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Welcome to the home of the "SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE"
"Add on" route for DoveTail Games TS-2015 formally known as RAILWORKS

Based on the real-world route will take you across the East coast of Scotland on the UK’s most scenic rail journey. As the crow flies, this route is around 80 miles in length but once you have taken into account the twists and turns the whole route is around 120 miles.
SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE
© MullySoft Productions in association with Just Trains
NOTE:- The route is loosely based on the year 2006 - 2007 when GNER operating company lost the government franchise and was just taken over from National Express.
For more information and requirements please click on More info.
 

IHH Collection - Baby Sulzer Dawn..
Scenario for SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE..

A bonus "Changing Faces" scenario, An alternative version of 'Sunset of the Baby Sulzers', showing them during the first few years of service instead, and just after the steam years. TOPS has yet to arrive, in fact not everything is Blue yet either. Not surprisingly most of the assets used for this scenario are from the now closed Iron Horse House stables...
All  "Rose & Gareth" Scenarios packs can be downloaded from the
Facebook Group "Rosgar Scenarios" there are hundreds of them and growing!
Note - This is a Closed Facebook group Terms & Conditions apply. Click on any of the below pics for more info...
 

The forthcoming Class 40 Pack..

  More info soon!

AP Class 40 Sound Pack (Pro) ..

Armstrong Powerhouse presents a Pro sound pack for the class 40 diesel locomotive.
Scenario is included for the SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE line route which sees you drive a rail-tour between Ladybank & Dalmeny. To ensure the most realistic experience possible, it uses the timetable of the year it's based in. The perfect way to test these sounds out.

Click on pick for more information!
 

West Highland Line Extension...  TS-2015...

Fort William to Mallaig - A new route for Train Simulator 2015 by Thomson Interactive with KrossRails.
DLC – West Highland Line  The West Highland Line Extension More info

Courtesy Thomson Interactive with KrossRails.

Courtesy video 125
 

UK Rail News..

THE FORTH BRIDGE EXPERIENCE..

Visit the top of Scotland’s most iconic landmark on the week of its 125th Anniversary. Network Rail is selling 250 tickets to visit the Forth Bridge in aid of Princes Trust.
As well as visiting the viewing platform on top of the bridge’s Fife Tower, guests will get a guided tour from a Forth Bridge specialist and a commemorative pack to help remember your trip.
Tickets cost £125,with all proceeds going to the Princes Trust.
Find out more and book your ticket here: Click here

FORTH BRIDGE NetworkRail 360° Views..

If you have the "SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE" addon route and would like to see what it looks like in real life.. or one day you would like to be there just to go to the top of the seventh wonder of he world and tick that Bucket list..

Click on THE FORTH BRIDGE EXPERIENCE banner for more info.

but you can Click on the pics to take you there to see what it may look like..!

Please note, these are not live webcams and the views where from 2013, the new Forth road bridge, the The Queensferry Crossing is now almost half built, to see that from the live webcams Click here

Abseil off the Forth Bridge..

…in celebration of the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary.
2015 is the 125th Anniversary of the Forth Bridge – now regarded as Scotland’s most famous landmark and nominated for World Heritage status.

Be part of the celebrations by taking part in the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Abseil on 21st June 2015 or 18th October 2015 and receive a special Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary collectable.

Please click on the pics for more info and register!
The Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary Abseil on:
Sunday 21st June 2015 and…
Sunday 18th October.
 

Horne appointed as head of new East Coast operator
Dec 22nd '14

East Midlands Trains’ managing director, David Horne, has been chosen to head the new Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture set to operate trains on Britain’s East Coast main line.


From January, Horne will become managing director of the new eight-year InterCity East Coast franchise – named Virgin Trains East Coast – which will take over operation of services from March 2015.

David began his career as a ticket office clerk in Cornwall in 1988. He has been managing director of East Midlands Trains since 2007 and prior to that held senior roles at South West Trains and Virgin Trains.

David Horne. Photo: Matt Stokes/ Rail Media

Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “David has a wealth of experience of the railways which will be invaluable as we prepare to launch the new franchise.”
More info Courtesy GLOBAL RAIL NEWS

HST #43 183 in a fictitious Virgin Trains livery
Pic Courtesy Mark George Photography.

