Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal
Nuneaton Station
Queensville, Stafford
Rugby North
Rugby Regional Operating Centre
Rugby Station
Class 66/4 Cab View
Stafford Station
Stafford North
Atherstone South

WCML Trent Valley

Stafford to Rugby and Daventry Route for Train Simulator


WCML Trent Valley is an add-on for Train Simulator

The base Train Simulator game is available separately from the Steam online store and is required to use this add-on DLC (Downloadable Content)


The Class 66/4 Locomotive is included with this route
The Class 350/1 Electric Multiple Unit is included with this route
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About the Trent Valley West Coast Main Line

History

With a need to provide a more direct route to the North West of England, the Trent Valley Line was built and opened in 1847. Construction started in November 1845 marked with a ceremonial sod-cutting at Tamworth by Sir Robert Peel on 13 November. The Trent Valley Line was opened during 1847 and now forms part of what is called the West Coast Main Line (WCML).

Electrification

The line was electrified during the 1960s to the 25kV AC system. As one of the earlier routes to be energised it features "Mk1" catenary equipment which utilises heavier engineered portal structures compared with later, more modern systems. During modernisation of the route between 2004 and 2008 the catenary was upgraded by replacing many of components mounted to the existing portals (this is now referred to as "UK1" equipment).

2004 – 2008 Route Modernisation

WCML Trent Valley MapAt a cost of around £350 million, Network Rail has carried out significant upgrading of the route. Prior to 2004 the Trent Valley section of the West Coast Main Line had an 11 mile (18 km) long section of track between Tamworth and Armitage that was only double track. With plans to accommodate the new and faster Pendolino trains it became clear that this could not be done in parallel with the existing slower local services. The solution was to increase the number of tracks between Armitage and Tamworth. This upgrade provides four tracks throughout the route from Nuneaton to Colwich Junction.

Work started in 2004 with the need for substantial civil engineering works including bridge replacement and removal of level crossings at Hademore. The new four track section was commissioned in 2008.

Additional works were carried out between Rugby and Brinklow. This increased the existing three tracks to four. The main bottleneck that remains on the route is the 2 mile long section of double track north of Colwich Junction that passes through Shugborough Tunnel.

During the modernisation project the whole of the Trent Valley line was resignalled with a large number of new signal gantries being erected and provision being made for bi-directional running on a large proportion of the main line.

Nuneaton North Chord

As part of a nationwide project to free up space on the network a new rail chord was built north of Nuneaton station and opened to traffic late in 2012.

The new chord allows northbound freight traffic to travel through Nuneaton station without blocking passenger service routing on the main line. This is part of a wider programme to create a route for larger 9'6" containers between the port of Felixstowe and the Midlands, North West of England and central Scotland.

Key Features

  • 9 x Highly detailed and accurate station models with "car-stop" signs
  • Over 145 custom modelled under and over bridges based on route surveys
  • Over 200 new overhead line equipment and catenary models
  • New modern signal gantries
  • New green banner repeater and primary route indicator signals
  • Operating neutral sections compatible with WCML Over Shap Class 87
  • Highly detail trackside models including high speed point motors, catch pits, drains, cable trunking, elevated trunking, elevated circuit cabinet platforms, signal access walkways etc.
  • Commercial greenhouse installations
  • Canals and narrow boat models
  • New static road vehicle models and car parks
  • Shugborough Tunnel North and South portal models
  • Rugeley Power Station
  • Armitage Factory
  • Nuneaton North Chord (opened during 2012)
  • Rugby Cement Works
  • Rugby South Flyover
  • Hillmorton Interchange
  • Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) Phase 1 and 2

and much more!

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