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Old August 15th, 2006, 04:52 PM   #161
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HOLY SHIT
there are other people like me
this is quite exciting

i usually make random fantasy city maps when I'm truly bored with roads etc but wow
never knew there were others who could put so much more detail

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Old August 15th, 2006, 04:58 PM   #162
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Even how 'weird' your hobby might seem...I've found out by now you're never alone at it...
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:02 PM   #163
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wow...what program do you guys use anyways

Photoshop?
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:08 PM   #164
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MSPaint.

I'd like to see some other maps, besides the ones SE9 and me have posted here already.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:22 PM   #165
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I used to draw maps like this in pencil before the first PC. THere was an Aussie SSC thread on this line started not so long back .... you really need to know the existing network & topography reasonably to really appreciate these efforts. I've meant to digitize my efforts for some time, but it's too late tonight!

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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:27 PM   #166
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:33 PM   #167
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The map or the guy who made it?

I started on my first fantasy map in 2001. The result can be seen in my first post.
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Old August 15th, 2006, 05:43 PM   #168
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kashyap3
HOLY SHIT
there are other people like me
this is quite exciting
There might be thousands of them ... or worse! I used to make phantom timetables, phantom travel brochures, phantom rolling stock ... and phantom demographics to keep the whole thing running. Would I lie to you ?

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i usually make random fantasy city maps when I'm truly bored with roads etc but wow
never knew there were others who could put so much more detail

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Old August 15th, 2006, 08:27 PM   #169
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A quick tutorial:

1. Upload your images to an image hosting site, preferrably www.imageshack.us (you can either make an account, or start uploading directly. Images should be in .jpg (good for photos), .gif or .png (good for maps) format);

2. Go to the forum and insert the url (that's the long text in the "direct link to image"-tag in Imageshack) in the 'text to be formatted'. Another, easier way is this:

just type:

[img]x[/img]

where x is the url of your image.

That's the whole idea of posting pics. Just give it a try.
Thanks a lot. I've made a map of a tram network for Groningen (a city in the northern Netherlands with a hundred thousand something people) and I hope to post it tomorrow. Also, I've drawn a network map for the Rotterdam metro AD 2020 (on paper) - I'll try to digitize and post it a.s.a.p.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 12:23 AM   #170
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This is one I made for Toronto's subway (based on existing rails and other people's proposals). didn't put too much work into this, but you get the general idea.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 02:43 AM   #171
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Here's the commuter rail system for my fictional city (Hinto) and its metro area:



MHTA (Metropolitan Hinto Transit Authority) is the agency that runs the metro system. I don't have all the details worked out for the metro yet.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 03:35 AM   #172
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As a matter of fact, I have. I was thinking about starting a similar thread yesterday evening - seems you read my mind...

For a fantasy city that looks like New York, I designed this map:

This is awesome... have any others?
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Old August 16th, 2006, 11:54 AM   #173
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Sorry I couldn't post the tram map for Groningen... it was too big for Imageshack! I tried to make it smaller but then the image went all crappy... too bad...



Anyway, the map for the huge Rotterdam metro extension is coming up soon.
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Old August 16th, 2006, 01:34 PM   #174
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@ sbarn: Yes I do. I'll post some as soon as I get home...
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Old August 16th, 2006, 08:45 PM   #175
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I would extend the London Underground as follows (interchanges in bold):

Bakerloo line:

Elephant and Castle -> Burgess Park -> Queens Road (Peckham) -> New Cross -> Lewisham

Northern line:

Kennington -> Camberwell -> Denmark Hill -> East Dulwich -> Dulwich Hill -> Sydenham

Split Northern line, renaming Morden -> Bank -> Camden Town -> Edgware the City & South London line.

Victoria line:

Walthamstow Central -> Leytonstone and take over the Central line loop.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 01:07 PM   #176
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Seattle

Cool!

I thought I was a freak for making make-believe transit lines for fictional cities...That's what I do when I'm bored at work. Most of them resemble manhattan though.

I'll post this map of my Seattle's Dreamline Metro.

I was going to make it all fun by commercializing some of the lines (Starbucks for the western line, and Amazon for Seatac) because their hq are located at Sodo & Beacon Hill, respectively.

Anyways, I'm very proud of this little map I've made. I think it'd be a nice fit for Seattle. I'm not too familiar with south and west seattle, so the only stations I put were the ones going up for the current airport link and now-defunct green line (Ballard - W. Seattle).

Seattle's Dreamline
5 lines
40 miles of track
43 stations
150,000 daily passengers




**Map is not to scale...and sorry for it being a bit hard to read!!
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Old August 17th, 2006, 01:33 PM   #177
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Time for me to put up my updated map of the first one I posted. Not much has changed, though: I only filled in the western part of town and displayed the railway lines around the city. Recently, I also included the numbering of each line. Lines with numbers 1 - 33 are full metro lines. Lines 91 - 94 are light rail lines à la DLR in London, which should be converted to full metro in the future (yes, I also made up a fake history-future time line for this metro network). Line 100 is a monorail line. All stations with white dots are local-only stations, since this network uses the same local-express distinction as NYC does, with 4 tracks per line. All the lines running from north to south (sort of) and numbered 1 - 10 are local-only lines. Lines 11 - 19 can be either local or express - most of these lines are part of a former division (comparable to the BMT, IRT or IND in NY) that operated all lines going from east to west. Lines 21 - 33 are express metro lines - at least in the city center. Outside of it, they make all stops, with the exception of a few lines like 24, 28 and 33, which have express tracks (e.g. line 24 is the airport express). There are also a few lines with a third center track (comparable, again, to some NY lines), used for rush hour express services (not shown on this map):



This is a map showing all the tram lines in the north-east of the city (the part where the blue, red, brown and grey lines run through on the big map). The tram lines 71 - 73 are 'express tram lines', with a third rail in the center allowing bypassing of local stations:



...and here is a fantasy map showing all local/regional railway lines that go into the city via tunnels. It's still rather schematic and only shows service patterns, terminal stations and (in thin grey) metro lines. The average radius from the city center (located somewhere in the middle) to the borders of this map would be 50 kms. I'll put up the geographic map as soon as it gets more detailed:



And finally, a peak into the future. This map shows what the network depicted in the first image might look like 'in 15 years' (it's all fictional, remember?). All the dotted lines are 'uncertain' projects. Can you spot the differences?



This all crazy enough for you?
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Old August 17th, 2006, 08:43 PM   #178
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I discovered that once you convert your images from Bitmap to JPEG, all your worries about pic size are gone before you can say 'cool!'.

So here is my map of a tram network for Groningen:



This is not going to be realized, at least not before the year 2250 or so - the 14-line tram network is comparable to that of The Hague (the smallest city in the Netherlands to have a tram network, with 476,000 inhabitants) while Groningen has only 181,000 inhabitants.

And here is my plan to just about treble the size of the Rotterdam metro network:



Lines 1, 2 and 5 are up and running; line 3 is a railway line that's actually being converted and linked to the metro net; line 4 is a tram line that should be converted in my opinion; line 6 is now a railway line; line 7 is pure fantasy, as is the northern branch of line 8; the southern branch of line 8 was once planned, but will not be built at all...
I've made a few minor alterations to the existing and to-be-converted lines.

Mind that geographically, both maps are total crap.
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Old August 17th, 2006, 08:50 PM   #179
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Alargule's maps and the explanations behind them are really awesome... Personally, I lack anything that remotely approaches the titanic devotion necessary for such a project, which was demonstrated recently when I tried to make something similar, but I didn't even finish the city map, let alone the network...
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Old August 17th, 2006, 11:46 PM   #180
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You should realize that I spent several years to come to the completion of those networks...The evolution of the network began in 2001, when I didn't even have the city map. I only had some vague ideas as to how certain streets were to run in relation to each other, where the major squares of the city should be, where the rivers should be etc. Somewhere around 2003, I made the first map that closely resembles the one above; in 2004 I came with the 'definitive' version of it. So that alone took me 3 years. The metro network itself got it's final shape after a couple of try-outs. After that, I've spent most of my time detailing the network, ironing out the inconsistencies, developing a fictional history that should explain why certain lines run the way they do, and even come up with detailed track maps of complex stations. This is a hobbyist project that'll probably never get finished. The network itself won't see any radical changes though; I'm happy with it the way it is now. But in the future I might work out track maps or station diagrams in more detail. The city map itself isn't definitive, let alone finished, either. As you can see, there are still many 'blank spots' that should be filled in - later...

I like your Rotterdam map - some extensions really aren't that 'out of this world'. Others are - but that's a fantasy map for after all...
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