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Posted by Deane Johnson on Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:00 AM

I'm sort of wondering how a poster who can't break up a super long post into appropriate paragraphs for easier comprehension will have any luck drawing up a huge track plan.  Just wondering.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:08 AM

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Hello again, I'm quite frustrated. I made another big response and yet like five days later it still hasn't posted... I might make a couple more random replies to get out of this "probation" period.

You should be almost there.

I could not read your "wall of text" post.

-Kevin

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Posted by Mark B on Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:20 PM

 I cannot believe ths thread is still going.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:34 PM

What you need to do is 'make your bones' with several short posts (perhaps in responses to a couple of other threads here) over the course of a couple of days.  Once the moderators 'see' you as a productive community member they will act by removing the mandatory moderation.

That will also allow you to edit your posts as needed, which can be invaluable.

Perhaps irritatingly, the system records the actual time you made a post it 'holds up for moderation' and then helpfully displays it as if it had posted in sequence at that time ...at which point an active topic will be on to the next page and it may "seem" as if your post has disappeared in cyberspace.  This appears to have happened with the 'long post' you mentioned.

The thread won't be "over" until the OP has hard advice on how to tile and display sketches in a very large map that can be zoomed and panned as he works.  I am watching with interest to see what combinations of software will do this, and then optimize it for 'buildability' and then optimized viewing as an attraction.  (And how nice it will be if it calculates the wiring automagically within 10 minutes... and then revises and re-optimizes it as the arrangement is cut, pasted, and changed... Wink)

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Posted by crossthedog on Thursday, April 22, 2021 1:51 PM

I'd love to be able to be of some help here for once. I'm not sure this would be the right solution, but bear with me. 

Before Google built giant server farms so they could divvy up satellite imagery of the whole planet into tiny high-res chunks that could be instantly accessed on a phone, I worked for a small company called LizardTech that made image-compression software. The de facto standard image format in use at the time in the geospatial industry was MrSID, which LizardTech owned. At the time of its invention, it solved the problem of traffic engineers and GIS analysts having to sit at a terminal connected to a mainframe, because of clever math that enabled you to fit a gargantuan image -- like, say, the entire state of Idaho at a resolution so high that you could zoom in and identify a #2 pencil lying on a sidewalk -- on a handheld device. It was a big deal. For the first time, service personnel could take high res imagery into the field with them in the pickup truck.

LizardTech is called Extensis now, but they still sell the GeoExpress encoder. It's not cheap, because its customers are city and governments, universities, spooks, like that. But I noticed just now that on their website they list a free Photoshop Plug-in called Compress, which I would guess is the MrSID (or JPEG2000) tech in a version that has fewer features or maybe a size cap. 

https://www.extensis.com/compress-plugin

I have no idea if this would serve your needs. But the company's technologies are (or were at one time) amazing. You could email a little file that was compressed in such a way that when it was decoded by GeoExpress, it had all the data (every single bit was restored -- i.e. lossless compression) so that your high-res image was then available.

You might look into it.

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:00 PM

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I noticed just now that on their website they list a free Photoshop Plug-in called Compress, which I would guess is the MrSID (or JPEG2000) tech in a version that has fewer features or maybe a size cap.  https://www.extensis.com/compress-plugin

 If this does what Extensis could do, which is eye-opening when doing graphical resize to navigate large images, it will be a valuable tool once pieces of the 'layout' get to appreciable size.

The map alone, once completed, might serve as a basis for an interesting 'interactive' exhibit showing a wide variety of regions and their railroading...

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:13 PM

After 95 posts of which Jared the Artist has posted 4 times,  perhaps we should wait and see how Jared proposes to go forward.

I am sorry, but I have seen nothing concrete,  just 'waffle'.

There is no plan.   There is no building.   There is no signs of finance for such undertaking.    There is no plan  regarding operation.

Miniatur Wunderland did not go to a Model Railway Forum first.   

Jared prove me wrong.

