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Manchester Piccadilly 1969 timetable released 08/01/2020 at 16:27 #122799
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Another timetable for the early days of Piccadilly, with even more trains and light engine movements than 1971. Released to mark 50 years since the closure of the Hayfield, Macclesfield (via Rose Hill) and Woodhead routes to passenger traffic on Jan 5th 1970, the timetable features all those services. It is based on the May-June 1969 weekday timetable and is a vivid remeinder of the steam-age operations still very much in evidence in the period. All main-line services are loco-hauled, platforms can be blocked by stock for hours at a time and shunting movements can jam the layout at rush-hours. Marvel too at Oxford Road, a very quiet place outside the morning and evening peaks, despite additional services transferred from Manchester Central.

The timetable can be handled by one person, with comfort outside peak hours, but in the peaks you are strongly recommended to reduce speed to no more than 1.5 times real time.

PLEASE - read the guidance in the General tab of the timetable before operating the simulation. You are likely to enter a world of pain if you don't! To help with understanding of the 1969 layout a couple of signalling plans are attached. Note the absence of the direct route from Longsight to the Eastern Lines and that the only place to route trains to/from platforms 6-12 and the Ashburys route is at Ardwick. Whether you keep to reality or "cheat" is up to your conscience!

I hope users enjoy the timetable. It's possible that a "summer Saturdays" version will emerge in due course.




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Manchester Piccadilly 1969 timetable released 22/01/2020 at 00:19 #122980
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As suggested in my original post, a new, very different version for "Summer Saturdays" of July 1969 has been created and is now available for downloading.

It's very different to the weekday 1969 timetable. Fewer trains overall, but more throughout the day on the Liverpool and Chester routes, many more loco-hauled services in place of rush-hour locals and some truly difficult periods when Piccadilly is full to bursting.

I hope users will enjoy it!

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Manchester Piccadilly 1969 timetable released 22/01/2020 at 00:37 #122982
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whatlep in post 122980 said:
As suggested in my original post, a new, very different version for "Summer Saturdays" of July 1969 has been created and is now available for downloading.

It's very different to the weekday 1969 timetable. Fewer trains overall, but more throughout the day on the Liverpool and Chester routes, many more loco-hauled services in place of rush-hour locals and some truly difficult periods when Piccadilly is full to bursting.

I hope users will enjoy it!
All of your heritage Manchester TT's have been excellent to run Peter, so I'll look forward to this one too.

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Manchester Piccadilly 1969 timetable released 23/01/2020 at 12:56 #122992
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For users' information, V1.1 of the original weekday 1969 simulation is now available to download. Five new trains added: mostly for parcels services late in the evening that had somehow escaped my notice previously. Better still, they add a couple of shunting requirements and loco moves!

Other lesser changes concern minor schedule corrections for several EMU workings, though I doubt users will notice any difference, plus a correction to the last Hadfield working to ensure it runs rather than sitting for ever at Piccadilly.

All changes documented in the attached log file.

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