One of our team members Dominic, who is a real train driver in Holland, brought to my attention the existence of the above tool. I tried it out and wow, this is a major step forward in realism and "feel". You can actually feel the train and it talks to you. If you have a simple joystick, this is a must to try out on the VDL. It's particularly good with the JT S7 and with the new release containing a scenario pack for the S7, you will gain maximum enjoyment from using this tool. I will put a link below to download it.
Worth mentioning is NOT to put the folder on your desktop, like I did originally. Park the folder in the root of the drive where you have your Steam installation, otherwise you will fall foul of Windows filenames character limits.
It really is a fantastic tool, I've been using it with a Saitek Throttle Quadrant from my flight sim setup and the levers on it work *really* well for trains - it's made it into a whole new game for me.
Nice to hear from you Mark. Hope you are well. I'm glad you're enjoying the tool. It is a real game changer for TS. It's so simple too.
For folks that don't know, Mark is one of our unsung heroes of the VDL Project. He has been there with us , right from the start back in MSTS days, where we cut our teeth on pioneering work with Dr Jimi's original District Route for MSTS. Mark is still involved, and maintains our server for us, without which we would be unable to bring you this content. So a warm round of applause is in order. Thanks Mark, we couldn't have done it without you my friend. We really must see about upgrading your job description too. You should be a Line Controller at the least.
EDIT (Jimi): Account/status modified as appropriate. Many thanks Mark!!
For those using a flight joystick with centre spring, our resident tech guru ( Jimi ) has come up with a way to edit the lever maps for our stocks so that the centre position of your stick equates to Off and Release or Coast. Note you need to apply brake with D key at station stops or use a button map to do the same. Else the train will roll back with the doors open etc, as your stick is in centre position.
So this is what you do:
Run TS and run the train
Alt-TAB to Raildriver
Click Stop Callback
Click Keymaps -> Lever Map -> Edit lever map
Click in column 1 next to the ThrottleAndBrake
Right click -> Edit control
Click in notch values box
click in front of the Off value and type 'n' so it looks like (e.g.) n0.625 (This is the value for D78 and 73TS, C69 is 0.75.)
Click OK to close Notch values box
Click OK to close EDIT box
Click Save Lever Map button
Click Yes (save changes)
Click No (copy to other files)
Click the upper right X to close the pop-up box.
Click Start Callback
Go back to TS and enjoy.
Note the 73TS unrefurb stock need to be done separately too as the blueprints are different.
I didn't really come up with the process - it's well documented in the software doc (pages 10-12) - I just broke it into steps and gave you the values to set as center point if you wanted sprung center to be OFF & RELEASE.
I'm using an old X52 throttle quadrant which does not self center, but it's useful to have OFF as the center point.
If you want to be more realistic with a center-sprung stick you should set the Brake1 value as the center point as it's this notch in the D78/73TS/C69 that you can actually let go of the controller without triggering the deadman and bringing the train up in a heap. Being in a brake notch also means the train won't roll away if you stop the train and let go the controller :-)
So for D78/73TS, Off = 0.625, Brake1 = 0.5 For C69, Off = 0.75, Rheo1 = 0.667
Edit the lever values and put an 'n' in front of the appropriate value (e.g. n0.75). And beware if you set center to off, you may be exploring the train documentation relating to the Runback Protection system :-)
just gonna do a quick introduction as this is my first reply to something. I'm a 21 year old bloke from the Netherlands who is fasinated by the Underground network of London (Hence why I am here).
Now I saw this neat little program, but my paths are too long and it gives errors. I'm also using a Hotas X from my old days. When I press ok after the message that my path is too long it straight up gets me to the program but I can not do part 6 of the installation. Anyone that could help me out?