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Hi all. I recently have been enjoying SimCity 4 again, and specifically building cities with only older style buildings and other amenities. 

There are a few things that look out of place still in the default Maxis package, but one glaring one for me is the Passenger Trains: 

I'm hoping someone knows of a skin/automata that will allow the Passenger trains to look as they did in the late 19th/early 20th century era, i.e. steam locomotives and period appropriate cars?

 

Side note: is there a mod that anyone knows of that would allow for more heavy rail usage in general, or old elevated rail lines over streets and avenues? I know NAM contains el rail pieces that go over streets and avenues, however I can't seem to allow for a junction where lines meet in this respect.

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6 hours ago, stefmikhail said:

Side note: is there a mod that anyone knows of that would allow for more heavy rail usage in general, or old elevated rail lines over streets and avenues? I know NAM contains el rail pieces that go over streets and avenues, however I can't seem to allow for a junction where lines meet in this respect.

Heavy Rail over road (as in, directly above and parallel to it) is not possible at the moment. However, El-Rail (light rail, passenger only) over Road and El-Rail over Avenue/RD-4 are available. The El-Rail over Road is puzzle piece based, which means you must place each piece exactly as you want it, and it must look how you want it. However, the El-Rail over Avenue/RD-4 (ERoA) is Flex based, which means that the various limited pieces you see can connect dynamically based on what they are placed next to. You can have ELR junctions over road, switches, and all other (or most other) functionality. Also, roads and other networks can connect dynamically if you drag the corresponding network up to the ERoA pieces; a connection should be indicated in the preview before you release the mouse as you do so. I believe it's a drag-to, not drag-through system but it's been a while since I last used it so a quick test will tell you all you need. This preview video by Ganaram is pretty comprehensive for how the system is supposed to work:

New for NAM 36 is also basic Elevated Rail draggable functionality, but this is only available if you are using RRW (the newest Heavy Rail development in the NAM, which replaces the deprecated RAM from years past). I highly recommend the RRW, but to install it you have to choose custom installation and select it from the options. Draggable ERRW (Elevated RRW) comes in 2 heights (7.5 and 15m) and supports most crossings, but doesn't, IIRC, support Single Track Rail on the elevated portions, though crosslinks with STR (on the ground) are supported.

The best way to encourage heavy rail usage is to design your cities around it. If you avoid highways and design mass transit funnels to your rail lines, Sims will generally flock towards using them, especially as long as they are faster than driving or using the bus (everything is faster than using the bus in most cases).

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  • Wow thank you so much for the prompt responses guys. I'll take a look at those skins shortly Yarahi, and thanks for the extremely comprehensive explanation of my query; I look forward to giving it a try!

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  • Since you were both so helpful, I might as well ask if you're familiar with any car skins that would also be 1920's/1930's style?Since you were both so helpful, I might as well ask if you're familiar with any car skins that would also be 1920's/1930's style?

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    On 7/7/2018 at 5:36 PM, stefmikhail said:

    car skins that would also be 1920's/1930's style?

    This is all that comes to mind.

    All else I can think of is a 20s/30s style Dusenberg that comes with the game (made by Maxis) and maybe some older trucks but everything else is probably a prop rather than an automata.

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    There is one other set i'm aware of that fits the bill for cars of that vintage, but I recall them being on SimCity.cn. I did a Model T-based truck for an older file with steamboats but none as a standalone file. Most cars I focus on are more late-50's to modern day. Though I had an idea for a 1948 rarity but my current backlog goes on forever.

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