North East England is an all new route with the goal of producing a large network showcasing the diverse range of lines in the area.
Built completely from scratch, North East England was conceived as a replacement for the ageing 'ECML: North East' route and was designed to be built at a much higher quality using some of the latest assets available. The third version of the route adds the section between Hartlepool and Sunderland along with the addition of Tees Dock and Lackenby BSC. As with previous versions it also includes a portion of the East Coast Main Line between York and Darlington, the line
from Northallerton to Hartlepool, the section of the Tees Valley line between Middlesbrough and Bishop Auckland and part of the Esk Valley line between
Middlesbrough and Nunthorpe. This again increases scenario opportunities throughout the route and means this new version has over 120 miles of fully driveable route to explore.
Users can create already familiar high speed services between Darlington and York, local services between Darlington, Bishop Auckland, Middlesbrough, Nunthorpe, Hartlepool and Sunderland, the Grand Central service between York and Sunderland and a wide range of freight workings from the York area along with the various industrial areas around Teesside, Seaham and Hartlepool.
The route is built in a style where lineside detail is paramount and distant scenery less so. This cuts down on development time and also provides a benefit with a
reduction of the use of system resources. This also gives me more time and resources to add future extensions to the route.
A range of standard scenarios are included with the route along with a basic implementation of quick drive. We will also add further scenarios to the 'ECML Collection' here on the DPSimulation website along with a much more advanced system of era-specific quick drive to cover multiple eras once the route becomes more complete. Please refer to the PDF document entitled 'NEE Scenarios' that is provided as part of the download for more information.
Due to comprehensive volume of detail many areas, particularly in York, it is recommended that you run scenarios in the 64-bit version of Train Simulator where possible. A detailed manual has also been created and it is important you read this before installation/use of the route in order to be aware of any expected issues. This can be downloaded/viewed from the link below.
The route also includes the 'Scenario Creation Kit'. This gives scenario creators the opportunity to include era-specific station signs in any scenario they create and distribute to the community. A detailed manual is provided in order to aid users in how to implement these signs.
Please note that this is a new version of the route as of 20:30 on 25/04/2021 and contains V1 scenario fixes related to the Class 185 DMU. If you downloaded the route before this point and wish to use them you will need to redownload in order to take advantage of these fixes.
If you intend to create a payware product related to this route or any other of our content, please get in touch with us first.