Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

How To...Turn Routes On And Off

Collapse
X
Collapse
  •  

  • How To...Turn Routes On And Off


    How To...Turn Routes On And Off


    By Bob Wilkes (15 November 2004)




    For some time now, there have been a couple methods in use to "hide"
    routes from Train Sim. As

    Cyndi points out
    , startup time can be
    minimized by turning off the routes you don't use, as MSTS
    'pre-processes' all the 'normal' routes it finds.



    If you have a lot of routes loaded but only use a few, or some that
    you rarely use but have to keep loaded because they provide files for
    other routes, or want to minimize load time while you're testing new
    "stuff" and need to go into and out of MSTS often, you may want to
    consider using one of these methods to hide unused routes.



    FIRST WAY. (Sorry, I don't recall the author) Create a new
    folder in your "ROUTES" folder, e.g., "Stored Routes". Then simply
    drag and drop the original route folder to the new folder and MSTS
    will not see it as an active route. When you want to use it, drag it
    back.



    This method presents a couple of drawbacks.




    1. Some utilities see the 'Stored Routes' folder as an Invalid route.
      Not a major problem, but...


    2. Some users have trouble dragging and dropping files. It's all too
      easy to move a folder somewhere you didn't intend, copy instead of move
      or create a shortcut to the original folder instead of moving it.


    3. If you have a lot of routes and switch often, it may be time
      consuming moving them back and forth.

    4. Moving the files may contribute to an overloaded recycle bin or
      defragmented disk. (Disk defragmentation can put a serious 'hit' on game
      performance.)




    SECOND WAY. Again, I don't know who the original thinker is, but they
    discovered that if you rename a route's 'trk' file, MSTS won't see it.



    In order to perform this, Otto Wipfel presented the idea of using
    batch files to rename the files. Cyndi (BNSFLady) put together a
    step-by-step "How To" which can be read


    here
    .



    This method also presents some drawbacks.




    1. You must create batch files for each route. This can be tedious,
      error prone and therefore, frustrating for some.


    2. You have to remember the batch file names or create a bunch of
      shortcuts.


    3. You have to keep track of which routes are on or off.


    4. Every time you add or remove a route you have to also add or remove
      the associated batch files.




    I do a lot of "tinkering" so I'm in and out of MSTS often. I liked
    the idea of speeding up startup but knew that there's a better way
    than using batch files (sorry, Otto), so I wrote a program to do the
    job. It presents a list of the routes you've got installed and lets
    you select or unselect, as you wish. No bells and whistles (pun
    intended), just a straight forward, easy to use interface. It does
    require that you have Microsoft's Data Access Component (MDAC)
    version 2.8 or better installed. If you're not sure if you have MDAC
    installed, just run the program. It checks and will give you a
    warning. It's freeware.



    Download and enjoy:




    www.kcsinc.biz



    Bob Wilkes

    RWilkes222@earthlink.net

      Posting comments is disabled.

    article_tags

    Collapse

    Latest Articles

    Collapse

    • Properly Install Third-Party Applications for OpenRails and MSTS
      by eric

      Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. Adding to the complexity, some of these applications date back to 2001, when MSTS was first introduced. The Windows operating system has changed quite a bit since then, and as a result, the way older app install...
      Posted 05-22-2023, 09:27 PM
    • Using MSTS Content And Third Party Applications Without Installing MSTS
      by eric

      This is a work in progress. Please add to the comments if you see things you'd like to add or correct. Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. Adding to the complexity, some of these applications date back to 2001, when MSTS was first introduced. The...
      Posted 05-22-2023, 09:00 PM
    • Installing OpenRails on Windows 11
      by eric

      This is a work in progress. Please add to the comments if you see things you'd like to add or correct. Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. The community has developed a modified (and still evolving) set of best practices that are shared here to hel...
      Posted 05-22-2023, 08:16 PM
    • Properly Install MSTS on Windows 10 and Higher
      by eric

      Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. Adding to the complexity, some of these applications date back to 2001, when MSTS was first introduced. The Windows operating system has changed quite a bit since then, and as a result, the way older app install...
      Posted 05-11-2023, 11:25 PM
    • Installing MSTS In Windows 7 Or Later
      by OTTODAD

      To make it easier for some to install MSTS and MSTSBin on WIN-7 and later computers I have compiled a comprehensive and illustrated HOW-TO which should help to get all of it working as it does on my WIN-7 64-bit computer.

      Here is Part-1 of how to install it from its CDs:
















      Here is Part-2 of what to do after having installed MSTS from its CDs, making sure...
      Posted 11-11-2014, 05:10 PM
    • How To...Rename And Replace MSTS Trees
      by eric


      Pictorial Tutorial On Creating MSTS Trees


      By Michael Sinclair (17 January 2007)




      A pictorial tutorial containing 43 pictures in jpg format on
      creating trees for use in MSTS routes. The first page/picture starts
      here, just go on to each additional page to view the entire review.





      Posted 09-28-2012, 10:39 AM
    Working...
    X