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Waiting loops, waiting bays and traffic balancing

With update 2.4, you can now add Track Sets to your railroads:

Track Sets

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:

Balancing traffic between 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 Bay

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:

Waiting Loop

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

13 thoughts on “Waiting loops, waiting bays and traffic balancing

  1. Briliant game, really love it! Sad that it will be 4-6 months for the electric trains but liking the possibilities of the new track sets. Currently replaying through the coal levels using exclusively diesel, adds an extra layer of difficulty 🙂

  2. Is there a difference between Track-Sets and Parallel-Tracks apart from being able to create stopless multirail waypoints?

    1. Being able to create multirail waypoints is the point of track sets. Apart from that, they behave just like regular parallel tracks.
      In a track set, tracks are also ordered from 1 to 4. Trains will always choose available tracks in this order.

  3. Great game! I would only like to see a greater variety of landscapes – with coasts, rivers, etc. – in the sandbox, as well as a greater number of sandbox slots. Why not make all the landscapes of all the missions available in the sandbox? The missions themselves are not necessary for the gameplay…

    1. We plan to improve the sandboxes with all that, but first we must finish all the “coming soon” campaigns.

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