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Last Run Seemed Real Howdy Randy, This is just a note to tell you how much I enjoyed reading Larry Puckett's story about the "Last Run of Number 1480" which appeared along with his article featuring the Northern Virginia Model Railroaders in the October 1990 issue. In fact, I read that story twice just be cause I liked it so much. Then, while I was sti1l thinkin g about how lucky Larry was a s a young man, I turned to the next page a nd read the "About the Author" box. All I can say is that Larry had me as a believer for a while; he did a good job with that tale. M ike Nesbitt Olympia, WA Railroader. Infact, T4.G i s the computer program that I referred
article as the one which proved impossible for me to convertfrom

.. : B4.SIC to standard MB4.SIC. After worling with the 1)4G code for several convoluted adapted
to to


in my

weeks without success, I decided that the 1)4G code was too complex and either be easily converted

another fonn if B4..sIC or


another layOUT.

With this in mind, I developed SWI7CHER and designed il so il could

be converted to otherfonns if B4SIC and easy to adapt

another layoUl.

Based on reader responses, I Ihink I have been successful in my goal. Several readers have already converted it to Commodore rewriting 1)4G, I followed a dif rent e f implementing local switching; however, both programs do have car codes and car orders in common. a switching program. In a hobby like ours, There was no intent

other versions are on the way. In developing SWITCHER, instead if


B4SIC and

iglwre Mr. Fink's earlier attempt at developing

Dear Larry (Puckett): I can't even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed your SWITCHER article in the October 1990 issue of M odel Railroading. As a matter of fact, "enjoyed" isn't even a descriptive enough term . I don't have an ruM-compatible computer, I have a Commodore 64. Needless to say, your program w ritten in Microsoft GWBASIC needed some interpretation. I still don't know what "LSET" means. Also, the data storage. and retrieval subroutines required total revisions. But, I think I 've fi nally figured it out, and it looks like it works. Once again, thanks for the program . Y ou've added a new dimension to this multifaceted hobby. Henry 1. Statkowski Stratford , CT Dear Larry: I read your article in the October 1990 issue. Y our program looks like it should work well on my layout after I figure out all the sidings and car orders. I have about 45 sidings and run usually six locals per operating session as well as six to eight other through and special trai ns. I'm looking forward to getti ng the copies so I can start the modi fica tions. Thanks for your offer to share your knowledge of programming. I could not have done anywhere near that on my own in any reasonable time frame. Chuck Tuttle West Lafayette, IN Dear M r. Lee, Being interested in a good (cheap!) traffic generator program, I pur chased the O ctober 1990 issue of Model Railroading. I magine my surprise when I began looking through the code of the SWITCHER program and found myself in a kind of deja vu situation. I refer to the program listed in Model Railroader from February 1984 called "TAG - Traffic Automatically Generated." The car orders and the car codes of SWITCHER seem directly dependent on the TAG codes. Y the code has been "updated" and the text gives much clearer direc es, tions for how the progranl can be set up and worked, but why is there no mention of Mr. Bob Fi nk's previous work back in '84? Even if only the car codes and orders were copied, and the bulk of the code was independently developed, there should have been an attribution to Mr. Fink. E . Allen Siebold Vestal , NY
LLmy Puckett replies: Mr. Sisbold is quile right in his dluction lhal lhe

share our ideas with the

hope that others will benefit from them and build on them.

Teen Asso ciation
D ear Folks at MRG: I would like to compl iment you on you r excellent magazine. There's so much useful information in each issue that I can't start readi ng u nless I have a highl ighter pen in hand! I appreciate the thoughtful ness in pro viding i ndexes of articles in magazines other than your own. The thorough l ists of detail parts with the diesel modeling articles are great too. As the new Pivot Pin of the Teen Association of Model Railroaders, I was glad to see a listing for TAM R in "The Society Page. " Thanks for including us. Could you please substitute my name and address for Lone Eagle Payne's? If only Mode l Railroading had been around when I was a teenager I My model i ng would be much farther along. Keep up the good work! Joh n Reichel Teen Association of Model Rail roaders 88 Whitmore St. , #201 Oakland, CA 946 1 1

Prototype Follows Model
Dear Randy, Perhaps Model Raibvading is read by some I: I rail roaders and industrialists. When my article on the gravel u nloading operation appeared in the June 1990 issue, I suggested that the customer should have his own Aleo switcher on the property. In August, the prototype did just that when they acquired a yellow and black A l eo SI! It is equipped for remote control , but at this facility, it is manually operated . Jim Rogers Laurel , M D

Guinness Record
Dear Mr. Lee: Y our comments on the BL2 made in the November 1990 issue of Model Railroading are interesting but not correct. The 1978 model train dura tion record was broken on March 23, 1990, by Brian Apps, the Vicar of All Saints Church in Bournemouth, Dorset, E ngland. A Hornby Pacific "Lady Patricia" completed a non-stop run of 867 hours, 14 minutes exceeding the prior Gui nness record by just three hours. Rev. Apps' record will be record of record in the 1991 Guinness book. Hopefully, you will see fit to acknowledge this record accord i ngly. Roger Sekera Potomac, M D

developed by Bob Fink and published in Ihe

car codes and car orders are like those found in the T4.G program Febntal)'

1984 issue if Model

M o d e l Rai l road i n g

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