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Release Date: Jul 8, 2015

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From the celebrated studio of Thomson Interactive comes the new WCML Trent Valley route for Train Simulator, part of the UK’s busiest rail route connecting London and Scotland.

Completed in 1847, the Trent Valley Line now forms part of the West Coast Main Line (WCML), which runs from London Euston to Glasgow. Central to the WCML is its 399-mile (642 km)-long core section between London Euston and Glasgow Central[1] with principal InterCity stations at Warrington Bank Quay, Wigan, Preston, Lancaster, Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle. The length of the WCML's main core section is nominally quoted as being 401.25 miles (645.7 km). The basis of this measurement is taken as being the distance between the midpoint of Platform 18 of London Euston to that of Platform 1 of Glasgow Central, and has historically been the distance used in official calculations during speed record attempts.

The line was electrified during the 1960s and after subsequent upgrade programmes, now features a mixture of Mk1 and UK1 catenary equipment. Much of the line has a maximum speed of 125mph (201km/h) meaning Class 390 Pendolinos and Class 221 ‘Super Voyagers’ can make the journey in a little over five hours. It is also one of the busiest freight routes in Europe, carrying more than 40% of all UK rail freight traffic.

The Trent Valley Line was opened in 1847 to give a more direct route from London to the North West of England, bypassing the existing route via Birmingham built by the Grand Junction Railway and the London and Birmingham Railway a decade earlier.

Connecting the towns of Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth, Tamworth. Lichfield Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley and Stafford, the line follows its namesake, the River Trent, and criss-crossing the Oxford, Coventry, and Trent and Mersey Canals along the way.

The line was electrified in the 1960s and was primarily four-track along the 60 mile distance. However, prior to 2004, the line had an 11 mile (18 km) section of track between Tamworth and Armitage that was only double track. A programme of engineering works upgraded the full line to four tracks, allowing more train capacity on this busy route.

The 60 mile (96km) WCML Trent Valley route from Thomson Interactive is set in the present day with full overhead electrification, from Stafford to Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT).

Also included is a Class 66 diesel locomotive in DRS livery, multimodal freight wagons and a Class 350 Desiro EMU.


10 scenarios for the route:
  • Class 350: Down Limited
  • Class 350: Down Polesworth
  • Class 350: Down Stopping
  • Class 350: Up Limited
  • Class 350: Up Stopping
  • Class 66: Every Second Counts
  • Class 66: Stock Move 1
  • Class 66: Stock Move 2
  • Class 66: Strike a Chord
  • Class 66: Wintermodal

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Key Features

  • 60 mile (96km) WCML Trent Valley route from Stafford to Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal
  • Class 66 diesel locomotive in DRS livery
  • Class 350 Desiro EMU
  • Multimodal freight wagons
  • Extensive catenary system modelling with more than 200 new assets
  • Large DIRFT rail freight terminal
  • Diversionary track flyovers at Rugby and Nuneaton
  • Platform LED train information signs and LED night lighting at junctions
  • Functioning neutral sections in overhead catenary
  • On-board train announcements
  • Scenarios for the route
  • Quick Drive compatible
  • Download size: 1,341mb

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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Not Recommended
Posted: July 9, 2015
The fact that I don't recommend this route might just be silly. But in a rather blunt manner, I can't won't.

The pros for the route make it very promising indeed, it had an excellent level of scenery, and its length to me is just about adequate for the odd LM or even Virgin Trains scenario. The 350 in terms of feaures provided makes the stock almost revolutionary on what you can do in/around the train.

Now the Cons:

The main one is pretty much an elephant in the room: Thomson has forbidden all commercial content/modifications for this route, So no:

AP Class 360/444/450 sound pack update
AP Class 66 Sound pack update
AP Scenario pack that can ever be made
AP Lighting effects update

To be fair, we ought to respect the wishes of Thomson Interactive, but after learning they have completely recycled the PDL default sounds, and added a totally inaccurate announcement voice, I suspect they may have done this as a 'Get out of Jail free' card sort of excuse to hammer the nail of such mediocrity down (and hard).

