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  1. From the album Railroads (S3-16-W)

    Commuter express arriving at Union Station
  2. The Elevator

    From the album Railroads (S3-16-W)

    Siskiyou Pacific Railroad's brand new GE ES44C4 "EVO" locomotive leads a freight past Nexis Grain Ltd's elevator in the town of Peach Pit, Hixon. The Area around Nexis Grain has rapidly built up in recent years as theonce solitary grain elevator has new neighbors such as FYE Glass & Mirror to the left and Flora Gen Seeds to the right.
  3. [VOTING] Railroads (S3-16-W)

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    Voting Rules Votes may be cast by rating images inside the album. You may rate all entries once at any rating value (1-5). All votes are anonymous. We encourage you not to rate your own entry. Try to vote on all other entries, as this will help ensure the results are evenly distributed. Suggested Voting Criteria Here are some ideas to help you evaluate each entry when voting: How well does the railroad and train(s) stand out as being the focal point of the image? The amount of detail present in the surrounding area, to complement the railroad. Does the scene appear visually interesting? The sense of atmosphere generated by the scene as a whole. Locomotives are powerful machines. Considering the type (i.e. passenger or freight), how well does the image portray this? The winners will be the top 3 ranked images after a 6 day voting period. Reputation prizes will be awarded based on the number of entries, and the overall average rating. See this topic for more info. For this Weekly challenge, rep prizes will be given for the top 3 placed entries, along with points for the "Overall" and "Weekly & Extended" leaderboards.
  4. Laying the tracks

    From the previous thread, we have gathered the resources in the form of maps to start laying the foundation of the city. I will start with railway, as these are the least flexible and therefore it is easiest to building things around the railway rather than vice-versa. I'm going to pull up the map from the previous entry and post it below this paragraph for reference. You can see the railway lines marked by black-white dashed lines. The main line goes from south-east to north-west. This is a quadruple track and it carries both freight and commuter trains. There is also a line that goes directly north from the main line. This is double track and can't be that busy, as there is a road-crossing. The rest are single tracks serving industrial facilities. Indeed, a look on Google Maps indicates there are quite a few spurs leads to industrial sites not on this map. Finally, there is a gigantic rail maintenance depot to the north-east of the city tile. With this in mind, it is obvious to start with the most major track (the SW-NE). To get a reference point to start work, I will find out the furthest west and east point of the line (where it reaches the city limits). There are 256 tiles across one axis in the map, and my map is 606 pixels wide; therefore there are 0.42 tiles per pixel. Why did I calculate this? Well, I can measure (in pixels) on my map how far down from the top of the map, the railway line is at the boundaries and multiply this by 0.42 to get the distance in tiles and then to plot it on Simcity. The western point is 281 px (119 tiles) down and the eastern point is 87 px (36 tiles) down. I can also deduce the angle of my railway line from this. The difference along the northern axis is 83 tiles across the whole city (256 tiles). Bit of trigonometry and you get an angle of 18°! The fractionally angled railway that comes with NAM is 18.4°; hence the exclamation mark. However, things won't be quite as a easy as plopping one straight line of FARR, as the only FARR interface with road networks is a Maxis road crossing. There are four road-rail interfaces across the main rail line, so it will need to bend into orthogonal at these points. This will render the line slightly off track. But I will intend to start from the west and work my way eastwards. The final road interface will be at the rail maintenance yard, so I don't mind switching it to diagonal before getting back on track at the eastern city boundary. The next step is to make a note of where the road interfaces occur. Similar to as before, I will measure (in pixels) how far the roads are from the map in Photoshop and then convert this into city tile units to measure across on the map. So far west to east we have Browns Line (49 px, 21 tiles); 30th street (in grey; 189 px, 80 tiles); Kipling Avenue (345 px, 146 tiles); and Islington Avenue (509 px, 215 tiles). I think they are all avenues (two lanes either side), so I will plot them onto the map roughly where I think they will intersect with the railway line and start building a FARR railway line. As I mentioned earlier line uses quadruple track, but I will be using the standard dual track instead. Why? Quadruple track doesn't exist (or at least not yet) and if I were to do two parallel dual tracks, it would be three tiles wide at fractional angles (48 m, compared to the real-life scenario of about 16 m!). Also, the two tracks wouldn't be used by in the game, as I have no way of separating freight and passenger trains. Next step are the detailed interfaces with road and rail, as they are currently just rail crossing... not ideal for a busy commuter line in one of the largest urban areas in North America! I will work from west to east. The first one is Browns Line and is composed of a an avenue bridge with a very gentle slope from the north and to the south it immediately splits into two one way roads and turns perpendicular with a moderate slope as shown below in Google Maps: This was mostly successful. I haven't covered the topic yet, but I did have to check the location of Lake Shore Blvd W to see whether I would have room between the bridge to get a nice curved ramp to Browns Line. Unfortunately I couldn't use the NAM curved pieces, but I did move Lake Shore Blvd by one tile so I could get a smoother gradient: Next up is 30th Street. A rather simpler affair with this one. As shown by Streetview, a simple avenue under rail underpass should do. Looks like I've hit my file upload limit. I will carry this on as a second journal entry or hopefully as a second post in the entry. Still have Kipling Avenue underpass and Islington Avenue bridge coming up!
  5. Foggy Day at Narashima

