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    Lightbulb FootPlatePhil has some great Sessions for you, Cost is Free! Ck it out?

    Folks we have a lot of nice things from our Rte and Asset Builders. I just read this off FootPlatePhils Thread and thought, maybe perhaps, a lot of Folks don't know or didn't catch there are some great Sessions to go with this Route he just released.


    So here is the situation:

    https://forums.auran.com/trainz/show...now-on-the-DLS


    Phils Comments
    "
    Only about 1 in 5 people downloading the route are downloading the sessions. I put hundreds of hours work into their development and testing. I really recommend you check them out. And since the Bases Session is a dependency for the route, I wonder if people are downloading the other route dependencies. The route is not going to look and work as intended with out them. I don't get it. Its all free stuff!!"

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    Blues Comments cont'd
    I think this just about puts it in perspective. Phil has put an enormous amount of time and effort into this Rte, too showcase his effort in providing outstanding work.

    If you like the Routes he has made, please also take advantage of his awesome Sessions he is providing. Its's a win, win.

    Here are some pics of his Coal Session I am trying out.....I should also say, the Route is very large too, Plenty to see and do.......

    Now just to entice you a bit more.....

    Here is the size of this Route......



    Now is spirit of Truthfulness, I have 3 Assets Missing, I still ran the session, and it is fun.

    I tried to delete the missing assets, but it didn't work for some reason, so I just went ahead and ran the session.

    This is picture inside of the Locomotives

    Here is pic of 4 Sessions I downloaded to go with Route....(Confession, I didn't read thru completely too know these Sessions were available until today, my Bad)

    Im running the Coal Session......



    Stopped for Signal , while AI took control and got Crossover Switches lined up, 20 sec delay maybe.....Cool!

    Showing Red Signal for Train, we have using passing track and not drive thru Passenger Station with our Coal Load.
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 30th, 2022 at 01:47 AM. Reason: Photo of Route was missing

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    Hi Blue,

    First, a really big thanks for you ongoing interest in my WeddinNSW route. I have appreciated your support over the last few versions.

    The three missing assets identified in your above screenshot are listed in my TRS2019 SP4 as being 'packaged' assets. Do you have the 'TANE Assets pack' installed? The missing assets are scenery assets used in only a few places. It is an untidy solution, but they can be ignored with any significant impact if sorting them out becomes too troublesome.



    And since this is a screenshots thread (I hope you don't mind the plug)...

    Another shot from Blayney, which features in your shots above.



    The following are taken around Young (Australia's cherry capital), a couple of hours away on the Blayney-Demondrille cross country line.





    Phil
    Last edited by FootplatePhil; June 30th, 2022 at 04:55 AM. Reason: add images
    Phil
    "WeddinNSW": 20 years since the first track was laid, March 2022. Version 5 now on the DLS.

  3. #1623

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    Quote Originally Posted by FootplatePhil View Post
    Hi Blue,

    First, a really big thanks for you ongoing interest in my WeddinNSW route. I have appreciated your support over the last few versions.

    The three missing assets identified in your above screenshot are listed in my TRS2019 SP4 as being 'packaged' assets. Do you have the 'TANE Assets pack' installed? The missing assets are scenery assets used in only a few places. It is an untidy solution, but they can be ignored with any significant impact if sorting them out becomes too troublesome.

    Phil
    Hello FootplatePhil,

    There is absolutely a good chance I left out that DLC when I did a partial rebuild of TRS2019 Platinum. Thinking back now, at the time I had to uninstall all my DLC including Routes, to clear up a Faulty Asset issue with the Platinum, I mucked it up, by downloading or doing something wrong.

    When I did the rebuild, I recall thinking why should I use a TANE DLC from an old program I no longer use, who knew, I might need it for Route.........So I'll go back and re install it, that should clear it up.....

    Thank you for helping me out........

    BTW visiting New South Wales is one of those things on my personal Bucket List, but the next best, is playing with awesome Routes you create, maybe one day I'll have the opportunity to make that happen.

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    I snuck in a couple of screenshots, probably while you were typing
    Phil
    "WeddinNSW": 20 years since the first track was laid, March 2022. Version 5 now on the DLS.

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    Cool

    Quote Originally Posted by FootplatePhil View Post


    I snuck in a couple of screenshots, probably while you were typing

    And they look terrific, I have a motto, A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS......Proof is in the Pudding for sure.......

    Phil you are always welcome to post here..........

    God Bless and keep you healthy.........Made my day Sir!


    Looks like Mr's Blue is letting me know, I need to finish some Yard Work before it gets to hot here to work outside......... Cheers
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 30th, 2022 at 09:23 AM. Reason: Spelling error

  6. #1626

    Lightbulb Coastal Route work continues /Philskenes Rt Pics/ Blues YTube Pics of the week!

