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    I was just wondering if anyone has downloaded any of the "skins" available on some of the sim sites! I had thought about a CSX engine but wanted to get some feedback first! Don't know anyone off hand that has! Thanks!!

    Randy

  • #2
    I put together a page with a lot of answers for the beginner on MSTS. Take a look and go from there.

    MSTS Notes

    Jim Harrawood

    Utah Rails
    Jim Harrawood

    Utah Rails

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    • #3
      Your next question is "Where do I get them?"

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      Jim Harrawood

      Utah Rails
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      • #4
        How'd you know?

        Randy

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        • #5
          After reading through all of THAT, I may just continue to have fun with what I have till I get used to changes. I really enjoy this game and wouldn't want to get myself in a bind. But at least I know where and what now!! How many different locos do you have now? I was just wanting a CSX engine, nothing else!! FOR NOW!!! Thanks Jim, I appreciate the info, I'll THINK about it for a couple of hours!!

          Randy

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          • #6
            Rather than play with skins I usually download whole packs that self-install. It takes a little longer on the download but I get tired of manually changing skins and stuff.

            Just my 2 cents.

            Russ

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            • #7
              Hi Russ,

              Could you explain just a bit, I'm new to MSTS and don't know all the ins and outs yet. You mentioned downloading whole packs that self-install? I basically want just the one loco, CSX. Could I install just that? Thanks!!

              Randy

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              • #8
                I'll let Russ explain the ins and outs. Here is what I do to keep out of trouble. Everything I download for MSTS goes to a special folder named MSTS that I keep in My Documents. In that folder I make a folder for that download. Why you ask?? I have several hundred downloads and can keep track of them. You have to read the instructions that come with the skin. It will tell you if you need anything else with it. Remember to save a copy of the loco you are going to skin. That also goes in my MSTS folder marked XXX Master. That is your back-up.

                Jim Harrawood

                Utah Rails
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                Utah Rails

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                • #9
                  OK, I understand the backup! Would I have to keep switching back and forth, or would, say, the CSX engine be my default. And no doubt some of this stuff is huge downloads. I just don't know if I want to tie-up all of my free space for one game. Thanks Jim, some points to ponder on today! Talk to you later!

                  Randy

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                  • #10
                    http://www.alabamarailfan.com/ see MSTS add-ons, some CSX stuff there
                    https://www.shapeways.com/shops/Ngineer

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                    • #11
                      I am still learning a lot about MSTS myself (especially the tools provided- these are a real chore) but I am happy to share anything that I know. Here are a few guidelines that I follow and apply to downloads found primarily on Train-sim.com.

                      1. Always read the description and requirements. Many skins also require that you download a locomotive pack to skin them onto, though many reskins for the "packaged" equipment are available.

                      2. Reskins require you to manually copy the appropriate file into an existing MSTS folder and replaces the original MSTS skin. ALWAYS make a back-up in a seperate folder of the original skin. You can use the "cut or copy" method. Failure to do this will require you to reload the entire package should you want to change things back.

                      3. If you do download a whole locomotive "pack", try to get one with a self installer. This will save a lot of cutting and pasting later. Believe me, that could get quite confusing.

                      4. The same rules in #3 should be applied to downloads of routes and scenery. As you may or may not know, each new route downloaded will require you to copy all the scenery and texture files from MSTS into the new routes folder. This will take a long time manually so stick with a self-installed route.

                      5. Even though most stuff is tested before being posted, always do a virus scan on your download. Better safe than sorry!

                      That is it for general guidelines. If there is something more specific that requires asking, do not hesitate. May I add that Train-sim.com has it's own message board with a search engine. Browsing through this really helped me a lot when I first got started with MSTS. The moderator there is a lot more educated on the product than myself so do not be shy.

                      I hope that this little bit helps!

                      Russ

                      Hoffman Valley RR

                      http://rush2ny.users5.50megs.com/hvrrpage.html


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                      • #12
                        Before you start changing things, download ConBuilder. I will same you a lot of problems. When I started it was not born yet .

                        Jim Harrawood

                        Utah Rails
                        Jim Harrawood

                        Utah Rails

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                        • #13
                          Thanks folks, alot of good, solid advice! I don't think I want to download alot of "hassles" right now!I'm having too much fun with it at the present! But I will do some studying on it. I just didn't know so much was involved in something like this! I haven't seen hardly any posts on MSTS and nothing to go by! Thanks for all the help, I'm sure something else will pop-up again!

                          Randy

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                          • #14
                            Jim, now a question for you. What is ConBuilder? I have never heard of this. What I would really like to see (perhaps with a new release of MSTS) is a better route building interface. The current one is a bit complex for a novice.

                            Russ

                            Hoffman Valley RR

                            http://rush2ny.users5.50megs.com/hvrrpage.html


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                            • #15
                              Russ, it is a consist editor & file testing software for MSTS. Can save you hours of hunting for the error you have. The price is right, $0.00, AKA free. Don't even want to get into route building.

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                              Jim, now a question for you. What is ConBuilder? I have never heard of this. What I would really like to see (perhaps with a new release of MSTS) is a better route building interface. The current one is a bit complex for a novice.


                              Russ


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                              Utah Rails
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