Coming soon for Train Simulator, the V1 beta of our all new route 'North East England'.
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 V1 beta of this all new route will feature a high quality representation of the East Coast Main Line between Darlington and York, the section of the Durham Coast Line between Northallerton and Hartlepool and the section of the Darlington to Saltburn line between Darlington and Middlesbrough along with the addition of Tees Yard.
The route is intended to be the final piece of route development by me on the Train Simulator platform and is designed to represent a network of lines throughout the area to enable multiple scenario opportunities. From the outset, users will be able to create already familiar high speed services between Darlington and York, local services between Darlington, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool, the Grand Central service between York and Hartlepool and a wide range of freight workings from both the York and Tees Yards along with the various industrial areas around Billingham and Hartlepool.
Although creating an extensive network has often been somewhat problematic due to the sometimes unstable nature of the Train Simulator, the recent announcement of a 64-bit version of Train Simulator has made this project much more viable and much more exciting. I have plans for the route to extend in various directions, taking in multiple previously unseen main and branch lines around the area.