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Great Britain simulation in Simutrans Experimental

Started by Carl, May 25, 2011, 03:43:48 PM

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fam621


Carl

I think it was fine anyway - as I said, I ran the game for a full month and passenger numbers were at the expected level.


Carl

Further updates in Wiltshire and Somerset today, including some new GWR liveries for DMUs. I said before that I was hoping to add in all the new timetables after May. But as you may have heard, the timetable change hasn't been going so well. I will need to wait until the various emergency timetables stop before I know what to exactly to implement in this simulation!

The savegame and pak folder can be downloaded here. As ever, the legacy Simutrans Experimental exe is required.

This screenshot shows Frome (left), Warminster (bottom), and Westbury (right). At Westbury, the line from Bristol to Salisbury intersects with the line from London to Taunton and Exeter. Westbury and Frome also have avoiding lines which fast trains use - most GWR express trains don't stop at these stations. Dilton Marsh station, south of Westbury, causes unique problems on this map. It's only served by occasional ad hoc services and not by any 'clockface' trains. To get around this, and to make sure the station gets some kind of service, I have a couple of the GWR services that terminate at Westbury go slightly further and reverse at Dilton Marsh. Since lots of these trains run south of the station to reverse anyway in real life, this isn't too much of a stretch.


This screenshot shows a GWR Class 166 Turbo in service between Westbury and Gloucester. These trains have recently moved west - they used to be used for London area suburban services but have now been displaced by electrification.


Full list of changes:

- Trains: GWR liveries for Class 150 and 158 trains have been added. Class 166 trains are now in service on some routes in the South West to reflect changes in real life - more to come later.

- Rail network: improved the rail alignment around Bradford-on-Avon, Westbury, and Frome

- Towns added or rebuilt: Bradford-on-Avon, Trowbridge, Melksham, Devizes, Frome, Westbury, Warminster, Shaftesbury. Plus a few villages throughout this area

- Bus routes added: Bath Local, Bath-Devizes, Bath-Frome, Bath-Warminster, Gillingham-Shaftesbury

Carl

I have a large update to share today! Most of the work has been in rebuilding the Bristol area. This is the first core city that I've got to in my 'second pass' of this map - it was a lot of work to build but I'm happy with how it turned out. There are also quite a lot of significant towns without rail connections in this corner of the world, so this part of the map is now much denser than it was before. Weymouth and Yeovil were also rebuilt since the last update.

The savegame and pak folder can be downloaded here. As ever, the legacy Simutrans Experimental exe is required.

The first screenshot shows the wider Bristol area, including South Gloucestershire, Bath, and parts of North Somerset and North East Somerset. If you squint (or click here for the full-size version) you might be able to spot the Port of Bristol, the airport, the M4 and M5, Cribbs Causeway, and the disused Filton Aerodrome.


The second screenshot shows Bristol Parkway and Filton Junction, where the line from London to South Wales divides and heads south into Bristol. Two services from Cardiff to Portsmouth are passing in the north/south direction.


Full list of changes
Cities & towns added or rebuilt: Bristol, Yeovil, Dorchester, Weymouth & Portland, Midsomer Norton, Shepton Mallet, Wells, Street, Glastonbury, Wincanton, Sherborne, Keynsham, Portishead, Thornbury, Clevedon

Bus routes added:  Bath-Wells, Street-Wincanton, Yeovil-Shepton Mallet, Yeovil Local, Sherborne-Wincanton, Weymouth-Portland, Bristol local, Bristol-Yate, Bristol-Portishead, Bristol-Glastonbury/Street, Bristol-Thornbury, Bristol-Clevedon

Road/rail changes: More GWR Turbos added to routes around Bristol; Both Severn bridges rebuilt

What's next?
I'll be gradually heading south west towards Devon & Cornwall. I'm still keeping an eye on the Thameslink situation... I don't really want to make large timetable changes if they are all going to change again soon anyway. The new interim timetable that launches tomorrow might make it worthwhile to finally add Thameslink changes to the map.

passengerpigeon

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Dear Carl,
Where did you get the elevated way and gap-filling track addons? Are they from the Japanese site or did you draw them yourself? I am planning to draw elevated ways and better tracks/roads for my own addon (https://forum.simutrans.com/index.php?topic=17316.0) and have been trying to find images to use as an alignment template.
Thank you,
Passengerpigeon.

