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    Control Multiple Trains On Routes

    Hello everyone, I don't know if what I just posted is a good idea to implement in Open Rails

    It would be more realistic to control several trains on the route

    More time playing on openrails watching the other trains go by while you drive your train, whether it is a freight train or passenger train

    It would be like telling the stopped train to go to the location on the route but without being inside that train using the route dispatcher.

    I don't know if they will have that for the future.
    CN 5337 Proctor MN USA

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    Timetable Mode --- section 5.4.2 in the manual

    12.1 Introduction
    The timetable concept is not a replacement for the activity definition, but is an alternative way of defining both player and computer-controlled (AI and Static) trains.

    In an activity, the player train is defined explicitly, and all AI trains are defined in a traffic definition. Static trains are defined separately.

    In a timetable all trains are defined in a similar way. On starting a timetable run, the required player train is selected from the list of available trains. In the timetable definition itself, no distinction is made between running trains – any of the running trains can be selected as player train, and if not selected as such they will be run as AI trains.

    Static trains are also defined in the same way but cannot be selected as the player train.

    As a result, the number of different ‘activities’ that can be played using the same timetable file is equal to the number of trains which are defined in the timetable, less static trains.

    Important aspects where the use of specific OR or MSTS items for timetables differs significantly from its use in an activity are shown in bold.
    The development of the timetable concept is still very much a work in progress. As work continues, all items are still subject to change.​
    Cheers, Gerry
    "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." Frank Zappa
    It's my railroad and I'll do what I want! Historically accurate attitude of US Railroad Barons.
    Forever, ridin' drag in railroad knowledge.
    Audi, Vide, Tace, Si Vis Vivere In Pace

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      #3
      I still would like the ability to explore route with static trains placed. Without having to create a activity.

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        #4
        ^jasonjedi,

        I would think that an easy way for the OR programmers to implement that would just to be to expand the "Explore in Activity Mode" with check boxes for "Use Static Consists from XXXX.act" and/or "Use AI Traffic from XXXX.act." Of course, depending on AI timing, the AI trains might not mesh with the timing of the Player train in the Explore in Activity Mode, but that's something that the Player could live with.

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          #5
          Originally posted by jasonjedi1 View Post
          I still would like the ability to explore route with static trains placed. Without having to create a activity.
          It would be good for the future of open rails if you could explore an entire route by watching other trains go by because you've told them to go through realistic traffic. I have loved trains since I was 3 years old and if you could control several of them you would never finish playing with open rails
          Last edited by LuFeDuTi; 04-01-2024, 11:31 PM.
          CN 5337 Proctor MN USA

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            #6
            Originally posted by LuFeDuTi View Post

            It would be good for the future of open rails if you could explore an entire route by watching other trains go by because you've told them to go through realistic traffic. I have loved trains since I was 3 years old and if you could control several of them you would never finish playing with open rails
            Are you saying AI Trains in Activities are not realistic?

            Charles

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              #7
              Originally posted by LuFeDuTi View Post

              It would be good for the future of open rails if you could explore an entire route by watching other trains go by because you've told them to go through realistic traffic. I have loved trains since I was 3 years old and if you could control several of them you would never finish playing with open rails
              LuFeDuTi,

              You should check out Run8.

              Each sim has it's strong points and Run8 excels in the exact area you're talking about.

              There are no static trains in Run8, you can literally control anything.

              You can set any train to AI mode at any time and you can stop an AI train and take it over at any time.

              It's also got a spawning system that will drop new AI controlled trains on the route, so there's always something going on and always something different to see.

              And that's all available to you in Single User mode.

              There's also "Server" mode - people host servers that run 24x7, and you can join and drop anytime.
              In many ways server mode is like single user mode, except more trains are run by other people.
              For mainline operations, it'd be hard to spot the difference, but on a server you often see people working yards, doing local deliveries, etc.

              It's definitely worth a look for the things you want to do in a train sim.

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                #8
                Timetable Mode is really what you're looking for in Open Rails for what you are describing.

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                  #9
                  I tried this just now, but All my routes just have a blank drop down when I choose timetable mode - is this a bug?

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by TrainSimJack View Post
                    I tried this just now, but All my routes just have a blank drop down when I choose timetable mode - is this a bug?
                    You have to load a timetable --- see pix .... Make up an OpenRails folder, place that within the activities folder and the timetable is placed in the OpenRails folder. There are timetables in the library.

                    As I posted earlier in the thread, read OR manual >>>> 5.4.2 Timetable Mode
                    Attached Files
                    Cheers, Gerry
                    "A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open." Frank Zappa
                    It's my railroad and I'll do what I want! Historically accurate attitude of US Railroad Barons.
                    Forever, ridin' drag in railroad knowledge.
                    Audi, Vide, Tace, Si Vis Vivere In Pace

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by crstagg View Post

                      Are you saying AI Trains in Activities are not realistic?
                      If they are real, what I meant was that you can't tell them where they are going, you only see them pass by once.
                      CN 5337 Proctor MN USA

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