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Edge Hill (Liverpool to Weaver Jn)
Introduction
Start-up options
Scenarios
Scale of problems
Bad Weather
Signal Boxes
Halton Junction (HN)
Runcorn (RN)
Monks Sidings (MS)
Fiddlers Ferry (FF)
Ditton (DN)
Speke Junction (SE)
Allerton Junction (AN)
Edge Hill (LE)
Liverpool Lime Street (LS)
Hot keys
"One-touch" routes
Electrification
Regulation Notes
Line Speeds
Siding and Platform Lengths
Timetabling Notes
Mandatory Timing Points
Shunt locations
Chaining
Reference Section
Signal Number Plan
Signal Box Prefix Codes
Splashscreens
Version History
Version 2
Version 2.1
Version 2.2
Version 3.5
Version 3.6

Edge Hill (Liverpool to Weaver Jn)

Introduction

Edge Hill simulation covers numerous small signalboxes in the Liverpool area stretching from North of Weaver Jn through to Lime Street and includes the branch towards Huyton and Boootle Jn as well as the Low Level Lines past Fiddlers Ferry towards Arpley Junction. The simulation includes numerous freight locations (Garston, Ditton, Fiddlers Ferry, Halewood) as well as two depots and a terminal station and therefore offers plenty of variety. The simulation is set prior to the remodelling and Huyton electrification of 2014.

Start-up options

Scenarios

Name Description
None No special scenario
Platform Closure A random platform at Lime St is closed all day; you will have to find alternative platforms for trains booked into that platform, causing as little delay as possible.
Lines Blocked The specified lines will be blocked all day for engineering work. Note that the Allerton- Ditton Slow option will make it impossible to access Halewood Jaguar/Ford sidings, and may require the timetables of trains to the sidings at Ditton to be edited.
15th October 2009 The posessions in force on that day will be taken and given up throughout the day (overrunning is possible on harder difficulty settings). For use with the supplied 15/10/2009 timetable

Scale of problems

TT Developer No failures, and absolutely no delays- ideal for checking that timetables work correctly
Beginner No trackside equipment failures, small amounts of late running
Standard There will be some late running, and low chance of trackside failures. Only one item of equipment may fail at a time.
Difficult As Standard, but with more late running and a higher chance of equipment failure. Up to 2 items may fail at a time.
One of those days One of those days where everything is running late! As Standard, but with a far greater amount of late running.
Gremlins at Work As standard, but with a much higher chance of equipment failure. Up to three items may fail at a time

The above failure and delay settings may be altered at any time in a game via the failures tab in the 'Options' menu.

Bad Weather

If ticked, adverse weather will be affecting the area. Trains will be braking earlier and taking longer to accelerate than usual.

Signal Boxes

Halton Junction (HN)

Trains enter the simulation from Weaver Junction, where the Liverpool line diverges from the West Coast Main Line. At Halton Junction, the Halton Curve (from Frodsham Junction, on the Warrington- Chester line) joins the main line.

Notes:

  • The Halton Curve is uni-directional- trains can only head towards Halton Jn. This is as a result of cost-savings in the 1980s, when the line was singled.
  • There is a Ground Frame controlling the crossover at Sutton Weaver, which is operated in the usual way. To avoid ACOAs, ensure no train is approaching from Weaver Jn before releasing the GF.

Runcorn (RN)

The main line now passes to Runcorn's control, where a non-electrified branch line diverges to Folly Lane sidings. The sidings used to serve an ICI facility, but now serve a waste incinerator there. The main line carries on to Ditton's area.

Notes:

  • Trains to the ICI works can be routed up to the stop board where the shunter will then authorise them into the terminal. Drivers of departing trains will contact you for permission to draw up to RN22 signal.

Monks Sidings (MS)

Monks Sidings is the first signal box after trains enter on the freight lines from Arpley Junction (Warrington). It is an absolute block area with a few track circuits, 1 crossover and three level crossings .

