WEST COAST MAINLINE – NORTH WEST AND SCOTLAND – V1.2 (03 AUG 2018)
This route is a direct merge of WCML North, WCML Over Shap and the DPS Edinburgh to Glasgow scenery extension to Carstairs > https://www.dpsimulation.org.uk/edinburghglasgow.html
If you like this route and would like to support development of other things then I have donation options > http://xcroute.com/extended/ – All donations are spent on getting things like this completed and go towards the associated costs. You also get a great route with every donation!! 🙂
If you feel you would rather make a charitable donation then anything to do with animals (RSPCA / Cats Protection etc.) would be great! One of our cats (Jeremy) came from Cheltenham Animal Shelter (http://gawa.org.uk/) and I have recently been shared a page on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/alleycatsandkittens/) which I feel is a worthy cause. Alternatively I was involved in the Middlewich canal breach and donations to their appeal would be fantastic > https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/about-us/where-we-work/north-west/middlewich-branch-breach
I’d love to hear constructive feedback or thoughts on this. I can be contacted on [email protected] (not the most reliable email I must admit) or through my page for my other WCML route https://www.facebook.com/WCMLMidlandsandNorthwestRoute/
About this release;
I should mention that this is not really meant to be a ‘serious addition’ to the train sim content available as it was done as an academic exercise to see whether or not it was possible to merge two routes with different origins.
I initially messed about with some game files to get a big Midlands station into another route as a template and then one thing has led to another. In the end this is actually a merge of three routes.
IMPORTANT POINTS TO NOTE
The main route is WCML North. Therefore other DLC which is built for WCML North will work with this route. The only exception is ANYTHING which affects the Tracks.bin file – Track upgrades probably work but edit this file at your own risk. Upgrades for WCML Over Shap or the DPS route will not import into this route. By all means request that I add them to a future release and I will see what I can do.
It has been built on the AP track enhancement so if you don;t have this pack installed the track may look a little clunky in places.
Just north of Carstairs on the way to Edinburgh there is a pretty obvious track texture change and the OHLE height changes. I am working on this.
There has been little testing conducted at the moment so please bear with me if there are bugs and glitches. I have spent quite a number of hours trying to test as much as I can but given that it’s a huge route, it takes a long time to test everything.
The MixMap (terrain textures) are not 100% lined up just north of Carlisle.
By today’s route standards the lineside on both routes is a little dated. There is no superelevation on the portion north of Carlisle.
The area just south of Carlisle is not perfect. This is the joint between the two routes and required rebuilding.
This is a 220 mile route plus all the suburban bits around Glasgow. It MAY NOT BE STABLE. I CANNOT STRESS THIS POINT ENOUGH
There is now much more route to drive at once. 193 miles between Preston and Glasgow and 190 miles between Preston and Edinburgh.
I have removed quite a lot of ‘stuff’ which affects route performance so it should run a little better.
Once my other project which concerns the WCML is done I shall look to add that to this route.
It’s free but donations are more than welcome and go to developing other train sim things.
If you make a scenario for this route and would like it hosting somewhere – please get in touch.
Danny from ‘Danny’s Route Photography’ page on Facebook for lots of support and advice.
Alan Thomsom – without his group and YouTube videos to get me through various night shifts where I have been doing train sim things, I think I would have gone loopy by now. I would wholeheartedly recommend his group on Facebook > https://www.facebook.com/groups/1524678610893349/ and his YouTube Chanel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz_EV9jfJqRS1pI7Z8vYdGg
Ash Lightfoot and Dom Cazaux – for general encouragement and support.
My Uncle Tim and a family friend Tony, for a lot of advice and help on the programming side of this.
Copy the ‘Content’ folder into your TSX directory.
Usually this is found at C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\RailWorks
WCML Over Shap
Edinburgh to Glasgow (for the Edinburgh bit)
WEATHER / SKIES
To use the AP weather and skies as default in QD scenarios, open the “RouteProperties AP Weather” folder and copy the “Content” folder into your Train Simulator directory.
AP Wherry Lines,
RSC GEML (Great Eastern Mainline: London to Ipswitch),
for this to work.
Pete Mitchell (speedypete202)
RECENT FIXES / UPDATES
Performance improvements in the Glasgow area
Removed floating fences and other erroneous scenery items around the Gretna Jn. and England Scotland border.
Added markers to the route
Fixed QD Edinburgh issues.