CDE Trainz FAQ;
CDE Trainz Route Building Guide
Intended as a guide for help merging CDE Trainz T:ANE Route sections together, or with your own Routes. This guide will also help you if you use these Route sections in Trainz TRS19, as most of the guide works the same, but may not be all inclusive.
CDE Trainz was started as a way to easily ‘snap’ or Merge small Trainz Route sections together. Built on the T:ANE platform, our Routes will only work with T:ANE, TMR17 and TRS19. Not all Route sections work with TMR17 without some minor modifications as not all the assets referenced can be found in TMR17. If you have TMR17 and have difficulty loading the Route, please read the Route description on our website for the TMR17 installation notes.
All the CDE Route sections have connections points which will exactly line up to each other. When you merge them you will see the rail lines in the baseboards. Align them when doing the merge, then connect the tracks.
Each baseboard has 72 - 10 meter squares. A double track mainline will be centered inside a 10 meter square in the center of the baseboard. Since there is an even amount of squares, the track are offset one square South on the East and West ends, one square East on the North and South ends. So the connections will not be exactly in the center of the baseboard. This is only important if you are Merging one of you own Route sections to a CDE Trainz Route section. Otherwise, in the CDE Routes, the mainlines will naturally meet at the merge points.
All of the CDE Route section are at 0 (zero) meters height at the ends, or at sea level. You will need to consider this if you are Merging Routes made by yourselves or others and they are at specific elevations.
We seriously recommend that when merging, only merge one route at a time. Then save, then exit, and then... reopen and merge the next section. I, and no one that I can see in the Trainz forums have had much success merging multiple routes together in one single attempt.
All CDE Trainz Route sections have been Compacted and manually indexed as for the switches and relevant track objects. Each Route is given a prefix index, which is added to each track object in that section, so each Route has its own prefix. This is done so when you Merge a CDE Trainz Route with another CDE Trainz Route, there will be no duplicate index numbers that the process will need to renumber.
One last thing, have fun!
CDE Trainz Routes are made by Trainz user Christopher824