Hello All Train Dispatchers,
Great news for all rail network enthusiasts – Update 17 has officially pulled into the station! It’s crammed with enhancements that will redefine how you manage your railways. But before we dive into the buffet of new features, take a moment to join our Discord community. It’s the perfect place to chat with fellow members and the devs, share your insights, and maybe pick up a few pro tips along the way!
Now, let’s get to the good stuff.
Shunting is not just moving trains around anymore; it’s about smart automation and precision. Queue shunting commands and watch your trains follow orders flawlessly with the help of the newly introduced shunting circuit. This innovative feature breathes new life into your control strategies.
To understand how this elevates your gameplay, let’s delve into the mechanics: When a train with any shunting command queued approaches an auto signal with a shunting circuit attached, the system kicks into high gear. The first command in the queue is executed with pinpoint accuracy—whether it’s routing to another signal, stabling into a designated tracks group, or making its way back to the platform to prepare for the next leg of its journey. And this is just the beginning. With the next update, we’re gearing up to expand the list of commands even further, including the ability to attach or detach locomotives, enhancing your control and customization options even more.
With the hustle and bustle of your growing network, platform space is gold. Update 17 allows you to automate the intermissions of regional trains more effectively, “shunting” them to stabling areas to keep your network flowing smoothly.
The update introduces Shunting Track Groups, a practical tool for organizing your rail yard. You can now group several tracks together into what is known as a ‘Stabling Group.’ With this feature, you can issue a shunting command for a train to move directly to one of these groups, which optimizes train dispatching and yard management, making your rail operations more efficient.
The Stabling Sensor allows for automatic command execution for trains that finish their leg at sensor-equipped platforms. Set up commands to manage end-of-line procedures, ensuring trains are directed to the correct facilities or prepared for their next service without manual intervention.
Your operational clarity just got a significant boost! The overhaul in contract planning now displays every stop in a train’s journey, enriching your station timelines and simplifying routing sensor configurations.
The updated system now includes all stations on the train’s path within the schedule, granting you visibility of your train at every station it traverses. This comprehensive overview ensures that no part of your network is left unchecked and enhances your ability to monitor and manage the station platforms.
With the ability to add or remove waypoints in your train’s schedule, you’re given complete control over the route configuration. Each modification automatically recalculates the route and adjusts the rewards, providing a dynamic and responsive planning experience that adapts to your strategic changes.
The build menu has received a facelift. Enjoy an enhanced, neatly categorized bar that promises a more organized and accessible construction process.
Keep an eye on potential business with the new Offered Contracts panel, conveniently located for easy access and better decision-making.
Configuring sensors is now an integral part of your layout planning. This direct approach is set to minimize confusion and enhance your dispatching flow.
Need to focus? The new music configuration option mutes all game music when Rail Route is not the active window. Stay in control, even when you’re multitasking!
We hope you’re as excited about these updates as we are. For a deep dive into the new features, join our community on Discord and let us know how these changes are shaping your Rail Route experience. See you next week for more behind-the-scenes insights!
Until next time, keep the switches switching and the locomotives rolling!