Yep, someone else with a UK based network
So for the last year, I've been having some fun with the 'South England and Wales' scenario map, building a real-world inspired network onto it.
At the current time, the network consists of 483 stations served by 888 trains, following a vaguely similar pattern of operation compared to the real-life counterpart, so no one-seat ride from Southend to Tiverton just yet...
As you'll probably notice, the network has been designed around functionality and practicality more than being a thing of beauty. That said, some eye candy has started to appear as work on the rail network itself begins to slow up, though it certainly won't be on the levels of the incredible visual creations that I've seen on here!
Starting in the middle of London, we find ourselves at Kings Cross, where express trains from Knebworth and Luton, local stopping trains from Knebworth and Watton-on-Stone, High Speed services from Ashford International, the Metropolitan line between Liverpool St and Amersham, and Thameslink services between Luton and Rochester all converge. Local buses also operate to fellow London terminals at Euston and Marylebone, allowing greater connectivity into the network.
Within the station area, the Metropolitan line is seen in the midst of a quiet moment with no A Stocks in sight. However we can see a Thameslink Class 700 forming a all-stations service from Rochester to Bedford, as it prepares to enter a system of tunnels to take it to Cricklewood and onto the Midland Main Line. Of note is the unused rail connection at Bloomsbury Waypoint, which connects the Thameslink system to Moorgate, which is not used due to the platforms at Moorgate being unable to take the 12 car units used throughout Thameslink. The station however continues to be served by the Metropolitan line at all times.
Up at the 'main' platforms, a East Midlands Trains Class 222 is seen departing for Luton, whilst a Virgin Trains East Coast Class 225 set loads passengers for another non-stop run to Knebworth. A Great Northern Class 700 also occupies a platform as it prepares for a stopper service to Watton-on-Stone.
Lastly, down to the High Speed platforms where a Class 395 unit working for Southeastern is seen preparing for its departure on a service to Ashford International via Stratford, Laindon, Northfleet and Snodland. Since its inception, this service has become a huge success, regularly carrying 100% passenger loading across its length and offsetting the huge cost and construction effort taken to build it!
More to follow from around the network