Now this... is a fantastic route. I'd never taken much note of this infamous line before. But ever since I bought this DLC, I've been having fun all the way, both driving & looking into the history of the real route. For a start, the scenery is amazing - from the busy industrial yards around Sheffield, Manchester & Wath, to the amazing views of the Pennines & the Woodhead tunnels. It's a truly fantastic journey, especially with the loco's & rolling stock.
For a start, you get the popular Class 76 Electric's in BR Black. I actually had trouble driving these to start with, because I didn't realise you had to 'Shift Traction Modes' in the cab once you were underway & have both pantographs up - no matter where you leave from, you'll face an uphill climb to start, followed by a downhill run where you MUST apply the brakes. Trust me... after Woodhead Tunnel's on the way to Manchester, there are a lot of curves. And the Wath Line need a lot of expertise in each direction, driving both steam or electric... especially when you're hauling coal. Unfitted 21-ton hoppers? Not recommended for drivers-in-training.
Speaking of engines, you get the former-LMS 8F's & Class 08 Shunting Diesels. Now, I would like to have seen more scenarios with both of these engines (the 08's only driveable in a few 'Free Roams', and the 8F only has 1 'Standard' Scenario. But there's also one with a BR Green Class 37 & you'll see a few 'Black Fives' roaming around the route too. I suggest, if need-be, you get this route with the Robinson 04 or Thomson B1 in one of Steam's Twin Packs.
Even so, I still enjoy this route. It's a challenge to drive on, but a great journey all the same. And for the price, you can't argue with what you get - if Electrics, Heavy Goods or just trains in general are you're thing, I really recommend the Woodhead Line.