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sem34090

The Railway Operating Division - A Commemorative project for Train Simulator

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sem34090    6

Hello!

Some of you may have come across this project on other forums, but I thought it good to post here too given that it involves the replication of parts of France and Belgium. More information on the project can be found here: http://sem34090.simplesite.com/

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Post copied from the UKtrainsim forum:

Hello all.

I was just talking to a friend of mine, and following my finding a rather nice ROD Black reskin for the DT GWR 4300, and we feel that it would be a nice thing to create a Railway Operating Division route, set in France or Belgium behind British lines towards the latter part of the conflict. Right now we have plenty of appropriate British rolling stock to get started with, but perhaps assets are lacking.

The first thing to do will be to identify a suitable date and location for the route. We have yet to do this, but I will be looking over some British trench maps in the next few days, and it would be fantastic if someone could suggest a suitable location, based on perhaps the availability of photographs or other information.

Another thing to do will be to identify appropriate assets, and potentially to ask if anyone would be willing to create some custom assets. Other things to consider are vehicles and troops - I can't think of any currently available assets for either, though perhaps some existing railwaymen can be reskinned into Khaki uniform. I am hoping that there may be some community support for this project, but I am determined to make a go of it regardless, as I think it would make an interesting, if perhaps morbid in the eyes of some, project and something different. 

I hope to have more to post soon. The current plan is to be able to release the route completed and available on June 28th 2019, as although we cannot now realistically meet the Armistice centenary on the 11th of this month we can perhaps try and aim for the official ending of the war - the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28th 1919.

- sem34090

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sem34090    6

Today is a day of rememberance and commemoration. We remember and honour the dead, this year principally the dead of the First World War. It is this that the project aims to do - to honour the dead - alongside the honouring of those who simply served. It is perhaps worth noting that whilst it is right to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, it is also right to honour and remember the ordinary - those who simply served. No heroics, no great stories of adventure and bravery, but those who just got on with it, and not just those who died. Many who fought in the First World War survived, many of those with life-changing injuries of both the physical and the mental variety. I also ask, today, that those of you who read this remember those who live today with the physical and mental scars that can result from active military service.

This post is also an update to note that, unfortunately, our first Railway Operating Division reskins have not been completed in time for upload today as had been hoped. As it stands, however, they should be done soo and our first ROD reskin will be for a set of fairly generic Ambulance Train coaches.

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sem34090    6

Hurrah! Thanks to the fine efforts of Street Level Models, the Ambulance Train reskin pack has just been released and is available for download!
It is available here:
http://sem34090.simplesite.com/441152272
And here:
http://www.railsim-fr.com/forum/index.php?/files/file/1474-railway-operating-division-ambulance-train-reskin-pack/

Enjoy!

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sem34090    6

Please note - Testing has revealed some issues with the reskin pack that need to be resolved. The download will remain up, but will probably be replaced tomorrow.

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sem34090    6

Just a note to say that this project is still very much alive but that my life has been such of late that I've been unable to make any more progress on the route.

 

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sem34090    6

A change of plan! But not a cancellation.

It is looking increasingly unlikely that I will be able to get the Hazebrouck-based Railway Operating Division route completed by my self-imposed deadline of June 28th (The signing of the Treaty of Versailles) but I am still determined to get a commemorative ROD route produced. 

I recently purchased Armstrong Powerhouse's 'Wherry Lines' route and it is stunning, truly marvellous. It also happens to be that, according to a few amateur First World War historians that I know, the area of Norfolk modelled on that route rather closely resembles the area of Northern France and Belgium in which the ROD mostly operated. As such I intend to adapt this existing route to reflect one operated by the ROD.
 

Watch this space! :)

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