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Wcml Over Shap In The Steam Era For Tsw

Discussion in 'Route Suggestions & Proposals' started by NorthRail1, Aug 15, 2018.

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  1. NorthRail1

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    WCML Over Shap in the 1930s for TSW
    The Route
    This route would feature the West Coast Main Line between Lancaster Castle and Carlisle Citadel, a distance of 70 miles, during the 1930s when the LMS operated the route. The route would feature the route over Shap Summit, making it a more challenging route for operation with steam locomotives.
    Services
    A variety of services would run over the route, including non-stop services from London to Glasgow, along with more frequent stopping Inter-City services, local passenger services and freight services also. The addition of the branch from Oxenholme to Windermere would also increase the variety of services along the route.
    Locomotives
    LMS Coronation Class
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    The LMS Coronation Class operated high-speed express services along the route, capable of speeds above 100 mph. This iconic LMS locomotive would be ideal for the operation of express services in a TSW rendition of the route.
    LMS Stanier Class 5 'Black Five'
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    The Black Five was one of the most common locomotives on the LMS network, with over 842 being built. A mixed traffic locomotive, the Black Five would be able to haul both passenger and freight services on the route.
    LMS Fowler 4F
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    Another common design of locomotive on the LMS network was the Fowler 4F. 575 of these locomotives were built and were designed for medium freight work, opening up further freight opportunities for the route.
    Conclusion
    The route from Lancaster to Carlisle in the LMS era would provide a challenging experience driving steam locomotives over the steep grades of the route and would provide a variety of services ranging from non-stop express services to slower freight services. Examples of all 3 suggested locos have been preserved and were featured in TS18, so it would be possible to accurately reproduce these locos in TSW with less difficulty than other loco types.
     
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