 

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Posted by crossthedog on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:15 PM

Overmod
If this does what Extensis could do, which is eye-opening

I just looked at the page I linked, and yes, it's MrSID under the hood. And also yes, it does what Extensis could do. Extensis and LizardTech were both bought and merged because they both offered jaw-dropping scale-up technology in their niche markets.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:22 PM

crossthedog
I'd love to be able to be of some help here for once. I'm not sure this would be the right solution, but bear with me. 

Matt, that was one of the best written posts I have seen here.

Even though I have no idea about most of what you wrote, I was able to easily read the entire post, and I learned some stuff.

Yes

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:26 PM

NorthBrit
There is no plan.  There is no building.   There is no signs of finance for such undertaking.  There is no plan regarding operation.

None of which is necessary either to what he's doing or to what he's asked about.

I find it more than usually ironic that someone who says in his sig that he cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought sure can spare them for others...

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Posted by snjroy on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:39 PM

Well, I think that Jared did the right thing: submit a question to a bunch of old fogies with experience (and those with less). How many people do that these days!

The title of the thread was bang on as far as I'm concerned.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, April 22, 2021 2:40 PM

Overmod

I find it more than usually ironic that someone who says in his sig that he cannot afford the luxury of a negative thought sure can spare them for others...

 

 

Oh I can.   It is just   I have read about such schemes previously.   One was too far fetched to be true.   Another two  are like this one,  over 100 comments and no further forward  with the original poster laughing at them.

I ask Jared the Artist to prove me wrong.   I hope he does.  

 

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, April 22, 2021 3:30 PM

Jared the Artist
Hello again, I'm quite frustrated. I made another big response and yet like five days later it still hasn't posted...

Well, apparently it is there now in all of its Ciceronian glory!

