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    Lightbulb Amsterdam Trip Pic/ You Tube Selections /

    Good Monday all,

    Just returned from our 11 Day Trip to Amsterdam, Netherlands over the Weekend. Took several pictures of different items and places. Hope you enjoy..Our Plane Trip over and back was with KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, and it was terrific. A little bit of Air Turbulence,,which is expected. Fortunately, no bad Storms along the way.



    We had left about about 2PM PST time from California, our flight goes from LAX, Los Angeles international Airport, we fly over Canada, Greenland, then into Europe, finally landing the Next morning about around 8:00AM to a beautiful Sunny day.

    Here we are on our way riding the Trains to our Air B&B in Amsterdam. Look at the Sun Location, and the Sun does not get much higher in the Sky in this Latitude. Temp is about 45 Degrees. We were in 80 Degrees California, a little Nippy, but the air is clean. Take a look at the Tall Sky Scraper here notice how it is not straight sided on one edge.....


    Looking at from Rail Station here, Sky Scrapers have some futuristic Shapes.


    Sun is quite Bright hear, but if you look carefully this Building is overhanging Walls jutting out one edge.....Interesting Architecture

    This is a view from the main city area, we just Rode this Tram and Construction Crews have the Street all torn up doing improvements for Tram Rails etc. They work 24 hours, M-F, Weekends off. Only thing is, our walk from Tram was twice the distance as we had to get around all the Construction Boards put in place along the Sidewalks. Now imagine this, Netherlands has lots, I mean a lot, of Folks riding their Bicycles to School, Work, etc, Rain or Shine, so Pedestrians and Bicyclists are walking thru the narrow Sidewalks each way with Bicycles.

    Blue and Family had a fun time riding these cool Trams, our longest wait time was maybe 20 mins, most times, it was 10-15 mins during peak times, approx. Trains were quick, clean and Dutch people are very polite.


    It's 2:00AM in the morning, and these Workers are hard at work, doing Utilities, and Asphalt improvements, we were told this and other areas is a huge Construction Project, they should finish if all goes well about Dec 18th, just a few days before Xmas!

    Even cooler yet, there are Brick lined Sidewalks and some Streets, what they do is pull up the Bricks, which sit on about 1 Foot too 1.5 Sand Bed, and make improvements, then put Sand and Bricks, Pavers etc back in place. You'd never know the Road and or Sidewalks had been taken apart....Asphalt of course is Ground down to dirt with huge Rotary Grinders and then re Asphalted as needed.

    What is keen interest here, look at the Traffic Signals, they use same signals for Railroad Trams for Traffic Signal lighting. What a novel idea.


    It's next morning now, We are looking out from small Back Yard view, you can see how the high Density Buildings are all together here. Our first 3 days are nice, but we have Rainy Days coming for whole week ahead.....



    It's another day, Sun is out, about 40 Degrees now, as I have a cup of good Coffee, I watch with interest on what they are working on. They have run new Electrical Cables and Signal Communication Lines etc. I really enjoy watching Construction and learning how things are repaired, replaced. It is one good education that has served me well, in doing upgrades and repairs to our House. You watch the Pro's and learn from them.



    Netherlands has all 4 Seasons, unlike California, that seems to miss Fall, and go to Winter, this Flower is not doing too bad, considering the Temps will dip down into low 30 Degree weather on some nights.



    This is looking out into the Garden, BBQ area from our Air B&B house. Unfortunately everything was wet and soaked from the previous several days of Rain, prior our arrival, but that is OK, they're are so many little Restaurants literately around the Corner, and Great little Quaint Bars. Takes just mins to walk there, of course, you want to have Umbrella, or Rain Jacket, etc.


    It's 9:00 AM and we are headed out to meet one of our Trams, lots of places, Museums to go see.
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    Blues You Tube Pics of the week:
    The Most Unexciting Train Derailment You'll See

    https://youtu.be/ABP-ozDqy2o

    I set out for an afternoon of chasing the ND&W's former Santa Fe GP20s. We got to Defiance a little later than I had planned due to Class 1 interference and ended up having to go towards Napoleon to catch up with them. We spotted a handful of boxcars sitting in a random location and thought the day was going to be a bust until we spotted the single engine walking east with 2 cars. He didn't make it far as the rail spread and both boxcars dropped wheels to the ties. Didn't take much to figure out that the handful of boxcars further west were the result of them going on the ground earlier and cutting away what was still on the rail.

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    CSX manifest goes in emergency right in front of me!

    https://youtu.be/9tjRoJO4vN4

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    Comments: Fireworks anyone, sure hope they didn't Ruin these Rails......

    And I bet someone under waited this Train....They don't have enough Traction/Horsepower to Weight ratio is definitely not in line here....No excuse for this period!!!!

    Need some Helpers from rear for sure.....Blue is not impressed......

