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Video: Faversham Town railway station in train simulator game

By Faversham Times  |  Posted: March 08, 2013

  • TRAIN OF THOUGHT: How Faversham station looks from overhead in the Rail Simulator game

  • CHALLENGE: Games creator Adam Lucas says Faversham's line is the perfect challenge for the would-be train driver

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HAVE you ever wanted to be a train driver and see what Faversham looks like from the front cabin?

Well, now you can thanks to a new train simulator which allows users to travel between London St Pancras and Faversham stations.

The ultra-realistic game, launched on Wednesday, is licensed by train operator Southeastern.

It gives gamers and learner drivers the chance to drive the 140mph Hitachi Class 395 high-speed "javelin" train.

The game was made by Railsimulator.com and is available on the PC platform, but is also compatible with an Xbox 360 controller.

Adam Lucas, content manager at Railsimluator.com, said: "The route to Faversham from London was perfect as it will prove to be a challenge to the driver. They can't just accelerate up to 140mph and sit back, there are a lot of obstacles and changes along the line.

"There is some lovely architecture around Faversham and we wanted to make sure we got the station and surrounding area extremely accurate.

"It was a challenging project but a very rewarding one. We wanted to include Faversham as it is on a Victorian line and it differs so much from the high-speed line from Ashford through to London.

"Faversham is a quaint little station so I hope me and the team have done it justice in the final product."

The production team started the project last October and spent a number of days at Faversham station taking plenty of pictures to get the digital version just right.

Mr Lucas added: "Faversham was a lovely place to visit, we had a lot of fun down there and seeing the end product now is very rewarding, it has come out just as we had hoped. The simulator is definitely not limited to gamers. It is a great tool for people who want to learn to drive trains as well. The HS1 is the fastest train in the country and hopefully, this is the most realistic experience yet."

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