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Thread: Grazlash's Route Creations, Collaborations and Renovations

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    Default Grazlash's Route Creations, Collaborations and Renovations

    After considerable consideration, soul searching and navel gazing, I've decided to start this thread as a way of consolidating the screenshots from all of my projects.
    I have two main routes of my own that I am working on, VR Goulburn Murray Lines and ARTC NSW Main South - VR North - East. Both are undergoing extensions, renovations and realignments to bring them up to TRS19 standard.
    VR Goulburn Murray Lines v4 will add the branch line from Murchison East to Rushworth and out to Colbinabbin and Stanhope. The route is mainly set in the 1970's 80's with a few exception such as Tocumwal which is of a more modern era.

    T340 leading a local goods, departing Rushworth on the Colbinabbin / Stanhope branch. VR Goulburn Murray Lines v4 WIP

    NR34 & NR51 leading an empty steel train between Seymour and Mangalore at dawn. ARTC NSW Main South - VR North East

    ARTC NSW Main South - VR North East is being extended to the south to take in Seymour township and to the north, adding the section between Bethungra and Cootamundra. The Oaklands line between Benalla and The Rock has been added as well. I've updated textures to PBR and removed the poor performing billboard trees. The track has been updated to procedural track and much realignment and grading has been done to bring the track profile closer to prototypical, but with such a large route there's still much more to do. The Victorian part of the route is set in the 1970's due to the majority of signal diagrams being from that era, while the NSW part of the route is set in the early 2000's for much the same reason.
    I also have two routes which are being produced in a collaboration. NSW Illawarra South Coast, which is in collaboration with Taggy. It is pretty much just scenery for that one. I'm also doing scenery on the Melbourne - Geelong route working with H222 who has done the trackwork. Signalling work is still required on the whole route and a lot of landscaping is needed before each area has scenery applied.


    Oscar set at Austinmer, Illawarra South Coast Route WIP


    VR Harris suburban approaching Newport while a Y class waits its turn with a repaired cars transfer from Newport Workshops to Tottenham yard. Melbourne - Geelong route WIP

    Since the TRS19 Early Access, I have enjoyed route renovations to TRS19 standard, something that is getting easier as more PBR ground textures are produced. In August 2018 I started a thread of lists of quality routes on the DLS in a effort to find more routes to enjoy, as I came late to Trainz, but also to help the new Trainzers coming in. https://forums.auran.com/trainz/show...est-of-the-DLS
    I found that many of the routes in the "Misc" category had great potential for renovation due to the complete lack of speedtrees. These routes are hard to find becuse they do not show up as a route in CM DLS, so I trawled the "Misc" category for routes over 150kb and downloaded a stack of them for testing. Once MSGSapper produced his Truly Seasonal texture series, I set about renovating Morristown & Erie by GFisher to fully seasonal TRS19 standard. The route needed a repair to the config straight off and there were a lot of HOG textures showing, but they also marked where elevations had changed. One section of overhead wiring had also sunk below a bridge, but once the faults were fixed it was fairly straightforward to renovate with textures and trees.

    MORRISTOWN & ERIE

    Spring


    Summer


    Autumn


    Winter

    I'll post some before and after shots of another route renovation next.
    cheers
    Graeme
    Last edited by grazlash; May 16th, 2019 at 04:21 AM.

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    ... very, very nice ... thankz for sharing ... respect for your inspirations ...
    grtz
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    A wonderful idea to share ideas Graeme. It also keeps everyone informed on the progress of your layouts.

    Great screenshots mate.

    Cheers,
    Roy

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    Thanks Zsuda and Roy for the encouragement

    WINGERSHEEK & WISCASSET RENOVATION


    This is an older route which is crying out for a renovation. In TRS19 the billboard trees leave a lot to be desired, all of the textures are at the largest scale and there is no grass at all. The buildings are in good shape but the roads are very low res.

    Wingersheek freight and locomotive depot. TRS 19 Original environment settings.

    After downloading the route, which is found in the "MISC" category in Content Manager, I had a look at the dependencies for the route and checked the unknowns in a google search and found from a forum post that they were all locomotives and rolling stock.
    I then took a look around the route to see what work was required and went to the menu and deleted missing assets, this removes faulties as well. I found that the route would be a lot simpler to renovate than I expected, so I fired up the Bulk Asset Update / Replace Tool. (BAURT for short.)


    Wingersheek freight and locomotive depot. TRS19 default environment

    Before I started I determined that a non seasonal makeover would be better as there would be more variety in the textures and tree groups available. Being a fictional north east USA route it's still probably an option for fully seasonal later.


    Salisbury before


    Salisbury after

    As there are tree splines and groups to be replaced, I went to CM and made a picklist with all of the TrainzBuild 3.9 tree groups as while they still work, they can only be used via a picklist and do not appear in the "Objects - Add Objects" asset box. I've found them exceptionally handy for replacing the older tree groups.


    Wingersheek before


    Wingersheek after


    Wiscasset before


    Wiscasset after

    In the "bulk asset" tool I used the "get objects from world" button and when encountering a tree group such as RED PINE GRP1, I dragged in this case SpeedTreeGroup_04 from the picklist to the replacement box and hit begin. These speedtree groups are also available for placement in Surveyor by double clicking on them in the picklist.


    Poole Tar & Cement before


    Poole Tar & Cement after
    Last edited by grazlash; May 18th, 2019 at 08:23 AM.

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    Default Wingersheek & Wiscasset renovations continued


    Jordan's Furniture before


    Jordan's Furniture after


    Essex Pulp Mill before


    Essex Pulp Mill after


    Annisquam Sawmill before


    Annisquam Sawmill after

    Johnson Quarry before


    Johnson Quarry after


    Dogtown Logging before


    Dogtown Logging after

    Hope you enjoy this series of pictures. There is still much more fine tuning and enrichment to complete this wonderful route.
    Wingersheek & Wiscasset in action next.
    cheers
    Graeme
    Last edited by grazlash; May 17th, 2019 at 02:19 AM.

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    Thanks so much for detailing your methods for updating/replacing older billboards Graeme!
    California is not turning back. Not now, not ever!

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    No worries Norm. I'm glad it was useful.

    Here are a few shots of Wingersheek and Wiscasset with just a little more fine tuning to go.





















    Thanks for visiting
    cheers, Graeme

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