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This article is the history of Stepford County Railway since its creation. For the patch update list post-V1.0, see Changelog.

NEW UPDATE

SCR Version 1.5 was a major update in SCR's history which introduced Guards to the game. Stepford Connect and Waterline received new liveries and logos.

Here are some important events to have happened in the history of the Stepford County Railway, such as the Big Update, addition of the Next Generation trains which have interiors unlike legacy trains, introduction of Stepford Express, as well as some alterations of Supervisors and above.

History

2017

2018

  • January 1: Class 170 was added.
  • January 5: Run button was added.
  • April 21: The Big Update (SCR Version 1.0) is released. New features include the new driver GUI and new stations, as well as smarter signal systems and some changes to stations/tracks. Six stations were added.
Network Map V1.0

The Network in 2018

  • June 12: 1.1 was first announced to the public in the form of the Signaller's blue dot and the speed limits.
  • August 4: Class 365 and Class 323 were announced, but never released.
  • August 18: The day we all waited for. SCR reaches 1 million visits! As a thank you from Charlie, he released the surprise One Million Update.
  • September 22: The new Stepford Central control board was announced
  • November 1: A new official way of roleplaying in Stepford County Railway, In-Game-Shift held its grand opening. This was innovated by then [SG] Quality_Content1 and is run by him and [HNS] Billythepet.
  • November 4: Many of the High Ranks roles were renamed. For example, the rank [PS] Platform Supervisor was renamed to [SDS] Senior Dispatcher.
  • December 1: The Sneak Peek Advent Calendar for the upcoming SCR Version 1.1 began. The #sneak-peeks channel in the Discord was renamed to #advent-calendar for this occasion. There were 24 sneak peeks shown, with one being posted daily.
  • December 24: #advent-calendar was renamed back to #sneak-peeks. 1.1 got an official release date at the same time, slated for December 31.
  • December 31: At 12:00 UTC, SCR Version 1.1 was released. Many features like AirLink, lots of new infrastructure and rolling stock, and many other changes were added, and a new High Rank Department called "Workforce Development" was created with JiveOff being Head of Workforce Development and Thewelsh1 being a Workforce Data Analyst.

2019

  • June 14: A new Management Department called "Product Development" was created with yrrebRBLX being Head of Product Development.
  • June 14: The role Workforce Data Analyst was removed to make way for Head of Product Development, and users in the role were ranked to Mobile Operations Supervisor.
  • June 24: The new scenery between Stepford Central and Stepford East, created by yrreb, is released to the public.
  • June 26: Operations Director (Mattyx2013) announces the upgrade of Class 350, Class 357 and Class 360 to Next-Gen.
  • July 2: BanTech announces the release of the concourse information boards, as well as additional station announcements.
  • July 5: The NG Class 357 and Class 350 replaces the paper version of the aforementioned trains, Concourse Information Boards are added, and all servers are given a 45 player limit during the weekend.
  • July 7: Class 458 revealed on Discord and Charlie announces an upgrade of SHB platforms 4-7.
  • July 14: Class 707 Next Generation revealed on Discord (Guessing game).
  • July 21: Class 707 and Class 360 are upgraded to Next Generation, St Helens Bridge upgraded and given detailed Scenery. New AirLink logo displayed.
  • July 22: All servers are given a 20 player limit due to severe lag.
  • July 24: New Logo, New Uniforms, and Dummy Driver added.
  • October 4: Next Generation of Class 321 and Class 319 in Sneek peek
  • October 5: A third station, Northshore is revealed for the upcoming Llyn-by-the-Sea line.
  • October 8: A modern upgrade for Leighton City was announced as part of the update that adds the Llyn-by-the-Sea line.
  • October 15: A new entrance for Leighton City was revealed.
  • October 16: A fourth station, Starryloch is revealed for the upcoming Llyn-by-the-Sea line.
  • October 18: Class 43 was previewed on the SCR official Discord and Twitter, also revealing the terminus and the fifth sneak peek of the upcoming extension, Llyn-by-the-Sea.
  • October 20: A new entrance for Llyn-by-the-Sea was revealed.
  • October 25: A photo with a sign saying"LINE B" and a speed 30 limit was revealed on both the discord and twitter but the post on twitter said "Line A or Line B" so we can know the other sign have Line A written on it.
  • October 26: Thehazad9 resigned, and cg7033 took his place as People Director.
  • October 28: An unknown route that says "20 stops" revealed on Discord.
  • October 28: Stece_Sama was promoted to Head of Driver Operations alongside Tr_ain.
  • October 29: OverheadWires resigned from Product Developer, and Mattyx2013 resigned as Operations Director.
  • October (date unknown) The entirety of SCR Version 1.4 is leaked by anonymous beta testers.[Citation Needed]
  • December 1: December 2019 advent calendar is launched. However, it isn’t update-related, causing some users to get angry.
  • December 3: Michelleeeeeee was promoted to Head of Driver Operations alongside Stece_Sama
SCR on featured

