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## About This Content
Directly connecting England and Wales, running underneath the longest river in
the United Kingdom, the South Wales Main Line is one of the most important
cross border routes in the country, as featured in the beautiful new South
Wales Coastal route for Train Simulator.
The South Wales Main Line branches off from the Great Western Main Line to
allow a direct connection between London and the South of Wales. The line was
opened in two stages – the first exclusively in Wales, running from Swansea to
Chepstow in 1850; the second section was in England, branching off from Royal
Wootton Bassett towards Patchway in 1903.
Crossing the River Severn was always an engineering challenge, with trains
initially heading north from Swindon to traverse into Wales, joining the South
Wales Main Line at Chepstow. Construction of the four-mile Severn Tunnel began
in 1873, and by 1886 it became the fastest route between the two countries,
making the ‘Great Way Round’ only a backup way of crossing the Severn, for
example when the tunnel was closed.
With the Welsh coal mines running at their peak, the line became an important
trunk for freight traffic, which is still the case today. Connection to
various docks on both sides of the Severn meant there were always heavy coal
trains running to Portishead Docks from around the south of Wales. The SWML is
also credited with a major role in the expansion of Fishguard Docks, the Great
Western Railway’s main connection to the USA.
Today, the line is operated by Arriva Trains Wales and also sees First Great
Western services originating from London Paddington into Cardiff, and beyond.
Freight remains a key part of the route, be it imported coal or steel works
movements. The line is also one of the last major inter-city routes in Great
Britain to remain un-electrified, although there are plans to electrify the
line by 2018 to allow the new Hitachi Super Express Electro-Diesel and
Electric Multiple Units (Class 800 and 801) to replace ageing HST units on
London to Cardiff services.
The South Wales Coastal – Bristol to Cardiff route for Train Simulator
recreates the 39 mile section of main line from Bristol Temple Meads and
Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central, via the Severn Tunnel. Also included are a
number of locomotives and freight wagons to replicate services on the line as
seen today, including the Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 ‘Coradia’ DMU,
Freightliner Class 70 and Great Western Railways Class 43 HST.
Eight scenarios for the route:
* Cardiff to Holyhead
* Holyhead to Cardiff
* Cardiff to Cheltenham Spa
* Cheltenham Spa to Maesteg
* Wentloog to Southampton
* Taunton to Cardiff
* Portbury to Rugeley PS
* London to Swansea
More scenarios are available on Steam Workshop online and in-game. Train
Simulator’s Steam Workshop scenarios are free and easy to download, adding
many more hours of exciting gameplay. With scenarios being added daily, why
don’t you check it out now!
Click here for Steam Workshop scenarios.
## Key Features
* 39 mile South Wales Coastal main line between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway to Cardiff Central, via the Severn Tunnel
* Arriva Trains Wales Class 175 ‘Coradia’
* Great Western Railways Class 43
* Freightliner Class 70
* Freightliner HHA Bogie Coal Hopper
* Freightliner FEA/B Container Flats
* Freightliner KTA Pocket Wagon
* Scenarios for the route
* Quick Drive compatible
* Download size: 2,284mb
|Minimum System Requirements||Recommended System Requirements|
|CPU||Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)|
|RAM||2 GB RAM|
|OS||Windows® Vista / 7 / 8|
|Graphics Card||512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)||Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required|
|SOUND CARD||Direct X 9.0c compatible|
|HDD Space||6 GB HD space|