This modern day branch line in North East England stretches from the market town of Bishop Auckland to Darlington, with its East Coast Main Line station, and is part of the famous Stockton and Darlington Railway which opened in 1825. It also features the 'Prince of Wales' Shildon tunnel, which opened in 1842; at three quarters of a mile in length, it is the oldest working railway tunnel under a settlement in the world.
The route includes several key sections, including the Locomotion Railway Museum at Shildon which houses quite a large number of steam and diesel locomotives as well as numerous old freight wagons.
Bishop Auckland to Darlington lets you drive numerous locomotives. As well as the default Class 166s, you can drive the Class 153 DMU which is available as a separate download from the Just Trains website. Northern Rail liveries are supplied for both of these classes. You can also choose to drive any of the default Train Simulator steam or diesel locomotives which are housed at the Shildon Locomotion Railway Museum. A total of twenty standard and free roam scenarios is included, featuring passenger services, freight operations, steam excursions and more in various weather conditions and at different times of the day.
- Quick Drive
- Tunnel, bridge and building occlusions
- 'Prince of Wales' Shildon tunnel
- Features along the route include 'Bishop Auckland West', which is a newly-built platform at the start of the 'Weardale Railway' heritage line
- North Road station is the home of the 'Head of Steam' railway centre and museum
- Fully usable Shildon Railway Museum
- Authentic stations
- Scenic countryside
- Buildings and bridges
- Darlington Station is totally re-modelled and features shops, turnstiles, signage, seating areas, ticket office, information displays and more. Clear windows have also been added at both ends of the station as well as lighting, ornate railings and other general platform clutter. The railway tracks inside the station itself have been laid so that they look realistic in the winter - normal dark gravel under the roof canopy and snow-covered tracks outside!
- New night lighting has also been added to take advantage of the technology in Train Simulator but the route and building still look visually appealing and authentic even when the simulation is run on lower settings with TSX disabled
- Numerous new assets have been specially created for the route, including new buildings, bridges, signage and other miscellaneous clutter. As well as the 'Northern Rail' Class 166 repaint, there is also a new bonus repaint of the HST 'East Coast' livery included.