Hi all, a while ago after Matt adressed route mergers and their difficulties on stream (and their possibilities), I made a thread discussing that in the PC forums, that came with a poll (see image below). The discussion resulted in a few routes that are suggested for potential merging, and the poll showed that many people are willing to pay for it (with for example a loco pack, which is where this suggestion will be going). What I'm suggesting I'm suggesting that DTG starts selling merger packs, that consist of one or two trains and the merging of two (or more) routes. For players that own both routes already a pack consisting of just the merger and a loco will be available, and for players that don't own any of the routes a full pack consisting of the two routes, a merger, and the loco will be available (possibily with a 5-10% discount compared to buying everything seperately). The merger (besides one or two trains) comes with unified timetables, working PIS across the route and of course scenario planner functionality. To illustrate this suggestion, I'll now put forward a few possible route mergers that are possible in game currentely (or in the near future), and a few ones that require additional routes to be made. Currently (or soon to be) possible mergers East Coastway + Brighton Mainline + Class 171 First of all, please note that I'm not that familiar with the ins and outs of British railways, and the 171 might therefore not be a fitting choice for this merger pack. (I'm of course open for other suggestions) This pack would merge the already in-game East Coastway to the upcoming Brighton Mainline (Rush Hour), and would come with the Class 171 DMU in Southern livery. Southern class 171/7 For players that own both routes a Class 171 + route merger pack will be available For players that own neither of the two routes, a pack consisting of ECW, BML, the Class 171 and a merger will be available. (this might get tricky due to BML coming in a route pack, which might not make it available for sale in another bundle, but that's up to DTG). Ruhr-Sieg Nord + Rhein-Ruhr Osten + BR 294 and/or BR 151 This pack will merge RSN and RRO (an often requested merger) and will come with the BR 294 heavy diesel shunter/light mainline locomotive and/or BR 151 electric six-axle freight locomotive. Both locos can be seen in either DB or Railion (or both) liveries. Railion BR 294 Railion BR 151 For players that own both routes, a BR 294 and/or BR 151 + route merger pack wil be available For players that own neither of the two routes, a pack consisting of RSN, RRO and the BR 294 and/or BR 151 will be available. Hypothetical mergers that require new routes Great Western Express + Reading - Oxford + Class 180 Again, I'm no expert on British railways, keep that in mind and correct me where wrong. This pack would merge the existing GWE (London Paddington - Reading) with a Reading - Oxford route, suggested by SeaHawk 14. For rolling stock, a (troublesome) GWR/FGW Class 180 Adelante might be a possibility, as that did run on the line in 2016 (which I believe GWE is set in). A FGW Class 180 Adelante. Bahnstrecke Riesa - Dresden (Rush Hour) + Dresden - Děčín + DB and/or MRCE BR 189 and/or DB BR 146.0 This pack would merge the upcoming Riesa - Dresden with Dresden - Děčín (as suggested by me, with A ČD 193 Vecton and the DB BR 180/ČD 372/371), coming with the BR 189, which is often seen on both routes, in DB and/or MRCE livery. Another possibility would be the BR 146.0, which operates the majority of S-bahn services in and around Dresden. A DB BR 189 A MRCE BR 189 (ES 64 F4 is the name MRCE and Siemens use for it) 146 017 with a VVO public transit advertisement. 