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  1. Show Us Your Power Plants!

    Here is my Nuclear Powerplant of my CJ Abbey-Upon-Tyne. Abney Hall is the oldest Powerplant I got in SC4: With 3 reactor blocks it supplies pretty much most of my region.
  2. Show us your station signs!

    Poshbakerloo...great minds think alike! Here are some signs taken off my CJ Abbey-Upon Tyne. The first one is a destination sign as found in pretty much any station in the UK (and my CJ too): This is a destination sign in the underground stations of Abbey-Upon-Tyne
  3. Winterfield & Berkley - NWA

    After another long absence of me, a new entrey - hurray! In this update we are looking at one of the oldest nuclear powerplants in the country, Abney Hall. Build in the 1960's, it was the first nuclear reactor to provide energy on a commercial basis. In these days however, especially with recent controversys about nuclear power, Abney Hall is under constant criticism from all sides, the operating company is considering reducing the plants output. The powerplant is located near the small village of Winterfield and lies next to the sea and approximately 20 miles south west of Burton and 8 miles south of the NWA. It consits of 3 blocks (A,B & C), however, block C is undergoing a refurbishment and block A might be shut down in the coming years. The village of Winterfield however, has suffered from the power plant, mainly poplulation wise. Most people simply do not want to live next to a power plant and the population of Winterfield is decreasing since many years. Soon, this might be a ghost town. Abney Hall, with blocks A, B & C (from left to right). The construction of a new cooling tower has just begun near block C. A close up of "central" Winterfield. It once used to be a town on the uprising of the entire euphoria of nuclear power during the 60's but now it is more of a shadow of itself. Being located right between and Airport and a power plant, it is only desirable for people who have not got the money to move away. The only nice thing here is the pebble beach opposite the town hall. An overview of Winterfield and Abney Hall. And now we move on, just a few miles north of Winterfield and about 10 miles west of Burton is the town of Berkley and the North West Airport (NWA). NWA is the 10th busiest Airport in the country with around 6 million passengers in 2010 and the 2nd biggest airport in the county, after Abbey-Upon-Tyne International. It is located directly on the coast and just a stone throw away from the small town of Berkley. Berkley itself is a town with a long history of being a farming and fishing town. However, in 1966, the county decided that a new airport was needed to connect the growing city of Burton on a international level. A new motorway alongside with railway tracks were build along the coast and into Burton. However, this had positive as well as negative impacts on many small seaside towns, such as Berkley. The town itself has no direct connection to the sea anymore, however, it is very well connected to the rest of the county and the nation as a whole with about a train leaving every 10 minutes from the Berkley Station. The town of Berkley with Terminal 2 in the backround. Due to the landscape, there was no possibility to have a trainstation at the terminal. The only way to get to the airport is by using a shuttle bus from the Station to each of the terminals. Terminal 2, build in the 1990's for international and bigger planes. The old Terminal 1, now mainly used for regional and flights into the bordering countrys. A AirFrance machine waiting for takeoff at the Taxi whilst a BA flight from Berlin is just landing. The name NWA simply comes from being the far North-Western airport in the country. In this picture, you can see that the town is, due to the railway, the motorway and the airpot, cut off from the sea. Comments and ratings are, as per usual, welcome and appreciated. Feedback: NYCisbig: Thank you for your comment. TekindusT: Thank you too, it is always good to hear from you. RL really takes its toll at the moment, my CJ updates will sadly become more and more sporadic I think... armpit43: Nah, it isn't that Crewe, I just took the name.
  4. Capital Ideas

    *sorry, spelling mistake - I meant big city, not bad city.
  5. Capital Ideas

    Nice work building such a bad city but it has no english feel to it whatsoever. That is neglegtable but a few plugins would definatly make the city a lot more appealing. Anyway, nice try.
  6. Bergerland: Askersund International Airport 2.0

    Very good work, and realyl impressive and realistic airport.But I must say that I second Pod61, for these numbers of passengers is one runway not enough, but anyway, really great work.
  7. 021 "Old Mining Co"

