I was a little more than 12 years old when Trent Station was closed. My brother, Dave was a little older and has more vivid childhood memories than me.
We lived in Stapleford with Mum and Dad then. Dad worked at the Ericsons complex in Beeston which became Plessey Telecommunications sometime later. Nana and Pop, my grandparents on my mother's side lived in Beeston. Pop had retired some years earlier from Beeston Boiler Company.
I remember we would go and see Nana and Pop, catching the Barton No 18 bus from Stapleford to Beeston where we would catch the local train from Beeston Station to Kegworth for a pint (not us kids, obviously). My only memory of Trent is stopping there on our way. I would usually fall asleep on the return journey!
In August 2010 my brother in law introduced me to a new computer gaming program called Railworks (now Train Simulator 20XX). My interest in driving trains, virtually or not, was pretty nonexistent but I was humoured nevertheless.
Railworks however gave you the ability to design and build your own routes and together with my technical knowledge in computing and design and Dave's historical memories and knowledge of the local area at the time we have been able to create this virtual world as realistic as it gets, historically, geographically and chronologically.
We are now onto TS 2018! Eight years later (and older) and we are now in a position to offer you our route as a Freeware download. Please register your interest as described in our Downloads TAB.
No we haven't finished yet. We got lots more we can do so stay in touch.
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At the age of 58 three years older than my brother Mick, I was considering retirement and a new Interest and an ongoing project of building our own local route on Railworks seemed like a great idea.
My own memories of Trent Station are little more than Mick’s, other than I always remember putting sixpence in the red “Nestles” chocolate machine for a Tiffin on Beeston platform while waiting for the 2 car D.M.U. to arrive to take us to Kegworth where a packet of crisps and a bottle of pop was waiting at the Station Hotel, the stop at Trent on the way home is just a memory of a green gas lit station in the middle of nowhere!
In difference to Mick I was the outgoing/pioneering one from an early age, being interested in my local area which included roads/railways/buildings/canals etc. I walked and cycled for miles.
My profession for 44yrs was an Engineer in the Gas Industry, this took me to every corner of Nottinghamshire from 1968 onward working both Inside and Outside properties and buildings/ Domestic/Commercial/Industrial from schools & factories, from Boots, Ericcsons, C.O.D. Toton Traction to name but a few.
So Rail Simulator has given me the opportunity to research my life’s memories sat in Libraries and local Historical Societies sifting through books/photographs/slides/newspapers and the Internet for information and recalling things I’d forgotten!
I hope you enjoy our route, a lot of work over the years has gone into Detail/Design and accuracy to the best of our ability but within the limitations of the programme, at this point I would like to commend my brother Mick on the computer designs of buildings such as Trent & Nottingham Midland Stations and not forgetting the small things for eg. Lampposts.
Since I wrote the above another 4 years have passed but our interest, knowledge and experience have grown. We are not lying down just yet, even after publishing the route. We are hungry for more so there will be lots more to come.
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