new 3DC plugin (with a small fix for another)
A slight update to the progress page for more news.
I was also planning to release a Panniered class 850 today, this may now happen later in the week.
|9th May||Updated 3DC plug-ins - with new fixes|
|1st May||Updated Robins 4 wheel coach set to V2.0|
|26th April|| ..and
another one done ... GWR Class 1361
Still no firm date for the route yet, but it will be soon!
|20th April||Another tank loco finished - GWR 1366 in early BR colours.|
- now with readme.txt
|15th March||Work still ongoing, but very close now
(been saying that for months)
Updated Dean Goods models plus repaint
I'm off to Oz for a month so no more updates for a few weeks...
|9th Feb||Added Robins Fruit vans Version 2 - plus a few extra non-GWR locos...|
|29th Jan||Apologies for all the mistakes last night - Tutorial downloads have been added and the 3DC plugins URL corrected|
|28th Jan||Martin is still making
progress with finishing the route, a small hiccup with the track
database has been fixed, car spawners have been added and signals
are being added.
|3rd Jan 2003||General site update on targets and project progress. Added Scenery Signs from John Kendrick|
|29th Dec||Added SR 949 "Hecate" 0-8-0 Tank loco to the others page|
|24th Dec||The vans had a small update yesterday and added 3D Canvas plugins for V6.0 Alpha (bottom of the page)|
|22nd Dec||New GWR Brake vans|
|16th Dec||Apologies for the bug in MSTS Engineer yesterday - should be fixed now. Also added early Beta of Cab Builder|
|15th Dec||Fully updated plugins including MSTS Engineer and added small object library for 3D canvas for use alongside the 3D canvas steam loco tutorial on the uktrainsim.com 3D canvas forums|
|7th Dec||Added LSWR Ilfracombe Goods to the non-GWR loco page also replacement ENG files for GWR locos on this site Download here - note: model downloads also currently need this patch|
|3rd Dec||New - V2.0
of 34xx Skylark by Robin with improved animation and shape.
Also Show all untextured plug-in for 3D Canvas
|1st Dec||To celebrate progress on the route, I have updated this site with Robins Updated LNWR vans and GPVs, Updates to some scenery items (huts and crossings) and a new set of recent screenshots|
|30th Nov||Added DH4 to scenery page|
LAST GOOD NEWS!
Last week, after finding two shape files, amongst the 700 different ones used by the route, that caused the exit crash to happen, there was another problem with level crossings not working. This has now been isolated as a problem with the sounds and can now be remedied.
Nothing new to download just yet, but it is now full steam ahead to get the route finished off in the next month or two.
|8th Nov||Version 2.3x of
the shape file manager - big thanks to Okrasa Ghia for fixing the
bugs with the reverse option.
On the route front, following all the attempts to resurrect a working route - see old news - work is now progressing on the finescale re-build, I hope to post screenshots in the next week or so. It's a slow job with no dynamic track.
|30th Oct||Updated SFM to fix bugs in 2.3 and 2.2d, added 3D Canvas "Flare Extrude" Plug-in|
|27th Oct||23rd Oct - Aberdare 2-6-0 added - 27th Oct Updated to 1.1|
|15th Oct||Loaded a few more of Robins outside frame GWR Locos (same as UKTrainsim) and updated SFM to version 2.3|
|11th Oct||We've decided to start again! (well
not quite from scratch) The new route will use the UK finescale
track and we'll be a lot more careful this time.
The web site will still be used for models, tools and updates.
I have now uploaded all my 3D Canvas Plug-ins and Scripts on this site.
you're into pre-grouping company locos, I've scanned a few plans
from some 100 year old Model Engineer annuals
No more news on the route front recently, it's still not working properly.
|8th Sept||Updated Dean Goods to V1.1|
|23rd August||A whole month with very few updates
(there were a couple but not posted here)
Work is still going on with the route (though a bit slowly at the moment). There must be some kind of limit we're hitting with MSTS. We tried to rebuild using the UK finescale track, but this fails with the same error. At this stage there is no date we can put on a release, and it may not quite match up to the screenshots as we may have to get rid of a lot of scenery items to make it work.
On the plus side, I added the J94 to the
(small update 24/8/02 - the first 5 downloaders probably have a mucked up tender bounding box - you will need to re-download the updated version)
|21st July||The current state of the route...
After too many raised hopes of fixing the problems we are experiencing with the route. I have decided to re-lay the track from scratch. After reading a few reports about bad dynamic track on UKtrainsim.com there may be a problem with one of the tile that contains over 80 of them.
As a consequence, I would not like to predict when this route will be available, suffice to say it will not be very soon.
I shall endeavour to keep everyone posted with progress, and we
will still add new items from time to time.
|9th July||Things were looking pretty dire for
the route until today - I have almost managed to get it back to full
working order by merging the scenery items with a working backup
from April - It was touch and go as to whether we would actually
have a route yesterday.
This will mean another few weeks till it gets fixed completely, the release is planned as soon as that happens.
(Updated shape file manager 2.2a and fixed the link to Robins coaches)
|3rd July||Not great news on the route I'm afraid, the patient seems to be very sick and after a week of study we're still not much nearer a cure. It looks like a couple of tiles need rebuilding from scratch.|
|23rd June||Updated Great Bear and added permanent
way wagons from Robin.
