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South Lancashire and North Cheshire - BR Blue Period V1.2
By Andy Freeman & Nick Hudson

V1.2 Released on 7th April 2017 - Missing Assets files added, and the Assets, Route and Manuals are now packed as an .rwp file for easier installation.
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 an accompanying manual.
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). 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 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:

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 a simplified Preston.
5. Runcorn and Warrington to Weaver Junction, and then on to a simplified 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
11. Crewe to Piccadilly
12. Mid Cheshire line (Chester to Piccadilly)
13. Stockport to Warrington
14. Others to be decided

Quick Drive scenarios from Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, Warrington Bank Quay, Garston goods yard, and Wilderspool loop are included. A number of other scenarios are included with the route, and further ones are available from http://www.wotawallysbits.co.uk/liv-man-br-blue-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. Extracts from Working Timetables (WTTs) are available from the authors – useful for scenario creators.
 
All the markers for the route are given in the Appendices – again useful for scenario creators.
 
This will be a grand extension of the previous route, on which it is based, and will have the same requirements (RSC/LiverpoolManchester; keithmross/WCML2-WCMLoS; RSC/UKLEDsignals01). In addition, to increase the size and variety of the Asset box, we are also using the UKTS Freeware packs.
For those who do not have these already installed, they are available, free of charge, from http://www.uktrainsim.com/FreewarePacks/

All station signs have been changed to 1980s BR (see patch details below). 
 
Please note - this is not, and can't be, a photo-realistic representation but is designed to have a 1980s "feel". Please see our comments on the earlier Phase. Many structures have been created out of default assets, so may not necessarily look like the real thing, but the asset box is limited.
 
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). Keithmross/WCML2; DTG/ BRBluePack01; RSC/ BritishRailClass101
 
NOTE:
When you have installed "SLancs_NChesh_v1-2.rwp" you will need to navigate to your Assets folder and run the "SLANC_reskins_v1_0.bat" file
 

"Liverpool to Manchester Victoria & Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period" Route
by

Andy Freeman & Nick Hudson

 The Route
"Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period"



Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period: v2.14
by
Andy Freeman & Nick Hudson

4th November 2016:

*** V2-14: This version Is enlarged and also contains 16 scenarios and is Quick Drive enabled. ***

This Route is a much revised version of the original DTG Liverpool to Manchester Route (the Cheshire Lines Committee – CLC) which has been regressed back to the BR Blue days, specifically 1975 to 1985, continuing our previous Workshop route – “Liverpool to Manchester Piccadilly via Warrington Central - BR Blue Period” (Phase 1). This is Phase 2 of a larger project to produce the network “South Lancashire and North Cheshire – BR Blue”.
In this Phase, we have recreated the world’s first passenger rail line (the Liverpol & Manchester – L&M), from Edge Hill to Manchester Liverpool Road, through Rainhill and Earlestown, and over Chat Moss. The line was later extended from Edge Hill to Liverpool Lime Street, and from Ordsall to Manchester Exchange. Shortly after, it was connected to the Lancashire & Yorkshire Station – Manchester Victoria. Liverpool Road continued as a Goods Yard, though recently it has become the Museum of Science & Industry. Exchange was closed in the late 1960s, but has become a car park. In our period, the world’s longest platform (Victoria 11 and Exchange 3) is still in place and used to its full extent at nights for the newspaper trains. At Ordsall, near Liverpool Road, there is a connection to Piccadilly.
Going east out of Victoria, the two lines (via Cheetham Hill and Miles Platting) meet just before Newton Heath TMD, which has been built as it was in 1980. All the carriage and goods sidings are recreated.
To increase the operating potential, we have included the WCML from Golborne Junction, through Winwick Junction and Warrington Bank Quay, to Acton Grange Junction. From Arpley, the line to Fiddlers Ferry power station has been built as far as Monks Sidings – the rest of the line through to Speke Junction through Widnes will appear in the next phase. All the goods yards at Warrington have been modelled (including Central, Arpley, Walton Old, and the MSC).
Signals are a mix of colour lights and semaphore, still worked from several signal boxes. Only the first part of the L&M Chat Moss part of the route is protected by AWS; from just west of Patricroft through to West Yorkshire AWS was not installed until after the train crash at Eccles in 1984.
Quick Drive scenarios from Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria, Manchester Piccadilly, and Warrington Bank Quay, and a number of standard scenarios are included.
As well as the passenger stations, goods yards and carriage sidings, there are a number of facilities for loading/unloading freight. These include 2 coal mines, a power station, a minerals terminal, 3 container facilities, plus non-working timber, oil, and tar terminals
Once again, the requirements are the DTG Routes “Liverpool to Manchester” and “WCML over Shap” (and "UKLEDsignals01" which is included in WCMLoS) . This Phase contains all that was in Phase 1, which may be removed from your Workshop subscriptions.
All station signs have been changed to 1980s BR (see patch details below ).
Please note - this is not, and can't be, a photo-realistic representation but is designed to have a 1980s "feel". Please see our comments on the earlier Phase. Many structures have been created out of default assets, so may not necessarily look like the real thing, but the asset box is limited.

