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MaSzyna - Railway Vehicle Simulator EP07-424

"MaSzyna" Simulator

The Readme File

AUTHOR: libertyn89

UPDATE: kolejarz2009, Stele, matek123, Vanquish

CONSULTATIONS, HELP: adsim, Benek, dejotzbych, EP08_015, hunter, Maciej, matek123, Ra, Sawi,
sebastian82, Stele, surgeon, szogun, youBy,
Turbokibel, Kogut, Toprus and others
TRANSLATION: kolejarz2009, Vanquish

Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Information about this release
    1. Package contents
    2. New EXE features
    3. New content
  3. Health warnings
  4. I've downloaded the simulator, now what?
    1. Hardware requirements
    2. Installing
    3. First run - Starter.exe
    4. Uninstalling
  5. Key controls
  6. User info
    1. Controlling
    2. Changing cabs
    3. Coupling and uncoupling the locomotive
    4. How to change the consist in the scenario?
    5. How to change the weather and season?
    6. How to set the multiplayer up?
    7. How to set the OpenVR support?
  7. Remarks
    1. Why is ... not included in this pack?
    2. Simulator executable – EXE changes
  8. What next? When is a new version / new add-ons comming out?
  9. The Simulator's Licence
  10. FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions. Most common problems and their solutions
  11. Official adresses and contact
  12. Translator's Note

Introduction

The "MaSzyna" Simlator project has grown of age, as it's been over 19 years since it's first publication. On the www.eu07.pl/jeszczejedensymulatorek subpage, we present a copy of the orignal thread from the August 2001, where the first version of MaSzyna has been presented.

We highly recommend you to try out the newest version of The "MaSzyna" Simulator.
eu07.pl Administration

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Contents of the latest release

Current version of MaSzyna is based on previous versions of the Simulator. The list of all the previous releases, along with a short description, can be found here: [In Polish - use Google Translate] Zestawienie wydań Symulatora MaSzyna [List of previous releases].

Package contents

Because there is so many people working on MaSzyna, this information was moved to a separate subpage, in order to ease the updating of information.

Improvements and new EXE functions

The points above represent only a small fraction of changes, since these are the biggest and most visible to the users. Precise Changelog is in the following forum thread about changes in the EXE [POLISH ONLY!], the list is still updated as the EXE functions are expanded.

What's new in the current release

Notwithstanding the above, the latest release also includes new vehicle textures, sounds, models, and a number of minor and major fixes to individual models, sceneries or scenarios that have been detected since the previous release.

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Health warnings

Warnings for users of computer games

A small fraction of people can experience epileptic attacks because of the observed visual effects, such as blinking lights or multicolour compositions durning the observation of the computer screen. Even people without such symptomps can have undiagnosed diseases that cause epileptic attacks.

Attacks can occur in a variety of different ways: vision disorders/problems, headaches, muscle and/or eye lid twitching, uncontrolled motion of leg and arm muscle.More serious problems that can occur, are: desorientation, loss of balance, headaches, unaware movements, reddening of the eyes, eye tears, tiredness of eyes. There is a risk of a fall and serious injury can occur. The biggest risks affect mainly children and teenagers, and as such, parents should observe the children whilst they play on the computer.

Recommendations: Always play in well lit room, make a 15min pause, for every 60min spent in front of the computer and rest untill the discomfort disappears, don't sit too close to the screen, don't play if you're experiencing feelings of discomfort or tiredness. If you or your family have a history of epileptic attacks, please consult a doctor before playing.

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I've downloaded the Simulator, now what?

Hardware requirements

The software and hardware requirements hare been increased in comparison to the previous versions. Because of the EXE file being supplied in both 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64), caution should be exercised when picking and running the EXE file and it's dependencies on your computer.

The new renderer (supporting GL3.3+, with loads of new graphical features) has been implemented into the main binary, and as such, you will have to test if the new render works well on your PC - if it does not, edit the eu07.ini file, and change "gfxrenderer full" to "gfxrenderer legacy", for the middle-ground performance PCs, or "gfxrenderer simple" for low-end PCs.

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Installing

The installation process and the appearance of each windows may vary depending on the user's hardware and software configuration.

  1. Run the installer of the program by using the file downloaded from the official website of the simulator: MaSzynaXXXX.exe, where XXXX is the number of the simulator release that you have downloaded.
  2. In the installer window that appears, set the program installation folder by entering the path of the destination folder or selecting it from the directory tree by clicking Przeglądaj / Browse.

