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Open Rails Tips and Tricks

With the release of Open Rails 0.7.0, now seems a good time to document some of the hidden settings and features:

  • LoggingFilename (string setting) Specifies a static or generated name for the log file. Defaults to "OpenRailsLog.txt". This is a standard .NET format string, with the following replacements available: (New in 0.7.0)
    1. "Open Rails".
    2. Version number normally, build stamp if compiling yourself.
    3. Version number.
    4. Build stamp.
    5. Current date/time.
  • LoggingPath (string setting) Specifies an absolute path to save the log file when running the game. The default is your desktop.
  • ScreenshotPath (string setting) Specifies an absolute path to save in-game screenshots (using Print Screen). The default is the "Open Rails" folder in your pictures folder. (New in 0.7.0)
  • ShadowAllShapes (boolean setting) Specifies whether to generate shadows from all objects in the game, instead of only those which the route creator has specifically set. This can often make a route more visually pleasing, at a small performance cost.
  • VerticalSync (boolean setting) Specifies whether to limit the frame-rate to the monitor's refresh rate.
  • ViewingFOV (integer setting) Specifies the field-of-view for the display in degrees, vertically. The default is 45, which is equivalent to 60 horizontally in a 4:3 ratio. Because Open Rails measures this vertically, you'll automatically see more on widescreen resolutions. (New in 0.7.0)
  • Print Screen Takes a screenshot and saves it in the ScreenshotPath above in the PNG format. (New in 0.7.0)
  • Alt Hold down the "Alt" key and click on a switch to throw it (change which path is taken).
  • U Hold down the "U" key and click on a coupling to uncouple part of the player train.
  • Control - E Switches between locomotives in the player train.
  • Shift - Control - F Switches the direction of the player locomotive. This is a temporary substitute for the lack of MSTS Bin reverse cab support.
  • Alt - F1 Dumps the command list with keys to "keyboard.txt" and a high-resolution keyboard image (suitable for printing) to "keyboard.png".
  • Control - Alt - Page Up/Page Down/Home Controls the game speed, increasing, reducing and resetting it respectively.
  • Control - Alt - F11 Toggles the dispatcher/signalling visualisation, which highlights the selected route ahead of the player and AI trains, with labels for switches and signals.

To edit hidden settings

All Open Rails settings are stored in the Registry, under the key "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\OpenRails\ORTS". The usual disclaimers about editing the registry apply.

  • To edit any setting, open Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and navigate the left side to "HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\OpenRails\ORTS".
  • Some settings will appear already, some have to be created.
  • To create a setting, either use the menu "Edit" > "New" or right-click the right side and use the menu "New".
    • String settings should be created as "String Value".
    • Integer and boolean settings should be created as "DWORD (32-bit) Value".
  • To edit any setting, double-click its name on the right.
    • Strings can just be edited as-is.
    • Integer settings should be edited with the "Base" option set to "Decimal" in the edit window.
    • Boolean settings should use the value "1" for true and "0" for false.

Permalink | Author: | Tags: Games, Open Rails, Train Simulator | Posted: 06:00PM on Wednesday, 14 December, 2011 | Comments: 0

Open Rails 1.1

Open Rails 1.1 has been released!




  • Refuelling from water troughs added
  • Activity restricted speed zones added
  • Switching control to another train (AI and static) added
  • Auxiliary tender support added
  • Blended dynamic brakes support added
  • Improved sound cut-off distances
  • Additional sound triggers added
  • Multiple freight animations added
  • Loading/unloading animations for freight animations added
  • Join/split functionality with player and AI trains improved


  • Code has been re-factored to ease future developments
  • 3D cabs loaded by default when present
  • Quick access to documentation from the menu
  • Activity events can now dynamically change the weather
  • AI trains can now get permission to pass signals at danger
  • Super-elevation updated and harmonic-rocking improved
  • Manual signalling mode can be engaged while moving
  • Compressor information now shown in HUD
  • Additional locomotive's brake status now shown in HUD
  • Engine brakes extended to work with tender
  • Keyboard commands for cutting off power and setting brakes off added
  • EP brake partial release support added
  • Brake pipe pressure propagation improved
  • Bailoff on twin pipe airbrakes improved
  • Engine and independent brakes improved
  • 3D cab digital gauges improved
  • Train lights condition for "service" improved
  • Sound looping improved
  • Stereo/mono cab sounds improved compatibility
  • Gear cab view control added
  • Projected speed cab view control added
  • Friction braking cab view control improved
  • Night-switching of cab view in tunnels improved
  • "Variable1" in gearless diesels improved
  • "Variable2" in electrics improved
  • "Variable3" in diesels and electrics improved
  • Multiplayer can now connect to domain names in addition to IPs
  • Options to limit safe speed through curves, with penalties for breaches
  • Options for improved weather visuals on supported systems
  • Optimizated selection of track sounds
  • Correction of faulty engine parameters added


  • Activity event popup is larger and more responsive to lots of text
  • Messages for AI trains improved
  • Train Operations window updates at reversal points
  • Signal lights reliability improved
  • Save/Resume after train reversal improved
  • Fuel consumption calculations improved
  • Doors open correctly after reversal
  • "Include" directive for content improved

Important notes:

  • Open Rails develops features and bug fixes in public at
  • Open Rails is distributed under the GNU GPL v3 free software license

Permalink | Author: | Tags: Open Rails | Posted: 07:30PM on Sunday, 27 March, 2016 | Comments: 0

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