It is quite a long time since the first article on overflows got introduced. As time passed by, I developed this topic towards the form of overflows we use now and I may mention something we haven’t used yet ;). This article is going to be about yet more overflows, this time much more advanced than the original ones. I recommend knowing the original article (ABR04) since this is just an addition to it.
Building stations is one of the most essential things in OpenTTD. To build a station doesn’t require any experience (besides knowing which button to press), although construction of a station that works perfectly requires some deeper and in under-rated amount of knowledge. The point of this article isn’t in showing all possibilities how to make a station, but it should note as many things as possible in terms of what to consider when building a station and also, talking about signalling styles which are sadly almost ignored. Here I present to you, ABR07: Stations.
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The fun, the creativity, the high league, the madness, the spaghetti, the mess, the weirdness, the braindisruptors. What else is so typical for our superior gaming style? Building hubs. In this article I am going to go into hub logics and techniques, examining some possibilities how a hub can be made. This article should help one realize what to think about and what to consider when building a hub. Note: This article expects you have proper building style as your blood group.
As we all know, we are a community based on cooperation. This also means that we must understand each other and see what each thing is supposed to do. I would like to talk about reading other’s ideas because of two basic reasons. The first is correcting stuff. Why do we have to use signs “on purpose” and why do some stations fail even though they are copied from the working ones? And what does that mean in general?
Some days ago I stumbled upon openttd wikis page about Railyway Designs and I saw the Cyclotron created by Pitt2. Those high speed injectors are not too new and we experimented with them a lot. Though we don’t use them in most cases, because they are difficult to build, depending on the properties of trains and such. Its just too much work for too less effect and pre-accelerated joiners are the better choice. Though I had a look at the construction and checked how it worked. A little footnote about a fixed bug made me curious, but then I understood that it fixes the issue which occurs if a train wants to join another track but in the same moment the signal turns red and the train stops blocking a complete line. Therefor we have the overtaking lanes in most SML constructions. We all like cool words for cool constructions, here they are. Fail-safe Joiners: