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Alternative Railroad Balance (American trains)
 
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Jan 25, 2017 @ 7:45pm
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Alternative Vehicle Balance Mod v1
American Vehicles

NOTE: This is a reupload with just EU vehicles due to a bug
with a combined US/EU mod

NOTE: Activate this mod only if you intend with european
trains. if you choose american, use the US version of this mod.

Due to a bug in the game vehicle set such as this is active
regardless of theme (US/EU) choices.

Vanilla TpF is quite a fun game, however, it suffers a bit from
a rushed development and, let's face it, sometimes wonky balance.
Since I am one of those people who tend to whine about such
things relentlessly, I decided to do the deed and rebalance the
game to fit my vision.

My approach to this is as follows:

1. Make a game as close as I think developers intended
2. Don't add or remove anything, just shift numbers around
3. Create as many niches for vehicles to occupy
4. Make the automatic balancing work
5. Fix the XIX century balance somewhat
6. When necessary, try to be true to prototypical vehicles,
but have balance on my mind first and foremost

Current problems with the rail balance, as I see them, are as follows

1. There is very little differentiation between passanger
services. Which pigeonholes us to use the same locomotives
over and over again
2. Some locomotives are capable to run at certain speed, but cars
that can run at such speed are not for quite a while.

New freight car balance.

It is unheard of, that freight trains are run at a speed
of 160km/h. This is quite odd and robs the game of an
important mechanic - that is trying to fit both slow
freight trains and fast passanger trains on the same line.

Freight car speeds were brought down by a significant factor.
By the pattern:

Gondolas are the slowest - because they carry bulk raw materials
as iron ore.

Tank and stake cars are faster because their cargo is more valuable

Boxcars are fastest, because they carry high value goods

Beware: trains may actually stall now, especially if
they get stopped while going uphill.

Freight cars having lower speed has a side effect of them
being much cheaper then in vanilla game, which provides
smoother expansion, especially in the XIX century.
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11 Comments
Foxy1525 Jan 13 @ 10:27am 
Ahh..thank you...I just bought the game...THX
uzurpatorex  [author] Jan 13 @ 8:20am 
You can just select 'both' for vehicle types when setting up a new game. No mods needed.
Foxy1525 Jan 13 @ 7:16am 
Is this a mod, that makes american trains available on a Europe map? If not...does someone know a mod wich makes this available?
uzurpatorex  [author] Sep 26, 2017 @ 4:34pm 
Update - removed the extra freight car weight due to proper simulatuion in the latest patch
Shaggygoblin Sep 16, 2017 @ 6:16pm 
anxious to give this a full go, but not until it has accommodated the most recent update(s)
uzurpatorex  [author] May 22, 2017 @ 1:45pm 
I'll look into it this weekend.
ebigunso May 21, 2017 @ 3:37am 
Can you update this mod for the latest version? We have cargo weight in the base game now.
bagnome Jan 29, 2017 @ 11:18am 
Will have to give this a try.
polopate Jan 27, 2017 @ 6:01am 
Got it never mind. Just remove the old one from the list of mods in save game and add this one. :D
polopate Jan 27, 2017 @ 5:52am 
After you reuploaded this mod, the saves wont work anymore. Do you have any idea how to fix this?