Shannon V. OKeets
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
My position is that:
(1) the rule as written is incorrect since it would allow rail movement around Stockholm that is clearly not intended.
(2) when rail movement across straits is intended the map has a clear indication of that by the way the rail lines were drawn.
(3) rail movement from Copenhagen to Malmo is not possible since there is no indication by the way the rai llines were drawn.
I could add a special rule just for the Copenhagen-Malmo link. It would be along the lines of: "If two cities are separated by an all sea hex but connected by a straits, and both cities have rail lines, then rail movement is possible across the straits.
There is also the Gibraltar / Tangier passage, Reggio / Messina, Istanbul / Scutari, Hakodate / Ominato that should be railway too. So your rule should include ports (major & minor) too in its checking.
Also, the other straits in Denmark should be railway too. Frederickshavn to South, South of Aarhus to West of Copenhagen
For me, with maybe the exception of Stockholm eastern hexes, all strait hexes whare there are rails at both ends should be rail hexsides too.
I think that the drawing of the railway inside Stockholm must have been done like that to indicate that the others were not possible.
Peter this may be a case of asking a consensus on the WiF List, doesn't it ?
The other Denmark rail lines crossing straits is done by explicitly coding the rail link through the hexside, which results in the program drawing the rail line connection. I tried to figure out how to make the rail line disappear over water but it was way too hard. I will not draw the rail connections between cities/ports across all sea hexes at straits. Instead, I'll just have the tutorial (and the Rules As Coded) describe those situations as being valid for rail movement.
Lars, at first I thought that your information justified my position of no rail link between Copenhagen and Malmo. But on reflection, I see that rail movement was not only possible but common. That the war shut down operations doesn't matter. For example, if the Germans had conquered Sweden, I am sure they could have had the rail linkage restored had they so desired.
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