A route for Microsoft Train Simulator – by Chris Nelson and Brian Bere-Streeter
Way back in 2005 Chris Nelson laid down the foundations for this very large MSTS route. Unfortunately, Chris had a couple of route crashes which made the route un-usable. I offered to try and fix the route and Chris passed it over to me in 2008. Luckily, I was able to repair the route and get it all working correctly again.
Version 1.0 was released in 2010, and covered the Main North line from Maitland to Armidale, and the branch from Muswellbrook to Merriwa – this was released as an internet download on the steam4me site in August 2010.
Having published the V1 route, I moved on to work on V2 – this covered the branch from West Tamworth to Barraba, the main line from Werris Creek to Narrabri and Moree, and the cross-country line from Werris Creek to Binnaway. There was a delay in publishing this version during 2012 and it never entered public distribution.
Undaunted, I moved on to the V3 sections – this covered the main line from just south of Mudgee to Gwabegar and the branch from Craboon to Coolah.
I have pleasure to announce that the full V3 route is now, at long last, finished – six long years of my time, however there were some significant breaks as I attended to other non-MSTS activities, as well as several other MSTS routes during those six years. The route covers nearly 1000 miles of main line track.
Computer Requirements - I have only tested this route on my own PC – I’m a single route developer, without any assistance. My PC is around six years old and has an AMD quad-core Phenom 2.31 Ghz processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1GB nVidea GeForce 9600GT graphics card, and a 500GB HDD, running under Windows Vista. My MSTS installations work very well with this setup, and I’d suggest that at least similar specifications are required to run the route. I have also done a few small tests on an older slower laptop running Windows XP with only 1GB of RAM.
Software Requirements - Of course, Microsoft Train Simulator with the last MS issued version 1.2 updates – my installation is running on tsection.dat Build 38 - you must have the latest version of X-tracks installed – you must have the latest version of New Roads installed. Details of these setup requirements can be found on the steam4me website.
One last thing – I always use the last stable version of MSTS-BIN (see steam4me) – I have NOT TESTED this route without BIN installed, so cannot vouch that it will work on a ‘straight’ MSTS installation.
Additionally, I’ve done some testing with Open Rails V0.9 Beta version – the route seems to work well in OR without fault, bearing in mind all the MSTS operational features have not yet been fully implemented in OR.
As I’ve mentioned, I’m a sole developer, and don’t have a crew of Beta testers. During the building of the route, I have done extensive testing, and am satisfied with the final result. Occasionally, you may find a few very minor faults, like a few floating trees, small terrain over the track base. The route will be supplied in this state – ‘as is’ without any guarantee the route will have future upgrades or corrections. I simply don’t have time to fully detail test nearly 1000 miles of track.
Details of how to install the route will be included in a Read-Me document with the DVD.
How can I get the route - As the final route is around 3.2GB in size, it cannot be distributed via internet download, so it can only be obtained on a DVD. I’m not a production house, so any copies will have to be scheduled into my weekly activities.
Now here are the details – I’m going to have to place a small monetary charge on the production of the route disk. This will cover the cost of the blank disk, the cost of the postal container, the burning and packing of the disk, and my time to attend the Post Office. The amount will be $10 – I don’t have any credit facilities, so the amount will have to be in the form of a $10 note, folded into several blank A4 pages to disguise the cash in the envelope, and posted to me.
I will not be publishing my postal address, as it can be harvested by web-bots, so you will have to send me a Private Message with your postal address, email address and contact details. I will respond to you with my private postal address so you can then send the route fees.
I will collate all orders received between Monday Morning’s mail and Friday Morning’s mail – the required number of DVDs will be produced over the weekend, and the finished disks posted out on the next Monday morning.
The route can only be obtained using this procedure. If any of your personal friends also want a copy of the route, you are permitted to get a blank DVD from them, and make them a copy of your route master, at NO CHARGE. This route cannot be hosted on any internet file sharing websites.
All copyrights reserved 2005-2014 – Brian Bere-Streeter and Chris Nelson
Regards, Brian Bere-Streeter