Welcome to the Virtual Railroading side of me! I will be documenting my experience in the Virtual Rail / Train Simulation world. It will focus primarily on my experience with Train Simulator 2018 and Trainz: A New Era. As I begin to try Train Sim World, I will add a section for it but until then my coverage will be limited to blog posts.
I will also be posting Tutorials, Hints, How-To’s, etc. as I find some that are well-written and work. I’ve come across a lot that work, a lot that are well-written but not a lot that are well-written and work.
I’ve been experiencing rail simulation programs for over 15 years. I got my start back when Microsoft released the first version of Microsoft Train Simulator and have pretty much progressed with it since.
In September 2002, Robert Artim and myself, started the Virtual North Eastern Railroad (vNERR). Our motto was “We deliver what others promise”. That was our mission, to provide an environment in which the average train simmer could find an organized system by which they could enjoy Microsoft Train Simulator, individually and as a group.
Nine routes were adopted to make a virtual North America. Activities were designed in several ways. Divisional – Span several routes, Local – Stay in 1 route and Extra Board – For 1 time run special activities. Other activities are designed in parts, to simulate an entire work day. Each starting where the other left off.
Over 130 pieces of equipment were repainted in North Eastern colors. Each piece of equipment was thoroughly overhauled to have correct physics, operating lights, braking forces, dimensions and power. Plus couplers were fixed for the dreaded Marias Pass coupler breaking.
A training division was set up with special training equipment and activities. It was designed to follow NORAC standards. Allthough it was not required, it was fun and Award Certificates were given out for those completing training and/or recertification.
North Eastern was run by a bunch of old guys who loved trains and computers, one of us even worked for CSX as an engineer. We were all over 40 but still liked to play with trains.
In 2010, my personal life came to a decision point and I had to leave vNERR to deal with divorce, career changes, etc. Until recently, I had made several abortive attempts to return to the world of Train Simming only to have another life crisis occur and I would have to devote my spare time to that issue.
Here we are July 2018 and I am again able to rejoin the ranks of the world’s Train Simmers. While I’m not the most creative individual, I do work hard to maximize my enjoyment of the hobby and intend to post my experiences on this website for the benefit of others. I realize much of it will probably be redundant to the more hard-core of the hobby but hopefully most will be able to find a small piece of assistance or enjoyment from what I place here.
Best to all…