On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Week 1 – Get Outside

On Monday I went out for my first trainspotting day of 2020. Here’s a few electric units photographed on that day out. 378224 arriving at Highbury & Islington during the late morning rush…

I spent some time at Stratford before travelling over to London Bridge station. I think this is the first time I’ve actually gone to London Bridge for some spotting in nearly 30 years! Here’s 375910 wearing Southeastern Railway’s Blue livery…

Here are two Networker units, 465022 and 465242, with some detail differences between them…

And finally, on a Thameslink service we have 700019…

Catch up with Cee’s Hunt for Joy Challenge Here.

Last Photo on SD Card

Taking up the challenge from Bushboy to show the last image on the SD card. I used two different cameras yesterday, so here’s 2 shots. Both have only been resized.

This first image is actually from a Compact Flash card as I am using a Canon 5D. This was the last shot from yesterday’s football match and represents the many ‘nothing’ shots that are captured during any match…
…It’s also quite typical that the camera has lost interest in the players and decided it likes the advertising hoardings behind them much better – a common problem when the sun goes down and you’re taking action shots.

Taken earlier in the day on my way to the match, here is 465920 at Herne Hill where I was waiting for a train to Bromley South…..This time it is from an SD card as I took this with the Fujifilm X-Pro2.

Trucking Digest

Over a month since the last digest and a lot to cover, so let’s get on with it. December opened with the delivery of v1.36 changes to Euro Truck on the 3rd, bringing detours into that version of the game for the first time along with the other improvements including the move to DirectX 11. It also brought the island of Corsica for those who own the France DLC. For such a small island, there are a lot of towns there for us to deliver to. I took a fleeting visit to Bastia on the morning of the 5th, running up the eastern coast road from Porto Vecchio through Aleria……SCS have really captured the atmosphere in their creation of this addition to our maps. I would have liked to stay longer and I will probably buy a garage here for the company – Ajaccio would make a good off-shore option. Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay because – The Road to the Black Sea DLC released on afternoon of 5th December and I had to head back to the mainland and drive east for that.

Every new map created for ETS2 pushes the quality bar ever higher, following the new standards that initially appeared with American Truck Simulator, and The Road to the Black Sea is no exception. This DLC gives us Romania, Bulgaria and the European side of Turkey to drive in. Here are some screenshots…








…To claim that I have seen everything already would be a lie – there is too much to see, too many roads to drive – It would take more than the two weeks I’ve had to explore! I have had chance to pass by Cousin Vlad’s Castle though it was still dark and he was out and about – must visit in daytime if I want to catch him at home!..

I say I’ve had two weeks but even that is a lie because on the 10th December SCS threw in another long-awaited addition into the ATS mix with the delivery of the International LoneStar. This is a truck that almost certainly divides opinions on styling……I wasn’t sure that I would like it but as I tweeted; Not sure about the styling – guess it will grow on me… Love the dash… Dislike the mirrors for normal driving – but they’re good when parking… Which you can see from this in-cab shot during the above delivery to Eddy’s……She has grown on me and I will be keeping her – in fact I may well order some more for our fleet. here she is climbing Donner Pass…

Of course, it’s nearly Christmas and all us Virtual truckers know what that means; It’s Christmas Community Event time! This year the theme is Giving – you can read about it on SCS’ Blog. This was my tweet on it; ‘The @SCSsoftware
#BestCommunityEver is on the road again delivering Pressie Power to the People for #XmasGrandGiving – Lets Go!’……moody view of a power-station complex in Romania on my way to Hunedoara. I’ll cover my adventures during this event in another post. In the meantime, Keep the Shiny Side Up! 🙂