WORKING TIMETABLE SCENARIOS
SCENARIO PACK 5
WEST COAST MAIN LINE OVER SHAP 1992 – 1998
Hello, and thank you for purchasing this scenario pack. This pack has been researched using archive Working Timetables, rolling stock allocation and livery records, photographic records, and other source materials. What you see is hopefully a realistic representation of the varied traffic to be seen on this scenic section of the West Coast Main Line between 1992 and 1998.
Covering the last years of British Rail, and into the early days of privatisation, express passenger services to and from London are mostly in the hands of class 87 and 90 locomotives with push-pull rakes and mark 3 DVTs. Alongside these can be seen various Cross Country services worked by a mixture of class 86 locomotives and mark 2 coaches, High Speed Trains, and class 158 DMUs.
Regional services, usually in the hands of class 156s, operate along the southern end of the route from Manchester Airport to both Barrow-in-Furness (diverging at Carnforth), and Windermere (branching off at Oxenholme). The branches to Morecambe and Heysham head west just north of Lancaster, while Cumbrian Coast services can be seen both between Lancaster and Carnforth, and on arrival at Carlisle. The latter station also sees services converge from Newcastle via Hexham, Leeds via Settle, and Glasgow / Ayr via Dumfries, as well as the West Coast Main Line continuing to Glasgow or Edinburgh via Carstairs.
Freight services are equally varied. The division of British Rail into sectors prior to privatisation created a strange situation on this electrified route. Railfreight Distribution, which included Freightliner services, was the only division to have electric locomotives. Traffic from other divisions such as petroleum and metals which would once have been hauled by electric locos, was now hauled over the WCML by those sector’s own diesel locos.
There are 8 scenarios, packed full of A.I. traffic and designed to represent some of the situations encountered by real-life drivers.
Key features include:
* Drive classes 31, 37, 86, 90, 156, and 158.
* A mixture of fast and stopping passenger services, empty stock, and freight workings.
* Variations in weather.
* Challenging driving conditions.
* Operational requirements such as train preparation, run-round, and shunting manoeuvres.
* Assisting a failed train.
* Temporary and emergency speed restrictions.
* Accurate A.I. traffic reflecting the appropriate timetable, with realistic stock allocations and liveries.
* Class 87 reskin in Intercity Swallow livery included courtesy of the Alan Thomson Simulation team.
Once you have downloaded the .zip file, extract the contents to a convenient place. Copy the enclosed ‘Content’ folder, and paste it into your RailWorks folder – Generally found here, unless installed on a different drive:
C:Program Files (x86) SteamsteamappscommonRailWorks
CLASS 87 RESKIN INSTALLATION:
After copying the ‘Content’ folder as described above, please go to your ‘Assets’ folder – Generally found here, unless installed on a different drive:
C:Program Files (x86)SteamsteamappscommonRailWorksContentAssets
Locate the file called ‘ATS ICS 87’ and double click to run the program. This will install the Intercity Swallow reskin of the class 87 loco from the West Coast Main Line North route.
In the simulator all scenarios will be found in the ‘Standard’ scenario menu, and are prefixed:
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1C21 16.25 London Euston to Oxenholme / 5A06 20+09 Oxenholme to Wembley Intercity Depot
Traction: 90002 + Mark 3 DVT
Duration: 70 minutes
Route covered: Preston – Oxenholme – Preston
Saturdays during the Winter 1997/98 timetable see this unusual working which terminates in Oxenholme, before returning empty all the way to Wembley. You have just relieved a London driver at Preston and will take this train forward to Oxenholme, calling at Lancaster. You will then return empty stock back to Preston where the same London driver, suitably rested, will relieve you and take this set back to Wembley Intercity Depot. Year: 1997
1M18 07.20 Glasgow Central to London Euston
Duration: 105 minutes
Route covered: Carlisle – Preston
The class 90 propelling this morning up train has failed on this snowy morning in the Carstairs area. Fortunately a class 56 which was heading light engine to Tyne Yard was able to assist the train forward. In the meantime, arrangements have been made to hire 86254 from EWS to continue with the journey south. The train has just arrived in Carlisle 96 minutes late being hauled by 56058, which is just being detached to continue its journey to Tyne Yard. You will attach 86254 to the front of the train and continue the journey as far as Preston, calling at Oxenholme, and Lancaster. Maximum speed is 100mph. There is a 40mph temporary speed restriction in force around one mile north of Carnforth, and a 50mph emergency speed restriction in the Garstang area. Year : 1997.
1M26 12.03 Edinburgh to Bolton
Duration: 85 Minutes
Route covered: Carlisle – Preston
On a wet Thursday afternoon drive one of Virgin Cross Country’s small fleet of class 158s on this lunchtime southbound departure from Edinburgh. You will call at Penrith, Oxenholme, and Preston where you will be relieved. This train is a through working to Manchester Airport. As platform space is restricted at the airport, at Bolton this unit will attach to a North Western Trains class 156 working a Windermere to Manchester Airport service. The pair will then leave the airport at 16.45 and divide again at Bolton, the 156 continuing to Windermere via Wigan North Western, and this 158 to Glasgow Central via Chorley. Year: 1997.
1S89 16.25 London Euston to Glasgow Central
Duration: 75 minutes
Route covered: Preston – Carlisle
On a fine late Summer evening drive one of the premier London to Glasgow expresses between Preston and Carlisle. Your train has arrived on time and all the indications are that this should be a good run. You will call at Lancaster, and then non-stop to Carlisle where you will be relieved. You have one of the small fleet of class 86/1 locos and a rake of mark 3s this evening, so your maximum speed is 110mph. Year: 1992.
