This is the home of openBVE
, a license-free, open source, free of charge train driving simulator.
This program includes detailed per-car simulation of the brake systems, friction, air resistance, toppling and more. In 3D cabs, the driving experience is augmented with forces that shake your simulated body upon acceleration and braking, as well as in curves. Besides that, openBVE features a 3D positional sound system best enjoyed with surround speakers, train exteriors and timetables for the current run. Finally, via the main menu, routes and trains be easily selected to start a new session, the controls can be configured to keyboard or joystick devices, and a variety of options can be selected.
Compared to other simulators of the genre, especially compared to commercial games, openBVE has its main focus on realism, not necessarily on user-friendliness. You should be willing to study operational manuals for the routes and trains you want to drive, and will in many cases not get along by just memorizing a few keystrokes. If you can identify with this focus, openBVE might be the right simulator for you.
Latest Stable Release:
188.8.131.52 Stable (2018-04-26)
Current News & Updates:
Welcome to the new site!
As many regular users will know, the original developer (Michelle) decided to leave approximately seven years ago.
Since that time, a little work has been done on the simulation by several people, but no major updates or features have been made.
That’s now changing!
As readers of the BVE-Worldwide forum will know, I (and several others) have been working hard on the main program for several months.
This is now available in the form of nightly builds from the download page, and a tagged release will be available soon.
A Brief Overview on the Changes to Date
- Automatic package and zip file installation.
- More to follow.