Finally updated my Single-Deck Electrics sprites to be in the original NSWGR livery of introduction...
I was going to go with the yellow stripe above the windows too, but it made the trains look WAY too yellow, especially on the diagonals. Hopefully these sprites capture the whole appearance of the trains, without actually being 100% accurate.
Please also note that "B-Set" is just a working name for the graphics. I've got to do some reasearch to see which Single-Deck suburban set would be the ideal one to use. I'm leaning towards the "H-Set" (which is a bit problematic with naming, as Cityrail is RE-USING the "H-Set" class for the new OSCAR Inter-urban EMU's), or the "B-Set".
At any rate, these will be introduced VERY early in game, and will be the premier commuter trains on everyones network (supplimented with steamers and single-deck wooden coaches, o/c), until the Tullochs arrive (I'm considering doing graphics for the tulloch DD motor coaches actually, even though they didn't live for long).
When Whitehand returns, we should have a discussion about coaches too. I'm in favour of an idea similar to the DB Set, with the local and long distance coaches, or something similar.
The problem is, the double-decker issue. I wouldn't be comfortable having 4 veh-ID's used up on only coaches, so perhaps we can work something out with wagonovveride?
At any rate, the current suburban scheme (as I see it, feel free to jump in and change it) is as follows:
Single-Deck Electrics (1920's)
Tulloch DD Coach (1950's)*
R/S/L Set (1970's/80's)
T Set (1990's)
M Set (2003+)
With the following inter-urban's
U-Set (1960's (?))
G Set (1990's, using T-Set graphics possibly using randomisation so as to save an ID)
H Set (2006+).
CPH Railmotor (1920's?)
Hunter DMU's (2006)
Obviously, before 1970's and the XPT, the Steamers and Diesels had a monopoly on un-electrified intercity routes.
Now, this scehem doesn't touch on the steamers and the diesels, but you can see where they would fit in:
1921 - 1940:
Steamers on all Intercity/Interurban routes, as well as some commuter trains. CPH's on rural routes, and B-Sets/Tank Engines on suburban routes.
1940 - 1965:
Steamers/Diesels on Inter-city/Interurban routes. Some diesels on commuter, but not many (I think the suburban electrics were running properly by this stage). SD electrics on commuter routes, until Tulloch DD's. Do we have a rural DMU for this stage? Perhaps the 600/700?
1965 - 1990:
Some steamers, but mostly diesels on Inter-city routes. All commuter trains would be SD with DD's becoming more popular. SD electrics, then the DD electrics on inter-urbans. 620/720 and later also the Endeavours on local non-electrified lines.
1990 - Present Day
Commuter trains all DD's, as single deckers are phased out rapidly. Tulloch DD's vanish soon after. Interurban lines become all DD electrics. Explorers and XPT's on inter-city work. 620/720's and Endeavours on non-electric commuter lines, with the Hunter DMU's added later.
Does that make sense? It's very rough, brainstorming, but hopefully we can get some ideas sorted when WH has come back.
Finally, Coalroads? I'm doing some coding of the commuter stock, for WH to include in the AU Set when it's ready. Would you mind if I coded some of your DMU's (If I can dig up the sprites), to help practice? Heck, if they are already in the AU Set, I needent bother.
EDIT: Updated this post with the B-Set in the really-ugly blue/white scheme it used between 1972 and 1976. God awfull, but at least it breaks up all the red colours
EDIT (again): I just remembered that the S-Set debuted in this blue-white livery, and I believe the front of the V-Sets wore it when they were introduced too. Most of them were re-painted, as well as all of the S-Sets (thank god), but there are still some V-Sets wandering around in the "Blue Goose".
EDIT (gah): Note that the parcels vans are never repainted in great numbers other than the original brown. I can't remember any of them being in the final, Indian Red livery, nor in the... Blue/White one... Good thing too...
EDIT (Yes, again, someone bloody well post or summat): Just finished the Tulloch Motor sprites, as well as revising the trailer coach to wear the original livery, and the blue/white livery. The Indian Red livery I posted to go with the Indian Red Single-Decker sprites doesn't work properly, nether do the Indian Red Single Decker Sprites. Apparently, the darker two colours I used for shading are actually action colours for some reason, as they flash a lot. So, I've got to find another set of red's in the TT palette to sub in as Indian Red
. Oh, the humanity...
EDIT (Talking to myself, so it seems): Updated the tullochs again. Finally found some colours for the Indian Red scheme that didn't make my eyes bleed.