    P80 with Extreme Wheel Slip Grinds the Rails While 212 with Interstate Waits to Pass

    https://youtu.be/07vc1q73i-c
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    Comments: This Engineer is in Big Trouble? Or are they?

    Nope, not this time, these poor old 50 Yr Old cars are headed to the Scraper here, it truly is the end of the line! Railroad doesn't want to see Metal Fatigue cause a Derailment or worse.....Time to Retire these little guys.

    Rolling Rail cars Off the Tracks at Duagh

    https://youtu.be/ijyCk52BxkU

    Pushing railroad cars off the end of the track to their final destination. All rail cars in North America have a 50 year lifespan from date built. No exceptions. Cars can be used in 'captive service' in rail yards. But they are banned from 'online' use.

    The cars roll off the rails onto sheet metal that was once the skin of a grain car.

    All Right Folks, that's a RAP for tonight, Blue and Mr's Blue are going thru that nice Jet Lag, Amsterdam had there time change last Week, and this Week, We had our Fall Behind time Change, so that couple with 2 time Changes, we are waking up at different times. Think it going to take a few more days to get that Circadian Rhythms back in order......So far no Covid issues, we are awaiting our Results from today's test, in about 2-3 days. Feel fine. So hopefully we pass with flying colors.

    Have a great week, and in my next message, I'll share what I didn't take on our Trip, and what went wrong....Just those little Details that one misses.....LOL

    Stay Safe, and Stay Healthy.........

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    Lightbulb Amsterdam Trip Pic II/ You Tube Selections

    Good Evening all,

    Well we are Slowly getting over our Jet Lag, now just waking up at 3 or 4AM in the morning, hopefully in another few Days, will get to 7AM which is about the norm for us to awake......

    Tonight here are some more Pics from Amsterdam Trip:


    Architecturally the Netherlands has some very interesting looking Buildings.


    I would never thought I would see this type of Building, But they made it, and I'm sure people look twice to believe what they're are seeing! I couldn't be up in this type building, I'm sure it is safe, but I would feel strange looking out these side windows, like looking out a Ledge high above the ground.


    Passing buy on our way to Utrecht, we see several maintenance and Storage Yards. Sorry the pictures are not a bit better, we probably doing 50-75MPH.


    We road a lot of different trains daily to Tour Amsterdam and surrounding areas......There are Local, and Express Trains, Trams on City streets, depending on where your going.



    Lots of Rail and Snap Track Sections are stored and ready to go for whatever Construction, Maintenance Jobs. We saw several sections of Track under Repair.


    You all know how found I am of Cabooses, well, I had mure second to shoot this Photo as we passed by, I really don't know how I caught this one......


    Ready to go Train sets stand ready for Service, over to the left is Yellow MOW Vehicle.


    Way in the back is some type of Modified Loco for MOW.

    Blue Caboose and some Freight Wagons sitting in the Yard.

    Blues You Tube Pic's of week:
    Comments: Check out how think this Rail is......?
    Carriage wagon on 7 1/4" garden railway / ZDK

    Riding on 7 1/4" gauge garden railway in Prague. Headquarters ZDK
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    BOSTON LODGE WORKS (FFESTINIOG RAILWAY)
    F&WHR Moving Pictures Number Fifty Seven - 8/11/21

    https://youtu.be/TwUAPNUhs14

    The latest edition of F&WHR Moving Pictures is a Boston Lodge Works round up with CME Jon Whalley and then a quick look at the lighting in the new carriage shed.
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    Comments:Have you wondered what a Prime Mover looks like?
    Exceptional Engineering | Mega Diesel Engine | Free Documentary

    https://youtu.be/w4uMX5mWAF4

    Mega Diesel Engine made in Germany. MTU (Engine and Turbine Union Friedrichshafen) is a brand of Rolls-Royce Power Systems. Their propulsion systems and large diesel engines, for example, neatly heat ships, heavy and military vehicles or railways. Not infrequently bring such drives namely achievements of up to 12,000 hp. The mega diesel engines are manufactured in the idyllic Friedrichshafen on Lake Constance, but the engines "Made in Germany" have long been used worldwide.
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    Comments: I am a firm believer in the Theory, the Right Tools for the Right Job should work. In this case, you decide.....?
    Worlds largest track layer - Plasser & Theurer SVM1000 Infranord at Haparandabanan, Sweden

    https://youtu.be/XwiNaHmOscU

    In Kalix, Sweden they have build a new railroad between Kalix and Haparanda (Haparandabanan) 42km new railway
    I was with a friend there last week in September 2011 and filmed the machine that lay down the track. A SVM 1000 from Plasser & Theurer.
    There is two machine of this model in the world and this is the only one in Europe!
    And at least in 2011 it was worlds largest track layer.
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    A Snowy Day on the NS Fairport Branch

