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How to shape mountains and embankments

Started by magicpio, February 05, 2024, 07:12:34 PM

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Hi everyone!

First post and I am happy to join the community!

When I create slopes, Anyrail automatically creates embankments.
I have a very - lets say - crowded layout on 3 levels, with tunnels and bridges, and the automatic embankment feature does not reflect my layout at all. It is just a mess.

How can I edit existing embankments or create myself?
Same for mountains. I cannot find a tutorial how to place a simple volcano :-) on some empty space.
I had a look at user defined objects, but I would appreciate a simpler solution.

Thanks for pointing me into the right direction.


You cannot change the embankments that AnyRail generates.
You can however change things a bit by selecting 'Bridge' for certain stretches (on the TRACK tab, once the track is selected).

You can also add a surface, set its height, and tick 'Height contour' on the SURFACES tab. This will create a 'hill' in the 3D view. By creating concentric height contours, you can create something that looks a bit like a vulcano. Please note that this does not work (at the moment) to create valleys or holes.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


I have attached an example and screen capture.  One trick that I use is to make the surfaces that are marked as contours almost transparent (select a contour then adjust colour in its properties).  I then clone that contour and adjust its shape and height to make the next contour.  In this way, as several contour layers overlap, you will have a graded effect, just like a nice contoured geographic map.  Note that valleys can be drawn if they are extending from a lower area - the impossible valleys that David mentions are those that would be like a rift surrounded by higher ground.


Nice example!

A quick way to scale a height contour is to hold SHIFT and move one of the control points.
David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.


@ David
If I cannot change the embankments then I guess I need to disable them and follow yours and BadBananas "Surface Stacking" with "Height Contour" approach?



David Hoogvorst. Founder and Owner of DRail Software. Creator of AnyRail.