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OpenBveTrainSim\OBTS is a free application for PCs & MS.Windows10\8\7~32\64Bit, which runs both newer 3D Content\Addons & older 2D Bve2TrainSim\B2TS + Bve4TrainSim\B4TS Content\Addons from a diverse global User\Developer community. Subway, Tram, LightRail, MainLine, Freight & Passenger content is available, depicting legacy & modern trains & routes from the world over. OBTS allows operating a train with a view from the cab of the track ahead, or from lineside while roaming 3D train exteriors & scenery; the goal is to complete a selected route, while obeying Schedules+Signals without Speeding\Derailing. OBTS Code\Master\Source\CompiledApps\Docs\Trains\Routes\... are all NonCommercial, without any Registered CopyRight\Patent\TradeMark\... & thus completely free to Develop\UpLoad\DownLoad\Store\Use\Modify\Share\...

OBTS Features

MenuConfigured KeyBoard+Mouse, Optional Stick\Controller: Saitek.PZ45 \ SanYing.OHCPC01 \ PIE.RailDriver
MenuSelectable ScreenWindow Size+Resolution+Interpolation
MenuSelectable Train+Route Combinations
MenuSelectable Cab\Roaming\RunBy\Helicopter Views
Supports 1C+2C WAV Sounds & 3D Positioning
Supports 2D GIF+BMP+PNG ImageTexturing
Supports 3D Animated+B3D+L3D+Obj+S Objects & Legacy CSV+X Objects
Supports 3D CSV Routes & Legacy RW Routes
Supports 3D Cabs+Consists & Legacy 2D Cabs
Supports Controls+Signals Via Custom DLL PlugIns

OBTS Minimum PC Specs

104 KeyBoard + 3Button Mouse, Optional Stick\Controller: Saitek.PZ45 \ SanYing.OHCPC01 \ PIE.RailDriver
15"Display Set For 1366x768~32Bit Resolution + Stereo Speakers
Intel\AMD 2.6GHz CentralProcessor + 4GB CentralRAM
Nvidia\ATI GraphicProcessor + 128MB GraphicRAM
SolidStateDrive C With 60GB Available Space
MS.Windows10\8\7~32\64Bit OperatingSystem

More RAM & Faster\Multiple Processors ARE recommended; cheap "Shared" Central+GraphicRAM\Processors & old MechanicalDrives are NOT recommended. The latest OBTS program versions & developing addons run best under MS.Windows10\8\7~32\64bit; alternatively it is possible to configure OBTS to run under MS.WindowsXP\Vista or Linux\Ubuntu\Debian\MacOSX\..., however these alternative OperatingSystems are not fully compatible with several specific, some say legendary OBTS train control DLLs\PlugIns & thus are NOT recommended; one example is an OBTS LinuxBootable ThumbDrive.

The latest versions of free antivirus apps MS.SecurityEssentials\WindowsDefender & MS.MaliciousSoftwareRemovalTool ARE recommended; these provide good protection when updated & run at least Weekly, & can be fully automated via the Windows TaskScheduler & batch routines. 3rdParty antivirus apps (AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Norton, Symantec,...) are NOT recommended; they are good intentioned, but too costly to Purchase + Update, complex to Install + Maintain, notorious for FalsePositives + FalseQuarantines that crash the OperatingSystem + Apps, & near impossible to remove without a Drive Reformat + OS Reinstall.

OBTS Install Under Windows10\8\7

OpenBveTrainSim\OBTS programs & Route\Train addon installation requires full Admin\Owner rights to configure your PC\OperatingSystem & then Extract\Read\Edit\Copy\Move\Paste the necessary SubFolders\Files. If you have Admin\Owner rights, then you can proceed with these install instructions.

Configure Windows UserAccountControl\UAC as follows:
Pick START\CONTROL PANEL\USER ACCOUNTS\CHANGE USER ACCOUNT SETTINGS\NEVER NOTIFY\OK
Pick START\REBOOT

OBTS programs & addons are typically UpLoaded\Published as ZIP\RAR\TAR.GZ\7Z archive files, which are Extracted\UnZipped after download; so before downloading any Program\Addon, first download & install the free 7Zip Archive Manager, which handles new & legacy archive formats (ZIP, RAR, EXE, CAB, TAR, 7Z, etc); older archivers (WinZIP, WinRAR, etc) are NOT recommended, as they may not Read\Extract newer formats. After 7Zip is installed, continue with the instructions below.

