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Hey man, just wanted to say your simulator is going really great. Looking forward too all the cool features you have planned

Hey thanks for the encouragement!

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pouvez vous mettre les panneaux d avertissement avant le changement de vitesse limite de troncon svp?

In reality there weren't advance warning boards for the speed limits in 1960's UK so I'm leaving them out. For more modern routes there will be advance warnings

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merci parce que c est pratiquement impossible un freiner a temps lol

continuez vous a developper un mode multiplayers?

Probably not because it's difficult in many ways. I'll reconsider after DRS is complete!

dommage le coté cooperatif serait interessant comme dans trainz ou open rail

I've watched a couple of videos of Trainz, Open Rails and Run8 multiplayer. The problem is that they don't seem very fun. Train Simulator 20xx is still the most popular train sim even if it doesn't have multiplayer.

pas faux en effet mais le multi peux avoir un interet dans ca jeu

Lesj ai decouvert un mod multi sur ts 2018 dans le workshop steam

Can you share a link to that mod?

If you had the chance to design the multiplayer for a train sim, how would you do it?

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1237192801&searchtext=mul...

je pense que pour le multiplayer, un sondage pourrait etre interessant pour recolter les idees de tous le monde

Is it possible to mod this game at all?

Not yet, but the editors will be gradually released within the next 6 months

cool une mise a jour prochainement avec des nouveautées?

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Yes an update is probably going to be released next week, but it's a small one with some bugfixes and optimisations. The route editor is still not ready.

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Feedback on 1.2.6 Beta: 

- in my case, scenery loading stutter feels a bit more intense now; maybe I should test with hard drive caching off to check impact.

- the "sim step" parameter might be higher than 1.2.3.

- reflections "on" has more  fps impact and introduces a jittery feel to motion in this build.

- have not encountered any bugs / crashes.

Thanks! I'll need to revisit the scenery loading mechanism and release another beta. The performance issues in general are something I didn't expect or really notice on my own laptop, but I'll go again through the changes I did to see if there's anything obvious there that might have an impact.

How do i make controls simple mode i forgot

It's under the "Tutorials" button in the service screen where you select Drive/Watch

thx

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Will you be able to extend routes with the route editor?

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Yes, you'll be able to load, edit and save again any route. If people want it, I can consider doing some kind of protection so that you can distribute a route you've done without letting others make changes to it.

Diesel Railcar Simulator is the first train sim I have purchased since way back when MS train simulator came out and this is far more enjoyable. Until this came out the available train sims on the market have had very mixed ratings but this sim is fantastic. I know you mentioned that the sim currently focused on Diesel mechanical / hydraulic for time being and that's fine (class 35 or 43 or 52 locomotives maybe?). But it would great if you managed to get diesel electric supported for this sim, it could allow DEMU class 205s for instance. Also, if diesel electric were supported, would physics support for purely electric locos (apart from track infrastructure) really be that much more work given that both are driven by traction motors? 

Thanks Jakkson! Diesel-electric support will be coming eventually as soon as I get some other stuff out of the way first (the editors for instance). I'll need to research how it works in detail to model it to the same fidelity as the mechanical and hydraulic transmissions. The train editor will allow the community to add the classes you mentioned while I focus on developing the core sim.

It's true that the diesel-electrics share a lot of similarities with purely electric locos but I don't yet know to what extent. There might be some differences in the control mechanisms. The infrastructure is also a major point, not just in the 3D-modelling of the power rails or overhead electric lines, but because of how multiple electric trains drawing current from the same transformer affect each other's performance, unlike steam or diesel locos which are independent of each other.

bonjour, pensez vous rajouter le mode multijoueur prochainement?


Multiplayer is probably quite difficult to do so that it works reliably, is fun and doesn't suffer from abusive players, so I'm going to leave it out unless I figure out a way to solve all the problems easily.

pouvez vous mettre le frein d urgence en plus du frein conventionnel

Yeah, I'll add emergency brake in one of the train updates where new trains are added and physics improved

bonjour allez vous modifier les horaires? car certains sont impossible a realiser a cause du temps d attente au feu rouge

Yes, in the next update I'm going to adjust the timetables to make sure all services can be run to time.

Personally I quite like the idea of starting some services with a delay; kind of "do you best to recover time" challenge mission that adds a random element to the simulation; so I don't see them as a bug or issue.

