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CitySprint February 2019 Day 2

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Assuming that counting the ways and nodes in the changeset history is an accurate way of counting, today's work added 722 ways and 1952 nodes. Actually some of those changes were deletions but I feel like quite a bit of work was accomplished.

The Canal Zone
1 The Rail Yards 2 Ancient Industries and Landcover 3 Small Scale Details 4 Finishing touches

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Still working in the canal zone. Today saw the (more or less) completion of the Railway Works with the addition of the Wagon Works and the foundry. All that is left to complete the Rail Yards stage on the progress bar is the locomotive ready tracks on the southwest end of the classification yard and the office facilities on that side of the mainline. However my main joy of the day is the old company housing on the works side of the tracks.

Between the works and the Foundry, the railway built a neighborhood of terraced houses for the army of employees required to operate the works and yard. You might recognise the visual style of these terraces as reminiscent of Plowford, Glaster, which was where I stole the technique from my inspiration for the neighborhood's look. Up until the construction of the A40/A45/KY455 "Motorway of many numbers", the neighborhood was contiguous, however there is now a sizable gash of removed houses and streets where the motorway slices through; this is a common feature in the more working class areas of the capital, as the urban morotways built during the Statist Period (1911-1957, motorway construction running 1938-1949) generally plowed through lower class areas without any attention to the urban landscape.

Along the main road (the secondary class road at the northern edge of the neighborhood) is a primary school, which needs a bit more detail. Once I get around to deciding some more of the history of the railways (which is something which will be running headlong into the territory of overwikification and probably won't get further than my working notes), I figue that the school will be named for one of the Chief Mechanical Engineers of either the Eriinsrai or Viir Railways.

On the thought of history, something I plan on featuring in this area is industrial degradation and neighborhood revitalization. Much of the heavy industry that would have been found here in the canal zone would have likely moved further south in the 1960s, with the development of the Hardaport complex. As such, I plan on having a lot of grey and brownfield lots, warehouses turned hipster lofts, and general urban decay of the sort seen in the sort of old industrial zones found in large cities.

Comments Zone

Housing for comments provided by the company.

I'm not one of the mappers with an especially detailed understanding of civil engineering, but this looks pretty darn realistic to me! Love the level of detail, and how the area tells a story when you look at it together as a whole. I'm curious: what kinds of industries were important in Sediimarkt's economic development? What would have the main types of cargo passing through this yard at its peak? -- Louis Walker (talk) 15:06, 03 February 2019 (EST)

Thanks. Originally Sediimarkt was a market town (technically it still is, although that legal structure is no longer relevant) so up to the point in time that the city grew this far out (1860s or so), the main goods flows were almost entirely agricultural. Once the railroads started up and industrialization began in earnest, Sediimarkt (and the rest of the Byria coast line out to Miri-de-Zii) became processing points; On this side of the city, the Smk.&Eriinsrai brought timer and fibre crops (mostly hemp and flax) for building materials, cloth, and rope; and the Smk.& Viir brought coal from the mountains around Zilkari, as well as iron and steel stock from Xarshaande. Before the turn of the century, most of the export traffic, which made up a large percentage of the cargo flows through the yard were raw materials only, however afterwards processed goods exports began to rise. Traffic through the area is still relatively high, however when rail-freight was nationalized in the 1980s, the need for an interchange yard between the S&V and S&E lines was diminished and all the long distance classification duties were taken over by a large hump yard closer to Inarii (not yet mapped), leaving the old yard here just for storing cars moving in between the mainline and the remaining industries in the canal zone--Reece202 (talk) 01:45, 4 February 2019 (CET).