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  1. #871

    Lightbulb

    A good Friday to all here, hope you are doing well, and wonderful weekend ahead.

    For me, our family will head out one last time this year for some Camping in the High Sierra Mountains of Ca.......Hopefully the large Fire of Yosemite won't affect our air quality, but I never take anything, especially the Weather and Wind elements for granted.

    I was able to find RMM's latest Speed Trees for TANE, I think they are Version 6, and should work a lot better, and look much better than those Billboard Types.....My GPU needs all the help it can get.

    A shout out to Sir Dave Snow for his latest Boxcars he made for us, and that larger than life Silo too, boy is that Silo big as in large Commercial type of Building. So Cool Sir Dave, you are the energizer bunny my ole Friend.

    Went over to SRS and Grabbed 2 other SD60 Cyclops type Loco's in UP and BN Green and Org and Black, double Bonus on that one.

    I'm thinking about taking a rest from the Flaam Route for a while and head over to one of my Favorites in NG, that's the Wild Bill ones, and I like TGR Fingal too, heck I like too many Routes, and then there is Phil Skene with his amazing condensed Routes he makes for us.........I better stop while I'm ahead or I'll overload my little Brain, ouch that might hurt.......All good........Trainz is the best to be in.........

    OK, so will head into the Pier Large in Aussie Merge Land, and see some train action pulling a heavy load of Boxcars out of the port, well, we do have a few empties in the rear for some Customer returns, but the 3/4 or more of our train is loaded with items coming from the Port.

    Soon will be heading up 2% or more grade into the windy and rapid River area.

    Below we fresh SP Power 5 of them coming to get our loaded consist from the Docks.

    We have to back down and pick up some more empties for our train.

    And here we are backing into another part of the Port to pick up 30 cars more.

    And here we go into the Canyon Full power ahead. 6 MPH for now as we gradually throttle up.

    Looking out and across from our back end, you can see the Circus over there, everyone having a great time at the Carnival Grounds. Even Hot Air Balloon Rides too.

    Got some Pacific Fruit Express and some Amtrak rapid Mail Cars headed to the Docks today. We have a side spur here, so Passenger Traffic isn't affected in the least by our presence as we pass quietly by the all the Passengers at the Station.

    And here is where the Fruit Express goes, this little Company here does a booming Import/Export business with lots of customers across the Ocean.

    Another view of the port here, while Fruit and Food await Ocean Transports.

    And that Black and Red Triangle Tower to the Right is for major Radio Communications.

    Looks like we have some traffic ahead of us in the Corridor........?

    Look at those nice big Rocks in the Stream to are Left....

    Think we have a nice looking City scape at Night......Purple and Orange Cloud Cover too.

    That'll do for today,,If things work out, I'll post some more pics on Sunday before we leave for Camping. Thanks all for coming to visit.

  2. #872

    Lightbulb

    A blessed day to all, and prayers for the folks in Yosemite Fire area, 80,000 Acres and 530 structures and homes are burned out as of yesterday, the Fireman are having a heck of time due to wind, heat and drought...Very challenging time up there for all concerned............

    Today I our family heads out to the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Camp, be gone about a week or so........So I wont be able to post beyond here, today most likely due to spotty or no Wifi conditions.


    So I got some Narrow Boats for the Flaam, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narrowboat

    Very interesting topic, and thanks to the Forum for helping me find out about and download them......Use Search on DLS for Narrow Boats, you'll find a small selection of very nice models.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=Yose...nt=firefox-b-1

    I'll have to finish the notes later, as I need to goto Church and get on the Road, it's a 7 hr drive today.......

    Testing more new Rolling Stock here and other things.

    We are on the other Canyon here 1000-1100Feet in elevation, as you can see lots of Texture and other things to accomplish,,Here we are testing Curves, Grades and Signal distance for now.

    Headed up from the Harbor area, we pass a little village here. I have to learn the names of these areas........

    Coming up thru the narrow canyon asses, we approach a small Rural Station for both Freight and Passenger Service......

    I testing a new high speed train here, and it handles the curves and elevation perfectly, lots more work to accomplish here, boy when I move things around I really make a mess sometimes......Like a kid making Mud Pie.....

    Coming thru at probably 75 MPH,,,,,speaking of which, I'll need to kick up my 40MPH in several areas, and reduce in some other areas where downgrades etc, have radically changed......

    This is the lake area in the upper 3 lake Dam area.......I have moved the houses around and made this look more natural, this whole area was torn for Elevation and Track changes........The poor residents here had to be paid temporary Housing while our major construction was in progress, but in being honest with them, looking forward, this will be a nice Tourism Spot, not over done, or over built either, I want the tranquil feel to remain here as we make changes to the local economy, I firmly believe honesty like in the old days, your word and your handshake is your bond, without that, well the game, at least here is over with......

    So far all these small communities have welcomed the Railroad changes in with open arms, we have hired many of them to help in the construction efforts here, so they have a monetary and vested interested in the progression of change, even our Railroad Crew new hires are from several of local enclaves here. What better person to work for you, than one that knows the area..........

    This is a Deep empty reservoir for now, but once Lake and Dam Construction changes finish, it will be fulll of water and stocked with Fish for local Fisherman Etc.......

    Look at the expanse here, there are so many views to see up here from many different angles.........

    That's it for today folks, headed to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with Ranges of 14000 Feet in some spots. We will be in the 7500 Range, nice and cool........

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sierra_Nevada_(U.S.)

    If you ever get a chance to see this great area, please do..........They are magnificent to view, drive and if you wish, camp as well.......