  3. Screen 1: The main window of the MaSzyna installer
Important Notice

It is not recommended to install the program into system folders where X is the letter of the system drive:
That could cause numerous errors with access to folders and in extreme cases it will prevent the program from being properly installed.
  1. After selecting the destination folder, click Dalej / Next.
  2. In the next window that appears, please select the components that you want to install with the program. In most cases, you should choose the options selected by default. On the other hands you should install UCRT libraries, if you do not have them in your system.

  3. Screen 2: Additional functions selecting window

  4. Confirm the choice by clicking Zainstaluj / Install.
  5. In the case of operating systems with an active Firewall, an alert window regarding the aria2c.exe application features may appear during installation. To allow further installation, click Zezwalaj na dostęp / Allow.

  6. Screen 3: Firewall alert window

  7. Installation of the program should begin. Depending on the speed of the Internet connection and the parameters of the disk on which the program is installing, the installation time may vary.

  8. Screen 4: Installation process window

  9. When the installation is completed, click Zamknij / Close.

    Screen 5: Installation completion window

  10. We are ready for the first launch of the MaSzyna Simulator.

First run - Starter.exe

To turn MaSzyna on, we need to run the Starter.exe file, located in the main MaSzyna folder.

After activating the Starter, we'll see the window - at it's top pane four buttons: Scenarios, Depot, Settings and "?".

To change the Starter into English, go to "Ustawienia" pane, then in the "Ogólne" subpane, and change the "Język: [PL]" into "EN".

The Depot button allows for changing of trains on the scenarios, and will be described further on in the documentation, the Settings allow for changing of the simulation's settings, whilst "?" opens the readme file (the one you're currently reading) in a new browser window.

After initialising, a list of sceneries - "maps" - will be shown (point [A] on the pictures). After clicking the "+" by the desired scenery, a list of available scenarios - "missions" - for the selected scenery is shown. "baltyk_skm2" is selected in the picture.

In the [B] window, is a list of available vehicles for that scenario. After choosing one, say EN96-001 ...

Window [D] will display the duty description, for the selected vehicle. No description might, but not necessarly will indicate that the selected train is for the AI (driven by the computer) only.

Window [C] shows general info about the scenario, and in the other panes the timetable (for the selected train in [B]), attachments like written orders and at the very end weather settings.

In case of the Cloudiness slider, the first (left) half is responsible for cloudiness, and the other (right) for precipitation.

When you're ready to start the simulation, press Start, in the [X] field.

Next, a window will appear, with the simulation's loading bar. Windows can indicate that the program is hanged/not-responding, but that is not the case. Most of the sceneries are detailed, and as such will result in very slow loading times on slow computers.

Uninstalling

To uninstall, please delete the main Simulator folder, along with all of it's contents from the computer's drives. Sometimes, you might also need to delete it from the Bin folder. Please use the Empty Bin function.

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Keyboard Control

Important notice

The key presented in this chapter has a default assignment.
Using the Starter.exe it is possible to change the keys at your own idea.
Go to the site containing Keyboard Contols.
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Control

Controlling, or the popular "How to move the loco?" and others.


The procedure for starting each vehicle is the same - only the control keys change!
Important notice

The key presented in this chapter has a default assignment.
Using the Starter.exe it is possible to change the keys at your own idea.
Go to the site containing the driving and start up procedures.
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Changing Cabs


In order to move to the other cab, press either:
ATTENTION!
In between the cabs, is the Engine Room (in some locos, it looks like a green room). If you are in the Engine Room, then press either Home or End (depending on the direction in which you plan on going) for a second time. When changing cabs in Electric Multiple Units (EMUs) and locos that have more than one unit, you will need to press End or Home a couple of times (for example, in EN57 we press End twice, to move from Ra (Driving Trailer A) unit, to unit S (Motor Coach), and then End three times, in order to move to Rb (Driving Trailer B) unit, and then finally press End twice, to enter the cab). Changing cabs means that the Sim need to load it's model, that's why after pressing Home or End it is necessary to wait (for it to load).

