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Post  Jonathan David Thu 16 Aug 2018, 9:06 am

Many thanks for the new route. It looks great - and I have already spotted the extension to Penistone, for which even more thanks.
In installing it I have followed my usual practice. First I made a copy of my "LMS and BR LMR routes" MSTS installation. Then I copied the new route into this.
But when I then try to select the route the screen freezes and MSTS crashes.
So I removed all the other routes. Huddersfield & Environs LMS now works fine once I had sorted out a suitable Consist - to be honest i just used Activity Editor to select a different loco.
The route runs smoothly and looks good.
Next I put back one of the routes which was originally in the folder - Burton-Derby.
The same problem. If I try to select Huddersfield & Environs MSTS crashes though if I select an activity in Burton-Derby there is no problem.
So I deleted Burton-Derby and replaced it by Thames-Mersey semaphore period
Now I can select the activity in Huddersfield & Environs but if I try to select the Thames-Mersey route MSTS crashes. Note that the difference now is that Huddersfield is first in the list of routes rather than second and therefore does not need to be selected.
So basically, the Huddersfield route is freezing the route selection window.
Now one solution is to run the route as a stand-alone but that will mean even more of my hard disk occupied by duplicate MSTS files and even more maintenance when I get a new piece of stock which will be needed for Huddersfield and other LMS routes, which I would prefer to avoid.
Any thoughts?
Jonathan
PS I have not investigated the route in Open Rails, though I know that one day soon I shall have to make the switch.

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Post  ShortNorth Fri 17 Aug 2018, 1:10 am

G'day Johnathan,

Basically, I have TWO separate train simulator installations on my PC - one is for MSTS and one for ORTS.

The MSTS version has ALL the LMS area routes, Huddersfield, Black Country, Burton-Derby, Thames-Mersey and Thames-Trent all installed using a 'common' LMS Trainset, and then a similar installation for the ORTS setup. All works perfectly with no lock-ups.

The only time I have had MSTS lockup when selecting routes is when I have 'fiddled' with the stock or consist for the 'default' activity in that route. For the route released this week, the 'default' activity is a simple light engine movement from Mirfield shed to Hillhouse shed - this activity uses a exLYR 2-4-2T from the LMS CD / LMS Stock pack downloads. In the route info folders I stated that the LMS CD / LMS stock pack downloads should be installed before installing any other stock. As most, if not all, LMS enthusiasts would have the LMS CD / LMS stock pack downloads already installed, the default activity should run without problem.

Maybe the problem is that you have changed the stock for the 'default' activity and that is causing the problem - that is the only thing I can see that might cause it to lockup. Make sure you have the 'correct' loco and consist and try running it again.  I do extensive testing (as well as a few friends doing casual testing - not officially Beta testers, but have had no complaints from them) and check to make sure no problems arise before I release the route.

I've been building and releasing routes for well over 12 years now, mostly NSWGR, before I started on my LMS / LMS pre-grouping stuff, and have never had any route lockup or reported as lockup before.

I have NOT been able to replicate your problem - other than that, I have no other answers - everything works perfectly OK in either installation for me.

Regards, Brian


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Post  Bob Latimer Fri 17 Aug 2018, 9:56 pm

Is the problem caused by the fact that the consist for the default activity is not actually included? (At least I couldn't find it anywhere and had to create it myself.)

Bob.

Forget that. I see you created a consist.

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Post  ShortNorth Sat 18 Aug 2018, 1:32 am

Bob Latimer wrote:.......... the consist for the default activity is not actually included? ....................

The Consist in question is automatically installed with the LMS CD / LMS Stock Pack downloads, and is NOT included with the route.

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Post  Jonathan David Sat 18 Aug 2018, 7:52 am

I have the set of files for the LMS stock pack downloaded but had never installed them (I seem to have plenty of LMS stock without!). I shall now do so, go back to the original consist and try again. I'll report back either way.
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Post  dforrest Sat 18 Aug 2018, 1:02 pm

There was unfortunately an error in the .trk file in the turntable patch I have uploaded. I do not know whether this is what caused the problem. I have uploaded a corrected version.


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Post  Jonathan David Sat 18 Aug 2018, 6:32 pm

I hadn't installed the turntable patch as I have not yet switched to Open Rails.
But I have now installed the relevant files from the LMS stock pack and re-instated the original version of the activity The activity runs fine.
But when i try to have more than one route in the routes list the program still freezes up and crashes when I click on one of the routes in the list.
So I will run this as a free-standing route until a solution is found.
By the way I am running MSTS under Windows 10.
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Post  slipperman12 Sat 18 Aug 2018, 8:06 pm

Hi Jonathan,
What is this "other" route?
Have you installed all its required add-ons? (UKFS, New Roads, etc.).

Cheers,
Ged


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Post  ShortNorth Sun 10 May 2020, 5:42 am

As I reported earlier in the LYR Heartland topic, I have been working on the FINAL version of Huddersfield and Environs 1920.

Coming soon    ................................

Huddersfield & Environs LMS Hudder10

Huddersfield & Environs LMS Hudder11

This should be available for release by the end of the month (May)

Regards, Brian


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Post  rufuskins Sun 10 May 2020, 8:43 am

I'm looking forward to this as the extension to Walsden brings it nearer to where I live.

I trust that you are making good progress in the health area.

