Sunday, 27 September 2009

Project Platform

Project platform (working title) is a charity project that will be undertaken by staff and will include work from a number of creative people from the Rail Simulator/Works community.

The collective team will produce an addon for Railworks (from start to finish) in 24 hours, this addon would then go on sale on steam for a modest price (TBD, but we were thinking under £10)

I have the full backing of management and the whole team will give up their time for the day and for all the tasks that will need to be done before and after the event. I’d like to thank everyone involved for making this possible.

All money that would normally go to would be donated to Charity.
There are so many charities out there that need the funding, but the charity I have chosen for this project is;

As you can see a very worthy cause.

The plan is to hold the event in the second week of December. (The date is still tbc) this would hopefully be enough time for the addon to be tested and prepared to go on sale in time for Christmas.

The lion share of the work would be done in those 24 hours but there is a lot of planning and organisation that needs to be done before hand to allow the creative people to do their thing.

The Route

A poor artists impression of what it could look like...

A substantial amount of track around a fiction Island or headland that is based around Portland just by Weymouth.on the south coast of England. The area will be brimming with track which will include a quarry, a harbour, yards, a number of passenger stations and a train depot.

Local Steam passenger service
Narrow Gauge
diesel shunting
SeaSide Tram route

The route is still not designed or mapped out yet, as we progress I will update with images and plans.

The Traction

Included in the addon will be a range of new traction types 2 will be modelled on the day of the event and others have been kindly donated by key members of the community.

Kevin Martin – Narrow gauge
Tom Walters – southern terrier
Richard Scott – E1 Tram

A very big thank you to you guys.

So, that’s a high level pass of what ‘team platform’ plan to achieve. Over the coming weeks I’ll be running some little competitions for users to win their chance to have a loco/wagon/structure/town or location named after them. (there could be some fun had there!)

There will be much more information/news/polls etc over the coming weeks. It’s going to be tough, but it will be great!

Anyone interested in helping out please contact me.
Not everyone will be able to help in the production but everyone can help make this a success.


Sunday, 20 September 2009


I'm almost.. ready to announce an exciting future project.

It's been a couple of weeks in the planning already (much more still to do), but I'm pleased to say that those people needed to help get it off the ground are on board, (thank you to those I contacted) hoping more will follow once I give out some more information.
Stay tuned for more news on this...



Saturday, 19 September 2009

J21 - Start

Blocked out the shape, tender shape next to the same starndard to make sure all looks correct before pushing on with details.

Sunday, 13 September 2009

Class 02 modelling done

6 hours 30 minutes.Modelling complete (made up/best guess on bits I did not know)

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Back on topic

My brother finally got round to scanning in the Northern Echo article on the station, nothing in it that I did not know but 2 nice images.

First image of platform one by the ticket office.

Second image is how I remember the station. 1975, most of the tracks all lifted and rosebay willow growing everywhere!


Friday, 11 September 2009

3 hours 15 minutes

Some details took longer than I thought they would.

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Class 02

Ok, it has nothing to do with the WVR, however since Sly and I are going head to head I thought I'd get some 'war mup'

Class 02,
Only got 10 images of loco and cab.

Plan is to model/texture loco in 12 hours and the cab in another 12 hours, spread over a week or so.

2 hours 15 minutes into build.

Stop the clock

Saturday, 5 September 2009

Wear Valley Steam

On many occassions I have been asked what rolling stock will run on this route.

I've never really had an answer till now, I just kinda thought the 37/101 and maybe the 03 and 08.

However, the more I researched the more I want to make a few steam locos for this route, so going back through my refference material I picked out 3 locos that cropped up in almost every image.

The K4 - Great Marquess
J21 0-6-0
G5 0-4-4
I have gathered the plans and am in the process of gathering the ref images and info.
Here is the G5 I started late last night.


Thursday, 3 September 2009

Leaf blindness!

Yes I know I have made loads of grasses/bushes and ferns but I was out in Richmond Park and gathered a load more, just want more variety.

Almost got back to where I was with the foliage on the WVR route, thankfully!
Soon I can start to replant now that some of the dead wood has been cleared away.
It may look a little bare but the terrain is still painted so I can see where I need to place the assets, so it will be quicker the second time around.

Also been blocking out a few structures, nothing to look at yet but the start of the bridge over Princess St and the outline of the Wesley church.

Had some great personal news this week too, the futures bright!