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Release Date: Aug 14, 2014

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Buy Train Simulator: Liverpool Manchester + BR Regional Railways Class 101 Twin Pack

Includes 2 items: Train Simulator: BR Regional Railways Class 101 DMU Add-On, Train Simulator: Liverpool-Manchester Route Add-On

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About This Content

Joining two of the north of England’s major cities, the Liverpool to Manchester route for Train Simulator features stunning stations and well known landmarks throughout.

The original route between the cities ran between Liverpool Central (High Level) Station and Manchester Central, and was opened in 1873 by the Cheshire Lines Committee. Although both stations have since been demolished and replaced by Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly, it still remains an important route for passenger and freight traffic.

The 40 mile route sees up to four passenger trains per hour in each direction with freight still operating on the route. Various light industrial sidings are also a feature, including well known landmarks such as Manchester International Freight Terminal, the River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and Liverpool Edge Hill. A total of 24 stations can also be found on the route, including Manchester Oxford Road, Warrington Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Widnes.

Included with the route is a Regional Railways Class 158 diesel multiple unit (DMU), built for British Rail between 1989 and 1992. The DMU was built to replace many locomotive-hauled passenger trains and had a top speed of 90mph (145 km/h).

Scenarios


Eight scenarios for the route:
  • Training: Class 158 Expert Controls
  • Training: Class 158 Simple Controls
  • Express Service to Manchester
  • Express to Manchester
  • Match Day Madness
  • Off to Warrington
  • Storms Gather in Merseyside
  • Waiting for Freight

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

  • 40 mile route between Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly
  • Well known landmarks such as Manchester International Freight Terminal, the River Mersey, Manchester Ship Canal and Liverpool Edge Hill
  • Stations including Manchester Oxford Road, Warrington Central, Liverpool South Parkway and Widnes
  • Regional Railways Class 158 DMU
  • BR Railfreight Grey Class 47 diesel locomotive (Quick Drive only)
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 196mb

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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Overall:
Positive (18 reviews)
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DanBob210
Posted: April 10
A nice line, excellent for stopping services or medium expresses, but somewhat limited for anything else.

Pros:
+Nicely built route, good scenery.
+I love both Liverpool Lime Street and both Manchester stations, really well modelled.
+The Class 158 is a nice DMU, with several 3rd party reskins available, including the correct EMT reskin by R Fletcher from DPSimulation.
+I like the inclusion of MerseyRail signage around Liverpool.
+Comes with class 47 for AI.

Cons:
-Shame about lack of modern day livery on 158, but as I say there are 3rd party reskins available.
-Shame there is only one passenger train, a class 142 or 185 wouldn't have gone amiss.
-Quite short, only around 40 miles and the middle section is quite linear and repetitive.
-Why did DTG do this rather bland route over the other historically important route.

Overall this is a nice route, but in my opinion a bad choice to start with. The other Liverpool to Manchester route is much more historically important, and the Hope Valley line using similar rolling stock is much more scenic. This is illustrated in the promotional screenshots- almost all of the amazing areas around Liverpool and Manchester, which to give them credit, are some of my favourite areas in the game. This route is not bad at all, it's just that it doesn't stand out, it's just average.
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ZeeMuffenMan
Posted: April 3
Brilliant. Just amazing.
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melquest
Posted: March 27
This is a cool route if you love class 158's because they fit itno any route basically! They look so good on the: London Kings cross to peterborugh route and the falmouth branch. Dont forget the west somerset!!
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dandtscruby
Posted: February 28
Great route, good AI, not glitchy. One of the best routes Ive found on TS.
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Alloria
Posted: January 23
This is a fun route to drive.
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TheTrainBanger Gaming™
Posted: December 30, 2015
Another Amazing route, credits to Joethefish For creating the fully electrified version. amazing route, Verry happy whith this!
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andy250
Posted: June 2, 2015
Great route, love the scenery station's and distance. It's very accurate to the real thing. QD is great as well. Plenty of workshop scenario's available. All the scenario's work, and well worth it. Only bug bear is you cannot get access to the freight depot at Hunts Cross, through QD, which is shame.

