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  • eric
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    Originally posted by TrainSimJack View Post
    When you say I don't need the texture packs, do you mean the Terrex-2021 and Terrex-2022.zip files?
    That was related to Scalerail's texture packs.

    You'll need the Terrtex files. 2021 is the base installation, and 2022 is any files that were re-painted (which there are a few).

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  • TrainSimJack
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    Eric, I'm just getting back to this and have a few more questions...
    When you say I don't need the texture packs, do you mean the Terrex-2021 and Terrex-2022.zip files?


    Also this might just be a TS legacy thing, but I bought the BLW CNW locomotive pack.
    The smoke is a series of black squares- is that expected?
    Last edited by TrainSimJack; 12-13-2023, 11:50 PM.

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  • eric
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    Yes, that's the dummy node switch. In the earlier msts, there was a problem with unbroken track that was longer than 10 km or so.

    There should be no need to install the texture packs. Those are there for developers who are building or modifying a route. All the textures needed for the CNW should already be present in the textures folder.

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  • TrainSimJack
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    Originally posted by eric View Post
    Download and install ScaleRail
    Download and install ScaleRoads
    Download and install Scalerail 177a update
    Download and install and Scalerail Dummy Node fix
    Is that last one called something like scalerail_1tdmy_fix.zip?

    Any need for any of the other scalerail downloads? (ie sr_common_textures.zip, etc)

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  • eric
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    Yep, I need to rewrite that instructions file based on a few things that have changed for the better in the past six months...

    Take a look at the tutorial here: https://www.trainsim.com/forums/arti...-on-windows-11


    I'd recommend f:/ORTS for content that isnt from Streamlines. Do not mix the TS routes with others.

    After you've created drive:/ORTS with the required subfolders in the tutorial, do the following:

    Download and install ScaleRail
    Download and install ScaleRoads
    Download and install Scalerail 177a update
    Download and install and Scalerail Dummy Node fix

    (They all have installers... be sure to direct them to drive:/orts)

    Download and copy the TSection 58a to drive:/ORTS/Global. Replace any existing TSection.dat.
    .
    Now... you're ready to copy the CNW route into drive:/ORTS/Routes

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  • TrainSimJack
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    Just got this route and also just downloaded OpenRails, so I have zero knowledge about the whole system.

    Questions:
    Q1 - Do people recommend this CNW pack from BLW, and do you know if it works with OpenRails?
    (Pack: http://www.valleypass.com/Sales/CNW.htm)

    Q2 - Instructions say to download the routes to your routes folder.
    I have an F:\OpenRails folder
    and I have
    F:\ORTrainSimulations - where I installed 2 train simulations routes. This is the only folder on my F drive that has a routes folder.
    Am I then installing to F:\ORTrainSmulations\Routes\CNW-Harvard?


    Q3 - NewTracks.zip has a text file talking about a TSection file - I have one in the F:\ORtrainSimulations\Global folder - will changing this interfere with the Train Simulations routes?

    Q4 - Installer mentioned I need ScaleRale and ScaleRoads from the now defunct 3DTrains.com website. What is the best, fairest way to obtain those today?

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  • eric
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    It must be channeling its inner Bahston accent....

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  • amtrak115
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    Eric ....FYI,

    I downloaded all the files yesterday for the CNW....in the main route zip file...."CNW-Harvard.zip"... the route folder is mis-spelled in the zip it says..."CNW-Havard"

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  • eric
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    For those of you who already have the route, track pieces developed for the route are now included in the new standard global TSection, so it's safe to upgrade to Version 58b (available in the file library).

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  • qballbandit
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    Eric,
    That E8 looks almost identical to the "N" scale unit I had when younger. I dirtied it up to look like typical scoot power along the NW line.
    Great job, that made my day!

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  • derekmorton
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    You don't have the tsection.dat that CNW requires.
    Eric packaged it with one of his files.
    You need to go back through the posts here to find which file.
    The tsection you need is 57g.

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  • jbtower
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    Originally posted by drjayyyy View Post
    Hello I donated,downloaded,installed but keep getting this message. I ran xtracks ytracks . What am I doing wrong?
    That load page minus the error screen is amazing!!!!

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  • jbtower
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    They still look damn fine to me!!!!

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  • eolesen
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    OK, I recolored the yellow a bit and swapped out the images in the previous post. The yellow was a bit too Zito. This looks better with the bi-levels...
    Last edited by eric; 11-26-2022, 06:03 PM.

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  • eolesen
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    Dear Santa Gaetan, I'd really like to see an E8 and some single level coaches under the tree in 2023...

    BLW/ZT has a wide variety of legacy passenger sets... I own several and have enjoyed them immensely. The only roads missing at this point are my CNW, plus the Rock Island, MoPac and Katy. Now that there's a UP set, I'm hoping CNW can't be far behind. Several floorplans and cars used by the UP were also delivered to the UP because of the pool service on the Cities trains that ran on the CNW up until the 1955 shift where the MILW took over Omaha to Chicago. Many of those Cities cars stuck around until 1971, and a few lasted even longer than that in the CNW's commuter service as bar/parlor cars along with the bi-level cars (already available from BLW).

    Until then, my kitbashed versions will have to suffice.

    My E8 is based off the UP E9 shape with the BLW F7 CNW textures... those are HEP portholes at the back that were somewhat unique to the CNW units in commuter service.



    My stand-in single level coach is kitbashed from the IC City of New Orleans set 48 seat coach as a base, the CNW commuter car textures, and a photo texture of the door on CNW 553 which up until Covid was still rolling on the Bankers & Lawyers 400 with Metra.



    There's a possible IRM hook to both screenshots above... CNW 515 became part of the IRM's fleet in 2021, thanks to a donation by someone who bought it at the Iowa Pacific auction. It's still in IP livery, but will be backdated to CNW livery at some point in the future.

    CNW 553 is the last remaining 400/Cities fleet car in regular service and in its almost-original state inside. It was a parlor car that was bought and running for a commuter club out of the North Shore in Chicago which charged an extra $300+ per month in addition to the Metra monthly pass. It's since been sidelined due to declining ridership and mechanical issues. If it's days in revenue service are truly over, boy would I love to see this wind up in the IRM's stocking.
    Last edited by eric; 11-26-2022, 04:56 PM.

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