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Milwaukee Road Idaho Division (known as the GAP), Oncoming template
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post Apr 9 2014, 08:04 PM
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Hello to all,

Following the release of the Milwaukee's Idaho Division, known as the GAP, I have started to take a look at it to build a template. The current route will have some challenges and interesting twists during construction of the templates. One of the interesting features of the oncoming template is the change of Motive Power the player will proceed in doing from Electric to Diesel at both Avery and Othello locations. This has been inspired with the release and testing of the PRR-Eastern template in which case Pete has provided some templates where the run switched from electric to diesel and vice-versa.

The player will have the choice of two sets of diesel engines to hook up to, six each to totalize 9500 hp, a mix of F-Units, GP7's sd7's and sd10's. Oh yes, I almost forgot; the main download will be the BLW Milwaukee Freight set. The electric Boxcabs and Little Joes ( From TrainSim) will be part of switching of motive power.

A major challenge found concerns the length of the sidings at Avery. They are very short and couldn't host a reasonably long consist if the template is being built the usual way. The longest siding along the mainline is no longer than eight cars.I found a way to overcome the sidings length issue in Avery, generated a SLG-Generated activity and successfully reached Avery with a reasonable number of cars. The second set of images will help you understand how this has been done.Inspiration for this one came from something similar done while building the DRGW Green River Template.

In Avery the second "Avery Siding" is about four cars in length ( based on a 18meter car average). In Malden, I have set up an activity to pickup cars on Malden Yard 2 siding. AG set the maximum to four, corresponding to the Avery siding limit. Once done the player simply has to hook up to a loose consist (about 45 cars long along the Malden siding, caboose is included) and proceed to Avery with it.

Here is the important part: as long as the four designated cars come inside the Avery Siding limits, whatever the location of these four cars within the consist, AG will end successfully the act. Here are the first set of images regarding change of motive power from Electric to diesel. The first five at Avery and the remaining four at Othello.



















The other images on the next post


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The following images for the Mainline EB template from Malden to Avery. On the third and fourth images, note that the four designated cars (Tanker,two flat cars and another tanker) are approaching the designated limits of the AVERY SIDING. A few moments later, once reaching the limits, success!









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post Apr 18 2014, 05:16 PM
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Hello to all,

Construction work on the package is mostly finished and testing has started. Benny has volunteered to help as well. Thanks again Benny.

There are around 115 serviceable sidings and the templates are Mainline (WB & EB), locals (EB & WB),locals with return trips from St.Maries and Warden (RETURNLOCALS) Westbound MOW (WBMOW), Yard work at Avery and Othello (YARDS), a LOCO template, depicting some work with one S2 at the Malden diesel shops. To complete, there is one depicting a local work along the Union Pacific line in the Marengo area.

I am including some shots from the LOCO (only one shot) and Mainline WB. AI traffic which will be part of the templates includes some along the UP (at Plummer and Marengo), GN ( at Rosalia) and the NP (at Lind and Warden)

Here are the shots:

LOCO Template work in the Malden diesel shops



The remaining from the Mainline WB

Starting at Avery, just before the engine change from Electric to Diesel









The following three approaching Plummer, along the Union Pacific line








The remaining shots on the next post


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post Apr 18 2014, 05:18 PM
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The remaining shots from the previous post

The Olympian Hiawatha pulled by E-6 engines



At Rosalia along the Great Northern line and SD9's as leading consist





Setting out 50 cars on Malden's Yard 2 & 3 sidings.



Meet at Ralston





Arrival at Othello



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post Apr 18 2014, 08:45 PM
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Just finished the UP template working inside both the UP and MILW Marengo area.

The train came in with 12 cars and took 45 minutes to complete and once inside the OWRR&N siding limits, the act ended successfully

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post Apr 26 2014, 04:30 PM
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Hello to all,

Following the route update by Jerry Sullivan to add speed limits to the entire route, AI traffic had been checked and adjusted and added some more along the other RR's (NP, UP and GN) to take into account the slower speeds, especially between Avery and Plummer, which can take up to three hours and close to five up to Malden. I may have to adjust more depending of the outcome of the other templates that haven't been tested yet.

Benny is continuing testing and the outcome looks good so far.

I am including in the following post some screenshots of EB main, between Othello and Avery and on the next post WB MOW activities between Avery and Malden. Timing has been very good in meeting traffic from the UP (Plummer), the GN (Rosalia) and the NP (Warden)

The first set of shots from the EB template















see next post for the WBMOW template shots


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post Apr 26 2014, 04:31 PM
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The remaining screens from the WBMOW template shots

















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post May 4 2014, 07:12 PM
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Hi to all,

Coninuing testing some acts and Benny has sent me positive reports on the acts done.

The first seven (7) images are from a LOCAL EB between Malden and Avery. The remaining three are from MILW return locals from from the Marcellus Lake Branch to Warden and return (1) and also the Elk River Branch to St.Maries and return (2). Both acts are similar to the UP template between the OWRR&N line to Marengo and return.

The shots





















I believe the templates are getting closer to release and will try soon to prepare a readme file for the pack.


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post May 7 2014, 03:45 PM
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Hi to all,

After receiving the green from Benny following testing successfully the templates package, I have prepared a detailed readme file to complete the whole template package. Thanks Benny for your help with testing!

I am now ready to send it to Steve. I will try to send it later tonight or tomorrow.

Once uploaded, this is the image to be seen in the templates page



Will confirm once done.



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post May 13 2014, 04:54 PM
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Just to confirm the package is now available in the templates page.

A big thanks to Moe Smith for creating the maps for this beautiful route. Again, thanks Benny for your help

Thanks again Steve, enjoy the templates and happy trainsimming to all.



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post May 17 2014, 09:09 PM
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Denis

thank you for another great template
Route Riter tells me there are a couple of .srv files missing
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post May 18 2014, 11:14 AM
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Hi Harlank,

Following your comments, I have checked the issue and found the problem and have made corrections.

During construction of the templates, WB and EB traffic patterns are used by at least two templates, the Mainline (EB & WB) and locals (EBLOCALS & WBLOCALS) templates.

During testing of the LOCALS templates, some corrections to the traffic pattern were done and correction to the LOCALS templates were saved accordingly. Corrections of the traffic pattern using the LOCALS would also affect the mainline templates, using the MILWGAPWB.trf andMILWGAPEB.trf files. At this level, AG should create successfully the acts with the updated traffic pattern.

However, the unchanged WB and EB mainline template ACT files still contained references to traffic that no longer exists. This is why Route Riter has detected them, despite the fact that AG can still generate successfully the acts, since they use the traffic files as mentioned above as source files for traffic.

I have reopened both the mainline EB and WB and saved them again, correcting the traffic pattern to those corrected on the LOCALS templates.

Included here are both corrected files in a zip file. Simply unzip them and overwrite the previous ACT files in the ACTIVITIES folder.

I will write Steve later to update the template package.

Thanks Harland for finding the issue.
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Attached File  GAPtemplateupdate.zip ( 12.39K ) Number of downloads: 22
 


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post May 18 2014, 07:57 PM
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Just to confirm that Steve has confirmed tonight updating the template package with the corrected ACT files on the templates page.

Thanks Steve and enjoy the corrected package.


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