Display\Confirm your Windows LOGIN %UserName%:
In Windows DESKTOP, pick "START", pick "RUN...", type "CMD" & pick "OK"
At CMD prompt, type "ECHO %UserName%", then ENTER
Note your displayed %UserName% & eXit CMD prompt
In Windows EXPLORER, make this new Folder with your LOGIN replacing %UserName%:
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\
With these SubFolders:
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\Route\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\RouteDevs\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\LegacyContent\Train\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\LegacyContent\TrainDevs\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\Prog\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\Prog\OpenBve-Master\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\ProgArcs\
C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\Settings\
RightPick each SubFolder above & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
Goto OBTS Program+AddOns With PreConfigured Folders & Settings, + Train & Route Development Apps, + Train & Route Samples:
UnZIP Then Place+Merge Resulting Files Into This SubFolder ~~> C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\
If Asked To Select, Pick "FOR ALL CONFLICTS \ ITEMS" Then "COPY & REPLACE \ YES"
Goto OBTS ProgramOnly Update; Pick Latest Release ZIP & DownLoad:
UnZIP Then Place+Merge Resulting Files Into This SubFolder ~~> C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\Prog\
If Asked To Select, Pick "FOR ALL CONFLICTS \ ITEMS" Then "COPY & REPLACE \ YES"
Goto OBTS MasterSource+Docs Update; Pick Latest Release ZIP & DownLoad:
UnZIP Then Place+Merge Resulting Files Into This SubFolder ~~> C:\Users\%UserName%\AppData\Roaming\OpenBve\Prog\OpenBve-Master\
If Asked To Select, Pick "FOR ALL CONFLICTS \ ITEMS" Then "COPY & REPLACE \ YES"
DownLoad your choice of additional Train addons from
OBTS_Addons
Make a seperate custom named \SUBFOLDER\ for each Train:
\OpenBve\LegacyContent\Train\SUBFOLDER\Train.Dat, Panel.*, Sound.Cfg, Train.Txt, Etc
Again RightPick each SubFolder & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
DownLoad your choice of additional Route addons from
OBTS_Addons
Make a seperate custom named \SUBFOLDER\ for each Route:
\OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\Route\SUBFOLDER\*.CSV,RW
\OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\Route\SUBFOLDER\RailWay\Object\*.B3D,Animated,GIF,BMP,PNG
\OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\Route\SUBFOLDER\Railway\Sound\*.Wav
Again RightPick each SubFolder & configure for full READ+WRITE+SHARED access.
RightPick executable File \OpenBve\Prog\OPENBVE.EXE
Pick PROPERTIES\COMPATIBILITY\SETTINGS FOR ALL USERS\RUN PROGRAM AS ADMINISTRATOR\APPLY\OK\OK
To run main program, DoublePick on link \OpenBve\OpenBveTrainSim
In the OPTIONS menu; select Resolution, Interpolation & other settings per your hardware & preference.
Pick START NEW GAME; set MODE OF DRIVING to ARCADE.
In the ROUTE menu, browse \OpenBve\LegacyContent\RailWay\Route\ & select a SubFolder & CSV\RW File.
In the TRAIN menu, browse \OpenBve\LegacyContent\Train\ & select a SubFolder.
In the displayed TRAIN.TXT, note the Keys required for train Control+Safeties.
Pick START to load & drive the chosen Route+Train.
Loading usually takes 30sec or longer, & varies with the chosen Route+Train & your PC specs.
When loading completes, the usual view is looking across cab controls at track ahead from the routes 1st stop.

If OPENBVE.EXE generates an error such as "Access to path C:\... denied" or "Process terminated...", before running the program again, carefully review the install instructions above; insure all Folders\Files are arranged & configured proper, that UserAccessControl\UAC is set as noted, & that dependencies (SDL, OpenAL, etc) are installed.

OBTS AddOn Train+Route Developer Tools

ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Files .Animated+Cfg+Dat+B3D+CSV+Txt+XML; Do NOT Use MS~EXCEL or MS~WORD To Edit OBTS Files!
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Images .BMP+GIF+PNG
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Sounds .WAV
ToolsLink ~ Guide For OBTS Train+Route Objects .B3D+CSV
ToolsLink ~ Guide For OBTS Train Coding; Legacy Format
ToolsLink ~ Default DLL\PlugIn For Trains; ATS.Cfg Not Required
ToolsLink ~ Custom DLL\PlugIn For Generic Steam\Diesel\Electric Trains; ATS.Cfg Required
ToolsLink ~ Custom DLL\PlugIn For British Steam\Diesel\Electric Trains; ATS.Cfg Required
ToolsLink ~ Custom DLL\PlugIn For British Diesel\Electric Trains; ATS.Cfg Required
ToolsLink ~ Custom DLL\PlugIn For Japanese Trains; ATS.Cfg Required
ToolsLink ~ Guide For OBTS Route Coding
ToolsLink ~ Guide For OBTS Route Coding; Legacy Format
ToolsLink ~ Guide For OBTS Route Coding; Legacy Format
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Route Forests
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Route Terrain; Includes Demo
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Objects+Routes+Trains; Legacy Format
ToolsLink ~ Editor For OBTS Route Track