    Have a great week all, see you when I get back.....Thank you for coming by to visit.....It is always appreciated.......Best
    Last edited by blueodessey; July 29th, 2018 at 12:27 PM. Reason: Finish H

  3. #873

    Lightbulb Back from Camping...........Aussie Merge with Pipe Loads..

    Good evening all,

    Just got home from a nice but very smoky Camping Trip, unfortunately the fires in California continue to worsen for us as the Dog Days (extreme heat, 100 or better) continue and you watch, now that the Plant and Tree growth are gone in large areas, will have flooding from heavy rains in some areas that haven't seen such Floods in their lifetime or maybe several decades. At last count, I think we are well over 1500 homes burned due to Forest Fires.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=calf...nt=firefox-b-1

    or Google "California Fires".............

    So let's go my comfort zone, below is Aussie merge Route, Harbor area specifically, we are headed North with lots of power, 6 on the front, 2-3 in DPU mode, and will need it, because we are carrying heavy Concrete Pipe, Excating equipment, and Heavily reinforced sewer pipe.

    Below we are pulling out with our first part of consist from the pipe factory..........These babies are quite heavy, so will need our 8-9 SD45's too pull the grade, in addition, we have a snow storm approaching.

    And here we go, and here goes the Snow Storm too.

    Looks like our Local mountains are going to get some much needed Snow for Moisture content. Meaning, we need a good Snow Pack this year........

    The Green Pipe below is our loads headed for some large city renovation projects.

    Amazing shot here, are train is the length you can see the last part of your train as you complete a Round Loop to head higher in elevation.

    I see we also have some heavy Industrial Transformers too, and some other special Gas Pipe............

    Looks like some more snow coming down as we head up with my SD45's, very reliable engines to work with......

    Looks like we get some relief from the Snow over in this area. No problems if it snows for us, I have excellent Crews working on this particular Train.

    Awh, now it looks like we might almost have a White Out starting here.

    We cross a very cold and swift moving River here, and it might freeze over in another month if the cold weather holds.

    On other news I see "Eagle River Railway" is released, and it looks like I need to go buy that Route, as it looks fantastic from all available information, and great looking pictures......I let you know once I accomplish the task of procuring one very interesting Route to play with......

    https://forums.auran.com/trainz/show...-River-Railway

    It's good to be back, I didn't have WiFi, so I missed my Forum and the great people that make it fun to read up the latest ideas, problems, Products, what's new etc. I'm so happy to see we have a common place to share our ideas and good friendship.

    Have good week, and our prayers go out to those that have lost their homes in these terrible Fires...............

    Watching the Riverside Fire rolling up into the San Bernardino Mountains........It's a bad fire........

    See you all in a few days =with some more pictures and commentary.

    Thank you for dropping by as always, it's appreciated.......
    Last edited by blueodessey; August 6th, 2018 at 10:09 PM.

  4. #874

    Lightbulb Flaam changes

    Good Morning all,

    Getting ready for another Road Trip to see some family we haven't been able to for a while, It be nice to see some of the Midwest I haven't ever seen before.
    Good thing, it isn't Winter, so other than some rain here and there from Thunder Showers, it should work out great.......

    Over to Flaam, this is the extreme North end of the Route and I needed to add on some Tale Piece Squares to adjust for large Elevation changes.

    These areas, the new heights can be from 1000-1300 Feet Max to get the effect I want.........So here I have leveled a lot of the Tiles added. But as you can see, I haven't finished it. I'm using full circle expansion to quickly draw the new elevation heights, but it takes more time for me, due to week GPU, and that's another reason I switch to Wire Mode it is 2-1 speed increase or more.

    Now this end needs to be filled in, and it will change many more times till I get it too look natural and not just hanging Cliff Drops..........It will make more sense, once I get the changes done.

    On this side, you can see my new Steel Bridge, and behind this cut off Range, will have a Watershed type wetland area for the animals.. You can see the Lakes on the right half of the Dam Control area for Hydro power Projects, we need lots of natural Electricity too.

    Different side of the lake area, don't pay attention to Ground Color's that's unfinished.

    This is the lower canyon side of the lake Reservoir System.

    I had to hop a mountain top across from the deep canyon area so you get a different perspective here......And you can see I have added Mountains into the Corner of the Route I was talking about earlier, as the Ridge line is now starting to look more natural, there is no longer a cut off edge........This is a larger area too, as you look at how small the consists is in this shot of the deep Canyon Gorges............

    This Wetland area is slowly taking shape,,,,the surrounding mountains, need a lot of work, as I have said before, I get an idea of how I want something to look, but it takes me a while to get it too what I envision it to be over time, and I never know how exactly it will work, or if it even does?

    Over on this side, I was trying too see how different type Rock Textures would look for my Dam areas of the lake Reservoir System, and I am not sold on these Rocks yet, I need to find something more appealing or less of this Texture blended in with 1-2 more variegated Colors.......

    Now this is a great shot of the upper North end of the Route, and you can see the last part of the new Tiles I added, on the bottom Right Last Tile Row, and they are sitting down over a 1000 Feet, or zero Elevation. The Whole Route has lots of twists and curves, which really makes for interesting Rail and point of interest lines.......

    Over over on this side we are putting in some Trees and new Farm Housing etc........The Ice Water Lines you see, will be redrawn........That was due to me cutting down the Mountain Elevation by 300-500 Feet, So that's why the Texture looks strange till I get it re Textured from the changes I made.........Mad Hatter at work her for sure......LOL

    That'll due for today,,,,,,,

    BTW I didn't get Coal Country Route yet, that is on delay for now, as I prepare for some other things I need to do ahead of it........