    Good Wednesday Morning all,

    Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend. I continue working on my latest merge with a Coastal Route, deleting Tracks, adding Crossovers and several Signals, more tiles as I increase it from the original dimensions.

    But tonight we have some pictures from one of Philskenes Route. A fantastic and very gifted Route maker.




















    Blues YouTube Pics of the week:

    Scranton Steamtown area rails. Steam/electric/diesel trains in and around Steamtown area. 6/24/22

    https://youtu.be/t8DvTA_6bQg

    Jun 25, 2022 We see everything from Delaware Lackawanna Alco’s, Steamtown equipment displays, Electric City Trolley excursion on 1926 Brill car, and live steam on the Scranton Limited. There is something to see for everyone at this Pennsylvania landmark.
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    Blues Comments:Have to say, seen a lot of Steam Locomotives, this one is very unusual, but was built with minimalism as for primary motive. Kudos to this gent

    The Gadget' #12 | 7.25" 0-4-0 Beam Engine Clishay Locomotive

    https://youtu.be/AlZWXgD8tpA

    On Saturday the 6th of September 2020, John Heald ran his new locomotive for only the second time. The 0-4-0 freelance Clishay locomotive uses a 'Beam Engine' design and a steel boiler, proving to be John's most unique build yet.

    But the work paid off, and the outcome is a stunning, hardworking, forgiving engine, making it easy for learner drivers to be educated on the running of steam locomotives. All whilst hauling three fully loaded ride cars with ease for the public.

    This Locomotive Mini-Documentary covers the build process, some shots from around the Tauranga Model Marine & Engineering Society track, as well as an interview with the Builder & Owner, John Heald. Enjoy!
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    Blues Comments: Is it me, or does it seem like they're are to many yard derailments going on lately?

    csx derailment being cleaned at CSX Greenwich yard (6/16/2022)

    https://youtu.be/cvH2fb9yib8

    The derailment occurred at 8:30 this morning from a bad order switch the train was rolling over the switch then the switch unlocked and set the other way then this train halfway through started to go on another track and it pulled two cars off the tracks and pulled the rail out of the ground it set until 530 then crews were on scene and started doing work The last car was put on the track at 9:30 at night trains were delayed until overhanging wires could be fixed.,
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    Blues Comments: If you enjoy oddities, and a good ole story about can do, Yankee Ingenuity this Gentleman has it all!
    I watched him for better part of 5yrs or so, and next time me and Mr's Blue take a trip to the Midwest, I plan to make a stop at his Place!

    He is very gifted, whole hearted and shows what can done if you really put on your best Show. I think he does, and so does his cadre of Volunteers who help him out.....These highly unusual Locomotives which are quit an oddity make it all happen on this little home town Railroad.

    Signals on the J&L Narrow Gauge

    https://youtu.be/UtRSXefdAcQ

    Jul 4, 2022 On this Independence Day I am out pondering the installation of signals on our railroad and how they will function to help control train movements while adding a bit of operational interest.
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    Gigantic Railroad Trestle Over Ohio River At Kenova West Virginia, Train With DPU, BNSF Locomotives!

    https://youtu.be/KUq8g43MKrw

    Jul 5, 2022 Trains Cross Huge Railroad Trestle In Kenova, West Virginia! Norfolk Southern RR Bridge Street Running Down 13th Street, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Led Train With BNSF Mid Train DPU on a mixed freight. This Norfolk Southern line goes through Ohio, crosses the Ohio River and enters West Virginia. First train has 3 locomotives on a westbound double stack inter-modal train and it crosses the CSX main line before going down 13th Street and crossing the Ohio River. Next we see an eastbound Norfolk Southern manifest with 2 BNSF locomotives, one on the lead and one in the middle of the train. After that we see a snapping turtle that showed up in my front yard. It was trying to get to my pond. Chessie didn't see it at first but as soon as she figured out what it was, she got back and started barking. Remember last year when Chessie got snapped on the nose by a snapping turtle near my pond? Well, now she knows to stay back.
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    Blues Comments: Sometimes you wonder why you ever got out of Bed and went to work on a particular day, this had to be what the Engineer who came along and ended up hitting a Derailed Train, unable to stop in the day. Awful incident for both Engineers involved, and it was a Mechanical Failure.

    Vintage B&O 8mm Film B&O in Cleveland and Ravenna Ohio, c.1958-62. Steam switching at the Cleveland W. 3rd St. Yard.

    https://youtu.be/0zP8qIZpUJs

    The wreck was in Ravenna, Ohio and it was caused by a freight that had derailed going 40MPH. Eastbound. No. 17 came along at 55 MPH. E-7s 1432 leading and 1445 trailing. Hit derailed Extra 4511 East freight fouling Track One. 16 people injured. Caused by broken spring plank on gondola B&O 352318. Anyone know what the name of the Pullman car was? Didn't get it on film! Filmed by my father 5/26/62.

