Birdhall Metro

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Birdhall Metro
BMLogo.png
Birdhall Metro Logo.
Where it Goes
Route

 Downtown Line  Birdhall to Birdhall Transit Hub
 District Line  N. Cliff Park to Birdhall Transit Hub
 Centric Line  Birdhall Bank to Spurnton Point
 Southhall Line  Robin to Portside
 Wrenough Line  Robin to East Cliff Park

 Downtown Light Rail 
A Line : Downtown Ring to Bryce Valley (loop)
Q Line : Downtown Ring to Birdhall Transit Hub (loop)
Number of stations 36 out of 39 Interchanges counted as 2+ stations
Status Status: Service Good.png Good service
Players involved
Main builder Robang592
Others Involved soso123 (partial construction of  Wrenough Line )
Station designer Robang592

The Birdhall Metro is a rail system operating in Birdhall. It has 6 lines and 36 stations in operation, and 2 more stations in planning*. It was founded by Robang592 on the 16 of October 2015, right after he got promoted to [Councillor].
* Interchange stations counted as two stations.
Map
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History

Back To Square One (Before Oct '14)

An image of Birdhall with the first 3 stations on the District Line completed.

Robang's previous transit system, the Chack City Subway, was not much of a feat, but he decided to base the metro off that anyway. The lines which are present today were not supposed to be coloured using stained clay in the past. They were actually supposed to use different wood types as lines (eg: Acacia Line, Oak Line, etc). Since the wood types were limited however, it was decided to scrap the idea entirely and go with the present colouring scheme. The Birdhall Metro was already obligatory when Birdhall was starting out. However, due to certain misconceptions about the ranking system, the metro wasn't build until Robang met councillor. Before councillor, exits were pre-built at their present locations, albeit with minor differences, such as how Robin's ( T3 ) exit was supposed to be on the opposite side of the road. The moment councillor rank was given on 16 October, Robang immediately began construction on the first station,  D1  T2  Birdhall.

Progress Is Made (Oct '14 - Jan '15)

Back when the Downtown Light Rail's A Line first opened.

Stations were built very rapidly, with 3 stations already opened 2 days after construction began. A new line, the  District Spur , which would later become the  Southhall Line  was built on the 21 October. At this point, only 5 stations were in the works for the metro system. On the 22nd, the full planned system for the small but growing city was built -- 5 stations, 2 lines. The headquarters was built shortly after, on the 30th, at Robin Road. In November, the  Downtown Light Rail  was concieved, the  A Line  being the first to open. At the time 4 lines were planned for the light rail: The A, Q, V and W Lines. The present two are amalgamations of those 4 lines. A depot was built on the 13th, storing rolling stock for the two lines. The  Downtown Line  was now growing fast, reaching up to Downtown Boulevard ( D4 ), as well as the  District Line , which was now up to Canning Link ( T5 ). The  Q Line  had now also reached Canning Link ( DQ3 ).

The Centric Line's Failure (Feb - March '15)

The detour to Spurnton Point was a consequence of the claim.

The Birdhall Mainland would have seen an extension going north back in 2015. Known now as the Centric District, it was going to be a bustling extension to the Downtown Estate, complete with its own visitor centre. But, as you can see, this was not to be. Another player soon claimed the area north of Birdhall. This prevented any further extensions north of the transit hub area and halted several plans. One of these, unfortunately, was a rail line. The  Centric Line  was actually going to be very long, spanning more than the current four stops. In fact the station Spurnton Point ( C4 ) was never in the original plan. It was only after the player's claim that the line was detoured to a newer extension of the city to the west. It was a giant hiccup, and the line is now a short stub coming out of the light rail tracks.

The Transit Hub (Apr - June '15)

This natural formation made it perfect for a transit hub.

