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|15/10/2009 WTT (Midnight & 0445 starts included)||1.0||05/07/2021|
|08/04/2015 WTT (Midnight, 0400 & 1400 starts included)||5.0||05/07/2021|
|09/01/2019 WTT (Midnight, 0400 & 1400 starts included)||5.0||05/07/2021|
Additional user-written timetables are available to download here .
This simulation covers the area controlled by Wigan Wallgate PSB plus Rainford Junction, Parbold and Burscough Bridge Junction signalboxes. It is a relatively small simulation, but the traffic levels will keep you busy.
You are in control of the Southport to Manchester line which sees a mixture of local, regional, and regional express services. This includes the area around Wigan Wallgate station, with various sidings which are used to stable trains overnight and during the day. You are also in control of the line between Wigan and Kirkby which sees a local stopping service, as well as freight services to Knowsley freight terminal.
No scenarios are currently provided
The simulation is set in the modern day, roughly 2013 onwards with the commissioning of the new panel in Burscough Bridge Junction signalbox. Four Lane Ends crossing is simulated in it's MCB-OD form. That said, little changed in the area within the 2000s. The older ground frames controlled by Parbold have also been simulated so there is potential for older timetables to run.
Scale of problems: Select the probability of failures and late running.
Absolute Block: Select whether or not Absolute Block is turned on between workstations.
Train Operated Route Release is provided as a start up option. Running with TORR disabled is the most accurate setting.
Absolute block is included in the simulation where it is present in real life. It can be disabled as part of the simulation start up options. Please see the Absolute Block manual page for operating instructions.
An additional 05:25 start is provided when the simulation isn't being chained; this is shortly before the first train of the morning. This start time should not be used if chaining to adjacent simulations.
The 2015 timetable is typical of the area from at least the mid-2000s up until May 2018.
An additional 05:00 start time is provided when the simulation isn't being chained; this is shortly before the first train of the morning. This start should not be used if chaining to adjacent simulations.
From May 2018, the majority of trains which previously terminated at Wigan Wallgate were diverted to Wigan North Western. This timetable is therefore quieter than the 2015 WTT, though freight traffic to Knowsley had re-started by this time.
Terminating services had largely reverted to Wallgate by the end of 2019.
|Dukes Wood||UWG||Rainford Jnc||Rainford and Upholland|
|Chapel Lane MCG||MCG (Crossing Keeper)||Parbold||Arpley Bridge and Parbold|
|Parbold||MCB||Parbold||Arpley Bridge and Parbold|
|Dean Lane||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Parbold and Hoscar|
|Frog Lane||UWC||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Parbold and Hoscar|
|Hoscar||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Parbold and Hoscar|
|Four Lanes End||MCB-OD||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Hoscar and Burscough Bridge|
|Shaws||UWC||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Hoscar and Burscough Bridge|
|Crabtree||UWC||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Burscough Bridge and New Lane|
|New Lane||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Burscough Bridge and Bescar Lane|
|Martins Lane||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||Burscough Bridge and Bescar Lane|
|Bescar Lane||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||New Lane and Meols Cop|
|Wyke Cop||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||New Lane and Meols Cop|
|Pool Hey||AHB||Burscough Bridge Jnc||New Lane and Meols Cop|
While easily manageable by one player, up to two could realistically play in multiplayer mode. The sim can be chained to Sandhills and/or Warrington to provide extra workstations.
The simulation chains at all fringes:
|Warrington||Wigan Station Junction|
No hotkeys are provided due to the small size of the layout.
Simulation by: SimSig Development Team
08/04/2015 WTT by: John Mills
09/01/2019 WTT by: John Mills
This is an Adobe Acrobat PDF file. 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.
|ML||Sandhills (Merseyrail) *|
|PDCL||Chapel Lane Gate Box|
* indicates fringe signalbox
Other platform lengths within the simulation are generally not important.
|Location||Loop Name||Length (m)|
Trains entering or leaving Knowsley Freight Terminal must be timed at Dale Lane Ground Frame.
The following codes can be used in Decisions of the form [EXT!xxxxx]:
|XSDL||Sandhills is chained|
|XWBQ||Warrington is chained|
Splash screens of stations, trains, and the external views of signalboxes where taken by Richard Houghton (Steamer).
Internal views of the signalboxes where taken by Andrew Gardiner (Andrew G) on official organised visists. High resolution versions can be viewed of these in the link below.
|Splash1||The interior of Wigan Wallgate signal box|
|Splash2||A close-up view of Wigan Wallgate on the real panel|
|Splash3||The interior of Rainford box. Unusually, the track diagram is positioned on the floor, behind the lever frame.|
|Splash4||Wigan Wallgate DCS on the real panel|
|Splash5||The interior of Parbold signal box|
|Splash6||The non-stopping controls for Four Lane Ends level crossing in Parbold box.|
|Splash7||The track diagram and block shelf in Parbold box|
|Splash8||Burscough Bridge station on Burscough Bridge panel|
|Splash9||The interior of Burscough Bridge box|
|Splash10||The 'Block instruments' to Parbold and Dean Lane AHB on Burscough Bridge panel|
|Splash101||A Class 142 'Pacer' departs Platform 1 at Wigan Wallgate, while another stands in Platform 3. In the background, the bridge carrying the WCML crosses the Wallgate line.|
|Splash102||A waste train from Knowsley is relieved on Wallgate platform 2; WW104 is cleared towards Wigan South Jn|
|Splash103||Chapel Lane gate box|
|Splash104||Chapel Lane crossing; the Up protecting signal can be seen. The gates are normally closed to road traffic, with the signals cleared unless a road vehicle needs to cross.|
|Splash105||The Down protecting signal for Chapel Lane crossing; Parbold's Down Inner Distant (PD20B) is mounted beneath it.|
|Splash106||Parbold signal box.|
|Splash107||PD19 (right) and PD5 (left); PD5 also has Chapel Lane's Up Inner Distant mounted beneath it.|
|Splash109||Another view of Parbold box, level crossing, crossover and PD19|
|Splash110||Burscough Bridge signal box|
|Splash111||A Class 142 passes RJ3, heading to Wigan and Manchester. RJ9 is visible to the right.|
|Splash112||Rainford Junction signal box, RJ8 and RJ2|
|Splash113||Another view of Rainford Junction signal box.|
|Splash114||A Class 142 arrives at Kirkby. Behind the camera is the line from Liverpool Central, as simualted on the Sandhills simulation.|
Slot 100 is believed to have been retained from the 1970s, when the layout at Wallgate had points within the overlap of WW101, and LOS signals for shunt moves on the Down side at Wallgate were closer to WW101. When the layout at Wallgate was rationalised and re-signalled, the slot was retained, likely to avoid making alterations to the interlocking on Warrington's side.
The branch to Kirkby originally formed part of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's main line to Liverpool Exchange. The line was severed at Kirkby in 1977, with the electrification of the line from Kirkby into Liverpool; Exchange station closed at around the same time, with the opening of the underground line to Liverpool Central, which is simulated in the Sandhills simulation. While the Liverpool side of the split prospered with a Metro-style service, the Wigan side has been somewhat neglected ever since.
Last edited by Steamer on 06/07/2021 at 17:39