One of my favourite pastimes is to have a nice olâ€™ drive on a train simulator. My personal favourite, OpenBVE, has come on leaps and bounds since I last wrote about it.
Taking advantage of these new improvements is the Network West Midlands route from the people at Trainsimcentral.co.uk. A fictional 25 kV route set in the Midlands, it features a multitude of electric units and diesel units with long stretches of super quick 125 mph sections running into several termini, all highly detailed.
For your viewing pleasure I have included some screenshots of its latest update that show how the route has come on 😀
And some new screenshots from the 2011 preview release.
[Screenshots from the 10.10 Maybank – Hobbs Cross 2008 Route diagram using the Class 323 from Trainsimcentral running OpenBVE 188.8.131.52]
New features include animated clocks, passing trains, moving traffic over bridges, a massive visual overhaul and support for new â€œrandomâ€ features in OpenBVE allowing for sections of the route to be changed randomly to show maintenance workers and weather.
Here’s an video of me playing a version of the route from 2009 in OpenBVE:
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Its a great update and really shows off some of OpenBVEâ€™s new features.
To download the latest release you will need the very latest edition of OpenBVE 184.108.40.206 and you can download the route from their site at BVE4.net [At the time of writing their site seems to be down]