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United States of America, Massachusetts, Malden
Trainz, Blender, TransDem, History and Science
Retired Marine Engineer


Trainz 2012 Engineers Edition: build 61388
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NE Mass Route -page 12

by steamboateng on June 24th, 2012 at 09:02 PM
NE Mass Route page 12

In Defense of DEM's
Fellow Trainzers, Trainz fans, Bloggers and Trolls............
Those of you that have followed this blustery blog know that the NE Mass Route was generated in TransDEM. It covers approximately 1800 base boards in a 52 by 46 mile quadrant of northeastern Massachusetts. Such aroute would never had been even contemplated if it weren't for aprogram such as TransDEM!
Most of us have settled into Trainz because it is such

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Updated June 24th, 2012 at 09:11 PM by steamboateng


NE Mass Route - pg 11

by steamboateng on June 6th, 2012 at 09:23 AM
NEMass Route pg 11

Discussion: Swamps, Marshes, Wetlands
Here, in New England we have lots of wetlands. We all have geographical coastal regions, excepting Vermont, which has lots of cows; although New Hampshire barely slips in there; snow boarders, black bears and all! Coastal regions have defined wetlands, which in the context of this blog, I will differentiate from marshland (although quite similar). Wetlands, I will define as sea level brackish marsh delineated by

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Updated June 6th, 2012 at 09:34 AM by steamboateng


NE Mass Route - pg 10

by steamboateng on May 20th, 2012 at 03:45 PM
NEMass Route pg 10

The Rockport Quarries
My inquiry into Rockport's history led me eventually to the quarries.There are many old quarries located north of town. The largest was the Rockport Quarries, which remained operational until 1933 or so, and provided stone for projects throughout the East, including Boston's State House, the Brooklyn Bridge and the base of the Statue of Liberty. The economic collapse, which brought on the Great Depression, pretty much put an end

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Updated May 20th, 2012 at 03:52 PM by steamboateng


Building the NE Mass Route-page 9

by steamboateng on April 23rd, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Buildingthe NE Mass Route page 9

Observations a bit North of topic
It's been a few weeks since my last post. Disinterest or simple laziness is not to blame. In truth, warm sunshine and chirping birds are the cause. Awakened by noisy morning tweets (non-electronic) and a dazzling bright sunshine; and pawing my way through the house like a drowsy old bear cast from the comfort of his boughs, I concluded we must be gone from this place, at least for a while. Momma bear concurred...........cubs

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Updated April 23rd, 2012 at 01:50 PM by steamboateng


Building the NE Mass route - page 8

by steamboateng on March 29th, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Building the NE Mass Route – page 8

Real Earth, Google Earth and Trainz Earth
As I noted several times in previous blogs, I am building this route from TransDEM generated baseboards. TransDEM is a very fine program and its contribution to Trainz route building should not be underestimated. However the program is only as good as the data input to it. Therein lies the rub with a few frustrated Trainzers. The NED data (National Elevation Database) fed to it has a 3 arc-sec

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Updated March 29th, 2012 at 03:38 PM by steamboateng