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  1. #1366

    Lightbulb Merge of Feather River/Cajon Pass/1950's Glory Yrs / You Tube/ Weather and Firestorms

    Good evening all,

    I don't know how it is in other area's but out here on the West Coast, So California area, it is blazing hot, 104 yesterday, 111 today, I think our Low was 79, grrrr......For those of you who can stand the heat, and enjoy it, my hat is off to you, I hope you never get Sun Stroke as I have over the years, 3x times. It is no fun, and in some cases, can be deadly.

    Tuesday tonight, we are on Fire Watch in San Gabriel Valley, unfortunately for us, our nasty Friend the Santa Ana Winds, return, and with all the fires going on at the minute in West Coast, these fires could over run their boundaries and race down the mountains into our valleys and into the City's causing horrible devastation and destruction of property and peoples lives at risk.....

    Here is the link for tonight.........




    Everyone is very uneasy about this, weather pattern from Mr High Pressure system has setup once again on Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona State area......We have more problems with this constant reoccuring high pressure ridge in this four state area.....Similar like Hurricane Alley Louisiana, Texas and Florida, except they get nailed with Hurricanes instead...........So we say a prayer for all the areas affected by this terrible weather.........

    I am praying that maybe somehow, some way we get some type of Rain. We really need the moisture and that our Fireman our OK with almost impossible job of trying to contain, or even redirect some of these fires..........And to our Neighboring States of Oregon and Washington who are fighting fires as well....... https://twitter.com/NWS/status/13033...226567/photo/1

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    On the brighter side, we made a Garden Bench this week, to cover an old missing Diving board that was broken by a Family member fooling around with it. They over sprang the board, and it cracked in half, fortunately due to being a strong fiborglass no one was hurt......20 yrs ago, our Diving board cost 1000$, can't imagine what it would cost. But now we have a nice Garden seat to use.

    Lets goto You Tube:


    For Bridge over Tracks enthusiasts, here is an old timer....Still in use.....2 Trains Pass Under Ancient Wooden Bridge Still In Use, Norfolk Southern Railroad Main Line CNO&TP


    For my friends across the Pond, this is one cool Garden RR in O Gauge and turn up your speakers. Clickety Clack is in Session on this one......


    Here is another very unique Garden RR........Having survived COVID 19 Adam Pinales is back on his outdoor railroads and NEW HOn3 indoor layout. HOn3, F garden railroad AND NEW 7 1/2 inch backyard railroad.

    Update on Adam Pinales' backyard railroad and some more surprises.


    And for the Shay Locomotive Folks: Modelers and Asset Creators might enjoy this one.....

    United - Pacific Fast Mail Benson Log Co 528 "T Boiler" Shay


    And for the Unitah followers:

    Uintah 50, HUGE Articulated Steam Locomotive on the Worlds Largest Backyard Railroad



    The Worlds Most Crooked Railroad - The Uintah Railway

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    After playing with Feather River Version for TRS2019, finding some Textures, Roads, Trees, etc missing, I decided it was time to have a tree-peat, Triple Merge party.....Took Cajon Pass (Non Dem), 1950's Glory Years Routes and strung them together with some extra Tiles connections........

    Final Merge with Feather River, larger route on left next to Cajon.

    Cajon and 1950 Glory Days Merge

    Feather River 2019 Version.....

    Fair amount of rebuilding Terrain colors, Roads missing intersections, looks like they are corrupted.

    I started working on missing Ballast and Canyon Wall areas, using some colors similar to what was around. I think it will work....All the Trees are gone, but there are while lines to help me replant the splines.

    Merge Point here, I have added tiles to buffer edge dropoff issues.......Other parts of Merge Points will need some various tiles here and there once I take some train rides and

    Merge point here, it is divided by mountain Backdrop, so on one side it matches nicely with Forested part of other Route, on Desert Side, it looks like group of mountains faraway as you travel through rugged Desert.....Backdrops work well when placed properly.........And there is a wide selection of them on DLS, plus ones for Building or Hard Scape backdrops too......

    Other side of Merge Point I had to find a good spot to run track into the next Route, and so here, I had the right elevation, and space to add another Tunnel on Left. So tunnel on Right continues on to East with tip of this Route, and new Route Tunnel heads straight North and right over some low Mountains, then down into a Valley into Farm areas........All I needed to due, was move some trees around to clear the tracks, and put a Bridge over River Crossing after exiting Tunnel on other side....Worked perfect. and max grade is 1.25% or something....

