Train simulators are often thought of as means of replicating modern railroading, but how can they be used to convey railroad history? Content creator and route builder Paul Charland (Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville Railroad, Dominion Atlantic Railway) talks with us about recreating shortlines in Microsoft Train Simulator.
Norfolk Southern has completed repainting a Union Pacific DDA40X diesel locomotive for the St. Louis Museum of Transportation. I definitely hope to photograph this when it is moved back to the museum!
I paid my first visit to the Lincoln Funeral Car in Wellington, Ohio this past weekend. Click here to see what the inside of the car looks like!
Route Builder and Content Creator – Paul Charland (3:18)
Paul did not grow up using computers, but once he received Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS) as a gift one Christmas he began to learn more about train simulation. Previously a model railroader, he turned to train sims since they required no physical space. His first project was the Fonda Johnstown & Gloversville route, a shortline railroad in New York state which hauled leather gloves.
Paul has now created five separate routes, and he provides a look at what went into the creation of each. He shares his approach to 3D Modeling and explains how he believes train simulators serve as a means of historic preservation of both railroads and the communities they serve.
Question of the Day (44:20)
What routes or railroads have you discovered through train simulators? Let me know and I will respond to your comments in our next episode.