ATTENTION!
If we are driving a vehicle in Multiple Working, or it is a double-unit loco, or a EMU, it is important to check if both the Independant and the Loco brake is in the Running position ("brake off"). We also should set the Train Brake to Cut-off position (Ctrl + Num 5).
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Coupling and uncoupling


COUPLING UP A LOCO TO THE CARRIAGES:
  1. Drive up to the train (don't leave the cab), when you feel that you buffered up (Drove up to the buffers, and slightly hit them), move the throttle up 2-3 positions, and brake using the Independant Brake (reminder: Num 1).
    WARNING!: If, when buffering up, the carriages "run away", then leave the cab, F4 fly up to two, three carriages and brake them using the Handbrakes, holding Ctrl + Num 1. When you are done with the whole coupling-up precedure, fly up to those same carriages, and hold Ctrl + Num 7 in order to release the handbrakes.
  2. Exit the cab - F4.
  3. Get as close to the coupler as possible - imagine you are coupling them up yourself. It's not enough to come close vertically, you also need to move horizontally. In majority of cases, you should also lower you self a little bit by using PageDown.
  4. Press Insert twice - you will hear the characteristic air leak sound and a model of a coupled-up screw-link coupler will be shown, along with the "red hose".
    If you, additionally, want to connect the Main Reservoir Pipe ("Yellow hose") then press Insert once more.
    WARNING: Sometimes, the coupler and the hoses won't move, it doesn't mean that the loco has not connected up to the carriages.
  5. Go back to the cab - F4.
  6. Unbrake the loco - Num 7 and go to the other cab.
UNCOUPLING A LOCO FROM THE CARRIAGES:
  1. Brake the whole train, pressing the Num 3 for around one second, from the Running position.
  2. Unbrake the loco only - Num 6.
  3. Move the Reverser backwards by 2 positions (2 x r) and select the 2nd or 3rd position on the Power Controller, to buffer up to the carriages, and brake using Independant brake (rem.: Num 1).
  4. Exit the cab - F4.
  5. Get as close to the coupling as possible - imagine you are uncoupling them yourself. It's not enough to come close vertically, you also need to move horizontally. In majority of cases, you should also lower you self a little bit by using PageDown.
  6. Press Delete once - you will hear the characteristic air leak sound.
  7. Go back to the cab - F4.
  8. Unbrake the loco - Num 7.
COUPLING UP TO A TRAIN THAT ALREADY HAS A LOCO:

To couple up to a train on the same track, drive up to it gently. After you buffer up, brake using the Independant brake. In order to prevent a runaway train, it is vital that you perform a Full Service brake application or at least a Service brake application (Num 8).

ATTENTION!
If your train is to be coupled up to a train driven by AI, (ie. you drive a Banking Engine or the AI hauls your train ), then it is absolutely necessary to set the Train Brake to the Cut-Off position (Ctrl + Num 5)!
If the user is to drive the train, then the Train Brake valve must stay in the braking positions, and the Reverser must be in either the forward or backward position. This deactivates the AI !!. After the above has been completed, one can now start to couple the couplers with Insert. The moment the coupler is connected (after the first Insert key press ) AI "being" in the set is either deactivated (Train brake in the braking positions) or it's activated (Train brake in the Cut-Off position). If you make a mistake (choose wrong action), then decouple, set the Train brake in the correct position, and try to couple up again.

COUPLING A LOCOMOTIVE TO A UNIT (WITH THE USE OF A COUPLING ADAPTER):
  1. Drive up to the train but stop between 25 m and 5 m from it.
  2. Get out of the cab and move to the coupler facing the unit we will couple up to.
  3. Put on the coupling adapter - Ctrl + Insert
  4. Drive up slowly, and push up gently and slowly against the coupler on the unit.
  5. Check if the couplers locked together - try to drive away from the unit.
UNCOUPLING A LOCOMOTIVE FROM A UNIT (WITH THE USE OF A COUPLING ADAPTER):
  1. Brake the train set - Num 3 x 1sec.
  2. Uncouple the automatic coupler and the adapter - Delete
  3. Move off between 2 m and 25 m from the unit, and take the adapter off - Ctrl + Delete
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How to change the consist in the scenario?


In the current version of the MaSzyna Simulator, there are two methods of changing the consist in a given scenery or scenario: Go to the site containing two methods of changing trains in the scenarios.
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How to change the weather and season?

Changing the date, season, scenario start time, temperature, visibility and intensity of the rain is available in the Starter.exe application (the default program to run the MaSzyna Simulator). All the options listed below are available in the Scenarios the main window in tab Weather.

