Operating Hours: 05.53-00.30 - 956 trains
This version of the existing 1969 Piccadilly timetable exchanges the rush-hour mayhem of local services for the exquisite torture of numerous extra loco-hauled services, all of which require empty stock and two light engine movements. The periods of peak holiday departures and arrivals around 09.30 and 17.00 are exceptionally demanding.
This simulation covers the area covered mostly by the former London Road PSB, replaced by Manchester Piccadilly PSB in 1989. Exceptions are the lines from Cornbrook Jn to Sale & Glazebrook, manually signalled in 1969, but brought under London Road in January & August 1971 respectively, plus the link to Ordsall Lane and beyond, unchanged until late 1988. Traffic involves only the southern part of the SimSig Area, plus - purely for convenience - the link to Ordsall Lane, used by just 2-3 trains per day in 1969. The Windsor Link is not even dreamed of and the lines from Manchester Victoria considerably more complex and busier than shown in SimSig.
The timetable reflects the Saturday service in July 1969 with services from Manchester Central rerouted to Piccadilly and Oxford Road, but before the January 5th 1970 closures that ended passenger services to Hayfield, Macclesfield via Rose Hill and Sheffield via Woodhead. The latter is a loco-hauled service using class 76 electric locos and usually 5 Mark 1 coaches.