Stepford Connect operates rail services to various districts around Stepford County, such as Benton, Leighton, Morganstown, Whitefield, Berrily, Stepford Airport, Llyn-by-the-Sea and Willowfield. A full journey on the mainline, which runs from Willowfield to Llyn-by-the-Sea takes about 45 minutes and is only drivable on the Class 68.
The operator is classified as commuter rail as the intent of the services is to deliver passengers to and from major centres, indicated by the current routes, rather than being a link for intermediate stations in between some large areas like regional rail. The trains on this route reach a maximum speed of 110 miles per hour, with the average being 100mph.
As part of a renewed franchise from 1 May 2020, this operator is now branded as Stepford Connect and bears a colour scheme, courtesy of rail management system Transport For Stepford. Prior to the renewal, the brand was simply Connect and bore a colour scheme.
- Services on the route commenced on 25th November 2017, exclusively using Class 700 units, from Stepford Town to Port Benton. Services to Stepford Airport Central began next, providing a direct link between the city and the then under-construction airport.
- Coxly Depot was constructed to alleviate the overcrowded Benton Depot, alongside the introduction of Class 333 units for more frequent service. Class 321 units were introduced shortly after on 29th November to run new services to Winstree. In December, Bodin, Benton Bridge, Stepford Airport Parkway and Stepford Airport Central were renovated to allow for more capacity, with Benton being completely rebuilt.
- 4th December: the Connect franchise was renewed to include the Waterline route sub-franchise. Class 357 and Class 387 units were also introduced, with Class 350 units following on 6th December.
- On 11th December, some Class 700 units were painted into a special livery to celebrate Christmas, and Class 185 units were introduced on 13th December.
- On 18th December, all Class 387 units were taken out of service to be repainted into the WaterLine livery, and were replaced by Class 377 units.
- On 25 December, Class 720 units were introduced.
- 1st January: Class 170 units were introduced.
- On 9th January, Benton was rebuilt once more to allow more trains to enter and increase capacity.
- 21st April: all Class 700 units were replaced by Class 707 units, Winstree and Winstree Depot were demolished and rebuilt as Leighton Stepford Road and Leighton Depot. Rocket Parade station was constructed in-between Water Newton and Leighton Stepford Road, and services to Leighton City commenced. St Helens Bridge was rebuilt and became a terminus for trains from Leighton City.
- 10th May: Class 380/0 and 380/1 units were introduced.
- On 15th July, all Class 321 units were painted into a revised livery.
- On 4th August, Class 365 units were proposed to be introduced.
- 31st December: Services to Berrily, Morganstown, Edgemead and Stepford Victoria commenced, and Class 68 locomotives hauling Mark 3 coaches were introduced. The entrance leading to Platforms 11 through 15 at Stepford Central was also opened.
- 28th April: services to Stepford United Football Club and Whitefield commenced.
- On 6th May, Class 331/0 and 331/1 units were introduced.
- On 14th May, Class 158 units entered service, being the first with Next Generation doors and interiors on the fleet.
- On 29th May, all Class 185 units were upgraded with the same tech from the Class 158 units, and on June 8, all Class 377 units were upgraded as well.
- On 5th July: all Class 350 and Class 357 units were upgraded.
- On 9th July, Class 458/5 units were introduced, already equipped with Next Generation doors and interiors.
- On 29th July, all Class 707 units were upgraded.
- On 7th August, all Class 68 and Mark 3 units were upgraded.
- On 14th August, Class 458/0 units were introduced, already equipped with Next Generation doors and interiors.
- On 31st August, all Class 170 units were upgraded.
- On 17th December, services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea commenced.
- 22nd February: All Class 321, Class 331, Class 465, and Class 720 units were upgraded, and Faymere Green TMD was built between Faymere and Westercoast. The platforms at Stepford Central, Stepford High Street, and Benton received new decor. The entrance to Whitefield was rebuilt, and all platforms received new decor, with platform three being extended.
- 4th March: All Class 707 units were upgraded with Next Generation V2 doors and interiors.
- On 11th March, all Class 333 units were upgraded with the same tech from the Class 707 units.
- On 18 March, Stepford Central was rebuilt to increase capacity and discard aging infrastructure.
- 1st May: The Connect franchise was renewed to no longer include Waterline, and was passed onto Transport For Stepford. All Class 380/0 and 380/1 units were upgraded with Next Generation V2 doors and interiors, and became the first trains to bear the new branding introduced with the franchise renewal.
- On 2nd May, plans were revealed to retrofit all Class 170, Class 331, Class 350, Class 357, Class 377 and Class 465 units with the new branding.
- 25th May: Plans were revealed to upgrade Coxly station.
- On 30th May, plans were revealed to upgrade Stepford Victoria station.
- On 2nd June, plans were revealed to retrofit the Stepford Connect Headquarters with new branding.
