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Virtual Railroader Magazine - A celebration of small computer railroading
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Fall 2005 cover View/save (right click) file
This is the cover and Credits page for the Fall 2005 issue - October, November, December - in case you want to bind the collection.
December 15, 2005 (VR Late-Fall Reading) View/save (right click) file
It's a Wrap • One Year On • We've Got Mail • Christmas Cards • Celebrate the Holidays With a Blast From the Past! • Milwaukee Road Class F7 4-6-4 Hiawatha Locomotives • Let's Get Down to BASIC! • LoMo Does New York (and More) • Executive Network Tour, Part 1 • Train Sim Webfinder
November 15, 2005 (VR Mid-Fall Reading) View/save (right click) file
The Theme of Themes • Flexible Game Design • Thoughts on a Hybrid Copyright/Open-Source Architecture • Meet Vulcan • We Get Interviewed • Building an Interurban Empire in Locomotion • Wayne Campbell’s London & Port Stanley Railway • Pigs is Pigs • Interurban Crossword Puzzle • Train Sim Webfinder
October 15, 2005 (VR First Fall Reading) View/save (right click) file
The NEW Virtual Railroader • A Look At Strategy-Based Train Sims • Meet Tim Court • Getting Started With Locomotion • Patched Transport Tycoon Deluxe • All You Ever Wanted To Know About RouteBuilder • Retracking With TrainzMap • Steaming Along With Trainz In America • Train Sim Webfinder
Summer 2005 cover View/save (right click) file
This is the cover and Credits page for the Summer 2005 issue - July, August, September - in case you want to bind the collection.
September 15, 2005 (VR Late Summer Reading) View/save (right click) file
Celebrating Small Computer Railroading • A Dose of Reality • Meet Mark Goodspeed • What’s Rail3D? • How Many Train Sims Can You Name? • VlakoSim: Easy to Use Plus Full 3D Graphics • Let's Make a Movie • Following the Rules • Train Sim Webfinder
August 15, 2005 (VR More Light Summer Reading) View/save (right click) file
Model Perseptions • News of the Day • Meet Austin316hockey • Signalling in BVE4 • Sandy River and Rangeley Lakes Railroad • Wisconset Module • Let’s Make Tracks • Train Sim Webfinder
July 15, 2005 (VR Light Summer Reading) View/save (right click) file
Daydreaming • News of the Day • Riding To Riding Mill • St Ashford: Part One, The First Attempt • London Underground Northern Line in BVE • Get Animated With These New British Coaches • A Dark and Stormy Night • Train Sim Webfinder
May-June 2005 View/save (right click) file
Another Milestone • Transitions • This 'n That • Meet Jeff Barr • The Razorback Railway • A Pair of Museum Routes • Let's Get That Waterfall Flowing! • Converting Older Trains to Use BVE 4 Timetables • Tramming in Amsterdam • Big Fun From a Small Route • Using the Forum, Part 2 • Now For Something Completely Different! • Train Sim Webfinder
March-April 2005 View/save (right click) file
A Season of Contradictions • Things You Should Know About Us • News of the Day • Remodeling the Model Railroad Club • George’s Gorge Basic Edition for Virtual Railroader Readers • Finishing Touches • I Know I Put That Somewhere • Walking Through Winter • SpoorSim 1.0 – A First Look • Prototype Study: Barrel Springs Sawmill • Populating Your Route • Train Sim Webfinder
January-February 2005 View/save (right click) file
Happy New Year! • May the Circle Be Unbroken • SP4 and More • Meet David Drake • Poughkeepsie Central Route • Train Chase: Don’t Try This With the Family Car • Let’s Have a Bash! • Building the Third Avenue Elevated BVE Route: Part 2, Tenement Building Blocks • Creating Brick Surfaces in BVE • YKTrain - a First Look • Two-Foot Square: Plan for a Maine Two-Foot Gauge Layout • Using the Forum, Part 1 • Let’s Head Into those hills!
Compendium 2004 View/save (right click) file
All 2004 issues, July through November-December; 402 pages, 22 MB.
November-December 2004 View/save (right click) file
Another year older … • Is it a train? • Planning the Third Avenue Elevated BVE route • Building the Third Avenue Elevated BVE route: Part 1 - Tracks • By the El by Lawrence Stelter; photos by Lothar Stelter • George’s Gorge, a merger piece of work • Let’s get on the shelf: Creating a shelf layout in Trainz • Basic Paint Shed • Home for the holidays: 12 countries in 12 days • Happy Holidays!
October 2004 View/save (right click) file
The global railway • Small is beautiful: Introducing Ventnor Station route for Trainz • Building a lake, part 2 • Let’s Get Animated! Working with animated junctions • The Fell Incline: A fascinating piece of New Zealand’s railway history • Shane Permann’s UP 9000 4-12-2 locomotives • Project: The West Side Lumber Company • Making the most of scenery • That old neighborhood of mine • FGC: Genova-Casella Railway • Turbostar to Aberdeen • Fun with objects • A site to see: Vince Black’s international BVE page
September 2004 View/save (right click) file
Pushing the boundaries • A sim for every reason • Let’s make a lake, then sail on it, drive around it and fly over it! • Build a switch list generator with Excel • Cookie builds a doughnut empire • Gates of progress: History of the American passenger station, part 1 • Rocky Ridge Mine: A modular industry design concept • Basic track-laying, part two • U-drive: A look at drivable objects • Beta 4 and more
August 2004 View/save (right click) file
Summer: time for a trip • It could happen • This land is your land: United Central Railroad • Meet J.P. McNeil • Waybills on the Black Canyon • Where IS that car? • Virtual West Side Lumber Company • Clear Lake Lumber Company, part 4 • Summertime fun • Drive the Blueridge
July 2004 View/save (right click) file
The same but different • A little perspective, please • Central Terminal • Meet Linda Irene Tingvik • God's Wonderful Railway, part 2 • Clear Lake Lumber Company, part 3 • Maine 2-foot narrow gauge locomotives • Basic track-laying, part one • Goodies for your terminal
See also VMR Journal January -- June 2004.
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