I was thinking about what makes routes interesting to drive on TSW and I think the answer is in variety. The trains on MSB are smart and nice to drive, but it all looks very similar. I think LIRR's quality, even though there's only the L7, comes from having the various branches to mix things up, along with many of the stations being distinctive. From that perspective, I'd like to see the route south from Birmingham New Street Station added to the game, with local and cross country services... Local Services, West Midlands Trains New Street (Originating at Lichfield Trent Valley / Four Oaks) to Bromsgrove / Redditch via Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch (Redditch branch) The EMU stopping service along this line brings quite a lot of variety. There are initial tunnels from New Street station through Five Ways, before the line joins the Birmingham-Worcester canal. They pass side-by-side through University, then over a twin aqueduct/rail bridge around Selly Oak, past the iconic Cadburys chocolate factory and purple painted station at Bournville, industrial estates near Kings Norton, residential estates through Northfield and Longbridge, before heading out to green rolling hills around Barnt Green and Alvechurch before terminating/returning at Redditch or the new station at Bromsgrove. The Redditch branch is a dead end and the line electrification has recently been extended as far Bromsgrove on the other route so EMU services are limited to this section. The descent into Bromsgrove after Brant Green is also notable as it contains the Lickey Incline, the steepest sustained main-line railway incline in Great Britain. The climb is a gradient of 1 in 37.7 (2.65%) for a continuous distance of two miles (3.2 km). The trains are BR Class 323 EMUs. They will eventually be orange/purple livery, but are currently in a transitional orange/grey with only the ends painted over the old London Midland livery. The extended part of the southbound route after Bromsgrove (green line on route map below) is completed by the Hereford train which runs hourly and has fewer stops in Birmingham: Birmingham New Street to Hereford via University, Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury After the variety of the New Street to Bromsgrove leg, the further route through Droitwich and out to Worcester brings views of the Malvern Hills. This branch could potentially run as far as Worcester Foregate Street, as that section rejoins the canal and in places runs high enough to provide views over Worcester and its cathedral. There is a tunnel through the Malvern Hills to Colwall, but if resources prevent the full route out to Hereford, i'd cut it at Worcester. Due to the lack of overhead wires after Bromsgrove, these services are run by BR Class 172 DMUs mostly in the final West Midlands Trains orange/purple livery. Cross Country Services - Arriva CrossCountry Birmingham New Street - Cheltenham Spa (Plymouth-Edinburgh Service, Bristol-Manchester, Cardiff Nottingham routes) Some services via University and Ashcurch for Tewkesbury. Worcestershire Parkway is also under construction. This express service runs three times an hour, once each as part of three longer services. It follows the same line from New Street as far as Bromsgrove, splitting off before Droitwich to head south to Cheltenham, giving the trains a chance to stretch their legs, with some of the services stopping early on at University and then at Ashchurch for Tewkesbury. If resources allowed, the route could continue to Bristol Temple Meads and beyond. These services are run with Class 220/221 Voyager/Super Voyager trains in Arriva CrossCountry livery, which I think would be a very welcome addition to the game. The inclusion of Birmingham New Street station would be welcomed by many, and could be an easy win if the station is already under construction for a West Coast Main Line route. Both local and cross country routes would provide a decent length for services. Freight Bonus! As an additional bonus, you could run some freight services up the Lickey Incline and in as far as Kings Norton. The EWS Class 66 which already exists in the GWR route would be a perfect fit so the extra work required to add this could be limited to adding appropriate start and finish locations. Here's one going up the Lickey Incline with a banker behind it (Pic by Matthew Wilson). Steam Bonus! On a final note, the company which runs day trips on the Flying Scotsman uses Bromsgrove as one of the stops on one of its routes, so down the line, if steam trains do eventually make it into the game, a LNER Class A3 4472 Flying Scotsman DLC could add services onto this line up to New Street.