Waiting loops, waiting bays and traffic balancing
January 4, 2021
With update 2.4, you can now add Track Sets to your railroads:
Track sets are useful when you want to balance traffic between multiple tracks.
For instance, imagine that your trains have to cross a river. The bridge is a bottleneck because only one train can use it at a time.
To improve the throughput, you can create a second bridge. Add a track set to balance the traffic between the two bridges:
Track sets can also be used to create waiting structures in your railroads networks.
For instance, you can create a Waiting Bay where your trains can wait in good order before a bottleneck.
Waiting structures are important. Without them, trains would pile up and queue on the tracks, causing traffic jams and disruptions.
Another useful waiting structure is the Waiting Loop. This design is particularly efficient to manage temporary queues forming at busy stations:
In this example, trains will enter platforms 1 or 2 if they are available. If the station is busy, trains will enter the waiting loop instead.
Track sets can also be used to create alternate dynamic paths, multi-tracks waypoints or many other usages.
Check the Railropedia for more details!
Update 2.4 also:
– Fixes various issues with bridges and double tracks
– Adds Auto save every minute
– Adds a Fps limiter to save battery
– Adds Rail end bumpers
– And many other under-the-hood improvements