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  • UKTS Freeware Route Pack - North East Rails
  • bt4
  • bt8
  • isabella
  • bt5
  • Backworth2
  • pm3
  • weetslade
  • bt3
  • bates2
  • pm6
  • pm5
  • Newcastle 2 (WIP)
  • Backworth1
  • bt2
  • 56
  • bt1
  • 55
  • bates1
  • pm2
  • Newcastle 1 (WIP)
  • pm4
  • Manors
  • bt9
  • backworth
  • bt7
Conditions of Use
Free to use in non-commercial projects only.
Editing / Modification: Allowed
Distribution with your project: Allowed
Credit the author: Not required
Guaranteed Availability: Yes. The author has waived the right to delete this upload
Custom Conditions: None

Important History
This route does NOT overwrite existing versions of Blyth & Tyne. It has it's own route folder so you can run older versions and this new version side by side.

Version History
A full version history including the changes made in the most recent update is available on the UKTS Freeware Packs web site.

UKTrainSim Freeware Route Pack - North East Rails
The UKTrainSim Freeware Project has a dedicated web site containing lots of information and resources. It can be found at

What's this all about?
The UKTrainSim Freeware Project is here to make your life easier. By collecting together freeware items and re-skins for RailWorks donated by the community into simple to download and install packs we hope to achieve the following core aims:

  • Free
  • Simple to install
  • Reliable resource for freeware developers
  • Significantly increase the amount of free content available
There are packs of assets, rolling stock, routes and scenarios and each one covers a particular theme. If you want to browse the available packs visit The Packs web page.

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What's in This Pack?
In this version the route is a representation of the railways in Tyneside and the surrounding areas in the early 1970s. Included are the following areas:

The Blyth & Tyne Railway ran from the Tyne coal staithes at North Shields to the Northumberland collieries in the Ashington and Blyth area, and along the North Blyth Branch to Blyth power station and Cambois depot and yards. By the early 1970s the passenger services had long finished and the line was then only used for freight traffic; mainly coal and aluminium from the Ashington area. Coal was also transported to Blyth power station from multiple coal fields utilising the line.

The Backworth NCB System included the lines to Fenwick and Weetslade Collieries and the line down to Northumberland Dock on the banks of the River Tyne. The NCB railways connecting the local pits in this area were in very poor condition by the 1970s and were still using steam as traction on the trains right up to the closure of the collieries in the late 1970s/early 1980s.

The North Tyne Loop is the commuter line running from Newcastle Central station to Tynemouth on the coast and returning via Benton and Gosforth Junction back to Newcastle. The line was operated by third rail electric traction until the late 1960s when it was replaced by first generation diesel units which operated the Tyne Loop until the early 1980s. It was then modified again into the revolutionary Metro rapid transport system which operates the line to the present day.

The Riverside Branch leaves the North Tyne Loop at Percy Main and heads along the north bank of the Tyne passing heavy industrial areas and shipyards to Carville and Walker. Then it returns back up to riverside junction at Byker where it rejoins the mainline to Manors. By the 1970s there were only a couple of trains each way for the workforce from the shipyards; they ran their last services in 1973. Freight continued to use the line to a scrapyard into the 1980s before full closure.

Newcastle to Killingworth (E.C.M.L). From Newcastle a short section of the East Coast Main Line has been created to the reception sidings at Camperdown. This line passes Heaton sidings and Benton Junction were it has access to the Tyne Loop and the Blyth & Tyne Railway.

The pack comes Quick Drive enabled and includes a selection of scenarios to drive. Each scenario details the UKTS Freeware Packs and DLC required in the description.

Items Required for the Route
These packs are required to have all the scenery displayed in the route

Freeware Packs
Other Required Free Packs
Required Steam DLC
Items Required for the Scenarios
These items are only required to run the scenarios and are not required to load the route

Freeware Packs
Steam DLC

It goes without saying that the packs would not exist without the community coming together and supporting it. Many members of the community have offered words of encouragement, support, time, energy and much more. Throughout the development of the Freeware Pack Project I have made every attempt to record the donations and support people have given. Please take a moment to acknowledge all the people who have helped by visiting the Credits page.

Thanks also go to:
  • RS team for our great hobby
  • Ben (BDY26) for station signs and testing
  • Mike Simpson for RW Tools and testing
  • Phil (shiney heed) for Alcan Pots
  • Mervyn Deighton for testing
The following generously donated assets to the project:
  • CaptainBazza
  • Chaddock Engineering
  • Eyore
  • JadsHome
  • Karma99
  • Mondo
  • RS Derek
  • Wilburton
  • Richard Fletcher
And finally…. the wife for being very understanding and anyone else I may have missed.

How can I Get Involved
Full details of what you can do to help with the UKTrainSim Freeware Project are available on the Get Involved web page.

Licensing Conditions for the North East Rails Route Pack
  • Freeware Route Packs may NOT be withdrawn from the UKTS Freeware Project after they have been donated however assets which have been donated as part of the pack and where the author retains permission to withdraw use of them may still be withdrawn. Asset authors should be aware that doing so would jeopardise the existence of the route and pack and therefore could force its withdrawal.
  • The contents of this pack (route, scenarios, asset's etc) are for your own personal use and must not, under any circumstances, be sold or distributed in any way whatsoever without the written permission of the route author (Joe Whittaker) or the creator of the individual assets concerned.
  • This pack or any part of this pack must not be uploaded onto any website nor distributed via CD without the permission of the route author (Joe Whittaker) or the creator of the individual assets concerned.
  • This pack is only for distribution through
  • You may make your own alterations to the Route but you must not release these without prior written permission from the route author (Joe Whittaker)

These conditions will allow us to create a reliable, simple and completely free resource for the community. For the latest conditions visit

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