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Metro System Map (Trains/Trams/Bathysheres/etc...)




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Overall (Big) Rapture Map




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Train Car Facility ideas

AE Switching Hub diagram (left side)

Simplest mechanism (lowest maintenance and highest reliability) is a time-tested conventional railroad style 'bridge' turntable (except with a overhead monorail support structure). The Turntable rotates allowing reversing the heading of the traincars and matching up to a large number of tracks (that radiate from its center) the traincar can be transfered to.

Diagram shows ~50ft 12 track version (if the radius was increase to ~70ft then it could fit 16 tracks)

Tracks radiate out to : either access paths to the station(inbound/outbound), workshop/repair/service facilities or car storage bays. It is nonsensical that such a turntable was used as a 'switch'/'hub' to align traincars for a whole bunch of different routes. Any routes would be accessed via the Atlantic Express Depot station to load/unload passengers or thru to the 'Freightyard' for all freight operations (disconnected after the Mk2 conversion). Because the layout is flat, the whole facility would be layed out in a horizontal fashion (though if needed, the track can go fairly steep 'ramps' to match a required height - preferably before any passengers are aboard).

The Depot facility was designed to service a much larger system than what is left by BS2 times (you hardly need more than a handfull of cars to service the mile and a quarter of track route that is left.) The 'hub' is left over from the early days before the changeover to the newer Mk2 track for equipment that then traversed the rest of Rapture. If you look out the windows at 'Paupers Drop' (previously named 'Sinclair Deluxe' and long before that 'Maintenance Junction 17') you can see alot of abandoned Mk1 equipment lying on the seabed. Some of the old passenger units were converted for industrial use for at least one raw material processing site (where recycled M1 track were also used).

The Mk2 facilities (that we never saw) were much larger and serviced 100+ traincars/freight locomotives as well as several hundred freight cars for the operations in Rapture and out to the outlying industrial sites and communities. It was simpler to build additional facilities than to try to enlarge the existing buildings to match the larger Mk2 traincars, as well as allowing the old facilities to continue to be used to keep the remaining Mk1 system in operation.

Odd that the turntable (as seen in BS2) is wrecked/clogged with broken Mk1 traincars when the Short Line to Fontaine Futuristics is still operating (these cars do not seem to be designed for bi-directional movement). Funny/pathetic, if they (the Familiy) are down to running the units in reverse to take them back the opposite direction (explained by deteriorating state of everything else within Lamb's grasp). One more thing for the New Rapturians to clean/fix up.

This style of turntable (minus most of the radiating tracks) could be used at end-of-route tracks to 'turn' the traincars for their return trip (much like whats used on the few remaining Real Life Cable Car systems). They would be far less work to build (and take up less space) than providing a turning wye or loop of track. They could also serve as a compact 'switch' for a few local freight tracks at the location. The end-of-track at Abyss Overlook would likely be set up with a turntable.

The AE Depot 'Shops' would also have some 'freight' tracks used to handle various equipment shipped in for repairs. RR installation like this often had the largest fabrication equipment/machinery (not really shown in the game) to maintain their equipment (and to make new parts if required) and usually built/repaired large machinery as a secondary source of business. That might explain part of the reason the Mk1 system wasnt completely abandoned during the Mk2 conversion.

Note - The later Mk2 Freight locomotives were designed to operate equally well in either direction (like modern diesel locomotives) to largely eliminate the need for 'turning'.



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Metro Cable line Turns (Lighthouse to Welcome Center) :

The Bathysphere routes are mostly straight lines between stations because of the structural complications of changing the double cable's direction and the way the Bathyspheres are attached to the cable.

There is a mechanism used by the Bathysphere from the Lighthouse to the Welcome Center route which makes a turn in its path.

The rock cliff face the Bathysphere emerges from after descending straight down was not oriented for the planned destination at Welcome Center, and so had to make a 'turn'. The player probably wont notice the structure as it was painted black and the player was busy looking at the impressive view.

The 'turn' mechanism is basically a big horizontal wheel (large enough in radius so that a 'sphere moving at near cruising speed (~15mph) isnt subjected to a roller-coaster-like ride turn). The structure also necessarily supports the weight of the cable (many tons of hanging weight) without fouling the Bathysphere's "grip" on the cable.

If that line had been constructed later, it would have been easier to bore a hole all the way thru the mass of rock, but they needed to finish it quickly. The mechanism's extra complexity and maintenance costs made sure that it was the only 'turn' built in the Bathysphere lines. Only a few Metro Cableway routes might have needed this feature, but those routes were instead built with intermediary stations (which also gave access to local transit traffic at more convienent points and more options for destination routings)...




Austen streamliner

Looks like something only a rich person could own.


The Diagram also shows Streets (BLACK LINES) connecting various Clusters in Rapture (which would often carry Trolley Tracks throughout the City).



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