F.A.Q.s

If you're having any issues then try reading through our Frequently Asked Questions. A lot of common troubles can be found and fixed here.

General Questions.

Download the latest version of OpenBVE for the official website: https://openbve-project.net/
A basic tutorial on how to work the program can also be found on this site.

During the installation you should be given the option to specify where you want routes/trains to be installed. Make a note of this as you will need to know where to copy files when installing new content.

Once you have downloaded a new route or train, it is simply a case of copying over to the BVE directory that you chose when installing the sim. All items relating to the route itself are usually stored in a folder titled ‘railway’ while trains are of course placed in ‘trains’.

A comprehensive user guide is included with all of our routes. For ease of access, it is also included as a separate download on the page of each route.

Automatic Train Operation (ATO) is not currently used on the entirety of the London Underground network. While there are an increasing amount of lines that are now fitted with this system, it was not always the case.
Most of our ‘tube’ routes are modelled as they would have been in the early 2000’s and as such, ATO would not have necessarily been in use at that time.

Please see FAQ section for the route in question for further details.

This is a request that has been asked of many developers in the BVE world over the years. Yours won’t be the first, and we’re certain it won’t be the last either! A huge amount of work goes into the planning an execution of a new route or train, as well as tireless amounts of research trips, sound recording sessions and photo shoots so as to capture the general look and atmosphere of a route as best as possible. We choose a particular area because it is of personal interest to us, and therefore our projects exist because we enjoy working on them.

As much as you’d love to see your local station being modelled in BVE, the chances of it being made are down entirely to whether or not a developer wishes to take this on or not. At BVE Western Region, we only take on projects that are of a personal interest to us, and therefore will carefully consider each route request before deciding if we want to make it. 

If you are that keen on seeing a particular route or train for BVE… you could always make it yourself! There are ample resources online for learning how to make content for BVE and forums full of fellow developers who would be more than happy to help you.

Take it from us… Developing for BVE can be very trying at times, but the rewards speak for themselves here – we wouldn’t be here now if it wasn’t for the continued support of the BVE community.

By default, BVE doesn’t support return journeys. We have been working extensively on trying to create a return journey but are not at a stage where we could release this yet.

Additionally, only routes which are complete can support a return journey. At this time, only our Waterloo & City Line is complete and it does support return journeys.

To find out more about how return journeys work you can click here

The short answer is no.
Because that respective train is often assigned exclusively to one line, we have worked on this same principle. While certain features (such as the tripcock) are broadly similar in all of our routes, there are often features designed exclusively for each line that are incorporated into the train.

Trains by other developers may also work with our routes, but certain features may not work as a result.

To us, the early 2000’s was a time where our passion for railways was first realised. In London during that era, the Underground was a particularly fascinating place to be. It had such a large variety of architectural styles and rolling stock. Recent modernisation schemes by TFL have seen much of its character removed altogether. We strive to preserve the network as it was back then so that others can enjoy it as it was when we first conceived that idea of making BVE routes of some of our favourite lines.

The same can be said of the mainline. In those days, our privatised network kept changing hands almost as frequently as trains depart Waterloo. The great variety of liveries on display at the time was almost as interesting as the network itself!

This is not to say we completely dismiss the idea of making the ‘modern’ era as an add-on that can be downloaded separately. 

We are only a small team compared to a game development company, and have regular jobs which pay the rent. We do this in our spare time. As such, we do not work to specified deadlines and often find we have to change our priorities. As this is not a paid product we lack the funds to do big advertising campaigns. Therefore we do not give out release dates in order to avoid disappointment.
However, we do give the community a good couple of weeks heads up when we are about to release something.

As BVE is 100% free, we simply ask that you share our work with others and help us grow. There are other projects planned in the future and hope they will be as successful as those we currently offer.

Central Line.

Unfortunately in some cases due to the age of the route and plugin, combined with the use of C++ as the coding language, more modern operating systems have issues loading the route. We are aware of this and have worked with the developer of BVE to replace the old code with a more stable version written in C#. We are looking to release an update to the route in the near future which will fix this issue.

Since the initial demo release, this is a question we’ve been asked a lot by the community. While we are not currently in a position to give any details as to when to expect an update, we can confirm that the Central line is still very much a work in progress. Watch Twitter or our news feed for more updates

Yes this route does have ATO.
The Central line was re-signalled during the late 90s with the system which is still used today. Part of the scheme was to incorporate ATO functionality, which had been largely complete by 2001. As our route is set in 2002, ATO was fully operational at this time.

