You my ask yourself, what in earth can she be
thinking about when making a page called Projects? You are right, I don't
know what I was thinking about...
Except, I wanted a page where I could share some
of the work I have done around the researching part of modeling the
Cripple Creek District in Trainz/H0.
So, below is a list, slowly growing (1 a year or
so.. ;-) ) I must admit, but things do take a lot of time!
In Library you can see my book/video
collection related to this area,
but what good is all that if I still don't have actually drawings and such
of the structures in the District.
Sure, the books have maps, and pictures of course,
but that just helps me to lay the railroad track down - I still need
building plans so I can actually build some of the mines/mills and other
My empire needs more then just tracks and trees -
I need mines, lots of them! And, I need some mills to refine the ore from
the mines. And, houses for the workers, shops where they can buy what they
need, bars where they can use they're hard earned money, hotels for
visitors and so on...
Everybody that have been doing model railroading
knows that it takes more than just track and trains to make a world look
right - and that is also true when doing virtual "world
So, I've slowly started using my books and the
pictures they contain to draw some of the plans I would need...
Yes, this will take for ever, I know that.
But, it is sort of fun spending a month or two
just to make one plan/drawing from very old and not so good pictures... J
Hoping I can make something that at least looks close to the pictures.
And, this is the point of this page, showing of my drawings/models before
they reach the "Trainz state"!
What I mean is that I use a 3D CAD program to
make this drawings, the program I use is actually a model railroad design
program called 3rd PlanIt from El Dorado Software. It can be used to draw
many things, but for me I use it now mainly just for making my plans.
After I finish the plans here, I use the drawings to make a 3D model in a
software called gmax so I can export it into Trainz - at least that is how
I envision this since I haven't done it yet... J