I've been enjoying Spirit of Steam, and the new challenge of trying to get the best out of the loco and manage the boiler pressure to have steam available when it's needed. On a recent run I had clear signals all the way, ran close to line speed throughout and braked late and hard for speed restrictions and stations, without messing it up. I arrived feeling pretty pleased with myself...4 minutes late. What more could I have done, I wondered? A minute or so late might make me think a few tweaks and I'd be there, but 4 minutes to make up, over quite a short route? It was hard to think where I could possibly find that time. That set me thinking about the timings. They're obviously generated by the game, rather than input by someone, as they have those horrible odd-seconds arrival and departure times (10:31:27 or whatever). Are they realistic or sensibly achievable? I took a look at the actual 1958 timetable, here (see table 96): https://timetableworld.com/ttw-viewer.php?token=1987099b-01c5-47f7-a8dd-ba173774ceb5 The results are interesting, to say the least. Fastest times are as follows: Lime St - Crewe (non-stop) Real life - 51 mins SoS - N/A (no schedules) Lime St - Crewe (1 stop) Real life - 55 mins SoS - 43 mins Crewe - Lime St (non-stop) Real life - 50 mins SoS - 36 mins Crewe - Lime St (1 stop) Real life - 55 mins SoS - 38 mins I only compared fast trains (Jubilee with load 10 in the game) - I haven't got onto the stoppers yet, but they're probably difficult to compare because the traction used on SoS is not realistic. Those fast trains in real life may not have been Jubilees, of course, but they're long distance trains on which, in reality, a Class 6 would probably have been the minimum - most were probably booked for a Class 7 or 8. They could have been slightly heavier than load 10, but bear in mind those times shown are fastest times. There were others which were slower, suggesting a heavier train or less power (or pathing issues). Regardless, the gaps between the fastest real life scheduled running times and the SoS scheduled running times are huge. To put it into context, the current (2022) scheduled running time from Crewe to Lime St, with one stop, is 36 minutes. That's with a high-powered Pendolino which can go faster around curves due to its tilt capabilities, 125mph maximum speed and much improved braking characteristics, on a route with significantly enhanced line speeds. SoS expects us to do it in just 2 mins more with a steam train on 1950s infrastructure. It seems incredibly unlikely that DTG wouldn't even have looked at a timetable from the period and checked the running times were roughly right. In fact, I think on one of the streams it was even mentioned that they did look at an appropriate timetable. I have a horrible feeling I'm missing something obvious here and I'm about to make myself look stupid posting this, but why do the SoS timings seem to be so far out from reality? Also, as a sub-question: has anyone else found the timings on the fast trains to be achievable, while complying with all line speeds? If so, any tips on how to do it?