Notes:

  • Littons Mill Level Crossing is controlled locally by a

    crossing keeper , who will close the gates when trains pass Arpley Jn or Fiddlers Ferry Jn. When closed, the 'CLEAR' button will flash, and must be acknowledged before MS3/MS17 clear.

Fiddlers Ferry (FF)

Fiddlers Ferry Signal Box takes the freight only line from Monks Sidings through to Ditton, and the entry to Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. In reality, additional signals are present on the unloading loops, controlled by a separate 'box. The exact arrangements have been simplified to allow the lines to be simulated.

Notes:

  • There is a 3mph speed limit on the unloading loops at Fiddlers Ferry. This will also affect departing trains, until the rear of the train is clear of signal FF6.

Ditton (DN)

Ditton box covers the largest area on the simulation. The main line from Runcorn and the Low Level lines meet, and form the Fast and Slow lines respectively. It also controls Ditton reception Sidings, where trains shunt to and from Ditton O'Connor's freightliner terminal and the AHC as well as the reception sidings at Halewood for moves into the Jaguar and Ford car plants. As a result, Ditton sees numerous shunt movements throughout it's day.

Notes:

  • Phone calls must be placed to O'Connors before sending trains there.
  • Freight trains arriving at Ditton Reception sidings should be signalled through the reception roads and onto the Headshunt. Once the train has stopped behind either 8002, 8004 or 8006 signal and permission has been obtained from Ditton FLT Shunter, the long route can be set from 8002, 8004 or 8006 through to O'Connor's for the propelling movement. Light engine movements should be dealt with in the normal way.
  • Shunt Routes are provided towards DN106, DN302 and DN307.

Speke Junction (SE)

Speke Junction covers the 4 track main line from Ditton off towards Allerton Junction, and a triangle of freight lines serving the Garston terminals.

Notes:

  • A phone call must be placed to Garston FLT before trains are signalled in.
  • To signal a train past the Stop boards, simply set a route between them and the appropriate signal/exit arrow as if they were normal signals. The white roundel will illuminate to indicate that the route has been set.
  • Trains to Garston FLT normally arrive in the Arrival siding, and the loco runs round (via the FLT sidings) before propelling the train into the terminal. Note that you will have to ask the shunter's permission before letting the light engine into the terminal.
  • A phone call must be placed to the Speke Up Shunter before any train can be sent into Sidings #3, #4 and #5 at Garston.
  • Sidings #3, #4 and #5 contain Garston Speke Terminal Complex, Garston FHH and Garston Up Sidings
  • To release Speke

    Ground Frame , first ensure that the points between the sidings and the Down Slow are keyed normal .

  • The slot beneath and to the right of SE21 must be clicked before Allerton can set a route towards SE21; this is because a set of points controlled by Speke Junction is within SE21's overlap.

Allerton Junction (AN)

At Allerton, the main line is joined by a spur from Garston, and the line from Hunts Cross. Despite appearances on the diagram, the latter is a fairly important secondary route to Manchester via Warrington Central, and sees as much, if not more, passenger traffic as the Runcorn route.

Notes:

  • A phone call must be placed to the Allerton TMD shunter before sending a train to the CS or DEP roads, but must not be placed for trains sent to the ARR road.
  • Trains from Liverpool may turn back in platforms 3 and 4 at Liverpool South Parkway
  • Liverpool South Parkway station was called Allerton, prior to a rebuild in 2005.

Edge Hill (LE)

Edge Hill is quite a complex layout with the Fast and Slow lines from Allerton merging at Wavertree Junction, with the London end entrance to Edge Hill TMD peeling off. The line then carries on and is joined by the Chat Moss route from Huyton. The four lines pass the Liverpool end entrance of Edge Hill TMD and the branch to Wapping Goods (now only used for freight run rounds) and Edge Hill station. Tuebrook Sidings run parallel with the Chat Moss lines from Bootle Road Junction through to Edge Hill. The freight-only line from Liverpool Docks meets the Chat Moss lines at a triangle junction.

