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How to build rail stations

Updated: 06/2005

Restrictions in simutrans


In other games you can build stations like in the following image. Such stations doesn't work well in Simutrans!

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If you use two-way signals near stations you will increase the risk of jams like in the following image. The arriving train block the leaving train.

You can avoid this by using pre-signals:
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Notes:
There is a crossing at the front of the station.
At this crossing three signal types are used:
- Two-Way-Signals (in front of the station)
- Pre-Signal (rail for arriving trains)
- One-Way-Signal (rail for leaving trains)

A train will cross a pre-signal only if the pre-signal and the following signal is green. That means that in the example no train will enter the block in front of the station if there is a train on the destination plattform. Because of this no arriving train will block leaving trains.


Head Station (Example 1)

Every train has an own track

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smile No jams
smile More than one train can be served at once
sad Expensive
sad need of a lot of space

Head Station (Example 2)

This station type is similar to the previous example. The difference is, that more than one train share a platform. Please note, that at the front of the station is no signal.

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smile No jams which wouldn't dissolve
smile Cheap to build
sad Only one train can be served at once

Head Station (Example 3)

This station can handle two trains at one time (one at the platform, one in the area behind the station).
If a third train is going to enter the station you will have a very big jam (which will not dissolve for a very long time).

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smile Little risk of jams
smile Cheap
sad Only one train could be served at synchronous
sad Risk of jams if you use to many trains

station on side track

The platform is on a side track (the left rail). Trains which don't stop at the station should use the right rail.

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smile Little risk of jams
smile Trains which don't stop at the station can use the main track and wouldn't be disturbed by trains which are waiting at the platform