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  1. #1081

    Lightbulb Florida East Coast Rte on a blustery day.

    Good evening all,

    I have been busy working Ruta De La Plata, and it appears I have finished the parts that need be done for multiple merge procedure, now the Route will return to Javier for his improvements etc. From here I plan on playing with some of the several Routes I have downloaded in the last month or two.

    In addition, it is customary to accept the fact, with new Routes and dependencies, you also get the nice gifts of Faulty and/or missing dependencies to go with your nice Routes....IT appears I have amassed about 1100 of these problem makers. So it will take a bit, but will get the mess sorted out in due time.

    Tonight we have a trip to beginning in the Florida Keys, on Florida and Eastern RR, by MSGSapper.......

    A Cold blustery morning we prepare to start our Northern Trip, Rain or Shine ,will be leaving this area soon.......

    Sun has arisen, now as we come into brightly lit Hotels in a quaint Keys beach area......South end of the Route.

    An earlier Picture as we come thru a foggy area. Last of a starry night....

    Can't even see the Blue Ocean today as the Storm comes in off the Coast.....

    Here we can see some of the Ocean in between the Rain Breaks......I might turn out to not be such a rainy day after all.. Just wait five minutes and the Rain will stop here....OR ??

    Wind is at our backs here, the Palms are leading hard to the left as they normally do during one of these Spring Storms......

    Over here, we have finished our Loop around the end of the line, and now begin our leg North along the Florida Keys.......

    That'll due for tonight......Thank you for dropping in and have a Blessed Sunday.
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 3rd, 2019 at 06:55 PM. Reason: Remove Duplicate Pictures

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    Mmm, nice shots Blue!

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    Just a pic of my WIP route - peaceful lake sub division


    Cheers

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    Nice screenshots Blue.
    The railroad crossing streets is an image that here in Spain I think we will not see again.


    Greetings

    Javier

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    Quote Originally Posted by fant_autentico View Post
    Nice screenshots Blue.
    The railroad crossing streets is an image that here in Spain I think we will not see again.


    Greetings

    Javier
    As is here too in the States, lots of tracks have been ripped out of the streets, for one reason or another, I used to watch Southern Pacific, SW1200-1500 go downtown Los Angeles on Spring Street circa 1955-1965 I think, long, long, time ago, when I was knee high to a Tadpole....LOL

    if I remember delivering tons of Boxcars with Produce, Xmas Trees you name, there would be Flares left burning in the Street to warn Traffic a Train was ahead short distance working Shunting late at night....Miss that so much, but then Traffic then and now is so bad, they couldn't allow that operation anymore....

    Thank you for dropping by.....I downloaded the assets and added them into TRS19, will see how it works out........

  5. #1085

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    Quote Originally Posted by hiawathamr View Post
    Mmm, nice shots Blue!

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    Just a pic of my WIP route - peaceful lake sub division


    Cheers
    And this is looking good too......What do have planned for this Route in the way of Industries Etc??

    Thanks for dropping in Ole Friend......

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueodessey View Post
    And this is looking good too......What do have planned for this Route in the way of Industries Etc??

    Thanks for dropping in Ole Friend......
    Thank you!
    If you know my Midwestern route, it'll be something like that, but I'm hoping I can squeeze in a few more

    Cheers

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  7. #1087

    Lightbulb

    Good Tuesday all,

    Well the Ruta De La Plata Route for merge is finished and delivered to Javier......Now with that completed, I move onto Florida East Coast RR and we are going to take a long trip here and see a few things....

    The Route is masterfully done, I really like it, and it doesn't take an hour to know you are in Florida and the associated Weather for them......Colors lighting, Texture, Type of low lying mini Islands all give the feel of the closeness to the
    Ocean there.......

    It's 4:35hrs early in the morning, as we leave the Loop in the keys Island.


    Nice looking Water Tower here and other items of interest as we slowly, 10mph take the curve and head North on the Route.


