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1 year 10 months ago - 1 year 10 months ago #44 by Leverettrailfan
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Based on what I've read on the site, it's my understanding that as of the moment, it's unclear exactly what direction ProTrainz may take regarding potential new content creation.
In the event new content *is* produced, I might suggest creating more rapid transit cars- the ProTrainz rapid transit cars publicly released to date, have been the mainstays of many a Trainz user's elevated and subway routes- and many have taken it upon themselves to redecorate some of these cars, to match certain eras, and so that one model could stand in for additional subway car classes which shared the same body configuration. Currently, the ProTrainz subway cars are the best subway models I've seen for Trainz. 
Some New York area subway classes such as the IND/NYCT R11/34, and the Path PA1-4 (I believe that PA1s, 2s, 3s, and 4s all look the same), though likely needing to be built from the ground up, would be very visually interesting subway cars to see in game- cars such as an R15, or R21 could be done by altering a prexisting ProTrainz subway car design.
I personally have a strong love for the rapid transit of the Boston area in Massachusetts, currently the MBTA. Currently no high quality models have been released of any elevated, surface, or subway equipment for the system- Rapid Transit cars on the Cambridge-Dorchester (Red) Line, East Boston (Blue) Line, and the 'Main Line Elevated' (Orange Line, eventually replaced with a subway) utilized different car lengths, with the East Boston cars being particularly short, to navigate tunnels formerly built for a trolley subway. 
Philadelphia PA also rostered/rosters some attractive and unique subway cars.

There's an almost endless pool of prototype railroad content that users could want to see in Trainz, and only so many people making content- by no means do I "request" anything, only offer suggestions.
-Ellie
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1 year 6 months ago #52 by ProTrainz
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Thanks for the kind words! Wish I'd had the time to continue creating content for Trainz, but after becoming a single father, raising my daughter became a priority.

Being from the NYC area, modeling the trains I actually rode on while growing up was a major interest of mine. I did make a PATH K car, but don't recall if I ever actually got around to releasing it. There are several items like that, like my Amtrak Metroliners, where I know I had them pretty much finished, running in Trainz, but I'm not sure if they ever made it to the download station.

Hate to say it, but doing much of the Boston area stuff would probably prove difficult, as I don't have the research materials to base proper cars off of. You'd be surprised how much research goes into creating a successful model, beyond basic dimensions. My NYCTA stuff even had prototypically correct advertising. If I were to do anything new subway related, it'd probably start with BMT Standards, as my older cars tend more towards the IRT. From there, it'd just be a hop, skip and a jump to making some SIRT cars. But again, that's all hypothetical at the moment.
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1 year 5 months ago #59 by Leverettrailfan
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That's perfectly understandable! I'm sure it was the right call to make.

I believe there were some early cars on the BERy Forrest Hills elevated line (I think?) which were similar to some type of IRT car, but it sounds like beyond the physical dimensions of a car, there's a lot more you'd need to be familiar with. I don't know if anyone's even made a comprehensive sort of resource to look to for specifications on Boston transit- I think the subways of New York have a great deal more written about them.
You did release the Path K car to the DLS... I'm pretty sure the Metroliners were never released, though.
Thank you for getting back to me, very much appreciate it!
-Ellie

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