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This Article is a history of the Second Life Railroad ( SLRR ) on the Heterocera Atoll continent compiled by the Virtual Railway Consortium.
The history of the SLRR is long and growing, so multiple pages are required to present it in appropriate detail:
This page is maintained by members of the VRC. You can use the Talk page if you want to get in contact with them.
A Brief History of the Second Life Railroad (SLRR)
Compiled by the Virtual Railway Consortium
2005 to 2009
See the SLRR History covering the years 2005 to 2009 on SLRR History.
In 2010 SLRR improvements continued and new track extensions, junctions, stations, switches, sidings, and passing tracks began popping up all over Heterocera.
VRC Member Cooperation
VRC members are continuously surveying and mapping new SLRR features as they appear, publicizing their availability to the Resident population.
Several VRC members bought land and made swaps with LL to enable:
- Expanding SLRR ROW at PawpawD, adding that station and bridging track.
- Completing the LL ROW to a large Linden land area in PyriD.
- In Tussock Linden Lab where given a bit of private land to create a bridging track between the Tussock RailyardD and the North Cost branch.
Several Residents began providing fully automated train services on various stretches of the SLRR so Residents could ride and enjoy the scenery without having to buy or even operate any rolling stock.
Hobo JunctionD became affiliated with the VRC and began offering a travel ServiceD with descriptions and LMs
SLRR Wiki Pages
In September SLRR wiki pages were set up by Stryker Jenkins.
Michael Linden confirmed the names for the new and existing branch lines on the SLRR:
Branching off the Main Line from Crumbi to Vicina is the Maritime Branch;
From Pawpaw to Pavonia is the Mountain Branch;
From Crumbi via Pawpaw up the Nothern coast of the Heterocera Atoll is the North Coast Branch.
Clearwing/Paranthrene transfer reconfiguration
In early 2010 Michael Linden began the realignment of SLRR tracks at the border of Clearwing and Paranthrene regionsD. The transfer station there was slightly relocated and became a line station, with the now-connected tracks passing on either side of the the station. With the addition of active switches, these tracks will provide a passing loop to ease bidirectional travel on the SLRR.
New passing track & siding
In early 2010, a passing track was laid in TriphosaD, and a siding in Spangle at the time the branch track was laid.
The LL Maintenance group began accepting requests for Resident interconnectionD to the SLRR, with connecting track being placed on a case-by-case basis. Actual switching mechanisms will be placed after the final design has been validated.
The LDPW began building and placing new signals for a signal and switching system under development. Several different designs have been fielded, and are used to set switch routings as well as indicate current status of the switches.
In 2010, several new stations and a railyard were built by the LDPW on existing and new track:
- Crumbi Junction stationD - Hyper Mole
- Dubia StationD - Crafty Mole
- Leafroller StationD - Abnor Mole
- Melanthia StationD - Myopic Mole
- Pawpaw StationD - Glamorous Mole
- Spangle StationD - Garden Mole
- Tussock Rail YardD - Sylvan Mole
- Malacosoma Crossover bridgeD - Michael Linden
In the first half of 2010, the list of existing Resident-built stations grew with several additions. Some of these unofficial station are:
- VRC Achemon Trainspotting GalleryD - Jorge Serapis
- VRC Athetis StationD - Stryker Jenkins
- Celerio StationD (since 2008) - Carrie Talaj
- VRC HQ Pavilion TuliptreeD - Marianne McCann and Stryker Jenkins
- VRC Malacasoma StationD - Stryker Jenkins
- Peppermint Station - (now gone)
- VRC Pini YardD - Stryker Jenkins
Some residents under false leadership of a few others have started a censorship campaign against the freedom of speech and press. So we can not show all resident station that are build in this time anymore.
The Mocis crossingD, Cisthene crossingD and Oculea crossingD are part of the LDPW signal and switch project in progress. Sylvan Mole is developing a system to operate active structures on the SLRR.
SLRR Rail Group RAIL JAM 2010
On August 15th DOUGIE Flossberg and Damion Goodman of SLRR Rail Group organized RAIL JAM 2010. A lot of members from all over the rail community took part in this great event. Over 45 trains where counted. From a large range of build types. From a horse drawn car to tram cars and from a rail motorcycle to realistic looking steam trains.
The route of RAIL JAM 2010 took the participants from Bhaga StationD where they started at 11:00 AM (PDT) to Calleta "Hobo" StationD, where the last train arrived about 90 minutes later.
By that time, 30 trains had made it past Achemon, including 7 without operators aboard. One physical train was observed for certain, Kitto Flora's two-car consist.
Along the line many SL Residents stood and cheered and many a photo was taken. This was a very successful event, and before the event was done a second one for later this year was already in the planning. The event ended with a party with DJ.
Railroad Brown Bag meeting with the community
Michael Linden, from the Linden Department of Public Works, organized a Railway Brown bag meeting to discuss the future of the SLRR and the standards of track, switches and signals. This took place on August 18th 2010. For this a temporary test track was built to show the switches and signals that where produced by Sylvan Mole.
42 railway community members, including a few Moles from the LDPW attended that meeting. And a good, sometimes pointed, discussion was held by the participants.
Installation and completion of the branches without guide rails is expected to be completed in a few months time. This includes the installation of several needed Switches.
More tracks added
By request via support tickets VRC members have asked LDPW to place a few more passing tracks along the SLRR lines. Some of these were installed by Michael Linden at the beginning of September 2010. In EuclidiaD and in TeneraD passing tracks where installed.
On the Tussock RailyardD some additional track was setup for a shunting track and extended into Hooktip alongside route 3 / the Northern branch line.
More to come
The recorded history currently ends at September 2010. As additions to the SLRR are identified we will add them here.
The above information was initially collected by members of the Virtual Railway Consortium.
Additional information was provided by Damion Goodman SLRR Rail Group.
In this list of Related resources you can find more information about the SLRR and other Rail related articles on wiki pages and external websites.
- Virtual_Railway_Consortium Main page
- Virtual_Railway_Consortium/SLRR_History Index page
- Virtual_Railway_Consortium/SLRR_History_1 2005 to 2009
- Virtual_Railway_Consortium/SLRR_History_2 2010
- Virtual_Railway_Consortium/SLRR_Stations SLRR and Resident stations along the SLRR
- Linden Department of Public Works
- Okemo, Nakiska, and Southern Railway
- The Great Second Life Railway
- Caledon National Rail
Rail related groups: