Wednesday, May 27, 2020: Many of you already know about how I'm trying to make DEMs for the entire U.S. available. (files used to create terrain) I'm finding that this project is going to take a great deal of my time away from work on the Route. For that reason I am asking anyone who has some spare time... to help out with processing them. I have a short video that shows what needs to be done. It's not complicated... just boring and time consuming. Drop me a note if you'd like to help get this done before the snow flies.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020: A new update is available. Find it on the updates page.
Monday, May 25, 2020: I was alerted by one of our supporters that they found some typos in a few of the Consist files. I did an extensive search for any and all such mistakes and found even more typos. If you have downloaded any of the following ConPacks, then please click these links to download them again. The ConPacks are ConPack4, ConPack6, ConPack7, ConPack9, and ConPack12.
Sunday, May 24, 2020: If you are in need of DEMs for an ongoing project, please let me know which state(s) you route travels through and I will try and devote my time to it.
Saturday, May 23, 2020: Some of you may wonder why it will take days to get the DEMs available. Each of the DEMs have names like 1700974.dem.sdts.tar.gz. I have to open that file and then one inside it where I can copy the DEM's name as it appears on the map. I then create a folder with that name and put the DEM inside it. This is just the first step of many. If you'd like to see a screen capture of just the folders that I've created for Oregon, click here.
Thursday, May 21, 2020:
Great news for route builders!
I've just spent over two years trying to somehow locate a source for the DEMs that we used to use... you know... the 10 meter 7.5 minute DEMs that are SDTS format... Yep, these are the exact same ones that load directly into your DEMEX program.
So, how many DEM files are there? I am still in the process of receiving more DEMs and it is my hopes that I will soon have the DEMs for the entire United States.
At this moment I have almost all of them... That's over 42 thousand files. In other terms... I have thus far acquired over 90 Gigabytes of data.
So, when are they going to be available? Well, at the moment I'm having to open each of the compressed files... access and copy their location... create folders named with that location... and maintain an inventory of what I have and what's missing. I am currently creating maps of each state with grids that show each of the DEM's locations and names. It is my hope that eventually "route builders" will be able to access these maps and use them to select the desired files.
Realilze that this will not happen overnight. According to my calculations just getting them into folders and inventoried may take upwards of two or three months. Don't forget that I can't stop work on the Siskiyou Route. So far the Route is still a one-horse-show and I have to sleep once in a while.
The reason that I'm announcing this now is so that those of you who are working on routes will know that there is an answer on the way. Check back frequently for updates on my progress.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020: Just released today... An update to a tank car along with some updates to a few engines... thanks to Parker Boots. Find it on the updates page.
Sunday, May 10, 2020: New release... a new version of the route. Rather than giving them version numbers like 1.01, from now on they will be named similar to... "setup_20200509" referring to a release date of 5/9/2020. Updates will also be named similar to... "setup_update_20200509".
This new release includes Interstate 5 starting south of Ashland and continuing to the summit of the Siskiyou mountains. There are two activities that show you these additions... Tour 2 and Tour 3. Positon yourself outside and elevated above the engines so that you'll have a better view of traffic on I-5 as it too climbs the Siskiyou mountains. You may notice that this traffic has been created specifically for traffic on I-5.
The new full Route is found via the downloads page while the update is found via the updates page.
Sunday, May 3, 2020: I just finished a tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to create marker files for your route using Google Earth. Once you learn how to use it, you'll be able to create marker files with hundreds of markers in a matter of mintues. You'll find it on the Tools-N-Tips page. It's #008.
Thursday, April 30, 2020: I've just put another handy tool on the Tools-N-Tips page. It's #007.
Wednesday, April 29, 2020: It was brought to my attention that if you use the "Explore route..." when running activites, you may select some consists that aren't part of any activity. In which case not all of the engines were included in the original installation. The engines can be downloaded in Engine Pack 1 and Engine Pack 2.
Also if you run the White City Activity (WCYD) you will need to download Engine Pack 6.
Monday, April 27, 2020: I removed the "Alert" from the home page and will post it here... "The Siskiyou Route installation program uploaded onto this site on April 2, 2020 somehow got damaged and many of its files were missing. A new installer has been uploaded and tested. If you downloaded and installed the Route between April 2nd and April 15th, download it again and install it again. I'm only talking about the program that installs the actual route... setup.exe."
Thursday, April 23, 2020: Yesterday I went to log into my email and a message from Microsoft popped up saying, "Your mailbox has been temporarily moved on Microsoft Exchange server."
I spent most of the day yesterday and today working with technicians at Microsoft to solve this problem. Apparently Microsoft had a server go down and all of my "firstname.lastname@example.org" email was gone. If you are waiting for me to reply to something, PLEASE write to me again.
Friday, April 17, 2020: New update is available on the Update page.
Thursday, April 16, 2020: The Route that was released on April 2nd was found to be mssing numerous files. If you downloaded the Route between April 2nd and April 16 you'll need to download and install it again.
Tuesday, April 2, 2020
Due to CoViD-19 pandemic... work on rebuilding our home after the fire has slowed down. I'm 75 years young and so my wife and I don't leave the property unless it's an emergency. So now, to pass the time I have once again started work on the Route. I considered putting all of it on some website like Trainsim.com, however, because there are so many additional support items that one can download, putting all of the items there and tracking the updates would turn into a cluster that no one could keep track of.
As you may have noticed you no longer have to login to access the site. This means that I no longer have a way of sending out notices when updates are available. You'll simply have to visit here and check this page as well as the Updates page and others.
Please note: My new email address is... email@example.com.
Much of my work on the Route lately has been putting in roads and bridges. This has to be done before adding homes and commercial buildings. Rather than you trying to find all of the places I've improved, I have added a few activities whose purpose is to simply to show you these changes.
Many months ago I started to create Gmax tutorials so that perhaps I might get a few people helping out with finishing the Route. I figured that they might do simple things like building residential houses. Back then there were hundreds of members visiting the site and yet I only heard from one member who was interested in the lessons. I realized that I was spending a great number of hours working on a project that only one or two people might be interested in so working on lessons came to a hault. If I get more people interested in learning Gmax I might consider working on making more lessons available.
I'd really like to receive comments from all of you. Is there some area that you'd like to see work done on?... What sort of activities do you like running?... Since the Route went public I've received very little feedback.