All aboard the virtual train

Escape. I suppose we all need to do it from time to time.

For me, the pressure of real-world work doesn’t allow much time for actually escaping, so my indulgence is to escape to the virtual world. It’s no secret that I’m daft about trains – merely read some of my earlier posts on the subject, dear reader. Many an English Gentleman has his little (or not-so little) trains laid out in his loft or shed, and many an English Gentleman spends a vast amount of cash on his innocent hobby of recreating some bygone era of industrial history in miniature. I just do the same, but in virtual. It’s full of bugs and errors and technical limitations, but I’m very much “into” Train Simulator, otherwise known as TS2017 in it’s current iteration. Despite its flaws, it’s a convincing enough rendering of the railway world, and a very calming influence on my otherwise overloaded mind.

The kids out there have probably been able to do this for the past couple of epochs, but a little time ago, I installed some video editing software onto my PC which included a live screen capture tool. I love it! Now I can begin to tell stories through the medium of the moving image, created from within my little virtual world. So far, it’s railways. But just a couple of days ago, I discovered that one can now even build virtual cities, too…

So, dear reader, here is my first attempt at telling a sort of “story” using captured video from my little virtual world. For the train buffs out there, we’re off on a footplate ride on a Class 20 locomotive (even more ancient than me!), hauling Network Rail’s leaf-busting Rail Head Treatment Train, as it tries, valiantly, to keep those pesky leaves from settling on the tops of the metal rails, causing all our (already late) trains to run… ummmm… late. I suppose another solution would be to have all the passengers jump up and down in unison, causing the train to bounce up and down, thereby increasing the available traction. Rumour actually has it that Network Rail are, in fact, genetically modifying the trees along its railways so that the falling leaves curl in a certain way, so as to immediately fall away from the metal surfaces of the tracks on contact. Hmmmmm…

Pure speculation, indeed. In the meantime, here’s my daft little video, a sort of glimpse into the job of the railwayman on the RHTT.

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About Widewanderer

Retired bus driver and teacher. Now indulging in travel, writing, photography, videography, railways and canals...plus some "normal" stuff, too! Home is my faithful narrowboat, with nothing but the freedom of the waterway ahead of me.
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