Notes:

  • A phone call must be placed to the Edge Hill CMD shunter before routing a train into the entrance at the Wavertree Jn end. No phone call is required for trains entering at the Edge Hill end
  • Trains leaving Edge Hill CMD at the Edge Hill end will request permission to enter; trains leaving at the Wavertree Jn end will simply draw up to the exit signals without requesting permission.
  • Note that there are several dead end sidings which are also part of the depot complex but under your control. You can send a train bound for the CS into these sidings, but unless they have a next working shown in their schedule they will simply stop at the end of the siding and remain there until another timetable is manually assigned to them.
  • The Edge Hill entrance of Tuebrook/Waterloo sidings is not electrified.
  • Trains for Edge Hill sidings or Liverpool South Parkway approaching on the Slow lines must be routed towards Platform 2 at LE58.

Liverpool Lime Street (LS)

Lime Street box controls the last mile or so of the line into Lime Street station.

Notes:

  • All platforms and sidings are

    permissive

  • Shunt Routes towards several signals.

  • Three platforms at Lime Street (1, 5 & 7) operate the track circuits in an unusual way. This is linked to the signalling layout in these platforms. There is no signal for departing trains from behind the points which allow access to the station sidings. In real life, the interlocking of the miniature lever frame makes any movements from this position safe. As the signallers only have an indication for the entire track circuit over the pointwork that is linked to their diagram, they would notice nothing unusual. However, in an IECC environment, a route would normally set (in white) across the portion of a track circuit the train would actually pass over, and only this postion would occupy (in red). Without a signal on the buffer-stops side of the points, the track circuits across the points will “flood” (ie: the whole track circuit will occupy) when a train departs the station from this position.

Hot keys

1 or R - Runcorn

2 or D - Ditton

3 or G - Garston

4 or E - Edge Hill

5 or L - Liverpool Lime Street

"One-touch" routes

With the exceptions of Ditton, Edge Hill and Lime St, all of the signal boxes in the area are mechanical boxes, operated by a standard lever frame. On the main lines, the interlocking has been altered to control colour-light signalling, although many shunt signals are still semaphore discs. As such, 'routesetting' in these boxes is done by pulling a single lever. To reflect this, on all signals where only one route is possible, it is set simply by clicking on the signal. There is no need to click on the exit signal.

Lime Street is controlled from a miniature lever frame, of which only a few examples remain on Network Rail. More details of this installation can be found here .

Electrification

Most of the running lines (and, unusually, sidings) in the area are electrified with 25kV overhead wires. Limits of electrification are marked by the 'AC limit' markers on the panel. Note that Bootle Branch Jn to Huyton was only electrified in March 2015.

Garston FLT and Halewood Jaguar/Ford sidings are not electrified throughout in reality- they are wired for the minimum distance that allows an electric loco to propel a train into the sidings. To be realistic, therefore, TT writers should ensure that electric trains to these locations have the loco positioned such that it is propelling into the yards. Note, however, that SimSig will not enforce this; it does not 'know' which end of the train the loco is.

Regulation Notes

The following notes are a general guide, and may not apply to every train in every timetable- if in doubt, follow what is shown in the timetable.

  • At Lime St, trains towards Liverpool South Parkway typically use the higher-numbered platforms, and those to Huyton the lower-numbered platforms, with some overlap in the middle. Furthermore, Huyton trains typically use the Slow lines and Liverpool South Parkway services use the Fast lines, although it is possible to switch trains between lines at Edge Hill if necessary. In a Multiplayer session, the Lime St signaller should advise the Edge Hill operator if they intend to send trains on the wrong line; if the signals at Edge Hill are set for the normal route they must be cancelled before the train leaves Lime St on the Fast lines, and before the platform starter is cleared on the Slow lines to avoid a wrong route or ACOA penalty.
  • The lines to Huyton and Manchester via Hunts Cross have a large number of intermediate stations, and little or no locations to put trains in passing loops. Therefore, care should be taken to avoid sending a stopping service out in front of an express at Liverpool South Parkway (Hunts Cross route) or Edge Hill (Huyton route). If the stopper were to go first, the express would be 15-25 minutes late by the time it reached Manchester or Wigan.

