View Full Version : Advice On Route Planning

May 14th, 2007, 01:46 PM

I am cloning the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad starting on the South side of Chicago and ending ????? In five months I have laid track, roads, buildings and textures North to the Wisconsin State Line. I'm using MapQuest and Google Earth to guide me.

My question relates to the width (East/West) distance I need to detail. I have averaged 2 boards wide and centered the track as much as possible. I have used backgrounds along the edges but I'm not thrilled with the results.

Is there some rule or guideline to follow governing detail infrastructure layout width? Of coarse, going up the gut of a major city gives me endless variations of Industrial, Skyscrapers, Apartment Complexes, Residential and Comercial on both sides and I'm not sure what to do.

Any advice or help would be appreciated.



May 14th, 2007, 04:09 PM
For me if you can't see it beyond the cab then don't do anything. I usually drive in cab mode so if I can't see over the hill from the cab then why would I want detail there?

May 15th, 2007, 03:39 AM
My route tends to be one baseboard wide and use multiple backgrounds in front of each other to get a good effect. Use hedges as well as background splines. Some backgrounds are objects others are splines so mix them for a good low level view.

May 15th, 2007, 04:14 AM
I used maybe 4 boards width max on the route I built except for wide open areas. Mountains help out a lot.