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Release Date: May 17, 2012
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Buy UK Collection

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

Buy Portsmouth Direct Line Collection

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

 

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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
Helpful customer reviews
4 of 4 people (100%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) 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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 24, 2014
For a commuter trains junkie like myself, this route is a must, right after London-Brighton. Of course, in its basic state, with only Class 450 included, it's lifeless, but if you can grab the PDL Collection it becomes a nice commuter experience.

So yes, but only the whole PDL collection.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
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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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 6
cool the ones who say this is not good need new eyes or a new pc lol
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Posted: February 19
Its a great shame you cannot drive from Portsmouth to southampton,brighton ,littlehampton,or even all the way to London Waterloo but never mind maybe one day.
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7 of 16 people (44%) found this review helpful
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Posted: October 4, 2014
I regret buying many DLC but this one is my biggest regret, I would review it in full but it actually just depresses me thinking about it ... Portsmouth Direct is a classic case of corporate greed trumping a designers vision ... not only that the asset that is bundled with the route (the 450) is the worsed asset ever developed by DTG, not fit for purpose on every level: sound, performance and funtionality, its utterly diabolical ...

Unfiished garbage stinking of a big fat lack of vision ... avoid like the plague.
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3 of 8 people (38%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: October 10, 2014
I got this for the Easter Egg hunt on Facebook, lol. But yeah, even though I didn't buy it, it is still somewhat in a bad shape in my opinion. It is pretty bland, looks so un-alive, the scenery is weird, but probably just the place sucks in Real Life to be honest. There is a massive network of route that is on this map, but the problem is that at least 60% of the map is not mapped out properly and not used at all in any scenario at all. The trains have awful break distance and it's handling is just generally bad. Scenarios are there on this map, but it is not much to enjoy to be honest.

I give this map 4 out of 10. [Doesn't worth it unless cheap or free, lol.]
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 13, 2014
Brilliant! 1 train included this 49 mile route will keep you going!
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Posted: February 15
A little bit quick load if you load a scenario on this route but I have a main problem:
The Class 450 stops badly and somtimes you can derail or ran over a red signal.
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Posted: December 21, 2014
Altough it is old, there are thousands of workshop scenarios to try out. Definitely pick this on up in the UK Collection Bundle on a sale, which will save you soooo much money.
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Posted: December 27, 2014
Great addon to train simulator, Would highly recommend
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Posted: March 22
Well. 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 the soul reason why I don't recommend it. The class 450 is reasonably accurate bar the sounds, which are OK if you haven't heard a train before, you will need to go to the normal place (Armstrong Powerhouse) in order to have great sounds. The breaks are atrocious. You will need to enter each station platform at a maximum of 30mph to even have a chance of stopping in time. Otherwise the 450 is a good train. Although this route doesn't go from Waterloo to Woking which is a bit of a 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.
Felix
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Posted: March 31
What can I say about the PDL?

Absolutley amazing, even though I have been using the add on for a good 5 hours I can already feel the excitement the moment the scenario loads up.

Well done hope this continues on to TS2016
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