The Braided Junction is optimized for compactness.
- Very compact
- No deadlocks since tracks split before they merge.
- No loops.
- The slopes and sharp turns make trains go slower.
- Signal distance is 7 tiles on straight track over the bridge.
Adding signals north and south of the bridge instead of using path-based signaling will make the crossing get a 5 tile signal distance on the straight track. The crossing will be slightly less compact.
This is a compact variant for a sideline junction. Quite slow though:
And here is a compact variant for a mainline junction. Also quite slow:
This version is faster with straighter track. Better overall throughput with shorter tunnels and bridges: