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Building points

Post by Tstageman on Fri Sep 07, 2012 9:20 am

Quick question all, about building points.

Thus far I have only mastered the art of basic points where the two tracks are joining to make it look like a point, not really using the points objects, but using the curve one way and then back the other method (to simulate crossing from one track to another), I've found that it doesn't make very good points unless they are extremely tight. How can I build decent points? I understand the principal of a null rail and using a point object over the top of some track, but whenever I have a go, it never seems to turn out how I want it to.

Any advice at all?

Thanks

Tom
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Re: Building points

Post by tof63 on Fri Sep 07, 2012 10:00 am

Tstageman wrote:it never seems to turn out how I want it to
BVE and openBVE don't have any kind of "point" command being part of route file statements.
Moreover an object looking like a point can be placed on the track using the freeobj statement. This object, as every other, has to be built according with its apparence.

If you use the SWITCH 1.5 program available here here to build the object, pay attention to the "Direction of travel" parameter (read the SWITCH-Readme.doc file inside the zipped file before using it).

Switch 1.5 is a DOS only program, so you need DOSBOX to run it under Windows 7.
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Re: Building points

Post by Tstageman on Sat Sep 08, 2012 7:55 am

Yes, I've used another points generator before and created some points but its getting the curve correct so that if you're crossing from one track to an adjacent one, so that they don't end up at the wrong angles. I'll see if I can get a screenshot to show what I mean.

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Re: Building points

Post by graymac on Sat Sep 08, 2012 8:15 am

The key to succesful crossovers is more the offset than the radius, it's more difficult to explain than it is to do, but the fact that it is possible can be seen in the many and varied crossovers in the Ballyfeckin routes. Both .rail & .freeobj point items are used plus the "null rail" where necessary. The coding isn't hard to analyse.
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