Rich

Jared the Artist
Amazing! Thanks again for all of the responses — I do read every one (although all the stuff about HOA is a bit annoying, no offense). It seems like CAD is the way to go. I will look into that much more in the coming days and possibly connect more with those that mentioned it. Another way to look at it is I'm taking many of the rail lines in North America and just cutting out the fat. But like one guy mentioned, the lines still need to connect onto a new map and form somewhat of a cobweb of rail lines. To answer a few of the other questions... First, in regards to the size of it, I want to give a true representation of todays railroading and to do that I would need to run them at the lengths they are today. A mile long train is around 60 ft. long in ho scale. Many intermodal's run 1.5 miles long or around 90ft. and that doesn't include power. Of course i'll also run shorter locals and shortline freights which might only be 20-30 ft. in length but nevertheless I want to be able to accommodate trains upwards of 100 ft. up and down around 1-2% grades as they exist today and with live loads like coal for example. For example: Portland, Oregon, from the NW portion of the port down just south of UP's Brooklyn yard is around 13 miles. To model that area I would need a little under 800 ft. of length. Then anywhere from 20 to 60 ft. in width that I have mapped out using the streets and/or rail lines that would create the border for the viewer. Basically from UP's line on the west side of the Willamette across the river into downtown. Then where UP's line heads east along highway 84 it would transition into the Columbia River Gorge where it would run on the opposite side of BNSF as it does today. I've mapped out the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge that would equate to about 1,200 ft in ho scale and then the next transition would be going from there into Spokane and then BNSF's line into Glacier National Park. UP would split off from the gorge and then travel across the Joso bridge and by Palouse falls and then disappear from the layout but the tracks would continue and then reappear in Ogden where the line from the Feather River Canyon would merge into it. That's just one example of the entire system. Of course areas in the east would be much shorter giving the density compared to the west. So my system would showcase every class l railroads main routes throughout all of the US and Canada. Each major city would essentially be its own building and then these tunnels/corridors would exist between each building to connect the cites together via the rail lines using the most scenic portions of the track. Columbia River gorge between Portland and Spokane, Feather River Canyon between Sacramento and SLC, Glenwood Canyon between, Provo and Denver, Glacier National Park between Spokane and the oil fields and badlands of North Dakota, New River Gorge between Huntington and Lynchburg, Hudson River between NYC and Albany, NY and so on... But also because I want to model significant portions of cities and landmarks at ho scale. To show someone the Golden Gate bridge spanning 60 ft. of open water. To see the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) 16 ft. up into the air. The exterior then would have 1:8 scale trains that the guests could ride to transport them throughout the theme park should they not want to walk everywhere by foot. I'm estimating the final theme park would encompass roughly 5 square miles. Of course only a small fraction of that space would actually be modeled. All space in between would be used for standard theme park amenities: restaurants, cafes, bathrooms, exhibits and so on. Another reason "Why" is to give people the gift of a sense of road tripping or traveling. So many of us want to see all that North America has to offer yet it's so big and it would take so long to visit every corner. Here you can visit the West Coast, the Rockies, Coals mines of Powder River Basin, Elk Valley and the Appellations, Ore Mines of Wisconsin, along the rivers, gorges, and canyons of the Columbia, Fraser, Thompson, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Allegheny, Hudson and more, the stunning downtowns of Portland, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, DC, St Lous, as well as the smaller picturesque towns like Galena, IL, Harpers Ferry, WV, La Grande, KY, Strasburg, VA, Chester, VT and so many more. And not just trains! The ports will have operational ships coming and going: Tankers, Bulk carriers, Container ships, Cruise ships and more. Operational Gantry cranes to load and unload containers and transfer them to well cars. Coal and ore loaders that will have live load transfers and a river system that will allow the ships to travel from port to port. Some of the ports included would be Vancouver, Tacoma, Portland, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah and Norfolk. Working airports like the one in Miniatur Wunderland. Louisville's for example to showcase UPS's WorldPort. Racetracks like Daytona and Sonoma with cars actually racing. Basically anything that can be modeled and draw the attention of the audience will be a part of the park. Trains are just the center point. I can already sense folks jumping out of their chairs to tell me how outrageous and impossible this is. The park would be built in phases. At least two connecting cities would be built at a time in order to have trains running back and forth until the entire network is connected and a single train could run from Prince Rupert, BC all the way to Jacksonville, FL. A projected completion around 20 years after the first city begins construction (could be much less depending on the size and quantity of the teams building). Once the first two cities are completed, connected and running, guests would begin attending and revenue would begin to flow. This is not run circles and figure eight's in the basement around 36 inch curves. It's real North America — big, long, and eye opening. It's stand up close and appreciate the detail while also standing back and see mountain peaks towering 50 ft above a moving train. Good golly I just gave you all tiny pitch without even planning to. I could go so much deeper into every facet of the design, system and theme park but I'll save it for now. I just want to help everyone understand a little bit more of the goal I'm trying to accomplish. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and while I've thought immensely about the steps ahead, the current one of just getting a visual to show is the most important at the moment. Please feel free to leave feedback. Again, I do read every comment and it's all greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend! – Jared
 

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Posted by Overmod on Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:08 PM

NorthBrit
... Another two  are like this one,  over 100 comments and no further forward  with the original poster laughing at them.

I don't see the OP laughing at us; I see him frustrated over finding his replies were first held up and then stuck somewhere nobody expected to look for them.

And half the responses (including at least one of mine) were either completely off-topic or irrelevantly disparaging.

Even if he were only a kid with an ego problem, the least we can do is give him positive advice toward what he wanted -- which was not advice about why the idea would not be practical, or advice about how to get paid help, but a way to organize many sketches first into a very large storyboard and then into some kind of rational map.

He won't have even a buildable concept until he gets it all organized -- then we can give him the quiet recognition of how difficult it would be to finance or to keep open, and how easy it will be to build with expert paid staff.

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, April 22, 2021 4:12 PM
I am enjoying reading Jareds vision of his theme park. I found his wall of text unreadable and edited it and corrected the spelling and punctuation mistakes to the best my high school education will allow with one pass. I did stop at altering sentence structureLaugh
 
Jared, you will attract more interest and feedback if you make your post somewhat more reader-friendly.
 
Amazing! Thanks again for all of the responses — I do read everyone (although all the stuff about HOA is a bit annoying, no offense).
 
It seems like CAD is the way to go. I will look into that much more in the coming days and possibly connect more with those that mentioned it.
 
