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North Downs Line Reading To Gatwick Airport

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by elarthur, May 23, 2020 at 1:02 PM.

  1. elarthur

    elarthur Active Member

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    I would like to suggest the North Downs Line as a route for new dlc. The line starts at Reading going via Guildford and Redhill before changing ends to reach Gatwick Airport. It is approximately 41 miles in distance with 25 stations and passes stunning scenery like Boxhill (near Dorking Deepdene). Over the years it has seen several types of traction including Class 206 'Tadpole' DEMUs, Class 119 DMUs, Class 165/166 'Turbos' and soon Class 769 'Flex Tri Mode' MUs (formerly Class 319 Thameslink). There has been no freight on the route since 2007 but the line was used between 1988-2004 by the Dover to Manchester Piccadilly Travelling Post Office service.
     
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  2. First capital connect

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    Nice suggestion
     
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    A few images of the North Downs Line. Screenshot_2020-05-23-13-10-35-1.png
    Class 206 Tadpole Screenshot_2020-05-23-13-13-15-1.png
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    View (likely from Boxhill)
     
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    One of many stations en route.
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    Betchworth
     
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    Class 33s were used on additional peak services until 1977, this light engine seen at Betchworth.
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    Class 101s supplemented the 119s during the late 80s and early 90s, this one seen at Gatwick Airport.
     
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    Reading platforms 4-6
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    Wokingham
     
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    Crowthorne
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    Blackwater
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    North Camp
     
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    Chilworth
     
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    Gomshall.png Gomshall Dorking West.png
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    Reigate
     
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    Gatwick Airport
     
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    Drivers eye view of route. Must watch footage. Towards Gatwick end we see a lot of class 377 activity on Southern routes. Being that they already feature in game, this should be fairly easy to do. Lots of SWR movements mid journey too.
     
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    Nice suggestion, I must say I would want this route to be based in the modern day.
     
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    Basing it in modern times does not strictly prevent the running of older classes of rolling stock for those of us who liked them. Realists could simply refuse to buy or run them on their game. This should apply to ALL routes.
     
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    Agreed, I would say no locos older than 1990.
     
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    Upon looking at your pictures the class 769 looks nice.
     
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    The locos would have been mostly pre 1990s as freight ceased in 2007 and the TPO only between 1988-2004. I used to travel a lot on the 769 in its previous Thameslink class 319 guise around south london. Handsome design by BREL.
     

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