    https://youtu.be/RBNk_uOJfuk

    Hello and welcome to B&LE 902! It is Monday, January 20th and we are following the NS "Fairport Local" from Conneaut to Fairport harbor. This train utilizes a branch line starting in Perry, Ohio to access the Fairport harbor in Painseville, Ohio. This Branch line hosts many unique shots, which are seen in this video as we follow the local up the line.
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    IDIOT TRUCK & BUS VS TRAIN | TRAIN CRASHES - Awesome Powerful Snow Plow Train Removal Compilation

    https://youtu.be/CC6iTfpfx74

    Crazy Bus VS Dangerous Roads | Bus Nearly Falls off Cliff
    Extremely Dangerous Heavy Equipment Fails |Huge Cranes Collapse & Demolition Excavators Gone Wrong
    Amateur Huge Tree Felling Fails | Big Tree Falls into Trucks & Houses
    Crazy Bus VS Dangerous Road | Bus Crossing River Fails, Dangerous Bus Driving Skills
    Extreme Dangerous Dump Truck Fails |Truck climbing Steep Hills, Falls to Water & Crossing Muddy Road
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    And that's a Rap for now, have a Blessed Weekend, thanks for dropping by....

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    Lightbulb

    Good Sunday Evening,

    Recently had a Family Member who has Rhumatoid Arthritus, had one severe Heart Attack, which ended up with them requiring 3 Heart Stents, and ironically, it was found out, they had been misdiagnosed 15 some years ago, they Have rarer Arthritus issue, that only affects about 1% or so of the population, the brighter side if you will, is they are now on the correct medication, maybe there will be a Ray of Sunshine in this difficult and serious complication they face now, with Heart Rehab. At least they are still with us, it could have ended up as Fatal........
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    <kuid:44878:101671> Timber Ridge line std gauge 2021 june 8th version 3 on DLS, by Sir Dan Gavel:

    When I hit the Download key, it took close to 10 mins for the File to be found, but I think it wasn't that, it was all the Assets mentioned required for the Route. In my case it showed 4063 needed, and so it downloaded and in about 2.46 Hours.....Just requires patience, all things good, come in due time.........Average download speed was just under a Meg per second.

    After download completed, I did a DBR, which took maybe 5 mins, excellent for Trainz......His Route and attention to details is outstanding! It looks as real as you can imagine........Thank you Dan.....



    Picture here is amount of Assets shown for download.
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    More Pictures from our Texas trip.




    These old Time Tracks are from the an very old Railroad, that passed thru the city. Pretty Cool they kept these Tracks from long, long ago.....

    <a href="https://imgur.com/sZ6WO0y"><img src="https://i.imgur.com/sZ6WO0y.jpg" title="source: imgur.com" /></a>


    I used to enjoy drinking Dr Pepper, and here is the original Plant in WACO, we went thru Museum Tour and had a grand time. Lots of fun amazing how they bottled and made this tasty Soda.



    For those Old Brick building enthusiast, these are the original Bricks showing inside part of the Building, take a good look at how these particular Bricks and the time period they were laid in, I'm thinking late 1800's ?



    https://wacoheartoftexas.com/shoppin...joanna-gaines/

    Unfortunately we came to WACO on Sunday, and the Gaines Store was closed, so we could only see the Silos and surrounding Buildings. It's been a while since I have seen their Demo Day Shows, it's a kick and a half.



    U.P.R.R. Branch Line, I believe, don't think it was mainline. Didn't see any trains passing thru in the 4 hours we were touring the Museums and such.

    That'll do for tonight, thanks for stopping by.

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    Smile Happy Thanksgiving to all our Forum Friends

    Good Evening all,

    In less than 10 hours we'll be dropping in Mr Turkey in the Oven, and making a few fix-ins as we get ready to visit some of extended Family Members.

    With that, and during this tough year of Covid issues that we face, wanted to wish all of you, a Blessed Thanksgiving, and for those not feeling well, a prayer to you too heal.

    From me and Mr's Blue to you and yours......Peace

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    Lovely pictures Blue, thanks for sharing them and giving the description about each one

    You and Mrs. Blue have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving as well.

    Cheers

    NARM's site^

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    Lightbulb Payware purchases /Harbor Style Routes / Misc ideas & YTube Picks

    Good Monday all,

    @hiawathamr Thank you Sir, and all the cool things you make for us..........
    "Lovely pictures Blue, thanks for sharing them and giving the description about each one

    You and Mrs. Blue have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving as well.

    Cheers"

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    Hard to believe Thanksgiving has come and gone so fast, my head is a spinning, now it Only a few weeks away from Xmas. And of course all those Black Friday (Weekends included) coming left and write.....Hard to miss!

    So below, I did a little shopping at the Trainz Store, and picked up some Locos and Rolling Stock I still needed to fill some Voids on my European Routes......