    Have a great Friday and thank's for coming over.........

  5. #875

    Lightbulb Taking a ride on Marias Pass (delightful)

    Good Day all,

    This week was both good and bad for me, I got to see my Oral Surgeon post op, and had a great report, the surgery to clean out infection and save two teeth was a great success. SO now I can go finish the rest of my Dental work. As most of you know, when you get in your Senior yrs, and older, keeping the last of what remains of your teeth is important, unless you are into Dentures, many of my friends do have them, and I can tell you, a good % do not like them or the maintenance that goes into owning a pair.......!

    The bad part, I have Sciatica Nerve inflammation for the last 3 weeks, and those who had this nerve disease know all too well it can effect your body movement and daily routines, including a good nights sleep..........Hopefully this too, shall pass?

    https://www.google.com/search?q=scia...nt=firefox-b-1

    Now for the happy part of the day, playing with Trainz takes my mind away from the pain and I immerse myself in Route Building, or playing, as was the case last night, where the Route was Marias Pass, a large and very interesting Route to play with.

    https://www.google.com/search?client...10.EzzaQN1fHZo

    I highly suggest trying out one of the Marias Pass Routes, as you can see their ones for different versions of Trainz lovers. I'm having a ball with mine.......I have 2 different versions to play with, not sure of what the difference is. But there is plenty of Country to run long Travel Points as well as Industries well spaced for those that enjoy shorter runs and lots of Shunting activity. The Rail Switching Yards are of good size and variety as well

    I believe we are at MP1221 and for today's assignment, will shunt a MOW Consist, Hoppers, Slab Cars, and our own Caboose with Fred Light attached.

    It's 5:00 PM so this will be Red Eye shift with late afternoon start, and plenty of Coffee and Treats, and we have worked these before, as we are a normal Night Crew, and there is quite a bit of Shunting and Switching to keep us alert tonight. Weather is great, just some high clouds against a Blue Sky.....How much better can it get in this pretty part of the country, I dare not ask, I we might see a Bambi or the Mr Bear looking for Salmon..........Anything is possible at this altitude and time of year.

    Here is the rest of our MOW consist, which will be dropped off in another Rail Yard tonight, when we pick up some empty Hoppers from the customer back to point of origin Plant.

    At the end of our MOW, we have one car of Rail Sticks for small sectional Repairs, sidings and stuff......Camp Cars with Sleep Qtrs and Kitchens for the work crews........

    Ok,,,,,Dusk is approaching, Blue is getting darker, and Stars will approach the night sky.....

    Our Crew has the orders, and we are on the move, looks like we have a bit of Soot Fire cleaning out in our Exhaust, normal for this loco, as it has been sitting a little, MOW assured us. This Loco has up to date 90 Day Maintenance window completed.......It better be, or I will have someone head, if we break down........

    We are headed thru our next town.........We pass the combo Freight/Passenger Station, night lighting is good, and important for everyone's safety.

    Now we head out to the Country, our tracks go thru twists and turns, but nothing exotic......The Route is well laid out and constructed by MOW Crews, Grade is negligible at this point.

    Well looky here? We rate a switch-man and other yard crews too assist us with the shunting moves, how cool is that, of course they get off in another 1 hour or so, but will be long gone......

    We start one of several moves to cut off the MOW group part, and on the left is our empty Hoppers await the pickup.

    We are pulled ahead of our Switch and will back into the Maintenance area of the Yard to drop these MOW.

    MOW move will sit to the side of a Car Repair House. Another Crew will pick up this MOW equipt and Cars for there Job tomorrow......?

    Ok.....will pick up some more of this Trip in a couple of days......Hope you like it, and I hope you check out the Route, I think it is well worth it.......IT works ok with my Laptop, and I don't get too much Frame Stutter with Weak GPU.......

    Have a blessed day............

  6. #876

    Lightbulb

    Good Day all,

    Getting ready for the last Road trip of the year, headed out to Illinois to see some extended Family members. Weather is good, a bit warm, maybe humid too, but not in the 100's like it has been here.

    So will flip over to Flaam for a bit, you'll get to see the Oil and Gas facility I made on the upper peaks of the Ranges, 800 feet or higher,,just to the side of Hydro Dam and Lakes area.

    While we see that, I have been working and playing on Marias Pass, and had another one of those Signal issues with a several Red Lights not clearing on large areas of main line, no excuse for that at all. So after fooling around with it for an hour, (not my first rodeo with stupid signals that don't want to function) or shall we say, don't play with with others.....LOL

    I find the signals BNSF style refuse to operate as intended......Too Bad for me, I liked their style, and it could be the version this route was made in, or it could be T:ANE up to his old tricks of the trade....Who really knows.......

    We go to plan "B", rip out all the signals thru the layout, and I found a cool way to do it, rather than visually searching the Route, which has miles of Mainline and Switching locations, I did "FIND OBJECT" then sub routed to "Track Objects" or "Track Scenery"

    I think it was objects and found all the signals easily and quickly, by keep the menu search window open to left of the Track Screen, in "Surveyor Mode" within about 20-30 mins, could have been less, I removed 2-3 doz signals out of the Route, hit "Save As" too save to new file, just in case I goofed something up........ Close Surveyor, reopen and voila ready to start dropping in new signals that have super Scripting or similar, allows me to check how I want them to operate, it was 1:00AM in the morning last night, eh, this early morning, and my eyes started to close, that's when you make unintended mistakes, so it was time to hit the sack for the night, and start today......

