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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
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 16, 2014
Great detail, amazing scenery, been to Dawlish and Teignmouth in real life, and they captured the scenery very well! All of this for £14.99, which, to be honest, is actually a good price for this, as it comes with a new train and a whole new route!
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Posted: November 11, 2014
Route Pros:
Nice length, not too long, and not too short...
Performs fairly well
Looks nice even on lowest graphics
comes with 6 career scenarios, and plenty of Workshop Scenarios.

Locomotive Pros:
Class 143 is seemingly well modeled
Good sounds
Nice two-tone horn
nice to drive, not very complicated
when the doors close, you get a nice guard to driver and driver to guard buzzer, with "C" button.

Overall, this is a great route! You would be a fool not to get this route, especially for 25 bucks! What are you waiting around waiting for, go buy it!!!!!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 2, 2014
Great route with fun little details like playground, old england-design houses and boat-harbours. Waves at the beach were a bit unrealistic, but everything else was perfect.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 1, 2014
Paid list price for this, and think it's value for money, esp as you get pacer loco as well. Again use this as part of my set up with the Bristol line as they connect at Exeter. Graphics are good, and the layout is good as well....

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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 13, 2014
An amazing addition to your Train Simulator! Definitely recomended. NOTE: Only Career scenarios are available. Beautifully modelled!
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 28, 2014
I really like this route, it is definitely worth the price I paid. A highly recommended route and you really do feel relaxed driving along here whilst listening to The Bad Shepherds :)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: March 2, 2015
This route is very pretty and come with a cool little 2 car DMU and a nice Intercity train making this route very good for people who want pretty scenery, intercity trains and cool little 2 car trains and you get all that for a tiny price! Go buy it NOW!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 16, 2014
One of the few pieces of DLC I highly recommend, especially if it is on sale.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 10, 2015
This is one lovely and probably one of the most detailed route DLCs available for RailWorks. It comes with 2 Locomotives, a Pacer and a HST, though I personally prefer the Pacer.
There's great detail to this which makes me wonder why it doesn't lag for me since the West Highland Line does lag for me a lot, but I do run on a laptop and do plan to upgrade in the future.
One of the best things about the locomotives is the sound and that the rail sounds (what people call the clickety-clack) isn't the standard one DTG uses and it adds to the realism of the DLC.
One of the main problems of this route, which is to do with the Pacer loco mainly, is that the doors close very slowly after the closing door beep, and although it's not a plroblem for me, it could be for some people (I'm not saying it is). The other problem with this though is in scenarios, the AI trains leave stations while the doors are closing, and frankly so do I xD, but some peoplemay not like that as it's not realistic, but I don't mind since I'm a victim of doing it.
I really like this route and recommend it to anyone, even at full price as it's worth it.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 9, 2015
A another welcome addition to the TS (Train Simulator) collection. Great waves at around stations near beaches and worth buying! For me, I can have a chance for me to create FGW scenarios like London Paddington to Paignton in multi parts. Comes with a Class 143 (it is based of a bus or you can call it a ex-bus or any kind of bus) and Class 43. For me, it can also be definately worth buying in a special sale.
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Posted: August 27
Very good
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Posted: August 23
This is a very nice route to drive, with good fast stretches and interesting scenery. For some reason I didn't recieve the Quick Drive FGW HST, plus the sea is very, eh, buggy for some reason.
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Posted: April 16
My go to route for diesel trains, or even drag runs.
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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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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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Posted: February 17
Good route/graphics but no AI
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Posted: January 18
This line is very detailed and the train is pretty good. It does not cause lag and my laptop isn't the best.
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Bluesnod Gaming
Posted: January 14
despite giving a recommend, I have a mixed review about this route. The route is very nice with stunning scenery seeing the english channel and always the iconic structure of the Dawlish wall. However, the negative about this route is without a doubt the wave. I mean I can guarentee you a 4 year old can design better wave than that. and the 143 pacer is a ugly and weird train to drive, overall the route is nice if you ignore the wave and the face you have to drive a bus train
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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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