    This is one of the points of merge, where I need to blend Desert into Forest area, I might just run the Desert to that next Mountain in the Forground top middle of the picture.....Tracks are in, so I can start running Trains for Signal placements........Going to take some time to get everything situated on this 3 piece merge, but I think it will work OK once I get missing items situated and or replaced by other assets......If nothing else, it's a good challenge and diversion from these Fires we have through out the State.....

    This came up on my Wallpaper, I think it is amazing......

    Hope all of you are managing and prayers to you if needed. Thank you for stopping by.....Peace and God Bless......

  2. #1367
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Spain, Madrid


    As always very instructive my friend, the wallpaper is beautiful.

    Cheers, Javier

  3. #1368

    Lightbulb Fires on West Coast / 1950's merge Etc

    Good Day all,

    Been one heck of Fire Week, so much Smoke and Damage on the whole West Coast, and for that fact across the Country too. Last night around 8PM or so we had a Fire start in the hills about 1.5 miles from our house, seeing how it was night time, 70 degrees or so, I think it was intentionally started,, or someone had an accident? They are looking for clues, fortunately, there was a Fire Station with in 2-3 mins of the Fire, and they jumped on it. Got it out........I hope they find out how it started and the responsible party.

    Next week we are supposed to have around 200 Air Quality, so looks like more time spent inside, the Garden will have to wait till Air Quality gets better, I know it is bad, as I can feel it in my Lungs when I'm outside........Crazy stuff......Hope all of you are doing OK with these terrible Fires......We pray for those, especially a City in Oregon that got wiped out I believe this week?

    Abandoned Bear Butte Fire Lookout


    Lets get to some things we like to enjoy.

    You Tube seen by Blue this week:

    For our Scottish friends.....

    unique tandem locos saved


    Ruston and Hornsby tandem locomotives 165DE 0-4-0s 421439 and 423658, were both offered for tender as part of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society’s reorganization of unused exhibits, but no group seemed much interested on taking on the pair. However Jordan Thompson owner of the Thompson Loco Collection stepped in to save the unique tandem locomotives with help from Andrew Briddon The locomotives were built in 1958 for the former Colvilles Limited Clyde Ironworks in Glasgow. The tandem system allowed the locomotives to be controlled by one driver giving a 4 axle 330hp locomotive which could also be used as 2 separate 165hp locomotives for use on lighter duties. This gave them great flexibility for use in the iron-works with its varied duties.
    The Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) Core Collection, acquired 1978. Operational. diesel electric locomotive, Colvilles, Clyde Iron Works No 3 Built 1958, Ruston & Hornsby, Lincoln. Works No.423658. 165DE type

    Snowing this time a year?

    BNSF freight train climbs the steep mountain grade in early snow Colorado.


    Unitah Railway

    The Worlds Most Crooked Railroad - The Uintah Railway


    Ghost tracking the amazing Uintah Railway, From Mack Colorado over Baxter Pass. We are back riding the California Zephyr to Grand Junction, with a side trip in search of the elusive yet amazing Uintah Railway, over the Book Cliffs in search of spikes and other rusty metal as we explore the abandoned grade. Also a quick trip to Cross Orchards which is home to a great collection of old Uintah rolling stock.

    North Bergen, NJ to Jacksonville, FL - Riding The CSX I-95 Corridor


    A total sensory overload: 25 hours down the East Coast riding CSX Q031 on the former Baltimore & Ohio, Richmond, Fredericksburg & Potomac, and Atlantic Coast Line to Jacksonville, FL. The route takes us through nine states and shown in this video are the cities of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond, and Rocky Mount.

    Highest Railroad Bridge In United States Over Navigable River! High Bridge Kentucky Trains!


    Highest trestle in America over a navigable water way at 308 feet above the Kentucky River! High Bridge, Kentucky. Double track Norfolk Southern main line known as The Rate Hole Line goes over the trestle on the Cincinnati to Chattanooga line. This busy railroad is owned by Cincinnati and leased to NS. Close to 40 trains a day cross this line and call the signals on 160.950 and use 452.940 for the end of train device ( FRED ). This trestle was built in 1911 and uses the original concrete and rock bases constructed in 1876 for the original bridge. The bridge is 1,125 feet long and was double tracked in 1929. It was the tallest bridge in the world until the early 20th century. High Bridge park was reopened in 2005 after being closed since the mid 60s. It has an open air dance pavilion, a playground, a viewing platform that over looks the bridge, some rocks and some other junk that I didn't pay any attention to. We saw 5 trains in the 4 hours that we were there. The last time I went through High Bridge was in a boxcar back in the mid 90s. Lol! This is a very difficult place to film trains. Trees make it impossible to film on the north west side of the trestle and the late after noon sun shines right at the viewing platform on the south east side. It is very difficult to film trains here unless you have a drone or you film in the winter. This trestle is located at MP 103 on the CNO&TP with Cincinnati being MP 0. Filmed September 5, 2020 CE.