    Looking here as we cross between Islands with only a Rail Bridge here, and if the Storm is in the area, then Rail Travel has to be curtailed for safety of Crew and Passengers. We probably are only 10 feet above the Ocean. I knew I was missing something here, look at how perfect the water Color is here, a grand job of perfect coloration to match up the mainland.......


    In shortest space of small barrier Islands here, we come to a working Swivel Bridge, which, almost made us crash here....I know now to slow our speed to a Crawl and make sure the Bridge is aligned for us, not for the ships.


    Here is a long view of the Space, over a mile long as we go over a heavier bridge as we make our way to the mainland portion of this trip.


    And this is one of the longer Concrete Bridge here as we cross the last part before we hit the Florid mainline


    Over here we are leaving the Florida Keys heading Northbound into the State of Florida area away from off shore the islands.


    We come off the Florida Keys branch-line, and come into Double Mainline operation now. Coming thru a Crossing here, need to adjust the timing of it, I was too close to Crossing before it activated....

    That will do it for today....Hope you enjoyed the pictures here....I will bring some more.....

  8. #1088

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    Good evening all,

    Today was Dr Apps day for us, and help some friends with Living Trusts, etc, before I knew it, It is Friday morning and I had planned to do this early afternoon...Time flies whether your having fun or not, lol.....

    Ok so I also was fooling around some with Florida and Eastern Rte too,,a bit today, I decided I want to merge some strips into it at the Jacksonville or top part of Florida, to have a turnaround U part that goes back down part to 1/2 way, then comes back into the double track main.....

    Then I go this crazy idea of maybe merging the Cattaraugus Creek & Lake Erie Railroad into the top end, since the height difference is a mere 15 feet of Elevation, which means I add 1-2 Tiles at the top for nice curve to the left....Crazy, yes, you know I am when it comes to merges, practical, well will see....?

    So for now, will look at some more of the areas as we head up North from the Florida Keys to Jacksonville, the one thing I need to do better is figure out where all the Passenger Stations are so I don't pass them by a Country Mile and get the Ridership Upset....LOL....I missed 2 stations already and had to back up......Finally I went up, well I flew up over the Tracks and pinpointed the next Station, this time, 3 try is a charm and I stopped perfectly....

    Left the Keys and heading thru several small cities....Now.

    Looks like this area is Titusville here. Will stop and pickup a huge amount customers headed upstate.
    Side view out of Locomotive Cb doing about 65MPH on long straight tracks here...

    Another Passenger Station coming up ahead as we slow our Consist down, to stop in the right spot this time...

    Just leaving the Station and headed out.....SO far, so good....

    Along shot shows there is much more of this Route left to see for us today...I know what I was going to say,
    I had some Negative frame rates in here with the mass of Trees, so I am taking out 20% now to see if that improves it a bit...
    I know I need little stronger NVIDIA, but not sure I can change this one out, The techs tell me, some of these Laptops
    Graphics Card is hard Soldered in so no upgrades....I using 4VRam Card for now.....GTX 1080i

    Looks like INDIAN RIVER Town or Station Stop here....


    Our line is clear so far on this side......Little bit Hazy in the early morning now....
    Tully Fog maybe...There are huge Ponds and Water areas like Louisiana area. Very muggy here to this morning after the heavy Rain couple of days ago.....

    And good use of Road Advertisements through out the layout.....That'll do for today, I will see you all in couple of 2 or 3 days to post some more pics, and let you know about the merge plans.......
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 7th, 2019 at 02:53 AM.

  9. #1089

    Lightbulb

    Good Evening all,

    I think Summer found us this weekend, it was in the 90's and possibly 100 in a day or two, will see. Ironally, our California Fires already started too......

    https://www.google.com/search?client...nia+fires+2019

    http://www.fire.ca.gov/general/firemaps

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/09/us/we...ave/index.html

    So will see how this Fire season treats us........

    On to the Routes, I have merged a few Route pieces together with the Florida East Coast Route, I need to add some Blank Tiles into the merge for connection points. Elevation is fine, no problems there. I will put up some more pictures when I get a chance, so you can see what I did on the merging....

