Update added 6 January 2005
Update on the District Line for Train Simulator
Over the last few months I've had a number of similar e-mails from people asking, essentially, the same question, and that is 'What's the state of play with this project?'. Well, I'm pleased to say that I've had a couple of exchanges with the creator in the last few days, and I don't think than I can do better than quote selectively from his reply, so here goes:
"The virtual District is still in progress, after a layoff over the summer. I am once again surrounded by track charts and photos, and have almost completed the Turnham Green to Richmond section. The tracks are laid accurately (location, path and gradient) and I've started the scenery. No idea yet as to a completion date, but the work is once again progressing with visible results.
I'm not sure when the next route 'test build' will be. I'd like to finish the Richmond roads and also finish to the east as far as Hammersmith. That should provide a good bunch of scenery and stations and trackwork for 'critique' :-)"
So, there you have it from the 'horses mouth' - more when I know it myself!
Update added 26 January 2005
Virtual D Stock for MSTS
As if our Virtual District Line creator hasn't got enough on his hands, he's now started work on a Virtual D Stock! The same team that have been providing information for the routes have also been involved in providing details and information, and I thought it would be of interest to share some screen shots of how work is progressing on this aspect too.
Personally, I think they're absolutely terrific, and look forward to seeing more. I can't wait to test drive it.........
View of the whole cab, taken as if the driver's seat and the rear bulkhead have been removed.
View from the Instructor's seat
View from the driver's seat looking towards the comms and Auxiliary 1 panels
The driver's 'straight ahead' view. The amount of detail that's been created and included is tremendous. No needles are yet included on the gauges - these will follow when the cab is converted into MSTS
View from the driver's seat looking towards the TMS and Auxiliary 2 panel
I've had to reduce the size of these pictures to make them of a reasonable size for this page, but as soon as more are available, or published elsewhere, I'll update this page further.
Update added 13th February 2005
Work on the 'virtual' D78 Stock continues apace, and I'm delighted to show below some of the latest shots of the train in action!
As before, I've had to shrink the images a little (by about 20%) to fit them here, but I think they really do give a great example of what's being achieved.
Jimi Ibbett has asked me to make it clear that this is the result of a team effort. I can do no better than to reproduce his e.mail on the subject.
'Dave - just one thought, which may not need to be said. I'd appreciate it, should you post the new pics, that you note that the train is a team effort. While I may have built the cab and be doing the physics and lighting, all that would be worthless without Richard's (Scott) expert modelling work on the train itself. And, of course, yourself and SB (Solidbond) made significant contributions to the creation of the final complete product.
In fact, the team is truly global -- the test DM unit 1 was delivered from the virtual Metro-Cammell shops in Dorset, to be fitted with cab and lighting in the USA and then tested in areas around London :-)'
To the photos, which I'm sure you will agree really speak for themselves.........
In Ealing Common Depot
Side view of the leading DMC
Detail of car side view
Rear view of the train at dusk.
Arriving at Ealing Common eastbound, with a similar train in the westbound platform.
My own next contribution to the project is to send a CD of about 400Mb's of sounds that have been recorded across to the USA to further add to the realism!