Carl

Hi there,
The elevated rail and road are adapted from other people's addons (although the rail one is, I think, far enough removed to be considered my own work).

The double tracks are my own work and are available here: https://forum.simutrans.com/index.php/topic,12225.0.html

Let me know if you need any of the related files.

passengerpigeon

Quote from: Carl on July 18, 2018, 06:23:38 PM
Hi there,
The elevated rail and road are adapted from other people's addons (although the rail one is, I think, far enough removed to be considered my own work).

The double tracks are my own work and are available here: https://forum.simutrans.com/index.php/topic,12225.0.html

Let me know if you need any of the related files.

Dear Carl,
If you have worked on the elevated track addon, could you please send me the source files if possible? I promise not to distribute your work with my pack and will only use the image as a template to "trace" over.
Thank you,
Passengerpigeon.


fam621

Carl, I would like to know why is it that towns/cities cant be spawned on pak.ngb when using heightmaps on Simutrans Extended?

Carl

I'm afraid I'm not sure what you mean. I haven't used Extended at all so can't comment on any interactions there.

It could be something in the config files? City growth is set to effectively zero.

fam621

I mean that like when you load the pakset (in Extended), you load a map (heightmap) a flat one and spawn the map and then the town/cities don't spawn.

Carl

Ok, I think I understand. Pak.ngb isn't a maintained pakset (but rather just  the means to run a particular map), so I can't really bugfix its interaction with Extended - also, it hasn't been used with Extended at all so there are bound to be some errors. You could ask someone who knows about Extended what the cause might be, though again they may be reluctant to bugfix an interaction with a pakset not designed for Extended.

Also, I'm out of the country for 4 of the next 5 weeks, so it'll be a while till I can load up Simutrans at all :)


fam621

Suggestion (and question): The livery scheme feature on Simutrans Experimental (now Extended), I am suggesting that, instead of having duplicate trains of different liveries. Put the liveries into the livery scheme feature which is featured on Experimental (now Extended) and maybe do like a neutral livery and then all the liveries which the train carries. Place them into the livery scheme under that livery name like for example the Great Western Railway livery could be called 'GWR' under the livery scheme. The picture shown of where you can change the livery scheme of the trains, buses, trains you name them! xD



P.S. also how are you and when is the next update due?

Carl

It's a possibility, but I confess that I always found the livery system more fiddly than just creating multiple vehicles. It would have the advantage of not cluttering up the depot window.


Carl

Nothing to report at the moment - I've been spending my free time on other things.

ScotRail170434

Will we get any updates like: Central Scotland Electrification? Class 385s?

Carl

I've returned to this map recently so there will be a large update soon - focusing on the Thameslink Programme and the avalanche of changes required as a result of that (i.e. every schedule changed for Southern, GN, SE, etc... plus Class 700s). Watch this space!


Updates like Class 385s and electrification in Scotland will likely wait until I reach Scotland in my broader 'regeneration' approach. Currently I'm on Somerset.

Carl

After a six-month break I've returned to working on this map. Here's a bumper savegame update with a lot of adjustments. The main changes are:

       
  • Thameslink update: now that the IRL chaos has subsided around the introduction of new Thameslink routes, it felt safe to take on the mammoth task of adding them in-game. This involved adding the new TL routes from Sussex to Peterborough and Cambridge, as well as switching everything over to the new Class 700 trains. It also involved changing the schedule of all Southern, Southeastern and Great Northern trains - it took a good long time to get everything working smoothly again and you may still find some errors. While doing this I also refined some key junctions around London e.g. Lewisham, Finsbury Park, Clapham Junction.
  • More progress into the South West: my project of rebuilding existing towns, adding towns not connected to the railway, and building major bus routes has continued. Somerset and Dorset are now fully updated with a good few substantial towns added to the network with buses, including Minehead, Chard, and Bridport.
  • Train graphic updates: as well as the newly-added Class 700 and Class 387 (Great Northern), a few other sprites have received updates. I'll add these to the British Trains addon download soon.
Savegame and pak folder can be downloaded at this link. As ever you will need a legacy Experimental exe to run this map.

