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Old May 23, 2007, 10:25 PM   #1
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This is an old pump house on the BNSF (formerly Burlington Northern) located in Lyle, WA. I took a whole series of photos of this building so I could create a "virtual" model for Microsoft Train Simulator. The computer model turned out very well. The structure on the roof originally held a water tank.

Several months after I finished the model I took my wife to see the actual building. She watched me model it on the computer and was impressed with the results. When we got there, all that was left was the foundation.



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Old May 23, 2007, 10:30 PM   #2
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Great shot. Too bad it is gone now, but it will live on in MTS!!!!

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Old May 24, 2007, 8:19 PM   #3
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Nice work. A pity about the original building.

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Old May 24, 2007, 10:21 PM   #4
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Nice shot.

It just shows you really have to take a photo when you see it. I was going to photograph a flower garden a few weeks ago in Salt Lake City, but had decided to go into the library and look at films first. My friend and I split up once we got inside and something made me go back outside and take the photos then. I was glad I did as when we went out four hours later for lunch the entire garden was gone. They were pulling the flowers that day to plant the summer flowers.
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Old Jun 3, 2007, 1:54 PM   #5
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...........so I could create a "virtual" model for Microsoft Train Simulator. The computer model turned out very well........
Any chance we might get to see a screen shot of the model? After all, whatdoes 'old' mean in model years or virtual reality years? The bent chimney stack is the best touch.

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This is a cool looking old building! My dad and I had a room full of model trains and a nice layout when I was a kid, wish I still had some of that stuff now.

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Alan asked for it so here are a couple screenshots of the computer model. The model was created using Trainsim Modeler by Abacus.





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Wow, beautiful! In my railway modelling day, it was done by buying preprinted paper sheets of tiny brickwork or wooden planks at 1/72 scale, and gluing them on to cardboard. Your version doesn't come unstuck and curl at the edges.

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Nope. It's built with electrons, pixels, photons, and electronic paint. Actually, I created the building as an unpainted box and then used the photographs I had taken of the sides and ends to create the authentic appearance. The process is called photographic or photoreal texturing.

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