New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

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New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by Jon8RFC » Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:06 pm

TL;DR
Show some type of numerical indicator when placing new signals/stations, for how many train cars can fit.
The current system is limited to 5 train entities, and if it were more they would still have to be counted.

What ?
When placing a new signal or train station (or ghost), numerically display how many train cars (regardless of type) can fit between the potential placement, and the next signal/station behind it.
Why ?
Visual feedback is king.

Showing 5 train cars is helpful, but seeing something numerical would be more helpful, especially for trains of long length.

This would no longer require numerous, pre-made blueprints or massive clearing/landfilling for every possible scenario. Placements of actual trains for measuring would be unnecessary, which could potentially interfere with tracks currently in use if you even have the trains in your inventory. Trains whose lengths are greater than five could be planned out on-the-fly.

Players can place an initial signal, and the interface helps along the way. They can subtract double-headed trains or extra cargo wagons in their heads for curves pertaining to loading/unloading, or place an extra signal to get a new calculation displayed.

Something succinct, but I'm sure someone else has a better idea than my mockup. If the number was within the train car it would be clean-looking, but I'm not that talented with photoshop.
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Re: New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by Hive » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:28 pm

Could be also a number like tiles beetween last and to set signal. that would be helpful not only for planing a station but also to place signals on a track that made sure there is enough space between each signal for a train. For straight tracks it is easy to make a short blueprint and carry that around, but for a curve its a little bit annoying. So i like the suggestion.

I think a mod should work to achive that to show how useful it is.

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Re: New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by darkfrei » Wed Feb 13, 2019 6:19 am

It can be done as mod in 0.17!

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Re: New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by BlueTemplar » Wed Feb 13, 2019 9:03 am

It can even be done as a mod in 0.16 ! ( And was :P )

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Re: New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by Chrisi » Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:04 am

I didn't even know I needed this until I read your suggestion.
This would be an amazing addition to the ALT view mode or when hovering over a rail signal/train stop.

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Re: New train cars visualization quantity with signals & train stations

Post by Jon8RFC » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:59 am

Thank you for adding more train cars to the display in 0.17.0!!!
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