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158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 09/11/2021 at 17:07 #142242
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PEOPLE OF SIMSIG!!!!!!!!!!

It's been a while since we last hosted a "Mega Chain", while we hope to resume in person meets during 2022, we thought we'd kick the year off with something a little bit different. Wrap up warm and strap yourself in, it's going to be a good one!

Giving us 21 potential panels available publicly, this is another diverse chain, simulating a nice chunk of the WCML, and the surrounding lines. It's a nice mixture of long distance, regional, and local trains, with plenty of freight mixed in. We even have part of the Manchester Metrolink.

Commencing 10:00 on 22/01/2022 we will set off on an 8 - 10 hour session, encompassing the late shift.

The following simulations will be in use:-

Warrington PSB
Cheshire Lines
Manchester South
Staffordshire
Shrewsbury
Chester
Edge Hill
Huyton
North East Wales
Crewe
*See Below!!!

Crewe
Development of the Crewe simulation is moving forward rapidly, it won't reach the final stage of testing till after this game, but we're using this opportunity to thoroughly test all of the chaining combinations. Live streaming via twitch will be taking place throughout so you can all have a preview of the simulation, and see what's going on as we progress. Crewe will be staffed by members of the testing team, and won't be available to the public.

Timetable
We will be using the 2015 timetable, starting at 1400. As always the wheel of randomness will be in use, giving us a number of scenarios to work through as we progress through the session. Including but not limited to SPADs, fire alarm, broken rail, ESR, animal incursions, bar brawls and more. The MOMS will be back out helping us resolve any issues.

How to sign up
We have split the session down into two hour chunks available in the upcoming games window , please use these to sign up for the times at which you can commit to the full two hours. This will allows us to staff the sims as appropriate.

10:00 Slot
12:00 Slot
14:15 Slot
16:15 Slot
18:30 Slot

In Game Communication
Will be via TeamSpeak, you don't need access to a microphone, or to speakers, but both of these would help if you have them. F10 will not be used

Panel Allocations
We will issue a spreadsheeet of panel allocations prior to the start of the session, which will be updated as we continue.

Hosts
We have made special arrangements to provide continuous hosting throughout the period. We don't at the moment need any further volunteers.

The Roster
Is now available here. There is still plenty of time to sign up and grab a slot.
"Passengers for New Lane, should be seated in the rear coach of the train " - Opinions are my own and not those of my employer
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158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 09/11/2021 at 18:04 #142243
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I had almost skipped over this topic because the title didn't make clear to me that it was a multiplayer session 😳

Anyway, I'll try to keep that day free.

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158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 09/11/2021 at 20:18 #142244
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Albert in post 142243 said:
I had almost skipped over this topic because the title didn't make clear to me that it was a multiplayer session 😳

Anyway, I'll try to keep that day free.
Same here! and I'll aim to be there for the whole session! cant wait for this will be nice to play a chain rather than host it xD

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 10/11/2021 at 14:05 #142247
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Will the toaster of doom strike once again?
"We don't stop camborne wednesdays"
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 10/11/2021 at 14:46 #142250
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Wow, perhaps I'll give it a go. Sign me up.
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 10/11/2021 at 16:28 #142252
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headshot119 in post 142242 said:
PEOPLE OF SIMSIG!!!!!!!!!!

It's been a while since we last hosted a "Mega Chain", while we hope to resume in person meets during 2022, we thought we'd kick the year off with something a little bit different. Wrap up warm and strap yourself in, it's going to be a good one!

Giving us 21 potential panels available publicly, this is another diverse chain, simulating a nice chunk of the WCML, and the surrounding lines. It's a nice mixture of long distance, regional, and local trains, with plenty of freight mixed in. We even have part of the Manchester Metrolink.

Commencing 10:00 on 22/01/2022 we will set off on an 8 - 10 hour session, encompassing the late shift.

The following simulations will be in use:-

Warrington PSB
Cheshire Lines
Manchester South
Staffordshire
Shrewsbury
Chester
Edge Hill
Huyton
North East Wales
Crewe *See Below!!!

Crewe
Development of the Crewe simulation is moving forward rapidly, it won't reach the final stage of testing till after this game, but we're using this opportunity to thoroughly test all of the chaining combinations. Live streaming via twitch will be taking place throughout so you can all have a preview of the simulation, and see what's going on as we progress. Crewe will be staffed by members of the testing team, and won't be available to the public.

Timetable
We will be using the 2015 timetable, starting at 1400. As always the wheel of randomness will be in use, giving us a number of scenarios to work through as we progress through the session. Including but not limited to SPADs, fire alarm, broken rail, ESR, animal incursions, bar brawls and more. The MOMS will be back out helping us resolve any issues.

How to sign up
We have split the session down into two hour chunks available in the upcoming games window (Not currently available), please use these to sign up for the times at which you can commit to the full two hours. This will allows us to staff the sims as appropriate.

In Game Communication
Will be via TeamSpeak, you don't need access to a microphone, or to speakers, but both of these would help if you have them. F10 will not be used

Panel Allocations
We will issue a spreadsheeet of panel allocations prior to the start of the session, which will be updated as we continue.

Hosts
We have made special arrangements to provide continuous hosting throughout the period. We don't at the moment need any further volunteers.

The Roster
Will be published closer to the time.
SIGN ME UP for this sounds really fun to have this opportunity again.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 25/11/2021 at 22:21 #142475
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I will be up for joining this but am unsure what times I will be available. I realise that doesn't help but I will probably be available during the afternoon while the sport is on the radio.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 29/11/2021 at 23:39 #142623
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headshot119 in post 142242 said:
Commencing 10:00 on 22/01/2022 we will set off on an 8 - 10 hour session, encompassing the late shift.
In which timezone? UK time I presume?

