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R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« on: March 11, 2014, 07:07:29 pm »
People who follow me here may know that I sometimes create strip maps for the routes available for BVE/openBVE. What you may not know is that I've been doing this off and on for about five years now. Come to think of it, it's probably one of my first Illustrator projects I did. My inspiration came from lilbluefoxie's strip maps over on NYC Transit Forums way back in 2009. My first attempts at replicating this for other lines, both real and fictional, were hit and miss to be generous, especially since it was my first foray with vector graphics programs. I'd show you, but since I no longer have access to the POS desktop I created them on. My second attempt which, while better than the first, looking back on it today, looks a bit cartoonish. Take a look.



 Note the small fonts for everything, the fugly-looking bullets. After a while, I decided to make them look a bit more realistic.



 While the station/borough divider fonts are still small, the bullets look much better, don't they? I updated them again to fix that and other issues.


Ignore the fictional transfers.

The fonts are now legible from a distance (as they'd have to be if this were a real strip map found on a train). It even includes the "map not in use" cut out that you'd find on the trains.

I mention all of this because, once again, I've completely started from scratch. Call me a perfectionist, but like all of my work I do for here and BVEStation, I have to like it and if I don't, I will fix it. Eventually. (My perfectionist streak is always trumped by a lack of time. :D) Taking inspiration from this SubChat post, I've decided to go for an even more realistic approach for this new update.



While not an exact replica of the ones found on the 142s (besides the addition of the 2's local stops, my personal preference has the font mostly in Akzidenz Grotesk instead of Helvetica, among other minor details), the row of 64 total available stops, the location of the stops' "indicator lights" and everything else are all based on what one would find on an actual strip map on one of the trains and where they'd be in relation to everything else.

While I'm not taking request right now, I will be posting other line maps as I see fit. Stand by for that.
« Last Edit: March 11, 2014, 07:12:19 pm by Lance »

'70s style service sign at Times Sq-42 St.

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2014, 12:07:26 pm »
These are perfectly done. Good job. But I don't understand why the N train goes with the R train from City Hall to Court St. Doesn't it travel to Brooklyn trought the Manhattan Bridge ?

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2014, 01:30:56 pm »
These are perfectly done. Good job. But I don't understand why the N train goes with the R train from City Hall to Court St. Doesn't it travel to Brooklyn trought the Manhattan Bridge ?

Thanks. During the overnight hours, the N runs via the R line between Canal St and DeKalb Av. Well, they did before the Montague Street tube closure last August.

Check out these new maps below:


1986-'88 (B)


(M) with new Essex St terminus
Take a look at the blue LEDs on the M line map.

'70s style service sign at Times Sq-42 St.

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2014, 08:42:28 am »
True. I forgot about that. What you created is amazing. I hope that they will be used in future

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 07:44:16 pm »
can someone do the 6 please

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 03:58:12 pm »
can someone do the 6 please

I may get around to doing the 6 line, but not right away. To be quite honest, the 4, 5, 6, and 7 will likely be the last ones done, if they're done at all. With that said, here's the J (set from Jamaica Center to Marcy Av) in the same style the current line maps for the 7 are in.


'70s style service sign at Times Sq-42 St.

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Re: R142/143 Strip Maps (Version 3.0)
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2014, 06:49:52 pm »
i am da one who made stripmap working for 2 line
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y9bponlR3w#