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 trialled with Monogame instead of XNA uses less RAM and give higher frame rates.
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The legacy graphics-heavy web site has been replaced by one based on Bootstrap which is both easier to maintain and suitable for phones and tablets as well as PCs.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.
X1.3.1-285-gbe02e15a1Merge pull request #338 from Csantucci/variable1
b055bec2Bug fix for https://bugs.launchpad.net/or/+bug/1911908 Variable1 goes negative when steam loco runs backwards
X1.3.1-284-g1c0639cb9Merge pull request #331 from peternewell/vacuum-brakes
88bfbb70Remove trace statement inadvertantly left in code
43d92880Clarify code logic for error checking
f2295146Fix issue with consumption showing for small ejector when not in use.
16dfe6a7Fix display equalising vacuum
897f1efbAdjustments to vacuum braking to work with full vacuum level
52b36344Correct desired vacuum pressure, and checks for maximum system vacuum.
eecfddc2Correct issues with brake cuts power in vacuum brakes
X1.3.1-283-g1796ec765Merge pull request #328 from cjakeman/website-banners
fee63affredundant images deleted
bef172213 new banner images replace redundant ones
X1.3.1-282-g7040795fbMerge pull request #333 from peternewell/tender
045c3b8aAdd manual documentation for changes
fc82daf2Fix an issue if coal and water masses not specified in ENG file. Correct water calculation process for tender values in WAG file.
7f2d5ef2Add tender mass initialization if values defined in WAG file
X1.3.1-281-g43b7bcefeMerge pull request #321 from cesarBLG/enhance_brake_controller
75153ca8Add Brake Controller Notches table
404feacdAdd documentation for new and modified parameters and behaviours
ff485729Charge brake pipe faster during quick release
933fc879Add bailoff, quick release and overcharge cab view controls
d31710ddInitialize brakes with EQ reservoir fully charged
701d150cCorrect maximum pressure applied to cylinders with EP brakes
55d3f879Fix bug causing pressure in auxiliary reservoir increasing ad infinitum
ffc93be5Fix bug introduced due to min pressure reduction
af7240e4Use wag parameters for graduated release. Fix dynamic brake locking throttle during blending
78e0e965Add missing initialization for slow application, and fix dynamic brake mechanical lock
9f571af0Add dynamic brake controller and speed to Brake Controller script
fac43c10Add slow service brake application
38175200Correct behaviour of some brake controller notches and add missing ones
X1.3.1-280-g526f7baa1Merge pull request #332 from mbm-OR/bugfix/LogFile-Warning-Message
b3bdf8f0Bug fix for https://bugs.launchpad.net/or/+bug/1910154. Log File generates the same header warning message.
64001162Bug fix for https://bugs.launchpad.net/or/+bug/1910154. Log File generates the same header warning message.