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Thread: TUME’s Simulation of “The Milwaukee Road”

  1. #1006
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    Default Wind Power for The Milwaukee Road

    Building the Milwaukee Road in Trainz means I need to do a lot of investigations to find out how the whole corridore used to look like back the time at the end of the 60's and the beginning of the 70's.
    Eventually I also need to check all these old fotos with the relief of the areas in google map which showes me the MILW corridor in its todays appearence.

    Sometimes it is just hard to beliefe that all this MILW stuff has just been gone ...
    ... and sometimes during the many houres of ground texturing and tree and building placement, I wonder how would the Milwaukee Road appeare in our times today ...

    Would we see refurbished or even a brand new gerneration of Joes pulling transcontinental freights powered by clean energie such as wind power?

    But hey ... lets have a look I thought ... :-)

    Seeing this screens it is imaginable what a high potentioal has once been given up due to the terrible desission to end up Milwaukee Roads electrifigation!












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    Hi Tume i love that idea but...

    wind as for solar only powers very little power transmission powers more but now they mostly put any new projects underground as I am an expert on energy

    and wind mills also kills birds and bats as well

    hope that helps

    Matthew
    Last edited by mogburn; March 18th, 2021 at 09:04 PM.
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    Its amazing to think how profitable MILW would have been if they kept there electrification in place during the oil crisis in the late 70s.

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    As far as I know, the Substation #13 at East Portal was equipped with 3 sets of motor-generators of 2MW each. That means East Portal had a capacity of 6MW.

    The average nominal output of the onshore windpower systems newly installed in 2018 in Germany was 3.34 MW. So eventually two of such wind turbines would probably deliver enough energee to maintain a substation with a capacity of 6MW.
    Considering that it is mostly quite windy ontop of mountain chains, I conclude that some (may be three perhaps four - just in case) wind turbines at that locations would deliver enough power for the electrics.
    In addition to this a fall back connection to other power suplys would be kept of course.

    Yes - the switch to diesel so shortly before the oil crisis was terrible. Ok - they may could not foresee the oil crisis. But the desission to put forward in favour of diesels was a result of several other mistakes. And these mistakes could have been recognized as such.

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    Hi Tume

    I sent you a pm

    Matthew
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    Hi Tume

    cool route i think it will be a great idea if the milwaukee road will still be in operation and now be powered by wind to power trains aka joes

    its tough seeing it abandoned and now a part of the line is now used as the soo line

    Tume great job and keep up the great work (sorry for saying I'm a expert on energy i'm not a expert on energy) but it will be cool to make a route with wind mills

    i am a HUGE fan of your route since i first bought trainz in 2011 and i always think the milwaukee road was a great route

    best wishes Matthew

    PS

    Tume are you thinking of adding those windmills to your next milwaukee road release
    Last edited by mogburn; March 21st, 2021 at 05:14 PM.
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    Default Alberton-Avery progress towards Alberton, MT

    Hello,
    thank you all for your compliments!

    At first: The route will be set up in the time at the end of the 60's. And there will be no wind power stations :-)
    I did the screens with the wind power station just because I which a wind powered MILW-RR would be true.

    I have been asked which trainz version I will support. I did not decide that at the moment. Now the route is still in T:ANE. The change to TS19 would require new BPR Ground textures, which I already created. But also I would need to do track and bridge assets using BPR-textures as well - because it would look terrible to have non BPR-textured tracks at BPR Ground textures. About the tunnel portals it is the same. But to create BPR-textured assets, I still need to learn a lot about using blender and so on.
    After taking over ther route from T:ANE into TS19 I would need to do several grass and environment work to add nice looking grass and rocks and other environmental stuff into the route like it is possible in TS19.

    A fast possibility would be to release a pre-version of the route in T:ANE first, so people could already play with it. After that I could do all the work necessary to bring it over to TS19 - like descibed above. My aim then would be to release the TS19-Alberton-Avery-Route within the next version of trainz - if N3V-Games would agree.

    But anyway, I need to get the route finished first - right? Then I will discuss release options with N3V-Games.

    During the last days I could push the landscape decoration southside of Clark Fork River (along the BN-track) closer to Alberton, MT. Now we are just one big curve (about 3 Miles) away from Alberton, MT.

    The screens indicates a BN westbound freight going from Sawmill Gulch through a big curve towards Cyr, MT.


















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    Last edited by tume; March 29th, 2021 at 05:43 AM.

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    Default Progress screens 4 miles west of Alberton, MT

    Hello, again come progress screens from my Milwaukee Road Alberton - Avery route.
    The screens indicates a eastbound freight just some meters before it dives into tunnel #18, located about 4 miles west of Alberton, MT.
    Inside the Alberton depot building some fresh, hot coffee is already waiting for the engineers and the caboose crew.












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    Default 2,5 miles to Alberton, MT

    Hello,
    tonight I could finish the rocky slope northside of Clark Fork River stretching from tunnel #18 about two miles towards Alberton, MT.

    The last screen has been taken about 2,5 miles west of Alberton, MT.

    Decorating this section was a lot harder as several forrests because of all the details which needed to be positioned at the right place to meet the simulation looking as close as possible like the real thing. So I had to switch between trainz and google maps quite a lot.

    The two lane road is Interstate 90. At the end of the 60's and at the beginning of the 70's Interstate 90 used to be just a two lane road between Alberton and Henderson, MT.




















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    Last edited by tume; April 8th, 2021 at 12:35 AM.

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    The Route looks very well detailed........You have much to be so proud of.,,,,,,,,,,,,

    And I know from doing much smaller Mountains, when there as large as yours, and the area is so expanded, it takes a lot more time to do detail work, as well, it hard working on 45 Degree levels..........

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