At last a South Wales route for Train Simulator. I have to admit being Welsh I have waited for this DLC for a while and am not disappointed. It accurately depicts Cardiff Central and the area around the station. The milennium stadium is there, Brunel House, The River Taff, Cardiff Center.
The Arriva Trains are great too and you can purchase them together at the moment on Steam for about £26.99 and includes the Wales DMU Twin Pack or for £24.99 you get the route.
The South Wales Main Line (Welsh: Prif Linell De Cymru), originally known as the London, Bristol and South Wales Direct Railway or simply as the Bristol and South Wales Direct Railway, is a branch of the Great Western Main Line in Great Britain. It diverges from the core London-Bristol line at Royal Wootton Bassett near Swindon, first calling at Bristol Parkway, after which the line continues through the Severn Tunnel into South Wales.
First Great Western operates High Speed Trains between London and South Wales and services between Cardiff and South West England. CrossCountry provides services from Cardiff to Nottingham via Severn Tunnel Junction and thence the Gloucester to Newport Line via Gloucester and Birmingham. Arriva Trains Wales operates services between South Wales, and North Wales and the Midlands on the line.
It is planned to electrify the line using the AC overhead system, with completion by 2018.
The original route of the Great Western Railway between London and South Wales, after the opening of Brunel's Chepstow Railway Bridge in 1852, left the Bristol-bound Great Western Main Line at Swindon, proceeding via Stroud, Gloucester and Chepstow before rejoining the line as we know it today at Severn Tunnel Junction. This gave rise to the nickname 'Great Way Round'.
In 1886, the opening of the Severn Tunnel brought the opportunity of a more direct route to South Wales, and trains from Swindon to Newport and beyond were routed via Bristol and the Severn Tunnel. This route leaves the one we know today at Wootton Bassett near Swindon rejoining it close to Patchway station.
The route used today was established in 1903 with the building of what is often known as the Badminton Line. This involved the construction of about 33 miles of new track including two tunnels at Alderton and Sodbury between Wootton Bassett and Patchway. Not only did this provide a more direct route for traffic to and from South Wales, the gradient was easier for coal trains to negotiate, and it was perceived that the line would be a boost to what was, at the time of building, the expanding port of Fishguard. This was the GWR's connection with liner departures for the United States of America.
Eight scenarios for the route:
Cardiff to Holyhead
Holyhead to Cardiff
Cardiff to Cheltenham Spa
Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg
Wentloog to Southampton
Taunton to Cardiff
Portbury to Rugeley PS
London to Swansea
39 mile South Wales Coastal main line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central, via the Severn Tunnel
Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 ‘Coradia’
Great Western Railways Class 43
Freightliner Class 70
Freightliner HHA Bogie Coal Hopper
Freightliner FEA/B Container Flats
Freightliner KTA Pocket Wagon
Scenarios for the route
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