    <kuid2:45324:100273:1> CNW Dash 9-44CW
    <kuid2:45324:100227:2> CSX B30-7
    <kuid:861596:1640> PREG B16mnopux 26-08 066-0
    <kuid2:935657:2000005:1> PT Class 68 Chiltern Railways
    <kuid:861596:1662> PolRegio B16mnopux 26-08 035-5
    <kuid:861596:1638> PREG B16mnopux 26-08 039-7
    <kuid:935657:2000014> PT Class 68 TPN

    Routes acquired this week:

    <kuid:347277:100053> The 3ft RR Time forgot ver 1c

    <kuid2:63479:101163:2> OZ SGR Railway NSW North Coast Oakhampton to Wingham V3.0
    OZ Standard Gauge Railway NSW North Coast Taree to Coffs Harbour Version 3
    OZ <kuid:63479:101680> OZ SGR NSW North V4.0

    <kuid:455032:101735> Corpus Christi Terminal RR (MAXWERKS)

    Dalton Harbour Branchline (These 3 to 4 Routes will be merged together as one larger Harbor Port Route)
    Hamilton Harbor
    Harbor Town
    Los Angeles Harbor Belt Line

    BR (WR) Branch line to Thornbury
    <kuid2:63479:100527:1> FESGR -SA - Mt Lofty to Victor Harbour & Border
    <kuid:63479:101171> OZ Standard Gauge Railway NSW North Coast Taree to Coffs Harbour Version 3.0

    Rail_1000mm Routes:
    Francie1000m
    <kuid:82884:100167> Kleine Platte 1000mm

    I to see how different Harbor Routes were made to and play/merge with....

    1000mm size was some Routes I came across as I did a 1000mm Keyword search in my Content Manager on DLS, what catches my Eye when I see different Threads on Forum, are the pictures of how the Author's/ Route Creates have laid out certain things in Route building.....

    Again, one of the strongest tools if you will, in your Arsenal, a great Resource, is Content Manager and the way you use Searches, with Keywords especially, "AND, OR, NOT, in or without conjunction of CATEGORY, as well, I save several of the individual AUTHORS name in a list such "-Togog" using the Author's name, make sure you add symbol - with first letter of name Capitalized........This keep alll the Author's name separate from all your other items.....

    That would probably allow another second roster above or below this list? I have to play with that.....

    I know you can do a naming convention in Surveyor of say, Train sets, or Signals, Switches etc by using similar symbols too......
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    Blues Y Tube Picks of the week:
    Nevada Northern pulling freight train Ely, Nevada 2021

    https://youtu.be/K2YR9T7758U

    The Nevada Northern Railway pulls the annual freight train special through the mountains of Ely, Nevada. This railroad is one of the best preserved in the World with yards, shops, rolling stock, and locomotives appearing just like they did in the 1930's. This railroad does offer public excursion trains. More information can be found here https://www.nnry.com
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    Return to running -Bredgar and Wormshill Railway's First open day of 2021 - Chasing Dinosaurs Ep.5

    https://youtu.be/eut_MkReMwE

    This is a long one, so I suggest sitting down, making yourself comfy and getting ready for some good old train spotting fun, and join me and James as we wonder round and just enjoy being back at a railway - as the Bredgar and Wormshill Railway put on quite the show with their freight only event.
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    Trainz - TRS19 - Time lapse construction - Le Quesnay 1/2

    https://youtu.be/MdP0a50j8lg

    When you start from Ormesnil station and go west, you notice a track that turns and goes north. This track goes to the Quesnay station, which is a terminus. This station and its line, which will be the subject of major works ...
    Music : Smooth and Cool by Nico Staf, Come with us by Nat Keefe, Fri
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    A 21st century Steam Engine - Corris Number 7 - Lawrie Goes Loco Episode 25

    https://youtu.be/EDv5C8XB7sc

    In today's video we have a real treat for you - a brand new steam locomotive!
    The Corris Railway's number 7, a new build engine which bares a striking resemblance to No.4 on the Talyllyn...
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    First train in 2 years - Mass Coastal switches Maritime Terminal in New Bedford, MA

    https://youtu.be/sbkSy4oZZKU

    For the first time since 2019 Mass Coastal Railroad picked up a car from the Maritime Terminal siding in New Bedford, MA. It was dropped off here on Wednesday which was the first time a train went down the siding in almost two years. This video shows the car going out and on train MC-4 in New Bedford, Freetown, and Lakeville.
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    "Cold Winds & Cold Steel" NYS&W Utica NY Branch

    https://youtu.be/EuBDVPFYDPc

    Views of New York, Susquehanna & Western activity on its Utica NY branch on November 23, 2021 are presented here.

