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Midland Main Line: Leicester - Derby & Nottingham, Out Now!

Time to learn some new traction and become familiar with a new version of an old favourite. The Class 158 and Paxman-powered HST are here! Train Sim World 3: Midland Main Line: Leicester – Derby & Nottingham is out now.
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Available now!



If you’re new to the East Midlands Trains Class 158 and Paxman-powered HST, be sure to read our previous article where we give an overview of the real-world units. You can also learn more about the behind-the-scenes work for this route from Skyhook Games and future UK content that’s on the horizon in our April Roadmap.

New Route, New Unit, New Sounds, New Livery!

Travel between three cities across England’s East Midlands region, all connected by Trent Junction in this ‘Y’ shaped route. Leicester, Derby and Nottingham sit at the end of each section, with a variety of services in place taking passengers between each city.
Arriving in Train Sim World for the first time is the 2-car Class 158 ‘Express Sprinter’ DMU, built in this area at Derby’s Litchurch Lane Works. Joining it is an older variant of an iconic favourite – the Paxman-powered Class 43 HST. These come courtesy of a new operator to the game, East Midlands Trains, with the colourful Stagecoach livery appearing in a setting from around 2019.
Both units are a collaboration between Skyhook Games, Armstrong Powerhouse (providing the sounds for each) and Dovetail Games, with particular focus on ensuring that the audio for each engine can be represented as well as possible. The Class 158 has a working GSM-R, like the Class 323 from Birmingham Cross-City, and the HST’s interior has been remodelled in both the cab and the Mark 3 coaches. This, with the VP185 engine sounds and minor visual differences on the outside, make this a different beast to that featured in Great Western Express.
131 playable services represent passenger trains between all three cities, as well as local Class 158 services from and to some of the intermediate stations along the way. Depot runs to Eastcroft Depot can also be played and there’s a selection of additional service layers featuring rail tours, stock moves and the RHTT for those with some of the following routes and locomotives:
  • Northern Trans-Pennine
  • London Commuter
  • Rail Head Treatment Train
  • ROG Class 37/7
  • West Cornwall Steam Railtour
If you’re playing on Steam and don’t yet own some of these previous routes, check out information on our latest Steam Bundles below! Some of the above routes are also currently in the PlayStation and Epic Spring Sales.
You can also read more about the specific services for each of these layers in our previous Midland Main Line article.
Want to know more about Midland Main Line? Here’s 10 things in 10 minutes that you might not know about the latest UK route Add-on:
And if you're new to British content, or want a head start on getting to grips with both the HST and the new Class 158, head over to our Gameplay Guide.
Train Sim World 3: Midland Main Line: Leicester - Derby & Nottingham route Add-on is available now on Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Epic Games Store, and Steam for £29.99/$39.99/€35.99.

Midland Main Line – YouTube content and Streams

If you missed last Thursday’s Preview Stream with Alex, Matt and Tom from Skyhook Games, you can go back and watch over on YouTube.
We also have our Ambassador Spotlight today at 10:30 BST (9:30 UTC), with Hentis Rail showcasing Midland Main Line on PlayStation 5. Head over to their channel to check it out!

Steam Exclusive Bundles

Players on Steam can add more to their collection from both Train Sim World 3 and Train Sim World: Compatible content at a discounted rate with the Midland Main Line Enhancement and Best of British Bundles, with even better value available during sales periods!
These are available exclusively on the Steam Store and contain a ‘Complete My Collection’ feature, meaning if you have some of the content already, you can save by getting a bundle offer on the remaining content.
Both Bundles feature the Steam Exclusive Train Sim World Upgrade Pack, meaning you can upgrade or jump into Train Sim World 3 without owning any previous content.
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Midland Main Line Enhancement Bundle

Add more services to Midland Main Line with the Class 66 Rail Head Treatment Train and Rail Operations Group Class 37/7.
  • Train Sim World Upgrade Pack
  • Midland Main Line: Leicester – Derby & Nottingham
  • Rail Head Treatment Train
  • Rail Operations Group Class 37/7
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Best of British Bundle

Enjoy some of the most popular British Train Sim World routes together with Midland Main Line. Run the classic Class 45 ‘Peak’ diesel locomotive on both Northern Trans-Pennine and Midland Main Line, experience Britain’s fastest passenger train on Southeastern Highspeed or move masses of passengers between London and Brighton in London Commuter.
  • Train Sim World Upgrade Pack
  • Midland Main Line: Leicester – Derby & Nottingham
  • Southeastern Highspeed – Extended
  • London Commuter: Brighton Main Line
  • Northern Trans-Pennine
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Midland Main Line: Leicester - Derby & Nottingham, Out Now!