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    Over to my Merge Project Feather River, Cajon Pass and 1950's Glory Years.

    Been working on Tree reduction to improve Frame rate, and adding Scenery Texture to the extra spacing Tiles I needed to add.......

    Thia is the East end of the 1950's Glory Days Route, added 4 Tiles to the Right of the Page. Extended the Waterway for more Ships I want to put in.

    This is the West side of the River on the East end of the Route.

    This is overhead view,, The Seaport had Rail to Ship on Dock, but not a Rail connection made to the Port, so I did a Round about with some spure Factories on Right, will allow for a lot of Shunting near and on the Waterway here. Looking to the left, it goes straight into a large Rail Yard to make up our Consists, and is shared with lots of Passenger Train equipment too, which gives us lots of Variety. Passenger Trains do not go past the Yard to Wharf Spur lines, so that works elegantly here for my needs.

    This is the Wharf and Docking area for now, Spur tracks in place, haven't run on them yet, so there's that? Will see how it works......I might add to Wharf area later on. For now, I need to balance the Three Route connections appropriately. Should work out well......

    Put a lot of Period Switchers and other Diesel and Steam Loco's Etc.

    That'll do for now, thank for dropping in, for heavens sake, try and stay safe out there.....

    Last edited by blueodessey; September 12th, 2020 at 03:48 PM. Reason: Spelling errors

  4. #1369

    Lightbulb Our Smoke ends up in Washington D.C. / UMR 2020 Photos

    Good day all,

    Well it appears that all the Wildfire smoke from West Coast and some of Western edge of Midwest has made it all the way to Wash D.C. this week. Today was slightly better for us, but then towards Sunset, you could see a swath of Smoke and Haze coming off our local Mountains.


    And saddest of all, is my little Furry Friends are not making it to safety.

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    You Tube of interest:

    Aftermath of the collision of NS 143 and NS 25A (Please read the description)


    On 10/8/19 NS 25A was heading south through Hamilton OH at approximately 1:30 am. There was a dense fog in the area and it is unknown what signals awaited the train as it made its way south and then east on the NS New Castle District. What is known is that just beyond the second signal they came to on the NS (Mosler Holdout) sat the rear end of NS 143.
    NS 25A failed to stop and rear ended the 143 damaging both lead locomotives from 25A and the car immediately behind them and the three rear cars of the 143 derailing them. The eastern most car was a wood chip car and was re railed.
    The western pair were tankers containing Butane gas and they took the brunt of the hit. Both cars and locomotives were smashed together and could not be separated at the scene. Once the main body of the trains were pulled away from the wreckage they drug the whole pile up back west to a siding track called the Hamilton Yard Track. Here it took quiet a while to separate. This video shows the rest of 25A being taken back North to a siding in Camden, the locomotives being pulled to the siding, and the separation of the cars and locomotives. The crew is ok from both trains with one member of 25A going to the hospital with minor injuries.

    This is what Engineers fear the worst when they go to work:

    Train DERAILS Near Railway Museum

    This is the scene after a train collided with a truck in Duluth, Georgia. Locomotives were on the ground and debris was everywhere. It’s amazing and fortunate the people involved in this accident only suffered minor injuries. The locomotive at the head-end of the train, a Norfolk Southern SD70ACC, had been rebuilt several months before this accident.


    Peebles-East End Action On Short Line Railroad Cincinnati Eastern Railroad, N&W Branch, Part 1


    Short line railroad action on the east end of Cincinnati Eastern Railroad! More storage cars were taken near the end of line past Peebles, Ohio. This old Norfolk & Western Railway branch line is owned by Norfolk Southern and leased to CCET. The train has 2 General Electric B36-7 locomotives that came from TTI which is owned by CSX. 3 days prior to this video the train came to Peebles and shut down on the main line for the weekend. The flat cars were being taken east to the Peebles passing siding where all but 3 of them were spotted for storage. The 3 that didn't fit there were taken back west toward Afton Yard. The boxcars came from Huhtamaki and the covered hopper came from Mount Carmel Group behind Huhtamaki. I filmed the train on Monday, September 14, 2020. First we see the train eastbound going under Nixon Ave on the east side of Peebles, Ohio. The train went a short distance past this spot and reversed into the passing siding to spot all but 3 of the flat cars. After that the train headed back westbound with a locomotive on each end. The 2nd shot is crossing Main Street in downtown Peebles.

    Over at UMR2020, (Ultra Mega Route) we are pulling a coal load with BNS and DR&G Heritage Style......

    If I recall correctly, we are backing into the other side of Branch-line off the Main. Signals on this Route work very well.

