QUOTE(sgdavis @ Feb 19 2004, 11:27 AM)
Ok. ActivityMaster will be able to do that too, displaying .jpg files is pretty easy. Is there a naming convention ConBuilder requires, i.e. a .jpg file that's the same as the .wag or .eng file? That would make sense to me.
Same name, different suffix. i.e.: myengine.eng and myengine.jpg, or mycar.wag and mycar.jpg. ConBuilder can also "read" .gif files if they are named in the same manner.
I have to admit my ignorance on the Intermodal spine cars issue. Right now I doubt ActivityMaster would account for that automatically, unless, you classified your cars in some manner, such as "intermodal-front", "intermodal-center" and "intermodal-rear", i.e. set up "types" like IMF, IMC and IMR. Then only replace cars that can be a "front" car w/ other "front cars, etc. Would that work, or am I missing the point?
Flexible cars (six-packs, ten-packs etc.) have created lettering nightmares for the real roads, that has carried over into v-roads.
The basic problem is that the railroads have always designated the end of the car with the handbrake wheel as "B" and the other end "A." Since the flexible cars are semi-permanently connected, there had to be some way of designating the individual sections. The roads have kept the 'standard' of one end being A and the other B, and designated the sections between with additional letters. A five-pack well car would be designated either A-C-D-E-B, or A-E-D-C-B, depending on the owner or manufacturer.
Most of the modellers in MSTS have carried the same convention. You will usually find the sections labelled either A B C D E, A B C, or L C R. If they are labelled with all five letters, one of the combinations I mentioned above will usually make a "good" consist. For the three-piece sets, the arrangement is normally A-C-C-C-B or L-C-C-C-R.
Remember that they are modelled with wheelsets in certain places, and none of the sections should be reversed unless the modeller specifically says to reverse a section in the 'readme.' Also, unless the models are made by the same modeller, the sections may not be compatible between carsets.
Bottom line, as with so much of MSTS, is that you have to put a carset into a test consist, and keep moving sections around until you get one with the couplers on the ends and the wheelsets in the right place.
ADDED: Yellowdog, you can add a name line to a .wag file. I frequently find a comment ( ) line posted right after the title line that gives a pretty good description of the car.
Wagon ( 10000gal
comment( 10000gallon tankcar )
Using the Tab button push the comment line over until it aligns with the following lines.
Change comment to Name, add a space between the 'e' and the '(,' and place quotation marks around whatever is inside the parentheses so it looks like:
Wagon ( 10000gal
Name ( "10000gallon tankcar" )
Whatever is inside the quote marks is what you'll see listed for the car in Conbuilder