Trainz Railroad Simulator Instructions

Using the RailDriver with Trainz Railroad Simulator 2019

Software

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.1.4.1.9 (1.45 MB)

Contains:

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

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Installation

  1. Download the latest installation package (currently ts12sp1, v1.4.1.9).
  2. Install the package to an empty folder somewhere that you can remember e.g. on your desktop. Be sure to create a subfolder specially for the installation, and give it a useful name like "RailDriver TANE". Do not install the package to your TANE install folder!
  3. Plug in your Raildriver to your computer
  4. On completion, the calibration tool should run automatically and show the RailDriver Calibration tool.
  5. Follow the instructions carefully and the calibration tool will create/update a small calibration file in the RailDriver installation, which you'll need to copy to your TANE install. Locate the file here:
  6. Follow the instructions carefully and the calibration tool will create/update a small calibration file in the RailDriver installation, which you'll need to copy to your TANE install. Locate the file here:
    your Raildriver install folder created above/controllers/modern.rdm
  7. Locate your TANE installation folder, the default install location is:
    C:/Program Files/N3V Games/TANE/
  8. In the TANE install folder there will be a "TrainzHID" subfolder for the RailDriver data. If this folder does not exist then your install does not support RailDriver and you must download the latest TANE patch (SP3). The subfolder path is:
    /resources/TrainzHID/
    i.e. The full default folder path is:
    C:/Program Files/N3V Games/TANE/resources/TrainzHID/
  9. Copy the calibration file (modern.rdm) to this subfolder, replacing the existing modern.rdm file.
  10. Start TANE 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.
  11. Close the settings window and click "Start Trainz" then your RailDriver device will ready for use in TANE.
  12. Simply open up your favourite route, and enjoy. Note that DCC/Simple and Cab/Realistic still have different control modes, even on your RailDriver device.

Common Problems

The RailDriver controller does not function in Trainz, or the status window on the controller just shows "rd."

This means the RailDriver software hasn’t been installed into the correct location.  When installed correctly, your folder for Trainz should look like the following:

TS 2009

If you donít have all of these folders and folders in the same location, run rdts2009u.exe again and double check your installation path.

I have Trainz 12 SP1 and some of the controls on the RailDriver do not work.

Please update your installation to the latest version intended specifically for Trainz 12 SP1.

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.

In Trainz 2009 or 2010, the reverser and throttle levers donít work when driving a steam engine, but the brakes and buttons function.

This is a known issue and is on our list of projects to revisit. There was a change to the commands for these levers shortly before Trainz 2009 was released and we already had our software finished at that point. We will be looking into this and updating the installer again in the near future.

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.

Need Help?

Our tech support department would be glad to answer any questions you may have! Just call us at 1-800-628-3185 ex. 19 (Monday through Friday, 8AM - 5PM eastern time), or e-mail us at tech@piengineering.com.

 

 

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