Watford Junction to Milton Keynes - BVE route
There will be two trains available for use with Watford Junction to Milton Keynes - the class 87 AC electric loco hauling a consist of 8 mk3 coaches and a mk3 DVT, and a 4 car class 321 EMU. The 87 and 321 'train.dat' files, which define performance and acceleration curves, are being kindly produced by Paul Robins.
Class 87 AC Electric Loco
The 87 is a 5000hp, 25kV AC electric loco, with a maximum speed of 110mph, and is fitted with rheostatic braking, Brecknell Willis 'Highspeed' pantograph, 'flexicoil' suspension and frame mounted traction motors. These locos were built in the 1970's for the electrification of the West Coast Main Line between Weaver Junction and Glasgow, and were designed to easily handle the difficult gradients at Beattock and Shap. The locos operate on the whole length of the WCML between Euston and Glasgow. No's. 87001 through to 87035 use a tap changer to control the current supply to the traction motors, while 87101 uses thyristor control instead. Unfortunately, BVE doesn't allow the full 38 tap positions to be simulated, but the acceleration curves are properly modelled.
To find out more about the cl. 87, visit Paul Robins' '87 Homepage' at: http://homepage.ntlworld.com/paul87101/87.html/
Class 321 EMU
Note: The 321 timetable version of the route may be released as an add-on shortly after the release of the Intercity version of the route, depending on what progress is made with route development.
The 321 is a 100mph capable 25kV AC electric multiple unit. Built between 1988 and 1990 - these are 4 car units. On the West Coast Main Line, these units can be found between London Euston and Birmingham New Street via the Northampton Loop, on outer suburban services. In this BVE route, the unit will have to be driven on the fast lines, due to essential repair works on the slow lines between Watford Junction and Milton Keynes...
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