DURT

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Down Under Rail Transport DURT.png
Type Rail Freight Transport
Founded 27 August 2019
Founder Blockhead, Maverick2797
Headquarters
Arcadius Yard with the company motto in big signs on the tower

DURT (Down Under Rail Transport) is a transportation Company founded by Blockhead and Maverick2797 as a result of their connection with the East-West Link. The company's primary activities are in constructing railways and operating services of passengers and freight.

DURT's motto is "That's how we treat you!". This applies especially to their passenger service.

DURT-CLOT

The DURT CLOT showroom in Arcadius.

DURT has a range of solutions for constructing permanent way including subway tunnels, viaduct and ordinary track, available as part of their Construction Leveraging Over-the-top Technology (CLOT) division. The flagship model is the 90 degree moulded subway tunnel, which uses two digtrons to rapidly construct 90 degree bends for the company's subway tunnelling system. The products are on display in the DURT-CLOT showroom, across the road from Arcadius passenger station.

Locations

DURT operates rail yards out of Arcadius Harbour, Plantation Station and Edenwood Beach. These yards are equipped with roads for 1 locomotive + 8 wagon trains. Also connected to the network is Blockhead's stone tile factory in Spawn. Production will take place at Arcadius and Edenwood/Edenwood Beach and some transhipment between these locations will occur, sometimes hopefully even achieving meaningful work other than having fun with trains.

Right of way

The company operates on private right of way on the East-West Link and North Harbour Plantation Line. The line to Pine Gap could also be considered. There are also plans to operate freight services to OCP stores, both at Desert View and Personhood.

Passenger Services

DURT operates passenger service on the Dry Island - Bamboo Hills line as S23. DURT agreed to upgrade it in exchange for it running on left-hand traffic. Service is currently between Bamboo Hills and Redwood. A depot at Tanh Cliffs has track laid with a roof or razor wire fence to be added later. There is also a connection to a Trump Express track that leads directly to Arcadius. This was used to send a working train along the line as it was upgraded and may be used in future for mainline freight.

The S23 service had been planned to be extended to Arcadius, and much of the train was built. However, Blockhead progressed with construction without permission and in an act of environmental vandalism dug a large trench in the native bamboo forest near Bamboo Hills Station. The line now lies abandoned and the company has yet to send a formal apology to Och_Noe's satisfaction.

On 2019-12-05, Blockhead was granted the South Forest Subway. DURT will operate the subway, upgrading any sections of poor construction and converting it to left-hand traffic. Reconstruction works are ongoing.

Apprenticeship Program

Note: apprenticeship roles will not be paid. You are working for experience and training.

DURT would like to train players who want experience with building railways. If the company has ongoing projects, apprentices will be able to join Blockhead on the projects and gain knowledge on how railways are constructed. Training may include: track building with digtrons, interlocking, signalling and ATC (including basic ATC, LuaATC and station rails). Applicants will need to ask for privileges before they can work in the apprenticeship role. Privileges are:

  • Required: train_operator and track_builder. Operating construction vehicles and doing track testing are integral parts of the process and apprentices must have train_operator so they can operate their trains independently. Railway construction often begins in new areas before the areas are protected, so all apprentices should have track_builder so they are allowed to work near the unprotected rails.
  • Required for interlocking: interlocking. You need privileges to perform interlocking. TCBs and signals will be provided by the company however.
  • Required for LuaATC: atlatc. It is not expected many apprentices that are new to the server and not highly trusted will be given this very sensitive privilege, but Blockhead is still willing to teach/collaborate with apprentices on using the system.
  • Bonus: train_admin. This is a convenient privilege to have, though since it is only given to highly trusted players it would never be expected of employees. Ordinarily, employees will drive company-owned trains with wagon properties set to allow them.

If you are interested in the apprenticeship program, please send mail or chat to 👑 gabriel asking him why you are asking for these privileges. Also send mail to Blockhead when you apply for the privileges and when you receive them. In your application please mention your usual playing hours on the server. As Blockhead runs on Australian Eastern (Daylight Savings) Time, it may be difficult for him to be on while you are, since peak period for European players seems to occur when Blockhead should be asleep. While we should be happy to accomodate you, gabriel reserves the right not to grant privileges and Blockhead reserves the right not to take on an apprentice, especially if he finds that apprentice to be of poor character.