Demonstration Activities

Aim - to provide activities that can be run in Open Rails (OR) to demonstrate the relevant function and features incorporated into OR. The activities can also be used to test rolling stock configurations for new stock.

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Index

Introduction

Refill from Water Trough or Pan


Introduction

The activities on this page are designed for the following purpose:

  • To demonstrate a particular feature or function within Open Rails
  • To allow a user to test rolling stock configurations of their own. This can be done by replacing the existing consist with their own consist.

For consistency, these activities have all been developed on a common test route, and using common rolling stock. All of these items are available from the Coals to Newcastle website, by following the links associated with each activity.

These activities have been specially set up with the optimal 'Option' settings for OR, which will temporarily 'override' the users configuration whilst this activity is being run. The users Option settings will NOT be permanently changed by running any of these activities. Users may edit the activity option settings by editting the relevant ACT file in the Activities\OpenRails folder.

It is recommended that this testing enironment be set up as a standalone installation.

Note: Currently some of these features demonstrated in the activities below are only incorporated into the OR MG version, so make sure that you have the latest version installed.

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Wheel Bearing Temperature Impact

Demonstrates the effect of the wheel bearing heating and cooling. As the bearing heats up, the car resistance will decrease. Similarly as the bearing cools, the resistance will increase. This activity also demonstrates the impact of a hotbox (wheel bearing overheating). There are sound and visual effects also incorporated into the OR features.

Demonstration Activity - Wheel Bearing (Version 1 - updated June 2019)

Route Required: Coals to Newcastle test route

Rolling Stock Required: Hall Class Locomotive, Mark 1 Passenger Coaches.

OR Configuration: The only parameter that need to be set in OR is the BearingHotboxFX effect which adds smoke to the hotbox, and add Hotbox sounds as desired.

Reference Information: Wheel Bearing Temperature, Impact of Wheel Bearing Temperature Rise on Resistance.

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Refill from Water Trough or Pan

Demonstrates the ability of a locomotive to refil from a water trough or track pan.

Demonstration Activity - Water Trough Filling (Version 1 - updated June 2019)

Route Required: Coals to Newcastle test route

Rolling Stock Required: Hall Class Locomotive, Mark 1 Passenger Coaches.

OR Configuration: This feature operates in OR with default settings, or alternatively the user can customise the feature to their locomotive by using the parametrs described on here, Water Trough Configuration.

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