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Letters in a Hoover Vacuum [09 May 2017]
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Description:Letters in a Hoover Vacuum

A 1970s scenario for the WCML over Shap route, set during the period when the wiring had not quite made it to Scotland, Preston being the current change over point for Diesel haulage but on some days test/training services were running as far as Carlisle.

Among the various intercity services along the WCML and just just before the completion of the electrification project in 1975, the Class 50 reigned supreme. However at times there were more than a few niggling problems with the class leading to a fairly standard practice of double heading of the heavier services. Even though the availability could at times be on the low side with substitutions on some services a small number had also by this time already gone Southward to the Western Region for traction training since Preston had now become the changing over point to electric for many services, and some were in theory surplus to needs. However that assumes having respectable availability!
Normally the favoured alternative classes on those occasions when one was still not available would be either the Class 47, or quite often a Class 40. However, for this service you drive today as one of the BR era common mixed "Parcels with Passengers" trains on a shortish run to Crewe, all Kingmoor MPD had to spare was this Class 25 to fill the Class 50 "vacuum".
Although a very slightly shorter formation at nine carriages, those hills will still be fun today.....

Having just left the carriage sidings at Kingmoor, just a case of waiting for your platform to be clear. Although your train is a tiny bit shorter than normal, at only nine coaches, this is still a heavy load for a single Class 25 so please be ready to use your driving skills wisely. Luckily the timings on the Crewe services (and the longer station calls due to the needs of the mail element of the train) are a bit more generous than the faster long distance trains, so please do your best.. Driven well even gives you the chance of a refreshment break at some locations!
Around 125 minutes

Payware Required:

DT DT British Railways Wagons Pack
DT via JT Class 40
DTG Class 24 and BR Blue Packs
JT Class 20 Advanced and Cargowaggon Packs (little bit of artistic licence for these)
IHH Class 50 (Swap if required, but this looks better than the Meshtools one)
RSC BR Class 101 Dmu and Class 86 Pack
WCML North.

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UKTS Freeware Project - UK Wagons, UK Classic Diesels, and UK Carriages

Enjoy!

Rose and Gareth
https://www.facebook.com/groups/rosgar/
Uploader:rosgar (gareth hopwood) - More from this uploader
File ID:36827
Version:1.2017
Download Count:117
Simulator:Train Simulator 2013
File Size:0.45 Mb (472,237 bytes)
Operating Company:British Rail Blue Era - More in this Company
File Type:Activity - More of this File Type
Gauge:UK Standard
Class:West Coast Main Line - More of this Class
Country:United Kingdom - More in this country
3D Model Author:N/A
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