Train Simulations publishes new Southern Pacific Shasta route.
Portugal '79 has been published. This provides 1775km of broad gauge track, with full detail on 91km between Entroncamento and Alfarelos.
New commercial route HSB Simulator published. This contains 87 miles of the Harz narrow-gauge railway, the longest narrow-gauge route network in Europe.
Open Rails 1.5.1 released to fix 3 bugs in v1.5.
Open Rails 1.5 released.
Three new UK routes are now available for immediate download here.
After more than a year of work the free, restored and improved Siskiyou Route is once more available.
ENG files published with accurate physics for 176 USA diesel locos.
Geoff Rowlands found a way to model 3D controls so they can be grabbed by the handle as in this video.
Open Rails 1.2 released.
Open Rails 1.1 released.
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.
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).
Open Rails first demonstration route Demo Model 1 has been published.
Dekosoft Trains has added locos exclusively for Open Rails to its range. These are GP30 diesels taking advantage of our 3D cab feature.
The legacy graphics-heavy web site has been replaced by one based on Bootstrap which is both easier to maintain and suitable for phones and tablets as well as PCs.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.
An installer is now available, so Open Rails and its pre-requisites such as XNA can be delivered in a single download.
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.
Open Rails becomes available in additional languages, initially eight including Chinese.
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.
Fog is developed from just softening the horizon into a realistic effect which users can fully control.
T1.5.1-664-gd39447273Merge pull request #877 from peternewell/duplex_engines_initial
a76c45bdImprove code style
a0bd9ec7Style changes and iput key corrected
ce3490b7Correct parameter name as per recommendation.
c567eba3Initail build of duplex steam - addition of control commands only
T1.5.1-658-g66411058cMerge pull request #857 from SteelFill/air-flow-meter
9afc8c35Update flowmeters on trailing locomotives to prevent stuck indications when changing cabs
cb3f1c0aAdding liters per minute as a cabview unit
076c77a7Adding CUBIC_M_S as valid cabview unit, documentation improvements
22312be6Fixing minor style issues, and adding support for both spellings of 'liter'
7931a52dRemoving some unneeded 'using' statements that appeared unexpectedly
14d79c7eInitial addition of air flow meters
T1.5.1-651-g45d8b7ff4Merge pull request #853 from sweiland-openrails/OutOfFocus
d05f5817Bugfix: when changing to full screen the out-of-focus red rectangle is now taking acount of the change
a9760ec2Replaced the option OutOfFocus" with check on option SuppressConfirmations
36736ceeSolved Codacy issue
52a513ddSolved the saving bug
8357922cset default "out of focus" option to true
c8f02ad1Solved merge conflict?
7b58e773Might fix the last Codacy error
00060a8aSome "Codacy Static Code Analysis — 4 new issues (0 max.) of at least minor severity." solved
d4518c6e"CodeFactor — 1 issue found." solved
0afa5877Notify out of focus
T1.5.1-640-g3d7b05457Merge pull request #855 from cjakeman/website-news01
b39e5d86Adds new route from TrainSimulations