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Release Date: May 17, 2012

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Buy Train Simulator: Portsmouth Direct Line Route Add-On

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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 Train Simulator: 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

 

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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.

Includes:

Class 450 'Desiro' electric multiple unit (EMU)

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

Scenarios

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

    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
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Posted: August 15
I bought this route before the UK Collection and all of that.
Is it an old route? Yes.
Are there better detailed routes available? Yes.
Is it still a nice route to drive on? Yes.
The textures and what not are outdated, yes, you can tell. It's a nice route though.
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Vx NoUtrOnz xV
Posted: May 21
I think everyone would agree that this route needs an upgrade.

I live near the route and have been travelling between Woking and Portsmouth numerous times, and comparing it to this it almost looks like it has no character. The developers must have spent so little time and effort to this route than other such as London to Brighton, Liverpool to Manchester and South London Network to name a few.

In order to improve the route DTG need to:
- Add consist tilt to certain areas such as at Godalming, Rowlands Castle etc.
- Texture and scenery improvements to make it look like the real thing
- Improve timetables to scenarios included

DOVETAIL UPGRADE IT PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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thenimster
Posted: May 17
Pretty much only the Woking to Portsmouth bit has scenery. The rest of it doesn't. There's even a bit where there is a loop which isn't supposed to be there. If you do want thhis route then get it on a large sale. Otherwise invest your money on something else
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Swift Devil
Posted: March 29
its ok a bit out dated but good
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TheArkerportian
Posted: March 5
Well made route and trains, albeit they lack a passenger view.
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sam
Posted: March 5
Good route-Get it withnthe 44 in UK collection DEFINETELY
The 450 is a pathetic effort at a train-MAKE IT BETTER DTG
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takethismafiaup
Posted: February 19
Not bad. I would acutally recommend this game. Although, I am still deciding which train to buy. 455 or 444.
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Trackside Simulations
Posted: February 6
If you want a route with over half the track with no scenery, then this is for you! The mainline between Woking and Portsmouth is nice, and has scenery. But up north, towards Woking, there is extra tracks which forms a huge network that is around half, or even more of the total route's mileage, which DOES NOT HAVE SCENERY. DPS does have a updated version to this, but this is only to the line between Woking and Portsmouth, and not to the extra tracks. So if you want the entire route to have scenery, WHICH THE ENTIRE ROUTE SHOULD HAVE, you will have to include it your self. The EMU which is included is a joke. 1) The brakes SUCK 2) No Passenger View and 3) No DRA. It's nice to know, that DTG has been aware of this Packs's issues for along time, but still havent fixed them, just 4 years after this has been raised. I give this a -6 out of 10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: September 3
Product received for free
Its A Great Map I Like How They Put 1% of Gosport in

Even Though In Quick Drive Theres no AI

I Do love how its runned by SWTS

Game rate 9/10

i recommend this DLC!
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: July 4
I noticed I'd not done a review for this today and saw that it was mostly mixed so thought it would be nice to write something positive for a change.

YES, the PDL is old.
YES, it is unfinished in some parts and
YES, the 450 Desiro is pretty poor

BUT

It's now been given the 'Classic' badge (ie, 'old') and had it's price slashed to less than ten quid. Add the fact that DP Simulations have done a very nice update for it for FREE and it's still a decent length route that is suitable for a huge range of stock, it begins to look like a bit of alright.

Want to run Steam? Perfect, no nasty overhead wires to spoil the view. Freight? Lots of places to go. Classic passenger? The absolute PERFECT route for all those great southern slam door units like the 421, 422, 415, etc. Also the perfect route for a reskinned class 422 Wessex in the late NSE / SWT era.

Old and imperfect yes but at the price its at now, it doesnt deserve a negative rating.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: March 22, 2015
Well.

Route:
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.

Train:
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 not 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.

Felix
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: March 2, 2015
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: November 1, 2015
This route is one of my favourite, mainly because it is nearest to me. This is a lovely route that I play literally everytime I'm on Train Simulator.

Postives
-Distance is very accurate
-Nice scenary
-Track layout is great
-Class 450 is supplied with it
-DPS upgrade available, with London - Faversham.

Negatives
-Released in 2012- looks old now.

I don't have a problem with this route, but they are the issues I think that do come accross to most.
Rating: 9/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: May 31, 2015
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 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 23, 2014
It is good, it could of gone to Waterloo, Brighton, and Southampton, there should be a portal for all tracks at the Effingham Junction Turn off, some reason on part of the Hinchley Wood Branch there is no 3rd Rail, but people think there is a route limit.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: December 27, 2015
The Portsmouth Direct Line is the only route in which you can drive South West Trains. Recommended with the 455 and 444.

Looks: 10/10
Rolling Stock: 5/10
Pricing: 7/10
Enjoyment: 8/10

Overall mark: 30/30

Undoubted pass.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
Posted: February 15, 2015
This route is a another welcome addition to TS (Train Simulator) collection. It has scenary only the Woking to Portsmouth only but no scenary outside the line except for the platform scenary. It also can have me to have a chance to create a 2 part Portsmouth to London Victoria.

There are some disapointments about this route:
This route unfortunately does not go all the way to Wateloo.
The Class 450 stops badly and sometimes you can derail or ran over a red signal (Buy the PDL [Portsmouth Direct Line] Collection if you can).

But still, for me, it is still recommended even for Portsmouth Direct Line Collection. You can have the DPS (DPSimulation) PDL [Portsmouth Direct Line] if you have the London Faversham High Speed Route Add-On. Note: Does not add scenary or anything. Just the rail it just changed.
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