That's true and I agree but there are some services which can't be run to time under any circumstances. The randomisation will always result in starting late or being held at a signal so long that you'll always be late at the last stop. I'm going to make sure all services can finished in time at least sometimes.

bonjour pensez vous mettre un support manette sur le jeu


Oui :) Not in the next update but in the future there will be support for gamepad/joystick

You can already use a gamepad or joystick with the help of another program, here is a guide (not written by me):

https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=1347790178

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Would it be possible in one of your updates to add traffic on the roads? Like cars , trucks and buses etc. The towns and roads seem a bit empty without anything moving about.

Yes, road traffic is in the plans but first I need to make the editors and improve the road layouts, so it'll probably be a very late stage feature.

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An interview over at Rock, Paper, Shotgun

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Do you have an idea on when version 1.3 will be released? Or is it still a while from now?

Hoping to get the beta version of the next update ready for testing by end of May but no guarantees!

bonjour envisagez vous de mettre du materiels diesel francais comme les abj ou abh metrique ou les x 2000 corse  et des routes reelles?

I can only promise that I'll try to do very easy to use route and train editors for the community. There are many players from France so I hope some of them will try making real French routes and trains.

What kind of features are you planning to put in the route editor ?

At first, the bare minimum to be able to make routes similar to the ones currently in the sim: track laying, semaphore signals, distants, AWS magnets, stopping areas/markers, scenery features, timetable creation... I'll be adding more advanced features in later updates!

Sounds great

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This is by a mile the most realistic of all the train sims. In regards, physics, sounds both dmu and rail sounds. Plus operation of the units themselves. I was a shed fitter on BR WR, mostly dmu's but also all the hydraulic classes from joining in the late 1960's. It doesn't get any better than this and i look forward to future development. Particularly in regards the editors, both route and scenario creation.

I just purchased this a couple of hours ago, as someone who has driven these in the early 1960's

on the Midland Region,  got to say I am very impressed :O)

Hope you keep on with updates :O)

Charlie, thank you for the very generous tip! If you have any stories or comments to share in regards to the performance or operation of the units I'm all ears! I know that the brakes in the simulator are probably underpowered at low speeds because the behaviour of the cast-iron brake blocks is not simulated quite correctly.

Updates will definitely be continued barring any force majeure! The progress might be a bit slow because of the genuine complexity of all the stuff involved.

Thanks IKB, the route editor is currently in the works and I'm excited to see what people can do with it once it's ready! I'd be interested in any knowledge that could be used for improving the realism of the simulator, based on your experience working with the DMUs!

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Do you have to activate the game on steam to receive future updates or not?

No need to activate on Steam, updates will be continued here as well. In fact, the next update will be later today.

Glad to see it out on steam. Congrats on the release!

Thanks!

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Just a reminder: if you buy/bought the sim from here, you don't need to buy it again on Steam. Just log in and go to the download page, then click the "Get Steam key" button.

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Go to the download page of what exactly?

The game's download page: at the top of the page there should be a link saying "You own this game" and a Download button.

 if a price of something differs by more than 10℅ by currency or region the sale is blocked to gift.  Along with stopping people buying things and putting in thier inventory.. I gather its more against the grey area market of cheaper country pricing sold for profit elsewhere.. But its really stopped me gifting games to good friends overseas..

Thanks for the info..ill buy from here :)


A news link from a while ago about it

https://www.kotaku.com.au/2017/05/steam-users-are-concerned-about-valves-new-gif...

Would it be possible to purchase steam keys from you at all? Steams recent regional changes would make using keys to gift so much easier

Hi Overland, if you purchase the game here you get one Steam key. I'm not sure if the key is affected by the regional changes (what changes are those?)

This game is awesome, I hope that will be able to have a steam key on march 5th :) I will make a presentation on my youtube channel for my french community. Congrat !

Thank you! I just added a batch of Steam keys to the system. You can get yours by going to the download page and clicking "Get Steam key". The key can be activated already but the download on Steam won't work until the official release on Monday.

Excellent, the steam release will be the same as this one ? Just a few notes after playing with your game : In some trains the speed gauge is not accurate. Then, we have to use the speed helper (ui at the right) to get our real speed. On the route schema on the right it's difficult to evaluate distance and size of station too. Awesome game I hope we could see passengers go up and down the train :)

Yes, the Steam and Itch versions are identical.