In the screenshot below, the options for setting the weather that will be present during the simulation have been marked with a red frame.


Screen 1: Main Starter window with weather configuration

We can change: Any changes made can be restored to the default values by pressing the button Restore default weather.

In the MaSzyna Simulator, the simulation date is set to the same as the system date of the simulation start - if we start MaSzyna on 1st January, winter weather will be simulated (i.e. a lot of snow), if we start on 1st July, summer weather will be simulated.

Important Notice

The date in the scenario, and thus the weather conditions, can be permanently set by the author through an entry movelight in the entry config in the given scenario file.

To change the weather during the simulation, turn on the panel Debug Data (F12), select a panel Scenario, and change the value slider: Fog distance, Cloud cover, Day of year.

To change the time during the simulation, turn on Debug Mode (Ctrl+Shift+F12), then the panel Debug Data (F12), select a panel Scenario, and change the value slider: Time of day.

Important Notice

Changing the time during the simulation will disrupt or completely prevent the correct execution of the scenario!
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How to set the multiplayer up?

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How to set the OpenVR support?

Important note

Please note that OpenVR support in the MaSzyna is in the early phase of implementation.
For using of the VR mode in the MaSzyna, the following are required:
Important note

Currently, controllers support is in the preliminary stage. The elements in the cabin are activated with the indicator by selecting two available actions.
For the Index Knuckles controllers a mapping is included for the buttons A/B.
For other controllers, bind the actions (PrimaryAction and SecondaryAction) in the SteamVR menu.
Additional support the rest of the simulator functionality with the controllers will be added in the future.
You can read more about the OpenVR system in the MaSzyna Simulator and its feature updates at the forum [Polish Only] in a thread.
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Remarks

Why is ... not included in this pack?

In order to understand why the packs don't contain all the add-ons published from the start of the existance of the Simulator, you need to know that for a couple of years, when it comes to add-on creation, there was simply only chaos. Add-ons often ware not tested before being published (there ware no standards, norms etc), which ment that they had errors, ware incomplete and often, ware incompatible with each other (often adding one scenery, broke all the remaining sceneries). Additionally, addons ware often hosted on external servers, which removed them after some time, which caused the forum to be full of dead links, instead of addons. Only at the end of 2008, thanks to Ra, it was possible to clean up the mess, through gathering everything in "Katalog dodatków" / Addon Catalogue , on the eu07.pl server. But to simply have all the addons in one place wasn't enough. The addon publication process was reorganised (from the end of 2008, every single addon, prior to publication, must be subject to mandatory tests). However, the incomplatability problem remained, since there was a lack of official and up-to-date package, which could create some sort of an reference point for the testers and creators (last, unofficial package was published half-way through 2006, however the last official, in 2004). That is why, at the beginning of 2009, a group was created, who spend a couple of months choosing, from previously published addons, the addons that ware worthy and didn't have too many mistakes, and then worked on the inter-compatability of these addons, by removing significant mistakes, filling in the missing files, etc. That is how Paczka Całościowa 2009, 2010, 2011 along with the Service Packs, MaSzyna 01.13, MaSzyna 08.13 and MaSzyna 15.04 ware created. The newest Package is a continuation of that work, and just like the previous Packs, does not contain any low quality addons, or ones in Beta testing. From the beginning of 2018, the publication method of the Pack was changed to a rolling release model, which means that newer versions, will not have release numbers.

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Simulator's executable file – The EXE

In order to find out about all the latest changes, read the changelog at: [Polish Only] EXE C++ upgrade

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What next? When is a new version / new add-ons comming out?

Authors of the "MaSzyna" Simulator are creating this project as a part of their hobby, and pro-bono, sharing the time between family duties, work and the Simulator. That's why, when asked When is the new version/new add-ons coming out? we cannot give a clear answer. Information of the current work and future versions, will be presented on our Facebook, and the project's website. We can also reply to them by E-Mail, contact is given in the Official addresses and contact.

Simultaneusly, we need to add that the group of creators is not a closed group. Every willing and interested person can help in developing the project. There are so many fields, on which one can flourish. Contrary to popular opinion, to create this kind of a computer software, you don't need to be a computer science graduate.

For example, you simply need to have a digital camera to support the modellers with pictures of many different objects, which could me added to the sceneries. Those who don't have a camera, can record sounds of different equipment. In the project's lifetime, some people have been known to learn computer coding or using graphical modelling tools, and as such, to contribute significantly to the project's development.

