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BVE/OpenBVE Support / Re: OpenBVE Connect Website No Longer Avalible
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:12:29 pm »
The site is shut down from what I hear.

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Photography / Making All Stops by O.S. Funk Review
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:13:55 am »

Making All Stops by O.S. Funk has got to be one of the greatest high quality NYC Subway Photo books Iíve seen and with that said, this book not only offers photos but also offers tributes to the transit workers of the age, and their love for photography.  Taking passions from both their work and their hobby, they have generously contributed their works to make this book possible.  Here is my review of Volume One, mainly featuring photos from 1970 to 1976.

Introduction

The book begins with an introduction and a dedication to Steve Zabel, Zabel being a transit employee for over 20 years, and combining his passion for photography, to go the extra mile in photographing the NYC Subway.  The book is meant to have something for everyone, and the ones born during this time will most certainly be able to relive the memories of a vastly different system than what we have today.  For the ones that havenít it is an interesting trip into the history of the NYC Subway, and one that can be felt through vivid photos, and commentary provided by the several photographers contributing to the book.

The next part of the book is an interesting fact chart of movies that feature the NYC Subway, all the way from the 1970ís to the 1980ís.  These classic movies are all given a brief comment on what they feature, and a rating presumably depicting how well they showcase the NYC Subway.  If you want to check out some movies showcasing the NYC Subway in this time period, this list is a great one to have.

We almost begin the meat and flesh of the book, but before we reach that we have a short timeline from 1970 to 1989 documenting all the major events in NYC history.

At last we get a look at Steve Zabel, flipping through his photos heís been everywhere from Pittsburg to the SEPTA system.

The Rooftops

Steve Zabel was called a risk-taker in the book, and that clearly shows in his rooftop photos.  The book features 20 photos from Coney Island, all the way to the Bronx.  All are breathtaking views, very rarely seen by the average person.

100 to 9000

This section features cars with odd numbers. The book calls them special numbers, but other than the cars having unusual or funny numbers, I felt there weren't really anything special about them. The photos here mainly show these oddly numbered cars like 7777 or 6200. 6200 has 2 photos showing how it transformed from new to vandalized.

Chronological

At this point, we begin the tour from the 1970 to 1976.  Photos showing shiny new railcars roll along the rails, and within just a few years, graffiti goes to become a signature of the NYC Subway.  Still, our fearless photographers still manage to find a shiny new one, and at the best of places too, with a set of silver and blue on the 4 with the old Yankeeís Stadium open in the background.  Through all this we also get a glimpse of the 3rd Avenue Elevated, itself with its own set of 20 photos.

To be honest, Iíve only really read books from the library containing photos of the NYC Subway.  The difference however is massive, as the photos here were clearly selected to tell a story.  The story begins with an era and end with an era. And the ones who tell us the story is this set of passionate photographers who were there to take it all for us to see and share today.

Some notable photos, that I personally liked, no doubt all of them were great, but just some that caught my eye.

IRT Gun Hill Road, Station mezzanine/interior entrance. Great photo, didnít find it anywhere online.
Super white, super spotless car #7777 at 174th St. in the Bronx.
R7 car #1477 as the KK train, at 57th St. on 6th Ave., that station is still brand spanking new in this photo.

There are certainly a lot more photos, I wanted to share, but alas youíll have to check out the book yourself in order to fully appreciate the era.  I cannot post any photos of the inside of the book here, as I have to respect the publishers decisions.  Visiting nycsubway.org will not curate fantastic photos for you, and the book contains plenty of photos that arenít online.  If you are a true railbuff, this collection of photos is a must have, and I cant wait to see Volume 2. If you are a general railfan with even a slight interest, this book is worth a look, as it provides a good way to get a glimpse of the 1970's era NYC Subway system. That movie list will certainly help with that as well.  If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the forum.

Check it out here: http://www.makingallstops.com


Note: This is a sponsored post brought over from the old BVEStation for archival purposes.

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Station Talk / Video support back on BVEStation Downloads.
« on: February 16, 2015, 01:31:57 am »
If you guys haven't noticed, we lost video support on the BVEStation downloads.  The good news is its coming back, but we are currently restricting it to just 1 video per download page, just like before.  If you would like to feature your video on any one download, make a post here with the video and the download page you want it to be featured on.  The video should feature some part of the route, with a train that is released and downloadable.  No pre-released or in development content should be featured on the videos, just a pure representation of what the user should expect when they download.