    Probably take the rest of the week to re signal and test the Route for correct Aspect Functionality.

    Already with just a few signals in place, I saw a remarkable difference in operation, so I know what I suspected was correct.....I also plan to add a few will placed Crossovers for some of the Industrial leads.

    One thing about the Marias Pass, it has an excellent selection of Single and Duel Tracking setup in designated areas of the mountains, as well, not over use of Tunnel Passes either...It is a fascinating Route to run and play with........You won't be bored......And there are some Portals at each end of the Route, I believe they might be set to connect to other Large Routes? Not sure, but it appears that way.......

    Al right lets get over to Flaam now, and see that Oil Center development.

    I notched out the Mountain sides here, and put just enough area for what I wanted to drop in. And it works nicely for me.......

    Here is an overhead view of the Refinery, not all the tracks needed where here when I took this picture, I found I needed some Loops in the back left corner to accommodate secondary Shunting needs for Construction and Trash handling.......But this gives a good idea how the facility will work here. If you look carefully in the Lake area, you'll see a small white Dam in place for Hydro and Electrical needs. Refineries use a fair amount of Electricity for Oil Extraction, Refining Etc. And just above this Refinery, there is a Power Plant that will augment our power needs too, when the Water in the lake is low thru some parts of the year.

    Good business mgt relies on multiple uses of Power, raw material supplies, never have all your eggs in one basket........It really is a delicate balance of power.

    Another view across the valley here, of our Oil Refinary and Trains loading up on mainline to get Oil loads for Market, Pier business, super Tankers......

    We are pushing up a 2.5% Grade here into the back for Oil Loads, these are empty, so it easy to do.......Signals working as intended.

    One Train coming in from other areas of the mountain with Empties....It will wait till the first longer Tanker Train gets shunted into the loading Docks here for Oil and Gas Loads.

    You can see our Storage Tanks, and we have more on Order, as these do not have all the capacity we need., our Plant is running at 60% for now.....But we need a lot more storage capacity for future needs of Community and Overseas Market Traders we supply....Sound familiar. Look at the Sunlit Shadows in our Lake below....Pretty cool I think.

    Working on smoothing some of the mountain slopes here.........

    Now the floor of the refinery is not finished, I need to Change to Gravel, and the tracks need to goto DOCK RAIL style, so this is all roughed in, too see if I have enough room, and I did not, I had to scalp 50 feet more in the back end of the lot, because more Rail and infrastructural changes are coming in for Refinery needs.....It's still a WIP.......

    This is the Office building I selected for the Suites and White Coat personal, I think it will do nicely. And you can see I got the Grass gone and Gravel worked in here now.........Tracks haven't been changed to DOCK RAIL style, but that's easy to do, and I need more X Crossover connections too for Shunting needs.

    I selected a Smaller Water Tower for this front area, and I might put a larger one in the back 40 as they say......I have lots to chose from....Just need to make up my Mind...LOL

    That'll bout do it for today.....

    Thank you everyone for dropping by to see me...........

  7. #877

    Lightbulb

    Good Day all,

    We made to Illinois after 3 quick days on the Road, and saw some really pretty Country, and amazing Rock Formations.

    Now over to Marias Pass, I have been busy adding some more Oil Storage to the Refinery Center and some additional other Trans Load facilities with some Tracks changes etc.

    Adding new Safetran C Signals to mainline and some Team Track areas.

    Our Trip on Marias continues into the night with some Shunting moves for empty Hoppers etc, and we are running with a Caboose too.......

    Here we are going thru the Country, just a few lights in mostly pitch darkness as we cross the numerous farming areas. Our Locomotive light is plenty bright for us too see our way.

    A string of Hoppers is waiting for pickup.

    We are pushing the hoppers down the mainline to assemble with the rest of our consist.

    Got our cars picked up and the Caboose is hooked up with FRED light in the back.

    Getting ready to drop of these cars in a few stops.

    coming round the pass as we head on.

    We approach a large empty for now Rail Yard. Take a look at the Switches, they are Solar Charged and operated, this is the first Route I have downloaded that had these type of Switch setups..

    Looks like we have night Traffic waiting for us at the crossing.

    Next day we are picking up some empty hoppers at the Pulp Factory.

    Never noticed these Cabs have night Running that can be seen thru the engineer's Cab Window.

    There is lots of Marias Route to see and learn about, I Really like it.......

    Time to run, got lots to do in the few days were here to visit.....

    Thanks for dropping by.........

  8. #878

    Lightbulb Marias Train Movements Etc

    Good Day all,

    Having fun out in Illinois, found out that Canadian National serves thru this area yesterday, when a thru Freight passed me by, and I saw CN on the Red Engines......There are several RR's that serve the State.........

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_o...nois_railroads

    http://www.idot.illinois.gov/transpo...l-system/index

    https://www.google.com/search?q=illi...nt=firefox-b-1

    This last link is great for Illinois lines, check out the Abandoned listing too.

    Over to Marias, I have been re signaling the whole line, and it is working really nice, I will come back and add some Gantries later once I see the spacing is correct.

    Also redoing some of Speed Signs here and there for my preferences.

    Below we are moving some Consists out over the Valley.

    Using some NS Power to make the moves..........We have a oncoming shorty on the other side.

    Moving some cars around, and left our Caboose on Main#2 as we Shunt around here, our tracking time is 30 mins, and they would prefer less if we can do it, as lots of other Freights and Passengers are on the move too....This is a large RR......Plenty of space is allocated to get things done.

