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First Train Sim Since The Cornish Riviera On The Bbc Model B

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself!' started by Daytona, Dec 1, 2018.

  1. Daytona

    Daytona Member

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    Hullo, hullo - my last train sim was the Cornish Riviera on the BBC model B - pure text but an absorbing experience back then.

    I've been wanting TS since the videos of Railworks 3 blew my mind back in 2012, but I run cheap laptops and its Intel Celeron B815 and integrated Intel HD Graphics 3000 and 2Gb RAM were below the minimum spec. Roll forward 6 years and it died about a month ago and has been replaced by another cheap laptop (AMD Ryzen 3/AMD Redeon 3 Vega/8Gb).

    Last sunday I accidently stumbled across the Christmas Steam sale and was stunned to find that I could purchase the core along with the West Somerset line for £4.49, then even more stunned to discover that my laptop spec exceeded the minimum. So after double checking on the forum I purchased it and it ran perfectly, although the installation sensibly and automatically reduced the graphics settings. Installation was seamless.

    So I went on a buying spree and hoovered up -

    West Somerset Railway Route
    WSR Diesels Locos Add-On
    Malmesbury Branch Route Add-On
    WCML North
    Somerset & Dorset Railway
    Western Lines of Scotland
    Riviera Line in the Fifties: Exeter - Kingswear Route Add-On
    Great Western Main Line

    A mix of low cost routes reflecting childhood holidays (WSR), places I've lived (Malmesbury), Betjeman's evocative documentaries of the S&DJR, the highly regarded WLoS & RL50 and some cheap main lines.

    Classic good marketing - offer a bargain and people buy in volume.

    I've been testing them out and they all work fine, I really do appreciate mature software :) For the first time in many years, time has stood still and, to my surprise, I've found myself driving into the early hours of the morning, completely absorbed and completely oblivious, then waking up stupidly early to do it all again - a wonderful experience.

    I've read some of the many guides and think that I have basic understanding. When I was a child I used to drive my father and grandfathers 5" gauge LNER B1 Springbok, 5" BR Class 7 Britannia and 7½" LNER V1 Enterprise but it's been so long ago that it hasn't stopped me from making basic errors - getting the reverser function the wrong way round - thinking 25% was low gear and coming to a gentle and inexorable halt on an incline, and coming to thundering halts because I wasn't using bypass/running to apply partial braking.

    Memorable drives have included the Class 801 on a wet and wild night smoothly negotiating the WCML at 140mph. I recall there used to be a bit of a hill somewhere along there.

    Whilst everything's new I've decided to concentrate on driving Black 5s on the stunning WLoS and have been running tests on the relatively flat Carlisle to Dumfries section to get a handle on the reverser settings and pressure management.
     
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  2. Cat

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    Sounds like the bug has bitten you. Hope you enjoy TS as much as me, having just clocked up 4,000 hours on it. :))
     
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  3. Daytona

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    Thanks Cat, I hope so ! :)

    Where and what do you drive ? Love your profile pic - what is it ? I love steamers and retro locos but don't know much about Southern Region. I also enjoy the odd blast in modern locos because they're so easy.
     
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    Hi Daytona, I drive mostly UK and sometimes European routes, I have all the routes that you have recently bought Western Lines of Scotland is one of my favourites. My preferred era is 1950s to 1980s with steam and the older diesels, Much more character than modern trains. All regions have their individual appeal but I'm a Southern man by location. The profile picture is the Class 205 Thumper made by ArmstrongPowerhouse who make high quality UK rolling stock and sound and enhancement packs, well worth a look. For a fast blast I take their HST125 Valetta over the West Coast Main Lines over Shap.
     
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  5. JJTimothy

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    Welcome to the other support group. :)

    I had a train simulator on my Amstrad CPC in days of yore. It did have graphics (how does a text only train sim' work?) but it must have been a Spectrum port because it looked awful even by contemporary standards. You were meant to be driving a 9F on the S&DJR but I never got the hang of it. As train sim's got better I thought it best to avoid them on the grounds that I'd never get anything else done again. I may have been right.

    Got the WLoS in the sale myself (but with some Diesels) and really like it so far.
     
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  6. HD41117

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    Hello! Thanks for the heads-up about this; I love the idea of a text-only train sim - and even more so on the BBC model B! I was a Speccy child, back then and didn't get much of a chance to work with the BBC Micro. This sounds like something I have to set up and play with, now. :)
     
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  7. Daytona

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    aaannd here we go again... the Steam Winter Sale is on until 3rd January :o:D
     
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