Hawes Junction recreates the branch line from Garsdale to Hawes on the Settle and Carlisle railway. The route package included a new LMS 4F, an updated Class 37, many private owner wagons and a large selection of new scenery items. We also introduced several new innovations, most notably a fully working AWS system and working couplers.
This route was included in the release of Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 and was free for anyone who purchased that. It was carried forward in each full release of Trainz up until TS2010. The intention in creating and rleasing this route as part of the main Trainz package was both to provide some free content to assist Auran with sales of TRS2006 and at the same time to provide a sample of the content which would be included in our full Skipton-Carlisle route intended for later release as an add-on product.
Trainz Classics 3
This was the full Skipton-Carlisle route that was previewed in the Hawes Junction route in TRS2006. Produced in conjunction with Auran, this was released as part of the Trainz Classics series as a standalone package containing only the route and content for Skipton-Carlisle.
In addition to the route and content this release pushed forward the Trainz series by introducing a number of major enhancements to the core game code. These enhancements were a re-working of the sound and smoke effects systems, a major overhaul of the locomotive physics system, and the introduction of a new signalling system implementation. There were also numerous other updates and fixes with this release, all of which are detailed on the support website.
Whilst no longer sold by Auran/N3V games, it can still be purchased through various online game providers. The website accessed by clicking the image above provides full information on the product as well as updates and additional content to enhance the longevity of the product and support those people who purchased it.
Trainz Simulator 2009: Settle and Carlisle
This is the full Skipton-Carlisle route released in Trainz Classics 3 that has been updated to run in TS2009's 'Native' mode. Able to be used as a standalone package or added to the main TS2009 game this release builds on the achievements of TC3 with over 850 updates to the content and a re-work of all the routes and sessions to make use of the new platform.
There is also a service pack available which makes this fully compatible with TS2010 and runs fully in 'Native' mode in that release. The Service Pack also provides compatibility with TS12. If you purchase for TS12 SP1 (build 61388) then the package is downloaded in-game and has all updates already applied.
TS2009:S&C is sold by Auran/N3V games and can also be purchased through various online game providers. The website accessed by clicking the image above provides full information on the product as well as updates and additional content to enhance the longevity of the product and support those people who purchased it.
Potteries Loop Line
Potteries Loop Line was a short, steeply graded route of 7 miles length which ran through the three northernmost Potteries towns, Tunstall, Burslem and Hanley. It linked these with the rest of the conurbation which is now known as Stoke-on-Trent.
During its heyday it had an intensive passenger service and it also handled considerable coal traffic from three large collieries to which it supplied the main rail access. In addition there was an integrated iron and steel works at the south end of the Loop plus one of the largest merchant coke works in the UK at the north end. Coal and china clay to the potteries and the shipping out of the products of the brick works, foundries, tileries and an oil refinery all added to the variety and frequency of rail traffic.
The line is depicted in 1938, 15 years after the original owners The North Staffordshire Railway had been amalgamated into the LMS. The frequency of the passenger services had been cut somewhat due to competition from the buses of Potteries Motor Traction. However the volume of goods traffic was at its zenith.
Potteries Loop Line can be purchased through our support website which can be accessed by clicking the image above. The site provides full information on the product as well as comprehensive documentation, updates, and additional content to enhance the longevity of the product and support those people who purchase it.
The pack requires TS12 SP1 (build 61388) and we are currently updating it to also allow its use in Trainz: A New Era.
Current and future projects
At the time of writing we are currently involved in the updating of the Potteries Loop Line package to make it fully compatible with Trainz: A New Era and to make use of some of the new features which are available in this latest version of Trainz..
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