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Old May 7th, 2012, 12:27 AM   #41
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Old August 18th, 2012, 09:58 PM   #45
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Well this has been a lonely thread for the last few months, hasn't it?

I found it last night & then lost & regained it ... some excellent simulations here.

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Old January 27th, 2013, 07:24 AM   #54
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Model Railways ... looks like this thread started out like that, and then morphed into "Virtual Railways". Well, I know them both.

When I was about as old as the kid in this photo- my Dad- he wasn't wearing a red hat then- built a trainset for little me and my smaller brother. Sooner or later, they both started wearing those hats.



It was somewhat bigger than that ... Dad, back then, was sizing up the points, or switches, as the Americans call them.



You can make quite wonderous creations if you really try:




When I was a kid like this, there was no Lego ... it hadn't been invented, or hadn't reached the southern seas. However, each morning, in the class-room, at school, we saw a great train rolling by:



The scenery across the road from little Tottie State was not quite as dramatic as that, but the train- "The Overland"- was utterly majestic. It had travelled all night from Adelaide to Melbourne: five hundred miles or so, and as it passed our school, between the wall of pines and Sunshine Road, there were always guys hanging out of the doors at the end of the carriage, desperate for a smoke, and a bleary-eyed view of their new promised land.

I knew this train well: it had sixteen carriages: dining and sleeping and baggage cars, just like it said in my Little Golden Book. But the read and white diesels had been left behind, at the border, far, far, away.

"The Overland" wasn't pulled by the red and silver Southern Australian diesels when it rolled past our school: they'd been swapped for the Blue and Gold of the Victorian Railways. Later in the day, at least in summer and autumn, the B-Class diesels would bring in the wheat from the Wimmera and the Mallee in those GY wagons by the thousand:



Just as I knew there were 16 cars behind the diesels on the Overland, I knew there seventy-four trucks full of wheat, for I'd counted them so many times- and a guards van- in all those trains that took the easy route, along the flat beside our school.

Well, trains weren't what they used to be, despite all that huffing and panting just over the back fence. Soon- it seemed- there was going to be the last of this little engine ... they called him "Puffing Billy". But this was not to be.



"Puffing Billy" survived- and multiplied, but his four big friends who pulled "The Spirit of Progress" from Melbourne towards Sydney did not:



On the other side of the border, the C38's took over, and were preserved: like the station at Maryborough: which pretty much knocked Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, to his feet. How could they build such a monstrosity for such a small town? Answer: the Gold ran out.



So what has this all to do with the thread? Well, it all stems from the thread. Anything you see above, if not a railway model, was either taken at a railway model exhibition, or generated by it.

Dad, Rod and I used to go to these exhibitions: and in my Father's dwindling years, it was probably the only thing that bound us: excpet for the counting of yet another year on someone's life.

He saw my interest in "Trainz" and bought it for me ... and so, I started to create this world: just as I had done on paper, as a child.

I commend "Trainz" to all of you ... it's obviously been the lifeblood of this thread lately. Just yesterday I got an email offering me the opportunity to buy a virtual saw-mill: well, maybe.

What I started to build was something better than a road to the factories:



There is actually a saw-mill up there ... thanks to a New Zealand Trainz fanatic, who, makes the whole thing sing. and that's the little British train- exactly- that we had on that trainset when I was a kid.

Modellers. However they do it, they have a certain edge on the sane. Let's look at some of my efforts.



OK, what's happening here? Firstly, you create a landscape ... starting from a flat grey surface demarcated by a pale yellow grid. You push & pull it, put some patterns on it, and drive a railway line- or road- through ... as above. You make a gap, to fill in with a bridge. Which bridge? Well, let's try them all.



You can make a whole city if you're really determined.



You can make a world. Let's start with a bigger bridge.



Only the beginning. Those yellow marks, can be covered over ... and of course the water roars, and the foam falls down ...

You can make an even bigger bridge:



Of course you can't do all this yourself, unless you're particularly talented: I bought my waterfalls and cliffs from New Zealand. The track, of course, runs right through, from the lowest gorge to the highest pass.



See? The God in the Machine understands.

It's difficult to explain what I've made to Dad. He's ailling.



Less than two months later, my Father- who made the real, rather than the virtual trainset: is dead. The next day my first granchild is born. In part he carries my Father's name. We bury my Father's ashes, with my Mother's, under that tree.

My brother and I probably see more of each other that next year, but it is not quality time, cleaning up the mess that has been left behind. At one stage I show him what I have done with this virual trainset- it's rather better than I can show above; it's progressed for many a year since my father bought "Trainz" for me. It's been hard to get him to view it .... I have to trap him.

"If only ..." he says, and carrries on at some length.

Less than a year later, there's a funeral for someone younger rather than significantly older than me.: and
What's left from the two of them is this trainset:



Has my brother moved mountains? certainly he has reshaped them:



Where once there was wilderness, now there are gardens. My brother's ashes are interrred with his parents, under that very same tree.
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The Utoob user has even tidily put together his 18 videos into a public playlist. This clip and his 3-part episode (#10) on scenery are my favourites from his series.
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