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[[Bridges]] are an extremely useful tool when you encounter obstacles like valleys, competitor tracks, rivers or even your own tracks. Many advanced train junctions and station designs can be constructed that wouldn't cause traffic jams or make opposite direction tracks cross.
 
[[Bridges]] are an extremely useful tool when you encounter obstacles like valleys, competitor tracks, rivers or even your own tracks. Many advanced train junctions and station designs can be constructed that wouldn't cause traffic jams or make opposite direction tracks cross.
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== How do I build bridges? ==
 
== How do I build bridges? ==
 
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This section will focus on building railway bridges. There is no real difference between building railway and road bridges - the method is completely the same.
This section will focus on building railway brides. There is no real difference between building railway and road bridges - the method is completely the same.
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=== A basic bridge ===
 
=== A basic bridge ===
 
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# First of all, you must open the Railway construction toolbar - click the railway build button [[Image:manual_html_m772c5b23.png]] on the [[Game_interface#The_Menu_bar|menu bar]] to display the railway construction toolbar.
1. First of all, you must open the Railway construction toolbar - click the railway build button ( [[Image:manual_html_m772c5b23.png]] ) on the [[Game_interface#The_Menu_bar|menu bar]] to display the railway construction toolbar.
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# Then '''select the Bridge building tool''':<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut1.png|none|frame|Selecting Bridge tool]]
 
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# Now look for the place you want to build your bridge. The gray line below shows a place we have chosen to build a bridge.<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut2.png|none|frame|A place to build a bridge]]
2. Then '''select the Bridge building tool''':
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# '''Place your mouse''' where you want to '''start your bridge''' (it does not matter whether you have already built railway next to it or not). For now this is the sloped square right next to the water.<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut3.png|none|frame|Placing mouse at the starting point of the bridge]]
[[Image:BridgeTut1.png|none|frame|Selecting Bridge tool]]
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# Now '''click and drag the mouse'' to the '''ending point''' of the bridge. For now, this is across the small river (sloped square next to water). Let go of the mouse and a new window will pop up.<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut4.png|none|frame|Choosing an ending point of the bridge ]]
 
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# Now you have to '''choose the type of bridge''' you wish to build. The more expensive the bridge, the faster the trains will be able to go over it. Scroll down the list to see more types. Select the one you want.<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut5.png|none|frame|Choosing bridge type]]
3. Now look for the place you want to build your bridge. The gray line below shows a place we have chosen to build a bridge.
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# Once you have clicked the type of bridge you want to build, it will be placed at your chosen location.<br/>[[Image:BridgeTut6.png|none|frame|Newly placed bridge]]
[[Image:BridgeTut2.png|none|frame|A place to build a bridge]]
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4. '''Place your mouse''' where you want to '''start your bridge''' (it does not matter whether you have already built railway next to it or not). For now this is the sloped square right next to the water.
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[[Image:BridgeTut3.png|none|frame|Placing mouse at the starting point of the bridge]]
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5. Now '''click and drag the mouse'' to the '''ending point''' of the bridge. For now, this is across the small river (sloped square next to water). Let go of the mouse and a new window will pop up.
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[[Image:BridgeTut4.png|none|frame|Choosing an ending point of the bridge ]]
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6. Now you have to '''choose the type of bridge''' you wish to build. The more expensive the bridge, the faster the trains will be able to go over it. Scroll down the list to see more types. Select the one you want.
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[[Image:BridgeTut5.png|none|frame|Choosing bridge type]]
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7. Once you have clicked the type of bridge you want to build, it will be placed at your chosen location.
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[[Image:BridgeTut6.png|none|frame|Newly placed bridge]]
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=== Different shapes & sizes ===
 
=== Different shapes & sizes ===
 
 
Following steps in basic Bridge section you can build bridges of '''different lengths''' and types.
 
Following steps in basic Bridge section you can build bridges of '''different lengths''' and types.
  
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Note: If the land above the bridge is sloped in some other direction, you will not be able to place a bridge. You will either need to landscape the valley or run the tracks through the valley without using a bridge.
 
Note: If the land above the bridge is sloped in some other direction, you will not be able to place a bridge. You will either need to landscape the valley or run the tracks through the valley without using a bridge.
 
  
 
Bridges are very useful when it comes to '''passing competitor's tracks''' (or roads).
 
Bridges are very useful when it comes to '''passing competitor's tracks''' (or roads).
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=== Road bridges are the same ===
 
=== Road bridges are the same ===
 
 
There is no real difference between road and railway bridges, so read the Basic Bridge section to learn how to '''build a railway bridge''' and follow the '''same steps''' for a road bridge only '''using Road Bridge tool'''.
 
There is no real difference between road and railway bridges, so read the Basic Bridge section to learn how to '''build a railway bridge''' and follow the '''same steps''' for a road bridge only '''using Road Bridge tool'''.
  
 
Road bridges are useful to pass '''over the railway'''. And though you can construct level crossings, there is a '''chance''' a fast coming '''[[Trains#Accidents|train will crash into your truck]]''' or bus. The train won't be damaged by this, but you will have to build a new truck. So to avoid this a road bridge may be used. The downside is that the truck slows down while climbing the bridge. However it will also speed up when driving down at the other end.
 
