The RailDriver desktop cab controller from PI Engineering has been available for quite some time now. Although it’s been reviewed before, most of those reviews are older or are focused on using it with Trainz or Train Simulator 20xx (formerly Railworks). I finally purchased one for use with Open Rails, and thought I’d share my impressions and add a newer review to the mix.
The Disruptiveness of Open Rails
I began this entry quite some time ago when the influence of Open Rails on the general trainsim community erupted into a fair bit of debate. Now that Open Rails has reached its Version 1.0 milestone, it seemed appropriate to revisit the topic and finish writing about it.
Recently localized for English speakers, ZDSimulator is a highly technical train simulator with routes and trains from Russia and Ukraine.
Dear New MSTS Users…
Start up a computer program, jump in a locomotive cab and travel any where in the world, on any kind of train. Sounds like fun! But… Microsoft Train Simulator isn’t exactly a plug-and-play affair. And neither is operating a virtual locomotive and train.
There are forums dedicated to ongoing improvement of MSTS, and new users are still showing up years after Microsoft introduced the simulator. MSTS is largely treated as a hobby — “V-scale” (“V” for “virtual”) model railroading — and the community takes it seriously. Newcomers are welcome, but don’t get caught out in the cold with “Newbie” mistakes…