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Pinewell and sorroundings
« on: April 16, 2019, 09:11:25 PM »
This is a map with some big cities scattered around and one bigger city (Pinewell) to the north. My goal was to create an adequate (to the time) rail network to then work through the problems arising in later times. I use Simutrans Extended, most importantly due to the balancing of trips and scheduling (on this map each month is six hours). In Extended, fewer people travel to a point far away making for more realistic travel patterns. Sim's choice of transport method also depends on speed, comfort and price (i.e. an express service is better suited for less frequent service while commuter lines need frequent service).

Map with train types overlaid. Red = Express, pink = stopping, brown = electric/suburban, orange = narrow gauge, white = ferry



Pollingwick East Square Railway Station:


Starting in Pollingwick we head south on one of the two express services - to Ashchester and Appingbury (and one stopping service to Malliwell). Schedules prevent trains blocking each other and allow for transfers in Malliwell. South from Malliwell there are many stopping services. This makes Malliwell station very busy despite the city not even being in the top 15 cities by population. 12 trains per hour total pass through here!



From Malliwell we take the express to the twin cities of Newbury and Mallistead. Located in tricky terrain, these two cities have gotten a very special solution to facilitate trains moving through and terminating. The train line is simply elevated all the way through and no big station has been built in order to save space. The stopping train from Malliwell (and also from Ashchester) terminate here, but to save space the trains continue through both stations and enter a siding outside the cities where they can turn around. This, in turn, also increases frequency of connections between the two cities, amounting to two per hour (one express and two stopping services)




Finally, we visit the mountains. The terrain here is quite tricky and not suited for normal railways are not well suited for this. To deal with this and lower costs (especially due to terrain modifications) it was decided to build a narrow gauge line (seen in orange on the map). It connects the small villages in the mountains and, let's be honest, is very idyllic. Who wouldn't want to go for a vacation here?



What now? Well, everything is centered around Malliwell and Pinewell. There are still unconnected cities, some might not get rail at all and some are eagerly waiting. It's only 1927, so there are still some Railway years to come before it goes downhill!
Map link here, Simutrans Extended 14.5 nightly build (see here on how to download) and pak128.Britain-Ex from same link

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Re: Pinewell and sorroundings
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2019, 11:39:37 AM »
Some years have passed and changes have happened. The year is now 1935 and the area around Pinewell has gotten more electric lines. All trains going west now use 3rd rail electrification, including trains to Torham which also got a small buffet car. The old steam train to Heppchester was replaced with an electric one, increasing the service frequency. Small commuter towns have also appeared on the way to Hillcross with their own small stations.
Stopping trains to Malliwell have also gotten an upgrade, they are now also running on 3rd rail electrification. This allows for shorter journey times and in change more trains - now there are four trains per hour (two stopping, two express) to Malliwell. Since no fast electric locomotives are available yet all other trains are still using steam locomotives with speeds up to 100 miles per hour.
See the map below, red lines are electrified


Going to the other end of this surprisingly square country we find even more narrow gauge railway lines. Up in the mountains these lines were easier and faster than the old buses. Snaking their way up and down hills, around creeks and along rivers, these lines connect the smaller cities in the mountains. Also note Appingbury, the only city with three stations!

Finally an updated route map. Note the inclusion of bus lines, since recent developments have allowed for speeds up to 50 miles per hour with buses! This is very competitive compared to opening new railway lines through vast, empty areas. As before, red = Express, pink = stopping, brown = electric/suburban, orange = narrow gauge, white = ferry, gray = long distance bus