Whilst the Liverpool to Manchester Route Add-on for Train Simulator was released way back in 2014 I have only recently acquired the route and felt it justifiable to share my first impressions. After all the simulator is still relevant today as are all the expansions and will be for the forceable future. The newer Train Sim World is incredible but just doesn’t have the back-catalogue of content found in Train Simulator.
The end points in the Liverpool to Manchester route is Liverpool Lime Street and Manchester Piccadilly. Both popular and large stations. Within the Manchester location are stations within very close proximity to one another such as Manchester Oxford Road and Deansgate both within a mile or two of Manchester Piccadilly. The line has constant speed changes which requires the drivers concentration. Manchester United football stadium is visible along the route and the Trafford Park station is immediately adjacent to the stadium. Upon leaving Manchester towards Liverpool there is a vast distance to the next station which consists of a short journey over a bridge traversing the river Mersey.
By purchasing and owning the Train Simulator: BR Regional Railways Class 101 DMU Add-On the Class 101 DMU train and four extra scenarios become available for the Liverpool to Manchester Route:
- Training: Class 101 Expert Controls
- Training: Class 101 Simple Controls
- Airport Express Service
- Commuter to Manchester
I thoroughly enjoy the journey along this route from Manchester to Liverpool. My only gripe is that the line isn’t extended to the airports. There is reference within the Class 101 DMU Add-on of the “Airport Express Service” however the scenario simply follows the same routes from Manchester Picadilly to Liverpool Lime Street. Imagination is required to think of passengers going by bus to the remaining trip to their destination. It’s a missed opportunity but it’s very detailed route with visible landmarks throughout. The scenarios are fun including the Match Day event. Definitely a route worth adding to the collection.
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