After the flop that was the  Centric Line , Robang knew the next thing that was coming up needed to be huge and successful. So, the Birdhall Transit Hub was created. It is built in a very nice natural valley in the mesa which was only modified very minorly during construction. All lines but the  Southhall Line  connect to the hub, and a few connections to other towns are in the works. Among those was the RegionalConnect Mesa Railroad, which has since been cancelled after RL's leave from the server. The transit hub is still relatively empty but will probably see development in the next few months.

The Southhall Line (Dec '15 - Apr '16)

The three stations serving Southhall.

Nothing really happened for a few months, since all plans were, again, completed. Then, suddenly, the new Southhall Districts were created. The plan was to extend the previously dormant  District Spur  to the south, but this was soon retracted since the line colours were confusing and signage was limited. A new line was created: The  Southhall Line , which took over the one station spur line. You can still see areas of Southern Forest ( S2  where the original line's colour is used. In the coming months, three more stations were built on the south plateau of Birdhall. Another two above-ground stations were built with experimental track designs, each with a very narrow stature. In only 2 months, the line was completed. Another milestone in the metro's development.

The Power of The Internet (June '16)

Burnwood Hill station.

In early January 2016, Robang posted a new video to his channel where he showcased the Birdhall Metro at the time. It quickly gained views in the hundreds, now being one of the top videos on his channel, with over 30K views. Soon enough, people started suggesting new lines and joined the server. One of these comments posted on 14 June 2016, prompted Robang to start a new line that would serve further south of Birdhall, reaching the city limits. It became the now recently completed  Wrenough Line . Although not verbatim to the suggestion, it still shows how the internet can bring things to life and influence others.

Onward to the Future (Present)

With little development to Birdhall in 2017, not much occurred. The  Wrenough Line  had, at this time, made it all the way to East Cliff Park ( W6 ) and a new station in the Sandstred Estate, named Farfetch'd Street ( W7 ). However, this station would remain disused until further development took place in the area. In the works now is another light rail system that will cover the new estate, spanning across two branches. Coloured orange, the new  Sandstred Light Rail  will accompany the road network of the area, cutting across paths and junctions in a "open transit network" style. For now, though, development and late stage planning are still in progress.

Mass Rail Lines

The Birdhall Metro has 5 mass rail lines. Typically, mass rail lines have gantries and larger, longer platforms than light rail lines. They mostly have very basic call-cart systems, using a dispenser block which ejects minecarts toward the platform. However, players must note to remove their carts when leaving, since there is no cart return mechanism.
Note: Station coding that is italicised represents a station that is under construction/planned.

 Downtown Line 

Status: Service Good.png Good service
The Downtown Line goes through the more urban area of Birdhall. It is coloured brown, a reference to the Singapore MRT's Downtown Line, which was originally coloured brown. This line was planned to open first, but there was a lack of buildings further west where the line was going, so it was shelved for a while. There are 5 stations on this line.

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  D1  T2  Birdhall  District 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  D2  T4  ChackHall  District 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  D3  DLC  Downtown Ring  DTLR A, Q Lines 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  D4  Downtown Boulevard No connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  D5  T6  DQ5  C3  Birdhall Transit Hub  DTLR Q Line  District Line  Centric 

 District Line  and  District Spur 

 District Line  Status: Service Good.png Good service
 District Spur  Status: Service Closed.png Closed : Line is defunct.

The District Line goes through various districts throughout Birdhall. It is coloured green, a reference to the London Underground's District Line. There was a problem with the coding of the line because the Downtown Line and this line started with "D" so it was changed to "T". There are 6 stations on this line.
On the other hand, the District Spur was a 1 station spur off the District Line, which started at  T3  Robin. The line only had one station and there were plans to extend it. However, the line colours were confusing for some players, so when it was time to extend the line, it was made into the  Southhall Line  instead.

Canning Link station on the District Line, which is a replica of the Thomson-East Coast Line station, Napier, in Singapore.
Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T1  North Cliff Park No Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T2  D1  Birdhall  Downtown 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T3  S1  W1  Robin  Southhall  Wrenough 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T4  D2  ChackHall  Downtown 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T5  DQ2  Canning Link  DTLR Q Line 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  T6  DQ5  D5  C3  Birdhall Transit Hub  Downtown  DTLR Q Line  Centric 

 Centric Line 

Status: Service Good.png Good service
A line that travels around the Centric District of Birdhall. It has 4 stations.

