Building canals

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In-depth Instructions
Two bodies of water connected by a canal

Sometimes you want a ship to go where there's no water. Maybe an Oil Refinery is located too far inland for a dock to accept oil, or some mountains are forcing your ships to make large detours.

Either way, a canal is what you need. Canals allow you to place water at any flat tile of land on the map, even if that tile is located above sea level.

A lock is used to allow ships to "climb hills": a lock connects two bodies of water at different height levels. Please note that canals and locks are very expensive. Make sure to have enough money before building a canal.

Contents


Building canals

  1. Open the Waterways construction toolbar by clicking the Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.
    The Waterways construction toolbar.
  2. Click on the Build canal button Build canal.png. Remember, you can right click on any button if you ever want a description of what it does.
  3. Place the cursor on any flat tile of land and then left-click to place the canal tile. You can also click and drag to place longer stretches of canal.
    Building a canal.

Once the canal is built, it's time to connect it to a lower level of water using locks.

If you need to build a dock - for example once the canal is close enough to the industry you're targeting - then just build a large (and expensive!) area for the ships to manoeuver and to build the dock, like in the next picture:

How to build a dock on a canal.

Building locks

  1. Open the Waterways construction toolbar by clicking the Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.
    The Waterways construction toolbar
  2. Click on the Build lock button Build locks.png.
  3. Now find a suitable location for the lock. A lock requires two full flat tiles connected by a single slope.
    Suitable lock location.
  4. Click on the slope to build the lock.
    The lock.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 to place more locks if necessary.

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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