Discover > Version 1.3

New in Open Rails 1.3 (since 1.2)

A summary of the new and improved features can be found below. In addition, over 140 bugs have been fixed in this release. Please keep reporting bugs and suggesting new features so Open Rails can continue to imporve.

This is the last version of Open Rails to support Windows XP; future versions will require Windows 7 or later.

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What's been added

  • Steam locomotive vacuum brake ejector and general improvements to vacuum brake operation
  • Route-wide sounds when trains pass over switches
  • Route-wide sounds when trains pass over low radius curves
  • Save and resume in multiplayer
  • Signal script functions can be reused by multiple signal types
  • Car spawner option to support walking people
  • Cab radio sound triggers
  • Command-line tool to load all supported file formats
  • Activity randomization, including dynamic weather and mechanical problems
  • Persistent variables in signal scripts
  • Pooling of available trains in sidings for timetables
  • Explicit train speed setting in timetable editor
  • Visual steam and smoke effects for locomotives and wagons
  • Fuel gauge cab control for steam locomotives

What's been improved

  • Content-creator option to keep trees off roads and tracks
  • Station and siding labels fade in as you approach
  • Multiple passenger viewpoints inside train cars

What's been improved (continued)

  • AI trains open and close doors at stations
  • Steam locomotive simulation and content-creator options
  • Content-creator per-model and per-instance level crossing sounds
  • Various new signal script functions
  • Explore route in activity mode
  • Better commands for manually changing weather
  • Load animation can be used on wagons and locomotives to vary physics properties
  • Option to load only day/night textures as needed, not both
  • Can define custom signal function types
  • Content-creator options for controlling signal light glow
  • Additional animations and mouse control for cab controls
  • Improved AI waiting point control in activities
  • User and content-creator options for sound attenuation in cab and passenger views
  • Content-creator timetable commands for stop positioning
  • Content-creator timetable options for random delays on various actions
  • Expose to users internal option to force all objects to cast shadows
  • Content-creator option for timetables to override default stopping time at stations
  • Better checks for when trains stop at stations
  • Simulation of wind resistance forces
  • Option to automatically discard abnormal values in locomotives

Detailed changelog

A full list of changes is available.

Changes in previous version