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SEPTA ADtranz M4 (Monorail Edition)
 
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Description
The ADtranz M4 services the Market-Frankford Line in Philadelphia, PA under SEPTA, and for the majority of its stretch, runs on an elevated track, with one portion sinking into a tunnel underground to dodge the dense office and historic/tourist districts of the city. I can't seem to find the request one user made, but I liked the idea to convert this elevated metro train into a monorail, due to its nature to ride directly over roads, and be hugged by buildings on either side.

No worries. I intend to make an actual metro and/or train version of this vehicle asset for those who either use the appropriate mods, or for those who just don't have the Mass Transit DLC. I only did this one first, because it seemed like a fun idea to create a mono-strosity.



VEHICLE STATS
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Length: 4-cars
Polys: 709
Tris: 1426
Passenger Count: 160 (per car)



SPECIAL NOTE
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If you happen to be experiencing a strange, glazed look to the texture, please understand that I do not know how to remove that. For my gameplay experience, I seem to only get this with monorails, including the vanilla monorail asset. If anyone knows how to remove this effect, please let me know. Thank you!
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19 Comments
djantir  [author] Jun 17 @ 2:47pm 
@PHTN I've been noticing the same issue after subscribing to the asset myself. I've done a little bit of research on what could cause the LODs to bug out. I may have found the fix, so I'm working on importing that in a short while, if I have the right idea.
djantir  [author] Jun 17 @ 1:11pm 
@Zaphod I'm glad you like the concept, and thank you! I'm pretty happy with the way the model came out. That is a shame Houston couldn't find the means to pull it off, though.
PHTN Jun 17 @ 11:45am 
I got this error: Broken assets:

1407270214.TrailerSEPTA_MFL_Line_Color1: LOD xys null
1407270214.TrailerSEPTA_MFL_Line_Color0: LOD xys null
1407270214.SEPTA MFL (Colorable Monorail)_Data: LOD xys null [BrokenAssetException]

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Zaphod Jun 15 @ 12:49pm 
What a delightfully freaky mashup.

This looks like it could have been a real vehicle in some alternate history where monorails became a successful mode of urban transportation in the US. Houston tried to develop a monorail-based regional metro(a la MARTA, WMATA, etc) as late as the mid 1980s. Its such a shame that plan never came to fruition, it would have been a really fascinating system and more useful than the surface light rail network that was ultimately built 20 years later.
djantir  [author] Jun 12 @ 6:47pm 
@landandskygirl Ahhhhh, okay. Yeah, I'll hit them up. Thank you!
landandskygirl Jun 12 @ 4:46pm 
Anyone who makes monorails needs to make a choice between having a night illumination texture with the "glazed" texture, or a "crisp" texture with no night illumination (save for the headlights).

REV0 and Ronyx69 struggled with this for a while but eventually settled on the crisp textures. It's up to you though which works best with your monorails. If you ask them (REV0 and Ronyx69) I'm sure they'll fill you in on how they got "crisp" textures for their monorails.
djantir  [author] Jun 10 @ 12:14am 
@j4lambert Yup! Got that in the description, too. ;) As I was doing a test run of the monorail, I had a few splitting off in different directions, and it felt like some variation could really help this. I would've uploaded it right away, but it's been a busy weekend for me, so far.

@VandelayOfficial Thanks! That's pleasing to hear/read!

@Agamemnicon Yeah, if the monorails could go underground, that would be like opening the floodgates of wonders, to me. I'm still really shaky with architecture, so it's going to take me a bit to figure out how to make it really look good. Then I have to learn how to edit the pedestrian paths. I'm not sure which mod(s) make that possible, and I'm really bummed out to see that you apparently can't do that without a mod. If I do succeed in making a proper station, I'm going to also make sure the noise level is decreased, since one of the main complaints about the monorail stations is that they're incredibly noisy for nearby homes.
VandelayOfficial Jun 9 @ 9:43pm 
@djantir Oh! well then you certainly did a good job making it look realistic then lol.
Agamemnicon Jun 9 @ 8:16pm 
That would be amazing. So far I believe there are only two non-vanilla stations created by the community (that are not rehashed models of vanilla assets). They are truly excellent, but more variety would be nice (in addition to a replacement for the over-avenue station). One of a handful of issues, imo, that prevents monorail from being able to replace a passenger rail network in my cities.

I also think the developers should have allowed monorail to make tunnels, but that's probably beyond the ken of modders.

Anyway, great work on this, when I'm done (or tired of) recreating Chicago (no monorails haha), I'll pick this up.
j4lambert Jun 9 @ 7:41pm 
Will the top of the trains be line colorable?