Newcastle to York - Modern includes a completely reworked track layout, overhead power masts and cables, revised speed limits, updated signalling, and the appropriate modernisation of the scenery along the entire route.
Each of the stations have remodelled track layouts to incorporate up to date platform allocations, and are brought to life with the inclusion of station furniture and general clutter such as wheelie bins and luggage trolleys, bringing an immersive atmosphere to the route both from the drivers eye view and from the line side.
All new scenario opportunities are also introduced thanks to the modernisation of the route, including the postal depot at Low Fell, extension of the line to Darlington North Road, fully rationalised freight yard trackwork, and bi-directional operation of the line allowing for broken down trains or engineering work to be passed on the adjacent running lines.
Five top-quality repaints are also included.
The Newcastle to York route is around 80 miles in length.
The track has been re-laid along the whole route and electrified where applicable. This includes the correct positioning of crossovers, junctions and the removal of miles of redundant track.
Additional markers throughout the route enable more specific scenario creation. You can replicate a situation where a train has failed on the route, for example, and your AI workings would take the bi-directional route instead.
Major renovation of the Ferryhill and Tursdale area, including the new layout, scenery additions and improvements at Metal Bridge, the relaying of Ferryhill yard and reduced emphasis on the now redundant rail operations at Ferryhill quarry.
Full and accurate speed limits to the current route specification.
The route is fully signalled, including AWS, TPWS and bi-directional operations.
Updated scenery placement, including trackside foliage, provides a substantial improvement in frame rates.
Bridges and gantries have been raised where possible, to enable the electrification to pass underneath.
Custom objects and landmarks such as the Newcastle Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Angel of the North, Sage Centre and the York wheel reflect the area in its modern state.
Newcastle station and surrounding track has been remodelled to reflect its appearance in 2009, including the up-to-date allocation of platform numbers, the removal of old platforms and the addition of new ones.
York station has been remodelled to the same high standard as Newcastle, including a reworking of the surrounding track.
Darlington station and the surrounding area have been remodelled to include Platform 4a, the new college buildings and the adjacent rail depot. Redundant track around the station has been removed.
Chester-le-Street, Durham, Northallerton & Thirsk stations have also been fully updated, with lengthened platforms where appropriate, custom signs, updated station furniture and improvements to the overall look of the station and access area.
The line has been extended to Darlington North Road, birthplace of 60163 Tornado, to enable further scenario opportunities.
Tyne Yard has been fully remodelled, including the removal of the south end of the yard as well as updated track placement.
Low Fell yard has been removed and replaced with the postal Mail depot and loading area to further enable scenario opportunities.
• HST: Great North Eastern Railway GNER (blue with red stripe)
• HST: National Express East Coast NXEC (blue with white stripe - transitional livery)
• HST: National Express East Coast NXEC (grey/white - current livery)
• HST: Cross Country (silver/pink/brown mauve - current livery)
• Rail Express Systems RES 47 and Mk1 coaches (faded/weathered)
A varied selection of eight scenarios will provide the ideal opportunity to explore this exciting route in both RailWorks and Rail Simulator.
Eaglescliffe Diversions - Part 1
It’s summer 2009 and due to weekend engineering works at Darlington, ECML traffic is to be diverted between Northallerton and Ferryhill via Eaglescliffe & Stockton. You are required to take charge of 1S13 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen service starting at York at 13:06 and taking the service through to Newcastle with only Durham as an interim stop.
In Part 1 of this scenario you will travel from York to the Yarm line north-east of Northallerton before following the instructions to load up Part 2.
Eaglescliffe Diversions - Part 2
Continuing on from Part 1, you are required to proceed north and stop at Durham before heading onwards to Newcastle where you will hand over to another driver for the next part of the service.
Great North Run
You must take an additional service for the Great North Run from Newcastle to York utilising a National Express HST.
Driving a slightly late-running Transpennine Express service from Northallerton to York.
With the inaugural run of the Tornado only a week away, a steam special has been organised from Darlington North Road to York utilising a Black 5 locomotive.
West Country Mail
Drive RES 47726 from Low Fell to York with a Plymouth-bound mail train. It is Spring 1997 and evidence of privatisation can be seen with the GNER livery already applied to many of their HSTs. Virgin, however, have been much slower on the uptake with Intercity Swallow still dominating.
Tow two Class 47s with 55022 from Newcastle to the Wensleydale railway at Northallerton for their annual diesel gala.
Cross Country HST Comeback
It's 2009, and who would have thought that HSTs would return to Cross Country after being ousted by the Voyager units in 2003? You are in control of a newly refurbished set where you will run from Newcastle to York.
• RailWorks or Rail Simulator
• 1.7 GHz+ PC
• Windows XP/Vista/7
• 512Mb RAM (1Gb for Vista/Windows 7)
• 128Mb 3D graphics card
• DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
• 2.0Gb hard drive space
The Newcastle to York Modern route requires that the default Newcastle to York route is installed for Rail Simulator. This route is supplied with the European versions of Rail Simulator, but US users may have to purchase and install this route separately.