    The video opens with the reading of a short passage from Jay Winn's excellent book, "Utica Railroads 1950-2010: A Look Back Over Six Decades." The book includes stories about the New York Central, New York, Ontario & Western, West Shore, Delaware, Lackawanna & Western, Erie-Lackawanna, Conrail and the NYS&W.
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    "Chaos on Schuyler Street!" NYS&W Utica NY

    https://youtu.be/V_ELxBvDo_Q

    New York, Susquehanna & Western No. 3040 creates a bit of chaos as it leads its eight-car train northbound on Utica, NY's Schuyler Street the late afternoon of Feb 4, 2020.
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    MOUNT ORAB
    Trains Don't Run Here Until Now! Rare Train On Saturday! Short Line Train On A Weekend! #shorts

    https://youtu.be/g4oEuQK4v7g

    Rare train on a Saturday for short line railroad Cincinnati Eastern Railroad CCET. Trains don't run on this railroad on the weekends, until now! These awesome locomotives are EMD GP15-1 and we see the train in Mount Orab, Ohio crossing the trestle that goes over White Oak Creek and Sicily Road. This is between Mt Orab and Sardinia.
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    Moving Rails And Improving Points (Switch) On The Narrow-Gauge Railway.

    https://youtu.be/yxAyUcE4Tok

    Oh, the plans I have for this little railway! But I want to get them right, so I went back to the points I'd made earlier to improve them..
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    Rocky Mountain Railroad | Episode 1: Avalanche | FD Real Show

    https://youtu.be/LAntb_luSpk

    Watch 'Rocky Mountain Railroad - Episode 2' here: https://youtu.be/RaZI74h0RRg

    Hauling $50 million of freight from Vancouver, a massive train heads straight into the avalanche zone after a major snowstorm.

    After a massive overnight blizzard, Jim and Jordy’s freight train heads straight into the heart of the avalanche zone. Avalanche technician Derek prepares to detonate a man-made snow slide. The snow-removal crew tackles giant ice columns that could spell disaster. And in Ontario, off-gridder George delivers firewood to a remote Northern community.



    Original Train Depot in Lubbock, Texas

    I believe Freight Cars used to unload at these 2 Doors back in the day.....

    A Picture is worth at least 1000 Words, I think this one fits the bill.......

    We went to I believe is the only Wind Mill Museum in the US?

    https://windmill.com/

    Husband and Wife and great Artist who drew huge Art Murals here, made an idea come true......

    And this Huge Layout is amazing to watch a bunch of Trains running the inside of this building.

    Tons of work, and lots of Volunteers to make this Railroad.....

    Look at how well everything is made and kept up.....

    Good wood work and proper support, nothing was left for chance, details....

    Santa Fe all the way Folks.......And the Marines are in this layout too.....


    OK Folks, one more day, and we turn December before you know it......!

    Thank you for coming buy today,
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    Most of my experiences recently have been with "N" gauge railways in tighter quarters. It is great to see there are still some places with room for larger scales. Thanks for the pics blue!
    Have a*´¨)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Forester1 View Post
    Most of my experiences recently have been with "N" gauge railways in tighter quarters. It is great to see there are still some places with room for larger scales. Thanks for the pics blue!
    You made my day Sir, we spent several hours in the Wind Mill Museum, and I was snapping Pics like crazy, since I didn't know if I would get them to come out OK with Glass reflections and lighting....Plus this place is only 1439 miles away from my house in So California.......

    Also I am a fan of Windmills and Lighthouses, I think they quite unique, and over time they are disappearing as I age. So when I can find a place like this, I just have a bang up time, besides it very interesting to visit with couple who did a lot of hard labor for many years, trying to make this Museum a fun family place to visit, and interesting to Art enthusiasts to see how some of Murals came out that are 35 feet tall, by I don't know how wide.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Americ...d_Power_Center
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    Good morning from France, mister Blue.
    It seems that the link in your signature,
    Snow High Valley Distr New (High Resolution)

    does not works.
    But I have found (google is my friend) that thread.
    Wow. huge work ! ! ! I like how you precisely put the tracks and the levers.
    To answer to your question about the read lines in Moscow, it seems to be attachment points for the high intensity electric wires : you can find them also for the high voltage power lines, in Ural mountains route.

    Regards


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    [QUOTE=Jean54;1900636]Good morning from France, mister Blue.
    It seems that the link in your signature,
    Snow High Valley Distr New (High Resolution)

    does not works.
    But I have found (google is my friend) that thread.
    Wow. huge work ! ! ! I like how you precisely put the tracks and the levers.
    To answer to your question about the read lines in Moscow, it seems to be attachment points for the high intensity electric wires : you can find them also for the high voltage power lines, in Ural mountains route.

    Regards

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    Good Morning to you from across the Pond,

    Thank you for the response, and sorry you had problems with Link Signature, I need to check that out and see what is going on......

    Have a wonderful holiday and please come by my Thread here anytime.....

    Merci beaucoup.........

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    Lightbulb

    Good Sunday all,

    Looks like Xmas is edging closer by the Day, and Soon it will be New Years, 2022, can you believe that? Very busy time for all.....Hope everyone is getting along OK, and those with Covid recover soon with Prayers from Blue and Family.