Thanks for the notes! Yeah, the speedometers can be somewhat inaccurate but luckily the speed they show is usually a bit more than the actual speed, so you won't overspeed if you follow them. The route schema is that way by design so it wouldn't make things too easy. You should only use it to get an idea what is coming next and then look out of the window! :) Moving passengers are planned for one of the later updates.

Please post a link to your video here or to the Steam community if you can, I'd love to watch the video once it's ready!

I will, but the video will be in french :)

No problem! It'll be useful to all French-speaking users. Everything doesn't have to be in English, there's already one video in German in the Steam community hub. Besides, I can understand French to some extent :)

Firstly I see DRS appearing on my 'coming soon' list on Steam - woot!

Secondly - is there any way to see a map of the world that DRS is set-in?  I like to have an idea of where I am/going - even if it's just a JPG - just so I can see where everything is in relation to everywhere else??

Also loving the new shader/style - tho it's had a bit of an effect on performance - new PC looms I guess!!

Yes, DRS is finally coming to Steam! I'll arrange the keys for itch owners after the official release.

The new version has a map button at the bottom of the service selection screen, did you notice? It's easy to miss though! There's no map during the actual run yet, this is planned for the next update.

Motion blur is perhaps the single most demanding graphical effect. Does it help if you turn that off? You might also get better performance by using the second best quality option, but still enabling some of the additional effects, rather than using the best quality and disabling some effects. The sim is nowhere near fully optimised yet so hopefully you don't need to get any new hardware!

Maps found - MUCH happier when I know where I'm going!!

One small issue - the 'tutorial' function which suggests what to press seems to be less useful than it was in earlier releases?  I'd disabled it for areas I was comfortable driving but I ran a scenario today which ended in a terminus and following the on-screen instructions led me to crash into the buffers!

It also gets confused in some stations - you stop and it keeps suggesting you apply/release the brakes over and over?

I'm ALMOST grown-out of it but I imagine new players may be confused?

The key tutorial is the same as in the earlier version. It does occasionally instruct you to accelerate right before a terminus buffer stop so there's still room for improvement! For a funny example of this, see GrayStillPlays' Let's play video (he's playing version 1.0). The reason why the tutorial suggests fiddling with the brake at stations is because it's trying to match 15 inches of vacuum which is the standard for keeping the train still. The vacuum gauge works with some delay, especially in longer trains, which is why you see the needle dropping occasionally below 15in even though the brake valve is lapped. You're right though, it's confusing for a beginner and I'm still going to fine tune it in some of the future updates!

It's super-useful to have that guide - esp as the game has the 'score' aspect for best driving practices!!

It also maybe distracts people a BIT from learning trains properly - I had to force myself to turn-it-off  - I believe remapping is possible so maybe I need to remap to TS settings to avoid having to think so hard? :)

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Hey, congratulations for the launch of version 1.2, great improvements on atmosphere and sounds (they make it even more immersive now).

I saw your post regarding the graphical effects on performance and wanted to add this from my findings: with "Good quality" preset and "Reflections" turned "off" I get fireflies on the edges of the passenger seats, sometimes with flashing white squares around them. Same effect is visible from the helicopter cameras and also on the incoming trains (from the opposite direction). Frame rate tanks a bit when I rotate my camera to look at them specifically (60 to 40-30).  I'm attaching an image in case my description is lacking.

I know you mentioned you haven't optimised it yet, hoping this will be of some aid when you get there.  All the best ! :D

Thanks! I've sometimes noticed the fireflys on my own machine as well, but not recently, so I thought the issue had somehow resolved itself, but apparently not. It's probably the bloom effect? There might some very small or degenerate triangles in the places where the fireflys occur, will need to investigate and come up with a fix to the next update.

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Did a test with "Bloom" setting "Off" and the artefacts are still there for me, maybe there are some inverted normals or overlaps in the mesh. LE: They go away if I turn High Dynamic Range "Off" when having Reflections disabled.

Thanks, I tried the same and indeed, it's not the bloom. They also go away if I enable TAA or disable AO, so it must be a combination of the post effects and how they handle triangle or normal vector edge cases.

