|Chey Admires Her New Steam Train|
Unlike version 2, version 3 is phantom while running, which means it ignores objects that block the tracks. Even after everything had been moved well clear of the rails I would occasionally get IMs from the engine telling me something was impeding its progress and where that object could be found. Usually the culprit was a huge hot, smoking temp-on-rez boulders that had been flung into the air by the volcano Pele. Phantom status also stops the collision warnings I was always getting from my Mystitool when I rode version 2.
The only no copy part of Kitto's train set is, for obvious reasons, the engine. Version 3 was smart enough to know when it was lost and could be set to IM its owner, giving its location. Version 3 comes with a rezzer that can rez or derez engines. Unlike version 2, which used a notecard, version 3 uses a blue menu for configuration. The owner can set the engine's speed, its loudness, the length of the column of smoke it generates, and set custom textures for the sides of the engine's boiler and cab.
|Version 3 with Rezzer|
|Track Updater. It Creates New Track to Mirror the Old|
|I Ride the New Track, Hoping for the Best|
|Track Event Marker for Version 2. The Prim is Visible|
Because I Have Turned on Highlight Transparent
With new track laid and adjusted and the train running property through its route, I realized I had a new problem. Unlike version 2, which bumped and shook when it encountered the bumpers at the end of the track and then teleported home, the new version simply stopped. I had set it to return home when unoccupied for three minutes, but I missed the wreck, in which avatars suddenly found themselves teleported back to the train's home. Fortunately, Kitto provided me with a full permission script which tells the train to return home immediately when it encounters the end of the track.
The wreck is better than ever That's because the new train follows the direction of the track. It can run sideways or even upside down! That makes for a far more spectacular deliberate accident. At Kitto's suggestion I changed the name of the last section of visible track so it would not appear to the engine and lay a number of short sections to guide the train to its demise.
Then I turned them phantom and invisible. Here they are with highlight invisible turned on.
Here's the scene as it looks with highlight invisible turned off.
Here's the resulting train wreck.
As an afterthought I placed a penny on the track. We all know that will derail a train.
It wasn't a regular penny, either, but a special Whimsy coin.
The new wreck is much better than the old one.