Had they said so in the EULA, and added an acceptable amount of effort in sounds, I probably would have said otherwise, but again, I can only suspect it was done as such to excuse how much they have done on the train.

Perhaps in short then: If anything I recommend from is is the route itself, not the train. I wouldn't necessarily recommend touching the 350 provided with a barge pole. But It isn't necessarily enough to recommend the DLC as a whole.

"Just because it looks good, doesn't mean it is" - Daniel J Mckenzie, TS News.
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61 of 75 people (81%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
Posted: July 9, 2015
This is a truly excellent route. Well then, why don't you recommend this route, I hear you ask. Well please read on and I will explain.

First of all the good things and I have to say, there are very many good things about this route.
The level of detail is absolutely amazing. There is tonnes of trackside equipment like electrical equipment boxes, switch motors and cable troughs. The OHLE is second to none, it probably would be very difficult to improve on this route's OHLE. Working neutral sections have also been implemented and these neutral sections are compatible with the WCML over Shap class 87. The signals are actual light sources, which is a really nice detail. I really can't think of any thing bad about the route.

The class 66 and 350 included with thise route also have some quite innovative features. For example, the class 66 has a digital cabin display. The class 350 is absolutely loaded with features including passenger announcements and a TMS display. Because both units have tonnes of features, I found it rather peculiar that none of the units have a DSD.

The sounds of both units aren't terrible, but they aren't all that impressive either. Particularly the class 350 uses many recycled sounds (I think I could hear some class 390, 380 and 360 in there). Overall I would say the sounds are servicable.

So far so good, right? Well yes, overall it's a pretty good package. My only gripe with this DLC is really more of a problem that affects all software products and that is that software is sold as a licence that comes with a EULA. It just so happens that Thomson Interactive's EULA is particulary draconian. TI pretty much don't allow any commercial products that are based on this DLC. This means no (commercial) scenario packs, no soundpacks, no nothing. I really don't appreciate that companies get to decide what we can and cannot do with a product aftwer we bought it. If I want to pay for a third party product that, for example, improves the sounds of some train (like one of Armstrong Powerhouse's excellent sound packs) I should be allowed to do so. I have no idea why TI upholds such a restrictive EULA. It will probably be something like: "we can't guarantee the quality of our product when we allow third party modifications" (I really heve no idea if this is TI's reasoning behind their EULA, I'm just guessing here), but I think consumers can decide whether they are willing tot take that risk for themselves.

So I guess this review is really me trying to bring this issue to attention. I really hope that Krossrails and Thomson Interactive continue to make more excellent routes and I also hope that Thomson Interactive changes their EULA for future products. If they do, I will love them forever and send them a thousand hugs (even though that isn't really possible, but that's beside the point).
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30 of 34 people (88%) found this review helpful
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Posted: July 8, 2015
A good quality route made by Thompson Interactive.

- New class 350 with operatable destination blinds.
- Introduction of onboard announcements.
- Part working interior displays.
- Cab door to passenger compartment functioning.
- Over 50 miles of route to explore.

- No London Midland License resulting in no logo on trains.
- Not real announcements and only approach announcements, no 'This is',
- No class 390 scenarios.

All in all I do reccomend this as the build quality is good and clearly there has been a good effort put into this route.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
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Posted: November 2, 2015
I have very conflicting opinions about this route. First of all, the detail of this route is absolutely spectacular, so much that in order to add anymore detail you'd need to add a spec of dirt onto the platforms and trains to make it better. OHLE is by far the best in the game because it is accurate, it's very easy to use, and it looks like UK Standard Catenary. The 3D track and highly detailed scenery is such that everything had to be a custom made asset in order to simply make it look realistic and detailed to the point where somebody like me could take up the hobby of comparing it to the real world images. Neutral sections are also a great addtion which I am wanting to be implemented in all routes. If something like ECML London to Peterborough can be powered all by one power station along the seventy-six miles even though realistically there should be four or five neutral sections along the route, then no wonder my energy bills are extortionately high.

