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This work is in parallel with road types.


Rail type labels

These work in the same way as cargo labels. The default rail type labels are:

  • RAIL
  • ELRL
  • MONO
  • MGLV

By default, with no translation table in place, RAIL, MONO and MGLV are used. ELRL can only be selected by specifying RAIL and a tractive type of 2 (electric).

This changes with a translation table, and the selected rail type is used directly. If the railtype is unavailable then the locomotive becomes unavailable.

The translation table is loaded by action 0, feature 8, property 12.

Railtype fallbacks

Testing of different rail types can be provided by use of action 7:

Action 0: Install table consisting of RAIL 3RDR ELRL
Action 7: Skip next line if 3RDR exists
Action 0: Install table consisting of RAIL ELRL ELRL

This will cause rail vehicles of the second rail type to be 3RDR if that type exists, or ELRL if it doesn't, allowing some flexibility.

Rail type translation table (action 0, feature 8, property 12)

This is a list of labels and works in the same way as cargo translation tables.

This is an example table that sets up six rail type translations:

1 * 30      00 08 01 06 00 12 "RAIL" "3RDR" "ELRL" "NGRL" "MONO" "MGLV"

Rail type properties (action 0, feature 10)

Property Format Description
08 dword Label - this is loaded in the reservation stage.
09 word String ID for tool bar window caption (must start with white)
0A word String ID for main menu text
0B word String ID for build vehicle window caption (must start with white)
0C word String ID for rail type shown in autoreplace window
0D word String ID for new locomotive text: We have just designed a new "railway locomotive"
0E byte (dword ...) Compatible rail type list (list of labels, turned into a bitmask internally)
0F byte (dword ...) Powered rail type list (list of labels, turned into a bitmask internally)
10 byte Rail type flags: bit 0 = draw catenary
11 byte Curve speed advantage, format to be decided
12 byte Type of default station building graphic to use: 0 = Rail, 1 = Monorail, 2 = Maglev.
13 word Construction cost factor.
14 word Max speed limit in mph*1.6 (approximately km/h) (To be decided)
15 byte Acceleration model: 0 = regular rail, 1 = monorail, 2 = maglev. (In OpenTTD with realistic acceleration on, setting to 2 will use the maglev specialization, and there is no difference between regular rail and monorail.)
16 byte Small map colour, index from the DOS palette.

In NFO, rail type IDs will be GRF local, with an ID to label mapping. Therefore to modify an existing rail type, specify its label in property 08. To create a new rail type, again just specify its label in property 08. This way there is no need for complex GRM mechanisms to allocate IDs. If a label 'clashes' with another GRF, then one GRF will end up modifying the properties instead of creating a new rail type.

When a new rail type is created, it is populated with the information from the first rail type, except that the compatible and powered list contain only the rail type being created. However, no default values should be assumed, as the first rail type may have been modified.

Rail type Action3/2/1 scheme

Action 1

Just a regular action 1 for sprites.

Action 2

Like normal, used to assign sprites from action 1 to 'cargo ids'.

As well as the usual global varaction variables, the following specific variables are available too:

Variable Size Content
40 byte Terrain type: 0 normal, 1 desert, 2 rainforest, 4 on or above snowline.
41 byte Enhanced tunnels; entrance has track above. Always 0 in OpenTTD. **ER WHAT?
42 byte Level crossing status: 0 if open (or not a crossing), 1 if closed.

Action 3

For rail types the cargo type byte specifies the type of sprites being assigned. These are as follows:

'Cargo' type Sprite type Sprites Usage
00 *Icons and cursors 16 4 rail directions, autorail, depot, tunnel and convert rail.
01 *Track overlays for junctions and PBS 10 6 flat and 4 slope pieces. OverlayTiles.png

Sprites should contain only the track, with no landscape.

02 *Underlay 16 6 flat and 4 slope, and 1 X crossing pieces *with track*, and 5 junction pieces without track. UnderlayTiles.png

Sprites should contain the track and the 'ballast' below it. No landscape should be drawn.

03 *Tunnel 4 1 sprite for each direction. Sprite is overlay for existing tunnel graphics.

The original ground sprite is drawn, then the overlay, then the original tunnel head is drawn over the top.

This keeps compatibility with different landscape types.

04 Catenary wire 28 Follows the same layout for wires of the first 28 sprites as Action5 type 5.
05 Catenary pylons 8 Follows the same layout for pylons of the 8 sprites after the wires as Action5 type 5.
06 *Bridge surfaces 6 10 sprites if we ever include diagonal bridges.
07 *Level crossing overlay 10 1 rail overlay and 4 light sprites for X and Y.*
08 Depots 6 2 sprites for each southish, 1 sprite for each northish. Follows the original layout for depot sprites.**
09 Fences 8 X, Y, Vertical, Horizontal, SW slope, SE slope, NE slope and NW slope. Follows the same layout as original original fence sprites at sprite 1301.
xx Autorail sprites 55 Follows the same layout as Action5 type 13. *Not implemented*

Not all types need to be defined, if the type is not going to be used anyway. Items marked with * must always be supplied, however.

The default 'cargo' type is not currently used.

*Level crossing sprite layout

Sprite number for X Sprite number for Y Usage
0 1 Rail overlay
2 3 North light
4 5 West light
6 7 East light
8 9 South light

**Depot sprite layout

Sprite number Usage
0 NE wall for SE-entry depot.
1 Depot building for SE-entry depot.
2 NW wall for SW-entry depot.
3 Depot building for SW-entry depot.
4 Depot building for NE-entry depot.
5 Depot building for NW-entry depot.

Action 7/9 additions

Condition Description
0D Skip if the rail type label is not defined
0E Skip if the rail type label is defined

Code Already Written

Code to load rail type translation tables, along with adding default the labels, is already written. Loading properties, and sprites is handled. Drawing of track using overlays is supported.

Drawing of correct track for stations, bridges and tunnels is done. Drawing of custom depots is handled.

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