosed ‘Content’ folder to your Railworks folder. This is a ‘Standard’ scenario and is named “[MJC] 8C25 1315 Merehead Quarry – Minehead”

I have included an alternative version of the scenario for those who were unable to obtain the Virgin First Generation Pack class 47, which uses the locos from the Huddersfield route as a stand-in. If you require this version, copy the ‘Content’ folder contained within the ‘Huddersfield 47 Alternative’ folder.

During 1997 and 1998 work was underway to strengthen the sea defences in the coastal town of Minehead. To do this, sizeable boulders were transported from the quarries at Whatley or Merehead. In a novel operation that kept hundreds of lorries off the winding country roads, the stones were transported by rail via the West Somerset Railway, traversing the line after the last steam service of the day. Take a loaded train from Westbury Yard as far as Taunton with celebrity 37025 in charge. Year: 1998

At the start of the scenario go to the no. 2 cab and set the brake timing switch to Vacuum Goods, then return to no.1 cab and set the master switch to ‘Engine Only’ and the brake handle to 40% in order to create a vacuum. Then set up the rest of the cab.
When ready you have permission to draw up to the departure ground signal ahead to await the road. All points should be set correctly but please check before moving.

Maximum speed is 35mph. You begin in NRN area 072 and will need to change to area 098 at Cogload Junction. You are booked to be looped at Frome for a passenger service.

This train is formed of vacuum-braked wagons and therefore is normally class 37 hauled, though it is usually one of the refurbished members of the class. Today however, standard 37025 has been provided so remember to go steady on the power.

The following are required to ensure that the scenario functions correctly:

* From Just Trains:
– South Western Expressways – Reading route
– IWB Cargowaggon PlusPak
– YGB Seacow PlusPak Advanced

* From Armstrong Powerhouse https://www.armstrongpowerhouse.com/ :
– Class 37 loco volume 1
– Class 37 loco volume 2
– Class 43 / Mark 3 Coach (Valenta) enhancement pack (and associated requirements)
– Class 56 enhancement pack (and associated requirements)
– Class 150/2 DMU
– Class 158 (Perkins) enhancement pack (and associated requirements)
– Mark 2D-2F coach pack
– ICA-D wagon pack
– JHA wagon pack
– MEA / PNA-F wagon pack
– MKA/POA/ZKA wagon pack

* From Steam Sounds Supreme:
– Departmental Wagon Pack https://steamsoundssupreme.com/page_depwp.html

* From Steam:
– Virgin Trains 1st Generation Pack (Discontinued) OR Huddersfield Route add-on https://store.steampowered.com/app/1922049/Train_Simulator_Huddersfield_Line_Manchester__Leeds_Route_AddOn/
– BR Blue 08 add-on livery (and associated requirements) https://store.steampowered.com/app/275804/BR_Blue_Class_08_Addon_Livery/
– Chatham Main and Medway Valley route https://store.steampowered.com/app/677960/Train_Simulator_Chatham_Main__Medway_Valley_Lines_Route_AddOn/
– TS Marketplace YLA Mullet Wagon Pack https://store.steampowered.com/app/326043/TS_Marketplace_YLA_Mullet_Wagon_Pack/
– TS Marketplace YQA Parr Wagon Pack https://store.steampowered.com/app/326047/TS_Marketplace_YQA_Parr_Wagon_Pack/
– West Coast Main Line Over Shap https://store.steampowered.com/app/222613/Train_Simulator_West_Coast_Main_Line_Over_Shap_Route_AddOn/

* From Alan Thomson Sim:
– Class 59 ARC livery by Ash Lightfoot (and associated requirements) https://alanthomsonsim.com/downloads/class-59-arc-livery/

* From Vulcan Productions:
– BR Class 47 Intercity Swallow livery (only required for owners of the Virgin 1st Generation Pack) https://www.vulcanproductions.co.uk/rfletcher-diesel.html

Optional Requirements
The following are NOT required to ensure that the scenario functions correctly, however they will add to the immersion:

* From Steam Sounds Supreme:
– Departmental Hoppers Pack (static) https://steamsoundssupreme.com/page_dephoppck01.html

* From Armstrong Powerhouse https://www.armstrongpowerhouse.com/ :
– Sky and Weather enhancement pack.
– MGR Wagon pack (static)
– TTA Wagon pack volume 1 (static)

I do hope you enjoy this scenario.