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Riviera Line Electrified

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Riviera Line Electrified


Riviera Line Background
Set in the area of the south west coast of England known as the English Riviera, due to its mild climate and sandy beaches, this picturesque line opened in May 1846, with a single track broad gauge line transporting holidaymakers from the city of Exeter to the Torbay resorts of Devon. By the end of the same year, the line had been extended to Newton Abbot, and two years later to Torquay – the current Torre station. It was not until 1859 that the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway linked the line from Torre to Paignton.

Riviera Line Electrified
Riviera Line Electrifed (formerly names "Riviera in the 50s") is a fictional electrification upgrade for the already up-to-date Riviera Line. As the former name suggests, this route is based in the years of the 2050s and thus, I have thought up just a little story, to shape the future of this route.

Welcome to the Future!
So as I was testing the quick drives, I question what I would use. Sure I could have just used a Scotrail Class 334, but it would not have looked correct being in Devon. So while I test-drove the route, I came up with a little story:

Great Western Railway
Great Western Railway (GWR) took over the Greater Western franchise in 2015. This went on for 4 years. 2019 saw the break down the First Group and GWR becoming their own company. It sped up from then. Passengers were a lot happier with the new Class 230s, 800s and 801s and the company received a very good reputation. All the way up to 2050, GWR had won every bid for the Greater Western franhise. Stock has of course changed for the Riviera Line, GWR now operate Class 801s on all sections of the Riviera for Express/IC services and Class 365s operate the local servies as well as the rare sight of the Class 387/1 or /3 also running on a local service. GWR also operate the Night Riviera which sees a rake of refurbished MK3 sleepers, MK3 DVT and a Class 92 for traction. The formations run typically with the DVT towards Penzance.

Virgin Trains Cross Country
It took some time, but as of 4th May 2032, Virgin have finally won back the Cross Country fanchise. National Express won the franchise for a short period from 2018 to 2021 where Arriva took over again. That went on until 2027 and an extension to 2032 was awarded. When the franchise was open for biding, Virgin Trains and Stagecoach were clear winners from the start. They have been operating the Cross Country franchise under the TOC name "Virgin Trains Cross Country" since 2032 and have been doing quite well. VTXC use only one type of train on the Riviera Line, that train is the Class 390 Pendolino. The Class 220 and 221s that formerly operated the route new run on the North Wales Coast, which in 2050, is still a diesel railway.

Direct Railfreight Services
As stated before, in 2019 was the fall of the First Group. This also brought down GB Railfreight. It was quite a few years before they made a reappearance. The former CEO and managers of GB Railfreight were approached by Direct Rail Service on 25th April 2024 and in 2 years, the two companies merged creating "Direct Railfreight Services". The company uses a range of rolling stock from the Class 66 to the 68. The Class 92 is also a common sight along the Riviera Line but less frequent as the diesels due to an act in 2034 stopping all future electrification of freight terminals as the OHLE was far too dangerous for the safety of workers.

The year 2024 saw the demolition of the dissused platforms Kingskerswell well station.

NOTE: The story is just for a bit of fun. You don't have to go along with it. Perfectly fine for you to make up your own futuristic fantisy.

Key Features
  • Electrification throughout the route from Exeter all the way to Paignton.
  • Brand new Quick Drive templates including Dawlish as a starting point and also the Heathfield freight branch from Newton Abbot.
  • Quick Drive templates allow for OHE and Dual-voltage trains whereas before only OHE would have been accepted.
  • Corrected AWS ramp on the approach to Paignton which now sounds the AWS horn instead of the AWS clear.
  • Realistically timed signals.*

*When a train passes a signal, the signal does not change to red straight away. However in Train Simulator, they will change as soon as the cab at the front has passed, which is unrealistic. The signals on this route will now have a delay to when they change from green/double yellow/yellow/white, to red. As per reality.


Enjoy! 🌟
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British Rail Productions Apr 30 @ 12:56pm 
i see
Joethefish  [author] Apr 30 @ 11:01am 
I'm doing an OHLE revamp of the North London and Goblin route, as well as a lighting enhancement for the Hamburg S1 route.

You can see some images of its progress here:
British Rail Productions Apr 30 @ 8:12am 
Joethefish and these routes would be?
Joethefish  [author] Apr 27 @ 10:20am 
Okay mate I'll consider it, still gotta get current projects out of the way.
British Rail Productions Apr 27 @ 8:13am 
Joethefish no there is two South Wales Coastals Bristol to Cardiff which is pointless and has already been Electrified and South Wales Coastal Bristol to Swansea that hasn't been Electrified in TS yet.
Joethefish  [author] Apr 20 @ 3:41pm 
I thought it was only going as far as Cardiff anyway?
British Rail Productions Apr 19 @ 10:16am 
Joethefish that would be most appreciated and um Bristol to Swansea not Bristol to Cardiff as it has already been done.
Joethefish  [author] Apr 16 @ 10:34am 
Then I'll simply make two versions lol
British Rail Productions Apr 16 @ 10:12am 
Joethefish i'd prefer you to use the Overhead wires that you used on Riviera Line simply because for some of us we have trouble with downloading certain things.
Joethefish  [author] Apr 16 @ 9:31am 
Glad you like them mate! Hoping to do the SWC one day with the ATS OHLE pack using Series 1 type OHLE. I just a couple of projects to do first atm.