Another way to look at it is I'm taking many of the rail lines in North America and just cutting out the fat. But like one guy mentioned, the lines still need to connect onto a new map and form somewhat of a cobweb of rail lines.
 
To answer a few of the other questions... First, in regards to the size of it, I want to give a true representation of today's railroading, and to do that I would need to run them at the lengths they are today. A mile-long train is around 60 ft. long in ho scale. Many intermodal's run 1.5 miles long or around 90ft. and that doesn't include power. Of course, I'll also run shorter locals and shortline freights which might only be 20-30 ft. in length but nevertheless, I want to be able to accommodate trains upwards of 100 ft. up and down around 1-2% grades as they exist today and with live loads like coal for example.
 
For example, Portland, Oregon, from the NW portion of the port down just south of UP's Brooklyn yard is around 13 miles. To model that area I would need a little under 800 ft. of length. Then anywhere from 20 to 60 ft. in width that I have mapped out using the streets and/or rail lines that would create the border for the viewer. Basically from UP's line on the west side of the Willamette across the river into downtown. Then where UP's line heads east along highway 84 it would transition into the Columbia River Gorge where it would run on the opposite side of BNSF as it does today.
 
I've mapped out the highlights of the Columbia River Gorge that would equate to about 1,200 ft in ho scale and then the next transition would be going from there into Spokane and then BNSF's line into Glacier National Park. UP would split off from the gorge and then travel across the Joso bridge and by Palouse falls and then disappear from the layout but the tracks would continue and then reappear in Ogden where the line from the Feather River Canyon would merge into it.
 
That's just one example of the entire system. Of course, areas in the east would be much shorter giving the density compared to the west. So my system would showcase every class l railroads main routes throughout all of the US and Canada. Each major city would essentially be its own building and then these tunnels/corridors would exist between each building to connect the cities together via the rail lines using the most scenic portions of the track.
 
Columbia River Gorge between Portland and Spokane, Feather River Canyon between Sacramento and SLC, Glenwood Canyon between, Provo and Denver, Glacier National Park between Spokane and the oil fields and badlands of North Dakota, New River Gorge between Huntington and Lynchburg, Hudson River between NYC and Albany, NY and so on.
 
But also because I want to model significant portions of cities and landmarks at ho scale. To show someone the Golden Gate Bridge spanning 60 ft. of open water. To see the Willis Tower (Sears Tower) 16 ft. up into the air.
 
The exterior then would have 1:8 scale trains that the guests could ride to transport them throughout the theme park should they not want to walk everywhere on foot. I'm estimating the final theme park would encompass roughly 5 square miles. Of course, only a small fraction of that space would actually be modeled.
All space in between would be used for standard theme park amenities: restaurants, cafes, bathrooms, exhibits, and so on.
 
Another reason "Why" is to give people the gift of a sense of road tripping or traveling. So many of us want to see all that North America has to offer yet it's so big and it would take so long to visit every corner. Here you can visit the West Coast, the Rockies, Coals mines of Powder River Basin, Elk Valley, and the Appellations, Ore Mines of Wisconsin, along the rivers, gorges, and canyons of the Columbia, Fraser, Thompson, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, Allegheny, Hudson and more, the stunning downtowns of Portland, Vancouver, Minneapolis, Chicago, Pittsburgh, NYC, DC, St Lous, as well as the smaller picturesque towns like Galena, IL, Harpers Ferry, WV, La Grande, KY, Strasburg, VA, Chester, VT and so many more.
 
And not just trains! The ports will have operational ships coming and going: Tankers, Bulk carriers, Container ships, Cruise ships, and more. Operational Gantry cranes to load and unload containers and transfer them to well cars. Coal and ore loaders will have live load transfers and a river system that will allow the ships to travel from port to port. Some of the ports included would be Vancouver, Tacoma, Portland, Los Angeles/Long Beach, Savannah, and Norfolk. Working airports like the one in Miniatur Wunderland. Louisville's for example to showcase UPS's WorldPort. Racetracks like Daytona and Sonoma with cars actually racing. Basically, anything that can be modeled and draw the attention of the audience will be a part of the park.
 