    Last shot is B&O S-2 at Brookside Park, Cleveland.
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    B&O Fast Freights (1954, Interurban Films)

    https://youtu.be/y4a1R0VBwD4
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    N&W Buffalo to New Haven and Everywhere In Between

    Apr 2, 2018 Many of these films were taken around Conneaut or near Fremont in Ohio with short sequences at Maple Grove (Ohio) and New Haven (Indiana) as well as North Carolina.

    https://youtu.be/fCbkw0uOx3s

    The F units in the snow near Conneaut were on their last trip and were dead-lined when they got to Bellevue later that day.
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    Blue Comments: Who says you just about ship anything by Railroads, I wonder if that mindset train of Thought exists today?

    The White Train - Pantex Plant

    https://youtu.be/47HSAT7bgN8

    Jul 31, 2019 Beginning in the 1950’s, one of the main components of shipping warheads to and from Pantex was by rail - on the aptly named “White Train.” For more than 30 years, the White Train was considered the safest transit method available with a perfect track record.
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    Blues Comments: Very Happy to see old Train Lines being restored today, I think like others, we rip up too many Rail Lines to our behest, and see the unhappy Road Traffic Clogs of Delivery Trucks and heavy trucking damage to our Freeways and Roads, for weighted items left better on Steel Rails that can handle the Weight.

    First train in 1 year to Admiral Kalfbus Crossing

    https://youtu.be/NmFdKqD0Zm0

    Jul 3, 2022 For the first time since June 15, 2021 a train ventured as far south at the Admiral Kalfbus Crossing in Newport, RI. Currently the crossing is being rebuilt and the track south of it hasn't seen a train in some time either. This move was made to show a railroad presence in the area with the plan that the line will be restored next year. It was also to look for Milepost #1 that was unfortunately believed to have been buried by previous construction work. Enjoy this video of this rare occurrence running down the overgrown tracks to Newport, RI.
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    Providence & Worcester 04/14/22 long daylight move. Geeps 2007 & 2008 on head end.

    https://youtu.be/nFetq6bEPgo

    2,504 views Apr 14, 2022 This daylight (PR1 or PR3) move was longer than usual and fouled Mendon Road while picking up cars @ the stop and shop siding. Coming from the direction of Woonsocket, the train set out cars in the Valley. After leaving most of this train there, they took scrap gons out to schnitzer, before continuing out the Pawtucket line. The 2 GP38-2s were both built and purchased by the Providence & Worcester in 1980.
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    And that's a Wrap for today's items, thanks for dropping in. Enjoy your shortened week.

  7. #1627

    Lightbulb Camping for Blue at Lake/CSX Yard Changes/YTube Pics

    Good Evening all,

    I hope everyone is doing OK thru this Covid stuff, hopefully as we near the end of Summer the Counts will improve. So Mr's Blue and I got to the opportunity to go Camping for about 5 days, not to far away. Near one our small Lakes. First few days it was in the 90's and some mosquitoes came for a bit of Blood. But then our problem surfaced with some Grease and Sweet Ants, tiny Black ants. They successfully located our little Jar of Honey, that we have used on numerous occasions. Took a couple more days to clean and detour them from our little area in the Campground. Never had a problem with Ants in all the years of Camping, bears yes from time to time, our failure to make sure all the goodies were stowed away where they couldn't break into the Metal Lockers.

    Other than that we some nice time, for the last 2 years it only once we were able to Camp due to Covid Restrictions.

    I continued my work on last one of the parts of multi Merge with Aurora Canada, and some other small Routes. Which I'll show some of the latest Pictures with details.



    I changed a lot of this Yards Tracks in the hope of making a smoother entry into the Car Storage and some Business Spur Lines for delivery.


    Nice little Scrap Yard here, I added another spur turnout because Ive also added heavy Steel and Oil Industries nearby, which will make more scrap materials for this Company to deal with.


    When you turn on Engineer Messages there is lots of good information displayed that tells you what is not running right and errors to fix. I think it does show trainz a bit on my Travel Computer, on the Asus no effect.


    Bringing in huge Train Load for Sorting and distribution, checking my Puzzle Switches, took about 6-8 changes to make some improvements for the Rail Ladder etc. But well worth it in the long run.


    New Steel Yard Manufacture Plants in the Foreground, along with Oil Refinery, will give lots of Rail Traffic. Very much WIP here.


    Cutting off Caboose to drop these Loads in the Rail Sorting Yard.


    Like the Paint Job on this Boxcar? I think it is pretty cool Art.

    We pulled in on the new lead lines for the main yards, looks to be working about right, and my Signals are showing well too.


    CSX Power just pulled in 126 Cars with 2 sets of DPU's and end Pusher DPU, now we sort them into Groups with backward push into the Stub Yards.


    Going to take a while to get all the loads where I need them, but this is a good Stress Test for all the reorienting of Rail lines with 2 and triple Switch setups for ease of yard entry.