Unfortunately we are experiencing severe problems with crashes when running the current version of the route - this really has to be fixed before it is released - it's not a simple fix...
|29th May||Sorry - slight problem with the brake
van - it had no hand brake! Version
1.0.1 now uploaded.
Yet more great additions to the scenery from Mark - coal bins and yard bits
|28th May||Added a few screenshots
(showing some of the new coaches under construction).
Finished a highly detailed 13 ton brake van.
Project news .....(not all good)
I'm away in the south of france for two weeks from June 1st so unless I get a chance soon, this could be the last update for a short while.
|19th May||I finally finished the GWR Class 850 loco (unless we spot anything wrong with it)|
|17th May||Added Marks selection
of English rural houses to the scenery page.
I can't remember who asked for it, but I have also added some shapes to make up flower beds with
|14th May||Added City of Truro Model from Robin|
|12th May||Robin has sent updates for his Siphon G's and Great Bear. I must get around to putting Marks cottages into a package at some point soon.|
|8th May||Some more
screenshots. The route is almost ready for beta testing now.
Also added animated gates and a crossing
|30th April||Bridge and
Culvert added to scenery
- evening - oops sorry about the wrong file link for the culverts (I was in a bit of a hurry this morning), it has been fixed and now works.
|28th April||Robin has produced a few more wagons and I have optimised a few of the earlier ones so that the shape files now include optimised levels of detail - this will be a considerable help to the frame rates if these wagons are used in AI trains.|
|21st April||Second update today - Robin has re-done his GPV and Fruit wagons and added two more downloads|
|20th April||Robin and Mark has been busy this week
with wagons and buildings respectively and have now been welcomed as
full members of the Highworth project team.
Martin has still been beavering away with the scenery and I (Paul) have been optimising models almost done a couple more custom buildings.
New to the site is Robins Great Bear Pacific loco - it never went up to Highworth, but looks good driving through Swindon :)
Robin has changed his single GPV into 3 variants in one download and has packaged 2 fruit vans for us.
The Class 517 has had small changes to the texturing of both models in the light of more info on the Khaki scheme.
|13th April||Huge Update!
The Class 517 locos are finished and we have added a rather excellent Gun Powder Wagon by Robin Howell
Also a small update to fields and hedges and added fire devil and coal bunker to water tower. Also added a short blue brick platform length for use as a typical GWR "halt"
We should also like to welcome Mark Olland and Robin Howell to the list of direct contributors to this project at a time when it looked like it would take another 6 months.
Route beta testing will begin in the next 2 weeks.
|2nd April||Once more, sorry for the lack of
updates, I seem to be having "PC systems failures"... a
New and improved Shape File Manager for scaling stock and adjusting textures.
A couple of small ads for new stock arriving soon and more screen shots.
|23rd March||A big update of many files:
- "Polished" Loco #13 and the milk churns
- Fixed odd lighting on fences and water pillars plus small update on platform trolley and benches.
|18th March||Platform Trolley and GWR Pillar water
tank added to scenery page.
We're slowly getting there... Martin has placed Bydemill brook and the lake at Stanton, just a few problems with trying to get it to work with x-tracks 2
|13th Mar||Again, only a few updates to the screenshots however, watch out for many items in about a weeks time. Project is still progressing well.|
|4th Mar||Sorry - not much change on the
website, but looking at the project page, you can tell that we've
been busy preparing for the first public outing at the Basingstoke
MRE on the 9th/10th.
Will post screenshots of all the placed stations on Friday
|22nd Feb||Updated WAG and ENG files for #13 and coaches to set the bounding box correctly. Added Enamel Signs to scenery|
|20th Feb 2002||GWR #13 has finally finished her refit nice new paint and wheels... small update to field boundaries to stop the flat items from glowing at night.|
|14th Feb 2002||UK Field boundary scenery items|
|10th Feb 2002||Added MSTS Misc page for utilities and additions|
|4th Feb 2002||Maps of track layouts added route phase 1 is aiming for release in April 2002. Projects progress and Martins project aims posted to uktrainsim added to this page.|
|30th Jan 2002||GWR Coaches and a few more screen shots|
|25th Jan 2002||Hopefully the final update to 4 Wheel Siphons and update for Milk Churns plus more timetables on the menu.|
|23rd Jan 2002||Updated Siphon textures (+ new version re-skin), updated history, stock and traffic pages|
|21st Jan 2002||fixed the incorrect links on the scenery page - the benches and huts were still set to the old files - please download them again if you would like the updated versions.|
|12th Jan 2002||Added Gas storage tanks to scenery, updated Siphon and fixed Handcart Ref file.|
|1st Jan 2002||Added cast iron bench with wooden bench model - plus
our first wagon under the rolling stock
also small site corrections - and a Happy New Year
|17th Dec 2001||Another small model in the scenery section|
|30th Nov 2001||Added shots of MSTS scenery and our
Also updated field trip photos.
|8th Nov 2001||Fixed historical error with lamp and added more lamps|
|31st Oct 2001||added a couple more "clutter" items|
|26th Oct 2001||Site revamp + content|
|1st Oct 2001||Line History added|
|24th Sept 2001||First models in Scenery section|