This is how I actually create scenarios at first....with no Industry..
because....there are players which prefer ECS, FIRS or PIB...or only just OpenGFX+Industries with different settings.
You are able to load my Scenario and you are free to add as any Industry you want to, you prefer to...and so on.
Ok.... I could go and make marks on maps (buildings signs) just like: Powerstation Antwerpen, Oilplant Antwerpen, coilmining "XYZ" and so on...
But for this.....i have to dive deep into Google Maps for every city I`ve bulit in scenario...so ..it would last many many time to finish it.
But if there are english, belgian and french people...with better local knowledge....would be nic to get some advices, where Industrys have to build....to create a more realistic scenario
I have a lot of experience with the creation of various kinds of scenarios. I know the problem with the preferences of the players - one prefers FIRS, other just standard industries. First version of my scenario was manually created map with standard industries and some NewGRF. Any change NewGRFs could case error - for example, sometimes it was impossible to replace trains automatically.
Anyway - the second version I saved in text files (precisely - coordinates of any objects). Take a look at Reproducible map generation
- this is great tool for import objects (like towns, rivers, rocks, lighthouses etc.) from specially formatted TXT files. So now, when I must change some NewGRF or just generate scenario in other climate, there's no problem with.
Furthermore, by this tool
you can download txt file with coordinates of towns and cities for a specific area! Just type coordinates N, S, E & W and choose how many towns you want to have. The only problem is that you have a map rotated by 45 degrees...
By the same tool you can generate text file with rivers, which you previously drew for eg. in GIMP. Here's how it looks in my case:
(I'm using 'water image map to text file tool' for import national borders (rocks), signs and lighthouses too - by changing second parameter for any object.)
Take a look at my Poland scenario: viewtopic.php?f=60&t=74417
- I've made it by these tools. There's 3 versions and if I will want to make some major changes (for example, new Polish Building Set - there will be no way to change NewGRF only, you must place any town again), there will be no problems with that - just change NewGRF in main menu and generate map again. If I will want to change FIRS to v. 2.0 - I will just copy powerplants list from standard industries list and paste to FIRS list ;)
This solution is very forward-looking and I'm happy that I did it this way ;) I recommend it to you too.