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Content Development / Re: OpenBVE modelling guidelines for Modelers!
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:51:33 pm »
Are you attempting to create some standards for the community? If they are agreed by everyone/large majority of developers, we can get this published on our wiki.

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Content Development / Re: Curving the bottom part of the train
« on: February 15, 2015, 04:45:56 pm »
Curving the bottom is done either through an illusion of a gradient based texture, or more polygons added onto the object.

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BVE/OpenBVE Support / Re: "Open BVE Has Stopped Working" error
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:40:53 pm »
If you are still having problems, you may want to consider using an older version of OpenBVE available on the site.

http://www.bvestation.com/downloads/list/1/Programs

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Content Development / Re: R46 and Bicentennial R46
« on: February 13, 2015, 08:39:42 pm »
This has been fixed, again if you do not wish to see an ad before the download. Use your BVEStation login on the site.

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Station Talk / Classic BVEStation Chat is back!
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:57:40 am »
For those of you guys that were here since the beginning, we used to have a service called AJAX Chat.  Well its back! You can access the chat by clicking the chat button above.  We hope to be seeing you there sometime.

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BVEStation Network News / Re: Welcome to the new BVEStation!
« on: February 09, 2015, 08:00:27 pm »
Because of increased costs, those are ads which are used to help pay for the new servers that we are hosted on.  If you do not want to see the ads, use the BVEStation Forum login.

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Other Projects / Re: OpenBVE Hempstead Branch Development Thread
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:35:08 pm »
I think Fan Railer posted a track map of the LIRR somewhere, have you taken a look at that, as it might be of help.  Otherwise I'll be checking out this route later on tonight!  8)

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Station Talk / Recent Spam Attack
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:18:24 pm »
I'd like to apologize for the recent spam attack we just endured, despite the fact that we had already added public blacklists to try to prevent some spam, we couldn't stop all of it.  I thank everyone who made reports earlier today.  From now on, all new registrations will need to be approved by admins, and we have added additional moderators to help with the cleanup in the event one gets through.

We have also installed a new CAPTCHA system.

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Other Projects / Re: OpenBVE Hempstead Branch Development Thread
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:52:23 pm »
There are a couple of object packs that are available in the Downloads section.  You may find the NYCT Object Pack by TJay to be useful, just be sure to mention him in your credits.  If you do manage to get this out, maybe I'll continue working on my Atlantic Ave Branch, and simply extend it through what you made  ::)

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Content Development / Re: openBVE DLL development?
« on: February 06, 2015, 07:09:30 pm »
Are you talking about developing for trains?  There are a handful of train plugins out there that use DLL's, but they are no longer encouraged, because of backwards compatibility.

Take a look at our wiki for an API reference under Plugins.  http://wiki.bvestation.com/index.php/Main_Page  Unfortunately, not many of us have experience with it, but if you do run into issues, we'll try to help as much as we can.

The v1.4.3 source code appears to be using the new plugin system, but I myself haven't explored that section of the code.

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Content Development / Re: 3ds max model to .csv?
« on: February 06, 2015, 12:57:48 am »
Unfortunately there isn't a known way to import a 3ds max model to CSV.  OpenBVE does have partial support for .x files however, with my experimentation, only simple .x objects work.  You may want to try finding an importer to a .x format and maybe you'll get something in OpenBVE, but again, there is only partial support.  When I created a basic cylinder in a .x format, only half the faces showed, giving me a staggered cylinder...  Otherwise, there isn't a known way.

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BVEStation Network News / Older Versions of OpenBVE
« on: February 05, 2015, 11:15:46 pm »


If you are looking for an older version of OpenBVE, or you are having issues with the latest versions of OpenBVE.  BVEStation's got you covered.  Previously on the old site, we had it buried somewhere deep on the website.  Now you can easily find it on our downloads section, by clicking Programs.  You can also just follow the links here.  Again these versions were used in development, but had whatever add-on that was being worked on removed, so this is as close as you can get to a pure version.

OpenBVE v1.2.3
OpenBVE v.1.2.3 Source
OpenBVE v1.3.4
OpenBVE v.1.3.4 Source

We take absolutely no responsibility of these programs, and you are to run this software at your own risk.

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