    Nothing like riding along River front I say.......If we didn't need to be somewhere on time, we b fishing.

    Wave to the folks at the passenger station.

    Coming thru the Industrial area.

    And here is the Ship thats' going to load of Coal we are dragging in.

    Spur line coming up for the Port area.....

    Cloaked or unmarked unit working our line today. Who knows we might kidnap this unit and pain it as one of ours? Stranger things have happened.

    Looks like we have another Rogue Unit working the Gig today, how's it said, "Does anybody know, what everybody is doing today".....Hell, I'm just the engineer, keep the train running, pull the whistle cord, by duffy, don't derail or I will get fired.....But who sent out the Rogue Units for us to work with today.....Well, guess we better be happy to have some power......We got lots of Empties to shove out of here......

    Tomorrow is another day, will see how the air looks, in the mean time thanks for coming by....

  5. #1370
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Spain, Madrid


    Good morning from Madrid my friend. Today (small) storms and a little rain.
    I'm sorry about the fires and the birds, I also appreciate the videos you show us.
    I hope you are doing well and regards to Mrs Blue.

    Hugs, Javier

  6. #1371

    Lightbulb Fires at 38% contain/ 1950's Glory Shots.

    Evening all,

    Hope everyone is doing ok with all this bad fires going on, we almost had all our TV and Radio Antennas burned out on Mount Wilson, Fires came very close to the Antenna Farm. Fortunately, our heroic Fire Fighters were on scene with Water Drops and everthing else they could muster. Diverting the Fire. Now the high Desert has caught some fire. Will see how it goes from here.....



    "Firefighters on Tuesday set backfires to protect the Mount Wilson Observatory, which played a key role in advancing 20th century astrophysics since it was founded in 1904. Mount Wilson is also home to an estimated $1 billion worth of transmission towers, a key site for TV, radio and government agencies.

    The U.S. Forest Service reported Tuesday afternoon that the defensive firing operation was "going well at Mt. Wilson. They're using aerial ignitions to increase the buffer between HWY 2 near Barley Flat to Big Tujunga Road."

    You Tube views by Blue:

    Trains Passing At Railroad Diamonds, B&O Signals Still In Use, Deshler Ohio Trains CSX Freight Train


    Loaded coal train passing a huge intermodal train with a DPU at the railroad diamond! CSX main line freight train action in Deshler Ohio. The old Baltimore And Ohio Railroad color position lights are still in use and I filmed one changing from green to red! 2 trains passing at

    Old Saddle Rock

    Two trains, one westbound and the other eastbound pass through Old Saddle Rock on Canadian Pacific's Cascade Subdivision along British Columbia's Fraser River on July 6, 1995. The video features a bonus clip featuring an eastbound coal train passing through Squilax on the Sushwap Sub.

    2 Trains Passing Abandoned Depot! Short Line Railroad Indiana & Ohio Railway, I&O Midland Sub, Ohio


    Rare to have 2 trains passing the old abandoned train depot at the same time! Short line railroading at its best! Indiana And Ohio Railway had a short local switching freight show up to work the Greenfield branch and a long empty rock train passing on its way to Melvin Stone which is just north of Wilmington, Ohio. The rock train is on the main line of the Midland Sub that runs from Cincinnati to Columbus, Ohio. I&O got this line from CSX. The short local freight train did some switching in Midland and then passed the old train station on its way to Candle-Lite in Leesburg, Ohio. It is on the Greenfield Branch which is owned by the town of Greenfield and leased to I&O. This line has a 10 mph speed limit but grant money was given to the line to replace ties, rework some crossings and other work to bring the line up to 25 mph. Amtrak use to run on this line in the 70s. I filmed this on June 9, 2020.

    Ohio Short Lines RJ Corman IORY CF&E ND&W with Santa Fe


    RJC 1806 leads RJC 1731 "elephant style" across the Miami & Erie Canal and the St Marys River in St Marys Ohio.

    RJC 1806 leads a RJ Corman train west through Hume Ohio

    PREX 3001 GP20 still in Santa Fe livery leads a ND&W train west out of Defiance Ohio

    IORY 5007 leads Indiana & Ohio LSL south between Lima and Uniopolis

    CIND 2342 leads the CF&E interchange on CSX tracks in Lima. This is the last time I shot 2342 before it was transferred to another railroad.

    CF&E 2096 leads a LIFW west through Van Wert Ohio.
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    Over on the Feather River Merge,

    Heading to the docks with some loads, and pick up some other Scrap loads......

    SD9 unit coming up from the Docks with loaded Scrap Gons. This area has been signalized and there working pretty good.

