As with the EBT Virtual Tour, I entered all the information into a database and wrote scripting to generate the list with links to details pages, one for each item also generated by the script. That was the beginning of the tour. As time has passed, the script has seen many levels of enhancement to such as automatic links back and forth between the EBT Virtual Tour and the EBT Virtual Shops Tour.
As with the EBT Virtual Tour, my goal in creating the tour is twofold. First, to give a full impression of the shops or any particular item to someone who has not visited in person. Remember that the EBT Shops are only open to the public once or twice a year. Second, I hope the tour will become a repository for data, useful to both historians and modelers.
Each section and many areas will display an opening map which you can use to click directly to a point in the tour. Only the sites visible on the map can be reached in this way. All sites will be reached by using the forward navigation button at the bottom of each page or from the Tour Index.
Remember, whether you proceed down the mainline or divert down a branch you will eventually reach a dead end, just as the real EBT track does. You can always back out, go to the index to restart at a different part of the line, or click back to the top of the tour.
The main growth area of the tour is the addition of data and histories of the sites. Data to be added includes photos (both current and historic) of many items, complete photo references for all the published EBT books, plan, map and diagram references, and design details.
There are more typographic errors in the tour than I would like and those are being addressed as time allows.
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