Microsoft Train Simulator vs Model Railroading/Railfaing (Yes they can coexsist!)

Chessie_SD50_8563 Dec 6, 2000

  1. Chessie_SD50_8563

    Chessie_SD50_8563 Permanently dispatched

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    Many of you are worryed that when Microsoft Train Simulator comes out that the Model Railroading industry and Railfaning hobbys will be threatened.

    I disagree

    Severly Disagree

    There will still be nothing like going trickside and photographing, or watching that intermodel, mixed freight, or coal drag go by. Nothing like riding a excursion behind a 1800 or early 1900 steam locomotive. Nothing like building and operating a model railroad of any size tipe or scale. (DCC or DC)
    Microsoft Flight Simulator (MSFS) was made by the same team designing Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS) Many people who play MSFS actually go to get real flight training after playing that game, or become Plane fans (the hard to beleve but true flight equivalent of a railfan) some even build model planes. If anything I think it may help the industry/hobby. now sure someone cant drive a train in real life as easy as someone can go to learn how to fly a plane for instance. (In some cases having a ton of railfans learning to drive trains might be a bad thing) but it will may be able to help the model industrys and railfaning itself. Playing that game might be the one thing that persuades the nonmodeler to become a modeler and build a layout. Now granted there will be those who buy the game who are modelers and probily never touch there layout again but those people were probily the "my layout doubles as a storage table" armchair modeler to begain with.
    Personally I dont expect Train Simulator to be to entirely popular with the general "TrainHating" public. but for those who do buy it, it might be that last thing they need to become "one of us"

    (Yes E-8 I know this topic probily should be in the club car but I want the people who dont visit that Board to see this to.)



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    Theres no such thing as having to many coal hoppers or GP40-2 when you model Chessie System
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  2. watash

    watash Passed away March 7, 2010 TrainBoard Supporter In Memoriam

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    While running this game, if I am running a five lash up with 18,000 tons of coal behind, and start down a 1.5% and see a dump truck loaded with gravel stop ahead on the crossing; my question is this: "When I hit that truck at 45 mph, does it also crash my computer?"

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  3. Gats

    Gats Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    [​IMG] LOL - Great question Watash! I near fell off the chair reading it!

    Gary.

    ps. What's the answer?? [​IMG]

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  4. Ironhorseman

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    No .. but I'll bet the gravel truck's computer crashes!!! [​IMG]


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  5. Chessie_SD50_8563

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    LOL. Thats good!

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    LONG LIVE THE KITTEN!!!
    LONG LIVE BIG BLUE!!!
    I looked at DCC... and stayed DC!
     
  6. Rappannahock Terminal

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    I think it will take some time to clean up that pile of gravel in the room [​IMG].as this will create big clouds of gravel dust it would be useful to have a big crate of beer under your desk for survival purposes [​IMG]...mmmmmmmmmm I think I begin to like that game after all........ [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  7. Alan

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  8. Robin Matthysen

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    OK enough guzzling. Mindyou, you are always welcome to drop in here in Georgetown for a cool Sleemons or two. I for one, can't wait for this railroad simulator. I enjoy the flight simulator too but the best simulator I experienced was those real aircraft ones that are used for pilot training. A real sit in cockpit. Now with railroad simulator maybe a cab like a Berkshire!! Possibilities EH!

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  9. Rappannahock Terminal

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    Alan, I think you mean those white bottles???
    These were "Gulden Draak" which means golden Dragon.

    I would be surprised if you would find it in England.Cheers!!!! [​IMG]: [​IMG] [​IMG]

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  10. FriscoCharlie

    FriscoCharlie Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    <BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Chessie_SD50_8563:
    (Yes E-8 I know this topic probily should be in the club car but I want the people who dont visit that Board to see this to.)
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    It doesn't bother me where you put it. [​IMG]

    It is an interesting question. I think it would be a lot of fun to use (my desktop replacement - laptop for those who prefer that term) computer to do some railroading when on the move. [​IMG]

    Charlie



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  11. watash

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    Hey guys, I suddenly got a mental picture of Charlie "running" a crack express on his laptop while riding the local commuter through town during the 5:00 PM rush hour, blowing the *dickens* out of his triple Leslies at every intersection, crossing, and stalled traffic truck!! Honk HONK HONK honk!
    Don't you know he would make lots of friends with the other passengers????HONK (Now if you could get a steam whistle as loud as they really were......My Stars & Garters...
    WHAT WAS THAT)????? [​IMG]

    You bet I'de do it, just for old time's sake and the grins!

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  12. slsffriscokid

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    Dang it Watash! [​IMG]

    Didn't you take notice the dump truck was full of Tootsie Roll Pops ? Or did you need your microscope back to find 'em! [​IMG]

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  13. friscobob

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    Even though I use a computer, Email like crazy, and have a multi-page website in AOL, I still prefer actual reality over virtual reality. Computer games are cool, but give me
    a trackside view along the former Rio Grande
    line any day! [​IMG]
    I'll save my money for some more film, and more model locomotives. [​IMG]

    Just my opinion, of course......y'all have fun, and when you need a break, I'll see you at trackside!

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  14. watash

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    We are on your side FriscoBob, "The Kid" and I will meet you at the grade and he's got 'most of a truck load of toosie pops to gnaw on while we wait for the next double headed Articulated to come clawin' its raggedy ashes up hill for our pleasure and photos. This time, don't forget to take some pictur's!! [​IMG]

    Meanwhile back at the laptop goin' thru town....HONK!

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  15. Robin Matthysen

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    What I am hoping is that eventually one can buy a camera which will record your layout, incorporate it into train simulator, chose the engine your are running, and be able to control your engine from the computer, running through the layout. Having said that, it still won't be as good as running your layout on on a "walk around" basis, but it certainly be second best.
     
  17. heracles87

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    Personally I can't wait for the game. It would be great for winter days in Ohio when it is too nasty to go out. It will NEVER replace the actual trainwatching experience.
     
  18. watash

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    When it does come out, I guess you guys can bundle up, sit on a flat car with your laptops, and play trains while I run one and pull you through the Royal Gorge! That would make your game more realistic I think. Maybe I could borrow a Big Boy and blow its whistle under that swinging bridge and watch the people jump! HA! [​IMG]

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  19. KPKOREN

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    I can't wait for it either. This will finally give me a valid reason to replace my antique PII 266 computer.

    KEN
     
  20. Robin Matthysen

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    Hi Ken and welcome to Trainboard. You will find a great bunch here. If you call your PC antique then you should see mine. It must be ancient history with a P pcu running at 200mhz. At least it is able to get me to Trainboard. No upgrade in sight for me because of no money.

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