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Steaming over Shap - Phase 1
by John Rutherford and Nick Hudson


The Route:


The West Coast Main Line (WCML) was, and still is, one of the busiest rail lines in Europe. In this project the section from the Anglo-Scottish border north of Carlisle to Preston in Lancashire is portrayed in the late 1950s, early 1960s. Many intermediate stations and signal boxes were still in operation, and so too were many goods yards. The modelling is based on the DLC "WCML over Shap" by RSC/KeithMRoss, but regressed from the 1990s by about 40 years, with OHLE and motorways removed. The project was started by "Carinthia", but as he is no longer able to complete it, I have taken it over (with his guidance). It is still a "work in progress", with the first phase being from Carlisle to Carnforth (including the Windermere branch). The second phase will see the regression on to Preston, with the lines from Lancaster to Morecambe & Heysham fully modelled. Most of the trackwork for this phase is already in place, but not all scenery has been completed/regressed. Hence, it is driveable throughout.

The 90 route miles from Skew Bridge Junction (Preston) to Carlisle Upperby Motive Power Depot are included. The route continues north through Carlisle Citadel Station and via Bog Junction and the goods/avoiding lines to Caldew Junction. The WCML extends past Kingmoor MPD to Gretna Junction.

Many stations and goods yards have been re-opened and fully detailed.

The branch line from Oxenholme to Windermere is now double track, with all stations and goods yards fully detailed.

The Morecambe and Heysham branch lines are included north of Lancaster, and will be returned to the 1960s layout in phase 2.

The various quarry facilities in the Shap area are included.

The various lines converging on Carlisle are included in part to allow various depots and yards to be utilised in scenario creation.

The Ministry of Defence facilities at Longtown and Smalmstown are included to offer further range in scenario creation.

The route has been fully resignalled using semaphores and early colour light signals typical of the period.


Payware Required:

keithmross\WCMLoS (plus the included RSC\UKLEDsignals01 and RSC\APStation)

keithmross\Western Lines of Scotland

RSC\Woodhead

RSderek\WearValleyRailway.

Freeware Required:

 From UKTS

ID:

21234    Chaddock Engineering Bridge Kit   
21628    LNWR Signalbox Kit V1   
22975    LNWR Engine Shed Kit V1   
25894    LNWR Engine Shed Kit Part Two: Turntables and Water Towers   
27101    LNWR Signals   
27464    LNWR Level Crossings
28333    Footbridge Kit   
28870    LNWR Signal Gantry Kit         
              UK Freeware Packs   
27126    BLOCKS_AND_LOFTS   
27127    COMMERCIAL
27128    HOUSING   
27129    INDUSTRIAL
27130    RAILWAY_BUILDINGS
27353    CLUTTER  
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