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MURCHISON COUNTY

Complete layout for TRAINZ

 

Stage 1

MURCHISON LOGGING LINE

For TRAINZ VERSIONS TRS2006 / TRS2004 / UTC / SP1.3

 

Murchison Logging now supports "M-LOG" which allows for interactive operation of the logging line

(Murchison M-Log interactive operation is only available under TRAINZ TRS2006 and TRS2004)

(Murchison logging for UTC DOES NOT support M-Log interactive operation but is still a fully functional TRAINZ layout)

 

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- watch the wagons load and unload

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- operational log dump

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- operational logging skids

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- operational logging "decker"

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- operational log sorting yards with interactive loading and unloading facilities

 

(M-log is an interactive logging system developed by Rich Blake)

 

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An extensive TRAINZ layout based on DEM (electronic Map Data) from the heart of New Zealands "Lord of the Rings" country.

The layout is approximately 45 km long starting from a mainline terminal near the main sawmill and, after hugging a rugged coast, heads in-land to various valley and high country logging camps.

While the terrain is DEM based on New Zealand's South Island terrain it is NOT a prototypical logging line and contains various mixes of logging practice. The coastal trestle line is based on New Zealands Piha Bush Tramway - a real Logging line that hugged a rugged coast and could only be used at low tide (this line functioned on and off over a period of about 70 years)

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FEATURES

 

MURCHISON COUNTY LOGGING includes the following features:
 
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45km of Narrow gauge trackage

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150+ boards

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An interactive operational layout for approximately 2hrs continuous running in one of the numerous steam logging locos now available, and about to be released, for TRAINZ

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A coastal trestle logging line based on New Zealands Piha Bush Railway that ran around a rugged surf coast for 70 years and is still a scenic walkway

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A mainline loadout interface (mainline to be added in future as Stage 2 development)

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Extensive coastal scenery

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Extensive mountain scenery

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Animated log sorting yards

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Animated log Dump

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Animated "log Decker" machine

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Animated log loading skids

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Full camera coverage

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textures - a realistic blend of over 100 custom bush and coastal textures

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30+ animated waterfalls with sound

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100's of realistic river splines

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4 lakes

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Mountain bush line

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Deep scenic gorge

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Six unique and highly detailed logging camps

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Full sounds - birds, axes, saws, rivers, waterfalls, steam haulers

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Animated axemen

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Animated log sawyers

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Steam log haulers

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Detailed Log spars

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Main Sawmill with log dump and wharf

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Bush Sawmill

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REVIEW & USER COMMENTS

" The Layout is magnificent! I have never seen anything like that in my entire Trainz experience."
Gary Hoorn

"As a beta tester I can tell you that this is going to be the ULTIMATE steam era layout seen thus far"
Slugmasher

"Wow, I'm totally speechless in front of the beauty of these mountains"
Andrev

"An unparalled example of layout creation skill and artistry.....I found that I was totally immersed in the reality of the scenes"
Narrowgauge (peter)

"Not only the best in Trainz, It is the best in any train sim..."

Fikalaker

What amazes me me about Murchison County is, that for all the detail, it runs as smooth as silk. Incredible job

Hfmurphy

 

DOWNLOADS

 
 

 

MURCHISON logging is a freely downloadable logging route

 

However it should be noted that the high standard of realistic presentation is achieved by the extensive use of the following payware series available on this site

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WATERFALL series

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RIVER SPLINE series

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MIDDLE-EARTH 200 TEXTURE series

As a special offer, to go with the Murchison logging layout, these three series are now available in a combo pack at US$24.95 

Purchase Payware Content.

ALL versions of TRAINZ

 

For those who purchase the full payware content TRAINZONE has provided web space to carry ZIP files containing all the freeware content used in MURCHISON M-logging TRS2006 and all earlier versions

 

If you purchased the Nature Series 1 combo set required for Murchison M-logging prior to 1st December 2005 you can upgrade the Nature Series and Murchison M-logging to TRAINZ TRS2006 for $7.95

 

TRS2006 UPGRADE

From ALL versions of TRAINZ

 

FREEWARE CONTENT

For those who don't want to buy the payware but simply want to create and add their own waterfalls, Rivers, and textures you will find the links to the TRS2004 Route and FREEWARE content and upgrades below

At present Murchison M-Logging  TRS2006 is only available when purchasing or upgrading the Natures Series 1 set.

 

 

MURCHISON INSTALL (without PAYWARE content)
 

 

 

 

To enjoy your Narrow Gauge logging experience to the max download the following Narrow Gauge Steam Logging locos

CLICK on the name to download

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CLIMAX   by Narrowgauge DUNKIRK by Whecsailor
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SHAY by Prowler HEISLER by Dirk Mewes

Also check out the NG Rolling Stock page for free downloads of many logging related wagons and bogies

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NARROW GAUGE ROLLING STOCK

By Peter Pardoe-Matthews (Narrowgauge)

MURCHISON SCENARIOS

Check out the SCENARIO'S page for "LUCY'S SUPPLY RUN"

(UTC / TRS2004)

 

MURCHISON COUNTY ROUTE

Computer Specifications

 

LAYOUT BUILDING COMPUTER

MURCHISON LOGGING layout was built on a computer with the following specs:

bullet1600+ AMD CPU
bullet256 MB ram
bulletGForce 3 video card (running at 1280 x 960 res)

The layouts makes advanced use of textures to realistically simulate the bush country and reduce impact on video frame rates. However, to increase the sense of realism,  model trees have been added to the FULL VERSION. These have been strategically placed to minimise the impact on the CPU.

For best results the DRIVER preference settings should be set as high as possible. Here are the settings that I used:

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bulletTexture Passes 3/4
bulletDetail Level 4/5
bulletDraw Distance 10/12

SCENERY

bulletDraw distance 7/12

EFFECTS

bulletGood weather fog 2/7
bulletBad weather fog 3/11
bulletParticle effects 11/11

The higher the settings the better but just go as high as your system will comfortably handle - default settings are fine but texture on hills starts to display banding

LOW-SPEC TEST COMPUTER

The Full "treed" UTC version was tested on the following Low spec computer with reasonable results but, if you have a low-spec computer, you will probably find the low-poly version a better option.

bullet600 P3 pentium
bullet384 MB ram
bulletGForce 2 video card (running at 1024 x 768 res)
bulletTRAINZ settings at default

PLEASE KEEP IN MIND that this is a marrow gauge logging route. As such it has steeper than normal inclines (generally 3-5 degrees but sometimes up to 6 degrees) and sharper curves.

The layout is designed for slow bush lockeys such as Narrow Gauges Climax,  Prowlers Shay, Whecsailors Dunkirk and Dirk Mewes Heisler that travel between 10-20 km\hr full speed.

Please don't get niggly at the lack of speed signs and signals - this is a rough and ready early 1900's bush line - where innovation and improvisation where the rule.

 

 

 

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