michael blunck wrote:
As for the DBXL problem, this one sounds a bit weird since that local car definitely went through that mint/white and traffic red scheme in the past. OTOH, the set is quite old (~15 years) and it might be that there are problems with newer versions of OTTD ( or something else with your setup). In fact, coding the set in 2005 needed some rather peculiar solutions which might not be fully supported in today's versions.
G'day Michael, it's good to hear from you again too! Thankyou for the kind words, you're quite correct in that real life railroading (both as a hobby and career) has taken up a lot of time in recent years.
Regarding my issue with the local coach vanishing, in a peculiar twist of fate... it's back. Or rather, it hasn't vanished this time around.
I reverted to an earlier save in the hopes of buying up a fleet of the darn things before they vanished for use on local/commuter trains, and after playing through to 1986 I found that it had this time remained in the buy menu. I've changed no settings within OpenTTD or any GRF parameters, so I'm unsure what caused the issue to begin with, but I'm pleased that the problem has self-rectified!
I am enjoying the progress on NewStations and MariCo for sure, and eagerly await the long anticipated version 0.9. The DBXL set has always been and likely will always be my favourite new train set to use in any version of TTD.
Hopefully all is well with yourself and your family too Michael.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback and I'm sorry I can't pinpoint what caused the problem (or even how to fix it aside from reverting to an earlier save and hoping for the best).