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Introduction to the train simulator

How to start a simulation

Log into the engineer area, go to simulation menu and choose one of the available running simulations. There are multiple simulations to accommodate many players. If you want to drive alone, choose a simulation with few players connected. If you prefer to run on a busy railroad, choose one with a lot of players, and be prepared for long waiting times at signals.

Then choose a task and a train. Shown duration is indicative and may be longer due to traffic activity. You must remember your train length and its maximum speed, as you will need this information later. The detailed task itinerary will be available during the simulation, by pressing F2 key.

If you disable the autostart all locomotives checkbox, then you must manually execute the startup procedure on every locomotive on your consist. Be aware that your train can have helpers at back, that you may also want to start.

Simulator hints:

How to get the train moving

Read the guide of your locomotive for more information on how to operate it.

The general procedure is:

Be aware of your environment and train characteristics. As engineer, you will develop the ability to adapt your driving to the length and weight of your assigned train, the grade of terrain and other factors that have an effect on train performance.

How to stop the train

Read the guide of your locomotive for more information on how to operate it.

Basic hints:

How to reach your destination

As in the real thing, the engineer is not responsible of routing trains. In the simulator, AI dispatchers and CTCs will configure turnouts and signals to route your train to its destination.

Your responsibility as engineer is to drive your train following the railroad rules, signals and speeds. Drive your train near the maximum allowed speed, never exceeding it.

As a good train engineer, you must always know where you are. Look at mileposts near the track to know your location, and anticipate speed reductions or stops. You will develop this ability with time and experience.

Read the rules of the lines you travel to know the meaning of signal aspects, trackside signs and markers.