    Very impressive. Good use of the OMCo lots! 5/5.
  8. Crewe

    In this update we will have a look at Crewe. The town is laid in a rather boring part of the region. Located at the foothills of the Reddish Hills, it is mainly sourrunded by farms and forests. Except for the occasional group of tourist who would visit the village and the location just west of Upminster and the Abbey-Upon-Tyne International Airport nothing seemed to happen in this town. That is until recently, rather than just being happy the way the town evolved (around 2% unemployment and nearly 0% crime) the majors decided to take a drastic step. Realising that the location near the airport and the M24 South as well as the location in the middle between Burton & Abbey-Upon-Tyne perfect for developing the town further, the city officials soon began to work out a plan to drive the city to economic succes. Unlike other villages, Crewe soon began to lower corporate taxes dramatically and a number of firms start to settle there. These days, Crewe also gets called "The European Silicon Valley" because of the number of High-Tech firms which settled here or opened up branches and European headquaters of overseas companys here. The negative is obviously that the town lost a hughe amount of it's charm. Glass highrises are competing with the single storey shops in the old town centre. Also, by nightfall, the town is virtually dead since most of the workers commute from Abbey-Upon-Tyne, Burton or the surrounding villages such as Blackley and Ardwick. The village now gives home to a rough 18.000 inhabitants and is divided into 2 boroughs: Crewe & Anchorage. It also has it's own football team: Crewe United Football Club and 2 rugby teams, Crewe Rugby Union FC & North Tyne Rugby League FC. The trainstation and Crewe Church in the old city centre. A broad overview of Crewe. At the, so to speak, end of the town you can see the Bronston Towers & Rylers Project, 2 housing projects build during the 60's & 70's. The majority of inhabitants in Crewe is very middle class though. Cuttin right through the town is the A56 - a dual carriageway that connects Abbey-Upon-Tyne with Burton. An important road, especially if the M24 is clocked up again. A night shot of Crewe, facing the west and looking upon Crewe Comprehensive and Bulls Head Park. These are all the new, and some old buildings located right next to the historic core of the town. Many people say that these buildings just seem out of place in such a small town, but the council is the opinion that - if they generate money - they are fine. The 2 towers in the middle are the newest addition; the dark one being the European Headquaters of a well known american software company whereas the white highrise houses a quite big german insurance company. You can also see a branche of IBM as well as Chase Banking. A nightshot of the same buildings. Since in the 2000's, the companys try to make the buidlings beeing more representative, but most corporations sticked with the normal attitude towards their buildings as the cluster of office buildings on the right shows. In the backround you can see Bulls Head Park. This is the japanese pavillion and a WWII statue in Bulls Head Park. This park was laid out when the first midrises were errected to have a sort of green part in the village centre that would give employees and residents the benefit of having a border between the residential area and the high rises that would not disturb the peace of the town and where they can all go to relax. An overview of Anchorage, including the Crewe Centre, a shopping centre (only 30 minute drive from Abbey-Upon-Tyne: Take the exit Upminster at the M24 and follow the A56 towards Fieldhouse!) and the stadium for Crewe United FC and the rugby clubs, the Greyham Forest Stadium. Since for most residents of Anchorage the actuall town centre is to far away, they prefer Gibbet Street, a shopping street located near the Greyham Forest Stadium. In the Greyham Forests, and towering all over the village is KBL1567, the 3rd tallest building in the country and the highest communication tower in the country. Just a shot from the countryside. Along the A254, which goes through the Wilbrahem Valley, the Crewe Cloister is located. And here is an overview showing the entire town. Comments and ratings are, as per usual, welcome and appreciated. Feedback: blakeway: Thanks a lot. k50dude: Thanks. It just seems that features which are purely eycandy, such as golf courses, get quite often neglected in city building, so I tried to change that. tigeria: Thanks man. finlay: Glad you found it. It is a really good website and has some quite good stuff on it. n_wilson: Thanks as well!
  9. Seryville: introduction

    Wow, the 1st picture looks amazing - although the Nuclear Power Plant is a bit missplaced in the city centre. Good work.
  10. Creating Land-Use Plans or Maps from In-Game Screenshots

    @Vlasky - Thank you for appreciating the Germans :D - Great tutorial here. Good work!
  11. Glennkill & Hammersmith

    Welcome to "Glennkill & Hammersmith". Two suburbs outside the city limits of "Burton". Whereas "Glennkill" used to be a small village, "Hammersmith" was created during the 70's. "Glennkill" is just a small medium sized village with around 14.000 inhabitants and "Hammersmith" counts around 6.000. The village is also home to the "Royal Saltworth Park Golf Club". "Glennkill" was founded in 1850 as a religious community outside the "City of Burton". With the industrial revolution the industry began to expand outside the boundaries of "Burton" and into the village of "Glennkill". After that the village began to grow until it reached todays size. To provided room for the evergrowing population of "Burton", the city council soon began to errect highrises and council estates near "Glennkill". The position along the M24 and the "North East-West Mainline" did help the town to develope fast. During the 1970's, along with "Hammersmith", the "City Council of Burton" also decided to extend the "Burton Underground" until "Glennkill". All these factors helped to make "Glennkill & Hammersmith" the community & town it is now. A broad overview of the main city core. "Glennkill" can be seen to the right and stretches past the motoway. Pretty much all the buildings left of the church resemble "Hammersmith". The town centre of "Glennkill" at night. Not much has changed in the core of the village since the 19th century. Most buildings along the main road are still in the original state. The industrial area around the old classification yard. There used to be massive cotton mill here, long time ago, but now the hightech industry took over. The westside of "Glennkill". You can also see parts of the gold club here. This area is a little bit more wealthy than the rest of the town. "Hammersmith" and the "Hammersmith Station", of the Underground Line 6 coming out of "Burton". And here is the overview of the town with the M24 and the "North East-West Mainline". Comments and ratings are, as per usual, welcome and appreciated. Feedback: TekindusT: Thank you mate and ye, it's good to be back. The Abbey can be found here: http://www.simtropolis.com/stex/details.cfm?id=23450 k50dude: Thanks for your comment as well. I see that TekindusT answered your question already but here again: http://www.simtropolis.com/stex/details.cfm?id=2676 Simsamerica: Lol, go for it! And thanks for your comment. Glad that you like it. kolnikov inc: Thanks for your comment but I disagree. In the UK, especially in the north Elevated heavy rail can be seen in a lot of citys, most notably Manchester & Leeds. CTMandR: Thanks for your comment. ImVhOzzi: Thanks mate - especially for the word play Schulmanator: Thanks for commenting. Other entries: finlay: Hey mate, thanks for your comment. I found it on some Japanese city and I will PM you the link once I found it again.
  12. Burton II

