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tscv1n2.jpgBelow is our archive of articles with the latest arrivals located at the top. Many of these articles were originally published in Woodbridge's Train Simulation Craftsman magazineTM. We have provided the specific issue information when appropriate. 

If you are interested in contributing to our collection of articles, please review our author guidelines for details. It is located in our message board. Any railroad related topic is welcome. If you have any questions whether your idea would be useful to us, please contact us.

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Setting up correct signals in Trainz

The other day I happened to browse through the documentation that comes with Trainz, and I was amazed at the wealth of information! Interestingly, i have been using this impressive simulator since 2001 when it first appeared on the market in direct competition with Microsoft's train simulator.  [Full Article]

How a Railroad Operates

The New Haven Railroad was large, and like all railroads of its time it established rules and regulations that its employees were required to follow in order to keep trains running, freight and passengers moving, and industries along the line serviced. [Full Article]

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V-ScalerTM

Publisher: Alfred Barten
Syndicated - http://vscaler.com


My friendship with Al Barten goes back to 2002 right after I released the inaugural issue of Woodbridge's Train Simulation Craftsman magazineTM. Al was Editor in Chief of TSC, a member of its Editorial Board, and a Contributing Editor. We worked with several other individuals over the Internet to publish this quarterly CD-based magazine. It was the first publication dedicated to covering the (at the time) new hobby of train simulation. 

vr0601-dvd-case-scan-250s.jpgWe spent countless hours producing each issue of the magazine and just as much time swapping emails discussing all aspects of the publishing business and TSC's future. These were exciting times at Woodbridge Softworks and Al was a valued business partner as we explored new ground in virtual railroading and online publishing. Al now publishes the Virtual Railroader e-zine/Reading Room, and at the beginning of this year he started his V-Scaler syndicated column

We hope that you will find this index convenient for accessing all of his V-Scaler series of articles.  --Brian

 

 

Metro North Harlem Line: A Trainz Classics Original

THROUGH THE YEARS my approach to route design has been to imagine a type of operation and then create a route to go with it. The opposite approach, and one that has found much favor on the MSTS and BVE platforms, is to replicate - or at least be inspired by - the prototype. The new Metro North Harlem Line by Auran is an outstanding example of the latter approach, an authentic modeling of about 38 miles of this busy former New York Central commuter rail line. [Full Article] July 15, 2007

Trainz Driver Edition

Having demoed Trainz at a number of train shows and rail museums, I've noticed that a good number of the kids trying their hand at the controls are too young to appreciate or take advantage of the enormous capability offered by the full version of Trainz - any version till now. These younger kids are delighted to see the train go, usually the faster the better, and they love the sounds. Sitting in the cab is their favorite view, where the sounds are stronger and the experience more visceral. [Full Article] Oct 25.

Transit Modeling Ė A Broad Niche

For a small niche in the model railroading hobby, transit modeling has a wide range of prototypes and modeling practices. [Full Article] Aug 19.

It's in the Air

In case you're wondering about the future of the model railroading hobby, you could have learned a lot by being a fly on the wall at our booth last January at the Amherst Railway Society's annual train show in West Springfield, MA. Our single table had onlookers three and four layers deep throughout the weekend.†[Full Article] Jul 17.

Dogbone Traction

Through the years I've designed numerous model railroads for myself. I've even built a few. Well, almost built them. For one reason or another I lost interest before completing them. 

This time was different. After completing the sketches and even laying out the principal sections in full size on quad paper, I decided to try building it in Trainz, just to see if I would like it. [Full Article] Apr 29.

Locomotion: The Sequel

When Chris Sawyer released his Locomotion in 2004, a full ten years after its popular predecessor, Transport Tycoon, fans of the old were disappointed. They had hoped for something more than what is largely a graphic update to the old favorite. Many hoped for a cure for the old ills and perhaps some great new features.  [Full Article] Apr 22.

Transport Giant: Getting Acquainted

The first thing about Transport Giant that caught my attention was the graphics. For a strategy-type game along the lines of Railroad Tycoon, Transport Tycoon, and Locomotion, these graphics are superb. Whatís also nice is that you can zoom in closer than you can with other games. What you canít do Ė and itís unfortunate Ė is follow a train in the main window or in a separate window. [Full Article] Apr 14.

Trainz: A Modeler's Paradise

Less than six months after Microsoft released its Train Simulator (MSTS) in June 2001, Auran, released Trainz in time for the Christmas rush. There was much anticipation, as Auran had been issuing press releases on a regular basis, touting the ease of building routes in its new simulator, and displaying the results of its accompanying utility, Paint Shed, which let just about anybody reskin a model in their favorite livery.  [Full Article] Mar 06.

