Tim O'Connor wrote:
I would like to inject the idea that MODELING freight train consists
In my opinion, if your layout represents a mainline railroad, you are
(1) represent 'possible' or reasonably realistic consists given your
(2) are variable, so that trains do not all look exactly alike and may
I would agree that, given time, space and budget constraints, most of us
can only approximate in 1:87 (or whatever) what the real thing did in terms
of what industries were served and how specific trains might have looked.
Still, the more research and information you have, the more you can at least
recreate the feel or look of your particular railroad in a given time frame.
Ten years ago or so I fooled around with software that combined an
Every now and then I would get really interesting results, but generallySounds like "Ship It" or other such programs. Maybe you should have packaged
your version and marketed it to the rest of us?
On a private layout, you can control the exact mix of equipment accordingI have no problem with the occasional unusual car or block of cars running
across the railroad, but with enough detective work on what kind of industry
might have needed that "oddball" car and when, you can at least narrow down
what that car might have looked like and how often to run it.