2C43 18.14 Preston to Barrow-in-Furness
Duration: 40 Minutes
Route covered: Preston – Carnforth
On a foggy October evening, drive this portion working off a service from Manchester Airport which divides at Preston. Release the doors and set-up for departure. The driver who brought this combined train from Manchester Airport has just split off the front unit, and she will be continuing with that service to Blackpool North. You will then depart at 18.14, calling at Lancaster, and Carnforth. Year: 1997
6C42 06.25 Stanlow to Dalston
Duration: 90 minutes
Route covered: Grayrigg Loops – Carlisle
You have been looped at Grayrigg as booked with this heavy petroleum service, to allow the Crewe Basford Hall to Glasgow Freightliner to overtake. Once underway you are booked to recess again at Shap Harrisons Sidings for a passenger train. You will then proceed to Carlisle where you are booked relief. Maximum speed is 60mph. It’s a good job you checked and filled the sand boxes this morning, looking at the clouds ahead you will probably need it. Year: 1992.
7C42 15.52 Heysham Power Station to Sellafield B.N.F.L.
Duration: 45 minutes
Route covered: Heysham Power Station – Morecambe – Carnforth
On a September Monday afternoon, drive the weekly loaded nuclear waste service from Heysham destined for the British Nuclear Fuel plant at Sellafield. Your train is all set to go and your guard has given you your loading slip. You may proceed towards the stop board, and then obey all instructions. Your guard has possession of the train staff, which allows only one train between Bare Lane signalbox and Heysham. Attached to the staff is an Annett’s Key which they will use to unlock and operate the ground frames. At Morecambe, you will need to run-round, and also re-position the brake van to the other end of the train. You are booked to be relieved at Carnforth. Maximum speed is 45mph. Year: 1992.
7T05 14.38 Carnforth Engineers Sidings to Bare Lane
Duration: 45 minutes
Route covered: Carnforth – Bare Lane
With snow on the ground and more falling, haul a train of ballast from Carnforth to Bare Lane, where it is required in an engineering possession on the Morecambe branch. Prepare your locomotive from cold. You will need to run-round the train before departing for Bare Lane. You will be met by the PICOP (Person in Charge of Possession) and allowed to enter the possession, where this ballast will be used in an area where the hardy permanent-way gang have been laying new sleepers and rails. Your maximum speed is 45mph. Year: 1997.
In order to enjoy these scenarios, you will require the following add-ons:
- West Coast Main Line over Shap
- West Coast Main Line North
- European Loco and Asset Pack
- EWS and Freightliner Class 08
- BR General Class 08 add-on livery
- BR Blue Diesel-Electric Pack add-on
- BR Railfreight OTA wagons
- Freightliner Class 57 loco add-on $
- Class 67 EWS loco add-on (for GUV in RES livery)
- TS Marketplace BDA 80t Bogie Bolster wagon pack
- TS Marketplace RNA Barrier Wagons
- TS Marketplace YLA ‘Mullet’ wagon pack
- TS Marketplace YQA ‘Parr’ wagon pack
- Class 31 Enhancement Pack #
- Class 37 Locomotive Pack Volume 1
- Class 37 Locomotive Pack Volume 2
- Class 43/MK3 (Valenta) Enhancement Pack #
- Class 56 Enhancement Pack #
- Class 86 Enhancement Pack #
- Class 90 / Mark 3 DVT Pack #
- Class 142 DMU Pack
- Class 150/1 Enhancement Pack #
- Class 150/2 DMU Pack
- Class 156 DMU Pack
- Class 158 (Cummins) Enhancement Pack #
- Mark 1 Coach Pack Volume 1
- Mark 2A – 2C Coach Pack
- Mark 2D – 2F Coach Pack
- BAA/BZA Wagon Pack
- FSA/FTA Wagon Pack
- HAA (MGR) Wagon Pack
- TDA Wagon Pack
- Sky & Weather Enhancement Pack
- Wherry Lines route $
- Class 20 Advanced (for FNA nuclear flask wagon)
- Class 60 Advanced
- Class 153 Advanced
- Cargowaggon IWB PlusPak
- Cargowaggon Flat IGA PlusPak
- VGA / VKA Wagon PlusPak
- YGB Seacow PlusPak Advanced
- Common Library (Included with any Just Trains route released after Newcastle to Edinburgh).
ALAN THOMSON SIMULATION:
- Virgin Trains West Coast Loco Hauled Pack by Bodge-It TMD (file ref. 965803)
# Note that these products have their own individual requirements.
$ Included for assets that are used to recreate speed restrictions.
- Just Trains YGB Seacow wagon added to list of requirements.
- Weather settings corrected in 1M18 scenario.
- Mark 3 buffet cars turned due to orientation change in the Bodge-It TMD vehicles.
05/09/2020 – Version 1.1 update:
- 1S89 scenario updated to amend A.I. shunt movement at Preston following reports of A.I. collision on some systems.
Huge thanks to the whole ATS team for their help and for hosting on www.alanthomsonsim.com, and for allowing the inclusion of the class 87 reskin to complement this scenario pack.
Thanks to Daniel Sandow for testing the scenarios.
Thank you to all the developers whose creations have made these scenarios possible.
We do hope that you enjoy these scenarios as much as we enjoy making them!
Matt Carroll and Josh Thorpe,