    Blues YTube Picks of the week:

    Amazing stuff he does with Trainz.

    Funniest Fails Behind the Scenes!

    https://youtu.be/sd50mKDbDSs
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    Comments:I think everyone is fully aware of our Supply Chain issues Domestically and Globally, I hoping to see me more those closed Rail Service lines reopened and put back to work.

    First train in 6 years from Colonial Beverage - Bay Colony Railroad

    https://youtu.be/pRTQlqY_69M

    Jul 15, 2022 In the Spring of 2016 the last boxcar shipments to Colonial Beverage in North Dartmouth, MA occurred. The siding was then used for storage although that ended after a couple years. Now in July of 2022 a surprise boxcar load showed up for the customer but unfortunately I was not there to document it's arrival. As a result I set out to photograph it's departure and was able to catch the first boxcar in 6 years to depart Colonial Beverage (empty). Despite this being the first car in sometime it is believed this is a "one and done" move, at least at this time. This video shows the siding as well as the BCLR operations to move the car.
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    Newport Secondary South End Restoration - Late 6/2022

    https://youtu.be/U6W4iLMLwdg

    Jul 14, 2022 In this video we see some of the recent work done on the south end of the Newport Secondary Rail Line. Milepost #2 was painted, Admiral Kalbfus Crossing work, and we also see current conditions of the line at Dyers St. Newport, RI. Also of note we ran a locomotive down to the Admiral Kalbfus crossing in June. A link to that video is displayed in the end screen.
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    Providence & Worcester Daylight Ethanol 03/30/22

    https://youtu.be/b_SmRFK-09U

    Mar 30, 2022 2 old paint B40-8Ws (4005 4006) make a candy corn sandwich of B40-8 4003, as they slowly move loaded ethanol through Cumberland, RI on a beautiful sunny day. This train will be broken up at Cranston yard, where the cars wil be pushed into Shell/Motiva at the Port of Providence.
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    Eastbound Cab Ride Through Carrizo Gorge HD
    539,389 views Nov 8, 2012 Watch in High Definition! The Carrizo Gorge Railway is a short line freight operator that ran on the old San Diego and Arizona Eastern Railway between Plaster City (west of El Centro in the Imperial Valley) and the US border at Tijuana. In 2008, the US portion of the line between Campo and Plaster City was embargoed to freight traffic due to deteriorating track conditions. Since then, another railroad has begun operations on the Mexican portion of the line between Tijuana and Tecate. Recently, the Carrizo Gorge Railway has restarted its maintenance program on the line between Plaster City and Campo. The railroad is based out of Jacumba, located about halfway between Campo and Plaster City. Using one of its F Units and an 89 foot flatcar, the railway is able to transport a team of construction contractors to any point along the tracks to perform maintenance.

    This video is of a cab ride one on of the recent Maintenance of Way trips from Jacumba, through the famed Carrizo Gorge and across the Goat Canyon trestle, before continuing on east to Plaster City.

    100 is an EMD F7 A unit and was built in 1952 as B&LE 723A. Over the years, it saw uses as a locomotive for US Steel, the Texas Southern Dinner train and most recently the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train. It still wears the paint scheme of this most recent owner, but the words OF WASHINGTON were painted out.

    Departing Jacumba, we first pass the siding at Titus. We then stop briefly before crossing under Interstate 8, so we can load some additional ties lying nearby. Continuing east, we pass the Spur at Dubbers. I take a short walk through the engine room to look out the back. Old locomotives like this make hearing protection a must. We then pass through Tunnel 5 and enter the gorge! After going a few miles, we pause briefly at the tunnel 8 siding, where several ex. AMT commuter cars are being stored, so some rocks can be cleared from the tracks. While I didn't include it in the video, there was some substantial evidence in and around the cars that hikers have been vandalizing them, which is pretty sad. We then continue east and pass though Tunnel 8, which the CZRy rebuilt and shored up with concrete when it was reopening the line, some ten years ago. We get some spectacular views of the gorge as we crawl along the narrow ledge. We then pass the west portal of the collapsed old Tunnel 15, and a short time later, enter the new Tunnel 15. Right after exiting the tunnel, we are on the famed Goat Canyon Trestle; the world's largest wooden railroad trestle. The trestle was built in 1932 along with the new Tunnel 15 when the side of the mountain slid down several feet and caused the collapse of old Tunnel 15. We pass semaphore signals that were designed to give a stop signal should the bridge collapse or be damaged. We then pass through tunnel 16 and stop at the east portal. Here, the construction equipment and workers were offloaded, and the locomotive continued east with the flatcar, rails, and ties. Shortly thereafter, we encounter a group of trespassers as we are about to enter tunnel 18.

