A Photo a Week Challenge: Attitude

Attitude is absolutely key in sport – here we can see that both players want that ball!

Machines can have attitude too – I always liked this shot…

47077 'North Star' Blasts Through Reading

47077 ‘North Star’ Blasts Through Reading

Thanks for the challenge Nancy 🙂

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Trucking Digest

A couple of digests ago I reported on the things that I knew SCS had in the pipeline. In that report I said “Other than the above changes to the game SCS have mooted a couple of exciting longer term changes. One of these is the possibility of players owning their own trailers.” There was no clue in the information that I had seen about quite when that change could happen. Now here we are three weeks later and SCS are posting about what they want to include in the up and coming 1.32 release for both simulations. And there it is – Players will be able to own their trailers and will be able to ship appropriate loads! SCS have come clean and owned up to the fact that they’ve had a dedicated team working on this much wanted change for over a year! There will need to be a lot of Beta testing for this change me thinks and they have indicated that it won’t be all there to begin with as some trailer-types have yet to be brought up to the required standard but it’s a huge move in the direction that the hardcore fans have wanted and will see a much improved level of economic realism. One glaring omission in the blog post is any reference to whether we’ll be able to take World of Trucks loads too – I guess we’ll find out when the Beta testing starts.

As I’ve been away and all my driving has been on the real UK roads there is a lack of in-game screen shots and stories to tell. Instead I’ve got a selection of real world trucks photographed on the A923 in Dunkeld for you.

DAF XF of Morris Young, Perth…

Volvo FH ‘Classic’ of J.G.McWilliam, Huntly…

Renault Range-T of Ravens Express, Motherwell…

Volvo FH of Coille Haulage, Lochgilphead…

Next week I hope to be back with some virtual trucking tales and screenshots 🙂

Trucking Digest

After last week’s lengthy post about what’s up and coming for Euro and American Truck Simulator, this post could have been entitled ‘The Long and The Short of It’. In the real world companies like Knight, Schneider, etc have their own fleet of tractors and trailers which allows them to allocate appropriate motive power and a suitable trailer to a given load. Some owner-operators actually own a trailer and may even specialise in specific types of load, if they own a low-loader for example. Those owner-operators who only own a rig will probably wind up filling in for other companies where there has been a problem allocating a tractor unit for a load. In-game, that is the reality of what we do. Sometimes this results in a total mis-match of rig to trailer!

Here’s my Kenworth W900B with a short trailer. That trailer is probably shorter than she is!

The further away, the more ridiculous it looks as we hi-tail-it down I15 past Mojave National Preserve. The 11500lbs of Computers isn’t going to cause any stress for her 565HP Cummins engine!

Of course, she’s much better suited to this 28000lbs load of Household Appliances that we took up to Las Vegas from Albuquerque where we’re seen crossing Rio Grande Blvd as we leave town.

But owner-operators can’t be choosy. I wanted to get back to headquarters at Bakersfield and that’s where this load was going. A nice easy run arriving in town as the sun was going down – evening traffic was quite heavy.

I think I’ve told before about how difficult it can be to park one of these titchy trailers with a long rig. With a little care and by not trying to park it in one go, we’ve dropped it at the loading bay – slightly off-centre but parallel with the other trailers 🙂

Now I’m off to our garage – Hope the crew have got the coffee on!