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  C1  DQ3  Birdhall Bank  DTLR Q Line 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  C2  DQ4  Centric Link  DTLR Q Line 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  C3  DQ5  D5  T6  Birdhall Transit Hub  Downtown  DTLR Q Line  District 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  C4  Spurnton Point

 Southhall Line 

Status: Service Good.png Good service
The  Southhall Line  serves the southern portion of Birdhall and replaces the  District Spur . This line can bring you to Birdhall's current landmark, the Birdhall Amphitheatre. There are currently 5 stations on the line.

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  S1  T3  W1  Robin  District  Wrenough 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  S2  W2  Southern Forest  Wrenough 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  S3  Plateau Street Birdhall Amphitheater
Dynmap Green Flag.png  S4  Newbin No connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  S5  W5  Portside  Wrenough 

 Wrenough Line 

Status: Service Good.png Good service
The  Wrenough Line  is a line that goes through the south-western portion of Birdhall. The name "Wrenough" is a portmanteau of the words "Wren" (a species of bird) and "Borough". This line is coloured orange-yellow/gold and contains 6 confirmed stations, and an extension to the southeasternmost parts of Birdhall is in the works.

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W1  S1  T3  Robin  District  Southhall 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W2  S2  Southern Forest  Southhall 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W3  Burnwood Hill No connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W4  Wrenough No connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W5  S5  Portside  Southhall 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  W6  East Cliff Park No connections
Dynmap Cross.png  W7  Na  Farfetch'd Street (closed) Possible connection with RaiLinQ
 Sandstred Light Rail 
Dynmap Pin.png  W8  Nb  Sandstred (planned)  Sandstred Light Rail 

Light Rail Lines

Light rail lines are lower capacity lines aimed as feeder services for specific areas. They do not usually have gantires, and stations are smaller in size and complexity (i.e., no call cart systems are implemented). They are thinner-stroked on maps.

 Downtown Light Rail 

A map of the Downtown Light Rail in Birdhall.

 A Line  Status: Service Good.png Good service
 Q Line  Status: Service Good.png Good service

The Downtown Light Rail are 2 lines that go around the downtown district of Birdhall. It is very loosely based off the Hong Kong MTR Light Rail. There were originally 4 lines, the A, Q, W and V lines, but there were a lot of lines to manage, so the Q line was extended to a loop with the W Line. The V Line was cancelled. These two looping lines join at the Downtown Light Rail Central Station (DLC) at Downtown Ring. An interchange with  DQ7  D4  Downtown Boulevard was cancelled, due to close proximity to other stations.

 A Line 

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DLC  D3  Downtown Ring  Downtown 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DA1  Cinema No connnections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DA2  Bryce Valley No connnections

 Q Line 

Canning Link station, above ground. The purple section is the Q Line.
Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DLC  D3  Downtown Ring  Downtown 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ1  Lava Lake Junction No connections
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ2  T5  Canning Link  District 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ3  C1  Birdhall Bank  Centric 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ4  C2  Centric Link  Centric 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ5  D5  T6  C3  Birdhall Transit Hub  Downtown  District  Centric 
Dynmap Green Flag.png  DQ6  Birdhall Shopping Centre No connnections


 Sandstred Light Rail 

A map of the Sandstred Light Rail in Birdhall (The airport notated is only speculation).

Status: Service New.png Planned: In early development.

The Sandstred Light rail system is an above-ground network of low-capacity lines that will serve the currently developing Sandstred Estate to the east of Southhall. It will be much like the  Downtown Light Rail  in that it will consist of a few split branches of lines that loop and intersect at two central stations. Designed in an "open network" style, the tracks will cut across paths and raods, accompanying the network of transport in the general area. The line is coded  N , and station codes follow the rule   N (cardinal direction) (station number)  , where the cardinal direction is the first letter of the branch in lowercase. The central stations,  W7  Farfetch'd Street and  W8  Sandstred have their directions labelled a and b respectively and the number removed. The lines are still in a conceptual stage and are subject to change.