MSTS: First of the Big Ones

When Microsoft released its much anticipated Train Simulator in the spring of 2001, they opened the door to a new era of train simulation. MSTS, as it's called, set new standards as a can-do-everything simulator, including full 3D environment, train control from inside and outside the cab, the ability to throw track switches, shunt cars, and much more. [Full Article] Mar 06.

BVE: A View From the Cab

"Next stop, Times Square. Please stand back of the closing doors." These are familiar words to New York City subway riders. They're also part of the first train sim, the Flushing Line for BVE 2, to really catch my imagination. [Full Article] Mar 06.

Getting Started in V-Scale Railoading

It would be great if, once we decided to try a particular train simulator, it would magically appear on our desktop and let us be off and running. Unfortunately, there's some up-front efforts we need to make to ensure things go smoothly. [Full Article] Feb 06.

Welcome to V-Scale 

You say you never heard of V-scale? You're wondering what it's all about? Why should you bother? In this and future articles I'll be discussing all of the above and more[Full Article]

Al
©2006 Alfred Barten, All rights reserved. VScaler is  a trademark of Alfred Barten.

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Train Operations

Operations on the URM

Dreaming and imagineering are vital parts of building a model railroad. They are also vital to designing a virtual railroad. [Full Article]

Winter on the Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes

Work continues on the layout for the next version, which will include the line from Strong to Bigelow. I thought it would be fun to release a winter version of the layout, and I also wanted to write a description of a typical freight run on the Sandy River. [Full Article]

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Route Building

Setting up correct signals in Trainz

The other day I happened to browse through the documentation that comes with Trainz, and I was amazed at the wealth of information! Interestingly, i have been using this impressive simulator since 2001 when it first appeared on the market in direct competition with Microsoft's train simulator.  [Full Article]

More Time on the St. Johnsbury and Lamoile County

Work continues on my St. Johnsbury and Lamoile County Railroad. This bridge route, if you remember, was started back in 2003 as a craftsman project for TSC. Over the years work has steadily progressed to a point where about half of the layout now has a base scenery placed on it. [Full Article]

Transforming a Model Railroad into a Virtual Railroad

The joy of model railroading is different for everyone involved. Some like the layout planning aspects; others find the building of a layout challenging. [Full Article]

More MR Mag

Each month I wait with anticipation for the next issue of my favorite model railroad magazine. I enjoy seeing whatís new for the hobby, and I especially enjoy looking at other modelerís layouts and track plans. [Full Article]

Utah and Rocky Mountain Railroad

The Utah and Rocky Mountain Railroad is a virtual railroad that is based in Salt Lake City. This fictional line runs north from Utah, across Idaho and ends at Spokane, Washington where the U&RM has a terminus with connections to the Seattle, Portland, and Spokane Railroad and the Great Northern providing connections to the Pacific Northwest, and California. [Full Article]

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Reviews

This is V-Scale

If you are a beginner to the world of virtual railroading, then I have an ebook for you! Author and publisher, Alfred Barten, has created a wonderfully informative ebook that will help the novice user to get started in this exciting new slant on the model railroading hobby. [Full Article]

Talyllyn Railway Route
Dampf en Werratal
Mideast UK

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Opinion

Who needs a video? We have the REAL thing!

What is virtual railroading? Is it a game? Or, is it a hobby? Is it simply another avenue to model railroads with? Why are people either firmly for it? Or, vehemently opposed to it? Our title for this article is actually a quote from a father to his son at a train show. It accurately reflects the attitude of the old school of model railroading, and the conflict with the younger generation who has been raised with a gaming attitude. [Full Article]

Model Railroading - The beginnings of Virtual Railroading

Before the age of computers railroads were simulated by rail fans on tables using models powered by small electric motors. [Full Article

Is there a place for Virtual Railroading?

When I started Train Simulation Craftsman back in 2002 the idea of train simulation was fairly new. Even though there have been train related games available for computers for some time, none of them really were capable of replacing model railroading. [Full Article]

What Train Simulation Means to Me
Basements Have Walls, Trainz Virtual Model Railroading
What VMR is

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Other

Agatha Christie's Murder on the Orient Express

Virtual railroading comes in many forms and types of simulations. They range from driving simulations to full-blown 3-dimensional worlds that you can create and explore by rail. There are strategy games, and empire building games that are based on a railroading theme. And, there are also adventure games that entail a story that takes place on a train. I would like to explore this last new genre in the virtual railroading arena. [Full Article]

The Artist's Mirror
Fiction: The Truth Be Told 

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Prototype

How a Railroad Operates

The New Haven Railroad was large, and like all railroads of its time it established rules and regulations that its employees were required to follow in order to keep trains running, freight and passengers moving, and industries along the line serviced. [Full Article]

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