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The tail end of 1960s and the 1970s are somewhat sparse for new locomotive introductions outside of the obvious highlights (HSTs, Grids, APTs and the Class 87) but this is a reflection of what was happening on the mainline in this period - I have a few prototypes and oddities I'll fill out the roster with eventually but for now there's a core of around 20 locomotives and MUs you'll be stuck with for a 15 year period, and I don't see much value added by bulking this out with the bazillion sub-varieties of 4-CIG/4-VEP types the Southern Region produced over this time period. With my test game now entering the 1980s I'm looking forward to some good Network South-East representation and the various EWS/Freightliner orders; as I write this my 4-CIG fleet is being auto-replaced by Class 455s.
Providing I don't notice any howlers or insurmountable glitches closing out the last 25 years or so of gameplay, I now only have one major thing I want to fix before the first beta releases go up, which is a particular track sprite conflict with foundations and diagonal tracks:
I already have the mechanism to fix this (clipping the rendered sprites with a mask), I just need to apply it as I found early in development that I was spending ages building pixel-perfect masks only to joggle the sizes or alignments around and ruin all of my work. There are also some rough edges on certain sprites, particularly 1x zoom on a few carriages and multiple units, but I might live with all but the most obvious ones for the first release rather than trying to chase them all down and correct them.
That's about it for this update, my new Class 455s are coming on stream so I'm off to make sure everything goes well with the introduction.
For your 1914-1923 gap, IIRC the SECR had the L class arrive from Borsig of Berlin just prior to the outbreak of war (needless to say they kept the manufacturers name very quiet) and there's also the good old SDJR 7F.
There's the GER L77 for 1915, the ROD 2-8-0 for 1916, 1917 and 1918 are a bit rough, the Cally has the 944 and 300 class so there's that option, and the King Arthurs come in around 1918/1919.
1920 you have the N2 tanks, although they are quite similar to the L77, so there's the Furness 115 class, that's a big boy Baltic tank. 1921 has the GNR O2, that's quite a popular one but, again, could be too similar to other Gresley designs coming down the pipeline, there's the LSWR H16 but that might be too similar to the Furness 115 in it being a large tank engine. 1922, I think you've already got the EE1 haven't you, and 1922 is around when Gresley starts getting into his stride.
Just some random ideas thrown out there, hope some might help.
Oh, and regards to the 1970s and the Southerns cavalcade of Mk1 units, have you thought about the 205s?
There are a quite a few immediate things in need of fixing:
- Longer units clip through tunnels and depots, and also sometimes glitch when going over foundations, especially in stations. I know how to fix it, it's just a matter of time and effort.
- Tracks also have issues around foundations, slopes and bridges. Nothing unplayably bad, but it needs some tweaking to be more in line with the default track setup.
- Longer vehicles have incorrect alignments on some turns, this is because I use the same alignment for left and right turns which is a "good enough" compromise up to about length 8-9 but beyond that they really need different alignments.
- Purchase menu could use some work, especially in making it clear whether an electric unit is overhead AC, third rail or dual voltage.
- Adding more trains.
Links, for the intrepid:
Trains: Tracks: I recommend using both together, although most rail sets which provide third rail and use standard-ish alignment should work. Have fun!
Regarding the cargoes, I'm currently running the Testobject Industry set (No clue what else to call it), which has 64 cargoes. As far as I can tell, all of them can be transported, with the exception of Diamonds, which I can only transport using the GWR Railcar, but I think that's the same issue as with gold as was mentioned before. Food works fine on my end, though.
Anyway, going back to playing with it now, have a screenshot before I go, though!
Small bug though from some quick testing: a few electrics are buildable on non-electric track, the Raven EF1 and Class 90
I've fixed some of the bugs mentioned above, most of them had the same root cause with not all cargo classes being set up in my wagon template. The Class 90 and EF1 were using the wrong railtype, should now be fixed. Maybe one day I'll have dedicated reefer wagons for food (probably handled the same way as in Iron Horse, where they have a bonus to transporting perishable items compared to regular wagons) and maybe armoured wagons too if I can find some nice prototypes.
I also added a "powered by" line to the vehicle details so it's easier to see whether something is overhead electric or third rail without needing to build a depot of the relevant type. Note this uses the game settings so the various overhead DC and low-voltage AC locomotives get lumped in with the 25kV AC types - I think this is an acceptable bit of gameplay over realism.
The latest alpha is here: . It should be drop-in compatible with existing games providing you don't have EF1s or Class 90s running on regular rail, I haven't changed any IDs or stats otherwise.
As for wider release, I have two gates for those...
"Forum ready" means I've played a game through using one particular industry set and am happy to release it somewhere people understand the GRF development process, will read notes about alignment issues and things still in need of fixing, and give me useful bug reports that make it easy to figure out what happened and why.
"BaNaNaS ready" means I'm confident anyone who downloads it isn't going to encounter a major graphical or gameplay issue within their first few minutes of play, because it's not as obvious where to get support and I think there's a greater expectation of things "just working".
Currently we're definitely more toward the former than the latter, although with the quality of bug reports so far it sounds like it's not going to be too difficult a process getting to that "BaNaNaS ready" point. (Although I'll state it here, alignments and me do not mix.)
I only have a few criticisms, that being with the liveries - it would be a great addition to be able to run Southern 377s as in game alongside Southern liveried 455s and 456s, sorta takes away from muh immersion
The only other criticism is the Class 444 livery - in what I'm assuming is the correct colours in 2cc for the train, the roof looks overwhelmingly grey? I'm not sure if this is intentional but it's definitely not what it is like irl.
Even saying all that this is my favourite thing for TTD ever and I can't wait to watch it's development!!
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