Maybe it is the wine, and it is Saturday evening. I am thinking about a new project. Not even narrow gauge, but it will be based in future(I have just had letter in Railway Modeller, so can not now duck out). Anyway, just wondering if trains would still have drivers, or be controlled from some central point, a bit like traditional analogue controlled model railways.
Now this means than model railways moving in direction of DCC, and making us feel like we are in the cab, are possibly some form of reverse engineering, as it is going in opposite direction to the way real railways are going.
One of the things I have thought of including is a light rail based freight operation, and how I design the cabs, but then thought, why have cabs when there was no driver. If you can fit devises on road vehicles so they do not need a driver, then a train is easy. Definitely no need to use DCC, as there is no in cab driver experience to replicate.
I know we are al having fun with GN15, and there are some pretty wacky ideas, many of which are totally impractical in real life, but they are fun. Some of the more normal ideas probably do show how practical smaller gauge railways can be, but I am taking that idea of the possible, to show that rails are potentially the future instead of roads.
In the mean time modellers are being persuaded to try that 'driver' experience.
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