We highly encourage you to register on the project's forum. It contains tips on creating models, textures, sceneries and many more. In case of problems, experienced users will help, sharing their knowledge and remarks. You can also become a Betatester, who's job it is to test and find mistakes in the new add-ons, support the creators with their help, and to create themselves.

All in all, we recomment you register on our forum, where you will find more information and tutorials. List of queries regarding helping in the development of the Simulator is in this forum thread [POLISH only].

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The Simulator Licence

See the page containing the Licence
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FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions and their answers. Most occuring problems and their solutions

Questions List

In order to get to the answer, please press on the question.
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Answers:

To clear the error displayed on the Koliber radio screen, you should reset the traction vehicle. This can be done by turning the battery off j and next turning on j.
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  • How to increase the window size, because the default resolution is too small for my screen?
    In the Starter.exe, go to the tab Graphics in window Settings. In menu Resolution select the desired screen resolution. You can select the full screen mode in the tab Main in window Settings.
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  • How do I switch the points? I heard that Shift + T/T works, but it doesn't!
    There is no need for manual point switching, everything is done automatically, with the help of 'events' created by the scenario's author. The only scenery where manual points switching is required (and possible), is 'Manewrowo3'. In order to switch the points, we move over the point's lever (similarly like when coupling and uncoupling locos, we literaly have to 'enter' the lever) and press Shift + t (for going to the side) or t (for going straight). We should see the handle move, along with the point blades.
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  • How to turn on the batteries?
    Turning on the batteries is simulated in a simplified method than in reality. To turn on the batteries, press the J key, which causes the CA/SHP system to activate, and has to be reset using the CA/SHP reset button - SPACE. ATTENTION! You need to select a direction on the reverser (use either the D or the R keys) in order to reset the CA/SHP.
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  • How do I change the train that I drive in this scenario?
    See: MaSzyna Readme file, "Control" section, "How to change the consist in the scenario?".
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  • How do I turn a day into a night?
    See: MaSzyna Readme file, "User info" section, "How to change the weather and season?"
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  • How do I turn on the light beams, so that they would light the track?
    The light beams are only visible when the headlamps are turned on and during the night time.
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  • How do I turn on the gauge lights?
    Most, but not all vehicles have gauge lights. Link to the list
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  • Opening doors and windows in the cab?
    Same as above - not every locomotive in the Simulator has windows and doors that can be opened. See the list of vehicles with special functions.
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  • When trying to open the door/window in the cab, the loco makes quick, weird movements. How do I fix it?
    In Starter.exe in window Settings in tab Main uncheck Debugmode.
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  • The CA (DSD) isn't working, and not canceling SHP (AWS) doesn't turn on the emergency brake. On top of the screen, I have some weird, red letters. What's happening?
    In Starter.exe in window Settings in tab Main uncheck Debugmode.
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  • Some time after turning on the Sim, the Y and / keys stop working. Help?
    Press Ctrl + Shift.
    In order to prevent such problems in the future, you can disable the keyboard shortcuts that change the keyboard layouts in your Operating System
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  • The Sim freezes and I have low FPS. What do I do?
    In Starter.exe in window Settings in tab Sound | Physic uncheck: In window Settings in tab Graphic limit graphic settings. Have a look in the EU07.ini file, located in the main MaSzyna folder. You will find there many options, not supported by the Starter.exe. You could also set the graphics mode to performance. You might also want to experiment with different grpahics drivers. In the case of fairly newer cards, it is recommended to use the newest drivers. However if you have an older card, then older drivers might be a better option. If you have an old comupter, then try to turn off all the software running in the background, like any IM, browsers, anti-virus software, music players, etc), since they will only unnecessarly lower the performance of the PC. Sadly, those changes will not cause a miracle rise in FPS, especially if you have an integrated GPU.
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  • How does one read the Hasler (speedometer) tape, from their drive in the MaSzyna?
    In Starter.exe in window Settings in tab Sound | Physic enable Save physics log option. For every vehicle in teh scenario, a [vehicle name].dat files will be generated, in the physicslog folder. in order to open such file, use the htv.exe, which is located in the programy_na_potrzeby_symulatora folder, and in the odczyt_tasm_z_predkosciomierza subfolder.
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  • How to install new addons?
    In most cases there is no need - Newest versions of MaSzyna will contain all the newly published addons.