Unfortunately due to the age of this plug in it may not work with some newer operating systems. We are aware of this issue and we are looking to release a fix to it soon. 

We agree that the current setup is cumbersome!
It is something we are working hard to resolve in the next release of the Central line. This is probably due to an issue with the plugin not firing up correctly. 

This is a known issue which we are currently working to fix. You can find out more about it in this article.

Jubilee Line.

Please view page 10 of the installation guide to ensure the train has been switched on. If you are still having issues then it maybe a problem with BVE. Ensure you have the most up to date version then try re-installing.

Practice makes perfect!
The current threshold for stopping may seem very unforgiving but this is what the real Jubilee line is like. Drivers had less than 1m to work with when accurately stopping a train at each station. The key is to bring your train under control in plenty of time to be able to stop. As a general rule, your train should be travelling at no more than 30MPH as you pass the platform slope at the start of the station.

The 1996 stock makes use of some new features recent updates to BVE have allowed to incorporate. Just like the real train, you have a ‘selector switch’ that allows you to select the appropriate ‘driving mode’. The default ‘reverser’ for BVE is disabled in this train and can be ignored.
To select a driving mode, move to the far right hand side of the cab where you can chose from the following modes by pressing PAGEUP or PAGEDOWN:

  • Restricted manual  (forward or reverse)
  • Full speed manual
  • Auto (not available on this route)

For further details, please see the user guide included with the Jubilee line.

As you may or may not be aware, the Jubilee line was progressively resignalled from around 2008 onwards. Part of that scheme was to fully incorporate ATO throughout the line. In the present day, trains on the Jubilee line using ATO is now the norm, but this was not always the case.
Our route is modelled around 1999 – 2002, at a time when the line was still using conventional signalling. Because of this ATO is not available on this route.
There are currently no plans to make a ‘modern version’ of this route. Why not take the opportunity to enjoy the Jubilee line in an era where drivers worked very hard to manually drive the trains?

If you want more information about our policy on ATO you can read our news article here

The route now runs from Stratford to West Hampstead. We intend to extend this route further north in the future.

Details of our progress can be found on Twitter or our news page

North London Line.

Please view the instruction manual included. If you prefer there is a video showing you how to set the route up here.

The Class 313 features many features not typically included in trains for BVE. Please read the manual. If you prefer a video then the people over at Train Sim TV did a good one.

Just like real life, you have to change the power supply. In this case you need to raise the pantograph The dual voltage capabilties of the train are explained in the instruction manual.

The power supply is also switched at:

  • Camden Road (from AC to DC Third Rail)
  • Dalston Kingsland (from DC Third Rail to AC mode)
  • Hackney Wick (back to DC Third rail for the last time)

This route is very much an ongoing project. We will soon look to extend it to North Woolwich. Keep an eye on our Twitter or News section for updates.

Waterloo & City Line.

Unfortunately in some cases due to the age of the route and plugin, combined with the use of C++ as the coding language, more modern operating systems have issues loading the route. We are aware of this and have worked with the developer of BVE to replace the old code with a more stable version written in C#. We are looking to release an update to the route in the near future which will fix this issue.

The current setup uses the system from the current release of the 92 stock. It is considered a tiny bit cumbersome when compared to the 96 stock and is earmarked for replacement for a much more user friendly system.

Unlike the Central line which uses a newer signalling system, the Waterloo & City line is signalled in the conventional manner. As a result of this, the class 482 trains used on this line are fitted with tripcocks.
There are two driving modes available which can be accessed by the PAGEUP and PAGEDOWN keys:

  • Restricted Manual
  • Full Speed Manual

For further details, please see the user guide included with the Waterloo & City line.

Despite using broadly similar trains to the Central line, the Waterloo & City line is fitted with conventional signalling – and still is to this day.

As a result of this ATO is not available on this route.

This route was largely complete at the time of release.

We have talked about giving this route a bit of a cosmetic upgrade to bring it in line with current/upcoming releases, but this is strictly on the drawing board for now. The class 482 in use on the line will be upgraded at some point in line with the newer 1992 stock in development for the Central line.

Watch this space!

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