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Pudong International Airport 20 Year Anniversary – Celebration Video from Xeon

Shanghai’s Pudong airport opened 20 years ago, and today (September 16 2019) it opens the world’s largest satellite terminal. 

Shanghai Pudong Airport Satellite Terminal Interior – Credit: Shanghai Airport Authority

The airport features an integrated transport hub served by Maglev, Metro and High-Speed trains.

To celebrate the occasion Xeon has sent in a very entertaining video, even including the runways and aircraft (or are they flying trains?) taking off and landing!  Make sure your sound is on to listen to the air traffic control.


He has also sent in a small operating segment as a session file.  This is in zipped format because WordPress thinks that .ssn files are dangerous.  Perhaps some are but not ours!

Download “Pudong airport session file” – Downloaded 1 time – 21 KB

New Project Submission: Highbury & Islington to Brockley by Anthony Sheehy

Highbury & Islington to Brockley – London Overground

This part of the London Overground network is a combination of the old East London Line (originally run by A-Class underground) and the North London Line with an extension to connect the two. It runs through the oldest shield-bore tunnel in the World – the first tunnel to traverse a navigable river.

This is a real world track that includes the Current TFL Sunday timetable (2019). Now, before you think “Easy like Sunday morning” it starts quietly, but London is a busy city. The timetable changes every couple of hours to increase traffic to a train every few minutes. There are two termini and five destinations – two reached via Brockley, two via Queen’s Road Peckham, and the New Cross shuttle that runs between New Cross and Dalston Junction. There is Silwood sidings, the depot.

Limitations: Some speed limits are guesses and the signal configuration is guessed. Sorry about that! But you will be too busy to worry about that. There are also additional signals at Silwood that are not on the signalling maps. There is also a turning point. These have been added to make the operation work.

Operational notes: Trains turn at the termini, and New Cross, and (only first thing in the morning) at New Cross Gate. Other crossovers (at Shadwell, Canada Water) are not used. Watch out for trains at “Turning” – they are unsignalled, and unless the track is set, they will derail! They throw up a warning when they do depart. You can dismiss the warning by right clicking on it. The Southeast bound trains for Queen’s Road Peckham use an underpass.

Watch for clashes between empty-from-depot trains and timetabled trains. Let the empty trains through first generally.


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New Project Submission: Chicago ‘L’ Train by Krizar

The Chicago ‘L’ train forms the central network for travelling across the famous ‘Windy city’. This simulation portrays the complete network and includes a rush hour timetable. The simulation is advanced due to the high number of services running in parallel! The included session should be set to half speed to make operation easier, don’t worry if you mess up first time (I still do!). Please read the full README for more information.

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New Project Submission: Chiltern Railways by Krizar

# Chiltern Railways Network

This is a very detailed representation of the network covered by Chiltern Railways. Most rail miles are covered including the lines towards Aylesbury Vale Parkway. The included timetable is based on operations on 26/06/2019 as of 05:43am. As an additional detail a couple of services around Birmingham Moor Street operated by West Midlands Railway, and services between Preston Park and Watford/Amersham/Chesham on the London Underground Metropolitan Line are included.

## Coverage and Description of Main Features

Stations included within this simulation are:

Chiltern Mainline towards Birmingham:

– London Marylebone
– Wembley Stadium
– Sudbury & Harrow Road
– Sudbury Hill Harrow
– Northolt Park
– South Ruislip
– West Ruislip
– Denham
– Denham Golf Club
– Gerrards Cross
– Seer Green & Jordans
– Beaconsfield
– High Wycombe
– Saunderton
– Princes Risborough
– Haddenham & Thame Parkway
– Bicester North
– Kings Sutton
– Banbury
– Leamington Spa
– Warwick
– Warwick Parkway
– Hatton
– Lapworth
– Dorridge
– Widney Manor
– Solihull
– Olton
– Acocks Green
– Tyseley
– Small Heath
– Bordesley
– Birmingham Moor Street
– Birmingham Snow Hill

Stations on the Aylesbury Branch & Metropolitan Line:

– Preston Road
– Northwick Park
– Harrow-on-the-Hill
– North Harrow
– Pinner
– Northwood Hills
– Northwood
– Moor Park
– Croxley
– Watford
– Rickmansworth
– Chorleywood
– Chalfont & Latimer
– Chesham
– Amersham
– Great Missenden
– Wendover
– Stoke Mandeville
– Aylesbury
– Aylesbury Vale Parkway

Stations towards Oxford:

– Bicester Village
– Islip

Stations between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury:

– Little Kimble
– Monks Risborough

Stations beyond Birmingham Snow Hill:

– Jewellery Quarter
– The Hawthorns
– Smethwick Galton Bridge

Additional Points of Interest include:

– Tyseley LMD
– Wembley LMD
– Quainton Road
– Link between Bicester Village and Aylesbury Vale Lines
– Rickmansworth Sidings for London Underground

## Session

The included session is difficult due to the size of the layout, it is recommended you run the simulation at a lower speed in order to become familiar with the coverage area.

## Tips

Be sure to pay attention to the Metropolitan/Chiltern lines between Preston Road and North Harrow as due to the tight timetables operated by London Underground there can be high congestion. Also pay particular attention to the calling points of services, some Metropolitan Line trains run non-stop between Wembley Park and Harrow-on-the-Hill, and/or Harrow-on-the-Hill and Moor Park.

The platforms at some stations can be confusing. South Ruislip station has a bypass line which runs down the centre. Make sure any northbound Chiltern services set to call here are routed into correct platform (taking the turnout at Northolt Park Junction).

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New Project Submission: IE Dublin Area by Krizar

# Iarnród Éireann Dublin Area

A depiction of the local rail network around Dublin Connolly station in the Republic of Ireland. The layout covers much of the Dublin Area Rapid Transit (DART) the area between Grand Canal Dock south of Connolly and Malahide/Howth. Included is a basic early morning timetable commencing at 6am with a couple of additional freight services to and from the Alexander Road freight terminal.

This timetable does not fully complement the layout, as such I encourage others to create their own too, this would be much appreciated!

## Coverage and Description of Main Features

Stations included within this simulation are the DART stations:

– Grand Canal Dock
– Dublin Pearse
– Tara Street
– Dublin Connolly
– Clontarf Road
– Killester
– Hamonstown
– Raheny
– Kilbarrack
– Howth Junction & Donaghmede
– Clongriffin
– Portmarnock
– Malahide
– Bayside
– Sutton
– Howth

and additional commuter stations towards Maynooth:

– Docklands
– Drumcondra

In addition sidings are included between Connolly and Clontarf Road, as well as the cargo terminal at Alexandra Road.

## Session

A session has been included which sets the main routes to be automatically signalled.

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