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Ocean Park Car Barn Renderings by Tim Muir

Posted on: May 4, 2012 by Pacific Electric 7 Comments
Rendering by Tim Muir

Rendering by Tim Muir

From digital artist Tim Muir:

Here are some of the 950 class cars and a lonely 600-700 class Hollywood at Ocean Park. I've been building these for my own use on "routes" I've also been building for Microsoft's Train Simulator. The simulator is old and obsolete by today's standards, but thanks to some intrepid third party modelers, code writers and tweakers out there, the old sim has been improved far beyond what MS had originally released in 2001. I have made dozens of PE cars, locomotives, and freight cars. I've done almost the whole 950 class Venice cars, leaving off at the last couple with the odd window patterns. There's about a dozen Tens, "Portlands", assorted box motors and all the Portland RPO's. I've been very partial to the Venice Short Line and made models to populate a little module of the VSL in the 1930s, the Ocean Park car house being the center piece. The sim's "game engine" that drives it is very old and does not support models with a high number of "polygons", all the triangles that make up the model. So I have to try to keep detail to a minimum.

Thanks for sharing, Tim!

UPDATE: Here are two more views of this rendering!

Rendering by Tim Muir

Rendering by Tim Muir

From Tim: This is Ocean Park Car House again, from the north, with the storage yard behind to the left. This is on an earlier version of the Route set in 1949, which is fictional with parts inspired from real PE lines, places and atmosphere. The track I use here is from 3DTrains and is freeware. Track layout isn't exact to the prototype, I realize, but is about as close as I could get it. Part of the fun of it all is trying to recreate scenes from the past and enlarge upon them in the virtual 3D world. That's where the archives at pacificelectric.org have been tremendously helpful supplying photos and anecdotes to help make it happen.

And another!

Rendering by Tim Muir

Rendering by Tim Muir

From Tim: A wide view of the south side, more 950's and some Ten-hundreds. Models were constructed in Abacus Train Sim Modeler Pro. The wire is set too high for the car house, but that is one of the limitations of MS Train Simulator. The wire is generated by the sim with those crazy backbones over curved track. I built the trolley support spans, brackets and poles to fit the default wire. Wayne Campbell provided the automobile models. The gasometer was built by Paul Charland who allowed me to modify it for use in the Ocean Park scene.

7 Responses

  1. Ed Weiss

    May 4, 2012

    Very nice!

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  2. Allan F

    May 5, 2012

    The tone of light on the structures and sky is exceptionally well done. Looks very real,

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  3. Everett

    May 5, 2012

    Excellent rendering. It inspires some terrific PE layout ideas. 😉

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  4. Steve Crise

    May 6, 2012

    I have always wondered if it would someday be possible to render in 3 D modeling, the entire PE system.

    It seems that day is not to far off in the future afteralll.

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    • Tim Muir

      May 11, 2012

      Thanks all!

      Steve, to build the entire PE system in 3D is possible, but would require an entirely different platform than Microsoft’s ancient Train Simulator, which wasn’t really designed for polygon-intensive models. The small routes that I’ve built have made my computer run like molasses in January in places where there is a lot of urban scenery. When adjacent “world tiles” are loaded the sim starts to run like a slide show with vary bad frames-per-second rates. 24 FPS is good but sometimes it drops to single digits, especially if there are long freight trains or meets with other cars. When the yard at Ocean Park has a few 950’s and/or Tens parked there, the frame rates really take a nose-dive.

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      • Varinki

        October 2, 2014

        If your looking for something newer the coming version of Trainz has a new engine and ther is TS2015.

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  5. Fred M Pohl

    February 6, 2014

    Its a real shame you can’t buy over the counter ready to un scale models of the Pacific Electric equipment It would be nice But I guess there is no real market for them

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