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User reviews: Mostly Positive (26 reviews) - 76% of the 26 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 17, 2012

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Buy Portsmouth Direct Line Route Add-On

Packages that include this game

Buy Train Simulator: UK Collection

Includes 5 items: Train Simulator: Freightliner Class 66 v2.0 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: GEML Class 90 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Great Eastern Main Line London-Ipswich Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Portsmouth Direct Line Route Add-On, Train Simulator: South West Trains Class 444 EMU Add-On

Buy Portsmouth Direct Line Collection

Includes 6 items: Train Simulator: BR Class 33 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: BR Class 421 '4CIG' Loco, Train Simulator: BR Class 423 ‘4VEP’ EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: Class 455 EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: Portsmouth Direct Line Route Add-On, Train Simulator: South West Trains Class 444 EMU Add-On


About This Content

The Portsmouth Direct Line Expansion Pack is a recreation of the 49-mile railway line between Woking and Portsmouth Harbour via Guildford. Based on the line as it appeared between 2000 and the present day, this expansion pack includes the Class 450 electric multiple unit (a very familiar sight on the line) and faithful representations of all 16 stations along the route. The Portsmouth Direct Line runs through busy urban centres, suburbs and rural areas as it makes its way from Woking in Surrey across the North and South Downs to the historic naval town of Portsmouth on the South Coast.

The line was first begun in 1845, at which time the steep gradients of the Downs between Guildford and Petersfield proved a struggle for steam traction. Journey times improved with the electrification of the line in 1937, and by the late 2000s the third-rail 750-volt DC line was served predominantly by Class 444 and Class 450 EMUs. The Class 450 EMU included with the Portsmouth Direct Line is closely modeled on the real Siemens-built Class 450 ‘Desiro’ units which entered service in 2003, and features accurate controls and sound effects, plus realistic details including matrix destination displays, independent left and right door controls and more.


Class 450 'Desiro' electric multiple unit (EMU)

Portsmouth Direct Line 49-mile route from Woking to Portsmouth Harbour


10 scenarios for the line:
  • Introduction to Portsmouth Direct Line
  • End of Days
  • Chop and Change
  • Halfway Haslemere
  • Hightail to the Harbour
  • Holybourne Tanks
  • Saturday Shunt
  • Petersfield Shuffle
  • Southern Rail Tour
  • Working to Woking

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
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 26
Nice route nice scenery, but unpolished. It seems like DTG gave up fixing the issues in this route as it was released in 2012 and now it's 2015 still no updates.

-Class 450 the handling is ABYSMAL. The brakes are too weak, and this is not me exaggerating. Enter a 12-car platform at 40mph, set the brakes to 81% (maximum non-emergency level), and watch the train overrun. Such basic issue that ruins gameplay. Also most buttons in the cab is non-functioning.

-Some scenarios unable to achieve gold medal. For one the maximum score you can get is 400, so not for those gold medal OCD patients. some scenarios also have terrible timetables such that you are very early in one station, and very late for the next station.

-Route only goes from Portsmouth to Woking, could be extended to Waterloo for the whole experience (only 15 more miles). Seems like developers too lazy to finish off the last bit.

Final words: Do pick one up if it's over 50% off, but refrain from purchasing until DTG gave it an upgrade like Isle of Wight.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Posted: May 31
Get it with the UK collection.

The route itself is nice, aside from the fact you only use about 1/3 of it (the rest is undetailed and/or unelectrified)

Like everyone says, the 450 has poor braking, but if you took my advice and got the UK collection (which you'd be really dumb not to because it's for the same price) then you'll have the 444, which makes up for it in my opinion even if it does have the same sounds.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 22

This route is a very nice route, good scenery (only the Woking to Portsmouth bits - even though the track between Redhill and Wokingham, Ascot and Wokingham, Ascot and Aldershot, Brookwood and Alton, Guildford to Hinchley Wood and Guildford and Aldershot is there, there is no scenery). BUT - don't buy this route. Buy the UK Collection which comes with this route, the GEML, Class 444 (A must have if you want to play any scenarios from the workshop), Class 66 Freightliner and Class 90 all for the same price. BUY THE UK COLLECTION AND NOT THIS ROUTE! This is one of 2 reasons why I don't recommend it. Howeve the fact that this route doesn't go from Waterloo to Woking which is a large let down so after a while this route can get boring. So to sum up: good add-on with some bits left out but buy the UK Collection instead.

No. No. No, no, no, no. This train has some MAJOR mistakes.
The cab view is fine. Nothing special here.
The train looks decent. There are some discrepancies between it and the class 450 in real life, but otherwise it is reasonable. Also there is no SWT branding but there's a patch for that from UKTS.
There is no passenger view. I don't know how long it takes but judging by the quality of other passenger views, I don't think it takes long. But there isn't one. Pure laziness.
The physics are a joke. The braking distance is shocking, and I mean shocking. If you are'nt under 30mph by the time you enter a platform, you are not going to stop at that platform. Most trains do it at around 40 with max breaking, some have done it from 50 but 30 is not realistic at all. How did this get through the testing? How?
The sounds are of the normal standard: Utter joke. Painful to listen to if you've been on any British electric Desiro.
The 450 could have been good but the sounds and physics made it go from decent to painful-to-drive. It's not as bad as the DTG 321 but then that's not really saying anything.

So buy the UK Collection and never drive the 450 without the appropriate Armstrong Powerhouse sound pack.

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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 2
This route is great however the brakes on the included train is not and it is also a shame that the route dosnt go as far as London Waterloo, but i often have a go on this route and i still love it!
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Posted: November 26, 2014
Route Pros:
Nice scenery...
Iterestingly enough, there are some grades on this line, that are steep enough to catch attention!
Quite a few level crossings (which i like)
Many scenarios
Performs EXTREMELY well for me.

Route Cons:
I can't find any!

Class 450 Pros:
Nice looking on the outside

Class 450 Cons:
The brakes are TERRIBLE
Cabview is (in my opinion) very badly modelled.
The horn is the SAME horn from the Class 455, the Class 360, AND the Class 380!

Should you buy this route? Ya, I guess you should, overall it is a pretty enjoyable drive!
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