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Paulsw2
October 1st, 2015, 02:39 PM
....that I walked into Woolworth's in Brixton to buy something (I forget what) and instead came across "Trainz Ultimate Collection" for 10 in the bargain bin. Intrigued, I took it home and installed it on my PC.... and here I am 10 years later still enjoying this great hobby!

In celebration of this small anniversary, today I release my third route - Much Murkle Redux - the release thread is here: http://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?123442-Much-Murkle-Redux-new-Release-Thread

Yes, I know, only three routes in 10 years, but each has been a labour of love: Ashburton-Windrush; Lavenham; Much Murkle. And two of them have been reworkings of routes by Razor - for me, the most inspirational small route creator I've known in Trainz.

For me, this game has always been more than a set of pixels installed on a PC - being part of a great community of people, participating on this forum and, in the last few years, getting into reskinning and releasing stuff of my own, has helped to make Trainz an important part of my life. So I'd like to thank you all: the creators, the script wizards, the enablers and helpers, the route and session kings (and queens), my great colleagues on TCWW and the feisty types on these forums who've often made me laugh, sometimes sigh with frustration, but always feel like part of the 'family'. And thanks too to the staff at N3V, the custodians and stewards of our game - much put upon, often misunderstood and criticised (only sometimes fairly) - but have worked wonders holding everything together and keeping the show on the road all these years with a lot less resource than their competitors.

So the first 10 years is up, now onto the second decade. Onwards!

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n264/paulsw2/Much%20Murkle/Much%20Murkle%20Release%20Thread/paulsw2_20150619_0016.jpg

Paul

oknotsen
October 1st, 2015, 03:00 PM
Nice words.
Nice work.
Thank you!

iannz
October 1st, 2015, 07:10 PM
Happy 10th Birthday :Y:

And thank you for your many BR assets :)

JCitron
October 1st, 2015, 07:15 PM
Happy anniversary, Paul. :)

I agree with Ian. Thank you for the great BR assets. :D

John

Matt3985
October 1st, 2015, 07:18 PM
Happy Anniversary Pual, Thanks for sticking with us for 10 straight years. :)

amigacooke
October 1st, 2015, 07:19 PM
Perhaps in another 10 years' time we might get Woolworths back ;)

Falcus
October 1st, 2015, 11:04 PM
For me, this game has always been more than a set of pixels installed on a PC - being part of a great community of people, participating on this forum and, in the last few years, getting into reskinning and releasing stuff of my own, has helped to make Trainz an important part of my life. So I'd like to thank you all: the creators, the script wizards, the enablers and helpers, the route and session kings (and queens), my great colleagues on TCWW and the feisty types on these forums who've often made me laugh, sometimes sigh with frustration, but always feel like part of the 'family'. And thanks too to the staff at N3V, the custodians and stewards of our game - much put upon, often misunderstood and criticised (only sometimes fairly) - but have worked wonders holding everything together and keeping the show on the road all these years with a lot less resource than their competitors.

-Paul

Could not have said that better. I'm sure I anger more then a few here, but I feel much the same, as often as not even towards folk that disagree with me, if they've otherwise provided in any way toward the hobby.

Be interesting to see your new Route.

-Falcus

jkinzel
October 2nd, 2015, 12:16 AM
We lost Woolworth's many years ago in the states, many fond memories. And Happy Anniversary.

ish6
October 2nd, 2015, 07:52 AM
Happy anniversary, Paul :wave:

Ish

rjhowie
October 2nd, 2015, 02:41 PM
Must agree with pailsw2 on Trainz.

Not sure the actual year I discovered the product but had got MS at first being the only sim I had heard of (sssshhhh) but realised that you had to be very, very, techy minded to build a route. Then one day on a search for an alternative discovered TRS04 and went for it. That building was a lot easier and that in itself was encouraging gave a boost. With erratic health issues and sometimes on occasion stuck in Trainz has kept the grey cells going! I think the width of activity beats anyone else and glad that I came across it and have been happy as proverbial Larry.

Now i will get out my wee bottle of Irn Bru and toast Trainz!

ps. Irn Bru is Scotland's national soft drink

dougtrain
October 2nd, 2015, 03:29 PM
I did the same thing when I got Trainz. I was in a big store and wandered off (as you do) while my wife was looking at clothes. I found a bargain bucket of Pc games and one had a train on the front. Never heard of Auran but the pictures on the back looked good. I think I paid 4. I was like a pig in whatsit when I got it loaded up with half an idea of what I was supposed to do next. Hooked! (Just reel me in Tony) and here we are today having moved up through all the versions, surviving all sorts of trials and tribulations along the way. My wife still likes to spend hours rooting about in clothes shops but is unable to understand my fascination with Trainz. She just accepts it, knowing it will not go away. I have no idea if I would have found something about Trainz at a later time that would get my attention but I am happy that I was poking about in the bargain bin that day.

