This suggestion is for the West Coast Mainline route in TSW2 between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly via Stockport, and the Styal Line between Wilmslow and Manchester Piccadilly via Manchester Airport. Route Map Route Length Approximately 46 miles long Trains & Services Obviously, building three new trains for one route is hard to do, so either the 175 or 390 could be a DLC. Class 323 - Northern Entering service in 1994, the 323s were among the last trains to enter service with British Rail before its privatisation in the mid-1990s. The units were designed to operate on inner-suburban commuter lines in and around Birmingham and Manchester with swift acceleration and high reliability. Of the 43 sets built, 26 are in operation with West Midlands Trains and 17 with Northern Trains. These services operate along the route with the following stopping patterns: Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly via Stockport (all stops) 1tph Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly via Manchester Airport (continues to Liverpool, all stops except Goostrey and Chelford) 1tph Manchester Piccadilly to Cheadle Hulme (continues to Stoke-on-Trent) (stops at Stockport) 1tph Class 175 - Transport for Wales The British Rail Class 175 Coradia 1000 is a type of diesel multiple-unit passenger train operated by Transport for Wales Rail in the United Kingdom. The fleet of 27 sets was built between 1999 and 2001 by Alstom at Washwood Heath. Owned by Angel Trains, they were originally leased to First North Western, before being transferred to Wales & Borders, and then to Arriva Trains Wales and then Transport for Wales. These services operate along the route with the following stopping patterns: Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe via Stockport (continues to Milford Haven/Camarthen/Cardiff) (calls at Stockport and Wilmslow - some Sunday trains stop at Alderley Edge) 1tph Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly (continues to Llandudno/Holyhead) (calls at East Didsbury) 1tph Class 390 - Avanti West Coast The British Rail Class 390 Pendolino is a type of electric high-speed passenger train operated by Avanti West Coast in the United Kingdom, leased from Angel Trains. They are electric multiple units using Fiat Ferroviaria's tilting train Pendolino technology and built by Alstom. Fifty-three units were originally built between 2001 and 2004 for operation on the West Coast Main Line (WCML). They were ordered as 8-car sets, later extended to 9-car sets, of which some were then lengthened further to 11 carriages. These new 11-car trains were renumbered as the subclass 390/1. The trains of the original batch were the last to be assembled at Alstom's Washwood Heath plant, before its closure in 2005. The remaining trains in the fleet were built in Italy. These services operate along the route with the following stopping patterns: Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport (continues to London Euston via Stoke-on-Trent) (non-stop) 2tph Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe (continues to London Euston via Stafford) (calls at Stockport and Wilmslow) 1tph Stations Crewe Sandbach Holmes Chapel Goostrey Chelford Alderley Edge WIlmslow Styal Manchester Airport Heald Green Gatley East Didsbury Burnage Mauldeth Road Handforth Cheadle Hulme Stockport Heaton Chapel Levenshulme Manchester Piccadilly Depots Ardwick Depot Longsight Depot Crewe Carriage Sidings Landmarks Twemlow Viaduct Handforth Station Signs http://www.railwaycodes.org.uk/stations/handforth.shtm Stockport Viaduct Scenarios Some suggestions for scenarios Evening Express: drive 2A49, the last train of the day from Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly - calling only at the Airport. Then, stable this train in the depot. Engineering Extra: it's Christmas and there are engineering works at Airport Station and between Alderley Edge and Crewe. Take your service out of Alderley Edge sidings and take passengers over to Piccadilly via Stockport. Then, return via Heald Green - but run via the airport diversion line. Park back up in the sidings. Sunday Service: drive this Transport for Wales service from Crewe to Piccadilly, call at Alderley Edge and Wilmslow. Then, run via the airport diversion line. Conclusion This route would bring the West Coast Mainline into TSW2, a highly suggested route, and the iconic Pendolino train, whilst also being able to run busy commuter services into the North's biggest city and throughout cities, towns and villages in the scenic counties of Cheshire and Greater Manchester.