NEWCASTLE TO YORK MODERN
The Newcastle to York route is around 80 miles in length.
The track has been re-laid along the whole route and electrified where applicable. This includes the correct positioning of crossovers, junctions and the removal of miles of redundant track.
Additional markers throughout the route enable more specific scenario creation. You can replicate a situation where a train has failed on the route, for example, and your AI workings would take the bi-directional route instead.
Major renovation of the Ferryhill and Tursdale area, including the new layout, scenery additions and improvements at Metal Bridge, the relaying of Ferryhill yard and reduced emphasis on the now redundant rail operations at Ferryhill quarry.
Full and accurate speed limits to the current route specification.
The route is fully signalled, including AWS, TPWS and bi-directional operations.
Updated scenery placement, including trackside foliage, provides a substantial improvement in frame rates.
Bridges and gantries have been raised where possible, to enable the electrification to pass underneath.
Custom objects and landmarks such as the Newcastle Gateshead Millennium Bridge, Angel of the North, Sage Centre and the York wheel reflect the area in its modern state.
Newcastle station and surrounding track has been remodelled to reflect its appearance in 2009, including the up-to-date allocation of platform numbers, the removal of old platforms and the addition of new ones.
York station has been remodelled to the same high standard as Newcastle, including a reworking of the surrounding track.
Darlington station and the surrounding area have been remodelled to include Platform 4a, the new college buildings and the adjacent rail depot. Redundant track around the station has been removed.
Chester-le-Street, Durham, Northallerton & Thirsk stations have also been fully updated, with lengthened platforms where appropriate, custom signs, updated station furniture and improvements to the overall look of the station and access area.
The line has been extended to Darlington North Road, birthplace of 60163 Tornado, to enable further scenario opportunities.
Tyne Yard has been fully remodelled, including the removal of the south end of the yard as well as updated track placement.
Low Fell yard has been removed and replaced with the postal Mail depot and loading area to further enable scenario opportunities.
- HST: Great North Eastern Railway GNER (blue with red stripe)
- HST: National Express East Coast NXEC (blue with white stripe - transitional livery)
- HST: National Express East Coast NXEC (grey/white - current livery)
- HST: Cross Country (silver/pink/brown mauve - current livery)
- Rail Express Systems RES 47 and Mk1 coaches (faded/weathered)
A varied selection of eight scenarios will provide the ideal opportunity to explore this exciting route in both RailWorks and Rail Simulator.
Eaglescliffe Diversions - Part 1
It’s summer 2009 and due to weekend engineering works at Darlington, ECML traffic is to be diverted between Northallerton and Ferryhill via Eaglescliffe & Stockton. You are required to take charge of 1S13 London Kings Cross to Aberdeen service starting at York at 13:06 and taking the service through to Newcastle with only Durham as an interim stop. In Part 1 of this scenario you will travel from York to the Yarm line north-east of Northallerton before following the instructions to load up Part 2.
Eaglescliffe Diversions - Part 2
Continuing on from Part 1, you are required to proceed north and stop at Durham before heading onwards to Newcastle where you will hand over to another driver for the next part of the service.
Great North Run
You must take an additional service for the Great North Run from Newcastle to York utilising a National Express HST.
Driving a slightly late-running Transpennine Express service from Northallerton to York.
With the inaugural run of the Tornado only a week away, a steam special has been organised from Darlington North Road to York utilising a Black 5 locomotive.
West Country Mail
Drive RES 47726 from Low Fell to York with a Plymouth-bound mail train. It is Spring 1997 and evidence of privatisation can be seen with the GNER livery already applied to many of their HSTs. Virgin, however, have been much slower on the uptake with Intercity Swallow still dominating.
Tow two Class 47s with 55022 from Newcastle to the Wensleydale railway at Northallerton for their annual diesel gala.
Cross Country HST Comeback
It's 2009, and who would have thought that HSTs would return to Cross Country after being ousted by the Voyager units in 2003? You are in control of a newly refurbished set where you will run from Newcastle to York.
