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Manchester East
Official Files
Introduction
Start-Up Options
Scenarios
Eras
Other Options
Box Notes
Ashton Moss North Junction
Baguley Fold Junction
Denton Junction
Dinting
Ashburys
Guide Bridge
Stalybridge
Romiley Junction
Timetable Notes
Level Crossings
Multiplayer & Chaining
Hot Keys
Acknowledgments
Reference Section
Signal Number Plan
Signal Box Prefix Codes
Platform & Loop Lengths
Splash Screens
Version History

Manchester East

Official Files

Title Version Released
Simulation (Payware) 1.7 07-05-2019
08/04/2015 WTT (Midnight, 0400 & 1400 starts included) 1.0 18/03/2017

Additional user-written timetables are available to download here .

Introduction

Manchester East fringes with Manchester Piccadilly, fringing at Ardwick Junction, Manchester North, fringing at both Philips Park South Junction and Philips Park West Junction and Stockport, fringing at Heaton Norris Junction, controlling the lines through to Huddersfield, fringing at Diggle Junction and Peak District at New Mills central.

Manchester East SCC (Formerly Ashburys, Guide Bridge, Romiley Junction and Stalybridge), Dinting, Denton Junction, Ashton Moss North and Baguley Fold have all been simulated.

Start-Up Options

Scenarios

Stalybridge Platform Closure

Stalybridge Platform Closure, A random platform closure at Stalybridge

Eras

2012 - Present

This era represents the area after Stalybridge moved to Manchester East SCC, but prior to the closure of Ashton Moss North Signal Box in May 2018

Other Options

Scale of Problems:

Choose the scale of train delays and infrastructure failures. The normal SimSig options of “None”, “Low”, “Medium” and “High” are available. Select which one you wish to play from the drop-down menu.

Absolute Block:

Select whether or not Absolute Block is turned on. Details on how to operate the Absolute Block system can be found in the separate Absolute Block manual .

Box Notes

Ashton Moss North Junction

Clearing Points

Stalybridge - Signal AMN50

Denton Junction - Signal AMN14. For passenger trains, points should be set for the route up to Signal AMN50

Baguley Fold Junction - The last track circuit of the route.

Baguley Fold Junction

Clearing Points

Ashton Moss North Jn - Track circuit in advance of shunt signal, BF31. Please note, this prevents you sending Train out of Section until this track is clear.

Denton Junction

You will need to keep an eye on trains approaching from Heaton Norris as there is not a lot of time between the slot being requested. While it would be possible to give extra approach warning, it couldn’t be guaranteed that the train would then enter. It is therefore suggested that you either watch the simplifier, or leave the slot granted until you wish to send a train to Heaton Norris.

Clearing Points

Standard overlap markers apply.

Dinting

Clearing Points

Standard overlap markers apply.

Ashburys

Ashburys Control Area is based on that of the former Ashburys Panel. Now worked by the signaller at Manchester East SCC.

Ashburys is your fringe to Manchester Piccadilly, and one of your fringes to Manchester North. You control the two junctions, either side of the station, as well as the numerous yard entrances on the panel.

Guide Bridge

Guide Bridge Control Area is based on that of the former Guide Bridge Panel. Now worked by the signaller at Manchester East SCC.

Guide Bridge controls two junctions, both with a significant number of conflicting moves. This gives a fairly hectic, yet consistent pattern to the schedule.

Trains which access Avenue Down sidings, Brookside Sidings, or Guide Bridge yard require a courtesy phone call to advise of an inbound train.

Please note, there are no auto buttons on either signal GBB847 or GB848.

Signal GB867 will not clear until the train arrived complete plunger has been depressed. There are two plungers located at Newton for Hyde Station, and at signal GB867. For the plunger to be operated, a train must call at either Newton for Hyde station, or wait approximately 60 seconds at signal GB867. The operation of the plunger is indicated by a light above Newton for Hyde down platform.

Stalybridge

Stalybridge Control Area is based on that of the former Stalybridge signal box area. Now worked by the signaller at Manchester East SCC.

Please note, the layout here changed significantly in 2012, and therefore older timetables may not work.

Due to flank protection, it is not possible to route from signals SE7036, SE7038, SE7042 to signal SE7022 with a route set Signal SE7023 to the Platform 5 Buffers.

Romiley Junction

Romiley’s Control Area is based on that of the former Romiley Junction OCS panel. Now worked by the signaller at Manchester East SCC.

Romiley controls again, a small number of junctions with regular conflicting moves. This makes the workstation feel significantly busier than it may be at times.

Timetable Notes

Any required information on supplied timetables is supplied in the Timetable Description tab.

Level Crossings

Name Type Panel
Clayton CCTV Baguley Fold
Dinting Lane TEL Dinting

Multiplayer & Chaining

Manchester East is ideally suited to the intermediate or experienced player in single player.

In multiplayer, Manchester East SCC has been split into its four former signal boxes to give a more balanced multiplayer environment. Manchester East is ideal for two or three people to play. Though a maximum of eight can play.

The simulation chains at the following locations:

Simulation Location
Huddersfield Fringe at Diggle Junction
Manchester North Fringes at Philips Park South and Philips Park West *1
Manchester Piccadilly Fringe at Ardwick
Peak District Fringe at New Mills Central
Stockport Fringe at Heaton Norris Junction

*1 When not chained to Manchester North, Trains will which are booked Baguley Fold Junction, Philips Park South and Ashburys do not leave the sim, and are treated as a single train throughout.

Hot Keys

In addition to the standard shortcut keys , the following are available:

Key Panel Area
1 Left side
2 Right side

Acknowledgments

Simulation by: James Pedrick (pedroathome)

08/04/2015 WTT by: John Mills (Meld)

Reference Section

Signal Number Plan

Manchester East Signal Number Plan

This is an 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
AS Ashburys
AMN Ashton Moss North
BF Baguley Fold
DJ Denton
DG Dinting
GB Guide Bridge
HN Heaton Norris*
MN Manchester North*
MP Manchester Piccadilly*
NM New Mills Central*
RJ Romiley Junction
SE Staylybridge

*Fringe box, signals not controlled in this simulation

Platform & Loop Lengths

Platform Lengths

Location Platform Length (m)
Stalybridge 1 95
2 145
3 320
4 285
5 150

Loop Lengths

Location Loop Name Length (m)
Ashburys Down Goods 330
Hyde Junction U&D Loop 780

Splash Screens

Splash Screens Supplied by Andrew Gardiner

Version History

Version History


Last edited by Steamer on 14/05/2019 at 17:18