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Gandalf0444
October 18th, 2010, 03:19 PM
It has come to the point in the making of the route that I deem it necessary to have some outside eyes take a look at the route so far.(The route is 13 miles long, roughly 9 miles is complete) I need 2 very dedicated people who are willing to look for minor imperfections that I may have overlooked so far(I.E. floating cars, people, bushes)
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Some history of the line for you folks in case you haven't seen it in my other thread:
"Unlike many railroad museums and excursions, the Valley Railroad Company has been in existence in one form or the other since 1868. In some ways, the history of this little railroad is as exciting as a ride on the railroad today, and reflects the ups and downs of the American rail system from the early days of steam to the present. Enjoy!
In the 1830's the first growth of railroads began in New England. After one failed attempt to start, the Valley Railroad Company, headed by the President of the Charter Oak Life Insurance Company (James C. Walkeley), obtained the state charter to build and form the company on July 17, 1868.
During 1868-1869, survey crews worked to map out the line from Hartford to Saybrook Point, and in 1870, actual construction of the line began. With the ease of building a rail line in the Connecticut River Valley (no tunnels or major bridges), the line was completed during the summer of 1871 with the first ceremonial train run over the 45 mile line on July 29, 1871.
Two days later the first "regular" train was run and on August 24, 1871 the Connecticut Valley Railroad finally declared an official opening. The initial schedules of trains operating along the Valley Railroad called for one mixed (passenger and freight) and four passenger trains each way daily (except Sunday) with fifteen stops along the way.
Financial trouble plagued many early railroads and the Connecticut Valley found theirs in 1876 when it defaulted on its second mortgage bonds and was placed in receivership.
On July 1, 1880 a company called the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad took control, but also at this time the New Haven Railroad was rapidly building up its stature in Southern New England. Seeing a good chance to sell their new line at a good price, the owners of the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad convinced the New Haven that it should buy control. In 1882 the New Haven did and ten years later (1892), the Hartford & Connecticut Valley Railroad became part of the New Haven system.

The incorporation was good for the Valley Railroad as the New Haven put money and improvements into the line. During this time, the Valley Railroad grew to its limit: never being more than a busy branch line with passenger service and freight service consisting of deliveries of supplies and merchandise to communities and factories along the line. Shortly after WW1, as roads, automobiles, and trucks improved, the Valley Railroad saw a reduction in service; and by the late 1950's it saw only weekday local service with the speed on the line down to 30 MPH from nearly 55 MPH.
Hard times fell on the New Haven Railroad itself and in 1961 it fell into bankruptcy. With a major reduction on spending money to maintain its branch lines, the Valley Railroad soon fell into disrepair, finding only two slow moving freight trains a week using the rusted rails.
Business failed along the Valley Railroad line and the New Haven also failed. In 1968 the New Haven was no longer a railroad with the last train run over the Valley in March 1968.
Concerned volunteers got together to keep the now abandoned railroad from being torn up by the new owners, Penn Central. This group managed to obtain a temporary lease from Penn Central in 1969 and on August 15, 1969 the Penn Central turned over this branch line to the State of Connecticut.
The State of Connecticut granted a formal lease to the Valley Railroad Company on June 1, 1970. This lease authorized the company to use the 22.67 miles of track for freight and passenger service; and on July 29, 1971 (100 years to the day of the first ceremonial run), after thousands of hours of mostly volunteer effort, the first train of the new Valley Railroad steamed from Essex to Deep River and has been steaming ever since."



Please serious inquiries only! I am only looking for two(2) people only! If you are interested or think you "qualify" post here, along with what version of Trainz you have.


Thanks!
Mike

2995Valliant
October 18th, 2010, 04:08 PM
I'll start by saying that I know very little of American Railroad practice, but your route has caught my attention, partly because I do know a lot about British practice, especially on preserved routes, so the similarities and differences interest me. I had a good look at the route on Google Earth out of curiosity the other evening.

I've done quite a bit of testing for various people, and will cheerfully send screenies of my own work if you like.

If you want it looking at instantly, I'm the wrong guy - it'll take me a good few weeks a) because I don't have unlimited free time, and b) it'll take me that long to be sure I've been thorough.

All testing would be in TS2010, cab mode.

