Saturday, 27 December 2014

Heterocera Travelogue #4: Plusia

The next stop on my journey is Plusia - destination well known to SLRR users, thanks to its large train station and depot. Plusia borders with Wainscot on the south, Spectacle on the west, Sallow on the north and Spangle on the east.
As I was looking around and taking snapshots, I realized that the owner of Plusia, Radioactive Rosca, was actually there, sitting in one of his trains and working on something. I hated to interrupt, but I did say hi and what followed was a nice and friendly chat about Plusia, SLRR and his interest in railways.
Radioactive first told me something about the history of Plusia Station: “I'm a fan of the SLRR railways all over the Heterocera Atoll and I bought this plot only because it was near the railway. I built the Plusia Station and opened a case to Linden Labs, to connect the SLRR to my station. Michael Linden answered and did the connection. With the vacancy of the plots next to mine, I could expand the Station to the actual configuration.”

On his Flickr profile, you can see images showing the development of Plusia Station, from its early days until now.

Originally from Portugal, Radioactive told me about his visits to the command centres of several Portuguese stations and about his love for trains that he’s had since childhood. Then he showed me the command centre of the Plusia 1 station, found on the bridge above the station.
“Here you can see and command any switch. You have also audible alerts of passing trains in main track and also the name of the owner of last object that passed through the tracks. Also, there are yellow dots that indicate position of trains, inside and at the main SLRR track.”
Standing on the bridge, we couldn’t fail to notice several cars and buses owned by the notorious AnnMarie Otoole. Unattended vehicles are a problem, Radioactive admits and tells me about his attempts to solve it by catching and redirecting them. Seems to be a losing battle, though, as they keep passing by during our conversation (a struggling bus can be seen hovering behind the train).
Not far from the station is Radioactive’s residential building, while the station itself houses a small store with flags and other builds.

If you’re an SLRR user, a visit to Plusia is a must. Even if you aren’t, its location is a good starting point for visiting the wider area, thanks to its direct access to both SLRR and a Linden road. To visit Plusia, click here.