    MOW on one side as Farm orders and Pipes go the other side.........

    Cab View here as we leave our caboose alone for a bit......

    Load of short Ribbon Steel here for some Track repairs up the line....Lots of Track changes here and there.

    These cars are great for the Crews to Sleep and Eat in...........

    Ok....We have the clearance to move North now........

    Picking up some Coal Loads here for transfer to Power Plants etc. And this area has Gang buster Lumber business....I'm testing the Log loading areas now......Had to find the right cars to accept the loads........

    We pull out to mainline with our scheduled load of the day.......

    Well we are off with the Family to see a local Train Museum in a nearby Town, that should be cool......

    Got to run now, we leave here in about 3 days to travel back home, which will last about 4 days or so on the Road, taking the longer Southern Route.

    Have great day and thanks for visiting.
    Last edited by blueodessey; August 21st, 2018 at 09:53 AM.

  9. #879

    Lightbulb Flaam and Old Time Steam Locos from Notes:shebashetan7on

    Good morning all,

    Well it's been a great time in Illinois to see the Country, some boat trips down the lakes and Rivers, and tomorrow, we head back home, a Rain Storm is headed our way here, and out to the East Coast. Probably about 4-5 days, will take some time too see some of the other States on the way home....

    So I have been busy doing some Industry and Track approach changes in Logging and Lumber areas......Lots of problems with my Speed Limits, probably I have some misplaced speed posts......

    Did some AI testing with the Trains, did pretty good, just some Track mark changes and placement.

    One location I have some issues with a Red Signal, probably using the wrong signal type or I need to add some invisible's, but generally speaking, most of my Signaling is working well with the bonus of Lunar Lights, which I really like.

    Flaam below, is a top View of the change of Elevation with New Tiles added at the North End of the Route. There is a 1000 foot change here, if you look to upper right Tiles, you can see the lower elevation points.


    This is one of the Creators updates on CN equip, I downloaded them and they work perfectly.....Love the Livery Color.

    Author's Notes:shebashetan7

    Credit to Pencil42 for original mesh. V&T mogul no. 5 Carson re lettered to CPR mogul no. 4 Savona.

    Canadian Pacific No. 4 (Savona) formerly Virginia & Truckee No. 5
    'Carson' was one of eight nearly identical 2-6-0's built by Baldwin Locomotive Works from 1869 through 1873 for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad.
    She was sold in Feb. 1883 to D. O. Mills (Onderdonk Construction), contractor for the Canadian Pacific Railway line of the Canadian government in British Columbia,
    and was lettered CP # 4 Savona. Resold 1887 to Inter colonial Railway in Nova Scotia, she became ICR number 190. ICR rebuilt 190 to 0-6-0 type in 1908, and she was renumbered to ICR 1025.
    She became Canadian Government Railway with same number, and later Canadian National Railway number 7083.
    In 1926, she was scrapped.
    Drivers: 48 in
    Cylinders: 16 x 24 in
    Empty weight: 56,000 lbs
    Weight over drivers: 45,000 lbs
    Tractive effort: 12,060 lbs
    Boiler Pressure: 130 psi
    This model is based on Ben Neal's (bdaneal) Inyo model; modified with permission.
    Revision 4: Updated sound when traversing junctions

    Here are the rest of these his creations.

    Another part of the Flaam upper Northern part.Blank tile grid area in the open meadow area between Hills and Mountains will be a Wetland and small lake tributary........

    Thia large open area here is for Oil, Power, and Utilities Plants and Yards.......Just the right amount of area, however, on the Right side these small hills will be cut down, and will use Background Panels to make it simpler for the GPU, a little experiment to see if the land is flatter, with less angles for the GPU to draw. I think it works out OK, because when you add Assets in here, it allows for a trade off on Graphic Draws.

    Here is the last picture of what I downloaded. Really happy with these Assets.

    These are Passenger Livery to go with the Locos......

    Another overview of the Mountain and Valleys I'm working on, currently there is this new steel bridge installed with Test Train to test the Grade Etc,,,,,

    Another little Loco I downloaded that one of our Kind Creators made, thank you for the terrific assets.......

    Time to run, lots to do on our last day here in Illinois.

    Have a great day all.
    Last edited by blueodessey; August 23rd, 2018 at 12:24 PM.

  10. #880

    Talking Back from Illinois........Some Trains we saw on the Road........

    Good Evening all,

    Just in from a great trip to thru the mid west to Illinois, back by way of the Southern Route.

    We had a great time and got to see some old friends for a bit. And while on Travel thru many states, caught a lot of Trains in Stasis and on the move, so I thought I would share some of the quick pictures we took, and maybe some of you will recognize these fine fellows......


    I took a lot of photos, rather I should say Mr's Blue took a lot while I was driving, so I am trying to wrack my brain where I saw these little guys........

    This one was on display, but the problem was the nice fence and roof covered it up to the point I couldn't get the whole fella in the picture.....I plan on Researching some of what we saw and provide the links when I find them.........

    This is up in the Colorado Mountains I believe..........I odn't know if this runs or not, we saw it as we passed thru.

    This looks like an old Amtrak engine? And had what looks like a possible leased engine helper from?

    In the next pictures are some Passenger Cars it was pulling up the Grade........

    Here are some of the Cars it was pulling........

    I'm not familiar with these cars, but I will look on my notes of the trip to see what city this was, escapes for the moment, because we went thru so many.......





    Dome car on the back, I think this was 8 passenger coaches........

    And I have some more pictures too share, I can't believe how many Trains we saw on this Road Trip......

