Over the last few weeks I have begun creation of the first Pineapple Road Vehicles! The ‘codename’ for this NewGRF is “HOVS 75” – the original HOVS was a british-style bus set I made 10 years ago (!) for TTDPatch, and the “75” refers to approximately how many times I’ve attempted to create an updated version over the years…
The NewGRF will feature five generations of vehicles, from around 1900 (1880 for the first tram) to the early 21st century. The vehicles shown above are all from the 3rd generation of vehicles, introduced in the 1950s. (If you’re wondering what that odd creature on the third flat truck is, it’s a YETI dude from V453000’s industry NewGRF).
This is how the vehicle scheme works:
When I was young, I loved looking through my father’s books of train pictures. These books were from the 1960s and 1970s, so they were mostly nostalgic and/or gritty essays on the demise of steam. But amongst all the steam there were a few trains which really captured my imagination – big, colourful diesel trains completely different from the preserved steam I knew from the UK or the boring stainless-steel EMUs of 1990s Queensland.
Exotic though they may have seemed to my younger self, colourful GM EMD cab units really are the quintessential diesel locomotive, so it’s only natural that when looking to create a fictitious but relatable train set, this was the place to start. Continue reading