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Release Date: Feb 20, 2014

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The English Riviera comes to Train Simulator in the beautifully picturesque ‘The Riviera Line: Exeter-Paignton’ route, which runs through some of the most scenic landscape in England.

Set in the area of the south west coast of England known as the English Riviera, due to its mild climate and sandy beaches, this picturesque line opened in May 1846, with a single track broad gauge line transporting holidaymakers from the city of Exeter to the Torbay resorts of Devon. By the end of the same year, the line had been extended to Newton Abbot, and two years later to Torquay – the current Torre station. It was not until 1859 that the Dartmouth and Torbay Railway linked the line from Torre to Paignton.

The 28 mile (45km) line was originally built to Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s broad gauge structure (2,140mm / 7ft 1/4in), a familiar sight on the Great Western Railway network at the time, and was designed for atmospheric power, although this lasted for less than a year from September 1847 - several pump houses can still be seen along the line, acting as reminders of this ill-fated system. The line was eventually converted to standard gauge in May 1892 and later widened to double tracks over the subsequent years.

The non-electrified line is probably best known for its seaside running, rocky coastal scenery and winding tracks, with several miles running along the South Devon sea wall, a picturesque scene during summer months but battered by strong northerly winds and high waves during winter months. Unusually for a UK route, palm trees can also be seen at several stations along the route.

On leaving Exeter St Davids Station, built by Brunel and opened on 1 May 1844, the line crosses the River Exe and passes through the suburbs of the City before heading into the Devon countryside. From Powderham Castle, the railway runs alongside the river and heads into Starcross, where the line first runs along the English Channel. Shortly after, Dawlish Warren comes into sight and for the next 1.5 miles (2.4km), the line runs along the famous South Devon Railway sea wall.

After Dawlish, the line ducks and dives through a series of tunnels cut into the rocky coves, making for a favourite spot of photographers. From Teignmouth to Hackney, the line runs along the River Teign, before heading inland once again to Newton Abbot. Leaving Newton Abbot, the railway widens out to four tracks; the two for Penzance diverge to the right at Aller Junction while the Riviera Line trains climb and then slowly descend towards the sea at Torquay.

Fast passenger services along the line are handled by modern high speed DMUs, including Voyagers and HSTs; stopping services are served by Class 142s, 143s, 150s and 159s. Freight operations are not a major feature of the line but can be seen occasionally.

Included with the route is a First Great Western Class 143, recreating the ‘Pacer’ two-car DMU that is a stalwart of the line. Based on a Walter Alexander bus body, the ‘Nodding Donkey’ was introduced to the rail network in the mid-1980s and is well known for its unsophisticated bouncy ride and meagre seating, faithfully recreated in this model. Also included is a Quick Drive compatible High Speed Train (HST) in First Great Western livery.


Six scenarios for the route:
  • Class 143: First Look
  • Class 143: Preparations
  • Class 143: Service Practice
  • Rescue Diversion
  • Busy Day on the Coast
  • Storm Consequences

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

  • 28 mile (45km) Riviera Line route from Exeter to Paignton
  • Seaside running along the South Devon Railway sea wall
  • First Great Western Class 143 ‘Pacer’ DMU
  • First Great Western HST (Quick Drive only)
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 1,600mb

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • 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: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Additional Notes: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 10, 2015
Disapointed - The route between Exter and Paignton is ok - the scenerios that come with it are not the greatest - there are few places where the scenery appears in double vission. The route also contiunes down past Paignton to Kingswear - except its not finished, the track floats in mid air (no bridges) theres tunnels with no tunnel entrance you just plough into the side of a hill, and ay the end there is not a station - why I have been spent money on an incomplete package?
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 23
The route is great. I reminds me of the Culumbia River Gorge, just slower ad has a lack of moutains. But honestly its worth it, ecpecialy if you are a railfan in Britain. But to be honest we have a train that looks just like the Class 143: its called a subay and it is not decorated nor does it have mutch structural safety due to the fact that it goes underground.

7/10 A good fun route to drive. Worth the money.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 11
This route is very detailed and the stations are well designed and look realistic, the class 143 driving physics are great and give the user a good impression of the train. Overall very enjoyable route to drive, and some what a challege to drive with large drops in speed. So as you can imagine driving the route without the HUD is quite difficult. I have to admit I've over run stations alot when praticing driving the route. The seaside is very realistic having been to Devon before and seen it. However, the only draw back is the waves travelling through the whole route are very basic and not well modelled, you will see this in areas such as Starcross station.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 17
Good route/graphics but no AI
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 26, 2015
An interesting route nonetheless with a good selection of missions to choose from- allowing for a steady introduction to more advanced and difficult scenarios.

The only downside I see to this is the Riviera line, to my understanding, comes in 2 different types- modern and old-school (My understanding may not be correct). As a result, kind of comes off as a rip-off when you can get the Riviera line with the new 2016 edition (I got TS in 2014).

Following this, my only grievances with this is the fact that I would expect with each years installment to auto-update any standard routes/careers they implement with each year turnaround, as a little bonus.

Don't get my wrong, it's a lovely route and add-on. To get your money's worth, best bet is to go with the dual-pack you can get the Class 159- which adds a few additional scenarios (x3).

Overall, decent, alright. But would appreciate it being an automatic feature/route added when they trasitioned from 2015 to 2016.
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