Notes on using TrainPlayer
To operate trains realistically set your operating preferences
accordingly. The operating setting shown below have been found to
provide realistic operation. Speed settings in "MPH" are as indicated on
the speed dial (Note: These are only settings and do not actually
represent these speeds, thus the use of quotation marks).
A maximum speed in "MPH" of 10 (speed dial at 60%) is realistic for
John's layout. With this setting it takes approximately 20 minutes for
eastbound passenger CP 1178 to travel from Kamloops to Field
(including the loop at Field).
When TrainPlayer is launched (opened) check to see if "View" is set to
"tracks" viewing. If so, turn off track viewing (select to uncheck).
Also, if you have the tracklayer program, check to ensure you are in
the "RUN" mode.
Select locomotives using "Show Car ID's" from the "Train" menu rather
than the "Train List" in the "Train" menu. The list will keep changing
and locomotive identifications will disappear as, for example, when
you combine two locomotive to double the Illecillewaet Valley.
On occasion in TrainPlayer you may have difficulty uncoupling
between cars. One work-around is to add a car at the point in your
consist where you want to uncouple, uncouple using the added car,
then select and remove the added car.
One Finger Operation
On a Mac running OS X (OS 10.5
Leopard at least), keyboard
shortcuts may be set up so that
many operations can be achieved
with one finger control. Open up
"System Preferences", select
"Keyboard & Mouse" and at the
bottom of the window click the "+"
button. Restrict shortcut to
TrainPlayer and select shortcut
key. The figure shows how I set up
my number pad to control train operation.
Starting Your Journey
TrainPlayer file JM-01.rrw starts the sequence of scenarios. You may
save session at any time by saving the JM-01 TainPlayer file but note
that unless you have previously saved a copy of the file or download it
again fro this website, you will loose the files original disposition of
rolling stock and motive power.
As you play through the scenarios, you may continue to use your
updated file or download files with the starting disposition of rolling
stock and motive power for each scenario. Links to these files are
found at the beginning of each scenario.