Hi mate,

 I've only had Diesel Railcar Simulator for about 6 days and I have to say it is great and there is so much more to come as well. Really enjoying the physics modelling. 

Thank you, 

Damo

Thanks Damo, I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the sim!

Thank you very much for publishing your plans regarding updates for version 1 of DRS and announcing that those updates will be free is a very good news. I wouldn't change the order of the updates. Just carry on with your plans.

Hey, thanks for your feedback! I'll proceed according to the plan.

Hi,

First I 'd to say that I'm really happy with my purchase the quality is really good for a game this early in development. It even does a few things better than the AAA sims on steam.  Once I saw a few videos on the game, I needed to buy  the game immediately. And I'm willing to support the game through the coming years.

Now I do have two questions:

1. On the Roadmap it says "Version 2 (2018-2019, new simulator, sold separately)"              I would like some clarification on the "new sim" "sold seperately" part, does this mean we'll have to buy the game again once it hits version 2 or will it be a free upgrade for people who already bought the game at version 1.0?

2. I don't mind having my games on multiple platforms but is a steam release planned and if so will we receive a free steam key?

Thanks a lot for making this amazing sim!

 I am looking forward to what it will become.

Hello, thanks for purchasing the sim! To answer your questions,

1. Yes, you'll need to buy v2 again as I'm considering it a "new sim" in that it has much broader scope and features, whereas v1 will be mainly limited to just British 1st generation DMUs. I'm still releasing several free updates to Diesel Railcar Simulator over this year and next year, and I'm sure they'll be worth your current investment. DRS owners will also get a discount from v2.

2. Steam release is indeed planned and keys will be distributed to those who bought the sim here!

Thanks for answering so soon, it is now much more clear thanks and keep the good work up! 

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Hello, I won this game in the RockPaperShotgun Foxer ( thank you for that ) and wanted to congratulate you on your awesome start with Diesel Railcar Simulator.

I'm enjoying the realistic physics, bogie animations, cab movement, sounds and sense of speed. Immersion is very good, if not the best right now, a great mixture of simulation and friendly atmosphere. Hope you'll manage to develop this game further.

If it helps, some feedback from my experience:

- I would add a simple image tutorial in which signalling is described (for newcomers) at the start menu. You could create another button near the keyboard shortcuts and gfx options for this.

- I noticed that some textures are glossy when they shouldn't be (bricks, seat, etc) this could affect game performance.

- there are no line speed warning indicators before the actual speed reduction zone, from my knowledge rails have them in real life, so not having them in-game but penalizing for using the route feature helper does not make sense to me.

- speed indicator signs are hard to see/read from a distance against ground colour/atmospheric lighting.

- in some places (tight left curves) cab's left pillars block the vision of incoming signals.

All the best !

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Hello! The next update will include more information on the signals and signs, but only in text. I do agree that pictures of the signals would be more helpful, and will consider them for the second or third update.

Granted, the graphics are not very well thought out because I'm still learning things and wanted to focus on the physics and overall feel. Some of the future updates will bring improvements in this regard. There's also plenty of opportunities for optimisation in the graphics but also in other areas of the program. The seat material is shared with several other cab objects, so separating it would probably not help.

In the modern railway there certainly are advance warnings to speed restrictions, but 1960's Britain, I'm not so sure. I'd be interested in knowing more about this from a reliable source. Maybe the drivers just had to rely on their memory and knowledge of the route. The limit signs were originally painted white, but being hard to spot in snow, were later converted to yellow. They currently don't stand out very well, I agree, maybe adjusting the overall illumination to a more realistic direction would help.

In the next update you can move around in the cab and stick your head through the side windows, so that'll help spotting the signals in tight corners.

Thanks for your suggestions!

Looks like I was wrong, it appears that advance warning indicators for speed restriction segments were only introduced after 1971 and just in some places; acknowledging of the speed restricted areas is being left to the driver, either through learning the track or through time table documents (if there were any).

Just bought the game and I love it, great work! Just a couple of questions. I was looking at the roadmap, and wandered if there were plans for a concept like scenarios in Train Simulator. The could really enrich the game by capturing situations that you can't timetable, like a reason blocking the track. Having an editor would also be good way to allow users who, when route editing comes out in the next version, don't have the knowledge to make a route, but still want to customise the game. It would also be great to see an image screenshot on the start page.