Doug

Roy3b3
October 2nd, 2015, 07:23 PM
Happy anniversary Paul, Fortunately, we still have Woolworths in Australia, but they don't sell Trainz games.

I look forward to seeing your newly released route of Much Murkle Redux.
Cheers,
Roy3b3

jjslll54
October 3rd, 2015, 02:41 PM
Hello,

Congrats on your anniversary. Passed mine a couple of years ago. Glad you are enjoying this great simulator.

Jack

Paulsw2
October 4th, 2015, 07:10 PM
Perhaps in another 10 years' time we might get Woolworths back ;)

I miss it!

Thanks everyone for responses. Naturally, there had to be a glitch, which turned out to be my ageing brain! I thought the route had uploaded when in fact it had gone into the waiting area. This has actually given me the opportunity to make a few improvements to the route. So I'm hoping to upload again in the next few days. Watch this space!

Paul

davidbird
October 5th, 2015, 06:03 AM
Happy anniversary Paul!

Pretty much the same story from me, must have been in 2005 when I was in a supermarket, bored, when I saw a PC game in the bargain bin. It turned out to be Trainz Ultimate Collection. I installed it, found these forums and was hooked. It's not so much the game, but also the community on here.
I quickly found that there had been an updated version and I was almost purchasing it when I realised form the forums there was to be another updated version out soon. This was TRS2006, and I've not looked back.

Unlike yourself, Paul, I've only managed 1 route release, and its still an ongoing work...

JCitron
October 5th, 2015, 11:50 AM
I'm going on 12 years myself, now that I think about it. It was December 2003 and just after Christmas when I got TRS2004 at good old CompUSA for $29.99. This was the Merscom Publishing edition, and it was SP0. I had known about Auran from some add-ons, including Paint Shed for MSTS. On the box was the www.auran.com (http://www.auran.com) website link and some cool-looking models on the box. I went to the website and read the forums. I was fascinated because I saw the developer in there answering questions. There were also a lot of familiar faces too, sadly a few are no longer with us. This was in the early days, probably around 2001 and I was quite skeptic about ordering something online, let alone from Australia!

I downloaded the demo route and gave the program a whirl. It crashed with a black screen after a few minutes due to my awful ATI 8500 video card, which would crash anything if you looked the wrong way at it. I waited and watched, and then the announcement came out about TRS2004, and it would be available in retail stores which I got and have been hooked ever since.

I can say that this is the longest application, by far, that I have installed on my PC and has outlived many, many game titles I have had on my drives including SimCity, various versions, Command and Conquer, and many others. Though the program has given me some angst at times, I still come back to it and try again as it also brings a lot of joy and an escape from the real world when things are going terribly tits up like they do usually for me.

John

cascaderailroad
October 5th, 2015, 01:13 PM
Many moons ago I recieved Trainz Railwayz - Full Version, by Merscom, build 3337, trainz-build 2.6, as a Christmas gift ... every so often you still find a virgin, never opened, unregistered, new, in box, on E-Bay ... It installs in 15 minutes, and plays out of box, and requires no SP whatsoever

http://pspmedia.ign.com/psp/image/object/949/949510/Trainz_Railwayz_2D_Hi-res2boxart_160w.jpg

ever since then:

The game should come with a warning label: "Caution, Highly Addictive" ! Once you play, your entire life will be consumed in Trainz ! Your night time (and daytime) dreams will be in surveyor laying track, and driving in Trainz, and you will no longer have any pleasant dreams of being on a sunny vacation beach in the Caribbean, Your family will be having fun at the Casino, but you will be down at the railyard (where you purposely booked your 3rd rate motel room) in Las Vegas, your wife will leave you, or go on vacation without you, and you will not even miss her for 3 months, the kids will be left unattended in the playpen crying, and you won't even hear them, the dogs water bowl will go dry for 3 days straight, your school grades will plummet and you will get kicked out of college, you will get fired from your job for not showing up for work and calling out sick (when you are not even sick at all), your neighbors will hate you, and will call the cops on you for (multiple) excessive noise complaint(s), as they will think that a train station has moved in right next door to them, you will sit in a chair for 18 hours straight, and get carpal tunnel syndrome, you will sit in front of a blinding PC monitor so long that you will go out and buy "Blue Blocker" gold tinted outdoor sunglasses, and will instead wear them indoors while playing with Trainz, Do not use medications, nor drink alcoholic beverages while operating Trainz (as you will most likely spill your drink, and forget to take your medication), If you are pregnant, do not smoke while playing Trainz, as your cigarette will totally ash, and you will have wasted your money on cigarettes, and your baby will grow up to be a RR engineer, and his/her first words instead of being: "Da Da", will be: "Wooo Wooo", do not cook or barbeque while operating Trainz, unless you really like totally incinerated burnt up foodz. Everyone you know will look at you in wonder if you are crazy, when you say out loud: "WoW ... That beautiful sunset sky looks just like Pomme13 ! If you can not afford to buy Trainz, DLC content, or a 1 year FCT (costs @ 0.06 cents per day), N3V may be able to help you, by once again having their "Sooper Dooper 75% Off Sale" on TS12" !