    There is a lot out there to see........

    Going to bed, I write more tomorrow........Nite ALL.......

  11. #881

    Lightbulb Flaam Story continues........

    Good Day all,

    Been busy working on Marias Pass, and will visit that on another day. There is lots to discuss on Marias Pass Route, now that I have had some time to play around with it.........

    So let's go over to the Flaam side now.........

    So one of things I have always marveled at, waterfalls and Rushing Rivers in the Canyon Cascades. I studied a few Routes I have downloaded. And try here to create something that will please the eyes.

    This quick moving water Current, very icy up in the Altitudes, flows down thru and under the Tracks here. It took me a while to get the channels cut, and the right Texture Colors and River Water muddy color components......I need to go back and try to mix the color convergences in so they look more natural, but I think it is a good start.

    This is how it looks as it flies out over the drain channel and down into the Dam Lake Storage below........

    Now the one problem I have here, I have too much of V Channel effect, probably because the Channel is too narrow, so I will go back and adjust the way the Grid Tile Splines bend.......

    A view of the the new Dam control area here.

    This is how the Water Channel looks here, now the Color Textures need fixing, there not completed..........It's still very much a work in progress here........And we need Trees and Foliage too.....

    One of the issues here, I think I put too much Rocks in the Dam area, I need to go back and retool that part of the Dam area.......

    I evened off this area here, and put in some buildings, it is still in a rough state, here, no Roads and other items yet. The Track level is where I want it.

    Dam view from another Peak area, I really like the mountains in the background........I have the elevation where it needs to be for my GPU, and now the tops don't get cut off like before when they were 500-700 feet higher.........

    Down at the bottom of the Dam, I was able to make a Splash area here, and I plan on making one on the other side too, now that I figured out how to position everything.......

    A train comes in here to check Grade and Signal aspects, so far so good, we have about 1.5% or less......

    Time for me go to a meeting this AM........Got to run.......

    Thanks for dropping in.......Have a great day all.

  12. #882

    Lightbulb Grand kids make me happy / Aussie Merge Canyon Trip

    Good Day All,

    My Grand Kids told me it was officially the last day of Summer,,and I said good, that means we had lots of fun and now it's time for you get back in School and see some of your friends. And they agreed, they missed their friends and where excited to go back. And the most amazing thing they told me, they wanted to finish their education asap, so they could find a good job!

    Grandparents couldn't ask for better in this busy and somewhat strange world we live in today.

    OK.....Lets get to the Railroad, I took a lot of pictures on our cross country trip to Illinois and back, and I need to pull out the RR ones, and see if I can find out additional info on the Trains, both static and the ones on the move we saw.......

    Now over to TANE, as noted before, we have a great forum and there is always good info to be had when you browse our forum......

    Today, I read this thread and realized I didn't have as many 52 Bulkhead cars as I thought I did, only a smattering few. So I went over to JR site and downloaded the "52ft_bulkhead_mega_pack" and it installed perfectly with TANE other than I had 2 commodities missing, and had links to DSL and they downloaded perfectly in seconds.

    https://forums.auran.com/trainz/show...-issue-in-TANE

    Now my intention is to check out the amount of commodities these and my other cars have with respect to how many each have, and if there are any issues with Script errors. It seems to me, that 100 Commodities was the limit for T:ANE, I think I remember either someone mentioning it, or I saw it somewhere in documentation.........Maybe one of Folks could give me a link to that........?

    In checking the 52 Bulkhead type cars, they all had 15 or less Commodities max or less in other cases........I got to thinking why they didn't have more, and checked several of my regular Flat Cars loads, and voila, they had tons of them listed on the Flats, why, YOU GOT ME, I really don't know........Strange

    And just a quick Tip, when you install new Assets to T:ANE, I have found, that if you do a Database rebuild after installing one or many Assets, it helps T:ANE when you go in to find your new Asset(S) other wise you get the whirling Donut after opening T:ANE and you can't see any of your regular assets, due to the fact T:ANE is trying to update the Database for your new items, and run the whatever part of Program, Surveyor, Sessions etc your using..........

    And I have see in the past, and it could be my Laptop, but I don't think so on this, that it has taken 15-30 minutes to update the Database for Assets....

    Also it could be for me, that because I now have 473,000 Assets it takes much longer to sequentially organize them when you install more.........(ANY COMMENT ON YOUR PARTICULAR SITUATION IS WELCOME).

    I also know some of the members in this Forum have over 500,000 Assets,, those probably our original Trainz owners from the beginning of this Simulator, that spans way over a Decade in years, it is so easy to accumulate things.......LOL

    This is my Aussie Merge Route, about 9 sub Routes merged into one, over below is the Snow and Loops Canyon areas of this route.

    It so much fun to run trains in this area, with the Rolling Rapids below and the steep high walls of the Canyons this author made......Look at the Fogginess from all the water on a very cool morning in the Mountains........

    My Trio of SD40-2's I believe are pulling a heavy loaded consists for the mountain communities here. BTW no Drunk Driving on this highway or the River will eat you up and your vehicle too.

    Back over at the Milling Plants, we pick up some Mineral Cars for Industry. Boy do my little SW1200's smoke a bit, but they are strong and mighty, and get the job done.......

    I misspoke earlier on SD40-2's they are 6 pack for the heavy haul, and we need every ounce of pure, raw power too get this heavy consist up the hill.......Just looking these majestics Canyon Bridges tells one how rugged and dangerous this Canyon can be for unprepared........

