xero_one's "A-Train 2001" exploits

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Chapter 4 : Notes on freight and cargo (Beginner)

Here we will introduce the basics of freight trains, freight stations, and cargo.

Available freight station sizes

There are three kinds of freight stations.
When constructing an industrial area it's best to use the large freight station. Industrial districts require large freight stations in order to develop to a big scale, no other type will enable that development. For commercial and residential areas any freight station type is sufficient, however keep in mind the area of effect of each station.

Freight Station (Small) : Approximate 100 tile radius
Freight Station (Medium) : Approximate 110 tile radius
Freight Station (Large) : Approximate 120 tile radius

While the city is still underdeveloped, you can reduce the number of freight stations situated around the city by constructing a large freight station, so use them if at all possible.

Freight station location

We'll split this into two parts.

1. The location of freight stations in industrial areas.
As long as the freight station is close enough to the industrial area so that cargo can accumulate at the station then the area is fine. However, if you construct the freight station in such a manner that it too close to residential and commercial districts, be cautious because they will take the cargo and use it as Construction Materials without permission. It's best to construct industrial freight stations at a large distance from other areas then deliver the cargo to a nearby freight station for use as Living or Construction Materials as desired.
2. The location of freight stations in commercial and residential areas.
It's best to construct these freight stations as far from the passenger stations as possible so we don't hinder any large developments. If placed too far away the materials won't be delivered however, so be cautious about the placement. As a rough guide it might be a good idea to place a freight station at a distance of 50 to 60 tiles away from a station. If there is a need to place it further away then we should use larger stations to support the distance.

Freight trains and freight lines

It is possible to deliver freight on the same lines as passenger lines but it may be difficult for a beginner. It requires setting timetables for all the freight trains and passenger trains sharing the line, creating a complicated mesh. For easier freight delivery it's recommended to start by laying a dedicated freight line separate from the passenger line.

With this sort of setup you don't need to set switch points so you can easily transport cargo.
It's also okay to just connect two stations directly with a single line of track.

If you need to transport a large amount of freight it's recommended that you use the fastest available freight train.
The information is based on the experiences and observations of xero_one.
Because of this, success is not guaranteed even when the steps are correctly followed.

Noripyon made corrections and changes to various places (2015/08/24)
Translated by Kresna (2016/11/14)


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