SCR on featured (15/12/2019)

  • December 9: Following an announcement regarding the release of "an update" (possibly 1.4) this week which aroused wild rumors, SCR is placed as a featured ROBLOX game for a week, increasing the player traffic on SCR.
  • December 11: The Stepford Express line map header was revealed, confirming that the main colour of the line is going to be purple, however the line colour was known by the public previously as the Class 43 is coloured purple as well.
  • December 12: SCR becomes plagued by a rash of game crashes.
  • December 13: BanTech announces on Discord that 1.4 is ready for release, barring tweaks to route timings and finding the source of the crashes with the help of Roblox engineers.
  • December 14: V1.4 release date revealed for 16/12/19. BanTech announces on Discord that the issue has been found, and a temporary fix to prolong the amount of time before a crash is implemented. The cause is described as "a strange case of the server collisions memory increasing and never coming back down - it just rises forever. Essentially, the server runs out of memory."
  • December 16: SCR has reached 7 million visits. cg7033 announces that 1.4 has been delayed once again while Roblox engineers fix the memory leak issue. Later that day, BanTech announces that Roblox has the fix, and also admits to the existence of a Class 801.
    Class 801

    After months of waiting, robloxians finally got to drive and ride Stepford Express.

  • December 17: SCR Version 1.4 released; Express added, Llyn-by-the-Sea line added, new routes. Doodgewoonbas was promoted to Head of People Engagement alongside SCR_AutoRank and JiveOff.

2020

  • January 2: Mattyx2013 returned to the SCR development team as a Product Developer, alongside yrrebRBLX and thehazad9.
  • January 3: Class 331 and Class 465 confirmed for Next Generation upgrades, along with a much-awaited renovation to Whitefield station, all sneak peeked in one photo posted by Mattyx2013.
  • January 4: SCR reaches 8 million visits.
  • January 27: Class 720 confirmed for a Next Generation upgrade, as well as a new depot: Faymere Green TMD. The sneak peek also included a shunting Class 08, which would only be used for scenery.
    Sneak-peek

    New props and scenery revealed by Matty.

  • January 30: New benches, lamp posts, and other props were revealed by Mattyx2013.
  • February 1: The updated SCR Roadmap was revealed, featuring a new priority system. A '???' feature (confirmed as Guard later in April) was introduced.
  • March 2: The Class 707 was said to have some parts removed by the next update in an attempt to reduce lag, according to Mattyx2013.
  • March 3: TransportForWales became Head of Operational Standards, leaving an empty Head of Network Signalling position which was taken by ThePolishDJ, now working alongside billythepet.
  • March 4: The optimised Class 707 was released. SCR also reached 9 million visits.
  • March 6: Class 332 and Class 333's Next Generation upgrade was revealed on Discord.
  • March 8: cpc20514 resigned from the Head of Platform Operations role, leaving an empty position.
  • March 11: Class 332 and Class 333's Next Generation upgrade released.
  • March 12: Jidansu was promoted to Head of Platform Operations, alongside MortyOfficial.
  • March 13: Jidansu resigned from Head of Platform Operations, leaving an empty position.
  • March 16: TheSiriusET was promoted to Head of Platform Operations, alongside MortyOfficial.
SCR Covid-19 message

25% Discount Message

  • March 18: 2nd upgrade of Stepford Central revealed and soon released by PDV, yrrebRBLX. This also includes the relocation of the former ROC to the newly updated Stepford Central, along with a 25% discount on trains and routes due to Coronavirus or Covid 19 Meanwhile, the '???' feature was accidentally removed from the roadmap, which was re-added later.
  • March 20: ATEKGaming resigned from Operations Director and IslandLine took his place. ATEKGaming took IslandLine's place as Head of Operational Standards.
SneakPeekTrainCouldBeExpress

A mysterious train was sneaked peeked on March 26.

  • March 26: An unknown special train (one of Bombardier Voyager family) was revealed. Given due to the purple color scheme, this could be a new Express train. The community quickly identified it as a train from the Voyager family.
  • March 28: Another sneak peek was released, showing two Express Class 221s and a Class 220.
  • March 30: SCR reaches 50,000 Roblox Group members.
  • May 1: SCR Version 1.5 was released at 23:00 BST. Also, new colors for The Ranks have been revealed and were also released. Player limit of new servers are increased from 20 to 30 to accommodate guards in the server while keeping the same amount of drivers and dispatchers in the server the same as before.
    Rainbow

    The new color for each Rank

    New Livery Trains

    New liveries for Connect and Waterline shown here are Class 357, Class 68, Class 331, Class 170, Class 350, Class 377, Class 465, Class 508, Class 195, Class 171 and Class 379.

