Railroad Design — Design Guide (Cities Skylines Tutorial)




**Warning: This is a really old tutorial**
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In this tutorial I cover some of the following techniques that will allow you to create great looking city layouts:

00:29 – Positioning train stations
02:16 – Creating a railyard
05:10 – Mirroring the freight terminal
04:13 – Upgrading the primary roads
06:32 – Customizing the tracks
08:14 – Mixing with with industrial zones
09:21 – Decorating

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38 thoughts on “Railroad Design — Design Guide (Cities Skylines Tutorial)

  • May 11, 2018 at 12:52 am
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    Thanks for this video! I can finally get over the annoying problem of trying to align my train stations!

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  • May 18, 2018 at 4:23 pm
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    Hope you figured out by now, to turn off the road snap when trying to place them with precision.

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  • May 20, 2018 at 3:00 am
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    I got a problem but it is different the train station is far away to the main station and I try to make a line then it said cannot find the path i dont know what to do Edit not cargo

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  • June 19, 2018 at 1:01 am
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    Hey i have a dell xps 13 9360 with 8 gb ram and intel 620 graphics. Does city skyline works fine in my laptop??

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  • September 1, 2018 at 7:51 pm
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    Public transits like train lose money. I have tried to maintain income of 30k above for few tries and I had to used no public transit. I relied on only highways for all my import and export. Every single investment in transportation lose money. For the rail you can’t even make back the maintenance budget for the railroad. Honestly they should do something about it. I don’t like to use unlimited money mod because economy is a important way to judge the success of a city. But if I invest in a bus line and there’s about 500 people taking the bus then I should at least break even or actually make money. Transport tower also doesn’t do jackass, it should at least increase the income from transportation or the efficiency. Tram loses money big time. With correctly planned roads, I was able to keep the traffic flow at about 76% during the day and 80% during the night. The next goal is to see if I can still maintain 30k/week if I add public transit. It’s gonna be a challenge.

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  • December 11, 2018 at 7:21 pm
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    Draw an 8-unit road off the track then draw your desired road off the end of that. Perfect spacing without having to plant a station.

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  • January 7, 2019 at 6:36 pm
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    How many times will this be recommended? Seriously I do know this now, can we carry on YouTube? Just kidding this message is not explicit for Larry Page.

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  • February 1, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    I would have loved if you had gone more into best practices and tips for rail design. You almost touched on some of that when you mentioned that if a rail track curved too much it would slow it down, but I would have loved more; things like, is it possible to get trains to use alternate routes to avoid traffic, best ways to implement it in one’s city, and don’ts that lead to poor performance

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  • February 11, 2019 at 6:42 pm
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    When I made this video the game had just came out and there weren't that many custom assets or tools to create realistic looking rail infrastructure.

    Here's are some videos I made long after this one that tackle railway design:
    Arrowhead Junction: https://youtu.be/h7lZwbn6tDU
    Ocampo: https://youtu.be/PPvji5lIwo4 (in Spanish, with English subtitles)

    Also, my buddy Bsquikle made a great tutorial on how to create more advanced railyards:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a_LHJ2YYgFU

    You might also be interested in this railroad replacement mod kit assuming you are playing the PC version of the game:
    https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1569088356

    My videos in general are oriented around aesthetics and detailing of cities, if that's more your thing check out the playlist below for more tutorials:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYTjyn6fVp5gT7EOsA3celBlCQZ4c1qe4

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  • February 20, 2019 at 9:37 pm
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    Watching this 3 years later with all the mods installed that allow you actually to create a more realistic looking rail yard than in GTA IV – this video is a nice look back at how this game looked like when it was just released

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  • March 14, 2019 at 1:00 am
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    But if you put a train station on the main line you’ll eventually have a train traffic problem

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  • March 26, 2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Steel on Steel (wheels on Railroad) doesn't allow a train to go up to the elevation road… it doesn't look real.

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  • March 27, 2019 at 10:54 pm
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    one thing is, if youre trying to be realistic you wouldnt change the elevation of the tracks but the road

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  • May 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    That star thing ro align train stations just image how much it would cost

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  • May 25, 2019 at 2:22 pm
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    I’m really confused. Why would you add random and absolutely useless dead ends?

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