Welcome to the Carson Car Shops

Specializing in creating content for Auran's Trainz Railroad Simulator; focusing primarily on Old West content in general, and the Virginia & Truckee Railroad in specific.


Febuary 24th, 2019

The 25' Central Pacific boxcar is now completed and on the DLS. I've also uploaded two sets of telegraph lines. One replaces the old set I had on the DLS with better aged wood textures and the other is a set of 'new' poles and wires. A 37-star flag (1867-1877) and a redder / browner reskin of the fill spline round out the uploads for this month.

Febuary 4th, 2019

I've completed and uploaded the new rebuilt CP and UP platform cars, as well as the CP water car, and some more track varients (hewn ties ala early UP track, weathered tie versions, and some ballast splines.)

January 13th, 2019

Happy New Year!!
Work on the Promontory project continues: Trainboi has completed his 119 and Jupiter models; they are now available for download from Trainz Forge. I revised the CP directors car with new paint information from Andrew Brandon, and updated the model following an inspection of the existing car at NSRM. I also built a CP water car (the later square version) - though it's also still waiting for the CP freight trucks to finish up. Finally, I completed and uploaded a model of the original V&T trestle at Reno (1871-1880).

December 4th, 2018

I uploaded a new set of railroad crossing gates. These should be usable for anything set in the first half of the 20th century. In finishing the crossing gates, I realized the boardwalk spline needed a rail crossing piece, so I made that (and in doing so, converted the boardwalk splines to PBR). I updated the grass fill spline to PBR textures and added a couple of versions to match the other fill splines. Finally, the Central Pacific subsistence car is now in-game; though it still needs a little cleanup.

October 29th, 2018

The first batch of the new TRS 2019 track is now on the DLS along with the matching ground textures. I'm also making good progress on some Central Pacific and Union Pacific rolling stock for the Promontory display.

October 1st, 2018

I fixed an issue with the cordwood product, and uploaded it to the DLS. I also updated the fill splines to PBR textures and snow support. I'm now in the process of updating / uploading new PBR procedural track; along with matching ground textures.

August 30th, 2018

I've finally finished and uploaded three versions of the Minden Heidelberg hotel. I also converted my mail, baggage, and express products to use the new PBR materials for TRS 2019.

August 6th, 2018

The CP direrctor's car is largely done, though I'm making adjustments as new information comes along. The UP passenger car is coming along nicely, and I've started work on the CP subsistance car. I updated the link to Onderdunk's gallery to point to the wayback machine; as the original is no longer on the kalomp art gallery's site. Finally, I've updated the new freight car truck wheels to have a 3D back.

June 28th, 2018

With the UP caboose essentially completed, I've started in on two passenger cars; one UP and one CP. I've also upgraded the gallery software to a new package, as the old one had been unsupported for several years now. It doesn't (yet) match the rest of the site, but someday....

June 14th, 2018

The rebuild of the UP caboose is just about done. It's my first full model using the new PBR textures. I've also started work on a route set around the Golden Spike ceremony 149 years ago last May. Follow the progress over at the PacificNG forums. I also (finally!) finished a simple model of a hand cart in three different colors. They should be on the DLS within a day or so.

January 31st, 2018

I've been working on some sample PBR materials for use in some new traincars - the old UP and CP rolling stock first.

November 28th, 2017

The first of the combination car rebuilds is completed and uploaded. I also rebuilt the oranges product with better optimizations and a normal map. Currently, I'm working on some CP / UP rolling stock.

November 6th, 2017

Trainboi has posted some nice V&T cabooses and coaches over at Trainz-Forge under the freeware section.
This year's presentation (the V&T's Reno yard) for the Virginia & Truckee Railroad Historical Society has been posted to the Presentation page. I've uploaded a bunch of stuff from the presentation, including lots of roads, some railroad crossing signs, irrigation ditches, and buildings. I also updated the V&T moguls 10, 13, 14 with the proper frame color.