    Tonight's Pics will partly be from the Lone Pine Route, Content Manager things to personalize (for Newbie's).

    And a few Y Tube Pics for the week.


    I have a Route here, sorry I don't recall the name at the minute, it has a missing Asset here, which is OK, but I am trying to figure out what they Pipes are? Haven't seen them before, if any of you Folks might have an Idea, I would welcome your suggestions.....Some kind of Chemical Plant? And these Pipes where added. If I can find what the name of this Route is, I'll post an addendum here......


    Our Trains are staged and loaded ready to Roll, SP will take the lead and ATSF will follow shortly, both using Lone Pine Route, but distributing to different Locations thru the evening.


    It's a beautiful Summer evening as we head north to Lone Pine with lots of Loaded cars.


    I like these customer illuminated Bill Board Signs as we drive by...


    SP all the way, I used to see the Cabooses growing up along several of their Lines.......


    Crossing under one of the Freeways, I think it was the 99Fwy?


    Coming thru the Mojave Desert, and temps are still 95 Degrees, clear hot breeze blowing along the Hot Desert Sands, no Hot Coffee tonight, it,s Cool Drinks, our Locomotives don't have Air Conditioning, so we are quite warm inside.




    For the New Folks in our Forum, I thought I would show you one of things, I learned while fooling around with Content Manager? Over time, you find Certain Authors who make Assets for us, and that from time to time, they announce their new or Changed Assets. What I do, is with groups of them, I add them individually to my "Author Search Function", and hit the Save Key after looking up their Names for Asset Downloads.....Only thing you need to do, is make sure first letter of their name is Capitalized and put a Hyphen "-" in front of their name, or another symbol, that way it keeps your list of Authors in the upper part of your Content Manager list.......

    Remember too, you can also open your Search function and add different things for each Author. Could be you want to add a Minimum Version delimiter? I use 3.5 or in some cases, when I get picky, I will use 4.0 for mainly the newer Version Items.......The Positive here? Trainz doesn't like under Version 3.5, it'll more than likely spit out lots of Errors, my thoughts, why take the chance downloading something under Version 3.5, play it safe? I do occasionally download Version 2.9 Assets, simply put, there isn't anything newer to replace it, and I like it......

    You can also add Keyword Names function for your Search on a Author, or in fact anything you search for, Keyword Searches are extremely powerful way to us your Content Manager.....

    For example, I was looking for Routes that had the Name "Quarry" in their name, and it worked like a charm, I think I got about 5-10 different Routes that fit my particular request, and saved me a lot of time looking thru general Routes.......

    Remember Content Manager is one big Database, and learning how to ask it for particular things, will work well, as you just fool around and experiment using different searches.....

    Also using "AND" "OR" "AND NOT" are powerful searches to either leave out, or make a blend of different things you want to filter when searching for items.........I continue to use my Content Manager all the time, to weed out items, or be selective when needed for unique things....Think of it somewhat like a Rubic's Cube, in? The more you play with it, the more you'll be amazed at what this Powerful Utility can do for you......

    As well, use Content Manager with Pick Lists, which in of themselves are extremely powerful when you take the time to add groups of most used items for drop down access when building your Routes, or just adding something particular on the fly.....I hope you'll find Content Manager as useful as I have over time......


    Another thing I have learned to use over time is the "Bulk Asset Update Module" it works exceedingly well most of the time.

    Functions I use most, are thinning out huge areas of mass planted trees, because my GPU, which is almost 3 yrs old, on Laptop can't keep up with the Rendering, which causes my trackage and other items not to view far enough out. I usually thin out trees from 40-75% and it makes a huge difference!

    The other thing, is to fill in missing textures, in totality, or in Selected Areas, say like small Mountain Patches. Like anything else, it takes practice, the more you try out these different possibilities, the more you'll find it is a really cool Tool to play around with......The one other thing I suggest, always, when your messing around with a Route, keep 3 copies in backup, due in stages like say a couple of hours of Work. Always have a copy of the Original, just in case something goes wrong. (If something is not quite clear here, please post a MSG and let me know)

    Blue's Y Tube Picks of the week:

    Train Roars Down Crowded City Street With DPUs, Boxcars & Union Pacific Locomotives! Big CSX Trestle

    https://youtu.be/u7LL3j1FRo0

    Union Pacific Railroad freight train with DPU blasts through crowded neighborhood! First, a CSX auto racks unit train hurries across a huge railroad bridge over the Great Miami River. These trains are in Troy, Ohio on ex Baltimore & Ohio Railroad tracks that still use B&O signals. We also see a covered bridge that is still in use in Troy Ohio across the road from a grain spur. Troy, Ohio is an excellent place to watch trains.
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    Continuous Welded Rail Train - BNSF Fall River Division in HO Scale

    https://youtu.be/V_V4mURb2hQ

    A short video of an incredible Continuous Welded Rail [CWR] Train modeled by John Parker on his BNSF Fall River Division Layout in HO Scale. Enjoy, as we catch it at a few locations on the layout.
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    CV Tr 447 and 444, May 27, 1988

