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Jul 2023 - New route from Train Simulations

Train Simulations publishes new Southern Pacific Shasta route.

Jan 2023 - Portugal '79

Portugal '79 has been published. This provides 1775km of broad gauge track, with full detail on 91km between Entroncamento and Alfarelos.

Jan 2023 - HSB Simulator

New commercial route HSB Simulator published. This contains 87 miles of the Harz narrow-gauge railway, the longest narrow-gauge route network in Europe.

Nov 2022 - Version 1.5.1

Open Rails 1.5.1 released to fix 3 bugs in v1.5.

Nov 2022 - Version 1.5

Open Rails 1.5 released.

Jul 2022

Three new UK routes are now available for immediate download here.

Oct 2021

Version 1.4 is now available for immediate download here.

Nov 2020

Wagons can now be braked individually as on the oldest railways. This can be experienced in 2 scenarios - Stephenson's Rocket at Rainhill Trials and Langley Vale Timber Tramway.

Apr 2020

After more than a year of work the free, restored and improved Siskiyou Route is once more available.

Apr 2019

ENG files published with accurate physics for 176 USA diesel locos.

Dec 2018

Open Rails 1.3.1 released Download it here.

Mar 2018

Geoff Rowlands found a way to model 3D controls so they can be grabbed by the handle as in this video.

Jan 2017 - Version 1.2

Open Rails 1.2 released.

Mar 2016 - Version 1.1

Open Rails 1.1 released.

Dec 2015 - More Access to Elvas Tower

The Elvas Tower forum plays a major role in developing Open Rails but has been closed to non-members following a dispute. We can now report that some of the Open Rails sub-forums are open again.

Jun 2015 - Great Zig Zag Railway

Peter Newell has just released (June 2105) the Great Zig Zag Railway, a steam route for Open Rails v1.0 (this 120MB download requires no other files).

May 2015 - Version 1.0

Open Rails 1.0 released! Download it here.

Apr 2015 - Demo Model 1

Open Rails first demonstration route Demo Model 1 has been published.

Dec 2014 - 3D Cabs

Dekosoft Trains has added locos exclusively for Open Rails to its range. These are GP30 diesels taking advantage of our 3D cab feature.

Jul 2014 - Web Site

The legacy graphics-heavy web site has been replaced by one based on Bootstrap which is both easier to maintain and suitable for phones and tablets as well as PCs.

You can still see an archive of the old site.

Apr 2014 - Installer

An installer is now available, so Open Rails and its pre-requisites such as XNA can be delivered in a single download.

Apr 2014 - Smoother, More Detailed Graphics

Open Rails currently uses DirectX 9 and, although this is not the latest version of DirectX, hidden away inside is a method for reducing the number of "draw calls" which the CPU makes to the GPU. Fewer calls mean higher frame rates, smoother motion and the capacity to handle more detail.

The technique is called "hardware instancing" and allows identical objects (e.g. trees in a forest) to be combined into a single draw call. The work is transferred to the GPU which copies them as many times as necessary and usually has spare capacity.

You can expect some increases in frame rate, especially on routes with many identical objects. To turn this on, tick the checkbox for
Options > Experimental > Use model instancing.

Mar 2014 - Additional Languages

Open Rails becomes available in additional languages, initially eight including Chinese.

screendump listing languages

Mar 2014 - Work Starts on Timetables

A schedule of trains (or timetable) is nearly impossible to arrange in Microsoft Train Simulator as AI trains don't adhere to booked station stops. In Open Rails, the situation is better but an activity with a player train and AI traffic is still very different from a timetable.

Work has now begun on a timetable element which is an alternative to the usual activity. The timetable will contain all the details needed for each scheduled train - path, consist, booked stops etc.. Conventional activities will continue as before.

Also there is no longer any distinction between player train or AI train - any train in the timetable can be selected as the player train, the others are operated by a remote player or by the simulator.

Feb 2014

Fog is developed from just softening the horizon into a realistic effect which users can fully control.

Recent Code Changes

  • T1.5.1-664-gd39447273 Merge pull request #877 from peternewell/duplex_engines_initial
    Initail build of duplex steam
    • 55f9ddd4 Correct indent
    • a76c45bd Improve code style
    • a0bd9ec7 Style changes and iput key corrected
    • ce3490b7 Correct parameter name as per recommendation.
    • c567eba3 Initail build of duplex steam - addition of control commands only
  • T1.5.1-658-g66411058c Merge pull request #857 from SteelFill/air-flow-meter
    Adding Air Flow Meters
    • 9afc8c35 Update flowmeters on trailing locomotives to prevent stuck indications when changing cabs
    • cb3f1c0a Adding liters per minute as a cabview unit
    • 076c77a7 Adding CUBIC_M_S as valid cabview unit, documentation improvements
    • 22312be6 Fixing minor style issues, and adding support for both spellings of 'liter'
    • 7931a52d Removing some unneeded 'using' statements that appeared unexpectedly
    • 14d79c7e Initial addition of air flow meters
  • T1.5.1-651-g45d8b7ff4 Merge pull request #853 from sweiland-openrails/OutOfFocus
    Notify out of focus
    • d05f5817 Bugfix: when changing to full screen the out-of-focus red rectangle is now taking acount of the change
    • a9760ec2 Replaced the option OutOfFocus" with check on option SuppressConfirmations
    • 36736cee Solved Codacy issue
    • 52a513dd Solved the saving bug
    • 8357922c set default "out of focus" option to true
    • c8f02ad1 Solved merge conflict?
    • 7b58e773 Might fix the last Codacy error
    • 00060a8a Some "Codacy Static Code Analysis — 4 new issues (0 max.) of at least minor severity." solved
    • d4518c6e "CodeFactor — 1 issue found." solved
    • 0afa5877 Notify out of focus
  • T1.5.1-640-g3d7b05457 Merge pull request #855 from cjakeman/website-news01
    Adds new route from TrainSimulations
    • b39e5d86 Adds new route from TrainSimulations

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