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North Wales Coastal Line: Chester- Holyhead And Llandudno

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by HamioSamio098, Jul 24, 2021.

  1. HamioSamio098

    HamioSamio098 Well-Known Member

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    First route proposal since who knows how long so here we go...
    The Line
    Running for a total of 88.4 miles, this long stretch of track takes us along the entirety of the North Wales coast, from Chester in the east to Holyhead and Llandudno in the west. This line crosses the English/Welsh border just 2.2 miles west of Chester.

    Stations
    Major stations, served by both Avanti and TfW Premier service/stoppers, in Bold (Llandudno branch in brackets)
    Chester

    Shotton Low Level
    Flint
    Prestatyn
    Rhyl

    Abergele & Pensarn
    Colwyn Bay
    Llandudno Junction

    (Deganwy, Llandudno)
    Conwy
    Penmaenmawr
    Llanfairfechen
    Bangor
    Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch (I did copy and paste this to be funny)
    Bodorgan
    Ty Croes
    Rhosneigr
    Valley
    Holyhead

    Operators and Rolling Stock

    2 operators will be featured, those being Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast. 3 trains will be featured, those being the Class 175 'Coradia', Class 221 'Super Voyager' and Class 67+Mk4 stock+DVT.

    Services (stations on route in brackets)
    Avanti West Coast (Class 221)
    Crewe (Chester)-Holyhead: 5tpd

    Transport for Wales
    Premier Service: Holyhead-Cardiff Central (Chester): 1tpd in evening (Class 67)
    B'ham International/Cardiff Central (Chester)-Holyhead: 1tph (Class 175)
    Manchester Piccadilly (Chester)-Llandudno: 1tph (Class 175)
    Llandudno Junction-Llandudno: 1tph (Class 175)

    The Class 66 can provide freight from the Quarry at Penmaenmawr to Chester

    Pictures
    [​IMG]Chester


    upload_2021-7-24_15-28-26.jpeg Llandudno Junction


    [​IMG]Holyhead

    [​IMG]I'm not going to type this out ;)

    [​IMG]Class 175


    [​IMG]Class 67


    [​IMG]Class 221

    Final Words
    This route, while long, is one of those that I feel should be enjoyed in its entirety with stunning coastal views and brilliant pieces of architecture that are sure to make people go 'wow!'.
    Link to a brilliant cab ride by Don Coffey along the entire North Wales Coastal line
     
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  2. Rybnicki

    Rybnicki Member

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    Burying the lead here by mentioning the Victorian meme station twice but not mentioning in the body that *you get to drive through a castle*. Great and historic route anyway, tho with TSW's limitations you might be stuck with Cyffordd Llandudno to Caergybi (Holyhead).
     
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  3. coursetim

    coursetim New Member

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    I get the train to and from Bangor occasionally for university and its a very pretty route as well!

    Would be awesome to see in tsw!
     
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  4. Mikeboy

    Mikeboy Active Member

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    Would like to see this route but in the early 90's so there's Regional Railways loco-hauled stock, sectorised freight, and Valenta HSTs.
     
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  5. anarchy99

    anarchy99 Member

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    I would absolutely love to see this route in Train Sim World.



    Highlights
    • [41:10] Stunning coastal views of the sandy Colwyn Bay beach front after exiting Penmaenrhos Tunnel.
    • [49:00] The approach to UNESCO World Heritage Site Conwy Castle, crossing Robert Stephenson's Conwy Railway Bridge spanning the Conwy estuary and breaking the medieval town walls built between 1283 and 1287 and featuring 21 towers.
    • [57:43] Beautiful vistas of Anglesey and cutting through the Penmaenmawr mountains via the Pen Y Clip tunnels.
    • [1:12:15] The Britannia Bridge across the Menai Strait between the island of Anglesey and mainland of Wales. Designed by Robert Stephenson, construction of the bridge began in 1846. The bridge was decorated by four large lions sculpted in limestone by British sculptor and architect John Thomas who worked on Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster. The lions cannot be seen from the A55 above, they are visible only from trains on the North Wales Coast Line.
     
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  6. formulabee#1362

    formulabee#1362 Well-Known Member

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    Apart from the network of valley lines, this should be one, if not the first Welsh routes to be featured
     
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  7. jolojonasgames

    jolojonasgames Well-Known Member

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    This looks really great. It's both a coastal route, and a route that features many impressive sights, such as castles and bridges. I think it could be really fun!
     
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