    Old Boys pulling the new Wharf Loads out. And will hookup to our Caboose on the side over there....

    MOW of Gons with ties for other areas of the Route.

    Dropped in another Passing siding, so Trains could leave Cars and Cabooses there when shunting Cars in this area.....Also dropped in a small 60 foot single track turntable for turning our Steam Power around when it heads out of this area......Our Diesels run in tandem units, with one facing opposing direction, so Engineer only needs to change Cabs for proper directional control. Works well. I don't mind our Steam shunting from reverse direction, but I don't want them coming back up the main in Reverse. So we turn them around once they have finished there Shunts and ready to head back to main Rail Yards or other areas East of here. This area is the end of the Railroad for now, but that could change later if I and some other tiles to connect in the valley behind the mountains ahead. Long ways from now, it's possible bucket list. I have lots of repairs and missing Textures on the Feather River portion of this merge. This side is !950's Glory days here.....

    Need to put up Crossing Protection here....Better drop in some Crossing Bucks real quick here.....OOPS....

    Headed into Yard Limits where will wait for Dispatch to clear us for next leg of the Route.

    They may be old, but they still run good, old reliable s got the power to move the loads.

    That do it for tonight, its past my bedtime.....Much to do the next few days, going on a Road Trip with Grand Kids...That should be lots of fun, and some good diversion from these Fires.....Do us some good to get it, we been cooped up with all this bad Smoke in the valley.....

    Night all.. Peace

  7. #1372
    Join Date
    Jun 2011
    United States of America, Illinois, Rockford
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    Nice screenshots Blue!
    I might not reply to all, but I always make the trip to your post to see the screenshots and to read the little stories that goes with each shot

    Hope you are safe from everything that's going on, especially those wildfires. Its heartbreaking seeing the aftermath the destruction the fires has left and nothing to return to

    I personally, been busy, mostly working on the next mega route (I been posting screenshots of it in the Canadian screenshot thread ), but not the map size.
    Here is the map of the 'mega' route that won't be completed for a while:

    7 different lines, with an Amtrak route that has like 200 miles to travel on, and freight I'd want to say between 400-700-ish miles to travel on. This route project will be interesting to say the least, althought I'm almost done with one of the freight lines.

    Stay safe to yourself and Mrs. Blue


    NARM's site^

    My personal site: https://hiawathamr.weebly.com/​

  8. #1373

    Lightbulb Cool Route your building there!!

    [QUOTE=hiawathamr;1835647]Nice screenshots Blue!
    I might not reply to all, but I always make the trip to your post to see the screenshots and to read the little stories that goes with each shot

    Hope you are safe from everything that's going on, especially those wildfires. Its heartbreaking seeing the aftermath the destruction the fires has left and nothing to return to

    I personally, been busy, mostly working on the next mega route (I been posting screenshots of it in the Canadian screenshot thread ), but not the map size.
    Here is the map of the 'mega' route that won't be completed for a while:

    7 different lines, with an Amtrak route that has like 200 miles to travel on, and freight I'd want to say between 400-700-ish miles to travel on. This route project will be interesting to say the least, although I'm almost done with one of the freight lines.

    Stay safe to yourself and Mrs. Blue

    Thank you my friend,

    Tomorrow, we start packing the Picnic Basket for our trip, be nice to spend some quality time with our Grand Kids....One is in College, the other is almost in High School. They grow up so fast it seems........Hard to believe we were changing Diapers not so long ago........

    Copy on the Safe part, we never take any shortcuts, and always try to give other drivers on the Road a break.

    We are excited to go, and the weather for now is very good......

    As per your Route, OMG that is huge, I don't think it would run on my laptop, but sure worth trying to see if it would......

    How large is your Route file size where you are now........?

    Enjoy your weekend and thanks for dropping in......We'll leave the light on here for you........Your always a welcome guest sir......


    UPDATE: Agree on the weather, we went into Lake Tahoe around New Year 2018/2019 and got caught in a nasty Snow Storm trying to get into Sacramento, Ca. We knew about the Storm Warnings 5 days before we left and were confident we would be OK. However what we didn't expect, was the potential for 36 inches of Snow in 2 days, was eminent.

    Saving grace,

    I talked to local who had lived and worked in Tahoe area, asked him about this storm, he told us, you better leave now, else, plan on staying up to week till the Snow Plows can get the roads open. Our checkout date was the next day, Sunday...Hmm wonder how this would have worked out.....?

