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Electric Locomotive

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Electric Locomotive
Electric Locomotive.png
This locomotive is used to move Freight Cars from station to station.
Requires 25-110MW of Power to drive.
Must be built on railway.
Named 'Leif' by FISCIT pioneers because of its reliability.
Equipment
Type Vehicle
Power 25-110 MW
Max speed 120 km/h
0-50 km/h minimum 4 s
Crafting
Crafted In Equipment Workshop
Ingredients
Heavy Modular Frame.png
5
Motor.png
10
Steel Pipe.png
15
Computer.png
5
Beacon.png
5
Resources breakdown [Expand]
5 ×  Heavy Modular Frame
25 ×  Modular Frame
75 ×  Reinforced Iron Plate
300 ×  Iron Plate
600 ×  Iron Ingot
600 ×  Iron Ore
1800 ×  Screw
300 ×  Iron Rod
300 ×  Iron Ingot
300 ×  Iron Ore
150 ×  Iron Rod
150 ×  Iron Ingot
150 ×  Iron Ore
75 ×  Steel Pipe
75 ×  Steel Ingot
113 ×  Iron Ore
113 ×  Coal
25 ×  Encased Industrial Beam
125 ×  Concrete
375 ×  Limestone
100 ×  Steel Beam
300 ×  Steel Ingot
450 ×  Iron Ore
450 ×  Coal
450 ×  Screw
75 ×  Iron Rod
75 ×  Iron Ingot
75 ×  Iron Ore
10 ×  Motor
20 ×  Stator
200 ×  Wire
67 ×  Copper Ingot
67 ×  Copper Ore
60 ×  Steel Pipe
60 ×  Steel Ingot
90 ×  Iron Ore
90 ×  Coal
20 ×  Rotor
440 ×  Screw
74 ×  Iron Rod
74 ×  Iron Ingot
74 ×  Iron Ore
60 ×  Iron Rod
60 ×  Iron Ingot
60 ×  Iron Ore
15 ×  Steel Pipe
15 ×  Steel Ingot
23 ×  Iron Ore
23 ×  Coal
5 ×  Computer
60 ×  Cable
120 ×  Wire
40 ×  Copper Ingot
40 ×  Copper Ore
90 ×  Plastic
120 ×  Crude Oil
50 ×  Circuit Board
300 ×  Wire
100 ×  Copper Ingot
100 ×  Copper Ore
150 ×  Plastic
200 ×  Crude Oil
300 ×  Screw
50 ×  Iron Rod
50 ×  Iron Ingot
50 ×  Iron Ore
5 ×  Beacon
15 ×  Iron Plate
30 ×  Iron Ingot
30 ×  Iron Ore
5 ×  Iron Rod
5 ×  Iron Ingot
5 ×  Iron Ore
10 ×  Cable
20 ×  Wire
7 ×  Copper Ingot
7 ×  Copper Ore
75 ×  Wire
25 ×  Copper Ingot
25 ×  Copper Ore
Total Base Ingredients
320 ×  Crude Oil
239 ×  Copper Ore
2019 ×  Iron Ore
375 ×  Limestone
675 ×  Coal

The Electric Locomotive is a vehicle used to transport cargo and engineers along the Railway. Connected Freight Cars can be loaded/unloaded via Freight Platforms. The Electric Locomotive can be automated, by setting a list of Train Stations for it to stop at.

Multiple cargo freight cars and locomotives can be chained together to form a single train. The train is currently the fastest vehicle in game, capable of reaching over 365km/h downhill[1], allowing for efficient long range resource transportation.

Power[edit | edit source]

  • A locomotive requires at least 25MW of power to operate, and up to 110MW if it is going uphill or gaining speed.
  • If the railway is not powered, you cannot accelerate the train. You can still brake a moving train on a powerless railway.
  • In a multiplayer game, locomotive always appear powerless to the client. This also disables the ability to control the train by the client.

Construction[edit | edit source]

  • Do not build the locomotive on a slope, as it will start moving downhill by itself, making it difficult to take over control again.
  • To add more locomotives or freight cars to the train, select the blueprint and look at the railway behind or in front the current locomotive / freight car until you see the 'snap', then click to confirm. You can connect even if the train is moving. This feature is disabled for a client.
  • There is no option to detach or attach the individual vehicles. The only way to re-arrange the train is by de-constructing it then construct the new train layout.
  • A locomotive doesn't need to be at the front of a train. It could be placed at the end or at the middle. However, automated trains will only work if there is at least one locomotive at the leading section of the train, or at both ends if the train is double-headed.

Deconstruction[edit | edit source]

  • You cannot deconstruct the locomotive when it is moving, wait until it completely stops. You could deconstruct the railway beneath it to stop the moving train.

Collision[edit | edit source]

  • Trains and railways currently do not have any collision box along the travel direction, with the exception of wheeled Vehicles. This means trains can only be collided with a wheeled vehicle such as a Truck but nothing else. This holds true even if a player is in the train, that means riding a train can clip through player built structures and natural terrain, if the railway is built through. Engineers will not die if hit by a moving train.
  • The side of the train has collisions. However it only prevents the engineer from clipping through the side and will not cause train collisions.
  • If a player is standing on a moving train, and if it collided with another train, the player will then be carried away by the second train.

