Route Information

This page will give you some details of the route included in the third edition of Trainz Classics.

Which route is included?

The route featured in the 3rd edition of Trainz Classics is the Settle-Carlisle line.

Actually that isn't quite true, as the line represented is the line from Skipton to Carlisle. This does, of course, include the Settle-Carlisle Railway though.

Ribblehead Viaduct (picture by Paul Franklin)

Which time period is represented?

It is a representation of the line in the 1960s during the transition period when the move from steam to diesel haulage was in full swing.

Why that route at that time?

This stretch of railway must arguably be some of the most famous track in the country. In the 1960s the passenger and goods services on the S&C were in transition. Although still one of the three major Anglo-Scottish routes its importance had been steadily downgraded since it had been grouped into the London Midland & Scottish Railway (LMS) in 1923. The frequency of expresses had been much reduced and the Manchester and Liverpool to Scotland expresses had been diverted to the West Coast main line many years previously. A sparse local passenger service covered the needs of the equally sparse population. Levels of through goods services were still high, mainly semi and fully fitted freight. The majority of these trains between the industrial centres of England and Scotland traversed the S&C at night. The block trains of anhydrite from Long Meg mine were a feature of the S&C together with the limestone and lime trucks which were collected daily from the limestone quarries and lime kilns in the Ribble Valley. Additionally there were the daily pick up goods trains, visiting the sheds, docks and sidings that were an integral part of most of the railway stations on the line.

Who has created it?

This route has been created by the same team which created the Hawes Junction route which is built-in to TRS2006. They have their own website at www.rail-sim.co.uk