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North West England 2
By Terry CunliffeThis is a freeware 'Community CD' route, available from the UKTrainSim CD Ordering page, at a cost of £4.50. This cost covers packaging and delivery, and you also get one month's premium subscription included.
BackgroundThe route was originally started in June 2002, with a view to modelling the Manchester-Liverpool Route via Newton-le-Willows. (As this is the only section of the route that I travel on a regular basis, it is probably more 'real' as regards scenery than any other section.) After two near track completions followed by catastrophic crashes and computer problems, the current version was started in August 2002. It soon became apparent that to maximise Activity Creation the route needed to be extended somewhat.... the problem was then "where to stop"!
The RouteThis utilises the WCML from Acton Grange (South of Warrington) to Lancaster as a 'spinal' section. From this, track is laid to Liverpool, Manchester, Bolton, Blackpool, Chorley and Southport... and more... a total of over 950 track miles and 100+ stations! (Listed below)
There are numerous yards, docks, power stations and collieries included which either did and / or do still exist.
**** This is a 'Hybrid' Route as regards eras, and therefore not for the purists... it is not a true model of the "real thing", but neither is it completely fictional, but I hope that it will be found to be a reasonable interpretation, with plenty of scope for activity creation. ****
The selection of activities that accompany this CD version reflect this... with periods from the late 50s right up to the present day represented... Something for everyone!
The track layout / distances are as accurate as my skills and the limitations of MSTS allows, and are interpreted from Quail maps of circa 1990, together with additions that I can remember as a lad... this has involved the "re-opening" of several currently disused branch lines and sidings. The Liverpool Underground sections together with the Manchester Metrolink are omitted.
**** Although gradients are reasonably accurate, and platforms, bridges, canals, major rivers and main roads are more or less in the correct places, the scenery, although representative, IS PURELY FICTIONAL, but is quite dense in some areas, which could hammer frame-rates on slower machines. As the route is so extensive, thorough research and implementation (building) of specific scenery items would have been so time consuming to the extent that this route would never have been released. Speed restrictions and signalling are fictional ****
Also, in addition to the 'old' track layouts, more recently constructed stations have been included. This is to enable the simulation of some current timetables.
As only part of the route is electrified in real life, and the limitations of MSTS means that you cannot only part electrify, as a compromise I have chosen to electrify, but have placed the overhead cables at a height to render them invisible, however, overhead gantries have been placed on the appropriate main lines.
Route MapClick to enlarge: AC electrified lines are shown in red, DC third rail lines in blue. Stations as red squares, industries and other freight locations blue.
Stock IncludedElectric Locomotives, EMU's and Trams
Diesel Locomotives and HST's
(Stock pages courtesy of user 'sg100' - many thanks!)
23 activities are provided on the CD, covering a wide range of eras and offering a variety of tasks.
Blackpool North - Southport ECS Run
Garston - Fleetwood
Holyhead to Manchester
ITR - UKTrainsim Railtour
Liverpool to Manchester
Manchester-Blackpool Class 47 run
Manchester - Southport DMU run
Mcr Oxford Rd - Liv Cen semi-fast
North West Mail
Preston - Ormskirk
Southport-Blackpool North extra service
Weaste - Preston Tankers
Windermere to Manchester
Activities for DownloadThere are several NWE2 activities on UKTrainsim, many of which use stock entirely from the CD.
Patches and Fixes
Unknown ErrorsProbably hundreds!
If anyone is more familiar with sections of the route, and something is really bugging you! (Such as "the footbridge on so-and-so station is at the wrong end of the platform", or "such-and-such a station is the wrong generic type") feel free to amend on your PC, but also please just drop me a PM on the UK TrainSim forums, and I'll also attempt to change the Master file for any future versions.
Please feel free to modify any scenery, (replace those horrendous 'billboard trees', for which I profusely apologise for having used!), increase 'clutter' etc. (Please Beware... several world tiles are very close to, or even over, their object 'limits'.), but please may I ask for you to seek my permission before changing any track layouts.
Please note a section of the Blackpool Tramway is included. This however is for the sole intention of use by distant AI traffic. Anyone who tries to 'drive' the route will be sadly disappointed.
Any modeller who wishes to augment the route with 'custom' items (maybe an accurate Manchester Victoria and / or Oxford road?!?!?) has my blessing to do so, but it would be greatly appreciated if they could then share the results of their efforts to everyone who has downloaded the route.
No liability can be accepted for this utility screwing up your system, nor for any divorces or general breakdowns in personal relationships due to installing and using this simulation!
Constructive criticism is always welcome!
AcknowledgmentsActivities written by Simont, Paul Williams (JP4712) and Marc (XPTE).
I hope you agree that the guys have put together a fine spread for us all to enjoy. If you like them, drop 'em a note and tell them!
CD compiled and co-ordinated by Alan Salmon (Thanks!) and distributed by UKTrainSim (again, more thanks)
In addition to the scenery authors (see "guest objects"), locomotives, rolling-stock and ancillaries used were created by the following fine and upstanding MSTS community members. Again, if you appreciate their work, Tell Them!
NWE map by Peter Peddlesden, modified by Simont.
Custom locomotives (Class 86 & 87's) exclusive to the CD courtesy of TheStoat.
Legal StuffNorth West England V2, an add on for Microsoft Train Simulator is copyright Terry Cunliffe 2004... All rights reserved.
This add-on must NOT be sold on to any parties for personal profit, other than to recover the costs of packaging and postage. As this add-on contains work that is copyright to Microsoft and Kuju, profiteering from this would violate the End User License Agreement for Microsoft Train Simulator
Violation of the EULA could hold you liable to prosecution from Microsoft
I will NOT consider ANY compromise if such a situation is ever brought to my attention, and I WILL report any such violation to the appropriate authorities.
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