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User reviews: Positive (14 reviews) - 100% of the 14 user reviews for this game are positive.
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!

Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.

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
Helpful customer reviews
16 of 17 people (94%) 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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12 of 13 people (92%) 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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10 of 10 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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7 of 7 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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4 of 4 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. One other thing, which I think may actually be related to my low spec pc, not an inherent problem with the route itself, but some objects (namely quite a few stations sign pole, and bridges) aren't appearing, however I have a low spec graphics processor and my game settings are low. I highly doubt this is a problem with the route, just my setup.

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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