Background The Hope Valley Line is a railway line in the North-West to East Midlands of England. Running between the bustling cities of Sheffield to Manchester and suburbs, and a section in the Peak District National Park, this line has a lot to offer. **Please note that all images are taken by me unless otherwise stated ** The line and what I propose **not my image** The line starts off at Sheffield, which is famous for its beautiful roof and history. The line then calls at Dore and Totley, a small, idyllic station, where the Midland Main Line branches off. There are also plans to reinstate platform 2. Now the line passes through the 3 1/2 mile long Totley Tunnel, which is a landmark along the line, and ends up in Grindleford. Grindleford is a nice little station located on a sharp curve. There is also a nice signal box at the end of the recently extended platform 1. The line continues onto Hathersage, a very small but beautiful town. Along the way, you can admire the breathtaking scenery of the Hope Valley. After that, the line continues to Bamford. The station isn’t that interesting, but its platforms are dead straight. After that, the line goes to Hope, which happens to have the surrounding valley and railway line after! The station also has a nice footbridge, which I believe is listed and is one of the most scenic locations along the beautiful line. As well as that, just after the station, you have Hope Earles Sidings, where some freight trains terminate. Now we go to Edale, which is, again, one of the most scenic locations along the line. Again, there isn’t much interest of this location as it serves a pretty rural village in the middle of nowhere! We now enter the Cowburn Tunnel, another landmark along the route. This Tunnel is the deepest tunnel in England and is 3702 yards long. Once we have exited the famous tunnel, we pass a junction which freight trains use to go onto the Buxton branch line, before ending up in the Aggregate Industries site. We then end up in Chinley. This station is a weird one, that has an island platform, which is linked by a footbridge. If there are engineering works north of this station, Northern trains will terminate here. Also note the station is A LOT smaller than it used to be. The line now branches off in two directions to Manchester Picadilly- I will start off with the route via Stockport. This branch is the fastest section of the line, with a maximum speed of 125 mph. In order to get to Stockport, we need to pass over two canals, before going through the Disley Tunnel, which is the most expensive asset along the line. It has a length of around 2 miles and 360 yards. We then arrive at Stockport, which is a busy station. Here, you can interchange with other modes of transport and change trains to Avanti West Coast and Northern Rail electric services. If these trains are ever featured in game, it would be nice if we could have layered on, AI only services. We now move on to the slower branch of the line to Manchester Piccadilly, which has the bulk of stations along the line. Immediately after the line branches off, we approach New Mills Central. The station is located on what used to be the section of track the Hayfield branch and Midland line branched off. Apart from that and the nice footbridge and station buildings, let’s move on. We are now arriving at Strines. I don’t want to get into politics, but this station used to find itself on the boundary of Derbyshire, until in, 1994 after boundary changes. Now we arrive at Marple, which was rebuilt in 1970. Before we continue, I’m going to talk about the Rose Hill [Marple] spur, which would be criminal not to include. There is only one station on this short spur, but it will add a lot of gameplay variety. Rose Hill [Marple] only has one platform and a small sorry-looking station building, however the line used to continue to Stockport. We now continue to our next station along the line, Romiley. This station doesn’t have much to offer, however the station building is really grand and charming. The line now branches off to yet another route to Manchester Piccadilly, which I will go into detail once I’ve covered this route. The next stop is Bradbury, which was rebuilt in 1976. Apart from that, there isn’t much of interest, so I will move on. There is also a short freight only line to a rather facility here. We now approach Brinnington station. This station is relatively new, having opened in the 1970’s. We now arrive at Reddish North, which was originally called ‘Reddish’ and still had a traditional footbridge. After that, we arrive at Ryder Brow. This station is also new, having opened in 1985. The station only has basic ammenaties and the track is dead straight. We then arrive at Belle Vue, which comes in straight after a sharp bend. Unfortunately, all the station buildings have been demolished and only two platforms remain. As promised, I’m going to go in detail about the other branch to Manchester Piccadilly. The first stop along the branch is Woodley. There isn’t much in this station, and the old station building is now a house. Our next stop is Hyde Central, which was originally called ‘Hyde’. The station buildings were rebuilt in the 1980’s. We then arrive at Hyde North, which was originally called ‘Hyde Junction’. The remaining section of the Woodhead route does not stop here. Now we’re arriving at Guide Bridge, which is on the rebranding section of the Woodhead line. You can also see abandoned catenary and OHLE too. We then approach Fairfield station, Gorton. The stations don’t have much, so I’ll move on. We now call at Ashbury. There is no actual place of this name near this station. It was named after the Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Company Ltd. After that, we call at Ardwick. Plans to close the station were scrapped in 2006 and only receives a couple of trains each day. We FINALLY arrive at Manchester Piccadilly, the terminus of the line. TFW, Avanti and Northern electric services call here. In the future, it would be nice for 323 layers to layer, so we can drive the short section of electrified Railway. **credit- Network Rail** Depots There is one depot along the Hope Valley Line; Ardwick, where some Northern and TPE trains are maintained. Rolling stock I’m suggesting the following trains be featured in the route: . Class 66/4 in Freightliner Green livery, with associated wagons . Class 185 in TPE livery . Class 158 in East Midlands Trains (Stagecoach) livery . Class 150/1 in Northern Rail livery Possible DLC: . Class 142 pacer in Northern Trains livery . Class 195/1 and /0 in Northern Rail livery Layers- from other routes: . DB Red class 66 When is the route set? I’m proposing to set it the month before East Midlands Trains got taken over by Abellio. How many stations are there? Approximately 28 stations Conclusion Overall, this with be a great route to have in TSW2, thanks to the diversity services (express, stopper commuters and freight), large amount of stains and stunning scenery. Also note that most signals among these lines are semaphore signals.