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    Curmudgeon here. Consist editors are great. I...

    Curmudgeon here. Consist editors are great. I love them. But also note that consist files etc. are text files. It's quite easy to change equipment with a text editor.

    The 3DTrains (also FPM for...
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    I'm pretty sure I got my original copy of MSTS,...

    I'm pretty sure I got my original copy of MSTS, the real one from Microsoft, for somewhere around $30, and that was not from a discount joint. Back in those days, $30 was like paying $60 or more for...
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    SecurROM was on the original. The MS Update to...

    SecurROM was on the original. The MS Update to 1.2 removed it. SecurROM was the reason why you had to have the CD inserted to play the game, originally, and why it's no longer needed after the update.
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    Good point. My desktop case has an intake fan on...

    Good point. My desktop case has an intake fan on the front that blows through the main drive bays. It can be important for SSDs too - if they get too hot (and they can, if used heavily in a tight...
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    Catenary looks great! Now there's a place to run...

    Catenary looks great! Now there's a place to run those E60s in the file library...
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    You only need to uncheck Large Address Aware if...

    You only need to uncheck Large Address Aware if you're running 32-bit Windows (with its default 2GB RAM (technically, virtual address space) limit on user processes). Even then, the LAA binary should...
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    I've been reasonably lucky with parts acquisition...

    I've been reasonably lucky with parts acquisition over the years, so I'll probably build a new computer myself one more time, soon. Key point: I can reuse some parts to keep cost down, and optimize...
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    Not sure what copy protection GTA V uses, but one...

    Not sure what copy protection GTA V uses, but one possibility might be to generate ISO files of the DVDs and store those with your backups. Mounting and running the ISO files also tends to install...
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    I'll echo that 3-different-places thing. And even...

    I'll echo that 3-different-places thing. And even then, check occasionally that everything's still working. I've had portable hard disks die while in storage.

    While for security purposes it's good...
  10. Will the states pony up, long term, to cover...

    Will the states pony up, long term, to cover operating losses? Matching a federal grant for infrastructure is one thing, operating the thing is another. Amtrak is under pressure to reduce...
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    This. If you find your MSTS folder in the...

    This.

    If you find your MSTS folder in the Program Files (x86) folder (which you probably will), COPY it to a folder outside that, preferably near the root of the disk (such as C:\trainsims). Then...
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    Here's one I did some time back of the SW part of...

    Here's one I did some time back of the SW part of the US:

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    It's a little out of date. For the KHP demo you...

    It's a little out of date. For the KHP demo you have to search the Internet Archive now, for instance - CP has dropped it from their web site.
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    For the Bob Wirth group of routes covering the...

    For the Bob Wirth group of routes covering the ATSF transcons (both ways over the Rockies), don't forget all the connections:
    Cajon Pass Barstow-LA or San Bernardino (Patrick Wise CP - older era,...
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    Side notes: the Seattle route in the f/l is very...

    Side notes: the Seattle route in the f/l is very old. At one time, there was a later version in the f/l that was comprehensively revised and much better, but for some reason it was removed.

    Much...
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    I think what's requested is a map and list of...

    I think what's requested is a map and list of available routes, with the implication that such a thing once existed. The presumption that such a thing existed, and that somebody routinely maintained...
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    As Vince says, that's the way the original MSTS...

    As Vince says, that's the way the original MSTS is set up. If you Really Really want that (definitely not recommended, and likely to totally crash MSTS - DO AT YOUR OWN RISK), then after installing a...
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    Fantastic! The Transcon is now reconnected. Only...

    Fantastic! The Transcon is now reconnected. Only piece missing (for passenger train runners) is the Racetrack east of Galesburg to Chicago, and one can detour over the freight line if desired. Thank...
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    I've gotten spontaneous reboots with Windows...

    I've gotten spontaneous reboots with Windows under 2 circumstances:

    Overheat, which has been discussed and you're convinced isn't happening. To be sure, I'd suggest getting Speedfan (it's free)...
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    File indexing is more for speeding up the search...

    File indexing is more for speeding up the search function; while of greatest benefit for spinning rust, it also helps with SSDs. The downside of it is high CPU and disk usage while it's running - can...
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    That one's easy: it's OR, not the trainmaster....

    That one's easy: it's OR, not the trainmaster. Must be stopped to change from forward to reverse or vice versa, at least for diesels and electrics. Haven 't tried it with steam.
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    I've been crawling through my collection of UP...

    I've been crawling through my collection of UP steam recently. The UPSTEAM collection from NALW had a bunch of known problems, even in MSTS, and a bunch of official (?) and unofficial patches were...
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    I'd be curious to know what the frame rate is....

    I'd be curious to know what the frame rate is. Intel built-in graphics are not known for doing well with OR. OTOH, the latest CPUs might have a bit more grunt that the older ones.

    For comparison,...
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    In principle, I agree with you. In practice, you...

    In principle, I agree with you. In practice, you need MSTS installed, even if you don't run it, for the content. Much of that content is on CD2.

    Most routes in the file library still need the MSTS...
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    Actually, these days, I'd say the use of default...

    Actually, these days, I'd say the use of default stock should be mentioned as a warning. Unless it's been modified, the physics (and appearance) can be pretty poor. In the old days, when everybody...
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