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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by DTG Natster, Aug 11, 2021.

  1. DTG Natster

    DTG Natster Community Manager Staff Member

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    What helps you when you are playing Train Sim World 2?

    Share your favourite Community Guides, Videos, Manuals and other helpful information in here.
     
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    WonterRail Well-Known Member

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  3. JustWentSouth

    JustWentSouth Well-Known Member

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    breblimator has a nice guide to North American diesel DPU set up along with cold start instructions for the AC4400 here:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o7zeIn-Nshe7_bzqkd7hQg2QrV0G9xNvBevPoxTunA8/edit?usp=sharing

    as well as a guide to TSW Synergies in German DLC here:
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1W5-ueaP4-UmdhZMKpdH0yTADmY4gNyMw_dRNi86G57o/edit?usp=sharing


    I also routinely refer to the TSW2 Starter’s Guide by Rudolf which is quite comprehensive and can be downloaded here:
    https://www.hollandhiking.nl/trainsimulator/
     
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  4. rhysrobinson336

    rhysrobinson336 Member

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    This is what I like to use for timetables for both TSW 2020 and TSW2. You can filter by almost any option such as a station on a route or by locomotive.

    https://smtimetables.herokuapp.com/
     
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    Mr heff Well-Known Member

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    German and Austrian signalling guide by PTGRail:
     
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  6. Mr heff

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    British signalling guide by PTGRail:
     
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    When learning safety systems, trial and error is often the best way because you gain experience on what to do when things go wrong.
     
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  10. li150special

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    For all German-speaking people, I can recommend TF-Ausbildung with loads of resources on German signals, safety systems, installations, etc.

    http://www.tf-ausbildung.de/home.htm
     
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  11. Rudolf

    Rudolf Well-Known Member

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    I have seen a lot of people (including me), trying to explain how to set up multiple units for Sandpatch properly. This looks awesome, get the picture and put it on your desk for reference. Note, for other routes this may not always work. Clinchfield and Cane Creek have a slightly different setup procedure.

    https://forums.dovetailgames.com/th...grade-in-train-sim-world-2.39066/#post-350816

    I cannot refer directly to the comment, but look for edimans as contributor.

    He refers to this site:

    https://www.trainsimcommunity.com/guides/martins-sand-patch-grade-mu-guide

    This juts looks a lit less beautiful ...
     
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  12. Cael

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    • When learning safety systems, take it slow and add only one at a time, starting with DSD/SiFa/Alerter that is easy to manage and then add more advanced systems. Especially PZB can be daunting at first but is immensely rewarding to use properly.
    • With the increasing number of trains in TSW, try to keep a notebook with basic procedures, locations of knobs/buttons, and notes for each train for a quick reference. It can otherwise get overwhelming, especially when you drive multiple different trains in quick succession and/or haven't driven one in a while.
    • Scenario Planner is a great way of learning a new loco or route - you can set up a simple A to B scenario without the pressure of timetable, action point, medals, and other gamification systems. This is also a great way to complete "Jobs", TSW's version of collectibles. There are usually 100 collectibles per route.
    • When browsing the store of your choice, CAREFULLY READ THE DESCRIPTION for required items. Addon trains require ownership of their "home" route as well to be available for selection. Look for a note like this in the description (taken from Steam):
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  13. matinakbary

    matinakbary Well-Known Member

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    I've played some of the "getting started" tutorials in german language. This may help some to climb aboard a loco and learn to drive. I will update this post, whenever there is a new tutorial video:

    Class 66:


    BR 204:


    Amtrak ACS-64:
     
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    i got 2
    1. Dont underestimate the Loco Brake it acts as a great means of Controlling speed downhill.
    2. Take a slightly slower but stable speed when going uphill, it helps prevent over speeding.
     
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    ZeenozPlays Well-Known Member

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    I've made some videos that explain how to set up certain trains, and their safety systems, over on my YouTube Channel. I haven't made one of those videos in a while, but I plan to start up the series again when Boston Sprinter releases, giving a tutorial for the ACS-64/MBTA CTC-3/F40PH-3C, and going back to older trains, such as the Class 314 from Cathcart Circle, and more.

    Here's one of them as a preview:


    And here's the playlist in case you would like to see more of those 'Tutorial/Train Guide' videos:
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAqMv_57u5iGx_tbVEAVXbRfVoP5aiDvz
     
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    I'd say using the dynamic brake is more realistic, but true, especially for the lower speed while going uphill
     
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  17. LastTrainToClarksville

    LastTrainToClarksville Well-Known Member

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    I've made a PDF document explaining how to set up slow speed control for Cane Creek loading activities using the AC4400CW engine. How can I post it here?
     
  18. cActUsjUiCe

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    I've written several guides, most of which are on this forum. Expect similar documents for the upcoming TSW2 Boston to Providence route.
     

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    In anticipation for the London-Brighton route, I have a small tip for getting a better view when driving the Class 377.

    When playing on 'Classic' controls, if you select the 'left side panel' and then rotate the camera to the right (towards the windscreen) you get a better field of view. Especially helps if you play without the HUD for oncoming signals.

    I had originally posted this a while back in the 'Off Topic' forum, but some might have missed. So, here seemed a good place to re-post.
     
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  21. AGoodJudge

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    My advice to new players:

    Lower your expectations, be prepared to be frustrated, never believe any promises DTG make in their promotional materials, and don't buy DLCs until around 6-9 months after release. If you're lucky the price will be more realistic by then and the game-breaking bugs might have been fixed.
     