    Tonight we drop back to Marias Pass, the Croud Favorite....I haven't worked on it since last October. Wow does time fly when your having fun.....

    We are on the middle of the Route here going thru some of the areas I retextured and changed some of the Rails etc.

    This area I made some Rail hookups to small Farms and Ranches.....Were doing some Shunting of Gons for Building materials Etc.

    Ovwer in this area, I took a small Canyon area, and redid it, and enlarged the area to handle some additional Quarry operations etc. Here is a load of Ties that are going to the Quarry Mines for posting and blocking the mine shafts.

    Due to the large diverse Industries here, we have lots of Junk Trains coming in to supply the industries here. I had to cut the slope downward here for 2.5% down Grade and it works great. Todays load is lots of different building materials coming in....

    A view from above here shows the mainline as a train heads down the slops to drop-off some loads in the mine area.

    One of our local Switch Engines is grabbing some Diesel Fuel here....

    String of full Gravel Gons headed out to the mainlines above us..


    I like these low single Target aspect lights here, they don't take much space and they work perfect for my signaling needs.

    Over on the Valley Sub Mainline we are bringing some of Ice Breaker Cars to run thru our Tunnels and make sure Clearance is what it should be, since Tunnels have somewhat different temp inside from Ambient temp outside, we do have residual Ice Dams that stick around longer after winter. So with these special cars will be make sure no leftover Icicles are left to damage our Engines as they pass thru the tunnels in high mountain passes here...

    That'll do for now....Night all, thanks for dropping by....

  10. #1090

    Lightbulb Marias Pass New Sand& Gravel Pit Operations

    Good evening all,

    Here is our new Sand and Gravel Pit....and a few other industries....We have lots of potential here for years of business as we process raw materials for the Customers needs.

    Our Coal mine is producing well, below ground, here our Silo is filling empty Gons for todays transport to Power Companies......

    We have several grades of Gravel produced here, everything used for small jobs to skyscrapers ,we can supply here....

    Locals come and go from several strategically placed tracks here to the mine and Sand Pits below......And it looks like our weather is holding well too....

    This week we nice tall Micro Wave tower for better communications down in the San Pit, which is lower than any other part of the Route hence we need to capture better Signal Strength.

    Lots of Gondolas getting surplus scrap here, and fresh Boxcars with materials for our Mining Crews........

    NSSW local Pool Power is working in the mines today filling consists loads,,,,,At our SandStore Depot, pun intended...LOL

    North Western Unit bringing in more loads for the Mine,,,,,,We use Triple Head Signal to get the maximum Loads in the many team tracks we have provided for mining and Sand/Gravel operations allowing for several unit trains to access our mins 24 hours a day,

    Slight blooper here, I had one too many Mine loaders and put one off to the side........

    And our last shot shows the whole mining area and pits with main line access.......I am playing on another Route now, so Marias pass will be in Idle mode for a while as I modify this other Route I downloaded......

    Night all and thanks for dropping by tonight.......
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 16th, 2019 at 10:07 PM. Reason: Spelling Corrections

  11. #1091

    Lightbulb Loram Grinder Train in City of Industry/Marias Pass/Cattaraugus&Lake Erie Photos

    Good Evening all,

    Hope all had a nice Father's day, I sure did, with my almost grown up Grand Kids......

    So in the past in City of Industry on UP Mainline Tracks south end of town, Original UP Tracks, North ones are Fallen Flag SP Trackage that is bought out by UP long ago......South point tracks had there Ties and Rail Plates replaced with Gravel work.....

    Loram Grinder 10 Car Grinder Unit is brought in too set the Rails to UP Specs, Here are some quick pics I took of the train, I didn't have time for night picture unfortunately,,,,Would have loved to had that some of those...




    Maria's Pass picture here showing some Coal Load consists shunting upwards to the main lines for pickup.....