Unfortunately the new train that comes with it, the Class 350, doesn't live up to the standards. While it does have great new features, they don't make it one of the best trains. Firstly, onboard announcements that work depending on where you're going in a scenario are one great thing, but they nothing like Julie Berry at all who is heard on London Midland services formed of Class 350s. Instead it's the voice of a monotone woman who sounds like she's severely dehydrated and suffering from a sore throat, but it's a nice addition at least. Passenger views being implemented into the cab view are great because you can hear the AWS from the passenger view. While it might seem unrealistic to hear the AWS sounds from the passenger view, how often does a train's emergency constantly apply because the driver couldn't hear the cab sounds because he or she was sitting in the passenger view? The alternative isn't any better, in fact it's worse. But the train just looks like it's made of rubber, and I've seen more detail and authenticity in the Bachmann Class 350 model (no product placement intended) and while it's not a bad train, the DPSimulation reskin by Rfletcher is much better for my liking.

So the route is good, the train is okay, so what really can put people off with this route? LINEAR JOURNEYS. This route runs the 60+ miles from Stafford to Rugby and Daventry and can literally be traversed on the fast lines in about half an hour. It's nice for a beginner, but this route is so boring in the long run that you eventually see more variety in watching paint dry, though I'm sure that might take longer than half and hour so don't quote me on that one. I always thought that the last WCML route that should've been done was Trent Valley simply because it was so linear and short. I would've went with Preston to Birmingham or Birmingham to London, cause they're long and allow far greater journey opportunities (especially the latter with Watford DC lines and it's stopping service patterns).

Overall, I would add this route to your collection, but only during the sales and if like me you want to use it's assets for your own personal workshop routes. Don't try anything for commercial purposes though, cause Thomson have imposed a EULA against third party enhancements and other people making profit off their work. The lighting enhancement pack is really the only thing I'd be wanting to put on this route, but really it's Thomson's product, they're within their rights to impose this EULA. Thanks for reading.
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19 of 24 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Posted: July 9, 2015
A Route made by Keith Ross and Stock made by Thompson Interactive, it wasn't really a surprise this route would be a must buy. The last time these two came together with the West Highland Extension and if you have that you'd know what to expect with this. An amazing looking 60 mile route covered in detail most companies would overlook, and stock with more detail than you'd expect. Unfortunately lacking some licenses, the Class 350/1 is in a London Midland "inspired" livery whilst the Class 66/4 is in the actual Direct Rail Services livery and most of the company names on the freight stock are also "inspired" from the real companies, but they look good enough for people who don't know the route perfectly to not notice. Sounds aren't too bad, definitely above average and certainly better than you'd expect these days. This route is definitely worth full price, but as usual, if you're on a budget wait for the next sale.
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21 of 29 people (72%) found this review helpful
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Posted: July 8, 2015
Excellent add on. Money well worth spending and endless workshop potential with what can already be bought that runs on this route. Living in Tamworth these stations are as ture to life as you can get. Very well done to those involved.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 8, 2015
One of the best, if not THE best DLC so far this year. Detailed route. I love the realism, you will notice alot of objects along the track. The 350 is definately well made. The sounds are good, even though I do miss seperate cab/outside sounds. The class 66 has realistic branding, good sounds. Both the multiple unit and the locomotive are much better than the standard rolling stock that DTG usually releases. I like the announcements and the information system at the platforms are ACTUALLY working. When I saw this I was so impressed. Very good work! Definately a good buy.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: July 13, 2015
To users of TS2015, this route is to you what WCML North was to all of us Railworks users back in 2010. It's a big stride forward in detail, realism and feel.

At the time I wrote my review in 2014 of the WCML North route, despite it's relative age, it was still the route to which all others were judged. From this moment forward, WCML Trent Valley is now the route to which all others will be judged. Is it any surprise that Keith Ross had a hand in both routes?

It looks right, it feels right, the level of detail along the whole route is quite simply staggering.

The advanced Class 350 EMU is a nice addition to fleet as is the Class 66 which looks to be reworked and is more advanced than previous releases.

Only one negative note from me. With the route being a part of the major express train artery to the north west of England and Glasgow, the lack of a main passenger hub at either end gives it an hybrid feel. The impressively recreated DIRFT cargo centre makes you wonder if when planning the route, the developers were thinking more of freight than passengers.