Train length[edit | edit source]

  • On horizontal railways, a locomotive can pull more freight cars easily (up to 100 per locomotive has been measured).
  • On uneven railways, it is advised to keep the ratio of locomotives and freight cars at 1:2.
  • A single locomotive can pull a maximum of 2 freight cars when moving steep uphill with a steady speed of 54km/h. More than that and the train will stop moving up somewhere middle of the slope.

Speed[edit | edit source]

Trains have a horizontal maximum speed of 120 km/h, or 121 km/h without any freight car attached. When going down a long steep slope, trains can reach over 365km/h. Trains suffer speed loss when moving uphill or in curves. A locomotive alone moves at 91km/h when climbing up the steepest possible slope of 1:2.322. Trains with higher freight cars to locomotive ratio take more time to accelerate and brake. Manually driven trains can go backwards without receiving speed penalty.

While in manual driving, pressing the opposite direction key brakes the train. When additionally pressing the hand brake key (default spacebar) one can brake the train more effectively.

Tips for item transportation[edit | edit source]

The speed in which a train can transport items is dependent on a few factors:

  • Total round-trip time of the train
  • Number of freight cars
  • Inventory of each freight car (currently 32 Stacks)
  • Stack size of the transported items
  • (Input to the train station / should be handled by conveyors)

Most likely a certain transport speed is needed by the Engineer, similar to the speed of the conveyor belt in the unit items/minute. Therefore the following formula can be applied to calculate the needed amount of freight cars for a desired item speed (DS):

Number of freight cars = (DS [items/min] * RoundTripTime [min]) / (StackSize * 32)

For each item with different stack size this calculation needs to be done. The round trip time depends on the speed of the train (number of locomotives), the length of the train (number of cars), the length and incline of the track aswell as loading / unloading time (both combined are 50 seconds). One full cycle should be measured with a stop watch to determine the RoundTripTime.

  • For higher throughput, it is advantageous to extend the current train length instead of adding more trains. This also saves power.
  • The train average speed reduces as the distance reduces. Thus it could be disadvantageous to use trains as short distance transportation.

Round trip time[edit | edit source]

Two end-to-end stations with a fixed length of railway in between are built, and the time taken for a round trip is measured: The train is configured as 1-n-1 double-headed train, where n is the number of freight cars attached in-between.

First test: Distance = 8km (approx. diagonal length of the map)

No. of Freight cars 0 (manual) 0 1 2 3 4 8 16
Time taken 8m26s 9m22s 10m21s 10m26s 10m36s 10m40s 11m8s 12m0s
Average speed (km/h) 113.8 102.5 92.8 92.1 90.6 90.0 86.2 80.0

Second test: Distance = 800m (approx. the distance from grass field to coal)

No. of Freight cars 0 (manual) 0 1 2 3 4 8 16
Time taken 1m4s 1m54s 2m52s 2m57s 3m1s 3m8s 3m17s 3m26s
Average speed (km/h) 90.0 50.5 33.5 32.5 31.8 30.6 29.2 28.0
  • (More precise measurements needed, please help.)

A double-headed train with no freight car and manual drive is measured as a reference. Where a freight car is present, the loading and unloading time of 25 seconds at each station is included.

Horn[edit | edit source]

  • Press left mouse button to horn.
  • In some occasions a different horn sound is played.

Automation[edit | edit source]

  • Pressing the vehicle menu while in the train, or interacting with any connected train station will bring up the train schedule. Set the name of the train and station name before doing so. Select your train in the train list. Set at least two different stations, you can pick the station and edit their order in a route.
  • The train station will only accept the incoming train from one direction. The train can depart from the station to any direction though.
  • If a train route is set for that train, it will always attempt to run in automated mode; there is no button to toggle between manual mode and auto mode. Entering a train will switch the train from auto mode to manual mode. To return to auto mode, the engineer has to exit the train. (You can stand above the locomotive if you want to take a 'automated' ride)
  • If the train does not move even if its train route is set, check if the railway is connected properly. Check if all train stations are built at the correct direction. Check if power is connected to at least one of the stations.
  • Automated trains accelerate slower, brake slower and brake more often at turns and near stations.
  • In a multi-locomotive train, all connected locomotives are treated as a single train and thus share the same train schedule. All connected locomotives provide pulling force regardless in which direction they face. Thus it is advantageous to build at least one forward-facing and one backward-facing locomotive in a train.

Leaning[edit | edit source]

Train visually leans while driving curves.

Current issues[edit | edit source]

  • At the current version, client cannot interact with the locomotives. This also means the train schedule may only be set up by the host.
  • Trains appear laggy to client.
  • Attempt to 'ride' a train by standing on top of it will crash the game, this particularly happens to client side only. It may kill the client-controlled engineer during the re-join process.

See also[edit | edit source]

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=155&v=p231tUiSNeU