Screenshots below, followed by a full changelog:

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CHANGELOG

- Rail services: all Thameslink, Southeastern, Southern and Great Northern services re-timed
- Rail network: OHLE removed from most of the south London areas where third rail is used. This tidying up should be mostly finished now.
- Train graphics: Class 700 added; Class 387 (GN) added, Class 376 graphics overhauled, minor updates to Class 455 (SWR) and Class 375 (SE).
- Towns rebuilt or added: Somerset (Weston-Super-Mare, Taunton, Bridgwater, Cheddar, Burnham-on-Sea, Minehead, Wellington, Somerton), Dorset (Bridport, Lyme Regis), Devon (Axminster)
- Bus routes added: Bristol - Midsomer Norton, Weston-Burnham, Weston-Wells, Taunton-Burnham, Taunton-Minehead, Taunton-Chard-Axminster, Taunton-Yeovil, Taunton-Wellington, Weymouth-Bridport-Axminster

fam621

It seams that only the 8 car version of the Class 700s are available. When will the 12 car versions be added?

NoMorePacers

Quote from: mammothim2906 on January 20, 2019, 11:40:38 AM
It seams that only the 8 car version of the Class 700s are available. When will the 12 car versions be added?
I doubt that there's enough room for the platform extensions needed for 12-car trains.

Also, great to see this back again!

Carl

Yep, NoMorePacers is correct.  It's not possible to have 6-tile platforms at City Thameslink, Farringdon, etc - meaning that I can't use 12-car Class 700s. I had to rebuild part of the Sutton loop to even fit 8-car trains there! It will be quite easy to adjust the .dat file to make a 12-car train, though, when I upload that.

Ali

Class 700 looks absolutely fantastic Carl! Will these be available as .pak files for standard at any point in the future, like the original British trains addons?


NoMorePacers

Quote from: Carl on January 22, 2019, 08:34:29 PM
They will! I'll put together the full set for download soon.
Hopefully good enough to turn into a 707 and/or a 717? ;)

Carl

Yes! I should probably just do those before uploading it - the 707s are already in service and the 717s aren't far away...

Carl

Another big update today: I've updated the whole of Devon and made a start on Cornwall. This includes adding new places like Ilfracombe, Tavistock and Sidmouth which have only bus connections. The GWR Class 143 has udpated graphics, and the SWR class 707 has been added to the map. I haven't yet added Class 802s to GWR Main Line services - I'll save those changes for the upcoming GWR timetable recast.

The savegame and pak folder can be downloaded at this link. As ever you will need a legacy Experimental exe to run this map. Screenshots below followed by a full changelog:

Devon: the main line snakes along the coast from Exeter (top right), branching off near Torbay (bottom left) to travel through Newton Abbot and on to Plymouth. You can also see Exmouth on the right bank of the Exe estuary.

Full size here

Plymouth: a rebuilt city, showing a GWR service to Penzance heading westbound and a Crosscountry train waiting in the platform between services.

Full size here

Full list of changes:

Rail network:
- Class 143 GWR and 707 SWR added
- Rail network updated/improved around Exeter, including new stations at Newcourt & Cranbrook

Towns and cities:
- All settlements in Devon rebuilt or added (where previously absent)
- Significant places rebuilt include: Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay, Paignton, Barnstaple, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Honiton
- Significant places added include Sidmouth, Tavistock, Ilfracombe, Kingsteignton, Bideford, Okehampton, Brixham
- Some towns added/rebuilt in East Cornwall: e.g. Launceston, Bude, Liskeard, Looe

Bus network
- Bus routes added from Exeter to: Sidmouth, Seaton, Honiton, Tiverton, Cullompton, Newton Abbot, Okehampton, & city buses
- Bus routes added from Plymouth to: Dartmouth, Paignton, Tavistock, Bude, & city buses
- Other bus routes added: Axminster-Beer, Ilfracombe-Barnstaple-Westward Ho!, Newton Abbot-Brixham, Torbay locals

NoMorePacers

Isn't the 802 just an 800 with an uprated engine?

Carl

Yes - preparing the pak files wouldn't be any work. But I'd rather not spend time replacing lots of the convoys now, only to have to do the same again when the timetable changes shortly.

