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Release Date: Mar 21, 2013

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The heyday of Scottish steam from the 1960s is recreated in the Western Lines of Scotland route, now available for Train Simulator.

The route features a collection of railway lines representing the journey from Carlisle to Stranraer, via Dumfries, just prior to the Beeching axe, which saw many of these lines disappear. From Carlisle to Gretna, travel the route of the old Caledonian Railway before joining the Glasgow, Dumfries and Carlisle Railway bound for Dumfries. At Dumfries, the line branches again and continues along the Castle Douglas and Dumfries Railway, and at Castle Douglas continues along the Portpatrick and Wigtownshire Railway to Stranraer. Numerous yards and sheds can also be seen along the route, including Kingmoor Yard, London Road Sidings, Longtown MoD, Gretna Junction, Dumfries Depot, and Stranraer Harbour.

Western Lines of Scotland, developed by Keith Ross, also includes a re-worked BR Black 5 4-6-0, which comes in light, intermediate and heavy weathered variants, and an option for a front buffer beam mounted BR Type 06 snow plough on the locomotive. There are also accurate headcode options to correctly represent the rolling stock being hauled, and realistic and HUD driving modes.

The route includes scenarios featuring the Black 5 and the branch line to Kirkcudbright, making the Western Lines of Scotland a must for steam fans and those looking to recreate the pre-Beeching days.


15 scenarios for the Western Lines of Scotland route, featuring the Black 5:
  • Ayr Line
  • Be Prepared
  • Border Hop
  • Border Raider
  • Coals to Carlisle
  • Defensive Moves
  • Fishing Trip
  • Ice Cream Man Part 1
  • Ice Cream Man Part 2
  • Ice Cream Man Part 3
  • Milk and Cookies
  • Oil See You Later
  • Solway Trader
  • Sunset Shift
  • Thames Clyde Express
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!

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Key Features

  • Carlisle to Stranraer, via Dumfries, route including the Kirkcudbright branch
  • BR Black 5 in three weathered variants
  • BR Type 06 snow plough for Black 5
  • Full quick drive support
  • Large selection of freight and passenger rolling stock
  • Semaphore and colour light signalling throughout the route
  • Highly detailed yards, sidings and lineside industries
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Download size: 660mb

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 3, 2014
I just don't know what to say, because this route is by far the best steam-era route I currently have, and not just because of the Black 5 included. I thoughroughly recommend this route to anyone looking to buy it; you'll get a right stunner.
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 2, 2015
I bought this in the sale as I wanted another steam route but I wasn't expecting it to be so good. This route is highly detailed, long and has lots of stations and yards to drive around. Main and branch line running are both in there so if doesn't matter what or how you like to drive - this route provide a lot of entertainment. All the stations seem to have such personality, some with goods yards, some with sheds etc. and the countryside in between is delightful. The amount of industry is great too.

I've found that the locos which have scenarios for this DLC are also worth getting and are of high quality. Whilst the main focus tends to be steam with route, diesels like the Class 20 really fit too.

I've played this route far more than any other. Very highly recommended.
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14 of 15 people (93%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 10, 2013
Stunning recreation! If you treat yourself to one route this year, I'd advise making it this one. Great for Diesels as well as Steam 10/10!
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 18, 2015
Best steam route I have. All i'm going to say is Keith deserves my money. That's why WCML North and WCML Over Shap are also better, but WloS is the best out of them.

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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 7, 2015
Wow! Get this route! This is the best route I own. The scenery never gets old and is constantly changing throughout this 100+ miles route. The Black 5 included is also very realistic. My only niggle is that the sounds on the Black 5 are kind of off, but this can be easily fixed by purchasing the sound pack from SteamSoundsSupreme.

Also, since this is so long, and has many little branches, there are almost limitless scenario opportunities so the workshop section is definitely worth a look for this route - and it's not often I'll say that about a route.

This route suits all steam locos and diesels from the 1950-60s era, and is a great challenge when you're running a little steam loco such as the J50 on the steep hills provided by this route.

Verdict: 10/10 - Get it! NOW!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 10, 2015
Fantastic route, bought it orginally for Quick Drive for my diesel collection. Ended up getting into the steam side of things, through this dlc. It's well worth purchasing. Is it worth list price? Yes. No hesitiation there.