Trains are just the center point. I can already sense folks jumping out of their chairs to tell me how outrageous and impossible this is. The park would be built in phases. At least two connecting cities would be built at a time in order to have trains running back and forth until the entire network is connected and a single train could run from Prince Rupert, BC all the way to Jacksonville, FL.
 
A projected completion around 20 years after the first city begins construction (could be much less depending on the size and quantity of the team's building). Once the first two cities are completed, connected, and running, guests would begin attending and revenue would begin to flow.
 
This is not run circles and figure eight's in the basement around 36-inch curves. It's real North America — big, long, and eye-opening. It's stand up close and appreciate the detail while also standing back and see mountain peaks towering 50 ft above a moving train.
 
Good golly I just gave you all tiny pitches without even planning to. I could go so much deeper into every facet of the design, system, and theme park but I'll save it for now. I just want to help everyone understand a little bit more of the goal I'm trying to accomplish.
 
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step and while I've thought immensely about the steps ahead, the current one of just getting a visual to show is the most important at the moment. Please feel free to leave feedback. Again, I do read every comment and it's all greatly appreciated. Have a great weekend! – Jared

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Posted by BigDaddy on Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:10 PM

BATMAN
I found his wall of text unreadable

Unfortunately it is entirely believable that an American bitcoin, Silicon Valley or Game Stock multimillionaire would be unfamiliar with paragraphs.

Jared certainly has imagination. a 60' Bay Bridge, 1:8 trains and moving ships.

If there were no Walt Disney, there would be no Disneyland.  If there were no Elon Musk, there would be no reusable rocket booster landing back on the launching pad.

Assuming Jared has the money to make it happen, could it be self sustaining as basically a theme park destination?

Sheldon really could make it happen, although I don't think he is planning on working another 20 years.

No,..... the title says it all:   Unthinkably  He convinced me, see the 2nd post of this thread.

I remember a kid that used to post frequently a couple years ago.  One week he was going to scratchbuild a business car, the next a layout in a storage container.  The week after that something else.   We got all worked up and gave him our best advice and nothing was ever built.

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Posted by richhotrain on Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:16 PM

BigDaddy

I remember a kid that used to post frequently a couple years ago.  One week he was going to scratchbuild a business car, the next a layout in a storage container.  The week after that something else.   We got all worked up and gave him our best advice and nothing was ever built. 

...and move a steam locomotive from Long Island (?) to Louisiana.

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Posted by BATMAN on Thursday, April 22, 2021 5:59 PM

BigDaddy
Unfortunately it is entirely believable that an American bitcoin, Silicon Valley or Game Stock multimillionaire would be unfamiliar with paragraphs. Jared certainly has imagination. a 60' Bay Bridge, 1:8 trains and moving ships. If there were no Walt Disney, there would be no Disneyland.  If there were no Elon Musk, there would be no reusable rocket booster landing back on the launching pad. Assuming Jared has the money to make it happen, could it be self sustaining as basically a theme park destination?

Want to be well off? Do what the well-off people do.

Want to be skinny and fit? Do what skinny and fit people do.

Dreams are free and require little effort. Want to have a massive unbelievably huge MRR based theme park? Work your butt off as Walt Disney did but first educate yourself. You don't have to do it institutionally but you better do it.

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Posted by ATLANTIC CENTRAL on Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:17 PM

BigDaddy

 

 
BATMAN
I found his wall of text unreadable

 

Unfortunately it is entirely believable that an American bitcoin, Silicon Valley or Game Stock multimillionaire would be unfamiliar with paragraphs.

Jared certainly has imagination. a 60' Bay Bridge, 1:8 trains and moving ships.

If there were no Walt Disney, there would be no Disneyland.  If there were no Elon Musk, there would be no reusable rocket booster landing back on the launching pad.

Assuming Jared has the money to make it happen, could it be self sustaining as basically a theme park destination?

Sheldon really could make it happen, although I don't think he is planning on working another 20 years.

