Vehicle groups
Manual Tutorials

Basic tutorial:

Setting up a bus service
Setting up a train service
Setting up a plane service

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
Working with vehicles:
Setting vehicle orders
Refitting vehicles
Replacing vehicles
Grouping vehicles

Creating groups

A vehicle may only be in a single group at any one time

The interface for groups can be found in the vehicle list if you have the Use the advanced vehicle list setting enabled (it defaults to Own company, so you see groups for your own vehicles, but not any opponents).

The vehicle list, with groups on the left, and group management buttons labelled.

The buttons are fairly self-explanatory.

We have six buses running the same route (using shared orders), so let's make them a group for easier management.

  1. Click the 'create group' button.
  2. Click the unnamed 'Group 0' to select it. (Note that to the right of its name is a count of zero vehicles, as it is empty.)
  3. Click the 'rename group' button and type in a new name. In this case, we've named it after the route that they have in common.

Creating and naming a new group.

We now need to add vehicles to our new group.

(Vehicles can only participate in a group of the same type: trains, road, air, or sea.)

Adding a vehicle to a group.

We could add all of the buses this way, one-by-one, but there is a faster way. Because they all share the same orders, once one has been added, use the 'manage list' menu to 'add shared vehicles'. This adds the other buses with the same orders to the group.

Adding all vehicles with the same orders to a group.

Using groups

Groups give a context to the vehicle list, like shared orders, although they can contain vehicles which are performing different routes. (For example, we may later split these buses and make a few of them use full load orders, but still want to treat them all as one group.) This means that we can perform the usual operations on these buses using the 'manage list' menu:

We can also use groups to protect vehicles from being automatically upgraded, if you've set vehicle replacement rules for 'All vehicles'. Click the 'no autoreplace' button under the group list, which will toggle to show a small, gold shield. You could, for example, use this to keep a decorative steam train unchanged while automatically upgrading all other services to diesels.

Since 1.9, you can change the livery of a group (i.e. your company color is red, but the the freight trains' colors are blue, to help distinguish trains). This helps distinguish different routes and services.)

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In nightlies since r9874, 2007-05-19; allow use for other players since r11067, 2007-09-09. In stable since OpenTTD 0.6.0.