Hi all, today I'm making my first British suggestion. I'm suggesting the South Devon Main Line between Exeter St Davids and Plymouth, with a branch along the Riviera line to Paignton. Contents The Route General description Cab ride Services The rolling stock What comes with the route as standard? GWR Class 800 IET GWR Class 158 Express Sprinter What could be DLC? GWR Class 150/2 Sprinter GWR Class 143 Pacer Cross Country Class 221 Super Voyager Freightliner (or Colas Rail) Class 70 Layers Final Words Pictures A GWR Class 802 IET on the Dawlish Sea Wall featured on this route. The Route General description The route runs from Exeter St Davids to Plymouth, with the Riviera line that diverges south just after Newton Abbot being included. This gives the line a total length of 93 km (58 miles), with the section between Paignton and the junction south of Newton Abbot making up 10 km (6 miles) of that total. The line is very scenic in nature, running along the mouth of the river Exe and the coast, including the Dawlish sea wall, on the first half of the route. After Newton Abbot, the main section of the line turns back inland, crossing steep gradients with bridges, viaducts and tunnels in the Devon countryside before reaching Plymouth (this section can be seen well in the 1st and 3rd cab rides). The Riviera line Branch to Paignton runs back to the coast, before terminating in the seaside town of Paignton (only a museum railway serves the southern section of the Riviera line beyond Paignton nowadays). The line is home to many well known railway photography points, and rightfully so due to it's great scenery. The top speed of the line is 160 km/h (100 mph), although many sections are restricted to 100 km/h (60 mph) or 110 km/h (70 mph). The line is continuously double tracked, with the section between Newton Abbot South Junction and the point at which the lines diverge being 4 tracked. At Plymouth Laira Depot, a large yard for storing and maintaining passenger rolling stock is featured, and at Exeter St Davids a smaller one is also present. Toghether these two yards will allow for depot runs. There are also a few industrial connections and freight sidings along the route, allowing for freight gameplay. The route will be set in 2019 (or around that time), when the IET was just entering service, and the Class 43 'Castle' sets were still operating part of the Intercity services (so these can be layered in from GWE). In addition to that, at the time Class 143 pacers still operated stopping services, allowing them to be DLC. Cab Ride This cab ride takes us from Plymouth to Exeter (and beyond), and is taken at the time I'm proposing the route to be set in, with the HST's on their way out, and shortened Castle sets coming onto local services, while the Pacers are still in full operation. This cab ride takes us from Paignton to Exeter. This cab ride takes us from Plymouth to Newton Abbot. Services As people are used from me in my continental suggestions, a list of services will be included to give an indication of what gameplay will be like in timetable mode. Freight services are not included in this list, but will of course be present in game. Intercity (GWR) (from London via Tiverton Parkway) – Exeter St Davids – Newton Abbot – Totnes – Plymouth (start/end point) 1 train per 2 hours rolling stock: GWR Class 802 IET, GWR Class 43 'Castle' sets Intercity (GWR) (from London via Tiverton Parkway) – Exeter St Davids – Newton Abbot – Totnes – Plymouth – (Onwards to Penzance via Liskeard) 1 train per 2 hours rolling stock: GWR Class 802 IET, GWR Class 43 'Castle' sets Intercity (Cross Country) Plymouth (start/end point) – Totnes – Newton Abbot – Exeter St Davids – (Onwards to Edinburgh Waverly via Tiverton Parkway) 1 train per hour rolling stock: Cross Country Class 221 Super Voyager Intercity (Cross Country) Paignton (start/end point) – Torquay – Newton Abbot – Teignmouth – Dawlish – Exeter St Davids – (onwards to Manchester piccadilly via Tiverton Parkway) Two return trips per day are extended from Exeter St davids to Paignton rolling stock: Cross Country Class 221 Super Voyager Stopping service (GWR) Exeter St Davids (start/end point) – Newton Abbot –Totnes –Ivybridge –Plymouth – (Onwards to Penzance via Devonport) 1 train per hour rolling stock: GWR Class 158, GWR Class 225 (shortened class 43 'Castle' sets) Stopping service (GWR) (From Exmouth via Exeter Central) – Exeter St Davids – Exeter St Thomas – Starcross – Dawlish Warren – Dawlish – Teignmouth – Newton Abbot – Torre – Torquay – Paignton (start/end point) 2 trains per hour rolling stock: GWR Class 150/2, GWR Class 166 In addition to these services, there will also be depot moves, railtours and possibily empty runs from Plymouth Laira Depot to Exeter (with for example two Class 43 power cars coupled togeter without coaches). To liven up Exeter St Davids, the services that terminate there could also be added (one Cross Country Intercity every 2 hours (Class 221) and another GWR Intercity every 2 hours (Class 43/Class 