Line Speeds

See the map here

:testertrack:edge_hill_speed_graph.xlsx

for a diagram showing the speed limits throughout the area

Siding and Platform Lengths

Location Platform Length Notes
Liverpool Lime Street 1 169m Permissive Working allowed
::: 2 161m Permissive Working allowed
::: 3 162m Permissive Working allowed
::: 4 160m Permissive Working allowed
::: 5 197m Permissive Working allowed
::: 6 250m Permissive Working allowed
::: 7 280m Permissive Working allowed
::: 8 281m Permissive Working allowed
::: 9 246m Permissive Working allowed
::: Siding A
::: Siding B
::: Siding C
::: Siding D
::: Neck Siding
Edge Hill 1 208m
::: 2 222m
::: 3 224m
::: 4 257m
Mossley Hill 1 126m
::: 2 125m
::: 3 136m
::: 4 161m
West Allerton 1 93m
::: 2 99m
::: 3 97m
::: 4 100m
Liverpool South Parkway 1 123m
::: 2 137m
::: 3 137m
::: 4 117m
Runcorn Up 325m
::: Down 295m
Wavertree Technology Park Up 96m
::: Down 96m
Broad Green Up 109m
::: Down 117m
Roby Up
::: Down

Timetabling Notes

These notes apply to those writing timetables for the simulation. They may be of interest but are not required if you are simply running the simulation.

Mandatory Timing Points

Trains must be timed at the following locations as a minimum

Main Line
  • Weaver Junction
    • Runcorn
    • Ditton
    • Liverpool South Parkway
    • Wavertree Jn
    • Edge Hill Signal Box
    • Edge Hill
    • Liverpool Lime Street
    Chat Moss Lines
    • Huyton
    • Bootle Branch Junction
    • Edge Hill Signal Box
    • Edge Hill
    • Liverpool Lime Street
    Bootle Lines
    • Bootle Jn OR Regents Road LX
    • Bootle Branch Junction
    • Edge Hill Signal Box
    • Edge Hill
    • Liverpool Lime Street

    Shunt locations

The sim has been designed to allow all feasible shunt movements with most shunt movements being shown in the timetable as the location followed by the signal number.

Chaining

This simulation is able to be chained at the following locations :-

Location Simulation Status
Bootle Jn/Regents Road LX Merseyrail Disabled
Huyton Huyton Enabled
Weaver Jn Weaver Jn Disabled
Arpley Junction Warrington Disabled

Note: the ability of the simulation to chain to another does not imply that said simulation is being produced, or ever will be. It just means that the capability is there.

Reference Section

Signal Number Plan

Edge Hill Signal Number Plan

These are Adobe Acrobat PDF files. If you don't have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer you can get a free download of the latest version from the Adobe website . Use the built-in Find function (Ctrl+F) to locate signal numbers.

Signal Box Prefix Codes

Code Box
AJ Arpley Jn*
AN Allerton
DN Ditton
FF Fiddlers Ferry
HC Hunts Cross*
HN Halton Jn
HN Huyton*
LE Edge Hill
LS Liverpool Lime Street
ML Sandhills IECC*
MS Monks Siding
RN Runcorn
SE Speke Jn
WD Winsford*

*Fringe box, signals not controlled in this simulation.