Road bridges are useful to pass '''over the railway'''. And though you can construct level crossings, there is a '''chance''' a fast coming '''[[Trains#Accidents|train will crash into your truck]]''' or bus. The train won't be damaged by this, but you will have to build a new truck. So to avoid this a road bridge may be used. The downside is that the truck slows down while climbing the bridge. However it will also speed up when driving down at the other end.
  
To build '''road bridges''', open the Road Construction Toolbar ( [[Image:Manual_html_ma6d6c8c.png]] ) and select the Road Bridge tool:
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To build '''road bridges''', open the Road Construction Toolbar [[Image:Manual_html_ma6d6c8c.png]] and select the Road Bridge tool:
 
[[Image:BridgeTut14.png|none|frame|Selecting Bridge tool]]
 
[[Image:BridgeTut14.png|none|frame|Selecting Bridge tool]]
  
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=== Water bridges are something different ===
 
=== Water bridges are something different ===
 
 
:''Main article:'' [[Building_canals#Aqueducts|Aqueducts]]
 
:''Main article:'' [[Building_canals#Aqueducts|Aqueducts]]
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''Aqueducts'' are "bridges for boats". How to build bridges and aqueducts is covered in [[building bridges]].
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[[Image:Aqueduct.png|frame|none|Aqueduct.]]
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This is the end of the ''Waterways'' range of tutorials. You now should know everything about using ships in OpenTTD. If you want to learn more about playing OpenTTD, have a look at the list of topics at the [[#top|upper right corner]] of this page. Happy OpenTTD'ing!
  
 
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Latest revision as of 04:18, 7 July 2018


In-depth Instructions
Bridges are an extremely useful tool when you encounter obstacles like valleys, competitor tracks, rivers or even your own tracks. Many advanced train junctions and station designs can be constructed that wouldn't cause traffic jams or make opposite direction tracks cross.

In this tutorial you can learn how to build (place, construct), position railway and road bridges. You can also learn about building and placing bridges above uneven land.

Contents

[edit] How do I build bridges?

This section will focus on building railway bridges. There is no real difference between building railway and road bridges - the method is completely the same.

[edit] A basic bridge

  1. First of all, you must open the Railway construction toolbar - click the railway build button Manual html m772c5b23.png on the menu bar to display the railway construction toolbar.
  2. Then select the Bridge building tool:
    Selecting Bridge tool
  3. Now look for the place you want to build your bridge. The gray line below shows a place we have chosen to build a bridge.
    A place to build a bridge
  4. Place your mouse where you want to start your bridge (it does not matter whether you have already built railway next to it or not). For now this is the sloped square right next to the water.
    Placing mouse at the starting point of the bridge
  5. Now click and drag the mouse to the ending point' of the bridge. For now, this is across the small river (sloped square next to water). Let go of the mouse and a new window will pop up.
    Choosing an ending point of the bridge
  6. Now you have to choose the type of bridge you wish to build. The more expensive the bridge, the faster the trains will be able to go over it. Scroll down the list to see more types. Select the one you want.
    Choosing bridge type
  7. Once you have clicked the type of bridge you want to build, it will be placed at your chosen location.
    Newly placed bridge

[edit] Different shapes & sizes

Following steps in basic Bridge section you can build bridges of different lengths and types.

See Bridge types for a full list of what bridges you can build.

Several bridges

You can also place bridges above deeper valleys if you make sure the bridge starts and ends at the same height on the sloped squares.

A higher bridge

Generally, you may build bridges above sloped land which is sloped towards the direction of the bridge.

A bridge over uneven land

Note: If the land above the bridge is sloped in some other direction, you will not be able to place a bridge. You will either need to landscape the valley or run the tracks through the valley without using a bridge.

Bridges are very useful when it comes to passing competitor's tracks (or roads).

Bridges over competitor's tracks

The bridges can even be placed so that the starting and ending points differ by height (no more than 1 level). This can be useful in many situations.

Lowered and Raised bridges

[edit] Road bridges are the same

There is no real difference between road and railway bridges, so read the Basic Bridge section to learn how to build a railway bridge and follow the same steps for a road bridge only using Road Bridge tool.

Road bridges are useful to pass over the railway. And though you can construct level crossings, there is a chance a fast coming train will crash into your truck or bus. The train won't be damaged by this, but you will have to build a new truck. So to avoid this a road bridge may be used. The downside is that the truck slows down while climbing the bridge. However it will also speed up when driving down at the other end.

To build road bridges, open the Road Construction Toolbar Manual html ma6d6c8c.png and select the Road Bridge tool:

Selecting Bridge tool

Now place the bridge as you would place a railway bridge, you will get the same result.

A road bridge over tracks

Road bridges can also be different types, lengths and above uneven landscape.

A road bridge over uneven land and river

[edit] Water bridges are something different

Main article: Aqueducts

Aqueducts are "bridges for boats". How to build bridges and aqueducts is covered in building bridges.

Aqueduct.

This is the end of the Waterways range of tutorials. You now should know everything about using ships in OpenTTD. If you want to learn more about playing OpenTTD, have a look at the list of topics at the upper right corner of this page. Happy OpenTTD'ing!

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