Class 220 (non-tilting) four-car formation:
- DMF (driving vehicle with First Class seating)
- MS (Standard Class seating)
- MSRMB (Standard Class seating with on-board shop)
- DMSL (driving vehicle with Sstandard Class seating and luggage area)
Class 221 (tilting) five car formation:
- DMF (driving vehicle with First Class seating)
- MS (Standard Class seating)
- MS (Standard Class seating)
- MSRMB (Standard Class seating with on-board shop)
- DMSL (driving vehicle with Standard Class seating and luggage area)
Five liveries for both the Voyager Class 220 and the Class 221:
- CrossCountry (current)
- CrossCountry (transitional)
- Virgin Cross Country
- USA fictional
- German fictional
- Super Voyager 221 tilt operation - visible externally and from the cab, based on track curvature and speed
- Bump mapping - gives greater detail on the models
- Cab sway movement - see the movement as you start, stop, corner, accelerate and decelerate
- Windscreen Wipers clear rain from driverâ€™s front windows
- ActivClag â€“ dynamic exhaust output. See the diesel smoke density vary under load and light grey oil smoke emitted from the exhaust on engine start
- Animated passenger doors complete with external door interlock light and opening/closing sounds with warning beeper
- Passenger windows rain effect - see the rain on the windows in Passenger view
- Detailed passenger cabin view - with Train Simulator 2012 lighting for that â€˜being thereâ€™ feeling
- Acceleration and braking physics based on real timings
- Working external and internal door interlock lights
- Working digital destination displays - in driver's windscreen and on the side of the passenger carriages. You can change the destination selection
- Realistic LED marker lights - with Train Simulator 2012 lighting effects
- Authentic headlight control - including flashing 'hazard' setting
- Cab Lighting effects - Train Simulator 2012 cab lighting effects
- Cab and gauge lighting - independently controlled main cab lighting and gauge illumination. There is even a separate controlled light to illuminate the driver notes clipboard!
- Working headlights which illuminate the track ahead
- Highly detailed and authentic driver's cabs (different models for the 220 and 221 versions)
- Working driver's Master key - drag the key and place in the lock
- Train Management System (TMS) - partially simulated with boot-up sequence and anomaly warnings
- Working Driver Vigilance Device
- Tilt Isolate switch - oOperating in the Tilting Super Voyager 221. Activate it and you have no tilt
- Auto slow-speed function - train will drive forward automatically at 3MPH for use in train washes
- AWS self-test - move the reverser the first time and hear the AWS self-test warning
- DSD (Driver's Safety Device) - move the reverser for the first time and hear the DSD self-test sound. The DSD will subsequently sound if you move to forward or reverse after stopping in neutral. Hear the DSD warning as you drive if you have not altered the controls for a set period of time
- Working DRA (Driver's Reminder Appliance) - use the DRA to prevent the throttle from being applied at a station stop
- Switchable externally audible alarms - never miss an AWS caution or DSD reminder when driving from the external view; these sounds can be heard from outside the cab, and this feature can be disabled from the cab
- NRN Radio - with unique ActivScript coding that gives you a random selection of different voices each time. Press the blue call button on the NRN (National Rail Network) radio to run the test call sequence
- Variable speed windscreen wipers controllable by the Driver with intermittent, slow and fast settings
- Sun blind - lower and raise the driver's sun blind (it actually restricts the sun)
- Engine Start/Stop - start and stop the engine with the individual buttons
- Horn - use the two-tone horn via the Spacebar and B keys
- Guard to Driver signal - sounds after doors close
- Driver to Guard signal - operable
Voyager Advanced features high quality sounds recorded from real Voyagers. There are separate sound sets for the driver's cab and the exterior view - you can hear the difference. In the driver's cab you can even hear the Air Conditioning start-up and run!
- ActivPax passenger cabin sounds - hear passenger noise and even mobile phones ringing!
- Rheostatic brake sounds on brake application
- Brake squeal sounds
- Track joint sounds
ACTIVWORLD SCENARIO SUPPORT
Both the 220 and 221 support the Just Trains ActivWorld scenarios that allow incidents and system failures such as passenger communication, fire alarm, engine failure on any of the units and brake failure.
Scenario-based 'cold and dark' start-up mode - turn on the battery isolating switch and watch the systems come to life as they would in the real Voyager!
Drive the Voyager 220 and Tilting Super Voyager 221 on 10 challenging and interesting scenarios that employ our exclusive ActivWorld scenario technology on both default and add-on routes.
Scenarios for default RailWorks 3 train Simulator 2012 routes
Oxford to Paddington route
New Kid on the Block
Today you are in control of a brand new Class 220 Voyager delivered earlier this morning. A depot instructor will lead you through the start-up procedure and the various new controls in this unit. We will then go out onto the main line to do some testing between here and Reading.
Caught in the Cold
This morning you are in charge of one of Arriva Cross Country's Class 220s on the first train of the day from Reading to Manchester. This service normally starts at Southampton but due to the snow it is starting here at Reading today. The train is 1M18 06:11 Reading-Manchester Piccadilly. Itâ€™s just coming up to 6 AM and we are running late so need to get the unit started and set up ASAP ready to head into Reading with the empty train. Once at Reading we will reverse and head for Oxford where a Manchester driver will take over. It's not all going to plan, however; the weather has caused problems for other services and many are running late so you can expect further delays en route to Oxford!
