Written by: TrainSim-James
A range of different South West Trains stock at London Waterloo. This is one of the scenarios I am currently making for the route.
Hello Everyone, this article is about a route my mate and I are currently making called The Southern Lines. Here is an image of the route map:
The route is fairly big, it extends the Portsmouth Direct Line in almost every direction. Currently included is the Full West Coastway from Southampton/Portsouth-Brighton, The Full Portsmouth Direct Line which has been rebuilt from Portsmouth-Woking, the South West Main Line from Southampton-London Waterloo, The Arun Valley Line from Three Bridges-Littlehampton/Bognor Regis, Brighton-London Victoria which has also been rebuilt. We are thinking of linking Horsham-London Victoria via Sutton but we are having doubts as we can’t find the correct gradients for this section.
For this route we have had to create a range of different custom assets, most of these being signals. Having the correct signalling in place really does change the route and make it seem like it’s real life. The Arun Valley section has been the hardest section so far as Network Rail recently upgraded the signalling so there wasn’t any cab ride videos we could work from.
The first extension we decided to do was Havant-Brighton as the route was orignally going to only be that extension. Although over time, my mate got a bit carried away with the track which has now formed “The Southern Lines”. Below are a few images of the route between Portsmouth and Brighton.
Pictures in order: Portsmouth Harbour, Portsmouth & Southsea, Fratton, Havant, Barnham, Hove and Brighton.
The route also extends to Southampton and Eastleigh, this allows a full Brighton-Southampton Central via Eastleigh or via Swanwick service.
Southampton Central and Eastleigh.
After all of the above sections were finished, we decided to extend from Woking to London Waterloo to form the first South West Mainline route on Train Simulator. Clapham Junction and London Waterloo have been extremely time consuming due to the amount of tracks which needed to be added. The pictures below just shows how much there was to add!
Last but not least, there was London Waterloo Station. This has taken a while to do as there is 24 platforms! It’s not behaved at times, but we got there in the end!
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Please note, the route is far from finished sceney wise.
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