802)) standing around in platforms. Rolling stock What comes with the route as standard? GWR Class 802 IET The class 802 Intercity Express Train (IET) operated by GWR is a bi-mode multiple unit, which first entered service in 2018. It was built by Hitachi rail and have a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). It forms the new backbone of GWR's long distance services, including those on this line. Even though it can operate both under overhead electric wires and with diesel generators, it will operate only with diesel generators on this line due to the absence of electrification on this line. In may 2019 it replaced all remaining class 43 'Castle' sets. More info on wikipedia. GWR Class 158 Express Sprinter The Class 158 is a DMU built by BREL for British Rail between 1989 and 1992. GWR operates both 2-car 158's, three car 158's and hybrid 3 car sets, that consist of a two car set, with an additional driving coach coupled to one end (as pictured above). I suggest that both the two car sets and the hybrid 3 car sets are included, as the two car sets can 'simply' be modelled by removing the middle driving coach from the hybrid 3 car sets. The class 158 has a top speed of 90 mph (145 km/h). On this route it operates the Exeter - Plymouth - Penzance stopping services. More info on wikipedia. What could be DLC? GWR Class 150/2 Sprinter GWR also operates the Class 150/2 Sprinters on the Paignton - Exeter St Davids - Exmouth stopping services. This DMU was built by BREL York between 1984 and 1987 for British Railways. The Sprinters consist of two powered coaches, with a maximum speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). Perhaps Rivet Games would be interested in developing this particular DMU as they have already made a class 150 for their West Cornwall Local route. More info on wikipedia. GWR Class 143 Pacer Until 2020 GWR still operated class 143 pacers on the Paignton - Exeter St Davids - Exmouth stopping services. These DMU's were developed as a cheap replacement for many older 'heritage' DMUs operated by British Rail, and utilised many bus parts. They consist of two coupled two-axle coaches and have a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). Due to the axles being mounted directly to the coach (instead of conventional 2-axle bogies), the ride is quite rough and the pacers generate a lot of flange squeel in corners. More info on wikipedia. Cross Country Class 221 Super Voyager The class 221 is a tilting DMU operated by Cross Country on many of it's long distance services, among which the once to Plymouth and Paignton. The 221 is largely similar to the class 220 voyager also operated by Cross Country (which could also be added instead of the 221), but differs in the bogie design. The 221 was built by Bombardier in 2001 and 2002, and has a top speed of 125 mph (200 km/h). The Class 221 has a tilting ability, that allows it to tilt by 6 degrees in corners to increase passenger comfort at high speeds. Most of the sets operated by Cross Country consist of 5 cars. More info on wikipedia. Freightliner (or Colas Rail) Class 70 The class 70 is among the more modern freight locomotives on British rails, being built between 2008 and 2017 by General Electric. The class 70 has six axles in a Co-Co configuration, and a top speed of 75 mph (120 km/h). Both Freightliner and Colas rail operate the Class 70, and both these operators would be great to see in game. This loco add-on could add additional freight services on top of the ones already created by layering in the Class 66. More info on wikipedia. Layers Passenger GWR Class 43: Full length on the Intercity services. Shortened to 4 coaches on stopping services (in real life these shortened 43's have been modified with sliding doors and PIS, but as a layer these differences can probably be overlooked). GWR Class 166: On the Paignton - Exeter St Davids - Exmouth services. Class 20, 31, 33, 37, 40, 45, 47, 52: Operating Railtour services Freight Class 66 (DB and EWS): Operating freight services. Final words I think this very scenic route could be a great addition to TSW, finally providing a route for the Class 802, aswell as allowing layers from GWE, and many interesting DLC options such as the Super Voyagers and often requested Pacers. As I mentioned at the start, this is my first British suggestion, so I might have gotten a few things wrong, if so, I'd like to hear it so I can correct it. I look forward to hearing your thoughts about this route suggestion . Pictures A GWR Pacer on the Dawlish Sea Wall A class 220 on a curve at Langstone Rock near Dawlish A Castle set at Exeter St Davids A class 158 heads along the Dawlish Sea Wall A Class 43 Castle set on the Dawlish Sea Wall A class 802 on the Dawlish Sea Wall A Colas Rail Class 70 on the Dawlish Sea Wall An EWS Class 66 near Cockwood A GWR Class 143 coupled to a Class 150 between Dawlish Warren and Cockwood A Colas Rail Class 70 on the Batchford viaduct Laira Depot near Plymouth, where Class 43 Castle sets are stored and maintained.