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Ferro City: city of rail

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I actually finished a city I build for a change, rather than trying out concepts. Welcome to Ferro City, a Casino city that's all about rail.

 

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Here you can see Main Avenue. 'Main' as in: it's a direct connection between the north entrance and south entrance of the city, but few people use it. You can see Old Town to the right, with the streetcar tracks going into it and New Town to the left. The all-important rail connection cuts straight through the middle, being elevated over the Avenue all the way.
 
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Here you see the heart of Old Town. The High Density street in the middle is the main road out of this part of the city. Overhanging the road is the Elevated Streetcar tracks. Two roads run parallel to this road and it's on these roads that you'll find most apartment buildings. From these parallel roads, you can get on the Elevated Streetcar tracks easily with the various stops located between the buildings. The streetcar track is very important because it brings the sims to the most important part of the city.
 
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And here it is: Iron Boulevard. With three Rail stations, six Streetcar stops and two High density Avenues all comming together, it is swarming with tourists. Three casino's are ready to relieve tourists of their money, tacky monument replica's 'Vegas style' provde a nice distraction and help wring out any simolians left. There are constantly trains and streetcars arriving, bringing in hundreds of tourists. (Don't mind all the traffic lights. The Streetcar stops create them but because they don't cross the road they're always green!)
 
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Behind the casino's is a little park where gamblers can take some fresh air. There is also a Stadium with daily concerts, which is of course also flanked by two underground streetcar stops. Hotels can also be found around here if sims want to get away from the casino's for a while.
 
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Why are there so many Streetcar stops? The majority of the tourists arrive from the north either through regional busses or they get of North Station. From here they can get on the Streetcar and get the scenic route straight through Old Town. Not as fast as taking the train directly to Iron Boulevard, but certainly a better way to see the city. 
 
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North of Iron Boulevard and West of Old Town lies New Town. This community was formed as a result of the demand for medium and high wealth sims. Instead of a squeeking, rusted rail heading straight through the center like Old Town, here sims have chosen to use subways instead. Streetcars occasionally pop up from the ground, but if you don't know where to find the stops, you wouldn't know there was such an extensive network in this part of town.
 
The sunday rest of New Town was disturbed by the founding of a small airstrip behind it. In an attempt to get high wealth tourists to visit the city, private jets where flown in. During Stadium days, the sleepy neighbourhood get's flooded with taxis.
 
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Streetcar/subway network:

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My goal was to make a city with as many sims using either elevated rail or subways as possible. I also wanted to create as many rail tracks, hanging over other roads as possible creating a sort of 'relic from the old industrial age' type of look for my poor part of town. I'm especially happy with the main casino hub. Each train station has 1000-4000 tourists per day. Each streetcar stop brings in 1000-2000 tourists. There are constantly sims being brought in by some rail-based vehicle. Also my 'subway network' looks really clean here. I'm very proud of how neatly I was able to cover up the intersections underground.

 

Initially I also wanted ALL my workers to travel by streetcar. However my streetcar layout made this impossible. Streetcars work best with single loops. All the intersections and stops that are not part of the main route made it difficult for the streetcar AI to effectively pick up everyone. I need to rethink how to place stops on elevated rail, in order to get better results. 

 

I also made the mistake of having shopping in the casino district and not in Old Town. Shoppers flooded the roads trying to reach the casino district. In my first setup, all traffic had to go through the two avenues in the south (workers from Old Town made a giant 8-loop around the city tile). Between the workers, the shoppers and the tourists, my whole city became gridlocked. Crime rose quickly in poor Old Town with no way for the police to get there and large sections of the town burned down. I since added more commercial and allowed workers to take a back door route to the casino district when I realised I was not going to get everybody on the streetcar with this setup.

 

My Streetcar setup was definately subpar. Adding more cars didn't help. I need to smoothen it out more. Then again, this city was designed to work subpar to go with the whole 'outdated' look. I wish streetcar AI was a little smarter though.

 

I love the elevated rail look. I'll definately try another city with something similar. Especially the train/streetcar combination over the Main Avenue looks amazing IMHO. Not to mention how usefull it is to have rail over road. Sure, I could have build the casino district on the other side of town, but where's the fun in that?

 

And in case you're wondering: no my Elegant Casino is not making any money, or breaking even in the slightest. I pretty sure the addons for attracting high wealth don't work and there is no water to have cruise ships. 

 

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Wow! Outstanding work! Man, I wish they'd hurry up with making bigger maps! Your city would really stand out to me, even more so than it is now. :yes:

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reReticulated Spline    63
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  • Thanks for the compliments. My tourism traffic is indeed very well regulated. Worker commuting is, ok enough.

     

    I don't think this city would need a bigger map. It's sort of done. Maybe I'll make a sister city for this one with more rails over roads and maybe some depressing industry in and around town.

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    reReticulated Spline    63
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  • Where the heck is your city? What region and zone? I'd like to simply take a look, just to admire it closely!

     

    Ehm, how do you share that? It's on Europe West 1, a private region called "Ferro", user ID S2076. Because it's a private region do I need to invite you to it first or something?

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    Where the heck is your city? What region and zone? I'd like to simply take a look, just to admire it closely!

     

    Ehm, how do you share that? It's on Europe West 1, a private region called "Ferro", user ID S2076. Because it's a private region do I need to invite you to it first or something?

     

    I don't know. Can you do that? Does anyone here know?

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    It's definitely cool. I have been trying a lot designing road and my first few cities was without street car, I wanted to get a mix of every different type of roads in one single to reflect something more realistic than having everything goes into high density. great works!

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