Thanks! The next update will include a new mode (or scenario) called rescue, where the train has broken down and you need to bring it back to the depot. This mode will be automatically available for most services. Instead of manually creating these kind of scenarios, I'd prefer to generate them automatically for all services in the timetable.

In addition, of course, it would be nice to enable users to create their own timetables and scenarios. The third update is planned to have a simple route and timetable editor, and I'll try to design it in a way that it's easy to learn and use.

In your last sentence do you mean that you would prefer to use screenshots from the sim as background images in the user interface, instead of photos?

That sounds great, what I was referring to with scenarios was the ability to create different situations, such as being able to create a scenario where a train has broken down on the track, so both ways are running on the same track. This would allow a unique experience, which in uncreatable in a timetable like format. It would also create an almost unlimited range of possibilities. I think that although it should be no where near your top priority, it is worth a look into for a future version. My other comment was about the photo on the front, I feel it would look better with an ingame screenshot

The scenarios you describe would be possible to do automatically as well and I'm going to look into doing something like it in the future!

The reason why I chose photos instead of screenshots was that the in-game graphics are not yet that good and because I wanted to make it clear to the users that these are real trains, not some product of my imagination. Screenshots are obviously much easier to create than finding suitably licensed relevant photos, so I'll probably start using screenshots in the user interface at some point.

Thanks for the quick replies. The game is great and I look forward to following it as it evolves! Have you ever considered a Discord server?

Never head of Discord before, looks like some kind of voice chat server? What is it used for?

Hi, I've got a question re. the summary screen. On one of my less auspicious runs my summary included: Reckless driving (5 times), Max. comfortable acceleration exceeded (12 times), and Passenger comfort exceeded (2 times). The graph confirmed I had only sped once in a 10mph area, and I had stopped twice before the appropriate marker at one station, but other than that the lines didn't look too bad. Could you briefly explain what causes each of the above demerits? Cheers.

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Reckless driving is usually if you exceed the target speed by too much, for example when braking too late for a station. If you also brake too heavily, you might exceed the max comfortable acceleration (or, rather, deceleration) which I took to be 1m/s^2 according to some source. Exceeding passenger comfort means too abrupt change in the acceleration, most likely when coming to a halt after maximum braking. You can avoid this by releasing the brakes just before the train is about to stop. Bear in mind that the performance of the tread brakes on these trains varies according to speed. The brakes are more effective when the train is moving slowly.

The violations are recorded every two seconds if I recall correctly, which explains the number of occurrences!

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Hi again, sorry for the questions but I have another point of confusion. I was running the Empty terminus down siding 30 and stopped at signals that I believed were against me. But after waiting there until after the predicted end of the scenario, without any change, I'm now in doubt. Is this signal telling me to stop? BTW I did overrun this signal initially - stopped before the points - and then reversed back, not sure if that caused an issue...

My score did include 1 signal passed at danger but that may have been the next one that I didn't see until too late  :-/

The signal in your picture is cleared for the rightmost depot track, hence the semaphore arm on the right is pointing upwards. I'm preparing more instructions for the next update so the signals will be easier to understand. In addition there will be a new helper that displays the signal as green or red blob in the route minimap depending on whether you can pass it or not.

In the meantime you can always access the helpers while running the sim by pressing ESC and going to the driving settings screen. If you temporarily enable the key helper, you'll get an idea of whether you should just accelerate past the signal or stay put.

The sim should be able to handle without problem the case where you overrun a signal and then reverse back.

I hope this clears things up!

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Thanks for the reply. I'd like to say it does but after running the scenario some more times, both driving and watching (have I mentioned how useful that is?), I must still be missing something obvious. Each time I come down the line the AWS horn sounds, the distant signal is at caution,  and the stop signal is at danger. So I stop. But if I enable Show target speed while I'm sat there it shows 34mph... and if I'm watching the AI driver they reduce speed to ~34mph and sail right through. So my question this time is: how can one tell when one can pass a signal at danger? Is it something to do with it being a junction signal (assuming it is one)?

BTW would you prefer I post any future questions in the trainsim.com Diesel Railcar Simulator thread? My questions seem mainly academic rather than DRS specific and others there can probably correct any further misunderstandings I have.

