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Bug with track switches and detector rails

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avatar From: OP
Mon, 24 Dec 2018 16:27:02 -0000

When a long train rides over a track switch, its tail may get teleported to

the other track. When there is an activated detector rail before the

switch, it remains activated after the tail teleports. After that, the

detector rail remains activated even if it is destroyed and placed again.

It goes deactivated after a train rides on it and then rides off again.

avatar From: Developer
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 21:45:01 -0000

This "bug" is caused by some sort of "design flaw" in the path system.

Originally, trains passing wrongly over switches was regularily

impossible and worked only sometimes because of a bug, then it became

legitimate, but the core problem hasn't changed: The "reference"

position is at the front of the train, and the "tail" is oriented along

the track backwards.

The only non-hacky solution to this would be to set the switch position

in the moment the train drives on it towards the direction the train

came from. However, this breaks "spring switch" setups where railways

depend upon this behavior.

One of the short-term goals is a way to specify a "default position" for

turnouts that those turnouts return to once a train clears the track

section after a route or when the turnout is otherwise cleared. This

could be used to continue using spring switch setups. But I am open to

ideas in this.

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