Some of London’s busiest railway routes serving two of the City’s busiest termini are featured in this stunning new South London Network route for Train Simulator.
The myriad of intersecting and crossing lines that today form the Greater London railway network features two of the capital’s most well-known and busiest termini – London Victoria and London Bridge.
The network of lines was first built in the latter half of the 1800s by a number of private railway companies operating at the time, including the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR), London, Brighton & South Coast Railway (LBSCR), London & North Western Railway (LNWR) and Great Western Railway (GWR).
On the banks of the River Thames lay the network’s main termini stations – London Victoria and London Bridge. The latter station was opened in 1836, making it the first and oldest of the current London railway termini today, although part of the station was demolished in the mid-1800s to make way for an enlarged terminus as we know it today.
London Victoria – now the busiest terminus in London – was opened 24 years later, originally as two stations operated by rival companies but in the early 1920s combined into one station by the Southern Railway.
As passenger services leave these two large termini, the lines cross some of the most densely built up areas of the UK’s capital city; as well as the main lines to West and East Croydon stations, a further nine mile (14km) line via Denmark Hill and a 16 mile (26km) outer circle route via Crystal Palace make up the South London Network.
The network also offers unrivalled and spectacular views of many of London’s famous landmarks, including The Shard, Battersea Power Station, City Hall, Crystal Palace Tower, Millwall Football Club’s ‘The New Den’ football ground, Tower Bridge and London Bridge.
Also included with the route for Train Simulator are two EMUs – a Southern Trains Class 456 and a Southeastern Class 375 ‘Electrostar’. Both are common sights on the Network and transport thousands of commuters into and out of the City on a daily basis.
The Class 456 was introduced onto the Southern Region in 1991 to replace ageing Class 416 2EPB units. Although most units have since been replaced by Class 455 and Class 377 units, many are still in service with South West Trains. The four-car Class 375 ‘Electrostar’ entered service in 2002. Due to their high power consumption, much of the third-rail power supply had to be upgraded on the Southern Region and are still used extensively on services across south London and on rural commuter services throughout Sussex and Kent.
- South London Network route from London Bridge and London Victoria
- Nine mile (14km) inner circle line via Denmark Hill
- 16 mile (26km) outer circle line via Crystal Palace
- Stunning London termini and skyline
- Popular landmarks including The Shard, Battersea Power Station, City Hall, Crystal Palace
Tower, Millwall Football Club’s ‘The New Den’ football ground, Tower Bridge and London Bridge
- Southern Trains Class 456 EMU
- Southeastern Class 375 ‘Electrostar’ EMU
- Scenarios for the route
- Quick Drive compatible
- Download size: 1,394mb
Seven scenarios for the route:
- Class 456: Inner Southern Service
- Class 456: Winter Commuter
- Class 456: Outer Southern Service
- Class 456: Stopper to the Bridge
- Class 375: Delayed Southeastern
- Class 375: Hastings Diversions
- Class 375: Winter Troubles
- OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
- Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor - variant or comparable processors)
- Memory: 2 GB RAM
- Graphics: 512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
- DirectX®: 9.0c
- Hard Drive: 6 GB HD space
- Sound: Direct X 9.0c compatible
- Other Requirements: Broadband Internet connection
- Additional: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
The Class 456 is really well modelled and looks stunning with a really great selection of scenarios which don't include the usual "Control training" ones to bulk up the offering. The sounds are OK, but nothing to write home about. It does include a good number of original sounds including the horn. Certainly one of the better trains. The included 375 is nothing special and is included in many UK route DLCs. As for the route, there is a surprising amount of line-side detail such as rubbish in between the tracks which is a nice little touch. I am a fan of these smaller details.The more distant details are seemingly better than ever before. You'll call at stations on a frequent basis, so in the short time in between stops you'll have the opportunity to see everything that London has to offer. This DLC is very good and I highly recommend it. If you enjoyed the London-Brighton DLC, you'll definitely enjoy this one. Bear in mind that the route is shorter than you may expect, and you won't get up to much speed. Shorter routes generally mean greater attention to detail. I would suggest adding the Overground Capitalstar, though this suffers from recycled sound effects too.
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