Saturday 27 June 2015

And so it was released

And gosh what a lot of noise.

Overall I'd say the majority of the comments are very positive.
I have seen some chat about advanced speed limits.
We discussed and included so totally by design.

It has been a pleasure to share our project with you all. For a long time I thought that maybe only a select few would only get to see route and in an unfinished state.

I am also really pleased to have the 101, 37, 08 included in the pack. these locos were all built by me over the years so to bring them all together was great.

Ben and Mike rebuilt the 25 and Ricardo rebuilt the 105. It is a really nice pack, wish I had chance to put in my 03 though, but never mind.

These past few days I have enjoyed the scenarios myself, it is nice to stop building and actually just enjoy the passing of the scenery.

If I had my time again I'm not sure I would have built it, it has taken a huge amount of my personal time and I only ever really set out to rebuild Bishop Auckland station and surrounding area.

For many old timers they will see lots of assets that have been used over the years. however if you have seen them before just remember they were built for this route first!

Towards the end I kept many of the assets away from the other routes, and even in the last weekend before released I managed to slip in a further 10 new buildings.
But you have to stop somewhere, art is often never finished you just run out of time or energy, I ran out of both!
I felt a huge amount of responsibility for doing this route justice after such a long time in development and it took a fair amount out of me.

I really am cool with people criticising the route. People have paid for it and can feedback whatever they like. I would have just kept it to myself if I was scared of that.

I know it is a good route and I know it is really good value. I know people put their best into it and I am very proud of it and the team.
And really that is all you can hope for.

Not sure I will ever undergo a new route, but this route does have a fair amount of scope for extensions. Richmond, Hartlepool, Sunderland, Newcastle, York, ECML, Saltburn, Tow Law and Consett to name but a few.

I'm not sure where this blog will go from here. I am just going to enjoy the summer and give myself a rest.

Once again, thank you to all who has been involved read my blog and left me comments here.
This place alone has been as much part of the process as the production!

OK, I am off to drive my 101 to Darlo once more!

Fan made film below

Wednesday 24 June 2015


I just had to put this 'shop' in.

For K.

Sunday 21 June 2015

Market Place Part 1

Nowhere near the track but hey it had to go in! Back in the day this would be all market stalls etc, but I just made it to how it was now-ish or at least the best I could in a few hours. Bosh.

3am Eternal

This is my cut off time... 6 hours to do all I need to do!
Gonna be tight... will blog my progress tonight.

First up the 4 clocks (with 4 working clocks!)

Little fluffy clouds

I was bored of the 2D clouds so made some new ones.

Close to being finished

So after all these years many miles and many thousands of assets it has all boiled down to this.

This view was the sole reason I started in the first place.

Not long now!


Saturday 20 June 2015

Sunday 14 June 2015

Monday 8 June 2015