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Post by graymac on Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:53 pm

Yeah, right, I know - where the Irish flock to on Gold Cup day! Cool
Well, that's true, but it's also the theme for a "past times" route that I'm making. Which was why I needed an old green DMU.
Apart from the Irish horse racing fans there's nothing actually "celtic" about this one, I have to confess to a bit of GWR nostalgia because all my early interest in choo-choos was growing up in Gloucestershire!

I just put a dozen screenie pics in the celtictrainsim Facebook page for anyone who's interested. Includes other unreleased work AND both of Leezer's fine "kettles" - I'll just post one sample here for now

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Post by ap1991 on Thu Aug 20, 2015 4:12 pm

That looks quite nice mate!
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Thu Aug 20, 2015 5:50 pm

Mmmm. Doesn't it! Razz
Anyway, after being diverted for several hours to make a BR green DMU external it's back to the route work. About 80% done at this stage. Needed to make a banner repeater for St James platforms as the short trains are a fair distance from the starter signal.
All the signals in this route are custom made .animated objects, no BRSigs or OpenBVESigs have been used this time. The BRSigs semaphores are upper quad, so unsuitable, and the OpenBVESigs are too modern.

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Mon Sep 07, 2015 10:10 am

Suitable diesel traction constructed for use in the route

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by Dexter on Mon Sep 07, 2015 1:46 pm

Nice... [puts the route to the list of routes he will record a journey on...]
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:23 pm



OK, can anyone guess what it is I'm making (apart from a "pig's ear" of it)  Razz
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by thehoviskid on Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:57 pm

Hymek?
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by Stevegr on Sat Sep 19, 2015 10:53 pm

Well, what ever it is and if it's a BR loco you don't have mainframes sticking out of the bufferbeam cowls.

Or the cowl running underneath the bufferbeam.

So something Irish?
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Sun Sep 20, 2015 11:28 am

Hymek it is.

Well, what ever it is and if it's a BR loco you don't have mainframes sticking out of the bufferbeam cowls.
Or the cowl running underneath the bufferbeam.
Well, Steve, I can lose the faces underneath the buffer beam easily enough. Razz

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Post by Stevegr on Sun Sep 20, 2015 12:00 pm

Lets see, Chris has one in production as well.

So does that mean I should start one?

Join the bandwagon so to speak?

Maybe I already have............ Laughing
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Sun Sep 20, 2015 4:54 pm

The more the merrier, I guess!
Chris is working on a blue one - too "modern" for the route I need it for.
Mine's a green one with small yellow end panels.

The type 2/3 diesels don't seem to have been made, even though bvetmd has cabs for several of them. Though it's routes we seem to be short of even more than train items.



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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Mon Sep 21, 2015 8:19 pm

And that's pretty much it for the externals. Now where's me cab??? Very Happy

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by bvetmd on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:29 pm

Just wait til you hear this one Gray, its getting closer by the day, some rigorous sound testing going on at present........

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:40 pm

I'm starting to drool over it, Martin!! That 25 cab looks good, the sixties were interesting times on the railway.

Meanwhile, a "simplified" Class 35 has been put together. No frills, and no claims to authentic performance physics. No correct Maybach sound seither, but it's easy to drive so suitable for novices to use on the new route. It's "the dog's nuts" ! Very Happy




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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:46 pm

7076 stands at Malvern Road.

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by bvetmd on Tue Sep 29, 2015 10:09 pm

The new class 25 on Cheltenham - coming soon......



Class 25s in BR blue will be released a little later, still quite a bit left to do with them...
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:49 pm

Will look something like this

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Mon Oct 05, 2015 11:42 am

This route and associated trains is now available to download from the website.



Special thanks to the testing team and to Martin Corbett at bvetmd who made the excellent cabs/for the Class 101 dmu and for the Class 25 Sulzer type 2.
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by MattD6R on Tue Oct 06, 2015 6:58 am

I downloaded the routes and trains successfully. I drove the 10.00 service with the class 25 and only took 15 seconds to load. It's a very nice route with plenty of interesting details and the  scenery looks great. It was a bit tricky with the slow release of the brakes but it does make it more interesting. I will certainty give the other runs a go, it's a very enjoyable route.

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by bussy on Tue Oct 06, 2015 9:56 am

Thanks for a very good route and trains the detail is great. !

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by graymac on Tue Oct 06, 2015 10:55 am

It was a bit tricky with the slow release of the brakes. . . . . . . .

I know. The "proper" locomotives and the first generation dmus generally have vacuum brakes and they take a bit of getting used to. A bit more skill is needed to drive them than with the modern stuff!

Users will find driving the "Hymek" I made is easiest of the three options. The reason is that it was built for "the look" and I didn't bother to profile the train.dat physics accurately, therefore it behaves closer to a modern dmu. 
The Class 101 and the Class 25 cabs from bvetmd are prototypically realistic, what an experienced simmer would expect. So the Hymek is a good loco for novices to learn the route.

Strange but true:
I've just realised this route is the only one I've made which doesn't have a level crossing on any public road!
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Re: Cheltenham

Post by MattD6R on Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:42 am

I have driven the first generation dmu's before but I was bit rusty with the brakes and I have not driven much of the old locos. 

I have a question for you. What are "SW" signs along the route?

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by leezer3 on Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:58 am

Sound Whistle Smile

(Often misinterpreted as Slow, Whistle)

http://www.railsigns.uk/sect15page1/sect15page1.html

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by MattD6R on Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:41 pm

Thanks for that, interesting with the variety of signs for the whistle/horn.

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Re: Cheltenham

Post by ap1991 on Wed Oct 07, 2015 3:07 pm

Has a real GWR feel to it, lovely route.
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