Simsig is a pure signalling simulator that has a mix of free and 'paid-for' simulations. UK coverage is increasingly thorough and through users both current and historical timetables can be played. The quality of SimSig is such that a full commercial offering exists for training in real life, although this has also resulted in limits on the areas that can be simulated to avoid conflicts of interest
The timetable editor included as well as network play has lead to an active user community. See the Simsig website for more details and downloads
As part of this I have produced the following additonal timetables:
This is a relatively simple timetable using the 1964 passenger timetable under 1990's operating conditions of primarliy unit trains.
As such it is suitable for a single player to use to gain familiarity with the sim before trying the more advanced timetables.
This is now released on the SimSig site and I blogged the task of constructing the timetable as I went along. The methoads are however now outdated, but it is retained for now as still useful
Explanation of how this timetable will work and the compromises made to allow 1964 to run on the modern layout in a simple form
Step by Step SimSig timetabling
Table 1, Table 2, Table 6 page 1,
Table 6 page 2, Table 6 page 3, Table 7,
Linking Workings and adding Headcodes
Main Line trains, Outer Suburban trains
Download for Kings Cross 1964 now contains two timetables, the original 'Passenger' one and a 'Full'
with freight services.
A 1984 timetable for this sim, with the Ravenscraig works operating as well as trip freights from the 1980's. Passenger workings are no less busy with Carstairs portion workings and overnight services.
Two timetables are provided, one with full trip workings and one with a reduced set more suited to one or two players. Chains to CSCOT and Edinburgh
Download for Motherwell 1984.
A 1993 timetable with much reduced freight and simpler passenger workings, although a couple of mail shunts remain at Carstairs. The passenger services are correct for 1993 but some freight is a couple of years either side, most notably coal workings. As
such this is more a '90's-ish timetable than specific to any one year or day.
Download for Motherwell 1993.
A '1984' Edinburgh for the Edinburgh sim. This allows a 3- way chain to the CSCOT and Motherwell 1984 timetables. This has a large number of hauled services and portions to deal with
including the Dundee local service and Carstairs portions.
Download for Edinburgh 1984.
A '1993' timetable for the Edinburgh sim. The passenger services are correct for 1993 but some freight is a couple of years either side, most notably coal workings. As
such this is more a '90's-ish timetable than specific to any one year or day. There are a small number of hauled services to deal with including several sleeper and mail trains.
The 1993 timetable chains to Central Scotland and Motherwell 1993 timetables.
Download for Edinburgh 1993.
Central Scotland and Cowlairs
I have five timetables available for these sims (Cowlairs is a cut down area from Central Scotland, more suited to a single player).
The first is a 'learner' sim that shows how trains are signalled, as CSCOT is unusual in having extensive mechanical signalling.
Download for Central Scotland learner.
CSCOT Updated June 2021 - chains to Edinburgh and Motherwell
Two full timetables, 1993 and 1984. The 1993 timetable is fairly straightforward as this is generally a DMU dominated time with limited freight and loco activity. The 1984 timetable is a lot
busier and has greater variety, many loco hauled services at Queen St and varied freight workings. While keeping close to the 1984-85 passenger timetable the freight servioces are a mix from a year or so earlier due to the availability of source materials
Chains to Motherwell and Edinburgh timetables.
Download for Central Scotland 1984 & 1993.
In addition to the 1984 and 1993 timetables as provided for CSCOT, there is a very different 2016 timetable. The 2016 timetable covers the period when Glasgow Queen St was closed radically altering the service patterns
Download for Cowlairs 1984, 1993 & 2016.
Additional timetable for the Waterloo simulation, using the timetable of 17 January 2004. This was an interesting day for diversions with most of the 8 track route from Waterloo closed.
All up services are concentrated on the up Windsor line, those from Wimbledon ran via East Putney, whilst main line services from beyond Woking ran via Staines.
To install, copy into the Waterloo timetable directory, e.g.
Download for Waterloo 17-1-2004.
Additional timetable for the North London simulation, a ficticious timetable based around 1991. Several of the interesting services which have run on the North London over the years have been added to the
real 1991 passenger and 1994 freight timetables. This is for the later NLL simulation version 2.102.
To install, unzip into the NLL directory, e.g.
Download for North London 1991.
Note that the North London sim has not been transferred over to the new 'Loader' system and so is not available for download from SimSig (1 Oct 2020)
GENSHEET SimSig page 13 June 2021 All images © M.W.Wilson