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  1. Yes: Check carefully for any other buildings within your station's service radius that can demand iron or coal. For some ranges of years, that includes houses because towns demand coal. You might need to place a new depot so that it can only deliver to the steel mill.
  2. That Albany diagonal is interesting because your placement is legal for the central track. Now that you've made it possible for the near track too, it's not obvious which track it is serving. Another wild idea: By scrambling (or renaming) the stations, we might induce computer companies to build differently. It would be nice if the AI always used large terminals in order to encompass more houses. It's station placement is rarely precise enough to make good use of tiny depots.
  3. You would need to download a user-made map or else edit one yourself using the game's built-in editor. As SD45 implies, besides changing the earliest allowed start date, you'd want to to make at least one loco available -- otherwise you'd be playing without trains. My US History map allows pushing the start date back into the 1820s (the Monroe administration), but I can't remember exactly how far. It might be 1824.
  4. Wow, that's a lot to take in. I think it might be cool to add a station config, but I wouldn't want to give up any... or would I? I almost never use the medium-sized stations. I could replace them all with odd-ball terminals. Could I make a large terminal "cross the T" at the end of a track? (e.g. building oriented E-W right at end of N-S track)
  5. IIRC, the last version of the EXEdata spreadsheet is inside the zip for the US History map, which is attached to the OP of its own map thread.
  6. You need leverage (debt). Buy out your other investors so all of your company's value becomes part of your PNV. What restrictions does this map have that limit your wheeling and dealing?
  7. Try opening the map in the editor, then walk through the events to read their triggers.
  8. If you can't produce munitions during the US Civil War, then your "Railroad War" competition will be diminished. Indeed, I think it was for munitions in that war that I set the chem dates that I did. Be aware that there are separate dates for factories (buildings), industry (cargo production / conversion) and cargo cars. The original game (even as patched to v1.56) was broken in that there were some divergent dates among those three concepts (e.g. buildings that could appear on the map when no cargo cars were available to carry their production). Supporting the Civil War delivery race is what drove me to work out all of the kinks in munitions / weapons / troops pipelines.
  9. Oh that... Just edit a map to turn off mail. Yes, villages grow into towns, and towns grow into cities. Especially in US History, there's a LOT of growth because the map is designed to be played for nearly 200 years, many times as long as a typical map. When you start out ~1830, each "train" could be just one car of mail or pax. The payoffs are huge, so a single line between any two towns can launch your company. You don't need cities until you develop freight (e.g. paper) that requires them.
  10. Kill723 >> I was able to change the date of the chemical plants to 1905 and the stone bridge date to 1800. Unfortunately, I was not able to find where the weight of the late passenger cars. My changes: - The default value of 00069F07 is .0, which sets the 16-bit integer to 1840. By changing the 16-bit integer to 1800, this address is assigned a new value of 08. (Bridge fix) - The default value of 001406B0 is ., (dot comma), which sets the integer to 1836. By changing the 16-bit integer to 1905, this address is assigned a new value of .q. (Chemical fix). This doesn't appear to cause any problems with the munitions factory demanding chemicals prior to 1905. Finally, the modified EXE will run old maps. I tested this in a map set around 1850 and found that the chemical plants were not removed, but the chemical cargo was.
  11. Kill723 >> Alright, I'll take a look at the EXE and see if I can make any changes. Regarding more difficult gameplay, I was more looking for restrictions to place on myself to make regular maps (in this case, the classic campaign) more difficult. Examples could be a limited amount of engines, limited amount of track cells per year, or maybe even setting the throttle to a lower setting. I'll definitely give your suggestion a shot, though I found the US History map to be frustrating because all of the towns were so small. It's true that the population was much lower in the early 1800s, but Chicago only having a handful of houses (to name one example) became a huge problem. Are the towns designed to get larger as the population rises.
  12. I've heard that from others about chem plants. They haven't been a problem on my maps (at least not recently), but other maps might react differently. If you got my EXE data spreadsheet, then you should be able to edit the CD version of the game to change the intro date of the chem plant building. Bridges are not in a convenient table. Somebody else once found something once, so search the forums here (perhaps one of my threads) for that old message from ~2013, maybe earlier. I've wanted to enable the double-tracked wooden bridge (which exists), but I've never figured out how. Pax cars really did get lighter after the heavy-weight era. I don't recall whose number the 34 is, but if it's mine, then I pulled it from an authoritative source. The EXE data file is merely a road map telling you what's where inside the game's EXE file (CD version patched to v1.56). To edit the game, you must perform surgery on the innards an executable program file. Always backup the original and prior working version. Use what's called a "hex editor" that can translate from hex to decimal. Never change the length of the file (you can only write over what's there; if you shift the position of anything, you'll trash the file). The most challenging map I have is US History choosing Mexico for starting location. See my notes inside the game for the constraints (and choose a start year late enough that a transcontinental award is possible in time to reach silver (required on the way to gold). Since Mexico got started on rails so late, you'll still need to reach the bronze goal before you're allowed to build anything of your own, so brush up your skills as a passive investor.
  13. Kill723 gave me permission to post a PM thread: Kill723 >> I'm looking to make a few edits to RRT2's gameplay but I'm not sure how to implement them. Your US History + 1.56+ Patch are fantastic and definitely add to the game, but there's a few changes I'd like to make myself: - Chemical plants exist before the fertilizer plants. As a result they clutter maps in the 1800s with cargo that can't be used effectively. I want to change the date chemical plants spawn to the same date fertilizer plants spawn - Stone bridges have existed for thousands of years, and it has never made sense to me that they aren't available in game until 1840. I want to correct this so that the stone bridges are also available at the beginning of the game. - I think there's a typo for passenger cars after 1960. Their loaded weight is 34 tons, while the previous generation of cars had a weight of 40 tons. While this change in weight could be for the decrease in passengers, the 34 is sticking out like a sore thumb. If your intention was to decrease the weight for this reason, I think it would be better at 35 tons. Could you show me how to make these changes? I tried changing some values in the EXE Data file myself but it did not affect the game at all. (I made a backup of the original, so no need to worry about that.) Finally, I'm looking for ways to play the game to make it more challenging. The classic campaign is very easy and I'm wondering if there's some extra penalty I could put on myself so that it becomes more difficult.
  14. Does the game suffer even after saving, rebooting and reloading? Is the game actually utilizing your graphics card? Sometimes there are so many years between game and hardware (and drivers) that the CPU ends up doing all of the rendering. When this happens, you need to research things like legacy DirectX support so you can use hardware rendering (freeing up CPU). What graphics settings are you using? Can you give up on anything like shadows or showing trains at all zoom levels? How many CPU cores do you have? Have you tried reserving one core and then launching the game on that core? How much RAM does your game actually use? If less than 2GB, try patching the executable file (after backing up) to access 4GB. Sorry I can't offer anything more specific. I have RT2, not RT3. I've also learned some lessons from SimCity4. Good luck (and thinks for dropping a pebble into this very still pond)!
  15. Is it possible to pipe the screen output to a file you can read afterward? Maybe the program ran successfully and terminated. Do your ports work now?
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