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TSW: The Coastway is Coming!
Let’s take a further look at Train Sim World: East Coastway, which is arriving on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC on December 12th!
Today, we shall follow the path of 1G33, an afternoon, semi-fast Southern service to Brighton operated by 377427 and 377464, and on the way we shall take a look at some of the stations and features...
The town of Eastbourne has been served by rail since 1849, however the station as it is seen today was opened in 1872 and rebuilt in 1886. It serves over 3 million passengers a year, securing its place as a major summer holiday destination.
The second station to serve Eastbourne is Hampden Park, which was opened in 1888 as “Willingdon”, being renamed to its current name in under British Railways management. It serves the northern half of the coastal town, as well as the local park area which is renowned for its beauty and attractions.
After turning west, the line comes to the indecisive Polegate station, described as such thanks to its construction history; the first station opened here in 1846, then in 1881 it was resited slightly to the East, and then in 1986 it was resited once again back to its original location. Another railway used to branch off here, the Cuckoo Line, however that was closed in the 1960s.
A few miles along the line and we come to Berwick station. Serving only the local village, this station is much quieter than others, and has stood in place since 1846. The platforms were extended to accommodate longer trains in 1890, and cottages were built nearby the station, all-in-all it’s a perfect example of a rural countryside halt.
Like Berwick, Glynde opened with the route in 1846 and serves the nearby village as well as an Opera House, although most people use a shuttle bus from Lewes to get there. The station is unstaffed, with the building being occupied by a paragliding school – a popular recreational sport for the south coast of England.
Just before Lewes station, the Seaford Branch joins the main East Coastway route, it is typically served by 2 trains an hour calling at Southease, Newhaven Town, Newhaven Harbour, Bishopstone and Seaford. The now disused Newhaven Marine station was also down here, and aggregate freight trains head down to sidings shortly before Newhaven Town to be loaded.
Another station which has been resited and rebuilt over its history, and arguably the “hub” of the East Coastway is Lewes. Arranged in a V shape and made up of 5 platforms and a large central forecourt, Lewes is where a large portion of the action happens. Of the roughly 2.5 million passengers that used the station between 2017/18, over 450,000 interchanged there.
Serving two university campuses as well as a football stadium, Falmer clocks in as one of the more popular intermediate stations on the East Coastway, and marks the gradual turning of the railway due southwest towards Brighton. As you drive past in the afternoon, keep an ear out to see if you can hear a game in progress!
The youngest brand new station on the route, Moulsecoomb, was opened in 1980 to serve the outer suburbs of Brighton and is situated nearby a university campus. It is not served by all services but enough to see almost 400,000 people using it every year. It is characterised by its staggered platforms and simplistic 80s infrastructure.
Despite the namesake road being to the West of the station, London Road is the final intermediate stop along the route, and at its peak has seen more than half a million people use it in one year. Only the Lewes and Seaford stopper trains call here, and since its opening in 1877 several parts of it have been demolished, and refurbished.
After swinging south on the London Road viaduct, the East Coastway finally comes to rest at Britain’s first rail-served seaside resort, Brighton. With connections to the west and up to London and beyond, Brighton is a major terminus and home to Lover’s Walk Depot, where many of the trains that serve the East Coastway are stored. That brings us to the end of our trip today, but your journey on the East Coastway is only just beginning...
Train Sim World: East Coastway will release on December 12th, and alongside it we will have our Winter Update, details on patch notes will follow however the highlights are; introduction of head sway (works on all content) and Journeys added to Ruhr-Sieg Nord and West Somerset Railway.
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