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NEW! North Devon 1953

Our Windows simulations are designed to run on any version of Windows from XP onwards; they may also run on earlier versions, though some updating of Help and Installer facilities may be necessary. Each comes as a Windows Installer (.msi) file. They do not run through our DOS-based Menu program.

The user interface generally follows Windows conventions, but as far as possible we have preserved the screen appearance existing customers are used to, and there is not much you will need to re-learn. No printed instructions are provided, but everything that would previously have been included in them is now in the online Help file, which can be accessed directly from the program. We strongly recommend that you spend a little time reviewing the help file, particularly the Introduction, General Information and any Hints & Tips pages, before playing the games.

Eleven are now available; see details below.

NEW! Platinum Series: Birmingham Western 1953 - In this simulation you control all traffic on the Great Western lines in the Birmingham area, from Tyseley in the south to Handsworth Junction in the north. This area was covered by fifteen manual signal boxes, plus the first generation panel box at Snow Hill. The simulation is set before main line diesels had intruded on the scene, though Tyseley had the first batch of the BR 350hp diesel shunters, and a batch of standard tanks. Most services in the area continued largely as they had done for decades past. Most stations still had goods yards for local traffic. Traffic was marshalled mainly at the extensive Bordesley Junction yards, but some shunting will also be required at Hockley, Queens Head and Handsworth. Tyseley has a shed with two roundhouses, and extensive carriage sidings. The shunting of both goods and passenger traffic will keep you very busy at times. The nature of the traffic changes markedly on a Saturday, with extras on all lines, and returning holiday trains keeping Snow Hill busy until well into the evening. Local spotters kept the road bridge at Tyseley occupied all day – I was one of them! This simulation has eleven track screens, each some 20% larger than was possible with DOS.
(Difficulty #####) Price £45

Gold Series: Isle of Wight (East) 1932 - Covering the whole working day, this is set in the summer of 1932, perhaps the high point of operations on the island. Your control area covers the whole of the line from Ryde to Ventnor, including the Bembridge branch and parts of the lines from Smallbrook Junction and Sandown to Newport - seven screens in all. Increasing difficulty levels give you a choice of Sunday, weekday or Saturday schedules. The single lines on the island were some of the most intensively worked in the country, and you will have to be alert to avoid causing delays. For this reason most freight traffic is early or late in the day. You have control of the shed at St John’s Road, and also have to ensure engines receive water as necessary. As usual bonus points are available for allocation of locos of the correct type, and for correct placement of incoming freight. (Difficulty ###) Price £36

Silver Series: Leicester Central 1957 - The Great Central was the last main line built to London, and sadly didn’t last very long; there’s little trace of much of it now. This simulation shows it at its peak, with an intensive freight service between Annesley, focus of the coal traffic, and Woodford Halse, where the traffic splits to go several ways. At this time Annesley had recently taken delivery of a large batch of the BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 locos, and these almost monopolise this traffic. Fitted in with the freight, and almost replacing it on Saturdays, is a range of passenger services, both local and long-distance. Right from the start it was GC policy to change engines at Leicester on most passenger services, and this still continued, though to a lesser degree. Engine-changing has to be slick, with often only five minutes from arrival to departure. In most cases where the engine is not changed it has to take water. This simulation has four track screens. (Difficulty ###) Price £27

Liverpool Lime Street 1958 - Back to steam days at this busy terminus on two main routes, with local and long-distance passenger and parcels services. This one has a single track screen, though of the larger size possible with Windows, covering the station and approaches. Turning and watering of engines can be done at Lime Street; for more than this engines must go to Edge Hill. At this time stock for most long-distance services was cleaned at Downhill Sidings, not in the station, so there are many empty stock workings, and also light engines to and from Edge Hill. Schedules are provided for weekday, Saturday and Sunday; the rush hour is quite a challenge! (Difficulty ###) Price £27

Liverpool Lime Street 1972 - Early post-steam days at this busy terminus on two main routes, with local and long-distance passenger and parcels services. This one has a single track screen, though of the larger size possible with Windows, covering the station and approaches. The track layout is significantly different from 1958, with both fast lines on the south side and the slow lines on the north, which minimises conflicts. Local services are provided by DMU or EMU, sometimes joining or splitting in the platform, and others needing to visit Allerton for fuel. Some engines will need fuel or servicing at Edge Hill, while others will have an outward working within a few hours. At this time stock for many long-distance services was still cleaned at Downhill Sidings, not in the station, so there are empty stock workings, and also a few light engines to and from Edge Hill. Schedules are provided for weekday, Saturday and Sunday; the rush hour is quite a challenge, and probably busier than in steam days! (Difficulty ###) Price £27