    From the album Weekly Challenge #22 - High-rise Lifestyle

    It's yet another lazy day at Narashima...
  6. The Northern Territory Expansion: As Adamskii Land experienced a booming economy from the recent expansion to agriculture, the need for raw materials increased. This demand for materials, along with the eagerness of the railroads to expand their grasp, led to the massive expansion into northern territory. Some typical scenes found in the Northern Territory. The land is known for meandering rivers and large forests. Lumber and hunting have become the largest industries with farming trying to find its place in the mountainous region. Scottie's Valley is currently the furthest out established town, a frontier type of place. Beyond this little town the river valley narrows and the mountains grow in height. A wild man's paradise full of lakes, animals, canyons and peace. Plattsburg City is the largest city within the Northern Territory. Plattsburg is known for colder temperatures, large trees and recreational actives. Many citizens spend time kayaking the rivers, boating on the bay to finding hidden coves or just riding bicycles around the friendly city. A train ride from Plattsburg to the mountains near Scottie's Valley is always recommended to tourists.
  7. This seems to be the season for derailments. This one is a passenger service. 6 dead reported so far.
  8. Flatbush Park and the New Rail Line

    Introductions & Plans The village of Flatbush Park is adjacent to the largest city in the area, Millford. Currently, there are two incorporated cities within the village of Flatbush Park called Flatbush Park and West Flatbush Park. The locals call them the twin cities. There are significant industries in both cities, mostly due to them both being on heavy industrial rail lines, which is contributing to the rapid growth of both cities. You can see on the bottom left that West Flatbush Park controls the oil-fired power plant that feeds power to both cities. This is a recent addition to the area as the cities formerly purchased power from Millford. Note the heavy pollution in Flatbush Park generated by the leather factory (the industry sitting by itself on the top left of the rail line). Traffic in the CBD of Flatbush Park is quite hampered by the rail line. Residents would like to change this, but the industry and train station use this line. Traffic in the CBD of West Flatbush Park is not really affected by the rail line, but they would like to have a passenger station over on this side of the river. Another rail company has proposed a new rail line to accomodate passenger traffic from West Flatbush Park to Millford. While the main purpose of this new line is not for Flatbush Park, the mayor of Flatbush Park wants this line to become more successful, so that an alternative to the current traffic causing mainline will exist. In Flatbush Park, the new line will not present much problem as it will be at grade and run like a beltway around the city. However, in West Flatbush Park, the new line will mostly be in the form of a viaduct through the main CBD, connecting up with the existing rail line near the power plant. A new Howe Truss rail bridge (purple) will cross the river into the West Flatbush center of industry and CBD; much safer than the existing stone bridge. Some buildings will have to be demolished (yellow), but a new basketball court and playground (orange) will be installed. The icing on the cake will be new elevated rail station (red) to accomodate passengers to Millford; they formerly had to go across the river to Flatbush Park to board the trains to Millford. Not much of interest in Flatbush Park; some new road overpasses (yellow) will keep cars away from passing trains. A new blue collar neighborhood is being planned for power plant workers. Results The McGladrey's (the wealthiest family in West Flatbush Park) in the mansion do not like their new backyard view, but developers seized on the new potential of the viaduct station and built some medium density housing. Apartments and rowhomes are filling up quickly! Most residents of West Flatbush park are very happy with the new rail viaduct line. What will happen to the old rail line that served mostly heavy industry? West Flatbush Park's new industrial neighborhood is nothing special as it's built with proximity and low-cost in mind. In Flatbush Park, the existing road structure has filled in to the edge of the new rail line. At-grade grossings are nonexistent with the new plans.
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