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Using landscape photographs for full-screen backgrounds causes certain difficulties. Nevertheless Zoltan Szabo, the author of the Traffic Screensaver, offers usable background photos on his website. Having had a long-term experience with it, the author of this website would like to notify all the experimenters as follows:

  1. It is necessary to try setting free space above and below vehicles so that the landscape photos were not cut. Traffic in the current release 4.2. does not allow arbitrary values of the $below a $above parameters.  The recommended (= tested by the author) settings for screen resolution 800x600 pixels are packed in the .zip archives with all the images in the brief .ttt files, i. e. you can copy them directly in Traffic timetables (from the 3.9 release higher, for the earlier Traffic releases you should copy the contents of the .ttt files in the .ini ones). The real image size values in pixels are mentioned under their miniatures. Most of the photographs are published here in the sizes usable for the screen resolution setting 1024x768, for 800x600 resolution then you can define a necessary cutout moving the image. (Expressed more precisely, the images have a little bit higher vertical size because even for the 1024x768 resolution you usually need to move them in the vertical direction. In fact, the  „excess“ is a size margin for this moving in order not to get any free edge above or below the image on the screen.) The used sizes of the photos correspond to the Traffic scale, i. e. 1 pixel equals 10 cm in reality.
  2. Some .zip files contain 2 .gif files, a background and a foreground - you recognize them according to the names, e. g. lochovice.gif is a background and lochovicefg.gif is a foreground (fg is an abbreviation for the „foreground“). Short of some exceptions (described separately with particular images) the foregrounds are composed with the same pixel width as the backgrounds and so the foreground and background images you simply place on the same screen co-ordinates.  

  3. All the photographs are in the .gif format, even so they have  0,5 - 1 MB. This causes a certain colours misrepresentation. You could use also the .bmp format, thus you do not lose the colours but the images are much larger and the Traffic processes them longer. The .bmp image sizes then naturally slow down downloading from the Web. The last Traffic release - according to its author´s report -  enables also .jpg formate using. However, the author of these pages has not tested it yet.

  4. Author of this website has taken all the published photographs by a digital camera and tailored in various 2D-graphic editors. As well you can use quality „paper“ models  - posters, calenders, photographic publications etc -  for scanning. On the other hand, downloading photos from the Internet usually does not lead to quality results.

  5. You can arbitrarily combine photographs with bitmap images, talented artists can try painting their own pictures.

  6. Author of these pages has modified some photos e. g. shifting a horizont, changing look-out, highliting a track superstructure, removing vegetation etc. However, always he tried to preserve a general appearance of the landscape considering the depicted era. I dare say that specialists in local circumstances shall forgive ...

  7. Author of this website was not succesful yet trying to create a working Traffic images library (= a .tvl file) containing landscape photographs. More accurately said, although the library is succesfuly created, trying to use it the Traffic always „freezes up“. The screensaver is able to  „extract“ images from the hard disc directory. However, this slows down loading landscape images even in the memories of the powerful computers. There is a compromise solution - to create the library of the vehicle stock list images and painted background/foreground elements and let Traffic load the photographs from their disc addresses.

Libomysl

Railway line section Zdice-Lochovice, nearby Libomysl stop. Suitable locomotive classes to depict traffic in 1920s and 30s: 264.1, 354.0, 324.2, 434.0/2, M 120.4, M 130.1. Passenger trains - usually assorted mixtures of 2nd and 3rd class coaches, freight trains - heavy coal trains from the North Bohemian coal basin to railway stations in South Bohemia.

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Libomysl 2

Another place in the same section few meters back.

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Lochovice

Railway line section Zdice-Lochovice, nearby the Lochovice station.

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Cisovice

At the stop signal in Cisovice station (railway line Vrane nad Vltavou - Dobris dubbed „Pacific“). In the 1920s - 30s there were used steam engines 310.0, 422.0, 423.0, motor railcars M 120.2, M 130.1, M 130.3.

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Nova Ves

pod Plesi

„Pacific“ once again: Section Nova Ves pod Plesi - Mala Hrastice, railway line Vrane nad Vltavou - Dobris.

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Rusova/

Reischdorf

Railway line Chomutov (Komotau) - Vejprty (Weipert), line section Vysluni (Sonnenberg) - Rusova (Reischdorf). In the background the skyline of Krusne Hory (Erzgebirge) with mountain peaks of Klinovec (Keilberg) and Fichtelberg can be recognized. In the 1918-1938 period all the trains were hauled by the class 524.1 of the original Bustehrad Railway  version (524.101 až 6), later also the other series. The other classes located in Chomutov/Komotau engine shed could be seen here as well, e. g. 324.3, 413.1, 354.1 and others, above all from the ancient Aussig-Teplitzer Eisenbahn (there are proved e.g. 253.2 and 344.5 classes). The original Bustehrad coaches survived here in integral train sets at least till the WW II.

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Jeleni vrch/

Hirschberg

Another place on the same line, section Rusova (Reischdorf) -Medenec (Kupferberg), with the Jeleni vrch (Hirschberg) skyline.

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Blazejov

Autumn on the gauge of 760 mm. Railway line Jindrichuv Hradec - Nova Bystrice (Neubistritz), nearby the Blazejov station. In the period of 1918-1938 there were used locomotives classes U 37.0, U 47.0, in the 1920s-1930s turn M 11.0, in the late 1930s let yet M 21.0 came. Instead of trailer coaches there were used the normal 2axle coaches in motor units.

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Vseborsko

The settlement of Vseborsko between the Litkovice and Obrubce stops in the section Bakov nad Jizerou - Dolni Bousov, Central Bohemia. The Bakov nad Jizerou - Kopidlno railway line ever used to belong among the least significant local lines. Therefore it was one of the first motorized lines - in 1927 the railbus class M 120.0 was placed there (used until 1935, then the usual „high-rises“ came). The mixed train sets were hauled until 1930 by classes 310.2 and 310.0, before WW II also 310.1, in 1938 310.0 came back again.

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Bezdez

A view of Bezdez castle between stations Okna and Doksy on the Mlada Boleslav - Ceska Lipa (Böhmisch Leipa) railway line. In the period of our interest the passenger and fast trains were hauled by 354.0,1,7, in the beginning yet 342.0 and 353.0, before WW II 464.0, among motor coaches e. g. classes M 120.4 or M 130.1 could appear here, sometimes even the others, like M 222.0, M 232.0, M 220.1,3, M 242.0, with fast trains M 273.0, M 274.0, with freight trains 414.0,1,2, 434.0/2, 524.1,2, 534.0.

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Ceska Kamenice/

Böhmisch Kamnitz

Railway line Decin (Tetschen) - Jedlova (Tannenberg), section Vesele pod Rabstejnem (former Rabstejn/Rabstein) - Ceska Kamenice (Böhmisch Kamnitz). The operation usage of locomotives was simlar to the other lines in Luzicke hory/Lausitzgebirge - 353.0, 342.0, 334.1, 354.0,1,7, 414.0,1,2, 434.0/2, 524.1,2, M 130.1, M 120.4, M 222.0, M 220.3.

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Telegraph line

Maybe one cannot recognize it right now but the miniature view represents a segment of a telegraph/telephone line along a rail usable to complete images of railways in an open landscape.  In the .zip file you can find more variants with various wire numbers, the original is published in the Traffic homepages. Examples of the usage are shown with some images (e. g. Ceska Kamenice) in the .ttt files.

Crossbar

One more landscape complement from the Traffic home pages.

zavory

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