 North Branch 

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Cross.png  Nn1  Bayquay (closed) No connections
Dynmap Cross.png  Na  W7  Farfetch'd Street (closed) Possible connection with RaiLinQ
 Wrenough 
Dynmap Pin.png  Nn2  Nw2  Sandstred Junction (planned)  w 


 South Branch 

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Cross.png  Na  W7  Farfetch'd Street (closed) Possible connection with RaiLinQ
 Wrenough 
Dynmap Cross.png  Ns1  Ne1  Plaza Park (closed)  e 
Dynmap Pin.png  Ns2  Duneway (planned) No connnections
Dynmap Pin.png  Ns3  Promenade (planned) No connnections
Dynmap Pin.png  Ns4  Reddwhitt (planned) No connnections
Dynmap Pin.png  Ns5  Ne2  Market Street (planned)  e 
Dynmap Pin.png  Nb  W8  Sandstred (planned)  Wrenough 


 East Branch 

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Cross.png  Na  W7  Farfetch'd Street (closed) Possible connection with RaiLinQ
 Wrenough 
Dynmap Cross.png  Ne1  Ns1  Plaza Park (closed)  s 
Dynmap Pin.png  Ne2  Ns5  Market Street (planned)  s 
Dynmap Pin.png  Nb  W8  Sandstred (planned)  Wrenough 


 West Branch 

Status Code Name Connections
Dynmap Pin.png  Nw1  Birdhall Point (planned) No connnections
Dynmap Pin.png  Nb  W8  Sandstred (planned)  Wrenough 
Dynmap Pin.png  Nw2  Nn2  Sandstred Junction (planned)  n 
Dynmap Pin.png  Nw3  Pikipek Road (planned) No connnections
Dynmap Pin.png  Nw4  Spear Pillar (planned) No connnections


Birdhall Transit Hub

The Birdhall Transit Hub has the  Centric Line ,  Q Line ,  Downtown Line  and  District Line  connecting to it, as well as third party rail lines.
There are several bays where train lines can be built.
The following sortable table shows all 8 bays and their respective claimants.

Bay Number(s) Platform(s) Transit Company and Line(s) Status
Bay 1 and 2
Platform 7
Platform 8
Great Central
To Whiteley, Heampstead and Sealane
.
Status: Service Construction.png Under construction
Bay 3A/B
Platform 1
Platform 2
Platform 3
Platform 4
Platform 5
Platform 6
IntraRail
Zaquar - Onika T. Maraj
Heampstead
-
Espil

Haskaa
Status: Service Good.png Good service
Bay 4
Platform 9
Platform 10
Four Seasons Railways
↠ Marblegate
-
Status: Service Construction.png Under construction
Bay 5 - - -
Bay 6
Platform 11
Platform 12
BluRail
↠ Riseau
Heampstead
Status: Service Construction.png Under construction
Bay 7 - - -
Bay 8 - - -

There is also a small bus bay with 2 free bays that can fit buses of at most 3 blocks wide.
The following sortable table shows all 3 bays and their respective claimants.

Bay Number(s) Transit Company/Service(s) Destination(s) Status
Bay 1  Birdhall Bus Line 1  see Birdhall Bus Services Status: Service Good.png Good service
Bay 2 - - -
Bay 3 - - -


Alert.png Note: Keep in mind if you want to build in the transit hub, you must contact me (Robang592) to build it. Also, the transit hub is on top of a plateau. If your train line is very deep, please either: build it underground and make a staircase/lift to it, or build it at a different location. Also, the location must be close to the transit hub so I can make a path to it. Same with the train lines, please ask me if you would like to build a bus line there. Alert.png