South Lancashire & North Cheshire v4.2 - Updated 05/08/2020
By Andy Freeman and Nick Hudson
This Network is a continuation and enlargement of our previously published route "Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly - BR Blue Period". Details for that are included in one of the Manuals included.
South Lancashire and North Cheshire were at the forefront, and remained at the heart, of the railway revolution, initially because of the vast amount of industry based there, but also because of the vital link between the south and the north of the country (primarily London to Glasgow and Edinburgh). We aim to recreate this in the time period of 1975 to 1985. Because there were significant changes to the infrastructure during this era, some parts of the network will have a much tighter time frame (which could be different to other parts). The major part of the network will be based on several lines linking the two major cities of the North West - Liverpool and Manchester. The River Mersey, and then the Manchester Ship Canal (MSC) were the first links, and then came the various railway lines. We will also build the West Coast Main Line between the two railway centres of Crewe and Preston, and then link these two to Liverpool and Manchester. Another rail centre is Chester, as it has an important junction of lines. This will be connected to the other major cities in the network. Throughout the build, many of the industrial plants (and the power stations needed to generate the energy required to operate them) will be modelled.
The network will be released in stages, usually after a phase has been completed.
The planned phases are:
0. Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly
1. Warrington to Speke (connecting with the existing section of the WCML, and leading to Garston)
2. Warrington to Chester
3. Golborne to Wigan North Western
4. Wigan to Preston.
5. Runcorn and Warrington to Weaver Junction, and then on to Crewe
6. Windsor Bridge to Wigan Wallgate
7. Wigan to St Helens to Huyton Junction
8. St Helens to Widnes
9. Windsor Bridge to Euxton Junction (WCML)
10. Crewe to Chester to Hooton, and Hooton to Helsby
11. Crewe to Piccadilly
12. Mid Cheshire line (Chester to Piccadilly)
13. Stockport to Warrington
14. Others to be decided
Images of the progress of the build can be found at our Flickr site SLANC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/167137878@N03/albums/72157704083164142
Quick Drive scenarios from Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, Wigan North Western, Chester station and goods yard, Preston station and goods yards, Warrington Bank Quay and goods yards, Garston goods yard, and Wilderspool loop are included. A large number of other scenarios are included with the route.
As well as the passenger stations, goods yards and carriage sidings, there are a number of facilities for loading/unloading freight. These include coal mines, power stations, minerals terminals, container facilities, plus non-working timber, oil, chemical and tar terminals.
RSC\UKLEDsignals01 (included with most DTG/RSC routes)
RSC\APStation (included with most DTG/RSC routes)
RSDL\Foliage01 (included with most DTG/RSC routes)
UKTS Scenery Freeware packs required
For those who do not have these items already installed, they are available, free of charge, from http://www.uktrainsim.com/FreewarePacks/, or http://www.trainsimdev.com/forum/downloads.php?cat=22
Also included are PreLoad files which enable the stock from the following to be used as AI and statics in the Quick Drives (you can still choose whatever stock you have as the Player Consist).
DT\DT_class40; DTG\BRBluePack01; DTG\Class_45Pack01; DTG\Class24Pack01; JustTrains\Class20; Keithmross/WCML2; Kuju\RailSimulator; MichaelWhiteley\Class 50; RailRight\Class40Blue; RSC/BritishRailClass101; RSC/Class31Pack01; RSC/Class86Pack
PLEASE READ THE READ-ME for instructions on how to install, don't worry, it is simple.
Several other sets of assets have been used within the route, the developers of these have given us permission to bundle these in the download package and will be automatically installed when you install the Asset Pack.
Use of the AP Track Enhancement Pack
As the route has been created from the original "RSC - LiverpoolManchester" it is possible to use the Enhancement Pack from Armstrong Powerhouse to change the sleeper profile and ballast. More detail on this is included in the Manual. There is an additional Asset pack for those who use the AP-TE ONLY.
To re-emphasise- Once you have downloaded and installed this Route, Manuals and Asset Packs (which include a number of Reskins), the model blueprint files (which need to be present on the recipient's computer) have to be copied and pasted into the relevant folders - a batch file to do this automatically is included, it is a simple operation, and a Readme is included.
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