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Trolley Tracks rule?

Question asked by gall7470 on May 2, 2015
Latest reply on May 4, 2015 by Holisticbynature

I’m working on some of the finishing touches for my model of the Germantown section of Philadelphia and it was brought up this week that I should look into trying to recreate the unique surface of Germantown Avenue, which includes a pair of trolley/streetcar lines running along the centerline with Belgian Block (ie. setts) lining the outer 1/3 of the roadway and generally accounting for the parallel parking lane:

https://www.google.com/maps/@40.035426,-75.174236,3a,75y,324.73h,71.95t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sMrK6vhAFiqhYenuaa8vX3w!2e0!6m1!1e1?hl=en

I found a similar type of sketchup model using useful textures on 3DWarehouse, but the Belgian Block is in the middle of the tracks and the concrete is on the outside…just the opposite of the situation in Germantown:

https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/model.html?id=ub75d5171-aedc-4129-86b6-0a8cb14dd676

I’ve looked through the existing rail rules and can’t find something I could easily modify to serve this purpose, and my CGA skills aren’t strong enough for me to attempt writing a rule from scratch that could be applied to the street centerlines…or better yet, be a street texturing option within the Complete Streets rule.

Would any of you be able to help? (Our professor expressed hope that one of you may have a “drawer pull” rule written for just such a situation that I could use or modify)

Thanks so much in advance…I’m at a bit of a loss here.

-Michael Gall
Graduate Assistant
MS in GeoDesign ’15
Philadelphia University

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