The Conductors blues:

It's not my job to blow the whistle
I can not ring the bell
But if the dang thing jumps the tracks
See who catch's He (Double Toothpicks)

The light at the end of the tunnel, just might be an oncoming freight !

Alco_P-A
October 5th, 2015, 06:46 PM
I've been running trainz since the first box version and now I'm into 2015 with the new era. Got steams 2015 and old msts installed also,but don't play them much. Always like Trainz better. Happy Trainzing.
:)

rjhowie
October 5th, 2015, 08:11 PM
Oh, it is very addictive as I once delayed a meal with a female admirer to the following night as I was irked I had not reached where I wanted to be on a route build. The problem was solved so the meal the next night was more enjoyable as I would not be distracted.......

gooper1
October 6th, 2015, 02:35 PM
Can you still get games in that store as I live near Brixton and want to get some sims ther if they have it

Paulsw2
October 7th, 2015, 04:53 PM
Can you still get games in that store as I live near Brixton and want to get some sims ther if they have it

Sadly Woolworths has gone (2008). I think there is a Gamesmaster on Brixton Rd, but I think you'd be lucky to find any Trainz related stuff.

Paul

Paulsw2
October 7th, 2015, 04:54 PM
Thanks for the responses - always good to see how people got into Trainz. There seem to be a lot of large stores and bargain bins involved! :D

Paul

rjhowie
October 7th, 2015, 05:55 PM
I must say paul that the present large project I am presently doing would never have been possible elsewhere and i am very pleased years ago to go searching for another rail sim away from MS.

Bobby

gooper1
October 8th, 2015, 10:15 AM
Sadly Woolworths has gone (2008). I think there is a Gamesmaster on Brixton Rd, but I think you'd be lucky to find any Trainz related stuff.

Paul
Woolworths is now long gone I just found out
I have popped into GamesMaster before, but no Trainz was present.
What stores in london do you think sell Trainz?

Paulsw2
October 11th, 2015, 06:12 PM
These days there seem to be fewer and fewer shops selling anything, apart from mobile phones! I recall seeing MSTS and Trainz on sale in PCWorld up in Warren Street years ago, but nothing recently. I guess the days of accidentally coming across Trainz in the store and making an impulse buy could be a thing of the past....:(

Paul

martinvk
October 11th, 2015, 08:19 PM
Ah the memories this brings back. It was back in the summer of 2002, Aug 10 to be exact, that I was in a Compusmart store and parted with $64.99. In exchange I got something that has gone on to be my longest running computer story. In the month previous I had found MSTS and while I was enthralled to see a train move on the screen due to my command, I was struggling to build my own route. So when I saw the Trainz box, I immediately ran home to look up the company, find out who they were and what this Trainz was all about. What I read was enough for me to take a chance and buy it.

Interesting that the box also came with a free model Railroader magazine offer inside plus a copy of Gmax.
819820

Needless to say, I've been a Trainzer ever since.

Paulsw2
October 14th, 2015, 02:21 PM
Great stuff! I like the way this thread has turned into "how I came across Trainz for the first time..." Any other stories out there (ideally involving now defunct superstores and methods of shopping that have now died out!)

Paul

LNERlover5
October 14th, 2015, 03:10 PM
I found a copy of Trainz 2006, Focus interactive distribution if I recall. In a Woolworths of all places back in 2008. :)

Jack

stationmistress
October 14th, 2015, 03:21 PM
Some years back, I was playing Railroad Tycoon 2 and was looking to move on. I did find Railroad Tycoon 3 on sale in PCWorld and went to get it. I did buy it but whilst there I found Trainz 2004 for 10 and decided to get that as well. The upshot is that I put Tycoon 3 away after finding how poor it was compared to 2. I started Trainz and that was it, no ther Rail Sims have entered these portals since that day. :D About 1 week later, again at PCWorld I bought Trainz 2009 for 10. The best thing was finding I could make my own assets and share them. No longer though. Any assets now are kept on a website I have. I bought TS12 only for checking compatability. Still use 2009 SP3 for building routes, my favourite version. I now have 6 versions of Trainz on the system, again just for compatibity and DLS availability checks.

steviez
October 14th, 2015, 03:21 PM
My first copy was of trainz 2004 which was on display while I was at the National Railway Museum at York and some people were displaying it on a computer and there were copies of it available in the site shop. stayed with it right though to Tane despite gnashing my teeth a few times over various problems with the software over the years