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    Basic Use of Smoncrie's Hole Digger Lots

    If you have a question on this article, please PM Rochefort or make a thread in the Omnibus Feedback Forum!

    This is a brief explanation of the basic uses of smoncrie’s hole digger lots for creating tunnels and channels for sunken transportation routes.First up are the hole digger lots used for creating tunnels. Although I have shown each lot producing it’s intended tunnel i.e. the highway digger lot producing a tunnel for a highway, each lot can be used for any transportation mode.










    Next is a basic explanation of the combinations resulting from the use of smoncrie's hole digger lots to produce channels for transport networks and the visual effect created when you lay bridge puzzle pieces across them with the NAM

    Each hole digger lot produces a particular depth or height if you're using the ground lifter lot. Although they were originally created for tunnelling, they can be used for producing sunken/raised transport routes.



    The optimum depth/height is 15m from ground level. This will enable you to create a perfectly straight bridge. All other measurements will produce a slight (or extreme) variation.

    You can also expand the area in question using either a further row of hole digger lots or by the single road tile method. For example, I regularly expand the sunken lot to two-tile width for sunken avenues/highways instead of using the hole digger allocated for that purpose.

    The best way for you to understand this is to see the alternatives, using a road bridge as a constant in the theme.

    8m Rail Channel


    10m Rail Channel


    15m Raised Bank


    14m Road Channel


    17m Road Channel


    15m Sunken Channel


    14m Avenue Channel


    12m Ground Highway Channel


    23m Monorail Channel


    26m Monorail Channel


    If you have a question on this article, please PM Rochefort or make a thread in the Omnibus Feedback Forum!

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    This is very interesting, Rochefort, however you do not explain how to lower the terrain on the exact spots where the (rail-)roads are intended.

    In other words, with what buttons do I effectuate that Smoncrie's Hole Digger?

    I can't find anything in the menu's exept for the [Landscape] options, but these are expensive and slow.

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