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Community => Simutrans Gaming Discussion => Topic started by: accord2 on January 22, 2017, 07:39:23 PM

Title: High Speed Line
Post by: accord2 on January 22, 2017, 07:39:23 PM
Is this the right place to discuss this?
So how do you build your high speed lines? I never built one, but I'd like to start using them. Is it profitable? What cities should I connect? So many questions  :-[
Title: Re: High Speed Line
Post by: Ves on January 22, 2017, 08:13:11 PM
In order to make profitable high speed lines, look how the real life works: Small local lines (ie busroutes inside a city or commutor trains to nearby small cities) that 'feed' the high speed line.

Imagine a big city with a big central station with many long range high speed lines. If you live in the outskirts of that city you would have to transport you self to the central station in order to take the high speed train. In the (standard) simutrans world, passengers are lazy, they only want to walk to a station if it is within the station catchment zone (press "v"), that means that only the passengers from the catchment zone of the big central station will use the station, the rest of the city will not be able to use the station. Therefore, local traffic is very essential, because that means that more of the city is covered by you network.

Note that this also replies "in reverse" for the passenger destination. If a passenger wants to do a jurney, but there is no local traffic in the other end, chances are that the passenger gives up.

The more cities you have on your map, the more possible destinations a given passenger may have, and thus more important that you create local traffic in your connected cities.

Hope this was of some help! :)
Title: Re: High Speed Line
Post by: Ters on January 22, 2017, 08:24:06 PM
Another thing that might be useful once you have enough passengers to justify a high speed line, is that other vehicles might also find this line a suitable shortcut for their own purposes. A high speed line in Simutrans is nothing more than a (rail)road with a higher speed limit, served by the fastest vehicles available. (Although there might be some exclusively high speed way types like monorail, and arguably aircraft.) If you are not careful, you might find your high speed line clogged with slow moving freight vehicles. For roads, there is the possibility for vehicles to overtake, and the pak set might provide a minimum speed limit sign. For trains, you have to either keep you high speed lines sufficiently separated from the rest of the network, or manually route freight trains along lines meant for them.
Title: Re: High Speed Line
Post by: accord2 on January 23, 2017, 05:56:22 PM
Thanks :)