    In this video you see Train 447 at Middlesex and Richmond, VT and then Train 444 between Jonesville and Northfield, VT all led by GP-9s!
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    CN Rail (CNR) vs CP Rail, and the Merger with Kansas City Southern

    https://youtu.be/Sde7ilu3hOg

    The contest for Kansas City Southern is the newest chapter in the ongoing rivalry between Canadian National Railway (CNR/CNI) and Canadian Pacific Railway (CP.) In this video, we'll look at the interconnected histories of CN and CP Rail, review what happened with each company's respective bids for KCS, and examine what needs to happen for the KCS merger to go through - and what might happen if the deal goes off-track.
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    Day in the life of a conductor

    https://youtu.be/jP0IHWrZGHw

    I have a lot of respect for the conductors of the railway. It’s a tough job but rewarding I am sure. Thanks for all the hard work to the crew.
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    Railroad Signals, reading and meanings, part 1: The basic three light system

    https://youtu.be/tJpR93kp44I

    I'm putting together this short video series on how to read North American Railroad signals. In this part 1 I cover the foundational 3 light system from which we will understand the rest of the signals.
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    Me and Mr's Blue are off to small Xmas Luncheon, so we are off and running.....

    Thanks for dropping by, Peace and Good Health to all, during these difficult times we face.

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    Lightbulb Routes downloaded/YTube Picks of the week/The Jenn Erik NG Rt

    Good Tues all,

    Looks like Xmas might come with some much needed Rain, will see how our next big Storm works out this week. I've pretty well got my Travel Laptop setup now with Trainz Platinum and I have a good feel of what size Routes it will handle. This is due too the Lenovo Ideapad S540 having a Passive Cooling System, no Fan. It needs to be elevated about 1/2" high. The GPU is modest, does pretty good. Nice thing is this is 12.5 Inch very lightweight Laptop. When we went to Amsterdam, it worked well for me. I am sold on it for travel needs....Comes with One Terabyte, hoping to add a Two Terabyte SSD.

    Downloaded a few more Routes "Harbor Type" and some small 1-6 Tile Routes to merge up with my other projects, along with some narrow gauge ones too.....

    Model Trainz: Geneva Sub Division
    The Jenn Erik Railroad - a generic NG36 Model Trainz Layout
    Lavenham in Winter for TRS19
    Hamilton Harbor
    Much Murkle Redux TS12
    HARBOUR
    Model Trainz: New South Wales Region
    CSX Chicago, IL. to Wilmington, Delaware
    Midwestern Branch - TRS19
    MRR:Gairloch Southern NG Railway
    Millville Quarry V1.1
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    Comments:Nice size Garden Layout to play on....

    7 1/4" Gauge LILLA + CHATHAM

    https://youtu.be/dKFgPT23EHM
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    Comments:This is nice Historic Video I think you'll enjoy.
    The Pennsylvania Railroad in "Clear Track Ahead" (1946)

    https://youtu.be/WiLIS2Sl29s

    "Clear Track Ahead" was a promotional film made by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1946, just as it was beginning the transition from steam to diesel.
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    Washington County Railroad

    https://youtu.be/dMlDUC7CF8U

    This celebration of the Green Mountain State's railroad renaissance features Washington County Railroad's two unique operations-- the Montpelier & Barre Division and Connecticut River Division. See vintage film, photos, interviews, anecdotes, ephemera, and more.
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    The decline of the last Locomotive hauled commuter passenger trains in Australia - V/Line Passenger

    https://youtu.be/5R7vj-16Y1k

    Welcome to Schony747 trains on Wednesday. Today Schony747 features the V/Line Passenger which is the last operator in Australia to run regular timetabled locomotive hauled commuter passenger trains. If you enjoy the video, hit the like button and smash the bell for weekly update on Schony747.
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    The Arizona and California Railroad - July 2021

    https://youtu.be/xbYeAp4eaX0

    An updated look (with footage to June 2021) at the railroad operations along this strategic regional railroad that runs from Phoenix, Arizona to Cadiz, California. This video contains MUCH new drone footage and deletes a lot of the BNSF trains on the previous version of this video to concentrate on the incredible EMD SD40-2's of the ARZC
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    Comments What the heck is a "DPU"?
    How Distributed Power Works

    https://youtu.be/8M9pErSaElk

    Here are some basics on Distributed Power. What it is and how it helps railroads move much longer trains
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    Rocky Mountain Railroad | Episode 2: Tunnel to Hell | FD Real Show