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    My advice to new players:
    Don't follow this above advice.

    • Keep your expectations realistic, but do prepare for something to happen.
    • Take 'promises' as promises, and just remember: they are subject to change.
    • Buy DLCs when you feel like, if you think the price is a bit too high, wait for a sale.
    • Just remember the prices are as they are so developers can be payed for making these routes, so don't complain about it either, just wait for a sale - if on PC (Steam) or PS these are very common.
    • Remember the game's a hobby: don't go buying everything because you can, or just for the sake of it, buy what you want, when you want, if you want.
     
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    Manuals, but DTG can't be bothered to produce them.
     
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  27. GarethHubball

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    One pretty cliche piece of advice that I would give is enjoy it. Make mistakes, do silly things and have fun - it's not real life and there are no lives on the line!
     
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  28. james64

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    I was gonna create a thread about this but it seems wasteful when I could just ask on here.

    Is there any way to hide the AP display in the top right? I swear I've seen Matt do it on stream on a controller but I don't think he said which button. I'm on PS5.
     
  29. Stephen Crofts

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    ctrl 6, use Bluetooth keyboard if on console.
     
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    Ah. So in other words you can't with just a controller. I take it it's not buried in the options somewhere? I don't believe I've seen it.
     
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    Sam reckons the survey wanted in game playable tutorials rather than manuals. I have to admit I fall into that category. Manuals are shelfware. Opened once, never used again. A printable signals and signs cheat sheet for each route would be nice though.
     
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  32. mancunian#7861

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    I don't understand a word of German unfortunately but I watched and was surprised to see the in-game tutorial for this loco. When using it on SEHS, you don't get this tutorial ... so where can I find it please? Also a similar video to this in English? Or Class 66 manual?

    Thanks, guys.
     
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    OK I finally found this on YouTube - from the East Coastway route. Begs the question why isn't this included with SEHS for those like me who don't have that other route and are left floundering? It appears from this, although sadly he cut out the audio part at the crucial time, is to HOLD the automatic brake in the release position to charge the brakes before the train will move. DTG - don't you think this is kind of crucial advice players would need to know for SEHS the first time of playing/using this loco? So why wasn't it included?! Anyway hopefully this will help other players if, like me, they experience this problem.

     
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    Because the Class 66 doesn‘t come with SEHS. If you buy SEHS there‘s no Class 66 there, it‘s only added if you own ECW. It‘s the same sort of layering system the German content uses.
     
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    Well maybe I have ECW then but I don't recall - unless it's the Eastbourne to Brighton route? I do have that but never driven the 66 as yet there but then I've only been playing the tutorials and scenarios so far. This was listed as the first timetable job after scenario 5 on SEHS. Anyway thanks, Lamplight. I'll go start a new thread for questions. I don't wish to stray away from help/hints etc here.
     
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    I agree that this ought to be mentioned in the tutorial. I managed to figure it out by remembering that all brake pressure reduction keys usually have to be held down until the pressure reaches zero.
     
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    Yes, useful to remember that, LTC. Once bitten ... :)
     
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    I've made a tutorial on the safety systems for ACS-64 ATCS, ACSES and the alerter and how to drive with them.

     
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    Lately, I find myself returning to previously completed scenarios and sessions. (Who says that nostalgia isn't what it used to be?) Yesterday, for example, I went back to "Cutting Closure" on the East Coastway route. After carefully following all of the opening instructions which, among other actions, require setting the brakes in both leading and trailing engines, the time came to advance the throttle, which resulted in very little movement even at the top "8" level. Rather than just give up (after all, I had successfully completed this activity previously), I clicked the "Restart" button. This time, a light on the "dashboard" caught my eye: it read "PASS" and this was a freight train. Oddly enough, I remembered not only that this is a matter of "brake timing", but also how to set it to "Freight". As a result, the throttle led to a respectable level of speed, although it still seemed slow for a train that included 2 locos and only 6 empty freight cars.
    This setting is not mentioned in the route's users' manual (yes--"Gloriosky, Sandy"--there is one), nor as far as I can recall is it noted in the loco's tutorials (one for each route in which it appears) or in any other scenario or session.
    If you find yourself in similar difficulty, try this setting. Meanwhile, I'll get to work preparing a guide to its use.
     
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  40. Yoinkermcskoinker

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    This video really helped me to weather my liveries ;D
     
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    There are lots of great little gems like this sprinkled through the game :).

    Paul
     
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    Hi

    Boston-providence collectibles. All 100 to get the respective trophy/achievement NEC BP-Job Done.



    Isle of Wight Collectibles IOW: Pack Rat trophy/achievement

     
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    You found all of them? Well done you.
     
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    Mastering penalty brake stop recovery in the MTBA CTC3-C cab-car and FP40PH-3C tutorial
     
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    Mastering Mods in Train Sim World 2 - How to find, install and manage them
     
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    Route Guide: Cathcart Circle Line. I take you through how to set up the train realistically, get it moving, and how to operate the route from Glasgow Central - Newton with the HUD off. Hopefully you enjoy!

     
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    Good to see someone else doing the route guide, really useful (at least for some of us)
     
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    How do you start in your cab? I don't want to be running around looking for a train. I have just tried to use a route with the little shunter in the new German Route, apparently I started 34KM from the train, what am I supposed to do? When I see videos with the team, they always start in the cab. Pressing 1 does nothing.
     
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    I think this is a bug. I have experienced the same issue with a few different services, both spawning me at a station far away from my service.

    Cheers
     
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