    So we jumped on it, 7:30 AM, and by 9:30 AM, took time to get our stuff packed, check out of Hotel etc. We got down halfway on the hill, and it snowed so heavy in that area, had to stop and put chains on. We barely got down the rest of the hill, with Semi's and Vehicles crashing into the Mountain and Snow Drifts as the Winter Storm stalled in our area.....One guy up there with us, was looking out his Drivers window, slipping down the Highway, almost hit us, with no Chains....we almost hit another car with our Chains on.....Doing 10-15MPH.......I mean it was crazy......

    And we made it to our Friends house in Sacramento 1900hrs, but State closed the Highway we came in on.....80 Truckee, I think, at 1900hrs, not to open, till 0500hrs the next morning......

    So we were very lucky........But it could have turned deadly......

    One Couple from Sacramento area ? Got stuck on highway in a Snow Drift for 9-10 hrs, almost froze to death.......Car was one of those low profile ones that you'd never use in snow storm.........

    So there you have it my friend......

    As for the Route, wow, humongous, the largest Route I have is 1.3 Gig, and I had to trim it back on Plants and some Tiles, because my Laptop was just about crashing with that size Route..... Name of Route withheld to protect the innocent until proven? LOL.

    So at the size you have or will have, sounds like you have one vivid imagination going on with that Route............
    Last edited by blueodessey; September 25th, 2020 at 12:25 AM. Reason: Snow Story for hiawathamr

  9. #1374
    Join Date
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    United States of America, Illinois, Rockford
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    That sounds like a fun trip; best to do it now while the weather is still on the good side, as winter isn't too far off sadly
    Yeah, kids do grow up fast (at least that's what my parents said lol) and before you know it, they are already grown up and ready to go out there in the real world, how times flies (well, sometimes, not all the time). Hope your trip goes well

    As for the route...
    Performance is what I'm keeping an eye on, but that doesn't always happen, as sometimes the details gets out of hand.. oh well I tried..
    The size currently is at 1175.0MB, which is about 1.14GB in size. I estimate once the route is completed, it'll be 2.5-3GB - talk about a large trainz route!

    Enjoy your weekend as well, stay safe.


    NARM's site^

    My personal site: https://hiawathamr.weebly.com/​

  10. #1375

    Lightbulb Feather River\ Blue is headed to Colorado this week,,,,,,,

    Hello everyone,

    Just got back from dropping our Grand kid off in College, one of the ones that almost got burned out in the massive fires in Central California. Praise to the firefighters who went a country mile to save both the City and a very old College.....

    So we are headed out tomorrow Morning to see some Family in Colorado that we haven't seen since last year, got to hit the road early as it was over 100 degrees here today in San Gabriel Valley, I thought it was Fall last Tuesday, guess mother nature didn't get the memo.....

    You Tube items:


    I haven't been able to shoot much lately, so I dug out an old project. My very first railroad video from back in 1995. We got incredible access to CSX's Bone Valley operations in this 45 minute documentary. Hope you enjoy.


    Special trains crossing the diamonds in Marion, Ohio. Train with a New York Central caboose, continuous welded rail ( CWR ) maintenance of way train, Savannah & Erie NS Heritage Unit and a Norfolk Southern local freight. CSX and Norfolk Southern have 8 railroad diamonds here right behind the Marion Union station. These were my favorite trains that I filmed while visiting this popular rail fan spot with my friend Scott. We spent most of the day here on September 16, 2020. We saw about 22 trains total on the 2 CSX lines and Norfolk Southern line. I'm going to make another video to show the long mixed freights, unit tank car trains and inter-modal trains that we saw. We also got to see inside of AC Tower, the model train layout and inside the main train station. This is one of the best places in Ohio for train spotters. It is just north of Columbus.


    Americas favorite short line railroad Cincinnati Eastern Railroad abandons the use of its most famous and biggest locomotive EMD SD 45-2 #332. This locomotive was involved in a fatal train wreck shortly after it was built. It was built for Erie Lackawanna in 1970 as an SDP 45 and rebuilt as an SD 45-2. It went to Columbia And Walla Walla Railroad in Washington State. On September 4, 2020 it was seen passing westbound through Elkhart, Indiana. This video starts with a short grain train passing through Williamsburg, Ohio on September 22, 2020. Then I added a few scenes of the 332 that I never posted. There is another 6 axle SD 45 ( #330 ) on CCET but it is stored near Newtown and I have rarely seen it in use. I do have some videos of it. I hate to see 332 go because it was really awesome to watch and it added some color to the line. Thanks for watching! Check out my steam train playlist for some really cool videos! I am still working on steam train videos from Cass Railroad and Durbin.

    And this one is very unique.......


    Lhoist North America's scenic rail line runs sixteen miles from Crab Orchard to Rockwood, Tennessee. With tall bridges, a tunnel, scenic vistas, and a long history, this railroad is one of the Volunteer State's unique short line operations.
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    Here are some pics for tonight, continuation of Feather River Route......

