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Stepford Connect operates rail services to various districts around Stepford County, such as Benton, Leighton, Morganstown, Whitefield, Berrily, Stepford Airport Central and Willowfield. A full journey on the mainline, which runs from Stepford Victoria to Llyn-by-the-Sea takes about 43 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  colour scheme, courtesy of rail management system Transport For Stepford. Prior to the renewal, the brand was simply Connect and bore a  bright bluish green  colour scheme.

History

2017

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, 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 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.

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, 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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 Stepford Connect Headquarters with new branding.

On 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.

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 and Stepford High Street. All the stations west of Stepford High Street received a new station sign.

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 90 1500 1125 2 (/9)

3 (/0)

BREL Express Sprinter May 14, 2019
158-0-SC
Class 170
Class 170
100 1500 1125 3 Adtranz and Bombardier Turbostar January 1, 2018 August 31, 2019
170-SC
Class 185
185Edge
1500 1125 3 Siemens Desiro December 13, 2017 May 29, 2019
185-SC
Electric multiple-units
Class 321
Class 321 new
100 1500 1125 4 BREL Mark 3 November 29, 2017 February 22, 2020
Class 331
331 at Beechley to Morganstown
3 (/0)

4 (/1)

CAF Civity May 6, 2019
331-0-SC
331-1-SC
Class 333
NG333-0
1500 1125 4 Siemens and CAF November 30, 2017 March 11, 2020
Class 350
Class 350
110 1500 1125 Siemens Desiro December 6, 2017 July 5, 2019
350-SC
Class 357
Class 357 at Stepford Central
100 Free 4 Adtranz and Bombardier Electrostar December 4, 2017 July 5, 2019
357-SC
Class 377
377 at Beechley
1500 1125 4 Bombardier Electrostar December 18, 2017 June 8, 2019
377-SC
Class 380
NG Class 380
1500 1125 3 (/0)

4 (/1)

Siemens Desiro May 11, 2018 May 1, 2020
380-1-SC
Class 458/0
0BE8EBAD-522D-4F94-9DE0-5FC1DE0A3B60
Unlocks with /5 4 Alstom Juniper July 29, 2019
458-0-SC
Class 458/5
Class 458 new
75 1500 1125 5 Alstom Juniper August 14, 2019
458-5-SC
Class 465
Class 465 new
1500 1125 4 BREL, ABB and Metro-Cammell Networker November 30, 2017 February 22, 2020
465-SC
Class 707
Class 707
100 300 225 5 Siemens Desiro City April 21, 2018 July 20, 2019
707-SC
Class 720
Class 720 new near
1500 1125 5 Bombardier Aventra January 29, 2018 February 22, 2020
720-SC
Class 730/1
LSR730
1125 5 Bombardier Aventra June 23, 2020
Locomotive hauled stock 18 routes[Note 2]
Class 68
68 at Whitefield
100 3000 2250

[Note 3]

3[Note 4] Vossloh and Stadler UKLight December 31, 2018 August 8th, 2019
68Refurbished
Mark 3A N/A Included with Class 68 N/A BREL Mark 3 December 31, 2018
Mk3A-SC-Standard

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
700148
100 Free 6 Siemens Desiro City November 25, 2017 April 21, 2018 All routes (at that time)
700
Class 387 Class 387 Connect Train (December 4, 2017) 110 45 Robux 4 Bombardier 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)
387CN

Future

None at this time.

Proposed

Class Number Image Top Speed

(mph)

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

Depots

Current

Former

Future

  • None at this time.

Sidings

Current

Stations

Current

Former

Future

  • None confirmed

Routes

Local Connect
Route Code Calling at
Stepford Central to Stepford Airport Central

R001

Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge and Stepford Airport Parkway
Stepford Central to Port Benton

R002

Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly and Benton
Stepford Victoria to Stepford Airport Central

R005

Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge and Stepford Airport Parkway
Stepford Victoria to Port Benton R006 Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly and Benton
Stepford Victoria to Berrily R008 Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, New Harrow, Elsemere Pond and Elsemere Junction
Stepford Central to Stepford UFC R021 Stepford East, Stepford High Street and Whitefield Lido
Stepford Victoria to Stepford UFC R023 Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, Stepford High Street and Whitefield Lido
Stepford Central to Berrily R027 Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, New Harrow, Elsemere Pond and Elsemere Junction
Stepford Victoria to Willowfield R028 Financial Quarter, Beechley and Hemdon Park
Stepford Victoria to Beechley R029 Financial Quarter
Willowfield to Berrily R030 Hemdon Park, Beechley, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, New Harrow, Elsemere Pond and Elsemere Junction
Willowfield to Stepford UFC R031 Hemdon Park, Beechley, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, Stepford High Street and Whitefield Lido
Willowfield to Port Benton R032 Beechley, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly and Benton
Beechley to Stepford Airport Central R033 City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge and Stepford Airport Parkway
Whitefield Connect
Route Code Calling at
Stepford Central to Whitefield R020 Stepford East, Stepford High Street, Whitefield Lido, Stepford UFC, Woodhead Lane and Houghton Rake
Stepford Victoria

to Whitefield

R022 Financial Quarter, City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, Stepford High Street, Whitefield Lido, Stepford UFC, Woodhead Lane and Houghton Rake
Morganstown Connect
Route Code Calling at
Stepford Central to Morganstown R007 Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Elsemere Junction, Berrily, East Berrily and Beaulieu Park
Beechley to Morganstown R034 City Hospital, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Elsemere Junction, Berrily, East Berrily and Beaulieu Park
Leighton Connect
Route Code Calling at
Leighton Stepford Road to Llyn-by-the-Sea R037 Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle, Westwyvern, Starryloch and Northshore
Leighton Stepford Road to Westwyvern R038 Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle Racecourse and Millcastle
Regional
Route Code Calling at
Stepford Central to Leighton Stepford Road R003 Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton and Rocket Parade
Stepford Victoria to Edgemead R009 Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road and Leighton City
Stepford Central to Llyn-by-the-Sea R024 Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Angel Pass, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road, Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast, Millcastle, Westwyvern, Starryloch and Northshore
Stepford Victoria to Llyn-by-the-Sea R026 Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road, Edgemead, Westercoast, Millcastle, Westwyvern and Northshore
Willowfield to Westwyvern R035 Beechley, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road, Leighton City, Edgemead, Faymere, Westercoast and Millcastle
Regional (East)
Route Code Calling at
St Helens Bridge to Edgemead R004 Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Benton Bridge, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road and Leighton City
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 and Millcastle

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 one of two operators in SCR that none of the trains on the fleet can run on every single route, the second is Waterline, as only two car trains on their fleet (Class 165/0, Class 171 and Class 195/0) can run on the Morganstown Shuttle.
  • Some of the stations were originally purposed to be on another operator: 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.
  • 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. * R003
  3. Unlock with 200 Experience
  4. 5 if the 2 locomotives are counted
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