  • May 2: Mattyx2013 posted sneak peeks of Class 357, Mk3 coaches for Class 68, Class 331, Class 170, Class 350, Class 377, Class 465, Class 508, Class 195, Class 171, and Class 379 bearing the new Connect and Waterline liveries.
  • May 6: Mattyx2013 posted sneak peek of new lighting at St Helens Bridge
  • May 7: BanTech posted a sneak peek of a reservation system for training sessions, patch 1 for V1.5 released with new lighting and training reservation system. The server was rebooted several times due to bugs.
  • May 9: SCR reached 11 million visits, however no announcement was posted.
  • May 15: BanTech published on Discord a sneak-peek of the new training system (training 2.0).
    Training2 0 public

    A overview of the new training system (training 2.0)

  • May 19: Mattyx2013 posted a photo on Twitter of New Seats for Next Generation trains, starting with a rebranded and smoother Class 333.
  • May 25: SCR hits 60k group members. Mattyx2013 published a sneak peek of Coxly's scenery upgrade and new station signs.
  • May 30: A sneak peek showing a refurbished Stepford Victoria station was posted, along with new signage for the station. The official SCR Instagram account is revealed in an announcement later in the day and Leading Driver was renamed to Lead Driver.
  • June 2: Another sneak peek was posted showing the new design for the Stepford Connect Headquarters which bears a resemblance to the new Stepford Connect livery.
    Stepford connect headquarters

    Renovation of Stepford Connect Headquarters.

  • June 5: OverheadWires rejoins SCR as a PDV.
  • June 6: Mattyx2013 showcases the new refurbished Class 720 with new Stepford Connect livery and confirms his resignation from the Product Developer role.
  • June 8: A new badge, The Weight of the World, is added, with a description of "Seriously? Climbing statues again?!" This badge is currently unobtainable but probably will be obtainable in the next update.
  • June 9: SCR reaches 12 Million visits, but no announcement is made.
  • June 11: A sneak peek of upgraded scenery between City Hospital and Stepford Central and a redesigned signal is posted by BanTech in the SCR Official Discord with a note saying there is 'lots to share soon'.
  • June 14: Product Developer yrrebRBLX posted a sneak peek on the SCR Discord of the new area around Stepford Victoria, that also showed the exterior of the new Stepford Victoria station.
  • June 16: Innovations Director BanTech posted a sneak peek showing a new Stepford Connect Class 730 to Westwyvern leaving platform 5 at Leighton Stepford Road station, showing redesigned signal S356.
  • June 19: Innovations Director BanTech posted an announcement in the SCR discord about new training queues. It was "For anyone concerned about the training reservation issues and getting onto a session". Following the announcement hours later, Charlie_RBX posted a sneak peek of an another angle of the new Coxly station, which the picture also revealed the rebranded Class 158 and Class 185.
  • June 22: Managing Director Charlie_RBX posted a sneak peek of Morganstown Docks station, with a Class 171 standing at platform 4 and another train on the bridge connecting the station to Morganstown, meaning that the Morganstown Shuttle will be active. Also, new Waterline signs for stations are to be seen on the sneak peek. Later that day, Charlie posted an image of a Class 68 and a rainbow livery Class 331 at a new station named Beechley. V1.6 is released with a new Willowfield extension. All Waterline and Stepford Connect trains have been rebranded with the new livery.
  • June 24: V1.6.1 was released for data migration. About an hour later after the update was released, Innovations Director BanTech posted an announcement on the SCR Discord saying that Managing Director Charlie_RBX was been incorrectly terminated from Roblox after uploading a new audio file for announcement sounds (according to their Discord). BanTech stating "We're contacting Roblox to restore the account at which point we will be able to address any data migration issues affecting some of you". Due to the reaction from the players in the SCR Discord, they had to close all of their channels (except voice channels) until the issue was resolved. A few hours later, Charlie_RBX was unbanned and the Discord channels reopened. Later it was told that Charlie_RBX got his account terminated for "inappropriate username" after a Roblox moderator thought the word Bodin in new announcement files is an inappropriate word mistakenly.
  • June 25: BanTech posted at #sneak-peek on SCR Discord with the new train Announcements. They are released as v1.6.2 later that day, in which the in-train announcements have been changed to human announcements from a real-life UK female announcer, replacing the old TTS (Text to Speech) computer-generated voice announcements.
  • June 27: cg7033 steps down as Relations Director on reflection of his personal actions within the community, with thehazad9 taking his place.
  • June 28: V1.6.3 was released to SCR with reduced lag and temporary 40 player servers as a trial.
  • June 30: SCR reached 13 Million visits, but no announcement was made.
  • July 9: BanTech announces on Discord that a new training system will go live on 16 July, at 23:00 BST. Also, on 11 July at 11:00 BST, new reservations will no longer be accepted, but BanTech reassured players that already booked trainings will remain. The new system let players select 3 hour slots in which they were available, so they would only be allocated to trainings within the times they had selected. Once you are in the queue, you will be informed of your position, and can change slot preferences without losing the spot.
  • July 16: Patch 4 was released at 23:00 BST containing the new training queue system and minor bug fixes.
  • July 21: SCR reached 14 Million Visits, however the only change was 3 days later adding "[14M+]" in the title.

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-RiKbRCCws
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