Tuesday, 5 February 2019

North East England - V1b + Scenario Creation Kit

Firstly a big thanks to Tom at Train Sim TV who gave a demonstration of this system last night and to those who watched, hopefully it gave a visible insight into the point of what I am trying to achieve with this.

The new kit is now part of a new version of the route that has now been released. A full version is required due to some of the existing station models being replaced to remove signs in order to facilitate this system. It also means everyone downloading receives all of the new assets and should therefore see station signs when playing scenarios that have the system added. Detailed documentation for the use of this kit within scenarios provided within the download. The scenarios that were included with the route also now have the new system in place.

Those familiar with scenario creation will also be familiar with what is termed as 'scenario specific scenery', it's basically the things that you add to a specific scenario that are not physically added to the route itself, things such as workmen or speed restriction boards etc. That is essentially what this is, but the station signs have been added for you already and no scenery placement is needed, it's merely a case of the scenario creator copy/pasting a folder from their chosen era into their scenario folder which when distributed as normal means a person downloading your scenario will see all the relevant stations signs throughout the route.

Five eras are provided and are as follows, 1996-2003, 2004-2010, 2010-2015, 2016-2017,
2018-2019. So if you are creating a scenario based in 2013 you would add the folder representing 2010-2015. Sign changes to the real route often happened more frequently than the five periods represented, but it isn't feasible to add a kit for every single year and this trade off still means the signs are fairly correct for your chosen year.
You can download the newest version of the route which contains the Scenario Creation Kit by clicking here.

I already covered Darlington in the previous blog post so here are a few more shots of stations shown in different eras.

Stockton shown in 2013 and 2017

Thirsk shown in 2014 and 2016

Teesside Airport shown in 1998 and 2017


  1. If I have created some scenarios on the original route (without the creation kit) when I download this will the scenarios be carried over to the V1b?

  2. Yes, all scenarios created previously will be fine.

  3. Will Sunderland ever be added or the Durham Coast Line?