• Open Rails 1.0 Released

    Open Rails

    Open Rails is a train simulator that supports the world's largest range of digital content.

    Multiple languages are available for all text and menus. Accurate behaviour for steam, diesel and electric traction including trains with multiple locos. Signals which correctly protect the train and permit complex timetabled operations. Multi-user mode in which any timetabled train can be driven in person or by computer. Changes brought in by Open Rails 1.0 (since 0.9).

    New features are listed below. However, effort has also gone into better sound, environment, enhancing performance to cater for larger and more detailed models and, of course, updating the manual. Many models take advantage of quirks in MSTS, so much effort has also gone into handling these tricky cases and in eliminating unexpected behaviour in activities.

    New features in Open Rails 1.0

    System Additions:

    We now recommend installation through the new installer as it's simpler, but the old method using a zip file continues to be available. The installation now offers to update itself and you can control updating in detail. Also the Saves you make during the game are no longer invalidated once the installation is updated, although re-loading them cannot be guaranteed.

    You can now choose from 9 languages which are used throughout the product.

    When loading a route, the old console window has been replaced by a loading screen with an image of the route and a progress bar which becomes active after the first time of loading.

    When driving, you can now operate the cab controls using a mouse as well as the keyboard.

    Environment Additions:

    Rain and snow can be blocked from falling inside buildings and tunnels and we can hear the rain fall. Fog is more realistic and fog and rain intensity can be adjusted in game. We have added support for KOSMOS clouds.

    3D cabs and their controls are now available.

    Operation Additions:

    Diesels with gearboxes are now supported along with bail-off valves and brake-pipe angle cocks.

    Activities which start with the player's train in motion are also now supported.

    An odometer has been added so you can check that the rear of your train has passed a location.

    Some major additions have been made. In the new "Autopilot mode" for activities, the player's train can be driven automatically as though it were an AI train which is very helpful when testing activities.

    There are now facilities for AI trains to carry out coupling, uncoupling and helper operations.

    Perhaps the most significant addition is the new "Timetable Mode", which is an alternative to conventional activities. Timetable Mode makes it easy to schedule a busy day of services and adopt any one of them to be the player's train.

    Steam Locomotive Additions:

    Steam and smoke have been re-worked for more realism. They are now blown by the wind and chuff with the piston action.

    All the cab controls can now be animated.

    Support has been added for engines with superheaters, compound expansion and geared locos (e.g. Shay).

    Open Rails Web Site:

    1. johnnyboy99's Avatar
      johnnyboy99 -
      Does OR Have Derailments?
    1. hoghead's Avatar
      hoghead -
      Open Rails is amazing - it has revitalized MSTS. Everything about OR fantastic - thanks guys for your great work and not just for keeping MSTS alive but for improving it in ways MS never dreamed of!
    1. peaches461999's Avatar
      peaches461999 -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnyboy99 View Post
      Does OR Have Derailments?

      No, the creators chose to leave out that feature so that the sim would not be used to create youtube train crash videos.
    1. walrus's Avatar
      walrus -
      Is there a quick-release for the brakes after Emergency Brakes have been applied in Open Rails?
    1. walrus's Avatar
      walrus -
      You haven't truly enjoyed Open Rails until you run Scale Rail and The Feather River Route from 3dTrains on AUTOPILOT ... what a beautiful, scenic route!!
    1. markus1996's Avatar
      markus1996 -
      Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
      Is there a quick-release for the brakes after Emergency Brakes have been applied in Open Rails?
      First, you need to determine which control mode you are in (bring up track monitor by pressing F4). Then, by pressing Ctrl+M, try to switch to auto-mode, and if impossible, to manual. Then, Shift+- should initialize the brakes (IE, completely reset them to release).

      Cheers, Markus

      PS: Im not sure on the key combination for the initialize operation. Best to look it up in the help menu (F11) when in game, or in the options before starting the game.
    1. lindsayts's Avatar
      lindsayts -
      Quote Originally Posted by johnnyboy99 View Post
      Does OR Have Derailments?
      No, It was a concious decision not to cater for anykind of sensationalism. OpenRails is intended to be simulator for people who serious are about railway operation and few of such people would like to see major accident.

      Second point is proper derailments means a fairly good collision detection system, such a sophisticated system is not really required in a train sim, so a lot of programming effort would be required for something the developers believed was not really required.
    1. lindsayts's Avatar
      lindsayts -
      Quote Originally Posted by walrus View Post
      You haven't truly enjoyed Open Rails until you run Scale Rail and The Feather River Route from 3dTrains on AUTOPILOT ... what a beautiful, scenic route!!

      Try some of the European routes such as the SOB, freeware BerninaBahn and the Oberlausitzbahn
      all particulary the Berninabahn with great scenery, all very high detail routes.
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