AirLink is a rail franchise which operates direct services to Stepford Airport. Its headquarters is located at Berrily.
History of AirLink
AirLink was first proposed back in November 2017, when Managing Director Charlie_RBX stated a new franchise was coming. The Class 345 Aventra trains were proposed to run the services, and many people were excited. In December 2017, multiple Class 345 trains started public testing, a sign that AirLink services were soon to commence, but they never did.
On the 23rd of September, an image was posted to the #sneak-peeks channel on SCR's Discord by Innovations Director BanTech which showed a picture of the new Stepford Central track layout for signal boards at the ROC. In the picture, it showed that platforms 12, 13, 14, and 15 were going to be used. This caused wild speculation among SCR players, stating that AirLink may be coming in V1.1.
Then in December, SCR released an advent calendar with each day as a sneak peek for V1.1. On Day 22, AirLink was confirmed, with Class 185 and 802 units running on the line. Many people were confused as to why the Class 345s were rejected - the most plausible answer is lag.
When the clock struck midnight on January 1st, V1.1 was released, and AirLink services commenced with high frequencies. Class 332 and Class 360 units were shortly introduced. In February, Stepford Airport terminals 1, 2 and 3 opened for service. In May, AirLink recieved its first Next Generation fleet upgrade with the Class 185s. The Class 387s were then moved to AirLink from WaterLine, having been upgraded to NG. AirLink soon received new logo and a new colour scheme, from yellow to orange. In September, the Class 755s were introduced and services extended to Leighton Stepford Road to commemorate SCR hitting 5 million place visits. Toward the end of September, the Class 802s were upgraded.
The following list represents the current, past, and future fleet of AirLink.
|Class Number||Maximum Speed||Price||Number of Coaches||Routes Operated On||Train Family||Date Put Into Service|
|Class 185 (Next-Gen)||100 MPH||1500 points||3 or 6 coaches||All routes||Desiro||December
(Next Generation-May 24, 2019)
|Class 332||100 MPH||1500 Points||4 or 5 coaches||All routes||CAF||January 25, 2019|
|4 or 5 coaches||All routes||Desiro||February 1, 2019 (Next Generation-July 20, 2019)|
|Class 387 (Next-Gen)||110 MPH||3000
|4 coaches||All routes||Electrostar||June 8, 2019|
|Class 755 (Next-Gen)||100 MPH||2250 points||3 or 4 coaches||All routes||FLIRT||September 16, 2019|
|Class 802 (Next-Gen)||110 MPH||3000
|5 coaches||All routes||A-Train (Nova 1)||December 31, 2018 (Next Generation-September 30, 2019)|
|Class Number||Maximum Speed||Price||Number of Coaches||Routes Operated on||Train Family||Date Put into SCR||Date Withdrawn From SCR|
|Class 345 (Legacy test-train)||90 MPH||Unbuyable (was only a test train)||7 coaches||R052||Aventra||Mid of December 2017 (For beta test)||Mid of December 2017(beta test end)|
- No in this moment
- No depot has been revealed yet.
- No depot has closed down yet.
- No New Sidings cormfirmed
- No siding has been closed yet.
- Stepford Central
- Stepford East
- St. Helen's Bridge
- Elsemere Junction
- Berrily (Eastbound Journeys)
- Stepford Airport Parkway
- Stepford Airport Central
- Terminal 1
- Terminal 2
- Airport Terminal 3
- Leighton Stepford Road
- There are no announced stations on AirLink yet.
- There are no former stations on AirLink.
You can see the list of all AirLink routes here.
- AirLink is the only franchise that has express and stopper routes.
- AirLink is the only franchise which offers first class onboard.
- AirLink has the joint fastest speeds in SCR.
- There are only 12 stations in total that Airlink serve, making it the least amount of stations served by a franchise.
- AirLink holds the record for longest train in SCR with the double Class 185s, having 6 coaches. This is also true for the rejected Class 345s, having 7 coaches
- AirLink only uses the 1 and 9 Headcodes.