    We have a loop over loop to make up for the Elevation step down needed for our Pier area yards etc,, right across from here.

    I see I need some texture patching below too, our work is never done......LOL!!!

    Top view of the magnificent Rolling River below us, and this isn't in Winter yet, just imagine how cold and icy our River is in the middle of Winter.........Yup that right, we have people lost in here and never came back , because they didn't show respect for mother nature as they should, and it cost them and their families...........

    We got thru the Gorges OK for now, into a beautiful Valley Floor that I redid for Yard switching etc.......No couplers was injured in this operation.!!!!!

    I really like the Fall Tree Colors we see here too.......

    A large factory on the left takes tons of Boxcars for Industrial needs.

    Switch is clear for us and will drop some cars for processing and pick up some empty ones on the way back thru again next week.

    Plenty of water coming off the side wall of the DAM........

    Take a look how the Author made the Rocks in the river rapids......

    I think that 'll do it of today........Thanks for dropping buy..........

  13. #883

    Lightbulb Pictures from our Midwest USA Trip

    Good Day all,

    Recall I that I took a trip to see some family in Illinois, by way of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Newbraska Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona........

    Wow did we really go thru these many states, well yes, and no, some mearly tips and short edges, but we did manage to dirve some 4200 plus miles and see lots of interesting sites, and a few Trains to boot.

    Below is a list of the Trains in these states:

    Utah has:

    https://www.gwrr.com/railroads/north..._tab-one-panel

    and I didn't see any of these Guys running on the line when we passed thru.

    https://www.colorado.com/articles/co...do-train-trips

    We saw thw Georgetown Loop and the Rio Grande Scenic, didn't haave time to ride them, but someday, we plan to catch on the Roads we didn't stop for. We saw the Animas River, but apparently were just too far away on the highway to see Durango & Silverton Line........I heard from many friends this is a fun one to ride on.......
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    https://www.coloradotrain.com/about/ "RIO GRANDE La Veta Pass Route"

    Locomotives and several types of Running Stock, static as we passed by, so this will another Railroad we need to come back to visit..........
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    Colorado/Utah "Deseret Power Railway"

    http://www.railpictures.net/showphot...ower%20Railway

    Thanks to "Dangavel" from the "Unitah RR project" for his help in finding me the strange electrified line I saw in the middle of the Desert between these two States?

    Nebraska https://www.american-rails.com/ne.html

    Looks like Union Pacific is the big dog in this state, and we did see a few here and there as we passed thru. Looks like they have some short lines, but we didn't see any of those Road Names, or we were near the right points of RR Lines.......But that's OK. We saw lots of other Road names on the Trip.

    Passed thru a small southern portion of this area, and I didn't realize how close we were to some of the Short-lines in this state.......We flew by pretty quick as we had been driving for 3 days, and this particular day, we were only 300 miles away from our destination in Illinois.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Iowa https://bsvrr.com/wp/ Des Moines River Valley
    ================================================== ========================
    This is one Car Tunnel you won't get thru in Winter most likely, why, well it is 11300 Ft of elevation, and lots of Snow at Winter.
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    Coming thru Az Desert, we have BNSF trains coming for a meet on parallel iines and Temp is 113 Degrees.......Hotttttt!!!

    Closer

    And they meet............Phew that looks close from far away on our highway,,,,,Thank goodness they have Air Conditioning out here.....It was stinging hot.......

    Colorado to Utah Power Plant,,,,,Electrified Coal Train, dedicated single track line, this is all it does everyday of the Week.....

    Here is the Track bed as of now, there was nothing running at this time of the day, I think they run in the Mornings, and we came by late in the Afternoon very hot time period........I also get the impression on this Road Bed that they are doing Flash Flood protection too, as there are several areas where the Track sub Bed is way higher than surrounding Desert ground level, and suspect some of it too, is rapid elevation changes......but you can see from highway that this engineered with lots of 5-10 foot drain Culverts, the engineers know how weather can turn into Flash Floods from the high heat and heavy humidity build up during parts of the year........

    Found some Steam Trains in this city.......

    https://www.coloradotrain.com/route/
    Alamosa, CO
    6
    10 State Ave Alamosa, CO 81101
    Set amongst the dramatic Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountain ranges in Southwest Colorado, Alamosa is the San Luis Valley’s cultural and economic center. The depot is located on the town’s main street and a range of dining, lodging and recreational opportunities are all a short distance away.


    Crossing the River at California and Arizona Border.

    And here is the rest of the Bridge on another day in the past. Santa Fe all the way baby....Grew up around these guys......Great Railroad......


    Enjpy your Holiday tomorrow.......

    And one final note here, thanks to Robin_Hoods and Dan Gavel for their export help with some items I needed this week.

    As always, take care of the Forum, it is a great Resource,,and have patience when you can....That helps too......


    That'll do for today.......
    Last edited by blueodessey; September 2nd, 2018 at 05:01 PM. Reason: Replaced a Dup Pic from earlieir MSG

  14. #884

    Default Pictures from my Illinois Trip

    This doesn't have anything to do with my Trip, but rather something I have been following for 30 some years, hoping that some day, this Railroad would be restored, it is sorely needed, when you read what could be accomplished if it was renovated......In todays technology, there is no reason why not, yes it costs money, what doesn't, that is a no brainer. It's what's in the outcome, once it is open and operating, if they can do these railroads in much higher mountain passes in our country, they sure as heck should be able to do it here!

    http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/...221-story.html

    In retrospect, I hope they figure out a way to make a rail connection where it is really needed?

