Building canals
Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Starting
Setting up a bus service
Setting up a train service
Setting up a plane service
Conclusion

Advanced railway tutorial:

Two Platforms
Two Tracks
Basic Network

In game tutorial:

In-game tutorial
In-depth Instructions

Railway construction:
Building tracks
Building stations
Building depots
Placing signals
Buying & selling trains
Converting railways
Road construction:
Building roads
Building stations and loading bays
Building depots
Buying & selling road vehicles
Waterways construction:
Building docks
Building depots
Placing buoys
Buying & selling ships
Building locks and canals
Airport construction:
Building airports
Buying & selling aircraft
General construction:
Building bridges
Tunnels
Landscaping
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

Two bodies of water connected by a canal

Boats can travel inland on rivers and canals. Rivers are created when the world is generated, and you can build canals on any flat tile of land.

Rivers run downhill, but ships cannot climb their slopes. Locks allow ships to change elevation and are needed for both rivers and canals. Aqueducts are bridges for ships.

Canals, locks, and aqueducts are expensive but quite useful for connecting bodies of water or allowing ships to access inland industries.

Contents

Building canals

  1. Open the Waterways construction toolbar by clicking the /File/en/Manual/Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.
    The Waterways construction toolbar.
  2. Click on the Build canal button /File/en/Manual/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 /File/en/Manual/Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.
    The Waterways construction toolbar
  2. Click on the Build lock button /File/en/Manual/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.

  1. Open the Waterways construction toolbar by clicking the /File/en/Manual/Manual html m2cc0c4cd.png button.
    The Waterways construction toolbar.
  2. Click on the Build aqueduct button /File/en/Manual/Build aqueduct.png.
  3. Place your mouse where you want to start the aqueduct. White squares show where the aqueduct will be built. Unlike with bridges for trains or road vehicles, you do not need to click and drag to the other endpoint.
    Aqueduct construction.
  4. Left click to build the aqueduct.
    A completed aqueduct.