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Open Northeast Corridor Project

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  1. trinancrat

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    The Open NEC Project is a massive systems overhaul mod for Northeast Corridor content for Train Simulator 20xx, in the style of the flight simulation community's A32NX Project. The objectives are to fix the control bugs, permit every locomotive to run on every route, and create as realistic an experience as possible.

    Currently, the project enhances most of the Northeast Corridor locomotives available for Train Simulator, adding complete Automatic Train Control (ATC) and Advanced Civil Speed Enforcement System (ACSES) safety system implementations that work across all Northeast Corridor routes. It also includes some minor extra features and quality of life improvements.

    Please visit the project website to learn more about the mod, how to obtain a copy of your own, and how to get involved. I'll be posting major updates here, too.

    Current status

    Amtrak's ATC and ACSES systems are fully modeled and working, with braking curve calculations. They are fully cActUsjUiCe approved!

    The following locomotives have been successfully overhauled:
    These locomotives have been made compatible with the signaling systems of the following routes:
     
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  2. cActUsjUiCe

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    Cactusjuice approved haha
     
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    I'm starting to tear up with joy.
     
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  4. trinancrat

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    Why, thank you. That's quite the compliment. :)
     
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    v0.2.0 is out! This release adds support for the Acela Express and Bombardier HHP-8.

    The HHP-8 no longer freaks out and forces a stop when running on the New York-Philadelphia route, while the Acela has gained new destination signs that cover the entire route from Washington to Boston. Have a look:

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    Making good progress with the ACS-64. It's a neat locomotive because it's the only one in TS1 that includes the modern aspect display unit with combined signal and track speeds. Check it out!

     
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    v0.3.0 is out! Here's the changelog:
    • Support for the Amtrak ACS-64.
    • Support for the MARC MP36PH and Multilevel Cab Car.
    • ACSES:
      • Temporarily disable positive stop as it is a nuisance in yards and stations.
    • Amtrak Acela:
      • Fix ditch lights rendering even when turned off.
    • Amtrak HHP-8:
      • Fix ditch lights rendering even when turned off.
      • Fix Xbox and Raildriver controls when running with Fan Railer's mod.
     
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    v0.4.0 is out! Here's the changelog:
    • Support for the Amtrak and Metro-North P32AC-DM.
    • Support for the Amtrak P42DC (paths are set for the Washington-Baltimore version).
    • Official support for the Hudson Line route.
    • Amtrak Acela:
      • Critical: Fix broken destination signs and MU pantograph operation.
     
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    v.0.5.0 is out! Here is the changelog:
    • Support for the NJ Transit Comet V and Multilevel Cab Car.
    • ATC:
      • Logic has been changed to require target deceleration rate AND brake lever in suppression.
    • Amtrak ACS-64:
      • Fix overpowered train brakes.
    • Amtrak P32/P42 and MNRR P32:
      • Ditch lights will now flash when switched on.
      • Equipment speed limit raised to 110 mph for Amtrak locos.
    • Bombardier Multilevel:
      • Brake light indicators reinstated.
      • Manual door control reinstated.
      • Destination sign control reinstated.
      • MARC Multilevel destination signs texture swapped for MARC destinations.
     
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    Do the industrial line around Morrisville exist? And do the New York Penn have the West Side Yard and Empire Corridor? Also, are the size of AEM, ACS and Amfleet as real?
     
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    There are no route or model modifications with this install, only scripting.
     
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    Thanks for the great work! I dream of someday getting the New Haven-Boston route finished, though I realize it's brutally hard with the TS editor. But having improved locos is a fantastic addition.
     
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    Thanks! I really appreciate it. :)

    It's been awhile since I've made a new release, but that changes today! I've been making a lot of behind-the-scenes improvements to the code and to my build system. So, without further ado...

    v0.6.0 is out!
    • Support for the NJ Transit ALP-45DP and ALP-46.
    • ATC:
      • Removed target deceleration rate requirement to achieve Suppression.
      • Fixed occasional failure to detect Suppression in locomotives with notched controllers.
      • Added support for Brandon Phelan's new Washington-Baltimore signal scripts.
    • Bombardier Comet V and Multilevel:
      • Changed speed bars to show the ACSES braking curve at all times.
      • Reinstated power mode changing when MU'ing with an ALP-45DP (see notes).
      • Reinstated blended braking and safety systems cut in/out.
      • Fixed HEP status and destination sign not being synced to other coaches.
    • MPI MP36PH:
      • Reinstated safety systems cut in/out.
    • All locomotives:
      • Removed the acknowledge auto-reset feature. Clicking the exclamation mark icon in the HUD now sticks the acknowledge control in the pressed state, as with other equipment in TS1.
     
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    v0.7.0 is out!
    • Support for the NJ Transit Arrow III and GP40PH-2B.
    • Bombardier HHP-8:
      • Critical: Fixed nil error in script.
    • Bombardier ALP-45DP:
      • Reinstated exhaust fans.
      • Exhaust particles now increase or decrease depending on power output.
    • Siemens ACS-64:
      • Fixed wheelslip indicator being perpetually illuminated.
    The last locomotive I plan to overhaul will be the Metro-North M8, since the focus of the mod is on modern operations with PTC. Once the M8 is ready to go, I'll designate future Open NEC releases as 1.x.x.
     
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