146 013 with a Felsenbühne Rathen advertisement. Schnellfahrstrecke Köln - Aachen + Schnellfahrstrecke Köln - Rhein/Main + S-bahn Köln BR 423 This pack would merge SKA with Swedewagons popular Schnellfahrstrecke Köln - Rhein/Main suggestion. It will come with a S-bahn Köln version of the BR 423, which will add S-bahn services on both routes (on SKA it replaces the BR 422). A S-bahn Köln BR 423 Rapid Transit + Leipzig - Riesa + Riesa - Dresden + DB and/or MRCE BR 193 This pack will merge the Rapid Transit route with Reisa - Dresden via Leipzig - Riesa (as suggested by me). This merger would add the main hall of Leipzig Hbf to Rapid Transit, as this will be present on Leipzig - Riesa, and thus will be merged onto Rapid Transit. This will create a small network around Leipzig Hbf, with S-bahn lines extending north and south through the tunnel, IC and ICE services going either through the tunnel and out east after that, or they will arrive into the main hall. Further Regional services on both RT and Leipzig - Riesa will terminate in the main hall of Leipzig Hbf. Optionally this pack can be taken even further by including the Dresden - Děčín I mentioned previously. The BR 193 would add (more) freight services to all the routes included. Personally I prefer the MRCE livery. DB BR 193 MRCE BR 193 Hypothetical mergers that merge more than 2 routes. This last part gets a bit more difficult, as it will merge 3 or more routes into one. For this suggestion I will still assume the merger is one pack, but it might have to be multiple packs. Schnellfahrstrecke Köln - Aachen + Köln - Wuppertal + Rhein-Ruhr Osten + Ruhr-Sieg Nord + DB IC 2 This pack will merge a total of 4 routes, being linked up by my Köln - Wuppertal suggestion (with the ICE 2 and National Express Talent 2). It will come with the DB IC 2 (1st generation) sets consisting of a BR 146.5 and IC Dostos, which runs the IC55 service from Köln to Hagen via Wuppertal (and onwards). DB BR 146.5 with IC Dostos IC Dosto cab car In addition to this, creeperblox2710's suggestion for the route between Wuppertal and Solingen over Remscheid with the S7 line could be used to create an extra connection between RRO and Köln - Wuppertal, in a pack with the DB BR 261. DB BR 261 Schnellfahrstrecke Köln - Aachen + Köln - Düsseldorf + Hauptstrecke Rhein-Ruhr + ICE 4 This pack will merge SKA with HRR, via MrSouthernDriver's Köln - Düsseldorf (- Duisburg) suggestion, which was also suggested by Perks390. It will come with the DB ICE 4 (BR 412), which operates multiple ICE services across Köln - Duisburg and HRR. A DB ICE 4 (BR 412) Alternatively SKA and HRR could also be connected via Aachen - Mönchengladbach - Duisburg (with either a RRX Siemens Desiro HC or DB BR 111 + Dostos), either in addition to the route over Düsseldorf (creating a real network) or instead of it. Great Western Express + North Downs Line Reading - Gatwick + Brighton Mainline + Class 165/1 This pack would merge GWE with the upcoming BML via the north Downs line via redhill. It would include the GWR (or FGW) Class 165/1 GWR Class 165/1 Brighton Mainline + Redhill - Strood + Southeastern High Speed + Class 375/3 Again, it speaks for itself. This pack would merge the upcoming BML and SEH via the Redhill - Strood line with a Southeastern class 375/3 (perhaps in the white SE livery?). Perhaps this set of routes can even be merged with the North Downs line and GWE, creating a massive network around the south of London. A class 375/3 in a white Southeastern livery. Final words of course I haven't mentioned every possible option for mergers, and this thread might be a bit German-focussed, so I'd love to hear your merger wishlist. I hope this thread gives a good idea of the merger + loco packs I'm proposing, and their interesting possibilities. These kind of packs and the merging system they come with will allow for longer connected routes which huge amounts of gameplay potential in the future! Personally, I really like the idea of a Rhein-Ruhr network, which only requires two new routes (Köln - Wuppertal and Köln - Duisburg), with another (Aachen - Duisburg) being an additional possibility and Köln - Frankfurt and Wuppertal-Solingen (via Remscheid) adding even more. The reason I like this idea is that all the routes are quite different from eachother (SKA is mixed high speed, HRR is a frequent stopping mainline, Köln - Wuppertal is a busy two tracked mainline with fewer stops that also provides the Köln freight diversion line for continuous frieght services, Köln - Duisburg is also very busy, but sees different kinds of traffic, RRO has two different split lines with one having an S-bahn focus, RSN is a freight focussed route, Wuppertal - Solingen via Remscheid is a diesel S-bahn line and Köln - Frankfurt dedicated high speed, with S-bahn action at either ends). This creates a network, without being boring and same, instead offering a world of variety for the player.