Astroneer new Rails update has made the game more fun and easier. The newly added trains will make things easier to transport the resources from one place to the other. But still, it is important to understand the whole operating and building of the rail system to successfully transport the goods.
In this guide, we’ll tell you how you can make a successful rail system in the new update.
The Rail System consists of several things and we’ll go through all of them one by one on how to pace it and how it works. The things in the Rail System are the following.
- Rail Posts
- Rail Cars & Rail Engines
- Railway Junctions
- Railway Stations
Rail Posts are the main parts of the rail system because without the rail posts no rail cars or rail engines can run because there’ll be no rail line without the rail posts. The main purpose of placing the rail posts is to create a rail line on the path that you want. The Rail Posts are of two types. Regular Rail Post and the Tall Rail Post. The Regular Tail post is at the normal height from the ground whereas the Tall Rail Post is higher than the Regular Rail Post. If you want to run your rail cars at more height then you can place a Tall Rail Post and if the height doesn’t bother you then you can use the regular rail post as well. You can also attach them together. It is not necessary for them to attach to the same kind of rail post.
Both of these Rail Posts come in the bundle of 10 and when you place 1 rail post on the ground, it will create a rail line and when you go at a distance to place the next rail post, you’ll see a white line or blue line or red line. These lines will indicate the length of the rail from the previous rail post. You can place the rail post at any distance from the white line to the blue line but you cannot place it on the red line. Place the rail line on the path you desire and you can even call the rail car on the specific rail post by pressing the button of that rail post.
Rail Cars & Rail Engines
Rail Cars are the vehicles that you’ll use on the rails. It will travel automatically on the rail that you have placed so you don’t have to worry about placing an engine on it in order for it to travel. But it will be significantly slower. If you place the engine on the rail car the speed of the rail car will be increased but if you are at the beginning and you just want to make your rail system work then you can just place the rail posts and rail cars on it to make it work.
The rail cars & rail engines consume the power and if you attach the rail car with the engine, it will tell you the total draw of the power. You can add six rail cars on the rail line attached to each other or you can add 5 rail cars and 1 engine. The total length of the train will be up to 6 rail cars.
The Railway Junction is used to divert your rail line from one location to another. You can place the rail junctions and it will divert the path of your rail car when you press the switch of the rail junction. It is useful when you want to park your trains in the station or depot. It does make it a bit more complex but once you have more than 1 train going on a rail line track then you probably want to use it.
The Railway Station is very useful because it has some useful commands associated to it. The rail cars and rail engines that go through the railway station will be checked on the commands that you have entered on the station. The station has Stop Mode in which you can stop all Uncalled Cars or Stop All Cars. The station also has a Loading Mode in which you can Loads Stopped Cars or Unloads Stopped Cars.
These were all the things that you have to set up for a successful railway system but if you don’t want to make a complex railway system then you can only use the rail posts and rail cars and it will just do fine.