    https://youtu.be/RaZI74h0RRg

    Treacherous terrain threatens to derail a two kilometer-long grain train. Meanwhile, a massive polar bear trap is delivered to a remote Arctic community.
    A two-kilometer grain train heads over the Rocky Mountains. Down the line, workers blast heavy snow, a frozen switch refuses to budge, and it’s a race against time with only an hour to replace a faulty rail. Meanwhile, at the edge of Ontario’s Arctic wilderness, a massive polar bear trap is en route to a remote community with a predator on the loose.
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    Comments:The little RR that could!
    Ballard Terminal Railroad

    https://youtu.be/2jWYozI5Et8

    Shot Saturday, August 31, 2013 on Shilshole Ave NW and 20th Ave NW Ballard, Washington.
    Electro Motive SW-1 No. 98 drills cars at the Salmon Bay Sand & Gravel plant.
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    Using some keywords along with specific Category and Min build version Filters......


    Here is how a person can use Keywords to bring up specific items......


    These Zona Routes have really intricate Rail Yards.


    These not large Routes, however there is lots of Action and things to do.......


    There are several missing items unfortunately, but Necessity is the Mother of Invention, so I just find some items to replace and were good.....

    This Route is one of the "Zona" Routes from Spain, I believe there are 5 different ones.......








    https://forums.auran.com/trainz/showthread.php?165389-New-3-ft-(36-inch)-narrow-gauge-model-railroad-The-Jenn-Erik-Railroad&p=1902848&posted=1

    That'll due it for tonight, thanks for dropping by......

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    .. thank you so much for your infochat-thread ..
    every now and then i drop in and amuse myself with your cozy cup of coffee (booze) ..
    sometimes when grankid has her quite moments and i don't have to be the princesshorse, sometimes under the thick, heavy duvet in the freezing night, sometimes in my mandatory breaks during the daf-test-drives, sometimes with the ipad on the toilet and sometimes, once a year, under the twinkling lighties (no treez for sure, but that's another thread) ...
    so, thankz a lot for those moments and wish you and your family cozy and safe partydayz .. cu nxt year, somewhere ...
    grtz with warm hugz (or chocolate)
    a silent witness with red nose ..

    TRS22 116069 - NVIDEA GTX 1660Ti

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    Thumbs up Wonderful Holiday Wishes to the Zsuda Family

    Quote Originally Posted by zsuda View Post
    .. thank you so much for your infochat-thread ..
    every now and then i drop in and amuse myself with your cozy cup of coffee (booze) ..
    so, thankz a lot for those moments and wish you and your family cozy and safe partydayz .. cu nxt year, somewhere ...
    grtz with warm hugz (or chocolate)
    a silent witness with red nose ..
    Wow......I'm so honored to have you and others come by, our Grand Kids are pretty well grown up now, one finishing College shortly and the other just entered High School, so hard to believe it....

    Seems just like yesterday, I was changing Diapers and running around chasing them in the House....Where OOOO Where does the time,years flyby?

    Thank you for nice compliments, and Merry Xmas to you and yours too!

    Hugs from me and the Family far across the Great Pond........

  15. #1560

    Lightbulb

    Hi Folks,

    In my previous thread, these where the Routes I was referring too,,,,,,I downloaded about 5 of them, but as you can see, there is quite a Selection of different types to choose from.......

    Below is typical information for the Routes based which ones you preview in Content Manager, they are not large either, looks like 1 Meg to upwards of maybe 12 megs in size......

    Region is SPAIN

    "2021 Zone A ALTDORF
    With a covered terminal station, surface end and passing station, underground passage station, port for freight and passenger traffic, industrial area, railway maintenance area and civil infrastructure."


    <kuid:100224:101523> 2021 Zona FU FUNCAL - Electric
    <kuid:100224:101235> 2021 Zona C CLASIFICACION
    <kuid:100224:101419> 2021 Zona A ALTDORF
    <kuid:100224:101670> 2021 Zona H HOLZ - WALD - Electric
    <kuid:100224:101414> 2021 Zona A ALTDORF - Electric
    <kuid:100224:100247> 2021 Zona CA CANTERA
    <kuid:100224:100895> 2021 Zona B BAY BEACH
    <kuid:100224:101233> 2021 Zona E ESTBERG
    <kuid:100224:101261> 2021 Zona E ESTBERG - Electric
    <kuid:100224:101697> 2021 Zona H HOLZ - WALD
    <kuid:100224:101713> 2021 Zona I INDUSTRIAL
    <kuid:100224:101690> 2021 Zona I INDUSTRIAL - Electric
    <kuid:100224:101239> 2021 Zona JC JUTLAND CORN
    <kuid:100224:101741> 2021 Zona JC JUTLAND CORN - Electric
    <kuid:100224:101839> 2021 Zona K KALKBACH - Electric
    <kuid:100224:102562> 2021 Zona L LAGO
    <kuid:100224:101264> 2021 Zona L LAGO - Electric

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