LATEST TIMETABLE NEWS
25/06/19 - We are pleased to report two additional timetables have been added to our range today thanks to our prolific writer Alan Duckworth. The first one goes way back to 1913 and shows how a July Weekday in 1913 would be at our Portsmouth location.
"A timetable that is over 100 years old compared to the
modern timetable has been a bit of a challenge.
Operationally some services that were current at the time,such as the Fratton - Southsea East shuttle have not been possible to portray
on the sim. Mention should also be made of the Havant - Hayling Island
services. These trains used a bay platform at Havant and were push pull
operated. Having no bay platform depicted at Havant they now use either
platform 1 or occasionally platform 2. They departed from Havant on a line that
curved away to the south on the east side of the station. In order to include these trains, I have sent them via the
Up and Down Brighton lines past Warblington.
Services are supplied by two railway company’s. The
London, Brighton and South Coast Railway (LBSCR) held sway on lines to the East
and trains to London Victoria and London Bridge via Havant and Horsham. The
London and South Western Railway (LSWR) had trains to London Waterloo via
Havant and Guildford as well as services to Eastleigh, Southampton and
Salisbury. They also had a through train both ways between Brighton and Salisbury
with through coaches to and from Bournemouth and Plymouth.
Fratton Motive Power Depot was a joint facility for the
two company’s. Steam railcars were utilised by the LBSCR between
Portsmouth and Southsea (previously known as Portsmouth Town) and Chichester. Some trains on the LSWR were also used in a push pull
mode. All other trains were locomotive hauled making it
necessary to change engines at both Portsmouth termini, so a great deal of light
engine movements took place. Freight movements were minimal for both company’s and both
used Fratton Yard".
The second timetable is for the Liverpool Lime Street simulation and is based on a September Weekday in 1954.
"Lime Street today is a shadow of its former self. Nowadays, if you want to travel to Plymouth, Glasgow or
Cardiff you have to change trains elsewhere. This timetable depicts trains using the Canada Dock /
Alexandra Dock Branch with a R/R at Edge Hill.
At the timetable date, the Olive Mount Chord was fully in
use and no reversal was necessary. However, we don't have the luxury of that on
the sim that is depicted. Also, at this time, Southport trains travelled along this
branch to Bootle thence on to Southport. For the purpose of this timetable, and
because of the reversals needed, the Southport trains have been diverted via
Wigan Wallgate due to a landslide north of Bootle and timings adjusted accordingly.
There are a considerable number of LE movements within the
station area that cannot be timetabled. I have found a humble pen and paper
helps keep track of their next duty.
There has to be a number of constraints on depicting this
timetable accurately. Some stock movements to Edge Hill Carriage Sidings for the
sake of cleaning purposes have been omitted due to the lack of paths being
available due to the high ECS and LE movements required on this timetable.
08/05/19 - Exactly a month since our last release. We are pleased to add a timetable for Carlisle. Set on a Summer Weekday in 1973.
08/04/19 -Two new timetables have been added to for the Sheffield and Leicester Simulations. For Sheffield we have a May Weekday in 2017 and the same year for Leicester but slightly earlier in February, again on a weekday.
01/04/19 - It has to be said, Chester is quite a complicated simulation. Add this together with our new Summer Satuday 1957 timetable and you have a very busy location indeed. More details can be found on the Chester pages.