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Make sure you make cash to expand these single lines.
If you have sufficient cashflow place a second line next to one, do not place switches yet.
If that line is complete place switches just outside stations. Place a single signal just after the switch. You can see the driving direction by looking at the green arrow.
Make sure that you do not get a deadlock where 2 trains drive onto the same track in each other direction.
Use the double tracks in a way that one drives up the line and one down.
Now you can place more signals along side the tracks so you create so called blocks. If you have several blocks you can add more trains.
Keep an eye open for your funds, it should be going up steadily.
If you have only have 1 double line with 2 switches on each end you do only have to place correct signals to make sure the trains run in the right direction.
As soon as there are switches in your line to an other factory you have to create routes for your trains.
You can do that by clicking on specific track pieces to add them to a route. Its called waypoints.
Trains have to pass them to go to the next point in the list.
By carefully create a list you can have your trains run exactly how you like.
If you pick a waypoint just behind a switch your train will follow that direction of the switch.
You can also click on stations to add them to a route.
Even which assignment the train gets when it arrives at the station by clicking on the cargo button, holding the mouse button for a few sec will give a popup list with more options that depends of the type of cargo tour train / wagons can handle.
For example, a hopper car can load coal but also iron ore, you have to hold the mouse button to select the right type of cargo you want to be loaded or unloaded.
Just fold at the dotted line and cut it out with a pair of scissors. If you are under the age of 16 please ask one of your parents or an adult supervisor if she/he can help you.
This first one shows one of the ends of the line, with one split so a set of trains can load up on iron and two more sets can access the factory. One of the latter delivers steel from the other end and the other loads up with goods. In these cases it's important to have enough platforms that every train which needs a full load can wait with enough space for something else to be delivered, otherwise they'll never move.
You can see one of the places it breaks off to make a goods delivery. If there's a possibility of too many trains waiting to deliver goods, put the junction further back than I did or add extra platforms so there's room for them to sit without blocking outgoing iron ore.
This is the other end of the line. Ignoring the extra track from an AI player, the double and triple stations are both mine. In order to not have one massive overburdened station, I split it up into two in order to reduce traffic. If every train shares a station, even if it has 6+ platforms, they always have to wait for each other as they approach the station because one of them is always somewhere in the junction.
Here's another line from a different game which looks more like a regular mainline, albeit in an urban environment. This one looks more complex overall but is actually less so. It looks deceptively complicated because trains are running on multiple levels and crossing over each other. The station visible here is a goods delivery, and the other trains seen going off is loading with oil to deliver to the same refinery that the other train is getting goods from, with a third shown leaving another oil well on screen.
This shows more of the multilevel junction. What's important to note about these setups is that they began as a single supply line which later either merged with another line of the same type or shared a similar destination with another. These are easy to do because they share a station somewhere but you can just as easily cross the paths of two independent lines to make it look good or save on money.
And this is the result, a busy set of rail lines adjacent to one another, some with common destinations, some without. The passenger line below actually shares no track but it was convenient to run it alongside the other. They may look complex, but mainlines are just a bunch of individual tracks sharing space.
Someone with a smaller screen please warn me if these images break forum tables.
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