Released in December 2019 East Coastway is one of the most recent TSW routes, which has now been brought forward to Train Sim World 2 as part of the preserved collection.
Unlike most Route add-on’s, East Coastway also features a branch line, so as well as the 23 mile stretch from Brighton to Eastbourne, there’s also the branch that splits at Lewes and heads down to Seaford.
With 6 trains running every hour, it’s a balanced route, with 2 terminating at Lewes, 2 heading on to Eastbourne and the final two going down to Seaford.
There’s a wide range of stations featured, with Brighton and Lewes on the larger side, and a range of small and medium stations across both lines, with 15 in total, 10 of which are on the main line, with a further 5 beyond Lewes on the branch.
This means there’s plenty of locations for Collectables to be hidden away, so while there’s only 50 in total, it will take you a while to find all of the locations for Route Maps, Cycle points and ticket machines to place, as well as a number of fences to repair.
The range of locations also brings an impressive variety of scenery, there are the larger coastal towns with an impressive viaduct overlooking Brighton, which is a worthy starting point as the first seaside town to be served by rail back in the mid-1800s.
Core content starts off with 3 tutorials, an introduction to the line followed by the standard into’s for both locomotives featured in this DLC, the Class 377/4 passenger train and the Class 66 Diesel.
There’s then 5 scenario’s all are on the slightly shorter side, with times ranging from 15 to 40 minutes, 4 of which are passenger services on the 377 with one a slightly more difficult freight scenario on the Class 66.
Both loco’s offer their own style, the modern Class 377, was first made in the early 2000’s so it’s one of the most modern trains on the British route packs only now succeeded by the new Southeastern High Speed route released February 2021.
The Class 377 is among my favourite trains I’ve used across all British routes, offering impressive acceleration and breaking meaning with careful concentration it’s easy to hit those gold medals.
The Class 66 is a little more complex, also featured in the popular Great Western Express route it doesn’t quite play such a starring role here, but the scenario is a nice touch, and there are 12 services available for it through timetable mode.
The bulk of timetabled routes are with the Class 377, with an impressive 238 routes ensuring you’ll be on the tracks from 3:50 am until 23:45 at night.
It’s a lot to get through, but with the Class 377 being the most enjoyable modern British trains in the game it’s great to see so much content for it.
As mentioned earlier there’s a wide range of scenery and while you’ll have a fair few open countryside sections you’ll find towns, villages, industrial areas and plenty of other trains on the track, there’s a handful of tunnels, plenty of crossings and a nice range of scenery which is all represented well.
There are no glaring graphical weaknesses, and likewise, the audio (as is a staple of TSW2) does a great job of recreating the atmosphere of the locomotives, with only the usual issue of quiet stations being a standout point.
Those looking for a wide range of easy to handle routes with a passenger service will find plenty of joy with the Class 377 it’s easy to handle and rewarding to drive.
Sadly there’s no high-speed and only a handful of Freight services so this means there’s not the value you’ll find with routes like Great Western Express, but if you’re looking to expand your passenger runs considerably with a varied route that features some nice speed changes without ever being over-demanding, East Coastway is a great addition to your collection.