    Checking new Track alignments, Switches and Signal Ops......

    I have changed these tracks so many times, I'm getting dizzy, LOL, I think I finally have it done the way I want Shunting to go in this area. Brought in some older Diesel power too......

    Using small Gantry lift here for Car unloading.......And using small utility Locos here to move things around.

    Trying this out on another portion of the Route. It I recall, this one has experimental Engine in it....

    This is picture of a Mining Operation somewhere in the US. Where I don't know. I think it is really cool looking setup......If anyone recognizes let me know, I would like to learn more about this one. It peaks my curiosity.....

    Leaving the Freight side here and headed down to the Docking and Shipping area to pick up some more loads for Town.

    Found me a colorful Caboose for my Train.........

    Cattle business is still thriving for the RR if we don't forget to give them Water, and keepm live for markets.

    OK folks, O-Dark Thirty comes soon for me and Mr's Blue. We are headed to Williams, AZ tomorrow, following morning after night stopover, will hit the dusty roads and head up Colorado, Durango and Denver parts over the next week and half if things work out. Have some good Country Grub........

    Thanks for dropping by.......

  11. #1376
    Join Date
    Sep 2018
    Spain, Madrid


    Hi Blue, thanks for the videos and for showing the work with that route.
    I hope you have a good and profitable trip. Meanwhile I leave you a video of a lost place, the SanDaoLing mine in China. The mode of operation in SanDaoLing can give you ideas for your routes.

    Hugs my friend.


  12. #1377

    Lightbulb Mining Iron Ore on New England Merge/ Denver Colorado coming tomorrow

    Evening all from Durango and other surrounding areas of Colorado,

    We had an uneventful trip thru Arizona, New Mexico on our way up. Sad thing, we did get delayed for an over turned RV Trailer on 6% grade. Looks like they lost control of their downhill speed.......Fortunately first responders were arrived quickly to help with some injuries in the crash......

    Believe it or not, there is some Smoke and Haze up here from West Coast fires. Locals here are surprized by amount of Haze that is still in the air. And days are 84 degrees, nights below freezing sometimes. Beautiful Fall Colors appearing on trees and other Shrubs.

    You Tube:

    The Way It was: Jacksonville 1999 - CSX Gateway To Florida


    Here's another one from my "The Way It Was" vault. A tour of CSX operations in Jacksonville, Florida back in 1999. We visit 4 yards, one interlocking tower, Amtrak's Roadrailer operations, The CSX central Dispatch Center and my very first video of Folkston , GA.
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    Santa Fe GP20 pair on the ND&W Railroad switches Napoleon PREX 3001 Maumee and Western Railroad


    PREX 3001 and PREX 2026, both ex ATSF GP20 locomotives work on the Napoleon Defiance and Western Railroad. On this April day I filmed them pulling empty boxcars from one of the cold storage warehouses in Napoleon Ohio. The warehouses receive tomato paste which is trucked across the river to the Campbell's soup factory. I then followed the train west as far as Okolona. The track has seen many ties replaced in Napoleon since the last time I filmed here. Also in Okolona the switch to the grain mill has been removed on the west end. They are still connected on the east end but I haven't seen the receive cars recently.
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    New England merge Photos for tonight:

    New mining camps located hear, where Iron Sulphor, Coal and some other minerals deep in the Earth are mined out.

    A loaded Consist is ready to head down 2.3% incline with Heavy Iron Ore Cars.....

    Load of Iron Ore headed out.

    Triple Loco's needed here to pick up the heavy Ore Loads coming out of the Mines

    Load of Sulphor is headed to market.

    Thanks for dropping in......Tomorrow is a Travel day to see our next Family members in Colorado, a few hundred miles away, so it is an early start to get on the Road Sunday and make it there before dark hopefully, never know how traffic is........

  13. #1378

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    Quote Originally Posted by fant_autentico View Post
    Hi Blue, thanks for the videos and for showing the work with that route.
    I hope you have a good and profitable trip. Meanwhile I leave you a video of a lost place, the SanDaoLing mine in China. The mode of operation in SanDaoLing can give you ideas for your routes.

    Hugs my friend.


    Going to watch the Video now Javier........Thank you for sharing

    As per our Trip it has been wonderful, really great time of the year for us to go hiking and see the Full Autumn Colors up here........

    Here are some cool looking trees that we got to see.......

    Take care and be safe........

    Hugs to you my friend........

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    Lightbulb Durango to Denver Co / Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa (fallen flag)

    Evening all,

    It's Sunday night and we made it to Denver Co, today too spend some quality time. Along our drive I took a few pictures of Rio Grande Scenic Railroad in Alamosa.

