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Transport Fever 2 Beginner’s Guide: Perfect Roads, Stations, Runways

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Transport Fever 2 is your perfect idea of managing a fully-fledged and functioning transport system. Below is our Transport Fever 2 Beginner’s Guide, we share tips and strategies that will see you build perfect roads, pathways, train stations, and airport runways.

Transport Fever 2 Beginner’s Guide

Before anything else, the best advice you can get is to play through the campaign of the game. This acts as a tutorial with the mode guiding you through the many mechanics and systems. You will be able to plan structures better and use your resources more efficiently in the more punishing modes of the game.

At the start of the game, it’s best to take things slow and invest in structures on a smaller scale.  Focus on one industry at a time and progress from there as you’re able to gather more resources and plan out your trade and transport routes.

Transport Fever 2 Beginner's Guide

With that said, the most valuable routes are the longest ones. They bring the most income. Again, you have to choose since shorter routes mean less travel time and fewer maintenance costs as resources are nearby.

Upgrades

You can go about upgrading the industries or factories in one of two ways. Either meet the demand by transporting the goods at the end of the production line.  This is the Demands and Supply route. Alternatively, you can reach any one of the following “trigger points” to continue to upgrade your factory to the higher tier.

  • Production for each raw material has to be at 100%
  • The factory has a permanent level of production.
  • Each level of raw material is raised to 100%
  • Supply percentage a factory is raised, by having more than 80% in the level-up area
  • Transport percentage of the current level should be above 80%

When you’ve upgraded to the tiers, you’re granted access to more production facilities in terms of resources and raw materials.

Tier 1: Can produce 400 pieces of raw material like wood, with farms producing 200 maximum.
Tier 2: Can produce 400 pieces of processed material like boards with two possible upgrades for an additional 200 pieces each.
Tier 3: Can produce 400 pieces of assembled material like machines with four possible upgrades for an additional 100 pieces each.

For upgrading Airports, you need to perform a different trick. Go to the runways and taxiways misc menu in-game and place them around the edges of the airport, by trial and error. Train stations can be upgraded by extending the rails and platforms which will allow you to increase cargo capacity by 20 units for each platform placed.

Speaking of cargo space, if you’re producing more than what the capacity can allow for, you will have an overflow indicated by an exclamation mark.  You can increase this capacity by buying more transport or building more modular cargo space.

Vehicles

Vehicles allow you to transport materials between town centers and cities, via roads or rails, quickly. This ensures the demand is met and thus your factories upgrade, as we talked about above.

Vehicles can be functional for long times but setting their maintenance costs too high. Buying or selling a truck, train, or wagons is carried out through the “Send to Depot” feature of the menu.

You can also switch to a view from inside the vehicle by hovering your cursor over the 3D view and then clicking the camera icon. Here, you can change view with mouse and position with keys WASD, QE, and FR. To transport people, make sure to consider the Frequency rating which tells you how willing the people are for a ride.

Construction

Waypoints help you create a high-speed passing line next to another track. This helps the train to continue passing through without stopping.

Train tracks can be electrified via the upgrade tool in the track section. The height of the track can also be altered by using the small arrow symbol at the end of the track you wish to adjust.

Signals can be placed and switch easily by zooming out on them and then adjusting them by looking at the symbols that appear. Finally, buildings are rotated with M and N keys while fine adjustments are made with SHIFT+M or N.

That is all for our Transport Fever 2 Beginner’s Guide. If you are interested in learning more about the game then you can check out our guides on how you can control emissions and Modular Stations.

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