Saturday, November 14, 2020: Many of you have probably been wondering what we at the Siskiyou Route have been doing... especially since it has been a long time since the last update to the Route. After months of work on converting DEM files for the entire continental United States... and making many of them available here, I started on yet another project. After finding the Open Rails Manual extremely difficult to understand and even more difficult to put its contents into practice, I started work on a much more easy to understand "How to..." guide showing how to create activities for the Siskiyou Route (and any route) that guides you through all of the stages of such things as AI shunting. Want to see a bit more about this? You find more here.
Monday, November 9, 2020: Now available for all route builders... If you are looking for hi-res DEM files for a route that you are building, maybe we can help. We have been waiting for several weeks for our contact to find and send us the DEM files that were found to be missing. We've recently been notified that this may take some time and so we are going to make what we currently have processed available now. If you are in need of DEM files for the lower 48 United States start here.
Friday, August 28, 2020: A new version of the Route (20200828) is now available on the Downloads page. Also, changes have been made to many other files. Before you leave, please visit the Updates page for a list of those changes.
Sunday, August 23, 2020: A lot has been happening behind the scenes. Hundreds of changes have been made to the Route, as well as to many of the support files. Expect to find a new version of the Route as well as a list of items such as ConPacks, WagPacks, and other files in a few days.
Also, all of our DEM files have been created for all of the lower 48 States. We have submitted lists of sections that were missing in hopes that they can locate the missing DEM files. As soon as we receive what they can locate, and update things... we will be making them available for route builders.
Great news for route builders!
I've just spent over two years trying to somehow locate a source for the DEMs that we used to use... you know... the 10 meter 7.5 minute DEMs that are SDTS format... Yep, these are the exact same ones that load directly into your DEMEX program.
So, how many DEM files are there? I am still in the process of receiving more DEMs and it is my hopes that I will soon have the DEMs for the entire United States.
At this moment I have almost all of them... That's over 42 thousand files. In other terms... I have thus far acquired over 90 Gigabytes of data.
So, when are they going to be available? Well, at the moment I'm having to open each of the compressed files... access and copy their location... create folders named with that location... and maintain an inventory of what I have and what's missing. I am currently creating maps of each state with grids that show each of the DEM's locations and names. It is my hope that eventually "route builders" will be able to access these maps and use them to select the desired files.
Realilze that this will not happen overnight. According to my calculations just getting them into folders and inventoried may take upwards of two or three months. Don't forget that I can't stop work on the Siskiyou Route. So far the Route is still a one-horse-show and I have to sleep once in a while.
The reason that I'm announcing this now is so that those of you who are working on routes will know that there is an answer on the way. Check back frequently for updates on my progress.