Saturday, 8 August 2009

Eaglescliffe Revisited

I have decided to work on the Eaglescliffe area today, somewhere that I was quite happy with in the original version but I have tried to make improvements where possible.

Grand Central service 1N26 approaches the diamond crossing at Eaglescliffe.

Shortly after, Northern service 2D23 peels off towards Darlington.

Friday, 7 August 2009

Railworks - Darlington to Saltburn

Some of you may have downloaded a beta version of my original Bishop Auckland to Saltburn project, the first route that I ever attempted to build. The route was accurate in terms of track length from A to B, speed limits were so-so and some scenery was in place. To cut a long story short, the plan was to continue the route and release a full version with all scenery in place and with signalling and speed limit discrepancies rectified.

Unfortunately, on the arrival of Railworks, it made me realise just how many "foreign" assets I had used and this posed a problem. It seemed that I may have placed a couple of these assets en route and buried them. Not only did this cause problems in Rail Simulator for people getting "missing assets" errors but also the route would just not transport into Railworks, seemingly just about the only one that wouldn't!

It was then that I took a good look at the route. There were things I was extremely happy with and things that I wasn't too keen on, namely the lack of DEM and gradients, something that I had never come across when I first started building on RS. From this I decided that the best way forward was to rebuild the route completely using the Railworks platform, using new techniques that I have learned and also to improve the accuracy of the route both from a technical and scenic viewpoint.

I am now proud to announce that a new version of the route is under construction with varied changes. Firstly, the route will now only be from Darlington to Saltburn. The reason for this is because of the work done by Paulus on his Bishop Auckland to Darlington route, there is no reason for me to duplicate his excellent work. Anyone not familiar with his route, please look here:-

I have done a lot of work on the route so far, not in terms of man hours because it is far easier this time around. As well as my extensive research material, I now have a library of original screenshots to help me place scenery and trackwork in Railworks which has dramatically cut down the build time for what is essentially a new project.

Here are some screenshots of some of the work done so far of which around 20% of the route is now fully complete:-

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Announcement Coming Soon

Apologies for the lack of updates to this blog regarding the Bishop Auckland to Saltburn route. An announcement will be made shortly regarding this. Thanks for your patience.