    In extreme cases, like testing of addons from the TD department, you will need to extract the contents of the archive into the main MaSzyna folder, in such a way that the folders from the archive match up with the folders from MaSzyna. You also need to follow all the instructions and informations given in the information file(s) inside of the archive. You will most likely need to translate them from Polish - www.deepl.com or www.translate.google.com
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  • I added a new vehicle, but I can't see it in the Starter, or on any of the routes.
    The vehicles won't just show up automatically in the existing scenarios. If you installed a new texture or a new model, you need to place manually in the scenario. How to do it? See: MaSzyna Readme file, "Control" section, "How to change the consist in the scenario?".
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  • My laptop doesn't have a numeric keypad, so how do I drive a loco/unit?
    In Starter.exe in window Settings click on Keyboard setting. In this window, we can assign keys to given functions. Keys can also be remapped in the file eu07_input-keyboard.ini
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  • Does MaSzyna work on Linux, Mac OS etc?
    Yes, by using an Windows emulator, like Wine. For a while now, there is also a Linux native binary file. Instructions on the last pages of the following forum thread (Polish). Future releases will make running and installing MaSzyna easier on non-Windows systems.
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  • Are crashes and spectacular derailments possible in the Sim?
    No.
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  • I turned the autopilot on. but it doesn't work.
    Autopilot means the computer takes over the driving of the train. Saddly, not all sceneries are fully compatible with Autopilot driven trains, meaning it won't be able to drive everywhere correctly.
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  • Can you manually change the signal aspects?
    No, the signals are pre-set for each scenario.
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  • How do I take a screenshot?
    Currently, the MaSzyna Simulator does not have a built-in screenshot function. Use the system option PrtScn, or Win + PrtScn (Only in Windows 10 - saves screenshots by default in the user's My Pictures folder.
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  • I saw a film on YouTube with xxx (loco/carriage/route/new exe) in MaSzyna. I can't find it in Downloads or Publikacje/Publications sections. Where can I download it from?
    Current addons are presented on the www.eu07.pl/pobierz website. Only there are all addons pre-tested and guaranteed to work correctly.
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  • The carriages keep braking!! I keep holding the Brake Release button, but it doesn't work.
  • If you hold the brake handle for too long in the Quick Release position, it might happen that, the train will not release the brakes when you put the handle in the Running position. It is so called 'Brake Overcharge'. You need to apply Full Service braking, pressing Num 5, exit the cab, fly over the whole train, and press Num 6(Brake Release) over every carriage/car. For future reference, do not hold the Brake handle in the Quick Release position for longer than couple of seconds. If your train has the following carriage types; Bdhpumn, WLABd & Z1 , then avoid using Quick Release if possible. Passenger trains generally don't need you to use it.
    In case of long freight trains you can (and sometimes have to) use it "'till it stops" (untill the pressure stabilises itself at 5,4 bar), however the moment that happens you need to put it in the Running position.
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  • The brake handle, in the EN57 and other EMUs, automatically returns to the Driving position, after releasing the Num . key
    It is the correct behaviour, it happens like that in reality.
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  • After entering the cab, I am far from the controls. How do I fix it?
    The cabs have pre-defined starting positions. After the cab has loaded, we will begin in the standing position, as if we just entered through the cab door. In order to sit down at the controls, press the Right Mouse Button RMB.
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  • I press the M key, but the Master Circuit Breaker doesn't close.
  • According to the reality, the button (M) needs to be pressed for few seconds, for the MCB to close.
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  • How do I stop the Simulation? I pressed Esc, but it does nothing.
    Most likely you have launched Debug Mode.
    Combination Alt + F4 will end the simulation and exit the program.
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  • >Can you save the simulation, before exiting the Simulator?
    No, you can't.
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  • How do I stop the Simulation? I pressed Pause, but it does nothing.
    There has been some recent changes in the keyboard layout and key functions. Familiarise youself with: MaSzyna Readme file, "Keyboard control" section.
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  • When will a new version, new addons come out?
    We're just hobbist, who have to share their time between family, work, learning, and in their limited free time create something for the Simulator. That's why we can't give you a 100% correct and/or binding answer to the "When will a new loco/route/pack be released" question. We are not a closed group, we will welcome any new people and their ideas. We will welcome you if you want to help us in developing MaSzyna :) You can, for example, help the model creators by photographing infrastructure, buildings, etc. All to help the routes in MaSzyna to become more realistic. More details here (In Polish; use Google's Translate): http://eu07.pl/forum/index.php/topic,17369.0.html.
    Besides that, we're carrying out work in order to improve the physics in the Simulator. If you have any useful information, diagrams, which could help the improvement, you could write it in the forum, in the correct department.

