Open Rails v1.0 is getting closer…
According to a recent post on the Elvas Tower forums, it’s not long until v1.0 of Open Rails will be ready. There’s been a lot of discussion over just where the cutoff should be for MSTS compatibility in order to declare a 1.0 version. As of now, it looks as if the last few un-met milestones will be held off for version 1.1 and the current state will be wrapped up in preparation for a 1.o release.
There’s still work to be done; primarily in the realm of updates to the documentation, the creation of an installer for version 1.0, updates to the Open Rails website, and even a demo route (Which may likely need to be self-contained, with no MSTS assets or dependencies).
Open Rails has come a long way in the last year or so — not only with excellent compatibility with MSTS routes and assets, but with the first steps into new improvements, including an entirely new timetable operation system, multiplayer features and the beginnings of support for 3D cabs ,to name a few.
There is no date set for a 1.0 release yet — but it’s probably safe to say that 2015 should be a banner year for Open Rails development!