The graphics are very well done, making the scenery look superby as you drive by. Couple of branch lines included. Also a lot of pre electric sidings at Carlisle, making it great to explore in free roam. Good selection of loco's and rolling stock as well. Takes something like 2.5hrs from end to end, so you get great value for money, on long haul journey's/.

All the dlc works, and is great fun, all the dlc can be achieved as well.

Highly recommend this for anybody who wants to add a quality branch line attachment. For either steam or diesel.

Enjoy............ 5/5
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 16, 2015
Fantasic route with plenty to do in terms of passenger, freight and shunting. Despite only including one loco "Black 5" the one included is of better qaulity and plenty of loco's to add later on. The scenery is quiet good on both the mainline and branchlines with signalling varying between semaphore and electric. However adding the Lighting Effect Echancment Pack "3rd party from Armstrong Powerhouse" does make night driving very challenging as the route becomes very dark but even more enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 6, 2015
Another fantastic route with so much charm of an era sadly gone.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 16
I think this is one of the best routes on offer for Train Simulator 2016.

First of all, the length, 106 miles from Carlisle to Stranraer Harbour. You can do it all in one very long session, or in several more broken up sessions. The reason why I say one very long session, is the fact line speed from Dumfries all the way to Stranraer is 60mph maximum. Between Dumfries and Gretna Junction, this is up to 75mph, and the 10 miles between Carlisle and Gretna Junction is up to a maximum of 90mph.

Another bonus is the fact it includes the branches to Longtown and Kirkcudbright, which is an added bonus if you consider the running potential. The line speed for these are slightly less than the main route, but still nice.

Obviously, the main thing people are interested in, are there facilities at at least most stations there? And the answer is yes, very much so. Most stations have a yard or at least one siding, and most of the major start and finish points such as Dumfries have turntables and sheds. This means there is plenty of scope for shunting, as well as other operations such as light engine movements and refuelling. This route is mainly steam based, but diesels can be run. There are some diesel re-fuelling points, I believe there is one at Dumfries.

That then brings me on to the locos. Unfortunately, this is where the route sort of falls down, coming with only a Black 5. However, this model of Black 5 is the better one, it comes in three variants and most importantly, it can be equipped with snow ploughs, and they do function, so despite the overall lack of locomotives, the loco is very much up to scratch and worth having in your collection. There are locos that use this route that are separate DLC, but they'll be covered by another review.

Overall, this route is excellent, and pretty much a must have for anybody looking for a route to buy. Overall, I give it a 9 out of 10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: June 6, 2015
i love it classical port road hated it wehn this route was taken from me which sucked ut now i got it its worthe it
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Posted: September 3
Ok, this is yet another positive review on western lines of scotland, and i see why. This is a lovely route with plenty of scenarios to keep you entertained. It's got plenty of lovely scenery, and it also gives you a black 5 as a bonus, and it's one of the only locomotives i have where the sanding gear actually works. With this in mind, it's also got plenty of detail. and plus, it's more coaches to satisfy your coach-ey needs.

The only downside is if you run out of scenarios, you have to pay money to get more. however, it's probably worth it if you either want to keep using this route without replaying previous scenarios or playing quick drive scenarios over and over again, or just want to enjoy this route more.
The route is also steam and diesel compatible, meaning you can run diesels and steam locos on this route.

Overall, 10/10.
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Posted: August 12
This is one of my favourite routes in all of TS. I just get the sense somebody put love into this - it's just very well done ,atmospheric, consitent and authentic in it's feel. It's also one of not that many that is truly steam era with no overhead wiring or modern paraphernalia in sight. Yes I'm looking at you, settle-carlisle with mobile towers!!

Compared to a couple of Scottish routes that are very good (Kyle Line, South, Extension), this has busier lines which I personally prefer - but that may be different for you.

As a final thing, this route is of good length and comes with a good selection of career scenarios that together with its quality makes it good value. So all up I'd say its essential viewing unless only HSTs get you excited.
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Posted: May 13
An absoulte stalwart. incredible accuracy and utterly breathtaking scenery. In my opinion this is Keith Ross's finest work (including Trent Valley) an absolutely wonderful add on. Highly reccomended, seriously, get this - NOW!
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Posted: July 7, 2015
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Posted: April 24, 2015
not to bad this DLC it keep redownloading everytime
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