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Hs1 Ashford & Canterbury To London St Pancras

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by David Harrison, May 18, 2020.

  1. David Harrison

    David Harrison Member

    Nov 20, 2017
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    I think that we can all agree that London to Faversham for Train Simulator was slightly lacking. Yes, the modelling of the 395 was good and the quality/realism of the route was on point. However, this DLC is now over 7 years old being released in 2013. The thing that I feel a lot of people where disappointed with was the fact that 85% of the route was third rail between Faversham and Ebbsfleet. The class 395 is a Hitachi built High Speed train, debuting in 2009. It was built for the 140mph route between London and Ashford on HS1. Yet, for the majority of the 68 minute journey from London to Faversham, we were only able to do roughly 60-70mph, as the time spent on HS1 would only last about 15 minutes.

    With the birth of TSW a new era has dawned in the world of Train Simulation, and no Train Simulator would be complete without the Class 395 Javelin. I would like to propose the route from London St Pancras (One of Britain's grandest and most spectacular railway stations) to Ashford International (Kent's link to the Eurostar and East Sussex). This route would contain intermediate stops at Stratford International and Ebbsfleet International. Both large, modern stations, perfect for free roam. The entire route would be spent driving at 140mph (225kph) and the full length would take just under 40 minutes; reaching new speeds in Train Sim World for the first time. With HS2 under construction, HS1 is a true icon in Britain's railway history. If we're lucky, Dovetail may improve on this idea and extent the route to Ramsgate via Canterbury. This would then become a large network, with slightly over an hour of driving time from Ramsgate, and 51 minutes from Canterbury. A southeastern livery for the class 377 we saw in Train Sim World East Coastway could be added and possibly a Colas Rail Class 70 for freight operations?? This addon would also give the possibility for separate loco DLCs for example the Eurostar e320, which could be driven between London and Ashford at 187mph. Which would be insane.

    Overall an ambitious yet outstanding route for Train Sim World here. If you included all which I asked for this would probably be the largest UK route currently in the game and would be worth more than the normal price of £25. Combining the fastest and most modern highspeed line in the UK to date as well as third rail commuter traffic in the Kent Downs between Ashford and Canterbury. Below I've shown my own pictures of Ashford International and the Class 395 at London St Pancras. 003.JPG 023.JPG DSCN2565.JPG DSCN2567.JPG
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  2. TrainSim_Fan

    TrainSim_Fan Well-Known Member

    May 24, 2020
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    A route this long wont happen atleast not yet but I think we have a chance of Maidstone West to St Pancras International as this is only 45 miles.
  3. cooltoyn

    cooltoyn New Member

    Aug 30, 2019
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    The HS1 high speed route should be extended on train simulator 2021 cos to be fair only going from London st pancras to faversham and sheerness on sea is getting a little bit boring after a while.
  4. Mikeboy

    Mikeboy Member

    Aug 21, 2020
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    I can't see the London-Faversham including Canterbury but a stretch to Ashford International would make it significantly more interesting.

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