I drive the regular and would say, yes it's good value for money.

There is also a full OHL version available in the workshop, enabling you to run OHL trains full distance.

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Charnley
Posted: May 9, 2015
One of the best Train Sim routes I have..
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steve
Posted: May 7, 2015
Its okay. There are issues with the couplers between cars in the 158 as there are in the Settle and Carlisle that are yet to be fixed.
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Jegerpizza
Posted: March 2, 2015
This route is quiet short and comes with a very bad train in the complte wrong livery, this dlc is very bad!
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SoS Wezz
Posted: January 14, 2015
It's a good route however when I try to Quick Drive from Hunts Cross to Liverpool Lime Street I get an AI collision error involving a class 47, I've tried verifying the game files with no luck.
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slowly_over
Posted: January 1, 2015
If you're wondering, this route does not include the full content of the "Class 158 DMU Add-On" DLC, which is sold separately. Note there is also another variation of the Class 158 included in the Settle-Carlisle route.
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mongolteiko
Posted: December 6, 2014
I drive this route [I'm a train driver] and I say it is 90% accurate, however there are some major flaws with it!

The Up line between Hunts Cross Junction and Hunts Cross station is completely wrong. It has two buffers in the middle so you can't drive over that line, the station end the track rises into the air??? To get from Liverpool to Manchester, you have to take the Up and Down Electric Loop.
Also a freight train is directed through the runaround line at Allerton Depot and crashes with a berthed 158 causing a game crash, this happens when you approach the junction, so you can't drive further. I have taken out the 158 in the editor but it keeps coming back.
Some senarios won't load [i.e. 50% of them]...giving an error code.

I know some people can fix these issues themselves, but I shouldn't have to if I pay so much for these DLC's!

I have seen some youtube videos where they don't have the problem, with the Up line, but surely they should all be the same download?

There are also some signals missing, but on the whole when it works....it's enjoyable. But these major issues above tips my view to the negative. If they ever get sorted out [which I doubt] I may change my opinion.
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pjt1974
Posted: November 27, 2014
A nicely built route. Do I recommend it? Yes, but only just.

Unfortunately, it is limited as far as variety is concerned. The route was voted for in a Dovetail Games user poll to determine which route they should build and release next. I'm pretty sure most who voted for it did so because the name of the route itself is iconic as the first Inter City passenger railway. It's a shame that the developers decided to take the south route through Warrington and avoid the original historic path.

Positives, like I said, it IS a well built route and does looks great. The scenery isn't over populated so isn't too much of a burden on your PC. The tipping point for me giving this route a thumbs up is the climb out of Lime Street up to Edge Hill through the trench, I thought they captured the atmosphere just right.

Negatives, the Romans would've been proud engineers of this route. Straight line to Warrington, then straight line to Manchester. By no means the fault of the developers, but it results in the interest to actually drive the route disappears pretty quickly after a couple of runs.

Marks 6/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 27
This is a cool route if you love class 158's because they fit itno any route basically! They look so good on the: London Kings cross to peterborugh route and the falmouth branch. Dont forget the west somerset!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 10
A nice line, excellent for stopping services or medium expresses, but somewhat limited for anything else.

Pros:
+Nicely built route, good scenery.
+I love both Liverpool Lime Street and both Manchester stations, really well modelled.
+The Class 158 is a nice DMU, with several 3rd party reskins available, including the correct EMT reskin by R Fletcher from DPSimulation.
+I like the inclusion of MerseyRail signage around Liverpool.
+Comes with class 47 for AI.

