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Thread: I apologize for the newbie-like questions, but...

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    Omellette Guest

    Default I apologize for the newbie-like questions, but...

    ...I have to be honest, and admit that I have no idea where to begin here.

    I would like to learn how to use the route editor, to generate new routes over new terrain, but I just have no idea where to begin. So, if anyone could answer some questions, I'd greatly appreciate it.

    First of all, I see that topozone.com has some great maps, but is there a place where I can get this info for free? I don't like the idea of having to spend almost $200 just for a fun leisure-time activity.

    Secondly, how is this type of data fed into the terrain editor? Do the maps all default to a level height where I have to edit the heights manually, or is there some way to import this topographical data automatically? I understand that it has to be massaged once the track is laid out, but is there some way to avoid having to start with an almost completely blank canvas?

    I guess with the sheer lack of "official" information, I just don't know where to begin. I even tried to just fire up the editor, but once I get to this expanded world map, I don't know how to move past that point...

    Thanks in advance for any help. :-)

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    Default RE: I apologize for the newbie-like questions, but...

    Don't worry about asking a newbie question, I was until yesterday when I jumped in and taught myself a lot. Before you can build a route you need to go the route geometry selection and create it. Start it up and then select help and find the section on how to create a new route. Follow the steps.

    As for laying track. You begin with a flat world and I haven't gotten into changing eleveation yet. My plan is to lay track than go back and change elevations and then add buildings. Don't know if this is correct or faulty, guess I will learn.

    The only keys I use are the T, arrow keys and then right clicking the mouse. Go to http://communities.msn.com/TheMSTS2x...naventryid=111 as this has some tips.

    Later

    David

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    Omellette Guest

    Default Thank you for the info!

    I'll look at that help file tonight, and see how it works...

    Still looking for map info, though...

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    Default RE: Thank you for the info!

    Do you have Microsoft Streets? That is what I use to get Lat and Longs of certain points along the railroad. Then what I do is go that point in my route and plant a tree, literally. I then connect the points. I place the trees at turnouts and direction changes.

    I don't remember the name of the company, but they sold copies of track layouts put out by the railroads. I have all of the IC. That stuff is probably on the net now.

    David

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