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New Project Submission: Marshalling Yard by Xeon

Now this is a railway to make you think!

It’s a marshalling yard created by Xeon who is Chinese, so if some of the names look odd it’s because the appropriate Chinese font isn’t loaded.  The image above is taken from Xeon’s computer where the names display correctly.  However not having the correct font won’t affect operation of the railway.

The individual vehicles enter from the left and assemble into trains.  Care must be taken to ensure that each vehicle takes the appropriate track for its train – a lot of advanced planning is called for here!  Prior to departure the leading vehicle enters from the right and attaches to its train, which by then is fully assembled, and finally the train departs towards the right.

There are 18 trains in all to be correctly assembled and sent on their way, and there are 18 tracks so you will need to use them all.  Good luck – you are certainly going to need it!

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New Project Submission: Shanghai Metro Network 2020 by Xeon Xu

Prepare to be amazed!

This is Xeon’s simulation of the ENTIRE Shanghai network as it will be in 2020.  I thought Birmingham was a big railway but I know better now, it’s just a tiddler.  Birmingham has 3,589 track elements, but Shanghai Metro has 41,804!  Almost 12 times as big.  I confess that I didn’t think the program would be able to handle a railway of this size, but amazingly it does.  Xeon contacted me initially because he was having trouble creating an image file, which turned out to be a memory error – the image was over 500MB in size and wouldn’t save.  I tried to persuade him to create the lines as separate railways as I was convinced that there would be many more memory problems, but he persevered and discovered that as long as the image file is less than 500MB it will save OK, and the rest works fine.  As you will see from the diagram he has made a few adjustments to make it fit.

Albert

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