Assets: The RSC folder contains a reskin for Manchester Central, called MancMuseum2. There is also a new set of Route Makers. The original is also stored, so you can swap back and forth between the new and original, depending upon which version you are using. This is not critical unless you are developing scenarios and wish to start in a particular location. Also when a file verification or update is actioned, and the original is restored, you can always recover the new version.

The keithmross folder contains new sets of station nameboards and signs, general signs, and signal box names, all based upon those used in WCML over Shap (a required DLC for this route extension). These replace the original ones in "Liverpool to Manchester ", and are based on BR Blue era signs. Again, do not worry, nothing in WCMLoS is affected.

To enable all the above to function, you need to run the batch file "LM2_reskins_v2_14.bat" which will now be found in the Assets folder (just double left click on it). Remember to Clear the Cache through the Menu "Settings/Tools" in game, and all the new signs will show in the Route.

Payware Required:
RSC:  Liverpool to Manchester          WCML over Shap            European Asset Pack (included with many routes)


FIX for included Scenario Pack:
There is a small problem with one of the scenarios included, "2J38 Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria" - part of the loco roof is missing in exterior view. Install this file to fix the issue (Click on file name to download):

                 v1_Scenario_FIX_L-M_BRBlue_Route.rwp

 

Scenarios for the
"Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period"
 Route

Canada Dock-Arpley freight      34min    by John Walsh

Morning driver, just a short wagon run to Earlestown from the Bootle branch near Edge Hill.

You will be driving a Class 40 Loco with VCA vans attached.
You will be held for a few minutes just prior to Earlestown, whilst  you await your path...have a good drive !!

Payware required:
BR Blue Pack. (Class 25,31,55,105).
British Rail Class 101.
Marketplace VCA 45t GLW Vans and Supertench.  (Fastline).
Digital Traction/JT      Class 40.

Freeware required
UKTS Freeware Packs        Carriages          Wagons 
Available from:    http://www.trainsimdev.com/forum/downloads.php?cat=24&sid=e461830f36364ad0d564eb124ec24f41
Class 40 Liverpool Lime Street to York_ v1-1  
Fixed version       45Min       by Andy Freeman

You will be driving a Class 40 hauled train from Liverpool Lime Street to York as far as Manchester Victoria ( the Class 40 is replacing the rostered Class 45 which has failed and been taken to Edge Hill MPD - you will call at St. Helens Junction en-route.

Payware Required:
RSC Class 45
DTG Class 101


[NH] Piccadilly to Lime Street via Newton-le-Willows

by Nick Hudson


Due to a derailment at Padgate, services between the two cities are all going on the Chat Moss line. Passengers for Warrington  to Allerton are in the rear 2 cars, which will detach at Newton-le-Willows, and shuttle to Warrington Bank Quay, where a bus will take them to Central


Payware Required:

RSC      BritishRailClass101

Class 25s ECS to Manchester Piccadilly        45min    by Andy Freeman

It is early morning at Edge Hill Sheds and you are booked to drive a brace of Class 25's on an ECS working to Manchester Piccadilly,. The coaches are sitting at Liverpool Lime Street Platform 6 having arrived there late the previoue night.

You will go off shed from Edge Hill Sheds, drive down to Liverpool Lime Street to collect the train and then proceed ECS to Manchester Piccadilly...The train has been routed via Earlestown, Ordsall and then across to Deansgate and Manchester Piccadilly. Another Driver will be waiting at Manchester Piccadilly to take the train onwards as it forms a special excursion train across Woodhead to Doncaster races.

Payware Required:
DTG BR Blue Pack 01
                                                                                                                              RSC BR Class 101
The five scenarios below have been adapted from scenarios made for the original Workshop version of the route.
They were adapted and tested by David Broadway with full approval from Andy Freeman.
Class 31 ballast wagons to Stockport          40min 
by Andy Freeman

This scenario is for the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period route (having been created originally for the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central BR Blue route available from the Steam Workshop).
 
The scenario begins on a rather gloomy Autumn morning in Warrington Central Goods Yard - you will first collect some loaded ballast wagons, which were dropped off the previous day, which are due to be taken to Stockport to be used in track maintenance later that day....on the way you will drop off two wagons at Macnhester United Football Ground as maintenance is also scheduled there. The scenario will end at Manchester Piccadilly where a new driver, with required route familiarity, will take the train onwards to Stockport.

