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New Project Submission: Los Angeles Metro by Matt Burb

A complete rendition of the Los Angeles subway/tram system, known locally as Metro Rail. All six major lines are included with all stations and all divisions, with a bonus seventh line and yard which are not yet in service IRL but have been included.

This is a semi-advanced simulation, so it is not intended for those who are just getting started with Railway. Even though most of the route has been automated, there are switches and junctions that still need manual setting, which helps make this hard!

The included timetable runs from 6 AM to just past 7 AM, with all of the services that run within this time span. They are based off of real-world LACMTA timetables, though I may have gotten a small fraction of it fictitious. The included session has automatic signal routes set over all crossovers, not only to better identify where services run, but so that you not need to constantly click on the Actions Due window.

Recommended Advice:
It is recommended that you open the Actions Due and Service Information windows, and set Train Information to be on as well, as they will be important in routing services onto the appropriate tracks!

More detail is provided on the project page and in the Readme file

Download it here

New Project Submission: Toronto Subway by Matt Burb

A complete rendition of Toronto’s subway system. All four major lines are included with all stations and all divisions.

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and provides a semi-complex situation for users of the Railway program. This map may put off some beginners, but almost the entire system is automated, though the termini require manual setting.

The included timetable runs from 5:39 AM to just past 7 AM, with all of the services that run within this time span. They are based off of real-world TTC timetables, though I may have gotten a small fraction of it fictitious.

The System:
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) operates four routes in the subway system. These four routes are:
-Line 1 Yonge-University: Finch to Vaughan Metropolitan Centre
-Line 2 Bloor-Danforth: Kipling to Kennedy
-Line 3 Scarborough: Kennedy to McCowan
-Line 4 Sheppard: Sheppard-Yonge to Don Mills

More detail is provided on the download page and in the Readme file

Download it here

New Program Version Released – Version 2.2.0

We have been giving some thought recently as to how to make operation easier for railways that extend over several screens when many trains are out of sight. The zoom feature is useful of course in showing where trains are stopped at signals, and left-clicking a flashing train zooms in at that location, but it would be better to know when a train is approaching a red signal so as to take action before it stops and preferably before it begins to slow down. With that in mind we have developed an ‘Actions due’ panel, containing a list of train headcodes with times to act in timetable minutes, in ascending time order. This panel is displayed by left clicking a new button with an hourglass icon.  Left clicking a headcode brings the train selected (or the entry point for trains not yet running) to the centre of the display, with the mouse hovering over it and displaying status and timetable information when these are selected. This feature proved to be a lot more complex in implementing than we thought it would be, so it has taken some weeks to develop, but it seems to work ok now. The user manual and online help have a new section ‘Actions due’ that explains how the feature works in more detail. We hope you find it as useful as we do when operating large railways.

A second feature available during build is to ‘paste with attributes’ after cutting an area of railway. We often find that we want to modify the layout of a submitted railway so that it fits better on a screen with a different resolution to that on which it was developed. When using the normal cut and paste functions all preferred directions, track lengths, speed limits and location names are lost. This new feature retains all these attributes so they don’t have to be re-entered, which can be quite a big job. Any new track elements needed to link to the repositioned area need appropriate new attributes setting of course, and if the cut area includes any train entry points then the timetable will need to be altered to reflect the changed element identifiers.

A few other minor alterations have been made as follows:

a)  The ‘End’ key on the numeric keypad can now be used to toggle the zoom function on and off, providing Numlock isn’t on.

b)  The earlier letter keys ‘w’, ‘s’, ‘a’ and ‘d’ that could be used to move the display up, down, left or right as well as the keyboard arrow keys have been dropped. The arrow keys still work as before, but conflicts arose with the hotkeys introduced in the last version. No-one reported this so we assume that they weren’t generally used, and keyboard movement is much less necessary since the ability to drag the display using the right mouse button was introduced.

c)  The need to set 256 compatibility mode for Windows 10 may have been solved – almost by accident! It occurred to us to try out different colours for the various panels instead of using the default system colours set by Windows. These became transparent in Windows 10 obscuring the text that was incorporated, especially on the floating panel used for track and train information. Hey presto – providing solid colours are used there is no transparency!  We set the colours to match the earlier ones so there won’t appear to be any difference. Compatibility with earlier operating systems will probably still be needed for high dpi settings and perhaps for other circumstances, but hopefully the colour compatibility issue has gone away.

d)  We discovered that performance scores for excess level crossing barrier down times weren’t being saved in session files (operating Anthony Sheehy’s Eastbourne, Newhaven & Seaford railway revealed this when performance scores went up after reloading a session!) This oversight has now been corrected.

As ever please let us know if anything unexpected occurs when using these features and send in any error files that are generated. We have tested them extensively but it’s quite likely that we’ve overlooked some sets of circumstances, so there may still be bugs that need correction.

The new version is available under the ‘Download’ tab.

We hope you find the new features useful.

The ROS team

Pudong International Airport 20 Year Anniversary – Celebration Video from Xeon

Shanghai’s Pudong airport opened 20 years ago, and today (September 16 2019) it opens the world’s largest satellite terminal. 

Shanghai Pudong Airport Satellite Terminal Interior – Credit: Shanghai Airport Authority

The airport features an integrated transport hub served by Maglev, Metro and High-Speed trains.

To celebrate the occasion Xeon has sent in a very entertaining video, even including the runways and aircraft (or are they flying trains?) taking off and landing!  Make sure your sound is on to listen to the air traffic control.


He has also sent in a small operating segment as a session file.  This is in zipped format because WordPress thinks that .ssn files are dangerous.  Perhaps some are but not ours!

Download “Pudong airport session file” – Downloaded 18 times – 21 KB

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