This should not distract from how good this route is however.

The developers have raised the bar and I look forward to see what their next project will be. They now have a reputation to uphold.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Posted: July 8, 2015
Oh yes a BIG well done to Thomson interactive and KrossRail a very detail route been build and as alot people already mention another part of the Wcml done im very happy with this DLC with fantastic features from class 350 and a very well done class 66 i would recommend any one to buy the 24.99£ its well spend and worth the money !!!!!
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
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Posted: July 10, 2015
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Posted: June 24
First of all, for this review I don't want to enter into the question of the EULA because Thompson is the developer and has every right to do what he want with his creations.

So, the pros

The route is amazing, the tracks and the trackside equipment look wonderful. Moreover the announcements in the train provide an even higher realism


Unfortunately, the route is quite short, especially if compared to the other sections of the WCML, and I honestly don't understand why it doesn't end at Crewe, which is a more reasonable end for a route. Furthermore, there are few intercity services stopping at both stations and so this kind of scenario is very very short

In conclusion, I still recommend the route because it's good value for money, but I hope the developers will work soon on the section between Preston and Stafford
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Posted: May 21
Yes it has announcements and passenger view, but what the hell was TI thinking of? How could they have been so STUPID!
the simple truth is:
Let me explain, the Trent Valley route was built as a bypass for the express trains to Glasgow, bypassing the busy areas of Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Coventry. It was supposed to be a journey time reducer, not an enjoyable journey. That's the point, the Trent Valley route is just plain BORING. Thompson should have made the London-Birmingham section, even as far as Milton Keynes would be sufficient, but they made the Trent Valley. The boring bit. the useless, business like, efficient route. There are a total of 6 stations, yes 6, and boring flat scenery with the odd tunnel and hill.
Also, the 350 brakes are not an improvement on the 450, which was, overall, the main problem with the 450 (see Portsmouth Direct Line)
Overall, I'd buy it for the 350 and the pantograph racks so that you can use the Liverpool-Manchester electrified V2.0 from the workshop.
Excitement: 2/10
Train: 6/10
Usefulness in workshop: 10/10
Realism: 8/10
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Disco Puppy
Posted: April 6
OK, lets begin:

Nice Route
Amazing attention to detail
Includes 2 trains
On train announcements
Active neutral sections

It feels weird not seeing pendolino trains whizzing passed
The announcements have to be manually placed on the track, so not very exciting for scenario builders
Thomson have stopped Armstrong Powerhouse from updating their sound pack for the trains

A part of me despises this for not having AP on the trains, but overall, it's a nice addon, and I do recommend it to anyone with the money to get it
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Posted: February 7
Love this DLC. Fabulous detail and the Class 350 sounds just like real. The line is great for me. On the carreer scenarios included the 350/1 includes next stop and luggage announcements which i love.
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Posted: January 7
love this route the only proplam i hav with it is when you do quick Drive whats the point of chenging the destantion if every time the anoncments are made it changes bk to its defult setting other then that runs smoothly at the station you get the real destinations an stops on the electronic destantion boreds would love to see them add to this route by countionuing down to london (sorrie for any bad spelling my spelling is not that good)
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TheTrainBanger Gaming
Posted: December 30, 2015
WTF? IS THIS THE BEST DLC EVER? the station anouncements are amzing..... its the best route in TS i have!
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Munted Man
Posted: December 29, 2015
Not a very long route and takes about 35 minutes to go non stop, but spectaculary detailed, with 2 fun trains to drive. Alot of scenarios also included. One of the best routes, and even though its always a bit more than the others price wise, is worth it. Just a tip: in scenario "up limited", after departing from rugby, There is an unannounced temporary speed restriction of 20 mph. Hope that saves many medals.
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Gruesome Doctor Applejack
Posted: December 22, 2015
I don't get the hate for this route, dispite AP not allowed to do anything on it sadly.

Route maybe a bit empty...

I love the Class 350 with all the features such as, ANNOUNCEMENTS and passenger view merged into cab view, with a lot more camrea views (angles) and Class 66 same as the others I would say.
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Posted: November 15, 2015
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