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openBVE – railway/train simulator

OpenBVE is an open source railway/train simulator designed to be backwards compatible with existing ‘BVE Trainsim’ routes and cab interiors.

The driving simulation is restricted to following a pre-determined loaded route, with the focus being on the realism of the train driving experience. OpenBVE also has an arcade mode where driving style and timetable-keeping affect a running score.

The simulator is backwards compatible with existing ‘BVE Trainsim’ route and train datafiles, which are readily available for no cost.

Features include:

  • Fully animated 3D cab environment with driver’s body/head model and motion simulation, and track inaccuracy suitable for continuous welded and jointed rails.
  • External camera views.
  • Exterior car objects for the player’s train, and visible preceding train (with suitably equipped openBVE add-ons).
  • 3D object animation and texture shifting, via mathematical functions (on suitably equipped routes and trains).
  • 3D positional surround sound.
  • Enhanced graphics quality, filtering, transparent texture handling, and customisable settings.
  • Ability to set any arbitrary display resolution, windowed or fullscreen.
  • Three driving modes to provide differing levels of challenge and driving assistance.
  • Optional motion blur effects.
  • Superelevation with interpolated cant.
  • Derailments and toppling due to excessive speed through curves.
  • Simulation of certain atmospheric properties including air resistance and barometric pressure.
  • Detailed braking system modelling.
  • Power, braking and forces simulated per car.
  • Support for animated objects.
  • Variety of trains that can be operated either from a third-person external view or a first-person perspective, with the latter positioning the user at the controls of the cab.
  • Support for BVE Trainsim.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Michele
License: Open Source


OpenBVE is written in C# and C. Learn C# with our recommended free books and free tutorials. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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