NB. Due to faulty signals in Warrington Central Goods Yard you may need to uncheck "Exit on SPAD" in TS2017 settings.
Duration - 41 minutes approx.

Payware required:
RSC BR Class 101     Class 31
Railwright Class 40
Class 40 empty ballast wagons to Edge Hill    45min   by Andy Freeman

This scenario is for the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period route (having been created originally for the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central BR Blue route available from the Steam Workshop).

You will drive a Class 40 light engine from Edge Hill MPD to Garston Depot Aggregates , at Garston Freightliner Depot, to collect some empty ballast wagons from which ballast had been unloaded for track maintenance the previous night. Once coupled to the ballast wagons you will drive to Edge Hill Track Panel siding where the scenario will end.

You will need to change ends on the Class 40 a couple of times during the scenario, this is a more complicated process than on other locos....on-screen instructions are included, please follow them carefully otherwise the loco will not move. NB. to reduce the size of the on-screen instruction I have assumed that you already know how to turn on the left and right front lights ( Cntl/shift P, Cntl/Shift I ) so have not included that information - you can keep the on-screen instructions visible while changing ends so that the instructions can be followed.

If you arrive at the final destination on or before 10:45 then you have driven well, any later than that then have another try.....it may take a couple of attempts if it is the first time that you have changed ends in this loco.

Please ensure that you obey all speed limits even if they may seem rather slow in places.

Payware Required:
DTG Class 45
RSC BR Class 101      RSC Class 31
AP/Railright Class 40

Class 40 express from Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe    47min   by Andy Freeman

This scenario is for the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period route (having been created originally for the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central BR Blue route available from the Steam Workshop).

You will be driving an Express Train, hauled by a Class 40, from Liverpool Lime Street to Crewe calling at Edge Hill, Warrington Central, Oxford Road and Machester Piccadilly - the scenario covers the leg between Liverpool Lime Street and Machester Piccadilly.

It is a straightforward run as the scenario was primarily designed for testing the route while it was under development - all signals are working correctly and should be obeyed, please also obey all speed limits.

Payware Required:
DTG Class 45     BR101
AP Class 40

Class 40 goods from Edge Hill to Warrington    55min    By Andy Freeman

This scenario is for the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period route (having been created originally for the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central BR Blue route available from the Steam Workshop).

NB. It is essential that you drive this scenario obeying all speed limits in all areas, it is also essential that you know how to set up the Railright Class 40 and to change ends smoothly - the AI has been carefully choreographed based on the assumption of speed limits being obeyed and ability to change ends quickly and smoothly......if this does not happen then there is a high probability of Ai collision or derailment...you have been warned :-)


If you are not proficient at changing ends then practice the below before driving the scenario -
At the end from which you are moving - Put brakes in Shutdown, Switch AWS End Change Switch to OFF, press E to remove Master Key......move to the Cab at the other end.
At the end to which you have moved - Press E to enter Master Key, Switch AWS End Change Switch to ON, release brakes and you are ready to set off.
For reference - Lights are Cntl/Shift/P and Cntl/Shift/I          Wipers on - V, Wipers off - shift/V

You will first drive light engine from Edge Hill MPD to Edge Hill Track Panel Siding where you will couple up to a rake of BR Vans, you will then deliver the vans to Warrington Central Goods yard before stabling the Class 40 there awaiting it's next assignment. It is a dull day with occasional showers.

There are a few faulty signals to deal with unfortunately, I have also listed them in the briefing so that they can be referred to during the scenario if you are uncertain whether or not to obey a particular signal - you should Tab through the first red signal after leaving the MPD, ignore the red signal approaching Exhibition Junction and Tab through the red signal at the bottom of the ramp approaching Wavertree Junction.

Payware required:
Railright Class 40
DTG Class 45
RSC Class 31     BR101
Class 45 express from Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street    50 min    By Andy Freeman

This scenario is for the Liverpool to Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly- BR Blue Period route (having been created originally for the Liverpool to Manchester via Warrington Central BR Blue route available from the Steam Workshop).

You will be driving a Class 45 hauled express from Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street on an overcast day calling at Manchester Piccadilly, Oxford Road and Warrington Central...the scenario starts as you are held at a red signal about a mile before Manchester Piccadilly.

Please note that there is a faulty signal just before you reach Warrington Central (this is a legacy issue from the original version of the Route, have tried to fix it but have not been successful) - you should approach the signal at low speed and press Tab until you are given permission to proceed, depending on how early you arrive at Warrington you may have to press Tab a couple of times.

Payware Required:
DTG Class 45      Class 31
AP Class 40