P.S. I've just bought the game - the copy I got was won from RPS - after all the game's great and I've been bugging you with my questions :-)

Thanks for the purchase! Regarding the trainsim.com thread, feel free to post at either place. You'll probably get faster replies over there, but your posts here are useful for those who are not familiar with that thread.

Thinking more closely about your question, I think someone else asked the same thing at the trainsim.com thread, and it was even the same signal! Here's the first page of that discussion on the thread. What isn't mentioned is the approach control: you get a caution from the distant and the actual signal remains at danger until the signalman is satisfied that you're not going to exceed the 25mph limit for the turnouts of the diverging route.

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Ok I'll keep posting here since I don't have an account on trainsim.com. I think I understand now where my confusion is coming from. I was taking the 4 semaphore gantry in the picture above to mean only a train on the 4th (rightmost) track had the clear signal and that my train, being on the third from left, had a danger signal.

But I wasn't taking into consideration that signal poles (always?) appear to the left of the track they are relevant to. Given that, I now believe that the signal in the picture is telling me that the route I'm on is diverging to the right (the 4th track) and, given the height of the 3rd and 4th semaphores are identical, the speed limit is the same as my current one.

Which leads me to another question (sorry!). The picture below shows what I'm calling, until told otherwise, a pair of merging signals. They seem backwards... why do the semaphores not correspond to the tracks? I.e. the leftmost semaphore is mounted on the taller pole which indicates it's the faster line... but the faster line is to the right of the train.

The number of semaphores relates to the number of options you can be routed to from that signal onwards. In this case the tallest means the route "straight" along the leftmost track of the set of four main line tracks. The smaller semaphore indicates that you are clear to proceed and will be routed to the next "option" to right, which is the third main line track from the left. The "options" are the same for the signal on the right, i.e. when coming down that track. The reason why there are only two semaphores instead of four is that half of the main line tracks are designed to be run in the opposite direction, thus you won't ever be routed to them from this signal and therefore no semaphore is required for them.

This is actually trickier to explain than I thought!

Hi, I was lucky enough to win your game from the RPS competition and am very glad I did: it's a wonderful thing and is already promising to hold my attention longer than other train sims. I'm not overly familiar with how to drive these trains (although looking at what cab controls are being moved, and when, in simple mode is helping to fill in some gaps) and not at all familiar with signals, speed limit sign placement and when the new speed takes effect; and was wondering if you could recommend a good online source of information. If you don't have such information at hand please don't trouble yourself: don't want to needlessly divert your attention from more important work :-)

Best of luck, mollusk.

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Thanks for your comment! I'm improving the helpers and adding more information about the signals in the next update.

For signals and signs this website is an excellent (and quite dense) resource. Please see sections 2, 13 and 21. Note that each section has multiple pages and you can access the next one from the bottom right corner (although for sections 13 and 21 the first page contains all the information relevant to the sim).

For driving the trains, see the railcar website. Nothing beats this video though, if you have 20 minutes to spare! The startup procedure has been greatly simplified in the sim but the rest of the video is very useful.

That video is great :-D !

Many thanks for the links, they help clear things up nicely. Keen to see the helper improvement you're adding in the next update as I got a bit overwhelmed when I had them on in non-simple mode: things popping up far too frequently for a relaxing time.

I've just been using the Watch mode to see how the AI handles a route and I have some more questions:

Will there be a way to review the player's past run or runs for each service? I'm just thinking it would be nice to have access to all the end-of-run graphs and scoring breakdowns so the player can get an overview of their last run(s), areas that need improving and progress. 

I also noticed the AI's score replaced mine in the service list because it was higher (no surprise there). But will there be a way to display only the player's best score for a service? I like being able to watch the AI drive, and having a 'good' score to aim for and/or beat, but personally I would prefer to see only my scores listed (and have access to the AI's score for reference). It's sort of like inviting someone to play one of your games and they complete a perfect run and you're forever faced with their name on the highscore table.

Thanks again! mollusk.

At the moment the scoreboard design is such that the AI scores indeed start filling up the board unless you can do better. I do understand your frustration with this and will try to come up with a solution in one the future updates.

The AI's weak points are that it speeds sometimes and is not always very economical. You can often just run in a slightly more relaxed fashion to beat the score.

Having the full evaluation saved for future reference would also be nice, along with a replay of the run! I can't yet say when these could be implemented, but they're on my list now. Thanks for the ideas!

