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OPEN RAILS WP USRA 55 Ton Hopper 3-Pack by scottb613 
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MSTS WP USRA 55 Ton Hopper 3-Pack


=== LICENSE ===

FREEWARE: The user is hereby permitted to - use - modify - and - upload - the contents of this file - for non-commercial purposes only. Use your head and just please keep it FREE folks as I've spent a great deal of time on this work. Please include my original README with any subsequent uploads. All contributors retain full rights to their respective contributions.


=== DISCLAIMER ===

WARNING - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK - WARNING

While I've done my absolute best to make sure everything works properly - I make no guarantees, warranties, or promises - this software is provided for use at your own risk.

WARNING - USE AT YOUR OWN RISK - WARNING


=== MODEL NOTES ===


I made the mistake of copying a model freight car before someone pointed out the WP never had any USRA 55 Ton Hoppers. This makes this model completely fictional - I had it mostly done at the time - so I'm uploading it in case anyone has any interest.

The model was created with 3D Canvas/Crafter Pro with a heavy reliance on the "Trainworks" plug-in tools created by Paul Gausden (Decapod).

Model textures are all optimized for Open Rails - as that's all I use any more - if they don't look good in MSTS the fix is the standard add some noise to the texture files to remove blotches.

This model focuses on good performance for long trains. I did spend a great deal of time attempting to create LOD models that transitions seamlessly to avoid the normal issues - like vanishing wheels - that most people associate with poorly done LODs.


=== PROTOTYPE ===

Classification: USRA 55 Ton Hopper


=== INSTALLATION ===

For ease of installation - a single file installer has been provided - this installer needs to be pointed to your "Train Simulator" root directory. By default - the installer should read the registry entry for your MSTS install location and populate it for you. This can be changed to accommodate mini-route - or - non standard installs.

Example of proper install path:

C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Train Simulator


=== CREDITS/CONTRIBUTIONS ===

First off I'd like to thank all the pioneers in MSTS who figured out how all this stuff works. I've had a great deal of help from many people while working on this model and many more have provided inspiration.

Bob "Plainsman" Bodoin (Physics) - the undisputed king of rail car physics.

Rich "Huecuvoe" (Coal Texture) - used with permission from his Hip Hoppers collection that I've enjoyed for years.

Elvas Tower and the Steam4Me sites are two invaluable resources that greatly helped in the development of this model.

One and all - greatly appreciated folks.


=== CONCLUSION ===


If I have forgotten anyone I humbly apologize but know that I appreciate all the advice and inspiration I've received. I also must mention that the vast amount of information available on the forums regarding modelling for MSTS has been invaluable. The success I've had in making these models would not have been possible without drawing on the experience of so many others that have blazed the trail before!

Thank you all and hope you enjoy these models.

Scott Brunner

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