    And when you read this next link, check the part where an offer was made to restart the line by another company out of Another STATE, and then the offer was resended? Special interest(s) against this move! I don't know, but we sure stub ourselves in the foot sometimes, when I travel the Freeways these days, I see way more trucks on them than should be, and way more weight than our freeways where designed for....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arizon...ornia_Railroad

    Yes We need Trucks to keep this nation moving, I get that, but we also need to look at how much we don't use Rails where effectively where they are really needed, and there is this mind set in the RR Industry, point A to B straight as possible, and nothing out of that parameter, meaning as much intermodal as possible, in other words, we rely on few eggs in the basket.......

    Business wise, not a good decision. But that is where we have headed........
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    Ok.....Over in Colorado is this Narrow Gauge Route in the Mountains..

    AKA georgetown loop railroad

    https://www.georgetownlooprr.com/

    ....This was moving fast on the mountain, and we were too......So We tried to catch some quick Pics of it........

    Tight turns and quick Elevation, amazing to watch for about 30 secs, and then we were out of site.

    Rial Yards over in State of Kansas near Iowa I think.........Lots of cars.


    He and I were racing down the mountain to the Valleys below, I'll bet he'll beat me, he has a much straighter line, I have a bunch of Mountain Curves......LOL

    BNSF headed downhill with mixed power here........He was going close to 70, that's all I can tell ya.........Stay out of his way........

    112 Degrees, and this UP was on the run to Chicago hot intermodal loads, in fact these were stacked across the desert, 2-3 consists deep.........But they were all moving....And they had a Junk Train in the Siding here waiting for clearance on the hot inter-modals........

    Out in the middle of the hot desert these poor guys were left high and Dry with no power, and no were to go, I suspect Rock and Sand Loads etc.

    From the hot desert, it was 113 degrees in the valley to 84 degrees at 6000 feet, wow, I'll take the cooler mountain air.......No Clouds around today.......

    This is the Coal Silo, that goes underneath our Highway, and loads the only 2 Electrified Coal Trains, I talked about earlier this week.......Never seen a setup like this before.....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deseret_Power_Railroad

    Don't laugh, it works great, and they have been doing it since 1983 or so, read the story on how they got their Rolling Stock and Locos, and where they got them from....This Railroad is point to point Circle on the ends of one mainline, not connected to any other Railroad.....! How's that for running a Railroad line?????

    OK Folks, time to run.......Hope you like the pictures...

  15. #885

    Thumbs up Funny Crackling sound tonight & more of my Illinois Trip Pics.

    Good evening Folks,

    A funny cracking sound started to go off next to my favorite Sofa Chair, had just sat down to eat, and thought that sounds really odd. I leaned over, and started smelling something like burnt smoke emanating from where my Computer Cords lay......End of Story, my portable surge protector had just gasped it's last breath. And I'm not sure if it could have caught fire, but I don't ever want to chance it again. I think from this point on, I won't leave my Laptop plugged in......Have any of you ever had this happen? From what I can find out, it pretty much just smokes and stops working, but it still doesn't put me at ease! I dropped some links here for you too read what has happened to others.

    In fairness, this Surge item is probably close to 10 yrs old, even though I don't use it everyday, I should have replaced at least in 3 yrs, so I really goofed here on that one. I need to go stand in the corner in embarrassment.

    Your opinions would be most welcome if you have some for suggestion. This Surge protectors was portable and specially made for Laptops only, bought possibly at Fry's or Best Buy way in the past......Can't recall it has been too long..........

    As I final note, now that I think about it, my laptop in the last day or so, stopped charging, and I thought I had a loose connection at the Surge point, now I know it was starting to fail yesterday, unbeknownst to me........

    https://www.houzz.com/discussions/26...urge-protector

    https://www.howtogeek.com/212375/why-and-when-you-need-to-replace-your-surge-protector/

    Over to the Galesburg Museum in Illinois........Another place we stopped out to visit, and was truly a great experience, really nice folks here. So please, if you pass thru here, drop and see some really timeless items.......

    Just passed here is where the museum can be found.

    https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1&ei=WPCRW63OEcqO0wKXzYjYBg&q=galesburg+railroad+m useum&oq=galesburg+Railroad+&gs_l=psy-ab.1.1.0l10.1211707.1222731..1225469...0.0..0.280. 1891.19j1j1....2..0....1..gws-wiz.......0i71j0i131j0i10j0i3j0i22i30.u8tBmNXwyrM


    Collection of Speeder Carts lay quietly here for you to ponder about all their travels they had on this railroad. An original Date Stone from long ago.

    Here is old faithful here, I got to climb inside of the Cab and see what she is all about.

    Pic from above and there is a spur track right close by, never know, more things could end up here?

    Inside here is all the regulators and other assorted items.

    Really nice side view, I couldn't quite get all the tender, so you'll need to visit sometime too see the rest of the Lady.

    This Caboose is fascinating, I won't say why, but when come by, and see how it designed and why, I think it will be quite rewarding when you see how special this Caboose is, and you know all about my affinity for Cabooses, I insist on having them for all the local Runs, not just the long ones. Never met a Caboose I didn't like.

    Here is the other side of this Cutie.......

    And of course we are huge mainline, for BNSF, and Amtrak Station Stop too, I have to say, every 10-15 mins or possibly 20mins, there were trains coming and going.

    This is one of original Passenger Cars at the museum, it too has an interesting story, I think you'll be amazed at what these cars did for the Railroad.

    Hope you enjoy the pics.....And this was one of many cool places we visited on our Eastward Trek through the USA.......

    Night all......

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