East Coastway is the fifth British route arriving in TSW 2020. It features the 23-mile line between Brighton and Eastbourne whilst also including the 7 mile Branch Line from Lewes to Seaford. It features both passenger services with the BR Class 377/4 and freight with the BR Class 66.

An Introduction to East Coastway[edit | edit source]

Brighton, now a famed seaside resort, had its main railway station built between 1839 and 1840 in preparation for the arrival of the new London Brighton railway. Its expansive twin-shed roof house a number of platforms, and marks the gateway for many as the start of a summer holiday. With the opening of the full line down to Brighton, it became the first seaside town to be served by rail.

South Coast[edit | edit source]

As popularity grew, so did the desire to extend railway lines along the south coast. The Brighton, Lewes and Hastings Railway was established in 1844 to build east of Brighton station, with the first destination of Lewes being reached 2 years later. The most striking feature of the line was an impressive viaduct over the valley adjacent to Brighton, which still stands to this day and offers a spectacular view of the seaside town.

Polegate & Eastbourne[edit | edit source]

The Railway was soon extended via Polegate, where a station and railway triangle was built to serve Eastbourne. A branch from the main line was also built and connected to Lewes so services from London could bypass reversing at Brighton. As all these changes were happening, stations such as Lewes and Eastbourne had to be rebuilt, re-sited and expanded until finally becoming as they are today.

Branch[edit | edit source]

Another branch would be built form just beyond Lewes and head down to Seaford. This branch was 1864 and served the channel port of Newhaven, where ferries operate shuttle services to and from Dieppe, France. Newhaven is renowned amongst train enthusiasts for its Marine station, which spent years in disarray yet still received the occasional "ghost train" until it was officially closed to be turned into an aggregate siding.

Today[edit | edit source]

Today, services on the East Coastway are operated by Southern, with 6 trains per hour operating between Brighton and Lewes, 2 of which terminate there, another head to Seaford, and the final 2 make their way to Eastbourne. Additionally, services from London join the line at Lewes, making for additional traffic between there and Eastbourne.

Hints[edit | edit source]

Hint 1[edit | edit source]

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Released on 28 November. The best guess was that it was showing an area near Lewes which would suggest the route would be the East Coastway Line.

Route[edit | edit source]

East Coastway will represent the 23-mile line between Brighton and Eastbourne via Lewes, as well as the 7-mile Seaford Branch via Newhaven.

Locomotives[edit | edit source]

  • BR Class 377/4 - Southern Rail's primary passenger EMU which operates on a third rail electric supply. Used for all types of passenger services along the East Coastway Route.
  • BR Class 66 - The most common type of freight locomotive in the UK used by all major operators. Used for hauling freight services on the East Coastway route.

Wagons[edit | edit source]

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  • JNA Wagon - A type of freight wagon used by the operator EWS. It is used to transport Aggregates to and from the port of Newhaven on the East Coastway route.

Training[edit | edit source]

  • East Coastway Introduction - Take a brief ride across the Southern East Coastway and learn what is available to be discovered.
  • Class 377 Introduction - Learn the basics of operating a Class 377 Electric Multiple Unit and how to recover from an emergency stop.
  • Class 66 Introduction - Learn the basics of driving a Class 66 Diesel Locomotive and operating manual junctions.

Scenarios[edit | edit source]

  • French Connection - Complete the final leg of a boat train service connecting London with Dippe ferry operating out of Newhaven.
  • Loose Connection - Do your best to keep time when a train fault occurs mid-journey.
  • Cutting Closure - Provide assistance to an emergency possession at Falmer Tunnel near Lewes.
  • Enthusiast Excursion - Operate a non-stop run between Brighton and Eastbourne as part of a special train running along the south coast.
  • Eastbourne End - Complete the final portion of a service to Eastbourne and then take the train out of service for the night.

Timetable[edit | edit source]

There are 251 different timetables scenarios for you to complete. The complete list can be found on; Service Timetable - East Coastway.

Passenger Services (BR Class 377)[edit | edit source]

  • Brighton - Eastbourne (Limited stops)
  • Brighton - Seaford (All stops)
  • Brighton - Lewes (All stops)

Each of these services operates once every one hour during the day.

If you own Northern Trans-Pennine you will be able to run a special Railtour service that is able to be run by the BR Classes 31, 37, 40, 45, 47, 66. (If you have the correct DLCs)

Journey Mode[edit | edit source]

There are two chapters for the East Coastway route. They are:

Route Diagram[edit | edit source]

Map[edit | edit source]

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Brighton - Eastbourne[edit | edit source]

Location Image Miles
Brighton 0
London Road 0.7
Moulsecoomb 1.8
Falmer 3.5
Lewes 8
Glynde 11.1
Berwick 15.6
Polegate 19.4
Hampden Park 21.9
Eastbourne 23.9

Lewes - Seaford[edit | edit source]

Location Image Miles
Lewes 0
Southease 3.4
Newhaven Town 6.2
Newhaven Harbour 6.5
Bishopstone 8
Seaford 8.8

Achievements[edit | edit source]

  • ECW: An Electric Star: Complete all training modules on East Coastway
  • ECW: Brighton's Best: Reach 70MPH in the Class 377
  • ECW: Top and Tailed: Complete East Coastway scenario 'Cutting Closure'
  • ECW: Shut that door!: Complete East Coastway scenario 'Loose Connection'
  • ECW: Going Coastal: Complete 10 services on East Coastway
  • ECW: Southern Servant: Complete 100 services on East Coastway
  • ECW: Coastal Explorer: Complete all jobs on East Coastway
  • ECW: Situational Awareness: Complete all scenarios on East Coastway
  • CL377: Passenger Purveyor: Complete 150 Passenger Boarding tasks with the Class 377
  • CL377: Electrostar Trekker: Operate the BR Class 377 for 377 miles
East Coastway
Locomotives BR Class 66 - BR Class 377
Rolling Stock JNA wagon
Stations Brighton - London Road - Moulsecoomb - Falmer - Lewes - Southease - Newhaven Town - Newhaven Harbour - Bishopstone - Seaford - Glynde - Berwick - Polegate - Hampden Park - Eastbourne
Operators Southern - DB Cargo UK
Training East Coastway Introduction - Class 377 Introduction - Class 66 Introduction
Scenarios French Connection - Loose Connection - Cutting Closure - Enthusiast Excursion - Eastbourne End
Journeys Chapter 1 - Class 377/4 Driver - Chapter 2 - Class 66 Driver
Miscellaneous Service Timetable
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