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jointedrail
July 9th, 2013, 09:20 AM
Here are some shots of the HUGE overhaul that's been taking place on the Midwest Grain route. Expect to see this here soon with all new and improved sessions!! The content pack will be LOADED with all sorts of goodies, check back often as we will be posting updates here:

http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/c0ed16e5d631e436b2b7db7d0e492e45.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/40af46c409d9cbdb667fccca84a74d30.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/e26611ecc9c0260dea43f9b70ed485e7.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/f37fd8b531f48f8dc8977eca8a5e79ee.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/bba8e2d2622f97785c274ffa882889f1.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/ad9c62bb5326c32bd4d68cf2059344fe.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/9c942e51153c942af8e28f8d32232b94.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/86115c44396729fef3bdd8e7b3d83b5e.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/c8f44d665865d1a3825441d73ccd7a6f.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/b8bd86b76b5383afaac0673b94ef73b0.jpg

More to come!

jointedrail
July 9th, 2013, 09:23 AM
And some more:

http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/d8bd45790fd4e84b627c6d226c88dc14.jpg
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/34a57e01cce4a7be87362ccac3048f4f.jpg

Enjoy!

Nathans
July 9th, 2013, 09:38 AM
Can't want for that route to be released!

conrailfan1999
July 9th, 2013, 09:51 AM
Wow it looks amazing!!! I already bought the content pack.... will there be another pack to buy?

boc61
July 9th, 2013, 10:00 AM
Excellent. Looking forward to it.

4449tj
July 9th, 2013, 12:03 PM
Mike, You just blew my mind.:hehe:
TJ

Bluewater
July 9th, 2013, 01:00 PM
Really like this. 1.1 already lags my computer (Win8 64-Bit). Can't wait to get 2.0!

opus722
July 9th, 2013, 02:48 PM
This looks jampacked with content made specifically for this route or at least hasn't been released before. That is what separates good routes from truly great routes - making a unique experience that isn't duplicated. It also appears, at least according to the Amtrak sign, that there is a more concrete geographic location given now with Iowa. I'm really hoping for a second locomotive add-on set, I mean I can't be the only one that would love to see a GP7 or GP9 rebuilt for modern short line operations. If I had the cash on hand that is in 'worth the price of a commission' territory.

davesnow
July 9th, 2013, 03:32 PM
Looks good, Mike.

nickelplateroad
July 9th, 2013, 05:25 PM
AWEEEEEESOME!!!!



NKP

jlp1551
July 9th, 2013, 06:41 PM
Looks great!!! Really nice work! Can't wait!!!:udrool:

Firefighterdan
July 9th, 2013, 08:29 PM
OH YEAH!!! Lookin good Mike!:udrool:

mp202
July 9th, 2013, 10:19 PM
It's amazing that this route is not being made on a DEM, and is 100% fictional! Great job, guys and keep up the fantastic work!

817TAYLOR
July 9th, 2013, 10:56 PM
looks amazing!

64Warhorse
July 10th, 2013, 04:54 PM
Sunoco buys its gas from Texaco? :confused::hehe:

kamran
July 10th, 2013, 05:28 PM
are you just improving the exiting route or a extending and imprving the existing route bcz current route is very small

Firefighterdan
July 10th, 2013, 06:48 PM
Sunoco buys its gas from Texaco? :confused::hehe:

They do today! :p

slabay
July 10th, 2013, 09:14 PM
Sunoco buys its gas from Texaco? :confused::hehe:

I used to drive a fuel tanker. You'd be surprised who gets gas from whom. Gasoline is gasoline.

64Warhorse
July 10th, 2013, 09:32 PM
I used to drive a fuel tanker. You'd be surprised who gets gas from whom. Gasoline is gasoline.

Hmm, okay. In my neck of the woods, the independents buy from wherever gas is cheapest, but the major chains always seem to use their own trucks, at least from what I can see ... :confused:

colwell27
July 11th, 2013, 06:06 AM
I know the story of the gas station. The new owners of the station is changing from Sunoco to Texaco but the sign guys are running late and have not changed the signs yet. That's all.

slabay
July 11th, 2013, 08:08 AM
Hmm, okay. In my neck of the woods, the independents buy from wherever gas is cheapest, but the major chains always seem to use their own trucks, at least from what I can see ... :confused:

In Florida, the majors have eliminated their own trucks and are all on common carriers. Out of Tampa, BP was the last holdout, and they were only running one truck until their 30 year man finally retired. When he retired, they switched over too. I think Chevron still has their own at Port Everglades. Sad state of economics- it is cheaper to contract to the common carriers than to pay for your own employees. It is good to work for the big boys- pay is great, benefits are good, and so on. Not so much so at the common carriers.

