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Release Date: Dec 1, 2011

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Includes 2 items: Train Simulator: EWS Class 66 v2.0 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: West Coast Main Line North Route Add-On


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One of the most significant route expansion since the launch of Train Simulator, West Coast Main Line North brings you well over 100 miles of highly-detailed railway line, with stations, yards, cuttings, viaducts and stunning scenery. West Coast Main Line North recreates the route between Carlisle and Glasgow as it appeared in the early 1990s, with no less than 26 realistically-modelled stations and halts. Also included is the brand new Class 86 electric locomotive, which was built specifically to haul express passenger services on the route, and which comes with accurate British Rail Mk3 buffered coaches. Built to cover the distance quickly and comfortably, the Class 86 can really stretch its legs on this long and fast line. For a change of pace, there are also full recreations of the yards along the route including Polmadie, Mossend and Kingmoor yards.


  • Accurate recreation of the West Coast Main Line northern section from Carlisle to Glasgow
  • Class 86 electric locomotive in British Rail Intercity Executive livery
  • Buffered Mk3 coaches in British Rail Intercity Executive livery


12 scenarios
  • Free Roam: Carlisle Station
  • Free Roam: Carstairs Station
  • Free Roam: Glasgow Central Station
  • Free Roam: Mossend Yard
  • Free Roam: Motherwell Station
  • Free Roam: Polmadie Depot
  • Polmadie Hop
  • Hand Over
  • Kingmoor Sunset
  • Carstairs Split (Career System Scenario)
  • The Argyle Line (Career System Scenario)
  • Scots Pine (Career System Scenario)

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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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 28, 2014
Originally released in late 2010, this route was one of the first major DLC addon routes for Railworks, TS 2015's early predecessor, and is, in my opinion, the route to which all others have been judged since. So massive in scale was the route at the time, I would say only 2 have surpassed it since, Western Lines of Scotland and WCML over Shap, and both of those were created by the same man, Keith Ross.

Don't expect many of the enhancements that have graced Dovetail Games' flagship simulator since, it was released long before them, but do expect not only a route, but a network, especially north of Carstairs where you not only have passage to Glasgow Central Station through Motherwell with express passenger services but also natural termination of frieght services from the south at Mossend and Coatbridge, amongst others, plus many local services and lines are well catered for aswell. The route is well built and, at the time of release in 2010, was heavily detailed and therefore tested an average PC. The creator, to his credit, edited the route to lessen the load without any detrimental effects on quality.
The detail and quality of this addon is the mainstay of routes released today and the natural upgrade of PC's to run the modern simulator negates any worries of being able to run it.

If you are torn between what route to buy and are put off by the relative age of this route compared to others, don't be, as I said before, this route still stands tall.

Rating 8.5/10
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 1, 2014
Great line, use this regular, running services from Glagow down WCML, to carlisle, then on through SHAP (Please note, SHAP has to be bought seperatly)

This is great one for the collection if you like OHL trains (Overhead Lines, ie Electric) You get use the loco's at full power for some time between Carstairs and Lockerbie. Plenty of things to do and see.

Please note * Check your game settings before playing this levels, as not all the stations appear on the lowest graphics settings* People seem to think the stations are not there, when they are.

Great level esp if you want to run from Glasgow to Preston, using the Shap add on, That can be really good fun.. Esp with the Class 86 and Class 87 add on's also Class 395 and the new free Class 801...

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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 1, 2015
This route is one of my favorite British/Scottish routes currently available for TS!

This is a very well put together route, even on the lowest graphics settings, it still looks quite nice! Also, the track has lots of detail as well, such as check rails on certain bridges. Signalling seems to work well, no problems enountered by me! The cantenary is nice, it even has extra transformers every once and a while on the poles! THere are only a few points on the tracks that are bad, such as one place where there is a concrete slab in the middle of the tracks. Also, the thing that is usually wrong with tracks, is the complete lack of banking on tight corners. Still, this can easily be overlooked, except when you take a tight turn at 100:)

The engine included, the Class 86, is a real nightmare to drive, but in a good way! It includes an advanced system of throttling, with tap changer very well modelled! It is really fun to start this up on a grade, because you have to keep the RPM's in the green/yellow zone, and not let it get into the red for wheelslip. What is really difficult is cutting power to the engine from full throttle, but that justs adds to the challenge!! The only downside to this loco is the horn. It is the same horn as the Woodhead Class 76/77, but that can be easily ignored/looked past with the other good points!

The scenarios are fun to play, not boring in the least! Also, there is a WIDE variety of DLC for this route, and they are fun :)

Would I recommend this route? Yes, I would definitly recommend this, hands down. This is a great route, and you would be a fool not to pick it up!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
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Posted: March 28, 2015
This is a nice route for the 90's. My only complaint is that the 86 doesn't come with the Run-down feature, but atleast the RSC 86 Pack did. I would also reccomend buying the Armstrong Powerhouse soundpack which adds the Run-down featuue to the Class 86.