    Continuing east, the gorge gets shallower and we pass through the last few tunnels. We turn east as the gorge continues north. The tracks begin the long winding descent into the Anza Borrego Desert towards the Imperial Valley. We pass Dos Cabezas Siding, the sand blown area at Silica, cross over freeway 8, pass though Coyote wells, and end at a dirt crossing just west of Plaster City. The tracks at the crossing were destroyed a year or two ago by a large vehicle working on nearby power lines. We drop off the ties and sticks of rail, which were to be used to repair the tracks. The tracks have since been repaired on a subsequent trip and trains can once again reach Plaster City and points east. I rode on the return trip to Jacumba as well, and that video can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYt91U...

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    And that's a Wrap for today's items, thanks for dropping in.
    Last edited by blueodessey; July 15th, 2022 at 08:58 PM. Reason: Edit for Picture Narrative add

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    Probably a dumb question because I haven't been following the thread, but the route looks neither snowy, high or in a valley. Was it changed to low, flat desert at some point while retaining the same name?
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    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by Dinorius_Redundicus View Post
    Probably a dumb question because I haven't been following the thread, but the route looks neither snowy, high or in a valley. Was it changed to low, flat desert at some point while retaining the same name?
    Hi Dino,

    From an old guy like me who set in Classroom, and had to ask questions, which I would constantly get lambasted for (not getting it) to your first question?

    Absolutely not a dumb question at all, and I need to see if I can change the title of my Thread, but I fear I am stuck with it.

    The Title had to do with when I first started out, A route that had very high snowy mountains many years ago.....And me holding my head in shame, probably should have made a more mundane title for all the different things I portray here......

    I'm honored that you and others who make really cool assets, thereby improving the Game for us, come by to say hello.

    Take care my friend and be well....

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    Hi Blue my friend, I'm here again.
    After so much care we have had covid at home although we are better now. I hope you and the family are well and without problems.

    On this side of the pond we are submerged in a "heat wave"; the bad thing is not only the high temperatures but the duration because we have been like this for about 10 days.
    The phenomenon extends to a large part of Europe and as an example, in the United Kingdom today they expect to reach 41º Celsius or 105.8 F, never seen before!!!

    I will write in this thread of yours as interesting as always.

    Hugs

    Javier

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    Talking Sorry to hear about your Covid!

    Quote Originally Posted by fant_autentico View Post
    Hi Blue my friend, I'm here again.
    After so much care we have had covid at home although we are better now. I hope you and the family are well and without problems.

    On this side of the pond we are submerged in a "heat wave"; the bad thing is not only the high temperatures but the duration because we have been like this for about 10 days.
    The phenomenon extends to a large part of Europe and as an example, in the United Kingdom today they expect to reach 41º Celsius or 105.8 F, never seen before!!!

    I will write in this thread of yours as interesting as always.

    Hugs

    Javier

    Hola Javier,

    I have to travel to Grand Kids house today, they had Surgery for bad Gall Stone issue.....I will write more hear later in day......

    Sorry to hear about Covid......

    Hugs and Prayers from Blue's House to yours.......

    God Bless my Friend

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    Lightbulb CSX Rte//4 /new rts added / YTube Pics

    Good Friday Folks,

    Hoping everyone is getting along OK with Covid. My Grandchild was finally able to get in and have their GallBladder removed, pretty intensive surgery due to problem of very large Gall Stones and part of our Family for whatever reason has Gall Stone issues back 4 generations, not fun for them. Now they are in recovery mode from 5 days of strong surgical pains. Things are starting to look up......

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    On to Trains, I downloaded a couple of tiny Routes 1-3 Tiles to play with....And use as add on's for other merge Projects in the Future. Always enjoy looking at other Artists Routes too see what their Creative Acumen brings. Another thing I look at with Routes, Whimsical not included in this vain of Thought, is form and function, is the way Tracks, and buildings etc intertwine, does it work, does it make sense ( not everything has to make sense) that is a given, however some things for me do.

    Reading Merkiomen Branch V1.1
    Mountenay
    Susquehanna & New York Railroad TRS19 0
    Somewhere Scotland 1948-1964 4v5

    Pictures for today, form Coast Desert Route Merge I am working on. Add Harbor and heavy Industrial area, Concrete, and Wood Surfaces.


    Late afternoon switching in newer industrial yard.


    I enjoy having some Assets that come with Lights, reminds me, I need to put in Street and area Lighting.....
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    Running Signal Aspect checks in this territory.


    Bad! Bad Blue, this was end of old extension, and I forgot to remove the Buffer top here, no wonder my Signals weren't showing in the next several miles........



    Concrete is being delivered to new Customer on the Route


    Here is heavy industrial yard, not quite finished, I think for a while, until I get the right type of Buildings in place.


    This side is working OK, but I find I'll need to address some runaround tracks in this area.


    Blues Y Tube Pics of the week!

