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BigThing
December 9th, 2009, 12:21 PM
Hi, i know how to make a yard, its just a few parallel rails :D

However, any yards that i do make just end up looking stupid :o

Is there any tutorials out there in the wonderful world of trainz that can help me with my problem??

Also anything that can help me with the operation of the yard i.e how to get AI trains to do all the work for me ;)

Thanks,

BigThing

cascaderailroad
December 9th, 2009, 12:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3HD6lZC3XA

There are straight yards, which have staight, or parallel track, with an angled yard ladder. Once you can create these effectively, you start to understand the big picture of exactly what track spline points, do to tracks, when you straighten or curve them. You learn that stretching out a switch lead, and adding another additional spline point in, can allow an unseen straight or curved section to be placed in the turnout. Then you manipulate the tracks back into placement and tidy up the angles of the tracks.

Trainzoptions File: adding the line -surveyorfov=55 (that can be adjusted up to =185) for wide angle viewing when laying track, and manipulating track spline points.

By hold "Shift Key" when laying tracks, it keeps tracks from joining like magnets, and allows tracks to be placed independently of other nearby tracks, even on top of other tracks.

Proper placement of spine points, closer together, makes all the difference:
http://i525.photobucket.com/albums/cc339/cascaderailroad/TurnoutSplinePoints.jpg

Certain types of tracks are lousy choices for in turnouts, and repeat ever 2m, 4m, or 8m, or even greater, making rough, crummy looking staight segments in the turnouts (that can not be avoided)
http://i525.photobucket.com/albums/cc339/cascaderailroad/Turnout4mRepeat.jpg

I have found the "MP Wood, MP Rusty" and several others, are better in complex yards, and too it has lower poly, for better framerates.
http://i525.photobucket.com/albums/cc339/cascaderailroad/Pitcairn-1.jpg

Mouse84
December 9th, 2009, 01:08 PM
That's a GREAT video :)

BigThing
December 9th, 2009, 02:53 PM
Ok so now i know how to lay the rail, how could i place scenery to make the yard look realistic. I know its a bit of a weird question but i like to have yards with interesting bits in it, plants, stations, industries e.t.c

JCitron
December 9th, 2009, 04:53 PM
Ok so now i know how to lay the rail, how could i place scenery to make the yard look realistic. I know its a bit of a weird question but i like to have yards with interesting bits in it, plants, stations, industries e.t.c

Take a look at the Bird's Eye view of different rail yards in Bing. You'll be able to see the placement of buildings, stations, and other things in the yard.

John

ct_krogen
December 10th, 2009, 09:45 AM
oooooo man, that a greeat video