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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.
 
  • GBRf 73/9s and 92's to haul the Caledonian Sleeper see more below.. Update 26th Nov '14
  • TS-2015 Patch update now implemented 25 Nov' 14 v48.9a more details on TS-2015 Community page.
  • Rumors are rife! Keolis/Eurostar (SNCF) has won the East Coast mainline franchise.. see more below..
  • Update 24th Nov '14 - Edinburgh Waverley 26th of November -  For the fallen Class 91 event has been re-scheduled.
  • FORTH BRIDGE NetworkRail 360° Views.. see bottom of page for amazing links!
  • SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE Thumbnail picture "Quick Fix" - Clicky here!

Rose & Gareth New Scenarios for the SCOTTISH EAST COAST MAINLINE..

Snacktime Scenario No 21 TS-2015 edition & Retro Collection edition added 30th Oct '14! Clicky here
 

JustTrains Newcastle to Edinburgh..

Add on route for TS-2015 coming Nov '14! (Subject to confirmation)

Designed for Train Simulator 2015 and featuring many custom objects and buildings, this section of the famous East Coast route and runs from Newcastle to Edinburgh Waverly station.

Click on pics to enlarge!!
NOTE: The current screenshots are 'in development'..More info and pictures from JustTrains You can also register your Email address and be notified for when its released!!
You will be able to drive out of bustling Newcastle up alongside the North sea and then into the updated Waverley station in the heart of Edinburgh. A typical journey from Newcastle to Edinburgh will take 1hr and 30mins!
The route -  Edinburgh Waverley, Leith Docks, Craigentinny Depot, Portobello wheel lathe Depot, Brunstane, Newcraighall, Millerhill (DB Schenker) Depot, Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Cockenzie Coal Power Station, Longniddry, Drem, North Berwick, Dunbar, Oxwellmains Cement Works, Torness Nuclear Power Station, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Chathill, Alnmouth, Acklington, Widdrington, Pegswood, Morpeth, Cramlington, Heaton Depot, Manors, and Newcastle Central.
 

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..

ECML Scottish old railway stations to reopen..

MOTHBALLED railway stations are set to reopen after more than half a century after services for stops at the platforms were written into the next ScotRail franchise.


Stations at East Linton, in East Lothian, and Reston, in Berwickshire, will be included in the two-hourly service between Edinburgh and Berwick upon tweed under the new planning timetable.



Both were closed following the Beeching Report of 1964 which moved to axe rail routes amid increased competition from road haulage services. If momentum continues trains could be running through both stations as early as December 2016.

For more info click on the pic.. Courtesy Edinburgh Evening News. 20th Nov '14.

 
 
 
 

DfT to announce contending winner for "East Coast" franchise..

Update 25th Nov '14 - Rumors are rife! A bid by Channel Tunnel operator Eurostar International looks set to win the contract for the franchise..  More info Courtesy Mail Online.
The three companies contending for the franchise are:

  • East Coast Trains Ltd (First Group plc)


  • Keolis/Eurostar East Coast Limited (Keolis (UK) Limited and Eurostar International Limited)


  • Inter City Railways Limited (Stagecoach Transport Holdings Limited and Virgin Holdings Limited)


Click on the appropriate company Logo for more info about them.

Stagecoach and Virgin have formed a new entity, Inter City Railways Limited ("ICRL"), to bid for the franchise. Stagecoach has a 90% shareholding in ICRL, with Virgin Group holding 10%

Eurostar are used to operating along the ECML when their Regional Eurostar trains ran for many years as part of the GNER franchise between Kings Cross and York. Keolis operate regional train services in partnership with Serco.

First Group are well known train operators in the UK operating across the whole of the UK between Penzance and Thurso and Liverpool to Scarborough and London to West Wales.


DoT statement from - PDF Railways: passenger franchises - Parliament UK.

This decision to re-let the East Coast franchise in the private sector – particularly just before the 2015 General Election – is not without controversy: the Labour Party and rail unions have all called for the ICEC to remain in the public sector as a ‘comparator’ for the franchised services run by the private sector.61 In April 2014 the rail unions (RMT, ASLEF, TSSA) launched an application for a judicial review of this decision in particular and the number of Direct Awards made to other incumbent franchisees.

The structure of the "East coast" franchise is currently 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).
So 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.
 
Click on above pics to enlarge!

Class 91 111 "For the Fallen"..

Update 24th Nov '14 -
Edinburgh Waverley 26th of November
event has been re-scheduled.
More info will follow..


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.

Read more.. EAST COAST Mainline
Pic Courtesy - Paul Woodcock
 

Glasgow Central Station..
New
behind-the-scenes tours for a tenner!

Glasgow's Central station has started running behind-the-scenes tours taking in everything from the huge glass roof to derelict tunnels deep underground.
PAUL LYONS has always given unofficial tours of Glasgow Central Station but is now taking paying customers on a journey back in time. THE Network Rail tour guide is charging passengers £10, with profits covering staff cost and improvements to the 135-year-old station.
The tours will allow intrigued parties to scale Glasgow Central Station's glass roof and see the site of what was a Victorian village buried underground.
Click on the Map for interactive website of the station. Click on pic for more pics courtesy Daily Record and more info and pics from BBC Scotland.
 

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.

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.

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
 

New Eurostar e320 unveiled at St Pancras International station..

A new 200mph train has been unveiled in London by Channel Tunnel high-speed train company Eurostar 13th Nov '14.

Built by German firm Siemens and capable of carrying 900 passengers, the e320 train will go into service at the end of 2015.

In a £550million deal, Eurostar originally ordered 10 of the e320s - so called as they can travel at 320kph (200mph) - but at the launch today at St Pancras station the company announced it was ordering a further seven new trains.

The launch comes on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the start of Eurostar services in November 1994.
Read more

 

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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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 there just to go to the top of the seventh wonder of he world..

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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
 
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