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    Ok, I went and looked over the notes for Open Rails, but run into some else. In open rails and MSTS installed. So I have been trying to install some trains for open rails and msts trains from the train sim website. Been installing them into the 1msts Trainsets folder. But when I go to run them in open rails they are showing up in the Trainsets folder in msts.But not showing up in open rails in the main open Rails start menu. Do they get installed some where else. Any ideas is appreciated. Everything else is running good. Thanks
    Last edited by Maryland50+; 09-05-2019 at 03:46 PM.

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    Never heard of Open roads. Where do I find it? What does it have to do with MSTS?
    Charles

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    Ok, I just went to content and open that up and added 1msts and clicked ok. But I think thats wrong also. This is where I am confused, are playable in Open Rails via your selection of the "1MSTS installation" in the top pull down. How is this part done.aAnd Where

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    When you open the application the top left drop down menu is where you select your installation (highlighted in red)

    You should see 2 choices in the drop down menu, one that says 1MSTS and the other that says Trainsimulations (if you installed that free starter route)

    The 1MSTS contains all your MSTS era routes, which are totally playable in Open Rails, and the other contains the new Open Rails only material that cannot ever be used by MSTS. That is for the new generation of material only.




    My drop down menu shows I have 14 installations. Don't worry about my 14, I have things organized differently and have been at this awhile. Rookie users should have 2, one for the old MSTS content and one for the new Open Rails only stuff




    And Open Rails is aware of these because I added 14 entries under Options, Content





    Routes and engine packs installed under 1MSTS can only be playable via the 1MSTS installation choice at the top menu pull-down. They are not visible if you choose the Trainsimulations installation. Just the new era of routes and content are visible there.

    And like with MSTS, you have to create consists if you want to see new stock that you added become playable choices in the lower menus.

    Too many users tend to jump right in to the asset hoarding and route loading phase before they grasp the understanding of these top tier differences between MSTS and OR and suddenly "cannot see what they just added". Looking in the wrong installation will do that.
    Last edited by geepster775; 09-05-2019 at 08:09 PM.

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    There is no, Click on consisteditor.bat to bring up the consist editor, there to bring up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryland50+ View Post
    There is no, Click on consisteditor.bat to bring up the consist editor, there to bring up.
    Go to the TSRE folder location and you'll find a "ConsistEditor.bat" file....right click and drag to your desktop to make a shortcut, make an icon, if you know how or just use as it appears, rename it if you wish.
    Double-click on the icon to run the batch file.
    A TSRE window will open, use the browse button to find your installation
    Click on the green "Load" button and the Consist Editor will load.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Maryland50+ View Post
    There is no, Click on consisteditor.bat to bring up the consist editor, there to bring up.
    Marilyn,
    You need to go to your local Senior Center and take their course in Windows 101. There you might learn that when someone says "Click on consisteditor.bat" or any other batch (bat) file what the really mean is open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the folder where the program is located (On my computer I have TSRE located in the folder C:\TSRE5.), locate the file consisteditor.bat and left click to open the file.

    Windows 101 should also teach you that BAT (batch) files are text files that provide a series of commands that run a program in a special way. In this case consisteditor.bat passes the command "conedit" to the TSRE executable program in the form of "TSRE5.exe --conedit".

    Windows 101 will also teach you how to make "shortcuts". You know those little icons on your Windows desktop, or on the bottom of your screen or in your Windows "Start Menu". Example:
    open Windows File Explorer and navigate to the folder where the program where TSRE is stored. Now locate the file consisteditor.bat. (Note: Your settings may have the display of file extensions set to not display. So look in the Type column for "Windows Batch File".) Now, instead of left clicking on the file, right click and from the list choose "create shortcut". That will create another file named "consisteditor.bat - Shortcut". Now you can click-hold and drag that icon to you desktop so that the next time you want to run TSRE Consist Editor you don't have to open Windows file Explorer, etc., etc.
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    Sounds like you are opening the activity editor.

    Click on consisteditor.bat to bring up the consist editor.

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    Maybe it's related to one of the truck-and-bus simulators that they're discussing at length in this thread here:
    https://www.trainsim.com/vbts/showth...Drivable-Buses

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    As you can probably tell, the confusion here is all a matter of where everything is filed.

    That's good news, because you will figure it out and then it will be simple. It's not fundamentally technically difficult. Just filing. In the right place.

    So . . . There are installations(s) for open rails and there are individual folders of rolling stock. The installation is the one that contains route(s) and rolling stock and consists and activities and stuff. That's what you point open rails toward (in the content tab). As far as particular pieces of rolling stock, you copy and paste those into the appropriate place within your installation and then open rails (and consist editors) find it.

    Rolling stock is copied and pasted into the TRAINSET folder within the TRAINS folder. The folder above that (1MSTS or whatever you name it) is what you point open rails towards and then it finds everything within it. If it has been properly put in the right place.

    Anyway, you asked about a consist editor. Yes. TSRE. It includes a consist editor, a route editor and a fledgling activity editor. Go to koneic.org/tsre to download. It is free, thank you to the good efforts of Goku, who made it.

    To open the consist editor click on consistediter.bat

    The consist editor, like open rails, needs to know from you where is the folder(s) that contain those necessary open rails folders [GLOBAL, SOUND, ROUTES, TRAINS]. Like Open Rails, you tell it the top level folder that contains those four folders. It knows where to look for consists and rolling stock (in the TRAINSET folder within TRAINS).

    The consist editor reads and creates consists that are contained in the CONSIST folder that lives in the TRAINS folder. You can in theory create consists manually just by typing in the .con files within the CONSIST folder, but it is worlds easier to use a consist editor. It will show you all your rolling stock. You can edit consists and activities so you can substitute equipment if something is missing. It's pretty fun.

    The activity editor and the route editor are a little and a lot harder. Something to look forward to when all this becomes much clearer (which it will).

    There are some longer-form tutorials about this stuff on this website and at steam4me.net

    Christopher

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