Driving Help

List FAQs



Q: I cannot find a list of key controls on how to run the various trains.
A:  When in the game and having selected a train, press the F1 key to bring up the in-game UI. From here there is a joystick icon, which when clicked, will give a list of controls available in the game.

Alternatively you can view the reference card that came with the boxed version of RailWorks?. This card also features the signaling details.

Q: I cannot see the controls in the cab; I’m running resolution?
A:  Train cabs in RailWorks? are full 3D environments. This means that controls are located in their real world locations. As a computer monitor cannot provide the same peripheral vision that the human eyes have, it is necessary to navigate the 3D Cab environment by holding the right mouse button down and moving the mouse.

Q: I have trouble operating the brakes, some keys don’t work.
A:  This may be due to the control mode set in the game play options tab on the initial launch screen. When using Simple control mode, only directionality, acceleration and deceleration are available. To take more direct control of brakes, throttle and safety systems, change this option to Expert. For full information on the available controls in this mode, please refer to the keyboard reference card or PDF.

Q: Is there any way I can see what the next signal state is?
A:  The Driver's Guide window accessed via the key will bring up a mini track window on the left side of the screen. At the bottom of this window is an indication of the next signal state along the line.

Q: How do I view and change Junction states while driving?
A:  To change a junction ahead or behind your train, use G or Shift+G respectively.

If you wish to change many junctions in a yard area, you can disconnect the camera from the train by pressing the 8 key. It is then possible to ‘fly’ to the junctions to be changed. Click on the lever with the mouse to operate the junction.

If you wish to change junctions to set up a route, enter the 2D map and Shift+click on all Blue Node junctions you wish to change. The blue line originating from your train indicates the route that will be taken.

Please be aware that in a scenario, the player is only able to change junctions within yard areas and at places where a physical lever is provided (represented by a blue node on the 2D Map). The player is only able to change any junction anywhere on a route when they are in Free Play Mode.

Q: How do I operate a turntable?
A:  To get a turntable to face the track you are approaching on, simply press the G key just as you would to change a junction. Once on the turntable, use G and Shift+G to rotate it in the direction you wish. Each keypress will result in the turntable moving to the next connected track.

Note – You must be centred on the turntable as much as possible or it will not function.

Q: I can not change the cab view after returning from an external view.
A:  In order to change the default cab to the other end of the locomotive or train, It is necessary to start the train from that Cab. When selecting the cab view, RailWorks? will always return to Cab used to start the train. This is also known as the ‘Active’ cab.

In order to change the ‘Active’ cab of your train to another within the consist, bring the train to a halt and press either Ctrl+= or Ctrl+-.

Q: How do I couple/uncouple elements of my train?
A:  To manually couple to a train you are approaching, press CTRL-SHFT-C when the buffers press against each other.

To uncouple from an element of your train, bring up the coupling tab by pressing the F3 key (Driver's Guide). Each connection between vehicles has a buckeye coupler icon next to it. Simply click the icon between the vehicles you wish to separate.

Q: How do I add additional trains to the default routes?
A:  To add additional trains to the route environment, you must enter the Scenario Editor. By default there is a padlock active on this mode. It can be located in the bottom right corner next to the play button when in World Editor Mode. This lock prevents accidental editing of provided scenarios in case they subsequently fail to work as intended. If you click this lock to turn it off, you can gain access to the Scenario Editor for that route.

Enter the Scenario Editor from the Toolbox tab in the main top left panel. You can then add the trains of your choice from the Browser tab (middle left panel). Don’t forget to add a driver icon to the engine in order to make it operational. Once you press the Play button you can click on this loco and start driving.

For detailed information on adding a train see Setting up a Driver in the Scenario Editor reference.

Q: Why doesn’t the Distance to Next Station work in Free Play?
A:  The Distance to Next Destination display in the Driver's Guide (accessed via the F3 key) is only applicable to a train that has tasks assigned to it. If no task is set (as observed in Free Play Scenarios) then there is no destination to display a distance to.

Q: Do Level Crossings work?
A:  Level Crossings are currently static objects in RailWorks? so the gates will not animate before or after the train passes.

Q: Train ID Labels via F7 do not work
A:  The Train ID labels are part of the main Bubble Label function in RailWorks?. These have a main ON/OFF function activated by pressing the F6 key. Ensure that bubble labels are active (ON) before trying to use the Train ID Labels with the F7 key.

Q: All my trains have combined throttle and brake controls, why is this?
A:  There are three levels of control in RailWorks? – Simple / Intermediate / Expert.

By default, RailWorks? is set in Simple mode. In this mode you can only accelerate, decelerate and change Direction. In order to gain mode control over the functions of the train you are driving, it is advised to change the mode to Intermediate or Expert. Please refer to the Keyboard Control guide for details on how much control each mode provides.
Q: I cannot refuel my train, why is this?
A:  If, when attempting to use a refuelling point, the transfer does not activate and you cannot refuel, first check that the locomotive is not already fully fuelled.

You can check this by entering the World Editor and then selecting the train icon in the top left fly out to switch to Scenario Editor mode. Once in this mode, navigate to your locomotive and double click it. This will open the locomotive properties panel on the right. If this is a diesel or steam locomotive, there will be a fuel slider. Check to see if the slider is set to 100%. If it is, the locomotive is fully fuelled and will not be able to use a refueling point.
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