North East England is an all new route with the goal of producing a large network showcasing the diverse range of lines in the area.
Built completely from scratch, North East England was conceived as a replacement for the ageing 'ECML: North East' route and was designed to be built at a much higher quality using some of the latest assets available. Version 1 of this all new route features a high quality representation of the East Coast Main Line between Darlington and York, the section of the Durham Coast Line between Northallerton and Hartlepool and the section of the Darlington to Saltburn line between Darlington and Eaglescliffe with numerous custom assets in order to capture an authentic look and feel of the area. With the inclusion of these areas, this means the first version has over 80 miles of fully driveable route to explore.
Users can create already familiar high speed services between Darlington and York, local services between Darlington and and Hartlepool, the Grand Central service between York and Hartlepool and a wide range of freight workings from the York area along with the various industrial areas around Billingham and Hartlepool.
The route is built in a style where lineside detail is paramount and distant scenery less so. This cuts down on development time and also provides a benefit with a
reduction of the use of system resources. This also gives me more time and resources to add future extensions to the route.
A range of standard scenarios are included with this first release along with a basic implementation of quick drive. These are a temporary measure and as time goes on we will introduce a range of dedicated scenario packs for the route along with a much more advanced system of era-specific quick drive to cover multiple eras. Please refer to the PDF document entitled 'NEE Scenarios' that is provided as part of the download for more information.
Due to comprehensive volume of detail many areas, particularly in York, it is recommended that you run scenarios in the 64-bit version of Train Simulator where possible. A detailed manual has also been created and it is important you read this before installation/use of the route in order to be aware of any expected issues. This can be downloaded/viewed from the link below.
Version 1b of the route also now includes the 'Scenario Creation Kit'. This gives scenario creators the opportunity to include era-specific station signs in any scenario they create and distribute to the community.
Since the release of the route I have been made aware that the Class 185 required by some of the scenarios has now moved to a different site. I believe that is now on this page and the version required is Class 185 'Desiro' Pack (V1.2)