DfT have announced the winner for "East Coast" franchise..
Its Stagecoach & Virgin..
"Virgin Trains East Coast"

"Inter City Railways".. Stagecoach and Virgin have formed a new entity, Inter City Railways Limited ("ICRL"), and have won the bid for the franchise. Stagecoach has a 90% shareholding in ICRL, with Virgin Group holding 10%
The livery of "East Coast" consists will change to "Virgin" as Richard Branson is the forefront of WCML adverts. Click on logos for more info.
Rail journeys between London and Edinburgh will be transformed by more seats, more services and new trains after the government announced its intention to award the new East Coast franchise to Inter City Railways, a consortium of Stagecoach and Virgin, today (27 November 2014).
Read more here.. Courtesy DfT
PDF.. Click on pic for the station near you.. DfT
What is the difference between a Class 800 and a Class 801?
The Class 801 units are electric multiple units and have underfloor batteries incase of OHLE failure.
The electro-diesel Class 800 units which should run London to Aberdeen. They are also designed to be convertible to electric only operation by removal of underfloor engines.
The current structure until the end of April 2015 is run by British publicly owned "East Coast" for more info Click here.
The holder of the new "East Coast" franchise will participate in the Intercity Express Programme along with "First Great Western". The project will replace the Intercity 125 (Class 43) and Intercity 225 f(Class 91) with the new Class 800/801 Hitachi high-speed trains, and provide additional electric trains.
By December 2018 the new trains are planned to be running on the East Coast main line in 9-carriage or 5-carriage sets.
DB Schenker (Formally EWS) is currently under contract to provide "Thunderbird's" rescue diesels incase of electrical failure for the Class 91's as it did with Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) and National Express.
 
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Class 91 111 "For the Fallen"..

Edinburgh 16th Dec '14 memorial event..

Update 20th Dec '14.. The specially-designed East Coast locomotive number 91 111, named ‘For The Fallen’, carries a livery filled with images, stories and tributes to regiments and people who served in them across the East Coast route.
A commemoration of Edinburgh’s own heroes of the First World War has taken place at Waverley Station. The memorial event was in front of East Coast’s locomotive 91111 ‘For The Fallen’, which included a livery filled with images, stories and tributes to regiments along the East Coast route and the people who served in them during the First World War.
The 16th Battalion The Royal Scots was raised by Sir George McCrae, a self made businessman and prominent political figure in Edinburgh, who was also a director of Heart of Midlothian Football Club – ‘Hearts’ to football fans in Scotland’s capital city. McCrae realised that if he could get players to join his battalion, supporters would join to serve alongside their sporting heroes.
Read more Courtesy The British Army (Facebook)

Pic Courtesy Geoffrey Griffiths

I would just like to say I had a great day seeing the ceremony and meeting Paul and Caroline, and would like to thank them for their great work that they have done for the Decals on the 91111 as well as the Booklet, Badges and organising the ceremony's... Regards Mully.
 

Class 47's before the 73's for the Sleepers??..

It is reported in the current RAIL magazine that Class 47s are being looked at as traction for an interim period on all Scottish Caledonian Sleepers as a result of the Class 73 overhauls running behind schedule (according to a leading director/manager from Serco).
Supposedly Serco could use the small pool of 47s currently being hired by GBRf from Riviera Trains.
Pic 47 250 after being snowballed 14th Jan '15.
Contrary to that, I had heard a couple of months ago from an inside source that a deal was signed to keep Class 67s on the Fort William portion for another six months. What will happen is anyone's guess, with Serco saying "numerous options are being considered". DRS Class 37/4s perhaps? Story courtesy.. Friends of the West Highland Lines.

Refurbished 158's 2018??..

October saw Abellio win the new ScotRail franchise from First Group, with the contract due to commence in April 2015. The new company has ambitious plans, including coordinating tree clearances themselves and replacing Class 156 DMUs (pictured) with refurbished Class 158s in 2018, which are to have better catering plus more adequate seating arrangements.
Pic and news story courtesy.. Friends of the West Highland Lines.

Caledonian Sleeper "The New Fleet"..

An exciting new Caledonian Sleeper service will operate between London and Scotland from April 2015. The new Sleeper service will see guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go.

Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience between world famous destinations in Scotland and London.