The gas itself can come from anywhere. Marathon/Ashland has one of the largest loading terminals in Tampa and I have delivered from Marathon to BPs, Texacos, Shells, Citgos (Citgoes?), and so on, even though BP, Citgo, and Shell also have terminals in Tampa. EVERYONE goes where it is cheapest, and it is not necessarily cheaper from yourself for some reason.

Sorry about taking us down a rathole in the thread.......

RRSignal
July 11th, 2013, 09:58 AM
Sorry about taking us down a rathole in the thread.......

Nah. Crud, stuff like that is what makes these forums interesting. Besides, even if it's not immediately train-related, it's pretty close, and I can see it relevant in some way.

boc61
July 11th, 2013, 10:07 AM
In Florida, the majors have eliminated their own trucks and are all on common carriers. Out of Tampa, BP was the last holdout, and they were only running one truck until their 30 year man finally retired. When he retired, they switched over too. I think Chevron still has their own at Port Everglades. Sad state of economics- it is cheaper to contract to the common carriers than to pay for your own employees. It is good to work for the big boys- pay is great, benefits are good, and so on. Not so much so at the common carriers.

The gas itself can come from anywhere. Marathon/Ashland has one of the largest loading terminals in Tampa and I have delivered from Marathon to BPs, Texacos, Shells, Citgos (Citgoes?), and so on, even though BP, Citgo, and Shell also have terminals in Tampa. EVERYONE goes where it is cheapest, and it is not necessarily cheaper from yourself for some reason.

Sorry about taking us down a rathole in the thread.......

Up here, Hess is getting out of the retail and refining business and is going to sell all it's stations and refinery operations and is going to focus on oil production and exploration. I wonder if that will mean the end of the Hess Toy trucks at Christmas.

colwell27
July 11th, 2013, 04:27 PM
With the sale ending tonight I'm hoping to see a new release from JR tomorrow. I have seen a boat load of screen shots from the beta testers (JR staff) and it looks like this next release will be big. I only have $100.00 in the bank for new stuff so I hope that will be enough.

opus722
July 11th, 2013, 05:09 PM
I was hoping for that as well....then the Steam summer sale just had to start today. It is times like this that I am glad I am not married.

jointedrail
July 11th, 2013, 05:36 PM
LOL, man some of these comments are just great! Releases are approaching VERY fast and it wouldn't be out of the question for a few goodies to show up tomorrow.... ;)

colwell27
July 11th, 2013, 05:42 PM
I was hoping for that as well....then the Steam summer sale just had to start today. It is times like this that I am glad I am not married.

LOL - I have steam installed on my PC and still had to look up what steam summer sale was. I'm married, All I have to do is hide a little money from each paycheck into my account and I get all the payware or most that I want.

nicola86
July 21st, 2013, 03:02 AM
Very impressive !!! This route will compatible for the TRS2010?

Nicola

4449tj
July 21st, 2013, 06:54 AM
I'm pretty sure this is a TS12 route only as 1.0 was TS12 only as well.
TJ

yutzk
July 21st, 2013, 10:43 AM
Very impressive !!! This route will compatible for the TRS2010?

Nicola

Negative.....TS12 only here...

Chadd04
July 22nd, 2013, 09:04 AM
http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/f37fd8b531f48f8dc8977eca8a5e79ee.jpg



Sorry for the picture quote, but I noticed in the pic that there is the correct grain leg piping, is this something JR's has made or is it available some place else?

jointedrail
July 22nd, 2013, 11:28 AM
Actually Adam made that for me a few months ago, I will get with him and see if he wants to get it released!

Thanks,

Mike

nascarfan100
July 22nd, 2013, 04:43 PM
Originally Posted by jointedrail


http://uslw.net/content/screenshots/d8bd45790fd4e84b627c6d226c88dc14.jpg

I just noticed, is there a steam engine hidden behind those trees on the left? Or am I mistaken it for something else? :p

GN1996
July 22nd, 2013, 04:54 PM
I just noticed, is there a steam engine hidden behind those trees on the left? Or am I mistaken it for something else? :p

You are not mistaken. That is the 0-6-0 camelback that Lilb released a while back. It can be found on JR's site under Freeware.

davesnow
July 25th, 2013, 02:49 PM
Will the next version be longer that version 1? I really like playing with this route. I get great framerates with Midwest Grain, so I am really looking forward to Ver. 2.

Is there an ETA on the route?

EDIT: More importantly--- Will there be Grade Crossings and Moving Cars on the roads? I don't like to play routes unless there is cars on the roads and working Crossings. I spent a couple hours inserting grade crossings and roads to make the Midwest Grain more to my liking.

Cheers,

Dave