Trainzscript and Forest Operations
As some of you may know, I enjoy the scripting
side of Trainz. The goods news for those who enjoy
creating scenarios is that Trainzscript and scenarios
are here to stay, and with new functions etc,
even better scenarios will be able to be scripted
by those who want to get down into the code. Perhaps
one of the most frequent requests that has been
made by scenario creators, is the ability to interact
with Trainz users. Well, TRS2004 delivers this
to the scripter! The browser is now able to be
placed anywhere on the screen, at any size, and
without the big fat grey border (if desired).
Text input boxes, dials, radio buttons and a few
other neat tricks are now able to be accomplished.
Im still getting my head around the new
features, but if I quote Greg Lane, you can sum
it up as Trainzscript is not only supported
- its enhanced.
Today I also spent quite a bit of time getting
to grips with a forestry industry and its relationship
with the lumber mill and pulp mill. Placing the
forestry industry on the map and immediately I
have people chopping down trees, and machinery
taking them to a staging area to await a train
to transport the logs. Time to immerse myself
into my new TRS world that I have created
Its 4pm in the afternoon, the sky is heavy
with grey clouds, and the rain is pouring down.
I lean out the cab of my loco, listening to the
steam escaping and the compressor turning over.
The thunderstorm rolling in from the West is a
ripper; lightning whips and cracks overhead. The
smell of the pine forest wafts past me, carried
by the approaching thunderstorm. Looking out the
other side of the cab, I see the loggers felling
the pines and placing them at the loading area.
Visibility is down to only one hundred meters
or so now but I can see that my load is nearly
ready. Time to crack open the regulator and pick
up the empty rake and shunt into the loading area.
As I gently ease my train into a siding to pick
up a rake of empty logging cars - CRACK!! - a
huge bolt of lightning reaches out of the sky,
hangs in the air for a brief period, and then
its gone, as quickly as it came. At least
Ive got the firebox door wide open to keep
my cab warm as I look back again at the loggers
working in the teaming rain. Ok, coupled to the
rake, brakes are good, and my load is waiting
for me. With a hiss of steam, a little wheelslip
and an eruption of black smoke I ease into the
loading area and come to a complete stop with
the first empty car at the staging area. The logs
are loaded onto my train. Pull forward a car length
and stop again. My next car is loaded. Ive
only got a short consist this afternoon: four
cars. I just want to get out of here and out onto
the mainline, but still another two cars to be
loaded. Release the brakes, pull forward again
and steam rushes from the cylinder cocks. Third
car is now loaded; only one more to go. I notice
that the wind has changed direction and my smoke
is now blowing back towards the cab; it was being
blown to the East before. Quick fellas,
load the last car so I can get out of here!.
Ok, last car is loaded and its time to get
going. Green light ahead through the rain, headlight
now on as its getting quite dark. Thunder
is rolling in all around me and lightning is cracking
in the sky; it must be right over the top of me!
I pull down on the whistle and give it a long
blow; good job that the new whistle on this loco
is able to blow as long as I hold the cord! Ok,
open the regulator, ease off the brakes and Im
off! Little bit of wheelslip in the rain so I
close the regulator a touch and the wheels bite.
Its a 25 minute run to the lumber mill and
I need to get a move on: I have a cross at a small
crossing loop about halfway there. Building up
speed now and my loco is barking as it climbs
the 1:30 grade out of the forest before settling
into a nice rhythm across the plains
To be continued tomorrow!
This scene is what you get in TRS2004; everything
except the smell of the pine forest! The sound
effects and the lightning are spectacular; lighting
bolts arc across the sky. Sitting watching the
trees being felled and then moved to the loading
area are all real in TRS2004. Tomorrow, all being
well, Ill cross with the other train ontime
(driven by Jake) and get to the lumber mill.