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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:20 pm 
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Hi all

I am about to embark on creating my first major route covering about 120 miles or so (as soon as I can get my head around Transdem). This got me thinking how possible would it be to create the entire UK rail system with Trainz. Does anyone think it could be possible or would it be a task that would kill your PC or take too much time?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 16, 2017 8:43 pm 
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Tonester666 wrote:
I am about to embark on creating my first major route covering about 120 miles or so (as soon as I can get my head around Transdem). This got me thinking how possible would it be to create the entire UK rail system with Trainz. Does anyone think it could be possible or would it be a task that would kill your PC or take too much time?


In theory I suppose it's possible, but to calibrate your expectations somewhat just the East Coast Main Line took a team of several people 14 years. Multiply that by five or six to do just the main inter-city lines and you're already at seventy or eighty years before even starting on the many smaller lines. Add to that how complicated it would be to model all the trains needed to make even part of the network seem realistically busy, and I think I'll stick with smaller routes for now. :-)


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I'm currently working on a route of a mere 38 miles. I can assure you, though, you will need a sturdy little set up to run any trains on it.

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I agree with Dave. I have an 80 mile TransDEM route on the stove and it's pretty heavy on PC resource and I've only really completed about 1% of it.

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it might be possible using minimal scenery 2d tree splines and hand made terrain
you need roughly 500 thousand trainz boards for a full Britain route with no holes that includes parts with no railway
a better way is just track along boards and have holes where there is no rail network
you can speed up the building time by making your own tracks with built in overhead or third rail
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I do agree that it would take an enormous team of individuals who were experts in Surveyor/Transdem etc but how superb would it be. It takes me 6 months just to do a small layout in TMR lol.


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Someone once tried it, and gave up. Glbotu tried to make a route like that, but instead the entire Greater London. He gave up and you can find his route on the DLS called London RV.

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Trainz members,
Layouts can be far too big to handle, and may have slow performance especially on low end computers.
For example using the classic ECML route,
I drove a passenger train from Skegness station destined to Newcastle station.
The simulated journey was very long in time and actually fell asleep at the computer desk on the way.
Woke up and the train derailed at a point on a bridge at Newcastle.


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davies_mike57 wrote:
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...I drove a passenger train from Skegness station destined to Newcastle station.
The simulated journey was very long in time and actually fell asleep at the computer desk on the way.
Woke up and the train derailed at a point on a bridge at Newcastle.

;) Maybe one of our great asset builders could come up with a working DSD or one of those irritating bloody vigilance devices. (You'd be surprised how many drivers in the real world actually nod off from time to time - but they have all the protection in the world to avoid catastrophes :o .)

In all seriousness though, I think Trainz fans are happier with shorter routes with a fair amount going on to occupy their interest. Finding the happy medium is not an easy task.

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