Across the Pond
Cajon Pass route
Drive a Voyager on a tourist trip over the Cajon Pass. The unit is only on here on hire to show what keeps Britain moving - but it has gained a special US livery!
Castle Rock Railroad route
Castle Rock Experience
Take the Voyager on an express service along the length of the Castle Rock Railroad - it's rather different to the usual train on this service!
Take a party of German skiers on a hired Class 221 Voyager from Hagen to Siegen on a very wintry evening.
On Test in Germany
On a stunning summer's morning you are assigned to your first day of training on board the British Class 220 Voyager unit.
Scenarios for add-on routes - all available from Just Trains
Itâ€™s September 2002 and you have just finished with Class 47s on XC services around Britain. Today is your first day back after a two-week break and it's all changed! Gone are the oily, unreliable 40-year-old Brush veterans and in their place brand new Bombardier Voyager units. Mark, your driver instructor, will take you through the start-up procedure before you head out onto the line for an introductory drive. We will also be testing a few of the fault systems today so keep on top of your game at all times!
Bristol to Exeter route
Summer Saturday Service
Itâ€™s a summer Saturday and, as always, the holidaymakers are out in force for their annual holiday to Devon. These are the busiest days of the year here on the Bristol to Exeter line and today is no exception. You are in control of two five car Super Voyagers on a new service for the type. These units are currently replacing the Class 47s on the main services and will eventually see off the HSTs too! However, all is not well. One of our engines has failed and the guard in the second unit says that the temperatures on two of the other cars are not looking good. A Class 47 is also struggling on a southbound service and, to top it off, a Black Five is out on a rail tour to Plymouth! These days are sent to test us!
Easy Like a Sunday Morning
Today your job is easy (just like a Sunday morning, although it's Monday!). You need to get your Class 220 Voyager prepared for service at Barton Hill depot before working a stopping service down to Weston-Super-Mare and returning to Bristol Temple Meads. We are on hire to FGW today. The commuters are getting a change from their usual Class 150!
Newcastle to York Modern route
Rush hour express
Take charge of a XC Voyager on 1S49 11:25 Plymouth-Dundee on a glorious summer evening. You will be in charge from York to Newcastle. Enjoy the trip - you should have no problems today!
Free Roam scenarios
Free Roam scenarios are available for these routes:
NEWCASTLE TO YORK MODERN SCENARIO PACK
Emergency engineering work near Heaton depot has resulted in the East Coast Main Line being closed. This means that all ECS moves to Heaton depot are being diverted to Tyne Yard. Before you can go to Tyne Yard you first need to couple up to another unit that is sitting at platform 4.
The Edinburgh Explorer II
Good morning, driver. This morning you are in charge of the Edinburgh Explorer 11 rail tour service from Preston to Edinburgh. You are in charge of this service from York to Newcastle. You will be running non-stop this morning, but you are being routed via two loops en route so you may get held up to allow express services past.
1N78 York to Middlesbrough
This morning you are in charge of the 1N78 First Trans Pennine Express service to Middlesbrough. There isn’t much traffic around this morning so you’ll have an easy run through to Darlington.
1F61 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street
You are in charge of the 1F61 Newcastle to Liverpool Lime Street service, calling at all stations en route. Your first task is to move the train into Newcastle. Traffic is light this morning, but once you get close to York traffic will be more frequent. You will have a short wait before you are able to join the fast line near York.
1O90 Newcastle to Southampton Central
This afternoon you are booked to drive the 1O90 Cross Country Trains service to Southampton Central. With it being early afternoon there is a plenty of traffic around.
1Y53 Newcastle to London Kings Cross
Tonight you are booked to drive the final service of the day to London Kings Cross. There is still a fair amount of traffic around and you have a fairly tight timetable, so a high standard of driving will be required throughout.
09:30 York to Darlington
It’s 2018 and Hitachi have won a major contract to supply all trains on the East Coast Main Line from Scotland to London Kings Cross. This morning you are booked to drive the Hitachi Super Express 09:30 sService from York to Darlington. There is plenty of traffic around at peak time this morning.
GD - 22:00 Darlington to York
It’s a cold night in November 2018. Snow has been falling steadily now for the past three hours, and although no services are being affected, visibility has been reduced. There are a number of services still running tonight in both directions, but apart from the adverse weather conditions your journey driving the Hitachi Super Express will be an easy one.