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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 Stepford Victoria to Llyn-by-the-Sea takes about 43 minutes and is only drivable on the Class 68.

The route could be 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 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

  • 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

2019

2020

  • 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.

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.png 90 1500 1125 2 (/9)

3 (/0)

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

4 (/1)

CAF Civity May 6, 2019
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Class 333
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1500 1125 4 Siemens and CAF N/A November 30, 2017 March 11, 2020
Class 350
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110 Siemens Desiro December 6, 2017 July 5, 2019
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Class 357
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100 Free 4 Adtranz and Bombardier Electrostar December 4, 2017 July 5, 2019
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Class 377
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1500 1125 4 Bombardier Electrostar December 18, 2017 June 8, 2019
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Class 380
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1500 1125 3 (/0)

4 (/1)

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

[Note 3]

3[Note 4] Vossloh and Stadler UKLight December 31, 2018 August 8th, 2019
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Mark 3A N/A Included with Class 68 N/A BREL Mark 3 December 31, 2018
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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
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100 Free 6 Siemens Desiro City November 25, 2017 April 21, 2018 All routes (at that time)
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Class 387 Class 387 Connect Train (December 4, 2017).png 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)
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Future

None at this time.

Proposed

Class Number Image Top Speed

(mph)

Carriages Manufacturer Train Family
Class 365 Class365.png 100 4 ABB Networker
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Depots

Current

Former

Future

  • None at this time.

Sidings

Current

Former

  • None at this time.

Future

  • None at this time.

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, Leighton City, 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
Willowfield to Llyn-by-the-Sea R036 Beechley, Stepford Central, Stepford East, St Helens Bridge, Bodin, Coxly, Benton, Hampton Hargate, Water Newton, Leighton Stepford Road, Leighton City, Edgemead, Westercoast, Millcastle, Westwyvern and Northshore
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.
  • It is the only operator to serve all Network Rail stations before they receive the Transport for Stepford sign in V1.6.

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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