The official “stable” release version of Open Rails has advanced to version 1.2. There were a number of development breakthroughs that happened not long after version 1.1 was released, and these have been refined and are now part of the stable release. This includes the ability to have working turntables, and a host of other improvements.
I’ve added a new section and item in the menu above. “Tech” will focus on various computer-related items that aren’t strictly limited to Open Rails, MSTS or train simulators in general.
We’ve Moved! (Again…)
With thanks to an associate of mine in the information technology and security arena, the site has been moved to sub-domain on a new host. The old host just wasn’t keeping up, and tended to serve up pop-under ads in spite of a no-ads promise. If you entered the old URL, or clicked an old saved link, you should be redirected here to the new host.
Everything should be in place — I spent a day importing the old files and database, and re-configuring references so the images and files all work as they should. If anything is missing, I’ll probably track it down in the next few days as I double-check the site.
Open Rails v1.0 is finalized and released. Enjoy!
It’s a huge milestone to effectively say OR has met its initial set of goals. If you haven’t tried OR, now is the time. It’s already capable of more than MSTS, and development isn’t pausing at all. There will be refinements and new capabilities to add; the experimental and unstable versions will continue to be offered for testing and evaluation.
Right now, Open Rails can do virtually anything that MSTS could ever do. Any remaining differences are minor. Known bugs exist that will be addressed, but they’ve generally been found to be less significant or “edge cases”, in development terms, that typical operation won’t see effects of them. The “showstopper” bugs appear to be resolved. At this point, moving the focus beyond MSTS will allow more new approaches to old problems – and that alone may provide for ways that will both solve old remaining bugs and open up new capabilities.
What’s in the future? Not only further refinements and improvements in functionality, but now the editors and tools will come into closer focus over time. We already have basic path editing in the Track Viewer, the completely new and realistic Timetable Mode and the solid foundation for multi-player capability. Ideas are already circulating for how to achieve an MSTS-style activity editor and a route editor. And gradually, OR will grow beyond the MSTS “box” and into its own environment that will encompass MSTS content plus its own capabilities.
So, for anyone still wondering if there will ever be a train simulator to replace MSTS, it’s safe to say it’s here. Open Rails is ready and will continue to grow.
Added Link to Elvas Tower
After much deliberation, I’ve added a link to Elvas Tower. It’s become more well-known in the trainsim community, particularly for users of Open Rails. It’s more focused than the other well-known forums; it’s populated mostly by content creators and active testers and users of Open Rails. It also has a high standard for courtesy and thoughtful posting. So please, if you visit and wish to participate, do try put your best foot forward.
Site development Poll is Closed
And the results are… No changes for now! While there’s some interest in a small forum function, it’s most likely limited to a fairly small group. There’s enough room on the existing train sim forums to go around, and I really don’t want to have to moderate one. 🙂
ZDSimulator Version 5 Is Here…
I’ll replace this post with more details once I’ve had some time with this newest version. In general, it appears many of the refinements the developers have been working on were finalized and put into this update.
And, a hint of things to come — version 1.6.1 of the route editor is downloadable from the ZDSimulator website. The main interface is now in English, but the documentation is yet to be translated.
It’s been a while! The new host has been stable, and aside from a brief issue with false positives for some sort of spam or adware activity on the host’s domain early last year reported by a couple of TrainSim.com visitors, everything has been running smoothly. You may notice the “Contact” option on the menu now; it’s working as it should. Occasionally, I may open a posting for comments as well as I have a working anti-spam module installed on the site.
Have a great 2013, everyone!
Welcome to the MSTS Roundhouse — my little corner of the train-sim world. Be sure to visit the About page for a little info about the purpose of this site. What will you find here? Tips and tricks I’ve cataloged over the years of using MSTS, any helpful scripts or batch files I’ve come up that might be worth sharing, handy links, the occasional opinion — whatever comes to mind and seems worth sharing.
Open Rails is here and is getting better all the time, so I’ll try to include anything useful I find for OR here as well.
As for me, I post occasionally on train-sim forums if I can add something helpful. I don’t try to stand out or step into the arguments that flare up from time-to-time. But if I come across anything useful that I like, I’ll try to post it here as another ongoing resource.