Liverpool Lime Street 1998 - A busy terminus on two main routes, with frequent local services and several longer-distance routes. Apart from local services, you can gain bonus points by using the platforms the passengers expect for each Train Operating Company - and to help you, units and engines are displayed in the appropriate TOC colours. (Difficulty ##) Price £18

Liverpool Lime Street 2015 - Track layout identical to the 1998 version (see above), but a rather different pattern of traffic. No Cross-Country service now, but the Birmingham and Trans-Pennine services both run twice an hour for much of the day. On the local side, the Northern Electrics, refurbished class 319 units from ThamesLink, now operate most services on the Huyton line, which is busier than ever. With this intensified service, it is hard at times to find a free platform, and it's easy to see why there is a project to add at least one platform at Lime Street. (Difficulty ###) Price £18

NEW! Gold Series: North Devon 1953 - Covering the whole working day, this is set in the summer of 1953. Your control area covers the lines from Barnstaple Junction to Ilfracombe and Torrington, also Barnstaple Victoria Road for the Taunton line, and as far as Umberleigh on the line to Lydford and Exeter – eight screens in all. You can choose between Increasing difficulty levels, also a choice of Sunday, weekday or Saturday schedules. There is a fair bit of local goods traffic, serving local yards as well as the docks at Fremington and transfer traffic to and from the Western Region via Victoria Road and Taunton. On Saturdays passenger traffic is heavy, and the incline to Mortehoe in both directions creates problems for the heavier trains.

You have control of the shed at Barnstaple Junction, and also have to ensure engines receive coal and water as necessary. As usual bonus points are available for allocation of locos of the correct type, and for correct placement of incoming freight. (Difficulty####) Price £36

Platinum Series: North London Line 1938 - The North London Railway had a busy passenger and freight traffic of its own, but also carried extensive traffic to, from and between other lines. This simulation shows the eastern section of the North London line from approaching Canonbury into Broad Street and also on to Poplar Dock and the branch lines to Stratford, Southend and Fenchurch Street.

At this time, just before the war, the electric passenger service is at its zenith and will provide you with a challenge in its own right, but you also have to fit in a busy freight service over all the routes, handle freight traffic at the many yards including placing traffic for (un)loading at Poplar Docks. You are also responsible for the engine shed at Devon's Road, home to a large stud of 'Jintys'.
Please note that due to the complicated track layout, the screens are necessarily large and we regret that we must recommend a minimum screen resolution of 1024 x 768. Whilst it may run at 800x600 the font will be very small and hard to read and won't do the program justice. (Difficulty ######) Price £45

Platinum Series: Norwich 1952 - In this simulation you control all traffic on the Great Eastern lines in the Norwich area, from Trowse Upper and Trowse Lower Junctions in the west to Brundall Junction in the east. This area was covered by ten manual signal boxes. The simulation is set before diesels had intruded on the scene, with the Britannia pacifics the only sign of standardisation, and before the schedules and traffic patterns had been revised to speed up services between London and Norwich. All the local branches were still open to passenger and goods traffic. Norwich had three goods yards for local traffic, Thorpe, Victoria and Trowse, and three yards where traffic was marshalled, Thorpe, Trowse and Wensum; for transfer purposes several services called at two of the yards, but some separate transfer trips may be required. The shunting of both goods and passenger traffic will keep you very busy at times. As you'd expect in a holiday area, the nature of the traffic changes markedly on a Saturday, with extras to and from the North and the Midlands via March, as well as a more intensive London service. This simulation has seven track screens, each some 20% larger than was possible with DOS. (Difficulty #####) Price £45

Gold Series: Woodford Halse 1957 - The Great Central was the last main line built to London, and sadly didn’t last very long; there’s little trace of much of it now (though it is proposed to use part of the route between Aylesbury and Brackley for HS2). This simulation shows it at its peak, with an intensive freight service between Annesley, focus of the coal traffic, and Woodford Halse, where the traffic splits to go several ways. At this time Annesley had recently taken delivery of a large batch of the BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 locos, and these almost monopolise this traffic. Fitted in with the freight, and almost replacing it on Saturdays, is a range of passenger services, both local and long-distance. The marshalling of freight traffic was the reason for the existence of Woodford Halse, and the shunting, more complex than any of our others except perhaps Carlisle 1957, will keep you very busy at times. Most freights terminate here, and there is a marked contrast between the single route north and the multiple destinations to the south and west. This simulation has four track screens, each some 20% larger than was possible with DOS. (Difficulty ####) Price £36