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Some of the north east of England’s oldest and most important
railway lines come together in the stunning new Weardale & Teesdale
Network route for Train Simulator.
The broad network of railway lines connected some of the north
east’s largest town and cities with collieries across the Pennines,
with the first line opening in 1825 that connected the collieries
near Shildon with Stockton-on-Tees via Darlington.
At this time, the line was a mere 25 miles in length, but by
1860 it had grown considerably with extensions and branches to
virtually every corner of Weardale and Teesdale, covering more than
100 miles. The original line is probably most famous as being the
world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives when they
were first introduced in 1833.
The area was linked with a prestigious and long list of railway
heritage, with several railway-related works and engineering
facilities to be found throughout the network. Darlington Railway
Works, responsible for the building of many steam and diesel
locomotives, was built in 1863 and survived until the Beeching Axe
in 1966. Shildon Railway Works, known locally as ‘The Wagon Works’
as it built many of British Rail’s freight revenue vehicles, is
also a famous landmark in the area, closing only recently in 1984
and now home to ‘Locomotion’, the National Railway Museum’s second
Much of this extensive railway network and many of those famous
landmarks suffered at the hands of Dr Beeching, whose sweeping
changes to the British rail network in the 1960s closed many of the
branch lines to passenger traffic. As collieries closed and freight
traffic reduced, by 1980 there was virtually nothing left of the
famous routes as they were once known.
Towns such as Crook, Tow Law, Barnard Castle, Piercebridge and
Bishop Auckland – once bustling railway towns – lost their stations
and trackbed lifted, and today visitors to the area would never
believe they once had such a rich railway heritage.
The Weardale and & Teesdale Network faithfully recreates the
main lines and branch lines around the area as they were between
1950 and 1960, just before the Beeching closures, recreating almost
all of the 100 miles of rail lines between Durham City, Darlington,
Middleton-in-Teesdale and Wearhead.
Classic BR green liveried diesel traction is also represented,
in the guise of the Class 08, Class 25, Class 37 and Class 101,
along with Mk1 blood and custard coaching stock and a number of
freight wagons, including a 21t Mineral Hopper, 16t Mineral Wagon,
Five Plank Mineral Wagon, Six-Wheel Milk Tanker, Presflo Bulk
Powders Wagon, 20t Bitumen Tank Wagon, 20t Toad E Brake Van and 10t
Also new for the route is a diesel brake tender ‘slug’ in BR
green livery, alongside prototypical LNER semaphore and colour
light signalling throughout the route.
Seven scenarios for the route:
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and
in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and
easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With
scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!