TL;DRWhen players exit trains, place them on the the signal side (the right side) instead of the left, with respect to the orientation of the vehicle.
RelatedA change from the 0.13 changelog stated:
A previous suggestion, Train Exit Side. This ended in RHD/LHD arguments, which don't apply for adjacent rail setups (explained below), since the only option for adjacent rails is RHD, and 2 adjacent LHD railways suffer from the same problem, both of which are solved by this suggestion.Exiting vehicles now puts you to the left of the vehicle with respect to the orientation of the vehicle.
What?The behavior listed above from 0.13 should be changed to put the player on the same side as where rail signals are placed (the right), not the left, with respect to the orientation of the vehicle.
Additionally, it looks like this is only properly applied to locomotives (bug?). When placed by themselves on a vertical rail, wagons seems to always unload on the left side regardless of the orientation of the vehicle.
Why?To avoid player deaths on adjacent rails. When rails are adjacent to each other, right hand drive is forced, and the player always unloads on the opposite rail instead of safely on the ground:
Additionally, intersections that use adjacent rails like this are dangerous when unloading on the left side: ...and much safer (still dangerous, of course) on the right side:
Straightaways with adjacent rails are always dangerous when unloading on the left side: ...and always safe when unloading on the right side:
The signal side is safe because it usually doesn't have rails there, since the signals prevent rails from being placed on that side. So players should unload on the signal side of the track.
I haven't been able to come up with a scenario where unloading on the left side is ever safer then unloading on the right side. Usually it doesn't matter, but when compact rails are involved, unloading on the right side is often safer.