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Just a stone’s throw from Dovetail Games’ HQ, the Chatham Main Line is one of the main arterial routes from central London through the heart of Kent via the Medway towns, towards the Kent Coast – and you can now discover this picturesque route in Train Simulator.
The line was originally built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR), starting at London’s second busiest termini, London Victoria. The station originally opened in October 1860 as the eventual terminus for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway; however, two years later an expansion to the station was built for the LC&DR.
Running from London Victoria, the line passes the famous Battersea Power Station and criss-crosses lines to south London stations such as Clapham Junction. After Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street, the line diverges through Herne Hill, West Dulwich, Penge East and Beckenham Junction; services can also take the Catford Loop Line, which passes through Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye and Catford.
The lines merge again at Shortlands and head into Kent, crossing the South Eastern Main Line (which serves other London termini such as Charing Cross or Cannon Street) and the main line between Ashford and Swanley.
Between Farningham Road and Longfield, the Chatham Main Line crosses the junction previously used by Eurostar trains from Waterloo International to pick up High Speed One. Although the line still exists, it is reserved for emergency use only by Class 395 ‘Javelins’. After crossing the River Medway, the line runs through the Medway Towns and follows the North Kent coastal towns to Faversham before splitting to either Ramsgate and Margate or Folkestone and Dover.
The line has passed between several operators in its life; at the time of sectorisation, the line was operated by Network SouthEast and transferred to Connex South Eastern after privatisation. Today the line is operated by Southeastern, part of the Govia Group, who operate Class 375s and Class 465s from the capital to the Medway Towns and the Kent Coast. Southeastern operate via two different routes, services from the Kent Coast travel to Bromley South and via the original route through Kent House and West Dulwich into Victoria, while services originating in the Medway towns frequent the Catford Loop via Denmark Hill into the terminus.
Updates to the line and rolling stock in recent years have seen Southeastern’s roster of four-car Class 375 units repainted into the company’s new dark blue livery, which at the same time some of Class 465/9s that operate out of Gillingham and Rochester are receiving an interior refresh as part of the refurbishment programme. In December 2015, a new station at Rochester was also opened to cope with modern passenger demand and longer trains operating on the route. The original station had stood since the early 1890s, with the new station sited 500m west of the original structure.
Chatham Main Line: London-Gillingham for Train Simulator recreates the 43 mile (69km) route between London Victoria and Gillingham (Kent), via Kent House and Denmark Hill, including the new Rochester Station. Also included are several EMUs representative of services seen today on the route, such as the Class 465/0 in Southeastern ‘Grey Stripe’ livery, Class 465/1 in Southeastern ‘Blue Stripe’ livery and Class 375 ( including /3, /6 and /7 variants) in Southeastern ‘Dark Blue’ livery.Scenarios
Eight scenarios for the route:
1S24 0937 London Victoria to Ramsgate
2C74 2103 Dover Priory to London Victoria
2K90 0708 Gillingham to London Victoria
2M90 0748 London Victoria to Beckenham Junction
2M82 1540 London Victoria to Orpington
2K78 1452 Dover Priory to London Victoria
1B90 0932 Bromley South to London Victoria
2K08 0758 London Victoria to Rochester
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why don’t you check it out now!
Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.Key Features
48 mile (69km) Chatham Main Line route between London Victoria and Gllingham (Kent), with a short extension to Rainham
Catford Loop Line serving Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye and Catford
Orpington Branch serving Petts Wood and Chislehurst
Standard UK colour light signalling throughout the route
Class 465 in Southeastern ‘Grey Stripe’ livery and 'Blue Stripe’ livery
Class 375/3, Class 375/6 and Class 375/7 in Southeastern ‘Dark Blue’ livery
Scenarios for the route
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Download size: 1,591m
Minimum:OS: Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
Memory: 2 GB RAM
Graphics: 512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
DirectX: Version 9.0c
Network: Broadband Internet connection
Storage: 6 GB available space
Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Recommended:Graphics: Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
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