Trainz Railroad Simulator Instructions

Using the RailDriver with Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019


Currently Supported: Windows XP, Windows Vista (32/64), Windows 7 (32/64), Windows 8 (32/64), Windows 8.1, Windows 10

Downloads: Installation Package v. (1.45 MB)


    • TRS Driver
    • RailDriver™ Cab Maker
    • RailDriver™ Calibration

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  1. Download the latest installation package (currently ts12sp1, v1.4.1.9).
  2. Plug in your RailDriver to your computer
  3. Install the package to an empty folder somewhere that you can remember, on your desktop. Be sure to create a new folder specifically for the installation, and give it a useful name like "RD Trainz". Do not install the package directly into your Trainz installation folder.
  4. On completion, the RailDriver Calibration Utility should run automatically.
  5. Follow the instructions carefully and the calibration tool will create/update ModernCalibration.rdm, a small calibration file within the folder created in Step 3. Locate the file specifically here:
    step #3 folder name\controller\ModernCalibration.rdm Rename the file to modern.rdm
  6. Locate your Trainz installation folder, the default install location is:
    C:\Program Files\N3V Games\Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019
  7. In the Trainz install folder, open the "Resources" folder, then the "TrainzHID" folder. The full default folder path is:
    C:\Program Files\N3V Games\Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019\resources\TrainzHID
  8. Copy the calibration file (modern.rdm) to this subfolder, replacing the existing modern.rdm file.
  9. Start Trainz and open the "Trainz Settings" from the launcher (the first visible window). Check if the "Enable controller support" setting is on. If it is not, turn it on now.
  10. Close the settings window and click "Start Trainz"
  11. Click the three horizontal bars at the upper left (they are hidden and will appear once your mouse moves over the area), then click Settings.
  12. Click Control Settings. While most of the Controls are mapped to the Trainz 2012 Legend, there are a few that need to be manually set to fully match the Legend. Some examples are:
    -Camera Mode Internal: RailDriver Button 1
    -Camera Mode External: RailDriver Button 2
    -Camera Mode Tracking: RailDriver Button 3
    -Camera Mode Roaming: RailDriver Button 4
    Other buttons can be set to your personal preference per the Trainz 2012 Legend or by using Blank Legend. Click the checkmark at the bottom right to save your changes.
  13. Open your favorite route and enjoy!

Common Problems

No matter how many times I calibrate, the levers don't match the information in Trainz.

First, check in the ’controller’ folder for the Modern.rdm file, and the ’controllers’ folder for ModernCalibration.rdm. Both of these files should be in their respective locations, and the Date Modified lines should match. If these 2 dates do not match, you will need to make a copy of the ModernCalibration.rdm file and rename it to Modern.rdm and place this in the ’controller’ folder. This problem is most common when Trainz is not installed on the default C:\ Drive and on some Windows 7 setups.

All of the levers work well, but I’m having a hard time getting the throttle to reach 8.

To fix this, you will need to run RDcalibration.exe again, but when calibrating the throttle and you reach the very top/bottom for calibration, move the lever away from the end just a bit. This will give you a bigger window for the 8th throttle notch instead of a single point.

When running a train in DCC mode, the RailDriver isn’t as accurate as using a mouse.

The RailDriver wasn’t designed with DCC mode in mind. While it does work in DCC mode, it functions a bit differently than mouse control and takes some getting used to.

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