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Train Departure Announcement Generator

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hawksey
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Train Departure Announcement Generator

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Been working on some new software for model railway train departure announcements and background sounds.
This is still a work in progress but does now contain all spoken announcements of all 2300+ stations on the network, all inbuilt, no internet needed so ideal for exhibitions.
Idea is to hide small wired or bluetooth speakers under the station and/or village to play the output through. Very effective effect!

Also has a few background sounds, lots more to be added, and a real time chiming station/town hall/church clock that chimes the (real time) hours and every quarter hour.

Still a bit of graphics to tidy up and I think I'll need a few beta testers to check pronunciation of some stations...so if anyone fancies doing some testing?...get in touch.

Quick demo on youtube:

https://youtu.be/VFVxzAVa6gw

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Interesting.
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Very interesting.

Are the station names & announcements limited to those built into the software or can new ones be added? Many model now defunct stations/lines or fictitious ones. It would be good if they could have announcements too.
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Hi

The station names & announcements are unlimited but do need to be pre-generated, which is quite a simple online batch job resulting in a audio file that you just copy into a folder. You would then just type the name into the destination or calling announcement part of the software.

This is just a contemporary version at the moment based on the current network ATOS Anne system, but I will do a 'vintage' version if there is interest. That would include all pre Breeching stations and a different, maybe 'BBC' type voice, that was used in the 40's-50's.
Could also do/add a version for the county station that just had the stationmaster shouting the name (Wivenhoe, this is Wivenhoe. Change here for Brightlingsea...)
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Loved the demo on YouTube. A great addition to any layout.
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And a version that can’t be understood :)

I think it is a great project.
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An exceptional piece of work- I think I could just play with that all day. R-
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Brilliant bit of software engineering, well done that man
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