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I've seen quite a few of this type of video when looking for cab ride videos and it's interesting to see what the simulators used to train drivers actually look like. I suppose the main thing is the signalling and trackwork - and trackside structures I guess too - and not the graphics. The simulators used for driver-training also seem to have, and rightly so, a much larger emphasis on the physics of the train than Train Simulator. When it's wet and horrible you'd want your driver to be able to control the train!

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The simulators used for driver-training also seem to have, and rightly so, a much larger emphasis on the physics of the train than Train Simulator. When it's wet and horrible you'd want your driver to be able to control the train!

Indeed. Although when you have over a hundred drivers coming on stream at once and no multi-million pound simulators available to use at that point, Train Simulator in a classroom can prove very useful indeed.

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Indeed. Although when you have over a hundred drivers coming on stream at once and no multi-million pound simulators available to use at that point, Train Simulator in a classroom can prove very useful indeed.

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Oh wow - I never would have thought TS would even come close to a real driver-training classroom, but that's probably just me putting it down too much. If it gives a driver a basic idea of a route then I suppose it's worth using in the beginning steps if nothing else is available, as you say.

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Oh wow - I never would have thought TS would even come close to a real driver-training classroom, but that's probably just me putting it down too much. If it gives a driver a basic idea of a route then I suppose it's worth using in the beginning steps if nothing else is available, as you say.

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Yes, at a very basic training level it was fine. It wasn't strictly off the shelf TS in that the route was modified, scenarios were designed directly for the training program and the train used at the time wasn't on general sale.
 

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Oh wow - I never would have thought TS would even come close to a real driver-training classroom, but that's probably just me putting it down too much. If it gives a driver a basic idea of a route then I suppose it's worth using in the beginning steps if nothing else is available, as you say.

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Wasn't TS originally made for driver training on the GARL, then when that was abandoned, it was developed into TS?
 

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Wasn't TS originally made for driver training on the GARL, then when that was abandoned, it was developed into TS?

No, GARL was a route created in TS for use with ScotRail. When the route project was abandoned, the route was released on Steam.

The origins of TS go back to 2007 when it was called Rail Simulator.
 

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Indeed. Although when you have over a hundred drivers coming on stream at once and no multi-million pound simulators available to use at that point, Train Simulator in a classroom can prove very useful indeed.

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That's a mighty fancy "Rail Driver" there - puts the ATS version in the shade! An industry bespoke version, I guess?

What route was being used for the driver training, do we know?
 

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That's a mighty fancy "Rail Driver" there - puts the ATS version in the shade! An industry bespoke version, I guess?

What route was being used for the driver training, do we know?
Looks like a bog-standard RailDriver unit to me, I have one and it makes the sim much more immersive.
 

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Yes, I see now. Loking online, it seems to be cheaper than the ATS controller, despite having a lot more controls.
 

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No, GARL was a route created in TS for use with ScotRail. When the route project was abandoned, the route was released on Steam.

It was trying a GARL scenario this morning: unusual movements - seemed rather messy with speed limits changing on the HUD, but no signs on the lines!
 

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Yes, at a very basic training level it was fine. It wasn't strictly off the shelf TS in that the route was modified, scenarios were designed directly for the training program and the train used at the time wasn't on general sale.
Oh OK - thanks for the response (and sorry for such a late reply). I never knew about this and it's really interesting to see how things can be modified to suit such needs. That looks a lot like the (AP?) 321 to me?

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Oh OK - thanks for the response (and sorry for such a late reply). I never knew about this and it's really interesting to see how things can be modified to suit such needs. That looks a lot like the (AP?) 321 to me?

Yeah it was the AP 321 for the first couple of weeks when the classroom opened.
 
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