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    CPKC Mactier Sub V2.0 (Revamp) - Project Thread for 2024 and Beyond

    Merry Christmas to all and thank you to Ted Kocyla for his beautiful route based in Ontario, Canada. I'm doing a revamp of the MSTS favorite route offered here in the F/L, this time using the NORAC signal system for OR offered by Travis Ebner (ebnertra000).

    Progress:
    Route/TDB Error Discovery: 100% repaired from Mactier to CP North Toronto. TDB is ready for upgrade.
    Signal Upgrade: Default Signals 100% removed. Starting at Mactier, and working on to CPKC North Toronto Sub. Will take a couple days to work on.

    Any updates will be posted here in this thread.

    Happy New Year

    Zach Bell
    Discord: Zach_skallysims

    #2
    happy new year to you as well zach

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      #3
      Happy New Year to you.....Glad to see that someone is updating on a older route. I look forward to your progress
      Roburt

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        #4
        Thanks for your efforts!
        Neil

        Chicago Railroading Fan

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          #5
          Are you keeping it xTracks or interested in a Scalerail conversion?
          If you like what you see here at Trainsim.com, be it the discussions and knowledge in the forums, items saved in our library or the ongoing development of our TSRE Fork, I hope you'll consider a paid membership to help support keeping the site operating.... Thanks!

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            #6
            Scalerail would be an excellent choice, but I'd be curious how much dynamic track is used, as well as switches that aren't available in SR.

            Even USTracks would be awesome, bud sadly, those are missing so many switches and curves..
            -Shawn K-
            Derby Rail Shops
            Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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              #7
              South end of Mactier.

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                #8
                Originally posted by CSRX View Post
                Scalerail would be an excellent choice, but I'd be curious how much dynamic track is used, as well as switches that aren't available in SR.
                Mactier has 538 sections of dynamic track.

                Even USTracks would be awesome, bud sadly, those are missing so many switches and curves..
                I converted Mactier to USTracks five years ago. As far as I can remember, there were no missing track pieces. I never tried to convert a route to Scalerail.

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                  #9
                  538 sections of dynamic track - horrors, I try to avoid it any way that I can. In using M-tracks not all curves are available, but what is the real difference between a 5 degree 20 minute and a 5 degree 30 minute curve. No visual difference. So I compromise by using the nearest M-track, X-track, or default-track that fits.

                  Jerry Sullivan

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                    #10
                    538 sections isn't uncommon for the time MacTier was created.

                    Dynatrax will still work for converting a route, it's just not productive for building individual pieces.
                    If you like what you see here at Trainsim.com, be it the discussions and knowledge in the forums, items saved in our library or the ongoing development of our TSRE Fork, I hope you'll consider a paid membership to help support keeping the site operating.... Thanks!

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                      #11
                      Dynatrax is unnecessary provided you use the proper Open Rails TrackProfile folder
                      My Open Rails videos https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClc...1kBPO2A/videos

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                        #12
                        True, but that's a big assumption for some folks.
                        If you like what you see here at Trainsim.com, be it the discussions and knowledge in the forums, items saved in our library or the ongoing development of our TSRE Fork, I hope you'll consider a paid membership to help support keeping the site operating.... Thanks!

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                          #13
                          Eric, you are quite right. I did the KIngsport and Blue Ridge Subs. a long time ago, first 2 routes I ever did and I shudder to think how many dynamic pieces I used. If it was a 2 degree 22 minute curve I would calculate the radius and have at it. I do intend to rehash those routes and had started on the Kingsport Sub. I redid Erwin yard and now Erwin is no longer used for much except storing un-needed hopper cars, same for Dante yard. There are thousands of hopper cars that will sit and rust away until their equipment trusts expire, then they can be scrapped. There was a coal mine at East Lynn, WV that was just about the main employer for miles around. The greenies got that one closed in 2013. It was served by a N&W(NS) branch from Kenova that was the last part of the original N&W main in the area. The main line today, along the Big Sandy/Tug Fork dates from around 1900 or so.

                          Jerry

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by landnrailroader View Post
                            now Erwin is no longer used for much except storing un-needed hopper cars...There are thousands of hopper cars that will sit and rust away until their equipment trusts expire, then they can be scrapped.

                            Jerry
                            Sadly, not even that anymore. Most of the tracks at Erwin have been ripped up altogether, except for a few lines reserved for MOW equipment. Google Maps/Earth doesn't have a recent satellite image, but Bing Maps shows it closer to what it is now. Sorry to hijack.

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                              #15
                              It's unfortunate to see so many routes that used such a piece of track to make do. A lot of routes, even back then, I would simply just delete if it had a ton of dynamic track placed through out, not worth the time to try and convert it over.

                              As I said, I'd love to use UStracks, but some of the switches and curves just simply aren't available, where it is for SR. I did a conversion of US Tracks on Paul's DAR route, which looks great, but then you see the switches and some dynamic track, and it's hard to ignore..

                              -Shawn K-
                              Derby Rail Shops
                              Maine Central Mountain Division: 20% Track, 10% Scenery.

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