Victoria - North-Eastern Mainline 1950s
Flinders Street to Avenel (version 1.3)

Route design by Russell Beer

Another quality production from team-ALCO


This route depicts the Victorian Railways North Eastern Mainline between Melbourne and Seymour before the Standard gauge was built. The track exists from Avenel southwards, but no structures have been placed yet from Mangalore to Avenel.

Between Melbourne and Seymour all the scenery is in, bar for a few things like carspawners and a couple of crossing pieces which will be fixed at a later date.

This route has the Heathcote track so far without structures to Pyalong and a couple of miles of the Alexandra/Mansfield branchline track branching off at Tallarook.


Prototype Operator: Victorian Railways.

What's New in v1.3?

  1. Overhead wire height set to 5.8m
  2. Start-up option to set wire for "city" or "country" running (see readme after installation)

    nemain start.jpg

Note: Version 1.3 is the version distributed with the team-ALCO "Spirit Of Progress" and "Taits" packs.


File download names and links

Complete Install of v1.3:
Note there are two files:


Note #1: This method of installer preparation reduces the time Vista, Windows 7 and some anti-virus programs may take to scan the EXE file.

Note #2: you may need to right-click and "Save Link/Target As" on the .D01 (data) file to save it to your hard disk instead of having it open in your browser.

Note #3: read "Additional Files Required" further down this page: you will require more files.


File Sizes

.EXE file:      237 KB (243,048 bytes)
.D01 file:    149 MB (156,602,773 bytes)


Additional Files Required

  1. Xtracks 3.20 or higher
  2. Newroads 4.0 or higher
  3. UK Finescale Track (click here to download installer)


Tasks Required

  1. Download the two files linked above; ensure both files are in the same folder in your PC.
  2. Run the installer by double-clicking on the EXE file (do not touch the data file - .D01 - the installer EXE will load the data pack itself). The installer is automatically set to "Run As Administrator" for Vista and Windows 7 users.
  3. This installer will replace the original North-Eastern route. You are strongly advised to delete or move any previous versions of this route before undertaking installation of this updated version.
  4. You must have all six default routes installed BEFORE running this installer. The routes just need to be present: they DO NOT need to be unstored if you use Trainstore, nor do you need to activate them if you use Route Riter's ON/OFF utility.
  5. You must have Xtracks 3.20 or higher installed.
  6. You must have Newroads 4.0 or higher installed.
  7. You must have UK Finescale Track (click here to download installer) installed;
  8. Allow the batch file to run to completion. If you do not see this batch file run in a DOS box, you most likely are a Vista or Windows 7 user. TURN OFF "User Account Control" (Start | Control Panel | User Accounts | Turn User Account Control On or Off); then right-click on the installme.bat file in the Route folder and set "Run As Administrator". The batch file should now run correctly.
  9. The first time you run this route, there will be a short delay as MSTS "generates terrain buffers" - this is a one-off and subsequent use of this route will load normally.



It's Christmas and the early evening sun lights up an extra-long Spirit Of Progress departing Spencer Street

Through Wallan.

"Over the top" as the Spirit crests the grade at Heathcote Junction.