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Changes To The Academy System

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by ARuscoe, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. ARuscoe

    ARuscoe New Member

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    I've recently downloaded and started to play the game but am generally a train buff at heart...

    I've found the academy system "a bit bulky", repetitive and quite badly worded in some cases, and whilst I understand that short sharp lessons can be very beneficial to some, having separate electric, diesel and steam lessons for basically the same thing seems onerous.

    For example having separate single aspect, two aspect, three aspect and four aspect lessons, as well as separate semaphore signal lessons could be rolled into one or two slightly longer but overall more succinct lessons. It would save at least the first three explanatory boxes from each lesson as the block system explanation wouldn't need to be repeated.

    Also, the way the block system is explained in the signalling training seems off...
    • Red means "next block has a train in it" - true
    • Single Yellow means "the block after next has a train in it" - true
    • Green means "the third block away has a train in it" - erm, not necessarily...
    Maybe instead of talking about the location of vehicles talk of where the signal at danger is?
    "The next signal at danger is at least two signals away" would be a more accurate representation
     
  2. ProfCreeptonius

    ProfCreeptonius Member

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    Hello!

    I share your opinion that the academy is in no way a reliable source to learn about trains. There are loads of very accurate documents that can get you up-to-speed for train driving. TSW is even worse, since it's signalling implementation is in 90% of cases filled with errors. I reccomend you read any official documentation on the signalling types on your desired route. Please tell me what you intend to play, then I can supply you with sufficient material.

    Cheers,
    -Prof
     
  3. ARuscoe

    ARuscoe New Member

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    Luckily I am enough of a train buff and have watched loads of youtubers on TS over the years to know the UK system fairly well but those trawling through the academy system will likely get bored doing the same thing three times just because the engine is different, or could end up driving much slower than necessary thinking the next red light is 1 mile away when it could be 10
     

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