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Posted: December 17, 2015
Amazing route- more than 100 miles, one of the few routes where you can have an hour or more of the Class 390 at 125mph (or thereabouts, some bits are more like 90!). Nice scenery, looks quite old now aroung Glasgow, but it is still very enjoyable and I like the little extras like the moterway signage- it makes it that bit more realistic.

The class 86 is OK, few features in the cab, but I like the tap changer power handle, it is certinatly challenging to drive! I reccomend also getting the 390 for this- I got it in a sale for £2.99, and it comes with several scenarios for this route.

However, what really sets this route apart, is a large chunk of Glasgow's commuter rail system is included, the Argyle line, everything around Motherwell, the line to Larkenhall and the Lanark branch. All of this is extra to the main line- and with one or two scenarios in the Class 86. This is almost an entire route by itself, probably the size of the South London Network (with fewer lines though), and all with scenery (A lesson for DTG!!!).

It is a shame the neutral sections don't work, but they are signed, with all the lineside equipment simulated.

I would definitly recommend this route, one of the best availible in TS and the best value of all!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: February 27, 2013
Hi to all Train sim fans all over the world. I personally recommend this add-on, the "West Coast Main Line North" This add-on is absolutely amazing and brilliant to drive on. I have recently purchased the Class 70 add-on too, which has some really great scenarios to operate on the WCML add-on. Believe me anyone purchasing these two add-ons will not be dissapointed, it is really great value for the price you pay for this product. All the best to all railfans in the world, and enjoy driving trains. (COLIN DAVENPORT) ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND, UNITED KINGDOM.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: January 17, 2015
Tried, and am well pleased with the result of this route. If anything a little heavy in places on the resources for my computer, frame rates were starting to slow but soon picked up again. Excellent, well done.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2, 2015
MANY MIles of track to explore in a cool fast train with a funny control system!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 17, 2015
this a really good route lovely scenery rally enjoyed playing it.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 2, 2015
Brilliant! 104 miles of glory. Quality. This is a great deal. £25 well spent. It's amazing. Don't forget the class 390. :-)
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Posted: August 4
Keith Ross is an amazing man. Just look at this masterpiece. It is not at all like the WCML Trent Valley becuase it is more like a network than a linear route. My favorite thing to do is drive the 86 out of Carstairs at 19:00 while the sun sets.

10/10 just a total masterpiece.
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Doctor Rustled
Posted: July 8
Absolutely amazing. This contains far more potential and detail than most of the modern routes we see today.

This is the type of routes we should be getting. Imagine the South London Network, but it goes all the way to Brighton for free. This route contains much of Glasgow's eastern suburban network as well as going all the way down to Carlisle. When I got this route, it was £24.99, however this route has since been reduced to £9.99. Meaning that this route is only 10p per mile.

Unfortunately, the only drawback from this route is that it requires quite a beefy computer to run, which is not a problem for me but it could present a problem for other players. There are also an issue with one of the platforms at Glasgow Central, one of the platforms has a buffer in the middle of the track, this is an issue that has been floating around since the TS2012 update. The creator of the route has stated that RSC (now DTG) now owns the route. It doesn't seem like they're bothering to update it.

Over all, this route is non-linear, has loads of variety from long distance Intercity trains to freight scenarios and even underground commuter lines. This is the route that all modern routes should be, which is unfortunately not the case.
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Posted: June 24
Product received for free
Nice route but im very disappointed that the class 86 does not show in the game at all not even in senarios until they fix this i recommend only buying it if u only want the route not the train
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Djmonky 11
Posted: June 20
am I the only one who has the problem of the scenery being messed up and not loading probably but apart from that i feel that it runs well and i like the challenge of the class 86
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J C Gaming
Posted: April 14
Considering all the gumph that comes with it (eg the European Loco and Assets pack, American Loco and Assets pack and the HST Buffer pack) great value picking it up in sale, great value anyway
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Posted: March 24
I recently downloaded it and was looking forward to continuing the route from the WCML over shap dlc and to continue it all the way to Glasgow. When I first uploaded it none of the major railway stations have uploaded and there's nothing there! Where Carlisle, Motherwell and Glasgow stations should be, it's empty! Even some of the structure that should be underneath the railway line hasn't been uploaded! I'm disappointed with it and if anyone could shed some light on the issue it would be a massive help. Until then I'm disappointed with this DLC!!!!
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Posted: March 7
Incredibly atmospheric route with beautifully designed scenery. Only downside is a couple of the scenarios are broken. Still, a must have for Train Simulator, especially for the price.
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Posted: March 2
its not loading the some of the stations like glasgow and caslie deose anyone know how to fix that
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Blue Hair Boy
Posted: December 29, 2015
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Posted: December 19, 2015
Lovely scenery and works very well with the Pendolino add-on however the class 86 that this add-on comes with doesn't work but this is only a minor setback
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