- 6th June: Plans were revealed to upgrade all Class 720 units with Next Generation V2 doors and interiors and new branding.
- On 16th June, plans were revealed to introduce Class 730/1 units and new signalling equipment.
- On 19th June, plans were revealed to retrofit all Class 158 and Class 185 units with new branding.
- On 22nd June, plans were revealed to commence services to Beechley and Willowfield, as well as the retrofitting of all Class 331/1 units in a Pride variant of the new livery.
- 22nd June: All aforementioned changes and services were set in motion that same day, alongside the retrofitting of all Class 321, Class 333, Class 458 and Class 707 units with new seating and a new livery. Many Connect stations were refurbished whether an interior upgrade or a full refit. They include Stepford Central, City Hospital, Financial Quarter, Stepford Victoria, Stepford High Street and Stepford UFC. All the stations west of Stepford High Street received a new station sign and Class 730 was added to the fleet. Services to Beechley and Willowfield also commenced, with the City Hospital area being remodelled to introduce the "Beechley Triangle," which allows trains from Stepford Victoria to head north to Beechley and Willowfield. R037 and R038 were also added.
- 14th August: Plans were revealed to remodel all Class 377 units to the mesh models. The Class 387 was also featured in the sneak peek.
- 27th September: Plans were revealed to open a previously abandoned station, Upper Staploe, to the public.
- 7th October: A sneak peek of an upgrade to Benton was revealed.
- 29th October: Updated stations and scenery along Benton to Leighton Stepford Road and the Morganstown Branch. Upper Staploe was also added into the network. The remodelled Class 377 was also introduced.
- 1st January: The Class 68 gets a new livery, most of the trains (except the Class 68s' Mark 3 coaches) get scrolling PISes, with the Class 331 receiving full-colour displays and the Class 720, 730 and 707 receiving monochrome displays, the Class 333 receives a new door opening sound and the Class 357, Class 377 and Class 458 get a new horn.
- 19th February: R040 is added.
- 28th March: Plans were revealed to remodel all Class 357 units to the mesh models.
- 2nd April: The remodelled Class 357 is introduced.
- 3rd July: Plans were revealed for the remodelling of the Class 333 units to the mesh models.
- 4th July: Plans were revealed for the remodelling of the Class 170 units to the mesh models.
- 7th July: The mesh Class 170 and 333 units are introduced, along with the Class 168 being introduced on services.
|Class Number||Image||Top Speed
|Carriages||Manufacturer||Train Family||Date Put Into Service||Date converted to NG||Routes Operated On|
|Class 158||90||1500||2 (/9)
|BREL||Express Sprinter||14th May 2019|
|Class 168||100||1500||4||Adtranz and Bombardier||Turbostar||7th July 2021|
|Class 170||1500||3||Adtranz and Bombardier||Turbostar||1st January 2018||31st August 2019|
|Class 185||1500||3||Siemens||Desiro||13th December 2017||29th May 2019|
|Class 321||100||1500||4||BREL||Mark 3||29th November 2017||22nd February 2020|
|Class 331||3 (/0)
|CAF||Civity||6th May 2019|
|Class 333||1500||4||Siemens and CAF||N/A||30th November 2017||11th March 2020|
|Class 350||110||Siemens||Desiro||6th December 2017||5th July 2019|
|Class 357||100||Free||4||Adtranz and Bombardier||Electrostar||4th December 2017||5th July 2019|
|Class 377||1500||5||Bombardier||Electrostar||18th December 2017||8th June 2019|
|Class 380||1500||3 (/0)
|Siemens||Desiro||11th May 2018||1st May 2020|
|Class 458/0||Unlocks with /5||4||Alstom||Juniper||29th July 2019|
|Class 458/5||75||1500||5||Alstom||Juniper||14th August 2019|
|Class 465||1500||4||BREL, ABB and Metro-Cammell||Networker||30th November 2017||22nd February 2020|
|Class 707||100||300||5||Siemens||Desiro City||21st April 2018||20th July 2019|
|Class 720||1500||5||Bombardier||Aventra||29th January 2018||22nd February 2020|
|Class 730/1||1500||5||Bombardier||Aventra||23rd June 2020|
|Locomotive hauled stock||20 routes[Note 1]|
|Class 68||100||3000||3[Note 3]||Vossloh and Stadler||UKLight||31st December 2018||8th August 2019|
|Mark 3A||N/A||Included with Class 68||N/A||BREL||Mark 3||31st December 2018|
|Class Number||Image||Top Speed
|Price||Carriages||Manufacturer||Train Family||Date Put Into Service||Date Withdrawn From Service||Routes Operated On||Fate|
|Class 700||100||Free||6||Siemens||Desiro City||25th November 2017||21st April 2018||All routes (at that time)||Withdrawn and replaced by Class 707|
|Class 387||'||110||45 Robux||4||Bombardier||Electrostar||4th December 2017||18th December 2017||All routes (at that time)||Transferred to Waterline on the 21st December 2017|
None at this time.
|Class Number||Image||Top Speed
- Benton Depot
- Berrily Depot
- Leighton Depot
- Stepford Depot
- Woodhead Lane Northbound Depot
- Woodhead Lane Southbound Depot
- Northshore Depot
- Faymere Green TMD (Northbound)
- Faymere Green TMD (Southbound)
- Willowfield Depot (Willowfield Station Depot)
- Willowfield Depot (Willowfield Mainline Depot)
- None at this time.
