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Stepford Connect operates rail services to various districts around Stepford County, such as Benton, Leighton, Morganstown, Whitefield, Berrily, etc. A full journey on the mainline, which runs from Stepford Victoria to Llyn-by-the-Sea takes about 42 minutes and is only doable on the Class 68.

The route is classified as regional rail, due to the fact that it takes up the majority of the network and it serves various regions. The trains on this route reach an average maximum speed of 100 miles per hour.

As part of a renewed franchise from 1 May 2020, this operator is now branded as Stepford Connect and bears a  cyan  color scheme, run by Transport for Stepford - a new organisation. Prior to the renewal, the brand was simply Connect, and beared a  bright bluish green  color scheme.

History

2017

Services on the route commenced on 25th November 2017, exclusively using Class 700 units, from modern-day Stepford Central to Benton. Services to Stepford Airport Central began next, providing a direct link between the city and the then under-construction airport, and shortly after services to Port Benton began, allowing for the removal of Benton as a terminus. 

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, BodinBenton BridgeStepford Airport Parkway and Stepford Airport Central were renovated to allow for more capacity, with Benton being completely rebuilt.

On 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.

2018

On 1st January, Class 170 units were introduced. On 9th January, Benton was rebuilt once more to allow more trains to enter and increase capacity.

On 21 April, all Class 700 units were replaced by Class 707 units, Winstree was rebuilt as Leighton Stepford Road, and Winstree Depot was rebuilt as 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. Services to Stepford Victoria commenced. The entrance and platforms 11 through 14 at Stepford Central were closed, and Central Mall opened, providing the only entrance to the station.

On 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. On 31st December, services to Berrily, Morganstown and Edgemead commenced, and Class 68 locomotives hauling Mark 3 coaches were introduced.

2019

On 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 route. 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.

2020

On 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.

On 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.

On 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 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 Connect HQ with Stepford Connect branding.

Rolling Stock

Current

Class Number Image Top Speed

(mph)

Price[Note 1]

(Points)

Carriages Manufacturer Train Family Date Put Into Service Date converted to NG Routes Operated On
Diesel multiple units
Class 158 Class 158 @ Rocket Parade 90 1500 1125 2/3 British Rail Engineering Limited Express Sprinter May 14, 2019
Class 170
Class 170 @ Llyn-by-the-Sea
100 1500 1125 3 Bombardier Transportation

(formerly ADtranz)

Turbostar January 1, 2018 August 31, 2019
Class 185
0a
1500 1125 3 Siemens Mobility Desiro December 13, 2017 May 29, 2019
Electric multiple units
Class 321
321LSRSunshine
100 1500 1125 4 British Rail Engineering Limited BR Second Generation (Mark 3) November 29, 2017 February 22, 2020
Class 331
Class 331 @ St Helens Bridge
1500 1125 3/4 CAF Civity May 6, 2019 February 22, 2020
Class 333
NG333-0
1500 1125 4 Siemens Mobility CAF November 30, 2017 March 11, 2020
Class 350 350361 110 1500 1125 4 Desiro December 6, 2017 July 5, 2019
Class 357
Class 357 @ Port Benton
100 Free 4 Bombardier Transportation

(formerly ADtranz)

Electrostar December 4, 2017 July 5, 2019
Class 377
Class 377 @ Stepford Victoria
1500 1125 4 Bombardier Transportation December 18, 2017 June 8, 2019
Class 380 NG Class 380 1500 1125 3/4 Siemens Mobility Desiro May 11, 2018 May 1, 2020
Class 458/0
Class 458 at MR
1500 1125 4 Alstom Juniper July 29, 2019
Class 458/5
458
75 1500 1125 5 August 14, 2019
Class 465
Class 465 @ Leighton City
1500 1125 4 British Rail Engineering Limited, ABB Rail, Metro-Cammell Networker November 30, 2017 February 22, 2020
Class 707
Class 707 @ Westercoast
100 300 225 5 Siemens Mobility Desiro City April 21, 2018 July 20, 2019
Class 720 720036 1500 1125 5 Bombardier Transportation Aventra January 29, 2018 February 22, 2020
Locomotive hauled stock 9 routes[Note 2]
Class 68 68 at Whitefield 100 3000 2250

[Note 3]

3[Note 4] Vossloh España (2013–2015)

Stadler Rail (2016–2017)

UKLight December 31, 2018 August 8th, 2019

Former

Class Number Image Top Speed

(mph)

Price Carriages Manufacturer Train Family Date Put Into Service Date Withdrawn From Service Routes Operated On
Electric multiple units
Class 700 700 100 Free 6 Siemens Mobility Desiro City November 25, 2017 April 21, 2018 Stepford Town (Stepford Central)-Port Benton
Class 387 Class 387 Connect Train (December 4, 2017) 110 45 Robux 4 Bombardier Transportation Electrostar December 4, 2017 December 18, 2017 (Moved to Waterline on December 21, 2017, then AirLink on June 8, 2019) All routes (at that time)

Future

  • None at the moment

Proposed

Class Number Image Top Speed

(mph)

Carriages Manufacturer Train Family
Class 365 Class365 100 4 ABB York Networker

Depots

Current

Former

Future

  • None at this time.

Sidings

Current

Stations

Current

Former

Future

  • None at this time.

Routes

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Trivia

  • This is the oldest operator in SCR since the creation of it.
  • This operator has the most fleet and stations.
  • This operator has the most spawning locations as well as depots .
  • This is the only operator in SCR that none of the trains in the fleet can run on every single route.
  • Some of the stations were originally purposed to be on another operator: Metro.
  • Currently, the Class 380 is the only train with the new livery in this operator, however more trains may be rebranded in upcoming updates.
  • WaterLine was a former part of this operator while some believe that Stepford Express is too.
  • 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 for all routes.

Notes

  1. These numbers with strikethrough are the prices before 25% discount.
  2. Unlock with 200 Experience
  3. 5 if the 2 locomotives are counted
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