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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 04:42 #118585
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Hong Kong East has just been released, shortly after the multiplayer game of the simulation began at the SimSig meet in Tokyo!

The simulation has four workstations, and includes full ARS.

Given that this is the first simulation based in Hong Kong, we strongly recommend a read of the manual, before you play.

This simulation is part of our donation-ware range, and is available via the "Check For Updates" area of the loader.

Dedication
In memory of Max Anderson, who annoyed us a lot but made us think, and who I promised this sim would be free.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 07:30 #118589
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Thank you everyone who made this possible.
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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 08:49 #118595
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Fantastic!

A big thank you and well done all those who were involved in the production of this sim.

Brings back wonderful memories as I travelled up part of this line to visit one or two places of interest including the railway museum at Tai Po Market.

I have attached some photos taken on that day.
The first is at one of the stations. Note the markings on the platform which show where passengers are supposed to board or disembark. This is supposed to speed up the station stops. Can't believe that there are so few people around, although it is mid-morning on a Monday. In the rush hour you wouldn't be able to move!
The second is a map of the MTR railway system. The East Line is shown in light blue and travels up towards the New Territories
The third shows the contrast between the old and the new railway stations at Tai Po. The old platform and station building (now part of the railway museum) on the right and the light blue platform canopy of the new station to the left.

We travelled on the MTR systems quite a lot as it's very cheap for pensioners. You can buy a special 'Octopus' card (similar to the Oyster card in London), which allows you to travel any distance (as long as you don't pass through any barriers) for 2 Hong Kong Dollars. That was about 20 pence!






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My goodness, that was difficult, but I managed it.
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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 10:40 #118597
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Donationware payment made in thanks
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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 11:52 #118604
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The third shows the contrast between the old and the new railway stations at Tai Po. The old platform and station building (now part of the railway museum) on the right and the light blue platform canopy of the new station to the left.


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Actually, the light blue construction is not a station canopy. It’s possibly just a boundary fence type of thing.
The railway museum is along side the track between Tai Po Market station and Tai Wo station. (see screenshot)


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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 12:25 #118605
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bugsy in post 118604 said:
The third shows the contrast between the old and the new railway stations at Tai Po. The old platform and station building (now part of the railway museum) on the right and the light blue platform canopy of the new station to the left.



Actually, the light blue construction is not a station canopy. It’s possibly just a boundary fence type of thing.
The railway museum is along side the track between Tai Po Market station and Tai Wo station. (see screenshot)

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Those are relatively modern noise barriers.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 15:49 #118611
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My thanks to my sources and beta testers, without which this wouldn't have happened.

As it is, it took far too long for reasons within my control.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 18:16 #118619
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geswedey in post 118597 said:
Donationware payment made in thanks

I've just done the same.
I think that those who spend a lot of their free time developing sims, deserve a small reward at least.

My goodness, that was difficult, but I managed it.
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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 18:27 #118620
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There seems to be a lot of interest in this sim shown in the 'Introductions' posts alone.

I have noted that there are 5 different eras.
Looking forward to the 4 yet to come!

My goodness, that was difficult, but I managed it.
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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 19:58 #118627
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headshot119 in post 118585 said:

Dedication
In memory of Max Anderson, who annoyed us a lot but made us think, and who I promised this sim would be free.
Thanks for including this - I have to admit it brought a slight tear to my eye, to remember that he's no longer with us.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 22:28 #118642
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Absolutely fantastic! I will be making a donation shortly! Well done, Clive (and Karl? Or are you just the bearer of good news here? :)), and thanks a bunch for making this one free!

Rest in peace, maxand.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 23:20 #118644
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bugsy in post 118620 said:

I have noted that there are 5 different eras.
Looking forward to the 4 yet to come!
Don't get too excited: they're basically the default era with bits removed. The most recent era has a slight layout change at Hung Hom as well.

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Hong Kong East - Released 01/06/2019 at 23:24 #118645
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Forest Pines in post 118627 said:
headshot119 in post 118585 said:

Dedication
In memory of Max Anderson, who annoyed us a lot but made us think, and who I promised this sim would be free.
Thanks for including this - I have to admit it brought a slight tear to my eye, to remember that he's no longer with us.
Indeed. I have recently been reading through some old forum posts and found several from him where he's made suggestions that I'm keeping a note of and could well appear in the core code one day.

He was one of those opposed to charging for sims when the idea was first introduced. I said then that not all sims in the future would be charged for and made the promise then (not naming the sim, of course). Which may give an idea how long it's taken me to finish HKE (too many family and core code distractions).

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Hong Kong East - Released 02/06/2019 at 06:15 #118651
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Hopefully, it will also include the pre-1998 era before the resignalling to show how our railway evolved from the original British system - three and four aspect signals with AWS to the hybrid cab signalling. I am still gathering information about this.

I have also talked to a retired KCR member of staff who originally adopted (and amended) the system with the specialist from British Rail and they amazed me with their creativity on how they amended the system to allow more trains running on the line without delay.
They have amended the Associated position light attached to main aspect signal - which is mainly for coupling in the UK - to make it a call-on shunting signal so that even when the previous train did not leave the overlap, the following train was still allowed to shunt beyond the main signal on 25km/h (15mph) to the platform tailwall. (This is mostly un-British I would believe) This practice eventually became the headway boards in cab-signalling as seen in the simulation.

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Hong Kong East - Released 02/06/2019 at 06:35 #118652
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Muzer in post 118642 said:
Absolutely fantastic! I will be making a donation shortly! Well done, Clive (and Karl? Or are you just the bearer of good news here? :)), and thanks a bunch for making this one free!

Rest in peace, maxand.
I'm just the bearer of good news.

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Hong Kong East - Released 02/06/2019 at 07:16 #118656
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OMG Thanks for releasing a sim in my hometown
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