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  • State of the Site - February 2024

    State of the Site - February 2024

    And just like that, NFL football is over for the season. Those of you who don't follow football closely may not understand the emptiness that sets in following the end of the regular season (especially for those whose teams don't make the playoffs), but for me, watching football is a block on the weekend where I am guaranteed to get mostly uninterrupted time to concentrate on programming fixes and other things Trainsim related because our household watches a lot of football... Congrats to the ...
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  • Bundles of Bundles

    Bundles of Bundles

    A number of routes old and new have been bundled recently, which means you can get all of the required items in a single zip if you're a First Class or FastPass member. To view the list of current routes and other files that are bundled, Click here With the new track pieces for older routes available, you might want to rediscover a few of the older gems including the various Milwaukee Road "Lines West" such as the RMD East, RMD West, Idaho and Coast divisions. Or maybe the Pacific Electric o...
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    Last edited by eric; 02-09-2024, 06:23 PM.

  • State of the Site -- January 2024

    State of the Site -- January 2024

    I'd say we are off to a very good start to the year... The last few years, I've been out of meaningful NFL football to watch by the first week of January, and able to spend more time doing other things. This year, my Packers shocked the world and knocked out the #2 Dallas Cowboys, making it to the Divisional Round officially as the youngest average age team in NFL history and the first #7 seed to advance to the Divisional Round... Unfortunately, this past weekend they lost a close game to the...
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  • Happy 2024!

    Happy 2024!

    During the last year...

    An average of 10,000 pages were visited daily...
    624 people made 11,610 posts to our forums...
    264 people sent 2,089 private messages...
    153 people uploaded 1,334 screenshots and other attachments...
    110 people uploaded 442 files to the library...
    Over 18,000 unique users downloaded 735,664 files from the library...

    Since August, 11,040 users performed 906,271 searches of the file library...

    Numbers like...
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    Last edited by eric; 12-31-2023, 05:08 PM.

  • State of the Site - December 2023

    State of the Site - December 2023

    Where has the time gone? We're just a week out from Christmas, and a fortnight from the New Year... The month started out with some bad news regarding one of our early members and long-time moderator on the site... Our friend Dave Edwards passed away on December 7th. He'd been battling health issues for the last few years, and while things were looking better over the past couple months, he took a sudden turn for the worse. There's a thread in the "We Remember" forum for those looking for more de...
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  • The Night Before Christmas

    The Night Before Christmas

    'Twas the Night before Christmas, and all through the yard, Not a whistle was blowing, not a steam plume stirred. The engines, all silent, in slumber did sleep, While visions of passengers danced in their dreams. The rails, silver gleamed in the pale moon's light, As signals stood frozen, no red to ignite. No coal clattered down, no pistons did churn, Only soft winter snowflakes softly did turn. On the roundhouse roof, perched high with a grin, A lone Santa conductor, his work nearly din. He che...
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  • Run8 Studios South Fork Secondary

    Run8 Studios South Fork Secondary

    Run 8 Studios announces a new route for v3 -- the Norfolk Southern South Fork Secondary.

    Set in Pennsylvania, this 30 mile route depicts a line from South Fork which services three coal mines -- Huskin Run, Rose Bud and Shade Creek.

    The line climbs steeply out of South Fork on a nearly 2.4% ruling grade up to the summit. Most trains will either run in a 3X3 or 3X2 configuration, in a push-pull manner.

    Along its course up to each of these mines, there is a...
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    Last edited by eric; 12-25-2023, 04:30 PM.

  • State of the Site - November 2023

    State of the Site - November 2023

    Happy Thanksgiving! I know we've got a lot to be thankful for in our household, and I hope everyone gets a chance to spend some time with those they care about and celebrate the good things in their lives.

    To celebrate fall a little late, I've been having some fun in the Upper Peninsula on MLT's Michigan Iron Ore route, which I've been meaning to pick up for a while.

    It's my idea of a perfect route -- not too large, and one where you can spend as little or as long as you...
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    Last edited by eric; 11-23-2023, 12:48 AM.

  • Properly Install MSTS on Windows 10 and Higher

    Properly Install MSTS on Windows 10 and Higher

    Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. Adding to the complexity, some of these applications date back to 2001, when MSTS was first introduced. The Windows operating system has changed quite a bit since then, and as a result, the way older app install...
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    Last edited by eric; 03-16-2024, 10:07 PM.

  • Riding the Milwaukee Road... Sort of.

    Riding the Milwaukee Road... Sort of.

    This week, I got to combine two of my hobbies.... Off-roading and railroads.

    I've written before about some of our ATV rides in Tennessee, and we recently acquired a four seat Honda Pioneer 700 UTV to add to our off-road "toy collection".

    For those who have no idea ATV/UTV means... a "traditional" ATV (all-terrain vehicle) is a three or four-wheeler with handle bar steering and a motorcycle style saddle seat. A UTV (utility-trail vehicle) has a steering...
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    Last edited by eric; 11-18-2023, 05:10 PM.
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