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Thread: The Revamped Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (for T:ANE-SP4)

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    Default The Revamped Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (for T:ANE-SP4)

    Here are some shots of the latest, and probably last, upgrade of our original Trainz 2004 offering:














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    Post your favorite shots if you like. We'd love to see them...

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    it'll be so much fun to take a standard gauge freight train for a spin on there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by john2002 View Post
    it'll be so much fun to take a standard gauge freight train for a spin on there.

    Well, it might, but it would surely look odd because the route is only two-foot gauge. Some of the gradients are in the 10 - 12% range, so no consists longer than 2 or 3 cars and no motive power larger than an 0-4-0 or possibly an 0-6-0.

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    You can see the top of the world from here.













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    Yep a good old route comes back to (TANE) life.

    To see how well the guys have done past and present check these youtube vids:

    Part 1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHHT2Nd1ZR4
    Part 2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4Z6KpSQ6z4


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fw4XUHdBR5I
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    Thank you for posting those videos, Butler57. Much of our content was created after seeing them on these videos. We can thank Dave Drake (dmdrake) for over 2,000 scenery items.

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    Shame we don't have some more realistic locos and carriages - dirt and grime etc.'

    In the videos - love the guys chipping coal sitting on top the coal (tender) section and outriders in front checking the track etc.

    Also in the videos there are a lot of Tourism signs/maps etc at nearly every station - something that could be added.
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    The outriders are mostly there as sanders. It rains most of the time way up there and the track gets slippery. Even with a minimal consist, wheelslip is a big problem.

    How good are you a reskinning, Butler57. I'm fairly sure Peter (Narrowgauge) would let you take a crack at it. I agree, we could add lots more content, but when we built this originally (back in the TRS2004 days) computers weren't the whiz-bang machines they are now and if we cluttered up a scene too badly, it would grind to a halt.

    I'd certainly welcome some new content if you feel up to it.

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    Butler

    What do you have in mind? There are several, more up-to-date, coaches you could tackle.

    Have you found the freight stock? I modelled everything that I could find at the time, it is quite possible that you could find something I missed.

    However, you can make or modify whatever you wish. One proviso, unless what you modify has a DHR prototype please don't label it as DHR.

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    Hi Peter,

    My latest reskins have been the Eggliners 100+. So am up to most things.

    I believe I already have all DHR rolling stock available some 27 odd assets.

    Would love to grime up the DHR loco's, carriages and freight, plus add anything not yet on DLS (Noted: do not label as DHR). Basically, try and make them as real world/realistic as possible along with nameplates etc.

    Also, thought of attaching appropriate "sander guys", coal guy & driver to loco's - that may be a while as I will need suitable figures to reskin.

    Happy to pass anything I do for your approval before any release to DLS.
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    To overuse a word, that's outstanding, Butler. A little grime here and there would be perfect for engines and rolling stock, some of which are over 100 years old. Sanders that animate when you hit the "sand" key would be topping on the cake.

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    Fantastic job guys.

    Imported the CDPs from Hiballer and away we went.

    I'm running DHR in TrainzPlus beta v107918 with assertions TB 4.7. There's a format change from TB 4.6 to 4.7 (don't know what implications for converting assets yet) but in this case I'm running all assets in compatability mode. I have not yet attempted to upversion assets. I did, however, convert some tag 'alias' assets to mesh-asset format so they could be upversioned later. I also saw one assertions 2061.72. Don't know what that means so by-passed it.

    Like the noble Duke of York nursery rhyme I ran one train up to the top of the hill and back down again.

    No track problems. I even did a switch at one spot.

    Some grid lines showing in groundtextures if you go a-roaming.

    The road and rail need dirtying up. Currently the road is pristine macadam. Needs filled and unfilled potholes. Also oil stains from trucks and cars. This is also an area that gets earthquakes, and probably a stretched maintenance budget, so some cracks would be appropriate. And suffers from washouts due to heavy rain during monsoon season.

    There is some background terrain that grows and sinks as train goes around curves. Probably need to adjust distance rendering.

    For later versions of Trains I would suggest:

    1. Replace some trees near tracks with speedtrees. Mk5 up to and including TB 3.7 and Mk6 for TANE, TRS19 and beyond.
    2. Animated water in streams cascading off mountains.
    3. Replace cardboard cutout people with 3D versions.


    And now my wish list (don't want much, you think)

    Technology 1. Drivable vehicles, with parking and passing bays on road.

    Technology 2. Animated people.

    Scenario 1.

    Monsoon has caused landslide blocking highway and rail.
    Train halted or due in couple of hours.
    Vehicles backed up in both directions.
    Clearance time from <1 day to > 1 day maybe weeks.

    Need road and rail gangs to clear slip, get traffic moving, and repair broken rail.
    Possibility another train from other side of slip and transfer passengers and freight once path cleared on road and its safe to transit the slip.
    Alternatively buses to replace train and allow passengers and freight to continue to destination or return to departure point.
    Animated passengers.
    Animated gangs.
    Drivable trucks.
    Drivable front end loader.
    Soil and rocks either carted away or dumped over cliff.
    Traffic Control.

    Scenario 2.

    Traditional Indian wedding in one of the villages with guests arriving, and departing maybe after several days.

    Scenario 3.

    Diwali festival

    Market
    Food
    Light
    Music

    Scenario 4.

    Truck collision blocks highway and rail.
    One vehicle hanging dangerously over cliff having smashed through safety barrier.
    Similar requirements to Scenario 1 with addition of working air rescue helicopter taking injured to hospital in Darjeeling.

    Future

    DHR ad infinitum.
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