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Re: Railroad crossings and other traffic props
« Reply #260 on: November 06, 2011, 07:54:30 PM »
Hey guys, first post. I look forward to being a part of the community!

I usually strongly refrain from trying to make any requests during my starting period in a forum community, but I'm in research mode... new to the game... because I not only want to play around, but I'd like to eventually be able to contribute to the community... and while doing research and going through this thread, I was struck with an idea...

According to the latest MUTCD (2009 edition), all passive railroad crossings (with a 10 year grace period, from the time of the writing) must have a yield sign or stop sign to accompany the crossbuck. Personally, I think the yield sign is a bit repetitive since the crossbuck is essentially a yield sign, but there are sometimes situations that really require a stop sign at a passive grade crossing. Especially for those passive angled crossings on pavement, would it be possible to have an option to place a stop sign on the post with the crossbuck, under the "track number" sign?

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« Reply #261 on: November 06, 2011, 09:35:23 PM »
It would, and I already happen to have a suitable sign created (though not yet released).  A yield sign would be a snap to add as well.  I'll be sure to include these as options in a future version of the prop set.
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« Reply #262 on: November 06, 2011, 09:37:58 PM »
It would, and I already happen to have a suitable sign created (though not yet released).  A yield sign would be a snap to add as well.  I'll be sure to include these as options in a future version of the prop set.

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« Reply #263 on: November 06, 2011, 11:01:40 PM »
Wow, they look very cool, thanks for all that hard work, I have not returned back to the Maxis version.
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Re: Railroad crossings and other traffic props
« Reply #264 on: November 10, 2011, 04:24:20 PM »
Jondor,

 :)

A few questions came to mind today while reading through this thread....

1. When you eventually get around to releasing your customization application for this mod set, will we be able to choose to use the modern crossbuck in place of the older version on those dirt/gravel surfaces that cross single railroad tracks? You did an excellent job rendering those older crossbucks, but folks that want a more modern city layout might not be crazy about using them. I know we're quite a ways before we have to imminently worry about that, but I thought it would be good to go ahead and throw the thought in your direction.

2. Alex (Tarkus) found a way around the one-way issue in the TuLEPS project by how the puzzle pieces and stop points within those were created. I know you've already found a way to lower and raise the gates; so, there's no use in reinventing the wheel there.... but is there a possibility that you could use that same principle to get traffic to stop?

3. When RAM is finished with the planned 3-track and 4-track railroads, do you have plans for incorporating those into this project as well (whenever that may be)?

A couple of notes...

1. For some of the folks that want a Midwestern layout and/or an older layout, here's an idea for an older highway flashing light signal...



This is the Griswold Rotating Banner Crossing signal. When inactive, the stop sign banner is rotated perpendicular to traffic, out of sight; but when activated, the stop sign rotates around to face traffic as the lights flash. There are VERY FEW of these still active in the USA, and since the presence of a stop sign at an actively signalized grade crossing goes against recent and current MUTCD guidelines, the stop signs are being taken out. However, for the folks that are trying to do a not-so-modern city, they may really want these for industrial non-gated crossings... especially the model railroad fans.

This isn't really a request for me, directly, because I'm a fan of more modern city layouts... but while I'm still new to everything, presenting ideas to the community is the best way I know to help out... until I have mastered the creation of some of these game modification elements that you guys are so excellent at constructing.

2. I'll be sending you a PM soon concerning a longer-term project idea I've had. It would be a "sister" project to this one... and would also answer a request you had earlier in the thread about signalized crossings located in close proximity to intersections.

Thanks for your time!
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Re: Railroad crossings and other traffic props
« Reply #265 on: November 10, 2011, 10:06:01 PM »
Here's a few answers:

1. Yes, you will be able to choose to use the modern crossbucks instead of the older ones or vice-versa.

2. In order to get the traffic to stop at RHW and OWR crossings, the same SIP principle will have to be applied, it will require a puzzle piece crossing with a different checktype that actually supports stop points; probably road.

3. Yes.  All the ortho props are designed with a 6m offset parallel to the road so that they can be overhung onto adjacent tiles to accommodate the wider railway.