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Splashscreens

  • Spash 1 - 4 : Liverpool Lime Street (Copyright - Matt Cooper)
    • Spash 5 - 13 : Liverpool Lime Street (Copyright - Paul Biddle)
    • Splash 14 : Halton Jn (Copyright - cmc_1987)
    • Splash 15/16 : Garston (Copyright - cmc_1987)
    • Splash 17 : Halewood (Copyright - cmc_1987)

    Version History

Version 2

The following bugs have been resolved in this version of the simulation:-

Bug No Description Notes
15057 Lime Street Aspects wrong
14986 Edge Hill Autobuttons missing
15025 Potential flank locking issue, Down Bootle
15024 Flank locking missing Bootle Branch Jn
15026 Wavertree Jn flank locking
15027 Flank locking missing Allerton
15028 Allerton East flank locking
15032 Possible head-to-head @ Ditton
14968 MS5 and MS13 Routes
15023 LE300 auto button backwards
15029 FF1 has the green aspect upside down
15030 DN106 ERS
15031 DN112 ERS
15034 Shunter vs shunter wording
15035 Allerton Flank Locking - 38N requires 39N
15036 Allerton Flank Locking - 38N requires 37N
15033 Folly Lane ICI branch issues
15037 304 auto button
15040 Closely following trains at Roby
15038 Semaphore distants in panel signals mode show up as clear always
15049 no location for Ditton Station
14941 Mechanical Distants in Panel Signals Mode
14869 how do ac trains back into oconnors
14943 DN314 Auto Button
14946 DN301 Position
14978 RN104 Clearance
14947 DN826 and DN821 Routes
14948 DN823 and DN824 Routes
14949 DN8005 Approach Release
14953 Reception Line Labelling
14950 DN823 to DN1213 Aspects
14951 DN856 Position
14952 DN857 Position
14954 DN303 and DN105 to DN821
14955 SE84 and SE80 to SE63
14956 Routes to SE401
14957 Slot Roundels Garston
14958 Garston UWC Missing
14959 SE70 points and Speke GF
14960 FF4 and FF44 Routes
14961 Line Labels Fiddlers Ferry and Monks Siding
14962 Fiddlers Ferry UWC Missing
14963 FF20 and FF21 Signals
14980 Allerton Slot Inconsistencies
14977 RN19 to LOS Slot

In addition several alterations have been made to the Ditton area to try and simulate how the signalling actually works better.

Version 2.1

The following bugs have been resolved in this version of the simulation:-

Bug No Description Notes
15803 Speke Sidings, entry issues
15827 Garston Car Loading Terminal entry/exit
15786 Version number needs incrementing for a new release
15816 Wrong route code at DN309
14940 On Duty Berths
15000 DN826 to DN106 WSF Clearance

Version 2.2

The following bugs have been resolved in this version of the simulation:-

Bug No Description Notes
16247 Allerton, Ditton & Speke Junction - Approach Control Errors
16209 Allerton Shunter call text
16158 Overlap for route from MS17 to FF44
16157 Monks Siding Level Crossing
16090 Garston Auto Compound- siding too long
16088 Tuebrook Sidings entry
16044 Bootle Branch Jn flank locking.
16038 Groundhog scenario
16033 FF1 signal
16132 No hotkeys available
16089 Halewood East Neck

Version 3.5

The following bugs have been resolved in this version of the simulation:-

- 0022792: [Simulation issues] SE70 Points (Noisynoel) - resolved.

- 0017426: [Simulation issues] Closely following trains from Hunts Cross (Noisynoel) - closed.

- 0018217: [Simulation issues] Garston Freightliner shunter misspelling (Noisynoel) - closed.

- 0016132: [Simulation issues] No hotkeys available (Noisynoel) - closed.(see manual)

Version 3.6

- 0016033: [Simulation issues] FF1 signal (Noisynoel) - resolved.

- 0024017: [Simulation issues] TDs for Trains entering at LE122 go to LE34 (Noisynoel) - resolved.

- 0023105: [Simulation issues] Speak Ground Frame (Noisynoel) - closed.


Last edited by Noisynoel on 07/05/2019 at 16:55