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    First trains since 1949: Mass Coastal on New Bedford Double Track

    https://youtu.be/FzHzAsvP-lE

    In this video we take a look at Mass Coastal MC-4 on the section of New Bedford Line double track that was originally removed in 1949. While not the very first trains, we see a couple of local freights traversing the new track just a few weeks after it went into service. Note this is the New Bedford Line double track but it is currently just single track. This is because the original jointed rail track has been removed for complete replacement hence why MC-4 is on the new track. This is just a restoration of the double track as the line has been in continuous use since it was built . This work is part of the South Coast Rail Project bringing MBTA commuter rail to the cities of Fall River, New Bedford, and Taunton, MA via Middleboro, MA.
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    Signals on the J&L Narrow Gauge

    https://youtu.be/UtRSXefdAcQ

    Jul 4, 2022 On this Independence Day I am out pondering the installation of signals on our railroad and how they will function to help control train movements while adding a bit of operational interest.
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    Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train | Pop Car/Speeder

    https://youtu.be/0TOE7ASE87g
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    Peak Rail Turntable Inauguration 1/5/10

    https://youtu.be/quqD1rA8Kbk

    May 2, 2010 On Saturday 1st May 2010, Peter Waterman officially opened the Peak Rail Turntable that had been worked on over a sustained period by a group of dedicated volunteers. The turntable is located in the original turntable pit on what was the Rowsley Engine Shed site. This video shows the opening of the turntable and the penultimate day of the LMS 8F, 8624, running on Peak Rail, before going on her travels.
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    British Railways, steam cranes raising a class 8f locomotive after a shunting accident, 1960's

    https://youtu.be/MVyYBF0ccgg

    May 6, 2016 Two steam breakdown cranes raising a class 8f locomotive after it slipped on a rusty rail while shunting at a Coventry shunting yard and ending up down a bank. Taken round about 1964 on 8mm B&W film.
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    A short drone flight about Beyer Garratt "6042" 18 Oct 2020

    https://youtu.be/pK7VVA0LldY

    Oct 19, 2020 Built in 1956 this Beyer Garratt "6042" had the privilege of operating the final New South Wales Government Railways steam service in February 1973.
    In 1974, 6042 was purchased by the Lachlan Vintage Village in Forbes. A few years later in 1979 she was relocated under her own steam power to the Vintage Village... (temporary rail had to be put down to get here to her resting place)
    In November 1986 the locomotive was sold to Dorrigo railway Museum.... but due to no rail link and cost of relocation... the locomotive has sat idle for over 40 years...
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    SER Beyer Garratt Film

    https://youtu.be/_SpE4P2eX-8
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    Montana Rail Link Vol. 3, The Final Countdown: GP9, SD40-2XR, and SD45 Locomotives

    https://youtu.be/G_7bn1HCtJY

    Feb 24, 2022 In this video, we’ll cover Montana Rail Link local freights and work trains during the railroad’s final years between July of 2017 and October of 2021. MRL’s remaining SD45 locomotives are heavily documented in this video, along with models SD40-2, SD40-2XR, SD70ACe, GP35, and GP9. Our coverage includes MRL locals and ballast trains on the 2nd, 4th, 5th, and 10th Subdivisions, featuring 100% blue power leading trains. The new Laurel-Bozeman local, “R LAUBOZ”, is seen racing through the Yellowstone Valley during beautiful spring, summer, and fall days, powered by SD45s, SD40-2XRs, and even a surprise PRLX SD75M. MRL 346 and MRL 355 were the most common locomotives seen on this train, with the pair showing up together during our first chase. Next, we move over to the 5th Subdivision between Whitehall, Montana and Logan, Montana to follow the 844 local, along with a Pipe stone ballast train, as they make good time on the line’s 40 mph jointed rail. We then move on to Winston Hill, where the Helena Switch, 840 local, and ML (M-MISLAU) are seen on various days as they work up and down the 1% grades southeast of Helena on the 2nd Subdivision. Finally, we’ll take a journey along the 4th and 10th Subdivisions in western Montana to view the Gas Local and an empty ballast train, as they make their way across the railroad.
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    WSOR L464 works the Watertown sub

    https://youtu.be/gIhjN4Ebs3A

    298 views Jul 21, 2022 Recorded 7/12/22
    Chasing the L464 from Madison to Marshall and back with WAMX 4170 & WAMX 4196

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    UP engineering special passing st Paul road

    https://youtu.be/3s3S0REwiDA
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    Abandoned Trains! Engines and more.

    https://youtu.be/U4XEAATUTC8

    Another great find on the back roads of South Carolina - This grouping of Abandoned Train Engines and more. Here is a close up look at these bad boys!!
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    Train graveyard movie!!!! Lordstown, Ohio

    https://youtu.be/Jy9xdjtZrCk
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    Taking a Look at Wheeling and Lake Erie's Carey, Ohio Yard! Two Heritage Units!

    https://youtu.be/D4wR5-u6F8o
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    4564 leader- 4 Engines Norfolk Southern Train DPU

    https://youtu.be/r2i5bxiyiyw
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    Thanks for dropping in.......Stay Healthy.
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    Hi Blue, I hope your grandson gets well soon.
    Thanks as always for your work and for the videos with the comments.