And some counter-notes:

1. I actually have a half-finished Griswold Rotating Banner signal already.  The cutout for the stop sign was giving me a little trouble and I need to get back on that.  They weren't just used in the midwest (although the majority of them were).  The Northern Pacific used them all the way into Washington state and two of them (sans stop signs) still guard a crossing in Tacoma.  Although not for long as they stand at what is currently the end of the Sounder line which is going to be extended.  There's also one with a working stop sign left in California.  It used to be two, but the other was run down by a truck a few years back. :(

Mine will have the option of both the modern red and white stop sign or the older federal yellow.

2. Replied.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #266 on: January 04, 2012, 10:32:50 AM »
Hi Jondor!

Will there be a second phase for the railroad crossings? We haven't heard any news of it since the first pack has been released with the NAM 30.

To me it seems there are still few things to fix: as you can see in the following image, the old maxis railroad crossings are still appearing time to time:



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« Reply #267 on: January 04, 2012, 12:39:12 PM »
Eventually, when I have time to work on them again.  All my SC4 related projects are on hold at the moment.  RL is just too busy for me.  Phase 2 is planned to be diagonal props covering DxO and DxD roadXrail crossings.
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« Reply #268 on: February 02, 2012, 10:13:35 PM »
I don't want to derail ::) this thread again, but I thought I'd pass along that I fixed my issue with mrtnrln's traffic lights...and my z-fighting issues all together.  Here's all the gory details if anyone cares.  ;)
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« Reply #269 on: February 29, 2012, 05:23:13 PM »
*sneak sneak sneak*

I don't remember who requested it, but someone had asked for side lights for crossings near intersections.


You also might notice that I've found a much nicer and more realistic metal texture.  As soon as I update the gate textures to be a little more realistic as well and possibly tweak a few more things, I'll be getting started on the long overdue diagonal props.  ;)
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« Reply #269 on: February 29, 2012, 05:23:13 PM »

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« Reply #270 on: February 29, 2012, 06:55:27 PM »
Whoa, that's pretty nifty!  Welcome back - certainly can't wait to see what else is up your sleeve.

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« Reply #271 on: February 29, 2012, 07:06:27 PM »
What's up my sleeve right now is some new textures for the gate mechanisms:


I dimmed the mast texture just a tad, but because the mast and the signs would be shiny and reflectorized in real life, they'll stay fairly bright.
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« Reply #272 on: March 01, 2012, 01:27:45 AM »
One more (probably the last) little change to the ortho props, I think I'm pretty happy with them now.  Let's see if you can spot the difference:

(And the file name isn't going to help you.  :P)
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« Reply #273 on: March 01, 2012, 02:46:17 AM »
Do these lights have caps now? Sweet!

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« Reply #274 on: March 01, 2012, 10:58:55 AM »
They do indeed, although I think I'm going to edit the texture slightly to highlight the edges better against the backing plate.
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« Reply #275 on: March 02, 2012, 12:31:45 PM »
Dang that's the stuff. They're looking a lot more realistic now.

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« Reply #276 on: March 03, 2012, 12:22:37 AM »
Hmm..... What's this now?


I haven't added the HD textures to the signs yet, but rest assured, it will happen.  :thumbsup:
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« Reply #277 on: March 09, 2012, 12:07:19 AM »
WOW, im in shock, im the one who inquired about the side light possibility. Unfortunately might be a while until I play simcity 4 again since my hard drive with many many plugins as well as bats and other things has died...this seems to be a common problem for me  &sly. Very awesome though!

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« Reply #278 on: March 09, 2012, 12:23:25 AM »
I knew someone had mentioned it, but apparently I didn't quite make it back to page 9 to find it.  In any case it stuck in my mind and I happen to drive past two intersections almost daily with side lights like that.

Thanks to the TuLEP pieces not changing T21s when zoning around them changes (and being designed to be placed near intersections), it's pretty easy to define two T21s for each piece and let people replop if they get the wrong one the first time.

Draggable crossings are dicier since they can change back and forth at the drop of a hat, but it'll go into the eventual config program anyway.
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« Reply #279 on: March 09, 2012, 07:41:27 AM »
Nice work on the diagonal crossing props, Jondor!  I'm looking forward to seeing the HD version.  :thumbsup:
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