Hah not to worry, no frustration here :-)

Hello,

I have just purchased the above simulator and received the download email
But my Norton protection software stops me from opening the file, advises me 
that it is not safe and removes it automatically.
Just wondering if you have come across this problem before and is there a fix?
Many thanks in advance for your advice.

Kind regards,
Tartempion

Hi, this is the first time I hear about this kind of problem. Instead of downloading the zip, you could try installing the itch app and install the simulator from within the app. Please let me know how that works out for you.

Hello,

Thank you for your reply. Could you please let me know how to do this? If I use Itch, will I have to purchase the simulator again?

You don't need to buy it again. Just install the itch app and log in to the app with your account. Then click on Library in the sidebar to the left. Here you should see the simulator with options to install it, or after it's been installed, to launch it. I'm sorry I can't quite remember what the app looks like before installing the sim.

Another option would be to temporarily disable the anti-virus before downloading and extracting the zip. Or maybe the anti-virus has a quarantine where the zip is moved, and it could be recovered from there? Sorry for the trouble, I hope this helps!

Hi, from the download email I saved the program to my Itch account. I was then able to find it in my Library as you advised and Install it and launch it no problem. Your quick replies are very much appreciated. I am really impressed with the level of realism you have accomplished with this simulator so far. Best wishes for your future plans, I am already looking forward to the updates. Cheers.

Thanks! I'm glad to hear you got it working!

Hi there. I bought this last week and have played it a little. I stream train/plane simulation games and plan to stream this tonight on Twitch from 7.30pm UK time. Really impressed with the work done so far and looking forward to seeing where this will go in the future. I'm definitely recommending this to my viewers.

One question - the scoreboard - does this automatically take the name of the account on the PC? I'd like to be able to change this as I don't really want my full name displayed on stream.

Hi! I hope I didn't miss your stream already. The scoreboard takes the current account name by default and you can only change it after it has already appeared on the screen, so it might be a bit of a problem for you. This is something that never occured to me, but I'll do something about it in the next update. The only workaround I can think of for now is to create another Windows account for streaming - sorry!

I bought a copy of this several days ago and have been playing it ever since. Very, very impressive work - the moment a faster train overtook me as I trundled up a 4-track section was fantastically immersive. One teeny thing I would like to see (and I know that 'improved graphics' is on the todo list) is a 'toning down' of the colours, which are a little too bright/colourful/computer-generated (IMO!) at the moment.

This really is an incredible achievement and I can only hope that enough people purchase a copy so that the phase 2 stage of development will go ahead as planned.

Great stuff!

Thanks! The colours may indeed be a bit over-saturated, I'll see what I can do about it in the next update.

Nooooo it looks great as-is! :) IMO, the vibrancy of the colors works really well with the art style of the decor. If you make it more "realistic" looking, that'll draw attention to the stylistic approach of the scenery, and you won't gain anything. Keep as is, please, and focus on the actual content (routes etc), please!

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That's a good point as well, I'll make it an option then! Implementing it only takes maybe 10 minutes, don't worry about it :)

Thumbs up for options!

I will be buying this game in possible future! I want to ask if this is going to be a Railcar Simulator only? Or is it gonna develop to become a full  fledged Train Simulation game with features as shunting,  freight, passenger and other trains than just DMUs??

This version (1.x) is mostly going to be British railcars only, although one of the free updates will add a locomotive to demonstrate the possibilities. The next versions from v2 onwards will be more like a full featured trainsim, more about the plans here.

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I grabbed this after the RPS article, played it, and had to drop by to compliment the author. The fidelity is through the roof (after the sterility of TS) and I love how smoothly it runs. Also digging the "which key to press" feature which is actually teaching me how to run this train better than any other sim; I should be able to turn it off in another day or two! And having a "less than 25 minutes" (and other similar easy-to-use choices) in the route selector is just brilliant.

Keep up the great work.

Just wanted to say how wonderful this is to play. Ran one of the Up Intercity services and I'm already hooked. Watching the traffic roll by on the 4-track bit is fantastic.

Kinda hope you keep it to the fictitious route type things in the future - in all honesty I prefer the play value (albeit with historic equipment) to full prototype fidelity, leaves you more room to perfect how the game runs.

Thanks, I'm sure it's possible to have both!

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