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: Stable (2023-11-10)

Current News & Updates:

Significant Changes:

  • New: Add animated windscreen / raindrops.
  • New: Add CameraXDistance , CameraYDistance and CameraZDistance to available animated variables.
  • Fix: Issue with a face providing an incomplete or broken set of normals.

Significant Changes:

  • New: Add HornBlow routefile command, to tell the AI driver to sound a horn.
  • Change: The AI driver has a small random delay before opening the train doors when the train stops.
  • Change: Update zh-HK translation- Thanks!
  • Change: Improvements to the Wavefront OBJ parsers when handling SketchUp generated files.
  • Fix: The StopTime variable for an API station could return invalid values.
  • Fix: The door direction for a station could be wrong. (Introduced in
  • Fix: Detect and handle where the settings file is set to be stored in the program directory, but we have no write access.

The main highlight of this release is a plugin to support of a new set of Cab Controllers, contributed by Marc Riera. These are those from the Densha De Go! series for Playstation, Dreamcast etc., connected via an appropriate PC Joystick adaptor.

The primary hosting for the release binaries has also changed to GitHub, but these & all older versions are still mirrored on the build server, along with the nightly builds.

Significant Changes:

  • New: Various Densha De Go! controllers are now supported via plugin.
  • New: Add AnnounceAll and DopplerAll for adding sounds triggered by each car of a train.
  • Change: Update OpenTK- Various improvements to joystick handling.
  • Change: Joysticks are now identified via GUID in the controls file. This allows reconnection to work correctly.
  • Change: Update pt-PT & zh-HK language files- Thanks!
  • Fix: Crash if a negative switch sound index was supplied in sound.cfg
  • Fix: Ambient and diffuse lighting colors swapped when using hex in a dynamic light XML
  • Fix: Uninstalling a package with others that depended on it didn’t show an appropriate error.
  • Fix: Crash in a route with 3500+ sections

Significant Changes:

  • New: Convert the route parser to a shared plugin / interface. Numerous fixes as a result of this.
  • New: Numerous improvements to the compatability database, including changed signal sets where appropriate etc.
  • New: Object property to crossfade between the day / night textures.
  • Change: Use openAL Soft when on Windows.
  • Fix: Max number of sound sources option not working correctly.
  • Fix: Memory leak introduced by the new renderer.
  • Fix: Camera motion would continue whilst in a dialog box when using the viewers.
  • Fix: Animations on a train car using the Reversed property could be wrong.
  • Fix: Error in WAV files with an invalid chunk size.
  • Fix: Possible crash on Intel integrated GPUs when using the new renderer.
  • Fix: Handle ATS.cfg files containing invalid extra data (comments etc.)

Critical Bugfix v1.7.1.8

  • Fix: Crash with trains containing no point sounds.

Significant Changes:

  • Change: Further tweaks to GL3.0 lighting model.
  • Change: More aggressively kill the main form when closing under Linux.
  • Fix: StateChangeSound in animated objects off by one index where multiple sounds provided.
  • Fix: Variable brightness for a single texture not updated in some cases with GL3.0 renderer.
  • Fix: Dynamic background transitions broken in GL1.2 renderer.
  • Fix: The new renderer could accidentally be disabled with certain combinations of options.
  • Fix: Route Viewer could crash after dragging / dropping a file on Mono.
  • Fix: Route Viewer could get stuck loading under Mono.