WaterLine is a minor operator of rail services across the Stepford County Railway network. It is a subsidiary of Stepford Connect, and as such Connect branding is visible on multiple aspects of WaterLine including rolling stock and signage. The highest speed of all Waterline rolling stock is 100 MPH and the max speed you will see is 90 MPH.
The WaterLine network has seen major expansions since the initial opening in late 2017 between Benton and Greenslade (now one of the five routes used).
History of WaterLine
In October of 2017, Charlie_RBX, the Managing Director of SCR, stated that a new line was coming and that it would be a subsidiary of Stepford County's regional rail operator, Stepford Connect. Charlie also stated that the line would run from Benton, follow the Stepford Connect mainline to Port Benton, and continue on to a new branch line. The line's name was later revealed to be WaterLine, and the line opened around December 2017. The newly opened line, which ran from Benton to Greenslade, called at the following stations: Port Benton, Whitney Green, and Greenslade. Morganstown Docks was later opened toward the end of the year and was placed in between Port Benton and Whitney Green. At the end of the year, the new Newry branch opened with five new stations: Newry Harbour, Newry, Eden Quay, Faraday Road, and West Benton. The Class 387 was readded from Stepford Connect for Waterline services as well.
The Big Update brought a big change into the line, introducing three new fleets (Class 171, Class 319, and Class 701 [Removed]). The update also brought a new branch towards Connolly which splits off with tracks to Greenslade at Benton, calling at three new stations: Cambridge Street Parkway, Ashlan Park. and Connolly.
During December 2018, the V1.1 advent calendar was launched, and had a bunch of sneak peeks and upgrades for WaterLine, including:
- Classes 165 and 166 liveries were redone and tweaked.
- New stations: Airport West and James Street.
- Class 701 removed and refunded.
- Class 387 livery and sound change.
After the update was released, WaterLine became slightly busier, but in line with the opening of the new Morganstown branch and AirLink, the line soon lost interest and went back to the hustle and bustle of the line back in 2017 with little traffic.
On May 14, 2019, the Class 508 was released as part of the first next generation fleets in SCR as part of the Version 1.3 update alongside the Class 158 (Stepford Connect). On June 8, the Class 387 was removed from WaterLine and put on AirLink with the Class 379 replacing it. On August 31, the Class 171 was added to the fleet with Next Generation technology. The Class 319's upgrade to Next Generation was announced in early October. As of November 15 it is still undergoing the process of refurbishment.
The following list represents the current, past, and future fleet of WaterLine.
|Class Number||Maximum Speed||Price||Number of Coaches||Routes Operated On||Train Family||Date Put Into Service|
|Class 165||90 MPH||2250 Points||2 coaches||All routes||Networker Turbo||December 16, 2017|
|Class 166||90 MPH||2250 Points||3 coaches||All routes||Networker Turbo||December 16, 2017|
|Class 171 (Next-Gen)||100 MPH||2250 Points||2 coaches||All routes||Turbostar||April 21, 2018 (Next Generation- August 31, 2019)|
|Class 319 (Next-Gen)||100 MPH||2250 Points||4 coaches||All routes||Mark 3||April 21, 2018
(Next Generation- Unknown)
|Class 379 (Next-Gen)||100 MPH||2250 Points||4 coaches||All routes||Electrostar||June 8th, 2019|
|Class 508 (Next-Gen)||75 MPH||2000 Points||3 coaches||All routes||PEP||May 14, 2019|
|Class 730||100 MPH||1000 Points||3 coaches||All routes||Aventra||August 18, 2018|
|Class Number||Maximum Speed||Price||Number of Coaches||Routes Operated On||Train Family||Date Put Into Service||Date Withdrawn From Service|
|Class 701||100 MPH||3000 Points||4 coaches||All routes||Aventra||April 21, 2018||December 31, 2018|
|Class 387||110 MPH||2250 Points||4 coaches||
|Electrostar||December 21, 2017||June 8th, 2019
(Moved to AirLink fleet)
There are no planned fleet in the future as of now.
- Driving Waterline is the best way to earn points, as most of the stations are significantly close to each other, and there are a number of routes.
- Currently, as of writing, WaterLine is the only operator, among the 3 operators, to not have a siding.,
- Airport West is in the Airport Zone, but the map doesn't mention it.
- None known of at this time.
- No depots have closed down yet.
- Newry Harbour
- Eden Quay
- Faraday Road
- West Benton
- Port Benton
- Morganstown Docks
- Whitney Green
- Cambridge Street Parkway
- Ashlan Park
- Airport West
- James Street
- Unknown station(s) beyond James Street as confirmed on roadmap
- There are no closed stations on WaterLine.
The routes for this line have been moved to this article.