Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Protecting the rear


It's been a bit quiet of late due to pressures of the day job and the needs of real life. However, there's still been a chance for a bit of modelling in between and the time has been used creating some of the little details that bring things to life.

There's no real surprise that one of these little details is the thing every train should have at the back to prove it's all still there and to protect the train when stopped. One of a Signalman's duties were to ensure that trains passing his 'box carried a tail lamp and as such the section was not obstructed.

The tail lamp is one of the things we felt really should have some extra care lavished on it as it will be appearing in a lot of stock packs over the coming months and would need to be in keeping with the rolling stock. That said there were some lines that had to be drawn to keep the resources sensible, so if things look a bit lumpy don't forget that this is probably the largest you're ever going to see the shape!

It's quite surprising when you consider how important a tail lamp was, the number of simers and modellers that will happily run their trains without a tail lamp, luckily that won't be a problem with our stock.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

That looks a fabulous tail lamp, thank you. Will it be a separate item, instead of permanently attached to a wagon, so, we can utilise it on our other UK train consists, please ??

Fastline Simulation said...

Thanks for the appreciative comments.

To be honest we'd only thought of it being a part of our models but if folks would like the model as a separate item to add to other stock via RailWorks Tools or similar we might be able to arrange something and make it available for download.

Of course a really nice thing would be the ability to specify the tail lamp to appear on the rear lamp irons when stock is in a train that's in service referenced in the blueprint in a manner like that of couplings. Even better would be the chance to specify oil or battery lamps to appear depending on the date set in the scenario ...

Anonymous said...

I'm sure that folks would love the opportunity to have the tail lamp as a separate item, as there isn't anything suitable at present, and this would do the job handsomely. I too find it worrying that so many YT videos show Railworks/RailSim trains running with no tail lamps of any description, very offputting and totally unrealistic.

Thanks for your efforts.

Anonymous said...

Yep, it's another failing in Railworks! Still there is light at the end of the tunnel or rather at the end of the train....