Regards,

Anthony

Gandalf0444
October 18th, 2010, 04:21 PM
I'll start by saying that I know very little of American Railroad practice, but your route has caught my attention, partly because I do know a lot about British practice, especially on preserved routes, so the similarities and differences interest me. I had a good look at the route on Google Earth out of curiosity the other evening.

I've done quite a bit of testing for various people, and will cheerfully send screenies of my own work if you like.

If you want it looking at instantly, I'm the wrong guy - it'll take me a good few weeks a) because I don't have unlimited free time, and b) it'll take me that long to be sure I've been thorough.

All testing would be in TS2010, cab mode.

Regards,

Anthony
I would love to have a person outside the country beta test it, would be able to see it in a slightly different perspective. I can set off the beta testing and do more work on it until you find a chunk of time to spend looking at it/running the route.

I will also fill you in on the real route operations so you could mimic them,as sessions for this route will be a must once it is complete. It would also teach you some about the practices here.

2995Valliant
October 18th, 2010, 04:33 PM
You have a PM.

Regards,

Anthony

Gandalf0444
October 18th, 2010, 04:44 PM
You have a PM.

Regards,

Anthony
Returned the favor.:p

UP5521
October 18th, 2010, 05:06 PM
I'll be glad to do it,both, by one of my own reskins of bdaneal's steam engines or in surveyor!;)

cascaderailroad
October 18th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Floating bushes, cars ...etc... are the least of worries ... and End User can always raise or lower them, themselves. The TC Harlem Line has a house sitting right in the double track gauge near the last portion of the route.

My major concerns are gradients that are +/-2-4%, and are like a rollercoaster. With too tight of curves that are kinked, switch ladders that are not straight, and swervey "S" curves that have unevenly spaced splinepoints.

I am such a rediculous perfectionist, that I think (know) that I have OC.:hehe:

I would love to test your route in TC 1&2 or TRS2006 !

jadebullet
October 18th, 2010, 05:27 PM
Floating bushes, cars ...etc... are the least of worries ... and End User can always raise or lower them, themselves. The TC Harlem Line has a house sitting right in the double track gauge near the last portion of the route.

My major concerns are gradients that are +/-2-4%, and are like a rollercoaster. With too tight of curves that are kinked, switch ladders that are not straight, and swervey "S" curves that have unevenly spaced splinepoints.

I am such a rediculous perfectionist, that I think (know) that I have OC.:hehe:

I would love to test your route in TC 1&2 or TRS2006 !


Yeah, floating stuff can be a problem and does count for stuff that beta testers should look out for. Also, what is this about 2-4% gradiants. They exist you know. 4 not as much, but I know of several that are almost three.


Anyway, that aside, I would like to beta it as I have been there, at least in the parking lot. :P

SD45T-2
October 18th, 2010, 05:42 PM
May I please beta.?

Gandalf0444
October 18th, 2010, 05:43 PM
Yeah, floating stuff can be a problem and does count for stuff that beta testers should look out for. Also, what is this about 2-4% gradiants. They exist you know. 4 not as much, but I know of several that are almost three.


Anyway, that aside, I would like to beta it as I have been there, at least in the parking lot. :P
Yea Alex, the parking lot, at night, behind a wall...we get it.:hehe::p

Gandalf0444
October 18th, 2010, 05:51 PM
I'll be glad to do it,both, by one of my own reskins of bdaneal's steam engines or in surveyor!;)
I shall see!:)

Floating bushes, cars ...etc... are the least of worries ... and End User can always raise or lower them, themselves. The TC Harlem Line has a house sitting right in the double track gauge near the last portion of the route.

My major concerns are gradients that are +/-2-4%, and are like a rollercoaster. With too tight of curves that are kinked, switch ladders that are not straight, and swervey "S" curves that have unevenly spaced splinepoints.

I am such a rediculous perfectionist, that I think (know) that I have OC.:hehe:

I would love to test your route in TC 1&2 or TRS2006 !
Yea that house on the tracks on the harlem line is the ultimate railfans paradise!:hehe: The only issue you would have with my route with your OCD is that it does not have grades...I was searching using the free programs and such not wanting to buy Transdem, and none of the data existed for the towns I needed. I tried the grades myself, they were awful looking, not to mention not exactly real looking. So I said forget it and just went for the route "flat". Now that I am at MP 9 of 13. I locate the long lost data...Mother ******.


May I please beta.?
Shall see!


VRR #97 and #40 happily wearing their new white trim.
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