    Cattaraugus Creek & Lake Erie Railroad Next:

    Old SP reliable horses pulling a good string of loads out for shippers. We are pulling them out of one of the longer team tracks that cross connect to Grain Silo and Oil/LNG operations on the other side here, there is one heck of lot commerce going on in this dock area.......

    One thing I might do here is change the type of Dock Rails used, I have a horrible time getting them to set right into the ground so i want to experiment with some different ones to see if I can do better on the height to Ground ratio......?


    As we continue pulling across the Dock Yard area, u see some of Wood Spline cars in the background.


    New Track I put along the edge of the highway here to feed the Scrap Yard operations.


    Back of the Dock is single line track here, I have since double tracked this line to allow bypass operations so as not hold up Gantry Loads here. One of the reasons, this area is going to have a lot more Car movement going on once i que up everything and have the trackage the way I want it to be for Shunting operations....With 3-4 Shunting operations or more going on in the Doc area......


    Old style signal house and I really like it too.......Very nicely made......And I aint tearing it out either, it's a keeper, for a very long time......


    We pass our old Flying "A" Gasoline Station here in town, they have the best Auto Service Mechanics working around the clock, keeping these simple cars running.....Not like today's computer models....were used too, with 200-300 sensers for everything and then some things that run or and record our cars actions...LOL!!

    Currently I continue to work on Florida East Coast Route, making some changes, here and there, 2 small Layouts modules have been added to Florida Route, and I will need to add some more Blank Tiles for connection between certain spots of the upper, middle, and lower Sections of the route.....Should work well since elevation is minimal of 15-30 feet of Grade height, easy for me to work with....My aim was to add some more Driving mileage with some other types of Industrial leads.....

    That'll due for now.....Enjpy your week ahead then....Thanks for dropping by......
    Last edited by blueodessey; June 17th, 2019 at 12:53 AM.

  12. #1092

    Lightbulb

    Good Day all,

    Today will show some more Cattaraugus Creek & Lake Erie Railroad shots, as we continue testing and modifying team Tracks etc......
    Over here we have outgoing loads headed to points and Portals unknown.....LOL


    Out on the main tracks is our first train consist headed to a Portal consume for now......Say bye Bye....


    Weather is perfect as we edge up towards the end of this Route...........


    And as we head thru the last set of hills here, good speed going to North Portal Control area.


    Our hustler crews look over there orders as they get ready to move a whole lot more cars for Shunting Jobs. We still have some more Trains on the Mainline awaiting clearance orders to come in with loads and empties etc........That'a Dispatches Job to work out, so will see where the day ends......


    One thing I like here is these Units have safety Red Lights when not pulling Loads around......


    This is our new metal recycling Factory with new Team tracks. All working well together for Scrap and new materials use.


    This is the outside scrap Materials area, 3 Leads and plenty of scrap to handle......


    Trailers lay out here for new loads, the Bill Board art is quite striking and well done.
    Further away, we have lots of Boxcars with Fruits and Veggies and everything else you can think of.......


    Final load of the day is headed out for the mainline, this is a 24hr operation, a lot of positioning and shunting go on as Ships come thru at all hours of the day or night......Thanks for dropping in folks......

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    Lightbulb Marias Pass New Sand& Gravel Pit Operations II

    Good evening all,

    Been working on Florida East Coast RR, adjusting Signals, Track, and some of the Roadway, nothing wrong with the Route, like others I adjust for my specific needs. And of course I merged two sections into the Route, but I haven't made it that far just yet.....

    Now will switch over to "Maria's" and look at some more of the mining details etc.


    Back at the mines, This mining area has lots of potential, we have 2 underground Coal mines, Gravel and Sand pit, General Freight business, Wood Supplies and small industrial Freight House and Depot.

    When I first drove by this mine it was probably 1/4 or 1/3 of the size it is now, with basic Sand and Gravel operations, but I had a vision of what I thought I could do with it, and so after a few weeks messing around playing musical buildings with all kinds of Equipment etc, it turned out like this.......

