2) for the junctions / terminals with cart collection, there is a dispenser as well. At many of the locations, you have the option to continue or exit. Only choosing the "Exit" option goes to collection. The best example we have at the moment is at x=4000, z=6000. That is a 3 way rail junction, plus a disembark station.
3) The junction at your base connects going in and going out, it just doesn't loop at that end. If you go on at the same time as me, then we can discuss different connection types and the way you want it setup. The main line (ie z=8000) needs to be the primary path through. Personal spurs are an alternate route.
I can take anyone on a TP Tour of the junctions to show different examples, just give me a yell in-game.
OK, now I understand. That's problematic if the loop is more than a dozen or so blocks. It already takes more than 15 minutes to take the rail from one end to the other. If we forced a ride through everyone's spur rails, this would never be a viable solution for transportation.
only 15 mins ? used to have a large railway on another server that was a good 45 mins from start to finish, used quite a lot as there were flags to let people know of a diversion and then they could use a bow and arrow to stop and divert
I haven't timed it. Just finished the spawn line all the way to the border of spawn. So the rail now goes all the way from spawn to the border of blue market. I found a path through on z=975-980
I'm working on using trapped chests as a switch mechanism so you can hit them while moving. That way you won't have to stop at junctions unless you want to. As you see in your post above. I've used the flags above also. They let you know what line you are on and what's coming up ahead.
Cobrex, in the terminal station, it needs to have a place for incoming carts to be collected, (perhaps stored) and then dispensed. Otherwise carts will either clutter the area or not be available for people to ride. We also need to consider allowing a system (it doesn't have to be fast) for a person to get 1 cart for a horse/lama or other non-mypet pet into a cart to transport. One of the goals is to allow people to bring a horse they've trained at their base to the horsetrack for racing.
Tetrix' tunnels have a spiral staircase you can lead a mount down. You can do the same going up to the rail. Optionally, there is no reason for everyone's stations to be at y85 just because the main lines are there. You could instead bring your own station to ground level. Amorfatis's station is setup that way. You might also want to note that Cobrex and Harry want most of the new lines to go about 20-30 below ground level instead of above it.