LATEST TIMETABLE NEWS
11/12/19 - Another release for December. Take yourself back just 5 years and try running the York (IECC) simulation with this Weekday 2014 timetable. 625 trains to route.
This timetable is based on the Network Rail working timetable dated May 2nd 2014 - December 2014. There are minor timing changes to avoid conflicts and some adjustments to a couple of timings around midnight to include those trains. York, as always, is a busy place, not only with passenger trains, but with numerous freight trains throughout the day. In this timetable the Loco Line gives access to and from the Fueling Point and the Siemens Depot which is a little further north and houses a fleet of Class 185 units. Prior to this timetable new tracks were laid to connect platforms 9,10 and 11 with the Leeds line for the expanded Trans Pennine services. These are not shown on the simulation and some timings and platform changes have resulted to avoid conflicts.
06/12/19 - Fancy running trains (634 of them) on a Summer Saturday in 1957 at a busy Jct location? Thanks to our writer Robert Young you now can. Set at a busy Llandudno Jct.
Overnight express passenger trains are a feature of the early hours together with parcels trains and a few freight trains. The period from 08:00 to 17:00 is dominated by a procession of passenger trains carrying holiday-makers to and from Llandudno. Owing to the limited station accommodation there, much shunting of coaching stock is required. Early DMUs were allocated to Llandudno Jn in 1956 for operation on the Blaenau Ffestiniog branch and other local services. The timetable is intended to be a 'companion' to the Chester Summer Saturday 1957 timetable, showing the activities at the other end of the line.
The most famous train running between London and Holyhead was the 'Irish Mail'. Despite its name, however, it did not convey much mail. It connected with the ferry crossings to Ireland and could run in more than one part, up to five relief trains being required at very busy times. At such times, problems were encountered with Down trains at Holyhead owing to limited platform availability and the need to clear trains quickly. This was often difficult because of the inebriated state of some of the passengers!
Most of the overnight mail was carried by the heavily loaded 02:05 from Crewe and the corresponding Up working which departed Holyhead at 19:35. Both of these trains were unofficially known as the "Mailbach" by railwaymen over the length and breadth of the line - quite an inappropriate description since "bach" means "small" in Welsh and these trains were often loaded up to 12 vehicles!
On Summer Saturdays, there was a huge amount of passenger traffic to and from the North Wales coast holiday resorts. The starting points / destinations of these trains was very varied, but principally involved places in the North of England and The Midlands. The motive power for these trains was equally varied but one remarkable feature was the vary large number of locomotives based at Patricroft used on traffic to / from the Manchester area. Also, on Summer Saturdays, a number of freight trains were retimed to run earlier than normal so as to avoid the extremely busy daytime period.
Also for your delight we also have a second timetable for Newcastle for release. Another busy one with a massive 1004 trains to route and set on a Summer Friday in 1977.
The timetable is for a Friday in early July. It represents the end of an era since within a year HSTs will start to appear on the East Coast Main Line and the North Tyneside circle will be partially closed for construction of the Tyne & Wear Metro.
Source documents for the timetable are Eastern Region working timetables sections YA, YD and YH, Newcastle Division DMU workings, ER carriage workings and various depot locomotive diagrams. Also used is a copy of local trip workings dated 1965 which has been modified to take account of the general reduction of local freight terminals in the area (such as the closure of Forth Goods Depot and New Bridge Street Goods Depot).
The main locomotive depot on Tyneside was at Gateshead. There was a small sevicing and fuelling location at Tyne Yard. A number of locomotives were stabled at Blyth and at Sunderland South Dock for local workings.
Diesel multiple units were based at South Gosforth. A few services were worked by units from Darlington. The timetable includes all the splitting and joining of units that took place at Newcastle.
Locomotive hauled coaching stock was stabled at Heaton. Almost all trains originating from/teminating at Newcastle worked to/from Heaton with their train engines and this resulted in a large number of light engine movements between Heaton and Gateshead.
The layout at Newcastle permitted arrivals and departures to use a number of routes. The timetable replicates this by giving routing instruction in the notes. Please note that some trains depart via the King Edward Bridge but then turn East to travel via Sunderland. The train ready signal will suggest a departure direct via the High Level Bridge.
Full advantage must be taken of the reversible working available on the Up and Down Main lines between Newcastle and Manors.
In 1977 there was still a large amount of mineral leading work on Tyneside. This was full and empty coal trains which were worked to control orders on a daily basis depending on colliery output. Much of this traffic would not have run on Saturdays but trains 9J92 and 9J94 demonstrate some of this work.
14/11/19 -We are pleased to announce the third additional timetable for the Warrington B.Q. Simulation.
This timetable is sourced from the Network Rail working timetables dated 10/12/17 to May 2018 and incorporates sections CL01, CL02, CZ02 and CZ08. It includes all of the updated traction for these lines including the new electric services over the Chat Moss line. Some timings have been adjusted to avoid conflicts and care needs to be taken at some of the junctions to ensure some trains are not held up.
27/09/19 - It's been a while since we've had an extra timetable for Norwich. So we are pleased to add a Weekday in 2018.
This timetable is sourced from the Network Rail working timetables dated December 2017 - May 2018 and incorporates trains from sections LA02, LA03, LB03 and LD02. The loco hauled stock using class 37 locos are actually top and tailed (loco both ends), however that is not possible in the simulation and so they detach at Norwich and are replaced with a new loco at the appropriate end. Apart from those, most local services are handled by DMUs of classes 153, 156 and 170/2. Cambridge - Norwich trains use class 170/2 units, while the Liverpool - Norwich services use 158 express sprinters. Trains to and from London Liverpool Street are handled by class 90 electric locos running as push pull with a driving van trailer at the opposite end. Freight services are mostly handled by class 66 diesel locos with the odd incursion of classes 47 and 60.
06/09/19 - Back 110 years to 1909 and Exeter Central on a busy July Weekday.
This timetable is sourced from the 1909 London and South Western Railway working timetables. The west of Exeter services involved splitting of trains at different locations such as Yeoford, Barnstaple, Halwill Junction and Wadebridge. The line from Exeter St David's to Exeter Central was steeply graded and required an assisting loco for most freight services. In real life the assisting loco just pushed from the rear but that is not possible in the simulation. Instead a pilot loco is attached at Exeter St David's to the front of the train and is then detached at Exeter Central to run back down to St David's. Locomotives used in this timetable are indicative of locos in use at the time. Most long-distance services required a change of loco at Exeter Central, the exception being where locos were changed at Salisbury. Local services to Exmouth were frequent and involved a run around there whilst trains arriving from Exmouth shed their loco at Exeter and used a previously detached loco from the Down Sidings for the following service to Exmouth. Other local services ran to Crediton, Sidmouth Junction, Honiton and Topsham. Railmotors with an attached carriage were used on the Topsham shuttle and some services to Sidmouth Junction and Honiton.
04/08/19 - Didcot is a fascinating location and now we have gone back over 100 years to bring you a timetable set on a Monday in 1910. Of course some compromises have had to be made but everything can still be run with care. More details can be found <here>.
This timetable is based on the GWR Service Timetable dated October 1910 until further notice. Didcot has always been an interesting place and the motive power listed in this timetable is certainly different to the more modern timetables. Some services around midnight have been adjusted in order to include them in this timetable and some times throughout the timetable have been adjusted to avoid conflicts. The timetable lists some stopping points for freight trains which are not possible in this simulation due to stopping points for these locations not included in the simulation. Where this is the case, the departure time has been nominated as the passing time.