Midland Main Line: Hope Valley Extension

Compatibility: Train Simulator Classic
Midland Main Line: Hope Valley is in the early stages of development.  

This challenging route links Sheffield to Manchester via the stunning Hope Valley before passing through Stockport and the suburbs of Manchester finally reaching Piccadilly station. The route is a 55 mile addition to our Midland Main Line series of routes and will allow users to drive from Sheffield to Manchester via both Stockport and Reddish North. On its release you will be able to drive services from Manchester right through to Nottingham as well as a variety of other workings such as stoppers to New Mills Central and many of the freight trains that traverse the Hope Valley.
 
The route will be available both as an extension for Just Trains' Midland Main Line: Sheffield-Derby route or as a separate route for Train Simulator users who do NOT have the Midland Main Line route installed.

Although completion is still a long way off we'll be issuing regular updates on this page, dated accordingly.  Enjoy the updates.

Development Updates

23 May 2022

This update brings you some shots of areas we've yet to feature including a number of new stations and bridges along the route. The route crosses several rivers, the River Goyt and River Tame to name a few and there are a number of viaducts and aqueducts which allow the railway to cross or pass under these waterways.

The stations on show are: Marple, Hazel Grove, Woodsmoor and Davenport. And that's not all, also included are some first-look Work In Progress shots of Stockport Station. The model itself is pretty much finished and and just requires clutter to be added. This station will be a very busy one and you'll most certainly find yourself calling there when running various scenarios.

We're not too far from completion of the main route but there will be further updates to follow pretty soon. Hope you enjoy these latest shots!

 

05 April 2022

We're glad to be able to bring you our next Development Update as progress on the route speeds up.

Below you'll see a selection of shots showing off Manchester Piccadilly Station with various views of the model and all new clutter. This task has been solely in the hands of our in-house asset developer Callum.

The content shown is as usual WIP, with surrounding scenery still to be completed and OHLE not yet placed in the area. We hope you enjoy this first look at what will be a very important focal point of the upcoming route. Enjoy the pics!


28 February 2022

Here's the latest update on the Midland Main Line: Hope Valley Line. This entry features some new areas of the route that have yet to be revealed, areas such as New Mills Central Station, New Mills South Junction Signal Box, Buxworth, Chapel Milton Viaduct, Hazel Grove Chord and Reddish North Station.

You'll also notice the final shot in this batch is a very early WIP shot depicting Manchester Piccadilly station, more from the station as it progresses. Hope you like the new bulky buffer models that have also been created for the terminating platforms. There's still a fair amount of work to go into the model such as the concourse area which we will show off soon. We hope for now this image gives you a taste of what's to come!

As usual all areas featured are still under Work In Progress and are subject to change.

            

 

26 January 2022

Here's our first Development Update on the Midland main Line Hope Valley Line for 2022.

The route is progressing nicely and the scenery has been heavily expanded across the core of the Hope Valley between New Mills Junction and Dore & Totley.

Work between New Mills Junction and Hazel Grove is close to completion too and we'll show more from that section later when we are in a better position to share images with you all.

The images you see here feature several areas such as Grindleford, Hope Earles Cement Works & Sidings, Chinley, Hathersage and more.

We do 'hope' you enjoy these latest shots.
 

 


04 November 2021

Here's a quick development update on the Midland Main Line: Hope Valley.

You'll find below a new selection of in development screenshots showing the latest progress on the route. These feature a cement train on the section between Bamford and Chinley as well as a group of images showing 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' on a railtour navigating the steep climb to Cowburn Tunnel before racing through Edale and onwards through Hope towards Grindleford.

Hope you like the shots, aim is to bring more news and new shots prior to the New Year.


23 June 2021

Here's a new selection of In Development screenshots showing work in progress sections of scenery between Ardwick and Cowburn Tunnel near Chinley,the summit of the Hope Valley Route. Enjoy the shots!


13 January 2021

So another part of our Midland Main Line network is now underway. The Hope Valley Line will prove a popular new section to the network and you can rest assured of the highest quality as per the rest of the Midland Main Line.  Just to start off here's a set of initial screenshots just to give you a taster.  Keep up to date on this page with our regular development updates that will include screenshots, videos and more. 

 


Midland Main Line: Hope Valley Extension
Train Simulator Classic