The West Coast Main Line is the busiest
mixed traffic railway in the UK. It is absolutely central to the
provision of fast, long distance Intercity passenger services between
London, the West Midlands, the North West, North Wales and southern
Scotland. This line is also of strategic importance in a European
context as it is the principal rail freight corridor linking the
European mainland (via the Channel Tunnel) to the whole of the UK. As a
result, it is one of the busiest freight routes in Europe.
West Coast Express Part 1
features 25 stations between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
covering a distance of 113 miles direct and 128 when routed via
Northampton. Stations include: Birmingham International, Coventry,
Rugby, Long Buckby, Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central, Bletchley,
Leighton Buzzard and Watford Junction. This product is also the first
of its type to feature LED signals.
Rolling stock includes:
Class 390 (Pendolino) in InterCity Livery
Class 321 in Network SouthEast Livery
Class 43 InterCity 125 HST West Coast Express Version
This package features passenger rolling stock only. No
freight trains are included.
Other Features include:
Underground (Non-driveable) stock running alongside mainline trains
Underground ‘4th rail’ track included where appropriate
rolling stock features custom sounds and cabs produced exclusively for
wires removed from DC-only track
London to Birmingham Express:
You are in charge of an afternoon express service from London Euston
to Birmingham New Street calling at Watford Junction, Coventry and
Birmingham to London Express:
Take your HST (High Speed Train) on a southbound express from
Birmingham New Street to London Euston via Milton Keynes Central.
Aside from the slick rails, there should be no problems on the line.
Semi-Fast services between London & Northampton are sometimes known
as ‘Cobblers’. This activity depicts a down cobbler service from
Euston worked by a Class 43 HST. There is some minor congestion on
the line so watch out for caution signals.
afternoon’s New Street to Euston semi-fast is being worked by a
Class 321 EMU. Calling at Birmingham International, Long Buckby,
Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, Wolverton, Milton Keynes Central,
Bletchley, Leighton Buzzard and London Euston. The timetable is
tight so you’ll need to make the most of your 100mph top speed.
Euston to Tring Local:
It’s the middle of the morning rush-hour and you are at the controls
of a Class 321 for a commuter train from London to Tring calling at
all station en route. The start-stop nature of this turn combined
with a tight timetable and heavy traffic makes this a difficult
Service to Birmingham:
Take a Class 43 High Speed train from Euston to Birmingham New
Street calling at Watford and Wolverton which will result in an
extended journey time.
Due to engineering works your express service is being routed via
the slow lines between Watford and Wolverton which will result in an
extended journey time.
After completing the day’s duties you are rostered to return your
HST to Willesden Depot. As an ECS (Empty Coaching Stock) other
services will have priority so you will have to watch the signals.