- Beechley Sidings
- Coxly Bypass Siding
- Coxly Station Siding
- Hampton Hargate Siding
- Whitefield Lido Siding
- None at this time.
The map below is interactive: click the stations or operators to see the pages.
- Willowfield (♿︎)
- Hemdon Park (♿︎)
- Beechley (♿︎
- Stepford Victoria (♿︎)
- Financial Quarter
- City Hospital (♿︎)
- Stepford Central (♿︎)
- Stepford East (♿︎)
- Stepford High Street (♿︎)
- Whitefield Lido
- Stepford United Football Club
- Woodhead Lane (♿︎)
- Houghton Rake (♿︎)
- Whitefield (♿︎)
- St Helens Bridge (♿︎)
- New Harrow
- Elsemere Pond (♿︎)
- Elsemere Junction (♿︎)
- East Berrily (♿︎)
- Beaulieu Park
- Morganstown (♿︎)
- Angel Pass (♿︎)
- Bodin (♿︎)
- Coxly (♿︎)
- Port Benton
- Benton Bridge (♿︎)
- Stepford Airport Parkway
- Stepford Airport Central (♿︎)
- Hampton Hargate (♿︎, westbound only)
- Upper Staploe (♿︎)
- Water Newton
- Rocket Parade (♿︎)
- Leighton Stepford Road (♿︎)
- Leighton City (♿︎)
- Edgemead (♿︎)
- Faymere (♿︎)
- Westercoast (♿︎)
- Millcastle Racecourse
- Millcastle (♿︎)
- Westwyvern (♿︎)
- Starryloch (♿︎)
- Llyn-by-the-Sea (♿︎)
|Stepford Central to Whitefield||R020||Stepford East, Stepford High Street, Whitefield Lido, Stepford UFC, Woodhead Lane, Houghton Rake and Whitefield.|
|Stepford Victoria to Whitefield||R022||Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, Stepford High Street, Whitefield Lido, Stepford UFC, Woodhead Lane, Houghton Rake and Whitefield.|
|Stepford Central to Morganstown||R007||Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Elsemere Junction, Berrily, East Berrily, Beaulieu Park and Morganstown.|
|Beechley to Morganstown||R034||City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Elsemere Junction, Berrily, East Berrily, Beaulieu Park and Morganstown.|
|Leighton Stepford Road to Llyn-by-the-Sea||R037||Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle, Westwyvern, Starryloch, Northshore and Llyn-by-the-Sea.|
|Leighton Stepford Road to Westwyvern||R038||Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle Racecourse, Millcastle and Westwyvern.|
|St Helens Bridge to Edgemead||R004||Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road, Leighton City and Edgemead.|
|St Helens Bridge to Westwyvern||R025||Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Rocket Parade, Leighton Stepford Road, Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle Racecourse, Millcastle and Westwyvern.|
- This is the first operator in SCR and is therefore the oldest operator in the whole game.
- This operator has the biggest fleet and operates to the most stations in the game. It also has the most routes in the game.
- This is the only operator with more than one Electrostar train in its fleet.
- This operator has the most spawning locations as well as depots.
- Some of the stations were originally purposed to be on another operator that was later cancelled: Metro.
- In V1.5, the Class 380 was the only train with the new livery on this operator, with the other trains receiving the new livery in V1.6.
- Waterline was a former part of this operator and some believe that Stepford Express is currently part of this operator too, although this has never been confirmed or disproved.
- This operator, along with Waterline, were the last operators to see their trains upgraded to Next-Gen.
- This is the only operator without a hub or base for all routes.
- It is the only operator to serve all Network Rail stations before they receive the Transport for Stepford sign in V1.6.
- Upper Staploe is one of the least served stations on the network with only one route stopping at the station.
- There are still remnants of the old Connect branding hidden around the map, such as station color schemes at Whitefield Lido and Ashlan Park[Note 4], and the Connect sign inside the tunnel between Westercoast and Millcastle Racecourse.
- This is the only operator where no trains in the fleet can operate on every single route, due to 2 of the routes are exclusive to Class 68, while the Class 68 is banned from operating on a number of other routes as well.
- Unlock with 200 Experience
- 5 if the 2 locomotives are counted
- Although Ashlan Park is served by Waterline, the operator used to be a franchise of Connect, and their colour scheme was used in the station.