    If you know how to program, and you know how to use languages like: Python, C++, SCons, OpenAL, OpenSceneGraph then we would welcome you to help us with creation of the Symulator Pojazdów Trakcyjnych (SPT)(Railway Vehicle Simulator). It will be a new version of MaSzyna, based on the OSG engine. It offers more capabilities (especially when it comes to improving the efficiency of the engine, compared to the current MaSzyna engine).

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  • When I turn on the compressor, everything turns off, and nothing happens. How do I fix that?
    It means that you turned the compressor on too quickly after turning on the transformer, and the Transformer MCB switched off. To turn it back on ('unlock it'), turn the transformer off, and press Ctrl + N.
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  • I can't pressurise the Main Pipe after braking / CA/SHP turning on.

    In many locos, durning Emergency Brake application, the driver's valve(/handle) becomes cut-off using compressed air. In order to release the brakes, set the driver's valve into the correct position and press and hold the Brake Release Button(Num 6 key) until, the pressure in the Main Pipe rises to 4 bar.

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  • A while after releasing the brakes, some pressure goes into the loco brake cylinders.
    Because of the way the train brake is build, sometimes after the brake is released, there may be little pressure left. In this case, use the Brake Release (Num 6 key).
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  • When in motion, the loco suddenly turned off / "extinguished".
    Improved pantograph to catenary simulation algorithm cased, all the faults with the catenary placement, may cause the Fast Switch to disconnect, since the pantograph looses contact with the catenary. In cases of extreme catenary mis-alignment, the pantograph may break. If the WN (High Voltage) Voltmeter show the voltage to be present, you can simply carry out the loco starting procedure again.
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  • When starting off, the voltage suddenly drops to 0V.
    On some scenries (example Quark, Krzyżowa) catenary was divided into sections and connected to power. In case of hard start of couple of vehicles at the same time, it is possible to overcharge the section or even the whole substation. Current will be then temporarily disconnected and then subsequently reconnected. After a third (3) overcharge, the current supply will be disconnected for about one (1) minute.
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  • Small mouse movement causes rapid camera motion.
    If, after starting the Simulator, you can't look around the cab while using the mouse or the trackpad and the movement is a jerky (large step, rotating by a large amount), then change the text size in Windows. In Windows 10 they can be reached by right clicking on the desktop, and choosing "Display Settings". Look for somthing like "Change the text, application, window size" [UI Scaling] and set it to 100%. On older Windows systems, use "Smallest" instead of 100%
    If you have more than one monitor, make sure to change the said setting for the monitor you will use to operate MaSzyna on.
    In the case of the movement not being a step movement, but simply too fast or too slow, you can change the mouse sensitivity settings in Windows or the "mousescale" in the eu07.ini file. For example, "mousescale 0.3 0.3", in which the values are horizontal and vertical axis respectively. Negative value causes the axis to invert.
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  • The camera is spinning around it's own axis.
    The fault lies in the connected game controller (a game pad or a joystick). One of the analogues is responsible for the camera motion. If it's not centered, it will cause such an effect. We suggest you disconnect it from the computer. In Starter.exe in window Settings in tab Main check option Ignore gamepad signals. Alternatively in the eu07.ini file, beside "input.gamepad", change the value from "yes" to "no".
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  • The Translator's Note
    While utmost care was take to correctly translate everything, there will always be mistakes. The Railway terminology used in this manual is a mix of British & Irish English version. Furthermore, any references to the Windows operating system are translated directly from Polish, so their name in English might be different since I'm using Linux. This was done in a very limited time, so please, take that into account when you run into any mistakes. Having said that, feel free to contact me on MaSzyna's forum with a Prive Message with any mistakes you found, or any tips on how to improve this manual.
    For any links marked [POLISH ONLY] try using Google Translate, it should work good enough (There still will be mistakes there!!)

    Enjoy!
    Marek "kolejarz2009" Starzec
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  • Official addesses and contact

    Web sites

    Below is a list of official websites, managed by the "MaSzyna" Simulator Team:

    E-Mail adresses