Carl

Cornwall has now been fully updated, meaning the South West region is finished. A good opportunity to upload an update, even though it hasn't been long since the last one. As mentioned before I'll be updating the GWR fleet in this area once the new timetable is in place. The savegame and pak folder can be downloaded at this link. As ever you will need a legacy Experimental exe to run this map.

What's next? The West Midlands. I have a few more videos planned, but I'd rather only include areas where the cities have been rebuilt (since they look so much better than the older versions). This means I can only cover certain areas - and getting Birmingham rebuilt will open the way for several videos. It'll be the biggest city I've revisited so far.

Screenshots followed by a full changelog. Full size versions are here.

West Cornwall, showing Penzance, Land's End & St Ives. This is the bottom-left extreme of the map.


Minimap view of Cornwall & South Devon


Route network of buses and trains in Cornwall & South Devon. (I don't build every bus routes in existence - that would be crazy. As a rule of thumb, I build bus routes that run at least hourly in real life, unless they duplicate a rail route. I will build bus routes that run less often if they link a substantial town (~5,000 people) that wouldn't otherwise be linked to the network. The website bustimes is an invaluable resource for this.


Camborne and Redruth - with a CrossCountry train to Penzance passing through


Changelog

Rail network: some of the remaining FGW liveried vehicles updated to GWR livery

Towns and cities: rebuilt or added all towns & substantial villages in Cornwall. Significant places rebuilt include St Austell, Bodmin, Newquay, Truro, Falmouth, Camborne, Redruth, & Penzance. Significant places added include Helston. Also rebuilt Evesham (Worcestershire).

New bus routes: Plymouth - Bodmin - Padstow; Fowey - St Austell - Mevagissey; St Austell - Newquay; Truro to Bodmin, Newquay and Falmouth; Penzance to Helston, Truro, St Just & Land's End; Camborne to Lizard & Portreath; Barnstaple - Great Torrington; Cheltenham - Winchcombe; Evesham - Tewkesbury

Jack Rudd

Ah yes, the Barnstaple - Torrington bus route. I use that route to go from Bideford to Exeter.

Carl

After some serious clicking, I've finished updating Birmingham and the surrounding West Midlands metropolitan area. It contains an astonishing 15,000 buildings, and that's not even including satellite towns outside the metro area. Rail lines, train graphics, and timetables in the West Midlands have also been updated, as well as Herefordshire & Worcestershire.

Here's the Birmingham area looks at the widest zoom level. For context, Redditch is in the bottom left, Birmingham Airport is near the bottom right, and Wolverhampton is in the top middle.

(Larger version here)

And here are some new/updated West Midlands/London Midland-liveried trains from the area. This includes the West Midlands Metro trams, whose network is newly-added to the map:


In addition to rail & cities, the motorway network is also present. You can see them in this minimap shot - you can probably also spot how some of the outlying towns haven't been rebuilt yet.


One more screenshot showing stations in the centre of Birmingham



A fuller list of changes:

Trains
- Class 170: London Midland livery updated and West Midlands Railway livery added
- Class 172: LM livery updated and WM livery (orange) added
- Class 323: LM livery updated and WM livery added
- Urbos 3 tram (West Midlands Metro) added

Rail network
- Added West Midlands metro tram network. It goes underground in central Birmingham and Wolverhampton because of the density.
- Revised CrossCity timetable (including Bromsgrove additions)
- Revised Snow Hill lines timetable
- Many lines branching out from Birmingham were re-aligned for greater accuracy, including freight-only lines

Cities & towns etc
- All West Midlands metropolitan boroughs rebuilt (Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell, Dudley, Walsall, Wolverhampton)
- All of Herefordshire & Worcestershire also rebuilt (Worcester, Malvern, Hereford, Ross-on-Wye, Leominster, Bromsgrove, Droitwich, Kidderminster, Redditch)
- Rivers Wye, Avon & Severn substantially rebuilt in this area

Bus network
- Worcester buses to: Evesham, Great Malvern, Bromyard
- Gloucester buses to: Hereford, Newent
- Hereford buses to: Ledbury, Leominster
No Birmingham area buses yet.

The savegame and pak folder can be downloaded at this link. As ever you will need a legacy Experimental exe to run this map.

mspljd1990

You never stop working Carl! :D

Would there be any possibility of adding Grand Central routes?