Take care of yourself and the family and stay safe.


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Post  ShortNorth Thu 04 Jun 2020, 1:55 am

I had intended it to be released before the end of May -
but I've just come out of another two weeks in hospital (5th time since last Nov).

So, I'm running late, but still hope to have it out before the end of June.

Once the FINAL Hudds route is out, I'll have some exciting news for the LYR Heartland route !!!

Regards, Brian


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Post  rufuskins Thu 04 Jun 2020, 8:00 am

Sorry to hear that you have an unfortunate relationship with hospitals. Please take care and stay safe. Look forward to any of your route work being released.


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Post  slipperman12 Thu 04 Jun 2020, 9:49 am

Hi Brian,
May I echo Alec's sentiments Smile

This is not the time to be in hospital, for anything!

Cheers,
Ged
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Post  ShortNorth Thu 11 Jun 2020, 7:36 am

Hi all,

At long last the FINAL version of Huddersfield and Environs 1920 is released on UKTS.

When I first started Huddersfield the 'bookends' of the LYR Yorkshire main line was Sowerby Bridge and Thornhill - LYR Heartland wasn't even on my radar at that stage. So, Once Heartland was done, the glaring gap was between Sowerby Bridge to the Summit tunnels system.

This final version of Huddersfield enables one to run from near Normanton and from Bradford right through to Manchester Victoria - start your train near Normanton or at Bradford, run up the Calder valley to Winterbuttlee Tunnel, stop, close the route, then open Heartland and resume your train to Manchester. Or, of course, vice versa.

One of the subtle changes - when I first built Bradford Exchange, I made the platforms too short, only 4-6 coaches in length - all Bradford platforms have been extended by two coaches, so are now 6-8 coaches in length.

So, this closes a Chapter of my route building - when I announced this upgrade, I said I had TWO announcements to make - this route expansion.

Have Fun !!!   Enjoy the route !!!

Now I can release the SECOND announcement - however, you will have to go to the LYR Heartland topic to see what that is !!!

Brian


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Post  rufuskins Thu 11 Jun 2020, 10:27 am

OK OK OK OK OK


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Post  ShortNorth Wed 09 Sep 2020, 2:32 am

It's been a couple of months since the last announcement.

Originally, I intended to stop Huddersfield 1920 at version 4.0, and that is the point where I released Huddersfield LMS 1930's version 1.0, equal to the extent of Hudds 1920 V4.0, however, as you are by now aware, I extended Huddersfield 1920 once more to version 5.0.

The problem is that this makes the Huddersfield LMS 1930's track layout now wayyyyyyyyyyy out of date. So, I'm announcing that Huddersfield LMS 1930's is to be extended into version 2.0, so that the track extent matches that of the 1920 route version 5.0.

The LMS version 2.0 will, of course, be a variant of the V5.0 1920 route - with the following changes :

1 - Some exLNWR/exLYR station buildings and other structures changed to LMS colours
2 - post-1923 signalling - distants were changed from red/white to yellow/black
3 - static wagons changed from pre-group liveries to Big4 liveries
4 - car spawners updated from 1920 vehicles to 1930's vehicles
5 - Penistone steelworks closed 1930 - partly demolished and track partly removed
6 - around the late 20's / early 30's the LMS closed several stations and branch lines.
so, I have partly DEMOLISHED - L&YR Copley, Clifton Road and Bailiff Bridge stations - LNWR Deighton, Kirkheaton, Fenay Bridge and Kirkburton stations - removed all station infrastructure (name-boards, lamps, Platform Markers, station building) except the bare platform. Kirkburton branch ran as goods only after 1930.
7 - Placed 'tags' to indicate the L&YR Stainland and Rishworth branches had closed to PASSENGERS and ran as goods only after 1929.

Expansion of exMR Newtown goods, in 1923, and addition of Red Doles junction has NOT been attempted due to maximum object count on that Tile for reliable operation.

In Huddersfield LMS 1930's era Version 1, I had added mechanical coal plants, and revised trackwork, at Hillhouse and Low Moor - as these were not built until after 1935, I decided NOT to include them in this version of the route.

LMS colour-light Speed Signalling between Heaton Lodge Junction and Thornhill -has NOT been attempted, for two reasons A) no LMS speed signalling models available for MSTS/OR and the required signal scripting to make it work would be nearly impossible, B) the only signalling diagram I have of the Speed Signalling is dated 1958, and the track layout is VERY DIFFERENT from the 1930-5 track layout.

This update is well underway and should be released within the next few weeks.

Regards, Brian



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Post  ShortNorth Fri 18 Sep 2020, 6:59 am


The Huddersfield and Environs LMS 1930's route Version 2.0 has been uploaded to UKTS, and is awaiting approval. It should be available for download within the next day or two. This route supersedes the original Version 1.0 route, which is still available on UKTS for those that prefer a smaller route.

I have included five 'basic' passenger activities which cover most of the route main lines, especially the new lines - these passenger consists use Darwin Smith's excellent new LMS 'Carriages for Huddersfield' pack (an absolutely epic set of 468 new carriages, not only for exLYR, exLNWR, exMR, some exCGR, exGNR, exNER, as well as LMS, LNER and a few GWR and SR stock and a few Pullmans - all carriages that were seen in different parts of this route), well worth the large download.

Have Fun, Brian


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