    Have a nice weekend and regards to Mrs Blue.

    Hugs,

    Javier

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    Lightbulb Sierra Nev Camp/Coast Rte improvements/ YTube Pics

    Good Monday Morning,

    Hello all, just got back from a week of Camping in Sierra Nevada Mts. It was great to see some of our Campgrounds, but hard to also see all the Fire Damage from the last couple of years Drought, Wood Boring Beetle Damage, and burned trees. We did get a bit of Rain up there, and there are some baby Trees coming in. But everything is very dry.

    Fire Burn Link?

    One thing of experience, which goes to being prepared for injuries, one of our Family members tripped over some firewood near the campfire, and scratched their Calf with sharp piece of firewood. We had first aid items and dressed and bandaged the wound. Rechkd it next morning, applied more Topical Antibiotics, fortunately, it was just a good scratch, only 1st two layers of Skin were abraded! But it could of easily been much, much worse, possibly a puncture wound. My point being, never forget when your in the wild, things can and do happen when you least expect, so make sure you have Medical Contingencies in mind, for those moments.

    While Blue was enjoying being one with Nature and some quality family time, I did a little work on my Coastal Rte. Had my good days n my frustrated days, with older Assets that would not work properly, and the other things that can go wrong. I have one thing in my arsenal of bag of tricks? Tenacity and dedication too find workable solutions, when all else seems to go wrong. As others have said, the solution sometimes can be right in front of your eyes, and you miss it completely, something like

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...pWTZBB4BFZnZNF

    Just need to take the time, and work through it. And when all else fails, sleep on it, the resolution manifests itself the following day.

    I will admit, I tore up a lot of tracks and Assets, like a hard 1000 piece Puzzle. Just takes a little time, maybe some good imagination.

    Tonight Pictures tell it all.



    Originally, this was just an Island Route, about 4 tiles long, Blue mind went bonkers, and I added some here some there, and then? Oh Flash, Merger Mania took everything over, and you know, I ended up with something like a 6 way merge. The rest is history.


    Need a Rock out in the Lake, maybe a Lighthouse? Time will tell.


    This is an older Picture, one of many, but there is 3 distinct areas, Cape to Cod, Island Wood operation, and Snowy Mountainous Mining Operation. And what is not shown yet, is a Harbor extension with lots of heavy Industrial workings.


    The highest most rugged area of the Rte, 5% grades, maybe steeper? Good heavy Mountain action here. I have lots of expansion ideas, when I finish my Harbor section and some other areas of the Route.


    Top view of Rugged Mountain area, thanks to Infrared Bob, your Route is awesome to play with. Another of our gifted Route Builders. Aurora Canada I believe is the name.


    One side of the Mtn had a steep cutoff,


    Cape area, originally there were Grades from 11-13% headed down to small docking area, wasn't going to work for my vision, so I did a hefty ground build out, where 3-5% Grades were more workable with Ore Cars. I would be remiss, if I said it was easy, it took a while, lots of cut and filling, and getting longer curves into the downhill grade.

    Its hard to tell where the old and new meet, Highway was changed a lot to get the Sawmill reset it, with long enough Spurs. I forget there is a heavy Saw Mill operation in concert with Ore Shipments to small Port Dock Facilities.

    Pic of new Sawmill Location, Rail Service Tracks are in the works, another Month out, for now, heavy Trucking will suffice but not preferable.

    Updated Photo, we have Rail Service, but I need to proof out the Curves and Signal, this is not a Dark line anymore, we have too much Freight, and I don't want to depend on Paper Orders, a downhill cornfield meet could prove deadly and close our Short Line operation in New York Minute. Not worth it, and cost employee lives, we do it right, or not at all.! Decisions are tuff to make, never easy! But none the less, all sides of the equation must be looked and leveled, is it necessary, will it work, should it be avoided? Once you cross the line, can you undue what has been done, or should have been done. That is the true vision of serious changes.

    Blues Y Tube Pics of week:
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    SMOKIN' SLOT MACHINE | What is it??
    The Self-powered Slot Machine is definitely an unusual looking machine, but it does help keep the trains rolling.

    https://youtu.be/d2hDlgdDefs
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    Switch Engine SRM 8202 Checkout & Startup. (Part 3)

    After at least 12 years of slumber the old girl wakes up goes for a drive. Plus a bit of “What makes it tick..

    https://youtu.be/bsIC-q_kbQ4
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    Running 2 Coal Trains Today but Switch Keeps Malfunctioning
    9,119 views Jul 27, 2022 See how they switch out the trains when we are running both of them. Gonna have to fool with the solar powered electric switch because it
    keeps going into fault. So you will see how to reset the switch and
    also how to manually pump the switch over.