Cons:
-Shame about lack of modern day livery on 158, but as I say there are 3rd party reskins available.
-Shame there is only one passenger train, a class 142 or 185 wouldn't have gone amiss.
-Quite short, only around 40 miles and the middle section is quite linear and repetitive.
-Why did DTG do this rather bland route over the other historically important route.

Overall this is a nice route, but in my opinion a bad choice to start with. The other Liverpool to Manchester route is much more historically important, and the Hope Valley line using similar rolling stock is much more scenic. This is illustrated in the promotional screenshots- almost all of the amazing areas around Liverpool and Manchester, which to give them credit, are some of my favourite areas in the game. This route is not bad at all, it's just that it doesn't stand out, it's just average.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: April 3
Brilliant. Just amazing.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 28
Great route, good AI, not glitchy. One of the best routes Ive found on TS.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 23
This is a fun route to drive.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 30, 2015
Another Amazing route, credits to Joethefish For creating the fully electrified version. amazing route, Verry happy whith this!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 27, 2014
A nicely built route. Do I recommend it? Yes, but only just.

Unfortunately, it is limited as far as variety is concerned. The route was voted for in a Dovetail Games user poll to determine which route they should build and release next. I'm pretty sure most who voted for it did so because the name of the route itself is iconic as the first Inter City passenger railway. It's a shame that the developers decided to take the south route through Warrington and avoid the original historic path.

Positives, like I said, it IS a well built route and does looks great. The scenery isn't over populated so isn't too much of a burden on your PC. The tipping point for me giving this route a thumbs up is the climb out of Lime Street up to Edge Hill through the trench, I thought they captured the atmosphere just right.

Negatives, the Romans would've been proud engineers of this route. Straight line to Warrington, then straight line to Manchester. By no means the fault of the developers, but it results in the interest to actually drive the route disappears pretty quickly after a couple of runs.

Marks 6/10
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: December 6, 2014
I drive this route [I'm a train driver] and I say it is 90% accurate, however there are some major flaws with it!

The Up line between Hunts Cross Junction and Hunts Cross station is completely wrong. It has two buffers in the middle so you can't drive over that line, the station end the track rises into the air??? To get from Liverpool to Manchester, you have to take the Up and Down Electric Loop.
Also a freight train is directed through the runaround line at Allerton Depot and crashes with a berthed 158 causing a game crash, this happens when you approach the junction, so you can't drive further. I have taken out the 158 in the editor but it keeps coming back.
Some senarios won't load [i.e. 50% of them]...giving an error code.

I know some people can fix these issues themselves, but I shouldn't have to if I pay so much for these DLC's!

I have seen some youtube videos where they don't have the problem, with the Up line, but surely they should all be the same download?

There are also some signals missing, but on the whole when it works....it's enjoyable. But these major issues above tips my view to the negative. If they ever get sorted out [which I doubt] I may change my opinion.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: January 1, 2015
If you're wondering, this route does not include the full content of the "Class 158 DMU Add-On" DLC, which is sold separately. Note there is also another variation of the Class 158 included in the Settle-Carlisle route.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: June 2, 2015
Great route, love the scenery station's and distance. It's very accurate to the real thing. QD is great as well. Plenty of workshop scenario's available. All the scenario's work, and well worth it. Only bug bear is you cannot get access to the freight depot at Hunts Cross, through QD, which is shame.

I drive the regular and would say, yes it's good value for money.

There is also a full OHL version available in the workshop, enabling you to run OHL trains full distance.

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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: January 14, 2015
It's a good route however when I try to Quick Drive from Hunts Cross to Liverpool Lime Street I get an AI collision error involving a class 47, I've tried verifying the game files with no luck.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: May 7, 2015
Its okay. There are issues with the couplers between cars in the 158 as there are in the Settle and Carlisle that are yet to be fixed.
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: May 9, 2015
One of the best Train Sim routes I have..
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2 of 12 people (17%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: March 2, 2015
This route is quiet short and comes with a very bad train in the complte wrong livery, this dlc is very bad!
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