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.


July 23rd, 2017

Four versions of a Dodge Brothers delivery van circa 1918 are now on the DLS. I've also posted three versions of a DH4 mail plane.

July 5th, 2017

I've uploaded a Mack AC stake truck, as well as another driver model to go along with it. I've also updated some models to fix a material issue exposed by the better error-checking in TANE SP2. Finally, I've started to rework the Reno engine yard area in preperation of a new presentation at the Virginia and Truckee Railroad Historical Society in October.

May 29th, 2017

The 1923 Mack dump trucks are now on the DLS - enjoy!

May 1st, 2017

I finally finished and uploaded to the DLS a Southern Pacific pneumatic coal loader (of a design used by the V&T in the Carson City yards), as well as a version of express car no. 2 converted to a house (also in Carson City). I've started work on a series of Mack trucks from the 1920s, as well as some 1920's people.

March 28th, 2017

I've taken a little time to finish up some old models. A new telegraph pole (with one wire) has been uploaded, and a board-and-batten version of the shack and a baggage car that was converted to a house are both on their way to the DLS. I've aslo been experimenting a bit with Blender Cycles procedural materials, starting with a new cordwood load.

Febuary 28th, 2017

I've uploaded a set of turntables to the DLS - two new narrow-gauge versions, and one replacement for an old standard-gauged model. Currently, I'm working on updating the NCNG turntables.

December 5th, 2016

I've been uploading to the DLS a number of buildings from the Carson City yard. Many of those buildings come in three different color schemes to cover three different eras on the V & T. Currently, I'm working on animating and scripting the dual water tower and the McKeen motorcar shed.

October 17th, 2016

Just got back from the Virginia and Truckee Historical Society's annual convention in Carson City. I've uploaded my presentation on the history of the Carson City yards to the presentations folder, if anyone feels like taking a look. I'm now in the process of uploading some of the buildings I created for this presentation to the DLS (the models were suitable for a long-range view in the presentation, but not enough quality to actually upload). The first set of models is now on the DLS - the sand house on the east end of the yards. These are now animated, with normal maps, and support loading locomotives that use Prowler901's sand product (such as Daniel's fine C&C locomotives ).

September 1st, 2016

I updated the links for Trainboi's content, now that Trainz-Forge is able to be updated again. Work continues on the Carson City yard, but there's quite a bit remaining.....

August 17th, 2016

A slightly late update.... In the last couple of months, I've uploaded a set of roads that follow the Yarn(ish) guidelines - simple unmarked concrete roads and intersections fitting an 80' right-of-way. Designed to match the main street through Carson City in the 1920s, these roads should be applicable in many small towns. Work on Carson City progresses - I'm currently re-laying the track with new switches, and have built half a dozen new buildings in the yard area in preperation of the V↦T Conference in October. I also updated a couple of A-frame turntables; improving the LOD and adding normal maps to the pit. Finally, I finished the cliff splines, and will upload them to the DLS tomorrow if no issues pop up.

April 30th, 2016

I've added some new models by Trainboi1 - a slightly updated version of V&T No. 25, V&T Nos. 19 and 20, YVRR Nos 21 and 23, a 9-stall SP roundhouse and 120' turntable, a narrow-guage boiler load for flat cars, and some updated C&S passenger cars.
A number of Minden buildings are now on the DLS; I'll add them to this site Soon(tm).  Finally, I've started work on the Carson yard area, with some roads and miscelaneous builddings under construction.

March 1st, 2016

Took a little bit of a break to recover from last year's presentation on Minden, but am back at work now. I'm going through my hard drive and finishing up a number of models that were almost complete and getting them on the DLS.

October 21st, 2015

Wow - time flies.... The 2015 V&T Conference is now over, and I've almost recovered. This year's presentation was significantly more work than I was expecting, but it's done now :). I've posted this year's presentation, along with the presentations from previous years, on the new presentations page.  As always, if you see something I got wrong, or left out, or just have questions about, please let me know.
Other miscellaneous updates: I've posted the Blender source files for the SD9s (thank you, Ben Neal!), and I've updated some of the old water tower and wood rick models for use in Train Fever.  I should be able to bring the updated models and textures back into Trainz sometime in the next year or five....
I uploaded a fixed version of V&T mogul No. 4 (as built) to the DLS; as well as some updates to the NG30 flat car and boxcars, the two early versions of cabeese Nos 9 and 10, the V&T ore car, and one of the NG36 tracks.
Finally, I also pruned several dead links from the links page.