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 29/11/2021 at 23:52 #142624
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Hawk777 in post 142623 said:
headshot119 in post 142242 said:
Commencing 10:00 on 22/01/2022 we will set off on an 8 - 10 hour session, encompassing the late shift.
In which timezone? UK time I presume?
Yes, the chain will run from 10:00 GMT.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 03/12/2021 at 20:03 #142722
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I should be around but from 19:30 to end of service, probably mean missing most of the meet tho unless a 10:00 to 22:00 meet was considered?
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 05/12/2021 at 08:48 #142758
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headshot119 in post 142242 said:
PEOPLE OF SIMSIG!!!!!!!!!!

How to sign up
We have split the session down into two hour chunks available in the upcoming games window (Not currently available), please use these to sign up for the times at which you can commit to the full two hours. This will allows us to staff the sims as appropriate.

Panel Allocations
We will issue a spreadsheeet of panel allocations prior to the start of the session, which will be updated as we continue.

The Roster
Will be published closer to the time.
Assume we be able to request specific sims/panels as with previous similar events?

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 05/12/2021 at 11:05 #142761
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There's not been much more discussed atm. I would assume that once we see the numbers of confirmed participants and the admin cross check who has what sim then panel allocations will be given. If you've got more that one of the sims, then it's likely that you could see yourself spread out across your available range. Likewise, If you have only a couple or just one of the sims then allocations will attempted to be given on those but in a fair measured way so that all wishing to take part will be able to, within one of the sessions.

Will just have to wait for the numbers closer to the time

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 05/12/2021 at 11:42 #142763
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Hap in post 142761 said:
There's not been much more discussed atm. I would assume that once we see the numbers of confirmed participants and the admin cross check who has what sim then panel allocations will be given. If you've got more that one of the sims, then it's likely that you could see yourself spread out across your available range. Likewise, If you have only a couple or just one of the sims then allocations will attempted to be given on those but in a fair measured way so that all wishing to take part will be able to, within one of the sessions.

Will just have to wait for the numbers closer to the time :)
I'm lucky enough to have all the available sims with the exception for obvious reasons of Crewe, I just hope that I will still be able to join a time slot once the team who organises this is aware of how many signallers they have.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 05/12/2021 at 15:14 #142771
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Hap in post 142761 said:
There's not been much more discussed atm. I would assume that once we see the numbers of confirmed participants and the admin cross check who has what sim then panel allocations will be given. If you've got more that one of the sims, then it's likely that you could see yourself spread out across your available range. Likewise, If you have only a couple or just one of the sims then allocations will attempted to be given on those but in a fair measured way so that all wishing to take part will be able to, within one of the sessions.

Will just have to wait for the numbers closer to the time :)
Thanks, I have most if not all so hopefully i'll be able to move around a bit through the day. Thanks for the reply.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 07/12/2021 at 22:45 #142801
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Matt has kindly prepared an extract of the chaining diagram to show exactly what is included in the chain, and how that fits into the rest of the world of SimSig.

Also shown is a an extract of the Crewe simulation, the on time 1L99 (1334 Liverpool Lime Street - Birmingham New Street stopper) heads south through Hartford Junction, having overtaken 6H34 (1330 Runcorn Folly Lane - Northenden RTS) which departed ahead of it on the Edge Hill simulation. 1F43 (1236 Birmingham New Street - Liverpool Lime Street Semi Fast) is around 20 late due to issues with a pair of broken fishplates on the Down Fast. The pway have a line blockage of the down fast to effect repairs.




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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 22/12/2021 at 22:03 #143073
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Am excited and can't wait to sign up :)

I've attached an extract from the chain diagram available on the Downloads page as well.

Thanks
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 23/12/2021 at 17:14 #143083
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With just under a month to go all of the time slots are now available to sign up to find them in the upcoming games section, or use the links below. We'll aim to publish the roster around a week before hand.

10:00 Slot
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18:30 Slot

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 31/12/2021 at 17:10 #143211
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Thanks to All who have signed up so far for the chain so far. We've had 28 individuals sign up so far, but with 3 weeks to go, there is still plenty of time and space for people to join. Just click attending on the session you wish to join (links available in Headshot119's post above)

As with previous sessions, we don't need you to let us know what sims you already have. However, if you are planning on purchasing one of the hosted sims between now and the chain, could we ask that you let either headshot119 or myself know, so that we can take it into account when we produce the roster in a couple weeks time.
Have a good New Year all

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 14/01/2022 at 14:56 #143526
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The roster has now been published. There are still plenty of slots available to sign up for. Please note some minor changes to allocations may be made to fit people in who are yet to sign up.
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 15/01/2022 at 17:15 #143560
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I would like to unsubscribe from Stoke panel in the 14:15 slot because a local railway advocacy group in my area has scheduled an online meeting at 14:00.
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 15/01/2022 at 18:53 #143567
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Done. Roster has been adjusted to backfill
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 16/01/2022 at 18:04 #143589
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I appear to have been rostered to Huyton in the final session - I don't have a licence for this simulation. Happy to take any of the un-covered panels in the session though!
There's the right way, the wrong way and the railway.
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 16/01/2022 at 18:07 #143590
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Splodge in post 143589 said:
I appear to have been rostered to Huyton in the final session - I don't have a licence for this simulation. Happy to take any of the un-covered panels in the session though!
Are you sure? I can see one in the license database for you.

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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 16/01/2022 at 18:37 #143591
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Yep, never mind - I think I checked before the loader had finished scanning!
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Megachain: 158 Frozen Popsicles - 22/01/2022 16/01/2022 at 19:12 #143593
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A few further changes has been made on the roster to include recent sign ups. The roster remains available at the same place as headshot119 posted
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