    I forgot to mention in the middle of this area, is a Scrap and recycle plant as well, we sort out old equipment and then ship out the metal to Foundries for remelt etc....Works well for us, we make a few bucks on the Recycle and provide some good raw metals for a second life somewhere......Each day we get about 6-8 Gondola loads of scrap going out....Our Scrap arrives by Big Diesel Haulers that drive into the pit and dump their load for sorting below......

    Because we have as many as 5-6 active Trains working, loading, pushing up the hill into the Main lines etc, we had to signalize this whole area here for safety and proper order of flow,

    Yes we could do with more workers, flagman, brakeman, and we do employ quite few workers, including the miners, underground, it just works better with an automated train Signal Aspects to keep everyone safe in the area.

    As well, we will have a huge Warning Horn if I can find one.....I think they make them, like old Air Raid Towers, but who knows, it is something I have to look into,,,,,We do use Micro Wave Towers for communications on the Railroad, emergencies etc, You have to have them here, or someone could be hurt seriously or other emergencies as well, like possible Coal Mine Explosions, it all has to all work in this complex heavy industrial Zone, like I said before, employee safety is priority one, Profit and other good things will follow if we do the job safely, and keep our employees safe at the same time, with mutual benefits to all concerned.....


    I worked on the texture details for quit a long time, to get this effect of Rocky hard Strata,,,My aim was to make this part of the Gravel Sand and Coal Operation look rugged and forboading.. I think I got what I was trying to accomplish here, hard Rocky terrible ground, but below it Gravel areas, and Coal Seams......

    We have Oil in some areas of the mountains here too. And a holding tank for Oil Storage, for now it is piped out to another area for Tanker Loading, of where I am not sure of at the moment......I think this old tank is 20-30K storage for now.....

    Water Tower holds the extra water we need for mining operations and other related items that need on demand level flow Water uses, this tank is just the right size for what we need now....


    Here is an overhead view of the mining pit area.....You can see the meandering River water going thru here now.....Which works well for our operational needs too......

    And further away view of the general area surrounding the Pit operation below......I plan on adding water canals, or river routes through the area.....


    Inside here we have lots of Pool Power running around working the shunting activities, making up Coal, Sand and Gravel Trains for marketing with local customers, like our Power Plant further down the line in the Cattaraugus Valley. I chose a huge 4-5 Story Mining Elevator that brings up loads of Coal in Buckets below, and dumps them into a overhead Hoppper, then into the empty Gons here.


    Here is some scenes of the Coal being loaded into the Cars......



    Empty Gons shoved back into the Silo loader behind us......Tracks are set for now, but as operational needs change, will probably make some small changes to the Tracks, and/or build more as needed when conditions require we ramp our Team Tracks for load outs etc.


    Side view here, I need to find more old junk, broken items etc to make it look worse and worn, like any pit would look after many years of work.....If u look up in the very back, near the Green Mountains behind, you'll see a loaded Coal Train headed out to market today.


    In the back end of the mine, Drilling Rigs blast out some Rock and Green Earth movers are cutting down thru rock and Gravel sandy areas to make more raw materials for Railroad Cars. As you can see your Gravel product has lots of varied colors in it, allowing for most types required either for homes, or something more consistent with Road Building or specific Custom Concrete mixes.....Good for you, and good for the Railroad it is local and easily loaded on Rail Cars or Double/Triple Dumper type trucks by demand. And better believe it, we do have good demand for our Gravel product here at......

    That'll do for tonight, thanks for dropping by my friends.

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    Dear Blue, it is amazing that vision you have to change the routes, really these works of yours serve as an example for those who want to add or change their routes.
    Thank you very much for showing them.


    On the Blue Route, it is giving me a lot of work and I move slowly because I can not simply replace components; Today I will tell you some things about it.


    Hugs


    Javier

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    Hey Blue! Love the content you share here, and the progress of your addition to Marias Pass

    Just came to share some of mind of the WIP screenshots

    Within the oil well area:




    I think we know what movie this was in


    And just something to add because why not?



    Cheers

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