If you’ve ever had a chance to ride the train you’ll know what I mean when I say there̵
Shron is a big name in the train community. He hit the headlines in 2013 for having rebuilt an entire Canadian VIA Rail passenger car in his basement, down to the last detail. He bought the out of service coach for less than $ 10,000, then had it dismantled and transported to his home, where he painstakingly rebuilt the interior. He also nailed down every detail, right down to the ‘no spitting’ signs and the authentic VIA Rail branded blankets.
During the day, Shron runs a company that makes model trains and helps preserve real VIA Rail trains with the Canadian VIA Historical Association. At night – or rather, sitting at home during the COVID quarantine for the past year has worked to create a simulated train travel experience. And this video proves that he has an eye for detail:
The video shows a GoPro placed on what would be a passenger seat in its HO Gauge model train set, pointed out the window. But that’s not all: Shron has also mapped and modeled a specific rail line between Toronto, Ontario and Montreal, Quebec called the Kingston Subdivision as it travels to the real stop of Brockville Station.
We see trees, houses, cars, other trains and people, and even hear lifelike train sound effects, so when you look at the images, it (usually) feels like you’re really there. However, Shron has big plans to upgrade his simulation: he wants to use projectors or multiple LCD screens to play live feeds of the route for a more realistic feel.
Shron’s YouTube channel, rapidotrains, has over 18,000 followers and is full of other cool videos about trains (model and otherwise), and is a great place to connect with other train enthusiasts around the world.