    I took some static pictures of there Trains in Rail Yards.........Unfortunately it appears this RR as of 2019 is closed due to Bankruptcy.



    Thanks for dropping in and stay safe and healthy.......Peace
    Last edited by blueodessey; October 5th, 2020 at 09:27 AM.

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    Lightbulb Denver Colorado / Loss of a friend to Covid-19/ You Tube Selections

    Hello from Denver Colorado,

    I hope all of you are well and holding steady during these difficult and perilous times were in. Last week, and I meant to mention this, a long time Friend of our In-Laws succumbed to Covid-19, it looked like they were on the rebound, and 3 days later the Lord took them from us. As they say, one never knows when there time will come. So I say a prayer for all of you each and every day. That this thing will go away, so we can get on with our Lives......

    Tomorrow we say so long to our last stop too have some quality time with extended family members, of whom we haven't seen for a few years. It felt wonderful to see them. All are well.

    Early in the morning, will start our 1200 mile trip back home on the Road with a couple of overnight stops here and there. Up here there is amazing Geology, beautiful natural and Volcanic Rock sightings. And of course the Fall tree colors to boot, you can't beat that.........

    You Tube:

    I like to have a Mine on the RR, although there is only so much I know how to do, but found this story. Hope u like it......And lots of underground mines have rudimentary or very sophisticated Rail Operations in how they move there Mine Material.


    A 10/10 Mine On The Abandoned Mine Scale

    Authors notes:

    I don’t casually throw around a 10/10 on the Abandoned Mine Scale. In fact, I had to struggle to come up with even 5 mines I have visited that earned that official designation. However, this mine has it all – intact square set timbering, history, a complex layout, intact square set timbering, an interesting geological mix, cool artifacts, intact square set timbering, remarkable displays of mining talent… Did I mention the intact square set timbering?

    I have been inside of literally hundreds of abandoned mines now and this is the FIRST time that I have ever seen intact square set timbering. That’s how rare it is! Even if I take into account collapsed square set timbering, I can only think of two mines that had it. And if I include mines that I know about, but have not visited, I can only think of one mine that has intact square set timbering. Square set timbering is really a lost art and is not something a mine explorer will encounter often.

    Abandoned Railway Deep In The Woods Of Maine With Dozens Of Freight Cars

    Trail at 2:00 Trains at 13:00 Tram at 41:00 Filmed on May 29th 2020 oh, these trains were purchased in the 1920s from New York and transported to Quebec Canada where they were disassembled and brought to their place of operation on the Eagle Lake West Branch Railway disassembled in pieces on ice roads across the lakes with trucks.



    Short Line Railroad Switching, Shoving Train Into Customer, Ohio Branch Line Railroad Action!

    Short line railway local with MP15DC switcher arriving to switch one of their new customers on the railroad branch line known as the Peavine Line. First we see the train climbing the steep grade out of Williamsburg, Ohio. Next we see them cut off the lead EMD locomotive and part of the train on the mainline so that the rear GE locomotive can shove into the customer at Batavia, Ohio. We see the train entering the customer spur with a couple cars that would not fit between the crossing and the spur switch. Then I threw in a clip of both GE B36-7s on a longer train that I had never posted. Final shot is one of my favorite shots of the year. Don't miss the recent video of this one. They pulled their caboose out of the siding to swap it around with the GP49 that sits next to it. You can see 2 separate movements at the same time from Sardinia in that video with the remote control caboose. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv8q0... This is the Cincinnati Eastern Railroad CCET. They operate 69+ route miles of track from Norfolk Southern on the old Norfolk & Western Railway Peavine Line in southern Ohio. Filmed October 5, 2020 on location.
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    Here is more Pics from New England area merged Route:

    Small NG Logging Route of mailine with some Shay Power. Little guy goes up I believe 3-5% or more grade with Empties and hit top of mountain, and bring in the Log Loads.

    Pulling in for more loads here.

    First car is loaded, will spot the next one.

    Line up the Skeleton cars for Log loads.

    Our morning Loco just pulled out of Covered Engine Shed for the next days work.

    Crossing over one of our Bridges here.

    Lots of twists and turns as we power our way up NG trail here.

    Above is the over head view of NG Logging Route.....I intend to expend it over the hill into more area for Logging and whatever else we find to bring money and work to little operation here.

    As we pull up the grade, you can see we got a few old tree Stumps. Liike to see them pulled out....LOL Probably won't ever happen......But there is always hope on the Horizon!

    And that's rap for today, time to get our bags packed for long road trip ahead.........

    I'll write again when I get home, probably by the weekend......Peace and Stay safe out there.

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