Neighbors are. Yellow signal lights indicate an IT from a Neighbor (and those trains will have yellow outlines). White signal lights indicate a player's IT is idle and awaiting dispatch. NOTE: Yellow lights override white lights.
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Once the player builds an IT, they then choose who to send it to. The time required to complete an IT run depends on the chosen recipients:
- NORMAL: Most Contractors and all Neighbours - 4 hours
- Bobby - 2 hours
- Johann - 1 hour
- Mrs. Wilma - 30 minutes
Often, special events are held where the Trip Duration for NORMAL International Trains are reduced. Typically, it is lowered to 3 hours.
It is worth noting here that when using Trainroute Planner to send to multiple recipients, the longest duration will always take priority. For example, sending a train to Bobby AND Johann will take 2 hours, not 1.
Next, the player chooses how many resources to send using a slider bar. Trains carrying multiple resources will have multiple sliders.
Finally, the player dispatches the train, or has the option to change recipients.
Once ITs are dispatched, they can only be cancelled for the first 1:40 (one minute and forty seconds) of the trip. The "Cancel Train" button can be found by expanding the small arrow next to the train:
Sending ITs to Contractors is an important part of playing TrainStation. They are used to complete Contracts by sending the requested locomotives, Sets , wagons, or resources as needed. Resources sent to contractors are removed from the player's inventory.
An IT will arrive at a Contractor's station about six minutes after being dispatched. ITs will wait at a Contractor's station for one hour. If the player manually unloads that train, the Contractor will receive a 10% bonus of the resources sent. If not unloaded after one hour, the train will unload itself and return to the player.
Sending ITs to Neighbors is a great way to support friends in TrainStation. Loading up trains with resources or sending rare locomotives for their Museum collections helps your friend's game progress. And, it usually means they will send similar trains back to the player in return.
An IT will arrive at a Neighbour's station about five minutes after being dispatched. ITs will wait at a Neighbour's station for up to 24 hours, giving the Neighbour an opportunity to collect the train's load. This 24 hour wait does not affect the IT's trip duration. Uncollected loads are lost forever and are NOT to the player!
ITs are often required for completing various Achievements which reward players with many useful trains, items, and even gems .
The Trainroute Planner extension lets the player send a train to more than one recipient. See the Trainroute Planner page for details.
Redirecting ITsEditSwitch Outpost is a Special Building which can be purchased from the Shop and placed on any one of the player's stations. All future ITs will arrive at that station, which helps organize train management. See also Train Yard Tower for similar behavior with Express Trains.
ITs receive a bonus to capacity over Local Trains. This allows the player to send larger quantities of resources with each trip.
- The math part
- A 0% bonus wagon when you start the game using a steam train can send 225 materials
- From there you can just add the different bonus to see how much will be sent :
- Dispatching a Crampton with 4 Log Cart
- A log cart is 10% bonus on
- So 225X1.10 or 225+((225X10)/100) = 247.5 ==>248 per wagon
- 248 X 4 wagons = 992 Total
- Dispatching a EMD SD7 with 5 Chrome Wood
- The Chrome Wood is 100% bonus on
- The diesel train gives a 40% bonus
- So 225x2 or 225+((225x100)/100) = 450 per wagon
- Diesel bonus 450x1.4 or 450+((450x40)/100) = 630 per Wagon
- 630 X 5 Wagons = 3150 Total
After that the math stays the same you just need to add the 50% for container storage, the bonus set if the train has one, don't forget the 15% bonus per extra destinations and the 10% unloading if doing a contract. On the right you can see a table I've made for reference with most of the Wagon Bonus.
Certain Special Buildings give a bonus to the carrying capacity of IT when placed at any player's station:
- International Trains feature added as part of the May 19, 2011 Game Update.
- Additional slots added as part of the May 26, 2011 Game Update.
- Cancellation feature added as part of the August 18, 2011 Game Update.
- International Train History feature was added as part of the August 25, 2011 Game Update.
- Faster International Train Ride option (3 hours for 9 ) added as part of the November 14, 2013 Game Update.