    We still stay in "Burton". But this time around we will have a look towards the western end of the city. Due to the 1972 Olympic Games hosted by "Burton", the city experienced a sudden growth. Businesses who were formerly unaware of the city wanted to come to get their share of the cake. And with the businesses came the people who needed living space. What we can see now is the methamorphose of a former industrial & railway town to a bustling city. Today is just a broad overview of the development the city took during the past years. After the olympic games, the city decided to build a convention centre for the industry & businesses. The "BICC (Burton International Convention Centre)" is build at the old railway maintenance yard. Here, they also did build the first TV-Tower for "Burton". it is now mainly used for radio stations & as a tourist attraction. The Stadium of the "Burton Football Club" in "Whitington Park". The park is a great are for the people of the surrounding boroughs to realx as well as for tourists to visit the highest building in "Burton", the new TV-Tower ("Aurora Tower") build in the 80's. This picture also gives us the possibility to follow the M24 South. It passes "Whithington Park" and continues towards the west, underneath the railway and connects "Burton" with some of it's suburbs and the south of the country. "Whitington Park" from another angle. The M24 south heads to the right while going southbound (upwards) at the "Crumpsall Intersection", you will end up at the A35. On the left of the M24 is the borough of "Crumpsall". A poorer neighbourhood with council estates and high unemployment rates. Heading on the M24 towards "Burton", you are bound to end up at "Camille-Jones-Square". A bottleneck in terms of traffic which is now beeing renewed. The idea is to build a sort of underground motorway intersection which is supposed to let the traffic flow without any traffic lights. Also, the space created could be used to create a park for the people in this borough. In addition, 2 new office towers and a park are beeing build to raise living quality in this borough which really struggles with the amount of traffic coming through here every day. "Burton Victoria Station", one of the 2 main stations in the city. Just off "Victoria Square" and "St. Peters Church", this station is one of the architectural highlights of the city. Beeing build over 50 years, constantly renewed and changed it now is finally finished. 10 platforms, located on 4 levels and trains leaving at least every 3 minutes. Outside, the statue of "General Prestwich" welcomes the cities guests. Just of "Victoria Station" is the "Burton Metropolitan University" located, formerly known as "Burton Polytechnic". The university is located on both sides of the "Kearsley Avenue". On the right, the oldest building: "Swinton Building", once a museum and now the main teaching facility. On the left, the newest of the 2 buildings: "Eastwall Building". The halls of the students are, unliek the ones of the "University of Burton" located all over the city and not on one campus. An image which was actually supposed to be included in the last update. "Baron Cross", the big railway junction in the east of "Burton". At the bottom you can see parts of "Picadilly Station", the largest station in the city. A nightime picture of the two suburbs next to the M24. On the left "Newton Heath" with the ruins of "Worsley Abbey" and on the right "Wythenshaw". And last, but not least, a overview of the city centre at night. Comments and ratings are, as per usual, welcome and appreciated. Feedback: dudkis: Thank you very much for your comment. I think I might have accomplished my goal now JGellock: Thank you as well. k50dude: Thanks mate. TekindusT: Cheers for that. I must confess that it is also one of my favorite pictures. YorkshireLlama: Well, it is all about West Yorkshire. But ye, I know what you mean. I tried to create, again, a british city but I really wanted to be a bit more continental this time. Especially with W2W buidlings since they seem to fit more. Sadly, most of the W2W buildings on the STEX or other fanpages are German, French or Eastern european. Thank you for your comment - and I tried to work on the council estates. Jamondread: Thank you! Cisco2: Ah, I wondered if someone would realise. Even though trying to create realistic cities I also try to creat functioning citys. This means that, in order to grow, I need to place an airport in every city which somehow seem to really attract wealthy sims. It is very strange... Thanks for commenting.
  13. New York - 1974

    Impressive work. May I request a German city? (Pregerably Munich..) You doing quite well in recreating citys! I can't wait for more. 5/5
  14. Boulder Village mines ramp up production

    This looks fantastic, great work! Just a tiny clue to let the pictures look even better, with "g" you can disable the grid. And could you provide us a link of where you got the dirt textures from? Again, great work!