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    Wondering what you all use for naming conventions for your different transport lines. With so many lines between cargo, inner-city buses and trams and then of course the trains, I’ve found this to be helpful in keeping things organized and easy to understand/manage the routes.

    I’ve adopted the following which has been working fairly well.


    All cities get a three letter code, e.g. Glossop becomes GLO, Barnley becomes BAR, etc.


    For Cargo from raw material to manufacturer:

    [Raw Material]-[City code]-[Mill, refinery, etc.]

    For Goods to town:

    [Goods]-[City code]

    Inner-city travel:

    [City code]-[Bus or tram]-[#]

    Inter-city Passenger:

    [City code]-[City code]-[City code, etc.]-[#]


    Anyway just curious what else people are doing and if it can give me any better ideas about how to do it.





    CITY – TYPE (Either cargo for trains or vehicle for bus/tram) – NUMBER

    So London – Bus 1 or London – Lumber 1

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 7 months ago by Mansen.

    City name Tram (City Tram Routes)

    City name to City name eg (Uckfield to Camelford)         City to City

    City name + Industry name     eg (Camelford Iron Mine)  Raw resources to refineries

    Industry to Cityname       eg  (Steelmill to Camelford)         Goods to city

    I think that baically covers all my names i use.

    Sometimes if i need to transfer goods around the city, I name it: (Cityname Goods Transfer)





    • This reply was modified 9 years, 7 months ago by hert.

    For Intercity-Passenger Transport nearly the same:

    Example: Woodbridge to Tow Loaw, my first train line, became 1-WB-TW, later on, when i connected a third city for it, Dinnington St. John it became 1-WB-TW-DSJ
    After that, I just took the start and the end city of a line into the name, example Dinnington St. John to Bexhill-on-Sea became 3-DSJ-BOS, but in total this line connects 6 cities, DSJ is the starting city and BOS the ending city of the line.

    For Freight:

    If it is a line raw ressource -> industry -> city its called in my game for example:

    Iron-Goods-Downham Market
    If only a good transport corrisponding Goods-City or, a ressource transport to an industry near a city Ressource-City
    If i have multiple lines transporting the same type of freigt to one Industry/city, the get numerized.
    For example:
    Goods-Downham Market 1
    Goods-Downham Market 2

    and so on.

    For Public Transport within city I give it a line number, the ÖPNV-Prefix (In German ÖPNV means “Öffentlicher Personennahverkehr” or in einglish Public Transport) and the City name for example:

    1-ÖPNV-Downham Market

    I don’t adapt the name towards if I use busses or tram.
    And with all my line names, the numerization represents the order in which they were set up.

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 7 months ago by Azrael.
    • This reply was modified 9 years, 7 months ago by Azrael.
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