    We don't very often run 2 trains at the same time anymore as we
    used to. So this is a treat to see. Was really good to see the mine
    and prep plant producing a lot of coal this day. Although earlier in
    the day we were spreading cross ties and having 2 trains running
    that really put a crimp in our track time.
    NATIONAL RAILROAD EQUIPMENT at Mt Vernon. Complete rebuild of a old GP9

    Complete strip down of an fifty year old MP9 loco
    Rebuild from cleaned up base plate using new computer controlled GEN SETS.

    https://youtu.be/Vhizu5MRWsE
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    Short-lines of the Rust Belt: Part 1
    3,780 views Jul 27, 2022 Enjoy the operations of four short lines in the Rust Belt, in this case western PA and eastern Ohio. I filmed a lot of footage of these railroads but felt that individually there wasn't enough content to give each line their own video, so instead I have compiled all of the footage together for this video!

    To start are some ramp movements on the Union Railroad in Braddock, PA. The URR serves US Steel's remaining Pittsburgh operations and a handful of other industries in/around the Monongahela Valley. It interchanges freight with Norfolk Southern, CSX, Wheeling and Lake Erie, and the CN Bessemer Subdivision (also known as the Bessemer and Lake Erie Railroad). The railroad along with several other transportation operations were once part of the US Steel corporate empire. In 1988 these operations were spun off into the US Steel subsidiary Tran-star, and in 2021 the remaining assets, including the Union Railroad, were sold to Fortress Transportation. I primarily filmed this footage while waiting on Amtrak trains to pass in the valley below on Norfolk Southern's Pittsburgh Line, and included one of these shots in the video that was almost timed perfectly after a Union load finished passing above. I hope to one day film more of the URR's operations as well as some of their exchanges with the other railroads of the region. EMD SW1500's and MP15DC's provide power for the URR.

    The Conemaugh and Black Lick Railroad operates in the City of Johnstown and provides rail service to some remaining industries in the Cambria County city. Originally owned and operated by Bethlehem Steel, the railroad changed owners in the early 2000's, first as part of ISG Railways (the remnants of Bethlehem Steel and other failing steel companies) before being acquired by Lehigh Valley Rail Management, which owns and operates the railroad today. In addition to serving Johnstown's industrial facilities, the C&BL interchanges cars with Norfolk Southern and CSX. An EMD SW7 from circa 1949 pushed and pulled the cars seen on the day I was filming. Enjoy transportation of several cars between businesses as well as switching operations at Gautier Steel in Johnstown.

    In northeast Ohio is a short-line that truly meets the definition of the word - the Ashtabula, Carson, and Jefferson Railroad only operates about 6 miles of track in Jefferson and Plymouth Townships, as well as the village of Jefferson, all in Ashtabula County. Once part of the otherwise abandoned New York Central Franklin Division, the remaining few miles of track survived through the Penn Central and Conrail eras before being sold to the State of Ohio in 1984, leasing it to the AC&J. The line mainly serves a trans-load facility at the south end in Jefferson, and at the north end interchanges with Norfolk Southern at their Carson Yard. Tourist passenger excursions once operated over the line, however these ended in 2014. In this video on a sunny May morning a handful of covered hoppers were transported to and from the Carson Yard with power provided by an ex-US Army Alco S2 from 1941.

    https://youtu.be/faaVRQ-YAHo

    Thanks for dropping in.......Stay Healthy.

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    Lightbulb

    Quote Originally Posted by fant_autentico View Post
    Hi Blue, I hope your grandson gets well soon.
    Thanks as always for your work and for the videos with the comments.

    Have a nice weekend and regards to Mrs Blue.

    Hugs,

    Javier
    Hello my Friend,

    Sorry for my tardiness in responding, I was lost in Camping in the Sierra Mountains of California, we do annual Family retreat and be one with awesome beauty of Towering Giant Mountains, in this recent year, unfortunately severe Drought coupled with huge Raging Forest Fires have taken their Toll on the Sequoias Trees, but there is some hope it will survive.

    https://www.google.com/search?client...tains+fire+map

    Yosemite is on fire now, so will see when and where it ends!

    Hard to believe August is here, and good news, Grand Kid is recovering now, it was a hard surgery with Large Gall Stone Removal, after one Doctor who should have done the Surgery a week earlier released my Grand Kid, another Doctor had to schedule Surgery quickly before further complications, Infection, Fever etc, darn shame.

    https://www.google.com/search?client...bladder+issues

    https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=...abkOvtGq_KTS2Q

    Some one upstairs was watching over them......No one should have to be treated this way, unfortunately all too often we here these stories, some with a deadly ending.

    Safe to say, I relieved they are on the mend now.......

    Thank you Javier for your kind thoughts and prayers......

    Stay well my friend......

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