Here are some pictures of a hobby I have that is completely remote and opposite of music. This is a virtual railroad simulator called Trainz Railroad (Railway in the UK and elsewhere) Simulator 2006. The program is sold by Auran PLC from Queensland Australia. This is the latest in their Trainz series, and I started about 3 years ago with TRS2004.
This is one of those very addicting programs that will eat up most, if not all, of your free time if you don't watch out. There are stories, and rumors of how this program (not a game!) was the cause of many a domestic squabble because the husband was not doing the house chores. Instead he was playing with his Trainz instead of mowing the lawn, etc. I can see how this can be true because I've caught myself using Trainz for a whole day!
My route, as it is called, is now nearly 87 miles long and counting, and is totally fake. The town names are real, but their places and locations are not. I picked a New England theme, coming from New England, and I looked at maps and town names for inspiration. The pictures are all actual screenshots taken during the game-play.
Here are some views of the Enfield & Eastern starting at the new Eastport passenger terminal. The train we will be following has actually left the terminal. Waiting to leave are some Amtrak trains for Maine and Loblolly Cove, and some DLRs imported from Europe. These are some imports that my railroad management team has tried out on the more scenic short routes because these cars have big picture windows that are popular with the tourists.
Here we are crossing the bridge from Eastport to Radford Jct. At Radford Jct., there is a connection with the Riverline to the left. That line also passes under the terminal branch in a tunnel just about where the engine is now. The inter-line connection is about 2 miles away behind us to the left. The main line to Enfield is to the center, and the Northern Extension to the right. There is a double-wye with a diamond in the middle where the gold-colored engine house is located, and this allows the terminal to serve all directions, and for River Line trains to continue on the Northern main.
After driving a short distance through a wooded area, we come to the first of many towns along the route. This is Radford with its pictureseque little downtown.
Rounding the bend after Radford just before we hit the second bridge over the River Line. This is a typical "T" consist from the late 1980's through the early 1990s.
Crossing the bridge.
Riding with Eric the AI driver.
Here's Geoff heading back to Eastport.
There are a lot more pictures. This is just a sampling of what my route looks like.
For more information on Trainz 2006, check out www.auran.com