No,..... the title says it all:   Unthinkably  He convinced me, see the 2nd post of this thread.

I remember a kid that used to post frequently a couple years ago.  One week he was going to scratchbuild a business car, the next a layout in a storage container.  The week after that something else.   We got all worked up and gave him our best advice and nothing was ever built.

 

I could train an apprentice while we build the first two or three years worth.

Just let me know where to send the resume?

Sheldon

    

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:27 PM

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BigDaddy

I remember a kid that used to post frequently a couple years ago.  One week he was going to scratchbuild a business car, the next a layout in a storage container.  The week after that something else.   We got all worked up and gave him our best advice and nothing was ever built. 

...and move a steam locomotive from Long Island (?) to Louisiana.

Rich

Y'all talking about the guy driving the vintage Boss Mustang? That was the last thing I remember. I shudder to think about possible scenarios that could have arisen . . .

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, April 22, 2021 6:30 PM

BigDaddy

Jared certainly has imagination. a 60' Bay Bridge . . .

The good news is that such a bridge would be only about 12" wide.

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Posted by Mark B on Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:57 PM

What ever happened to the guy that was posting the "imaginative" ideas from a few years ago? Could this be the same person?

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:13 PM
Hello again, Thanks for the continued responses. I've learned that when I do a "quick reply" it squishes everything I wrote into one large paragraph. That wasn't me — that was the web host doing. And for the spelling and grammar mistakes... I'm responding in the evenings after a days work outside in the sun doing construction work (helping an uncle out on a job) and after coming home and drinking a couple beers or glasses of wine — so I'm tired lol. Please forgive the grammar issues. From here on out I'll try to just do individual replies. We'll see how that goes...
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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:17 PM

Thanks Brent,

I really appreciate the time you took to do that.  My earlier reply explained why that post was such a mess.

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:19 PM

Hey Sheldon,

I really appreciate you and all of your responses.  I'm not in a position to start collecting resumes yet but I'll definitely be reaching out to you when the time comes.

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:24 PM

Really apprecaite your comment.  Like I said earlier I was afraid to write a huge novel about what I'm doing until the time came to reveal that info.  I just wanted help creating the map.

And I'm 33, if that matters :)

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:32 PM

Thanks Matt!  I had no idea about Extensis or that technology.  I'll definitely look into it.

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 10:40 PM

Because I want to give the audience and eye-opening, emotional experience that will leave such a lasting impact that they will acquire a never-ending itch to see it over and over again.  The most effective way in doing that is to show them something that they've never seen or even imagined was possible.  Not to mention how fun it will be :D

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Thursday, April 22, 2021 11:00 PM

Hey Robert,

The forum won't let me upload photos and my personal websites/social media sites are not meant for my sketches.  I'll creating a profile on Flickr or something so I can link some photos.  

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Posted by Jared the Artist on Friday, April 23, 2021 12:02 AM

Here is a link to my Flickr page I just created:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/192819106@N02/with/51132874728/

I uploaded a few photos to give you an idea of what I have so far.  This was done a few months ago and as you can see in some of the images, I found a lot of holes in my design, many of which I have since filled.

There is one photo that shows are large portion of the room then a few others that show a more up close view.  The main purpose of the sketches was to map out the specific area points of each destination that I want to model and to be able to create a map to give me an idea of the overall size of the system.  Before I laid my sketches out in the exhibit hall I had no idea if I needed 1 square mile or 10 square miles to actually fit everything when completed.

After laying everything out best I could I determined I needed roughly 5 square miles of space to build the entire system.  The reason that was so important was I needed to have a piece of land (or two or three) in mind adequate enough in size to build and fit everything.

In terms of the individual sketches, I tried to keep them as simple as possible as I had sooooo many to draw up.  The red is rail lines, green is roads/highways, the blue is rivers/waterways, the black is structures, and the purple is a mixture of ridgelines or gantry cranes (don't ask me why I made those both the same color lol).  

In some of the photos you can see how I "pieced" the sketches together like a puzzle.  That will be my blueprint or ground plan when I go to create a digital map.

Hope this helps :)

Jared

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