The new trains, built by leading rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), will be fully accessible and offer four accommodation types: Cradle Seats, Pod Flatbeds, Berths and En-suite Berths.
For More info Courtesy serco.

The 'Deerstalker'..
Caledonian Sleeper named 'One of world's best rail trips'

The Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William has been named by a travel guide as one of the best six railway adventures in the world.  The 'Deerstalker' - as the train colloquially known - has been placed in the same league as The Shanghai Maglev, the Tren Crucero through the heart of Ecuador, the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand's stunning South Island and the Danube Express between Budapest and Istanbul.

Read more by clicking on the pic! Courtesy Friends of the West Highland Lines.

 

Class 73/9's & 92's to haul the serco Caledonian Sleeper..

Update 26th Nov '14 - GB Railfreight Class 73 diesels are to haul the Caledonian Sleeper train after the new franchise starts in April 2015.

The 'electro-diesels' - formerly used on British Rail's Southern Region - will be hired by new operators Serco, to replace the Class 67s which currently haul the train to Fort William by DB Schenker.

It is seen as a surprise move by many, as the 73s are a type of locomotive never previously used in Scotland, or indeed in the West Highlands.  They are also a 1960s design, with many of them even older than the Class 37s formerly used on the sleeper.  However, five of the fleet are currently being refurbished and re-engined by GB Railfreight (GBRf), and it is these locomotives (classified as sub-class 73/9) which will be hired by Serco.
Read more here.. Courtesy Friends of the West Highland Lines
Additionally for your info the sleepers will be hauled south of Edinburgh by GBRf Class 92's
 

Hitachi Rail Europe supplying abellio Scotrail A7200's..

HITACHI AT200's... More info and Spec's
HITACHI...  Press release's

Hitachi Rail Europe is to build 70 new electric-multiple units (EMUs) for ScotRail’s new operator abellio

The new trains, which will be delivered as 46 three-car and 24 four-car units, will initially go into operation on the newly electrified line from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley and the Stirling – Alloa – Dunblane lines from 2017.

Abellio will begin operating the new 10-year ScotRail franchise from April 2015. A spokesman for the operator suggested that its new fleet proposal with Hitachi was a “major feature” of its winning bid.

Andy Barr, Hitachi Rail Europe’s chief operating officer, said: “This is great news, as it is the first contract for our recently launched AT200 commuter train.

“These trains will be built at Hitachi’s new Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Hitachi Aycliffe, complementing the delivery of the Class 800 and 801 trains for the Intercity Express Programme, boosting jobs and growth in the North East.”

The AT200 is Hitachi’s ‘next generation’ commuter and suburban train, designed to challenge the dominance of the Electrostar and Desiro in the UK and look to take advantage of the huge market in Europe for electric multiple-units (EMUs). 

Hitachi Aycliffe factory will make Class 800 and Class 801 trains for the Government’s Intercity Express Programme, which will modern the UK's ageing 40-year-old high-speed train fleet.

abellio planning Steam trains for Scotland..

THEY may be lacking today’s air-conditioned carriages and wifi, but now the steam trains of yesteryear offer the promise of a return to a more romantic era of travel.

A new age of steam is being lined up to make a comeback on Scotland’s railways, conjuring up the magic of the days when making a trip was accompanied by a sense of ­excitement, the chug of the engine, the sound of the whistle and smoke puffing out of the loco’s chimney.

New ScotRail operator Abellio is planning a steam renaissance which could see extra tourist trains on many rural routes to showcase Scotland’s dramatic scenery.

The Dutch firm, which will take over the franchise in April, is investigating running steam trains on up to eight routes, ­including over the Forth Bridge, The Scotsman has learned!!!!

 

Dutch firm abellio wins ScotRail franchise from FirstGroup..

FirstGroup has confirmed it has lost the franchise to operate ScotRail services from the spring of 2015.

It is understood that the Dutch rail operator abellio has won the £2.5bn franchise to run services for 10 years.


abellio ’s green and social credentials – including plans for reduced fares for jobseekers, a commitment to a living wage for staff and sub-contractors, and guaranteed trade union representation – and plans for more trains, free WiFi, and advance £5 fares between any two Scottish cities.
The refurbished high speed trains which will serve Aberdeen and Inverness are due by the end of 2018.
More info BBC Scotland News
More info abellio
More info Transport Scotland
 
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