I wanted to discuss that because, you know, concerns one thinks of. You are right, LOTUS isn't that far but I feel like the development of this simulator is going so fast, but are feelings I have personally, mainly because I visit this forum not so often and as I can't play the game yet properly I don't have a constant contact.
Probably if the game is programmed in a way to be the most modular possible I think it could be the only way to easily implement these kind of things with few lines of code scripts or so.
Hello, I was watching the Karlsruhe S-Bahn and I observed that some stops you can only exit by the first and second door of the front car. Will that feature be included in LOTUS? Or passengers will try entering the train outside the platform?
I have to make a little announcement, because this project is still alive, but paused.
As you know with the covid issues I am waiting for some computer parts that I need to use LOTUS with the best performance possible, right now I can't use it. So until I have the parts I'll continue the project. I'm very sorry but I'm very sad because I'd like to have LOTUS at its best.
So don't worry, I'll keep you informed.
I was thinking about Bowdenham. That was a really good map, its last version was the best, very complete, hours and hours of fun and discovery.
As the last Chrono event was in 2014-2015... Imagine what would happen next, a new tram line, perhaps? And also, the possibility to drive the Herefield-Apsley railway?
Hello! Some pictures of my local buses.[IMG:https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/a186b5ee-a268-458d-988c-742b0afa2336/dblth01-76513901-2719-4cce-8772-ad45e58b3300.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcL2ExODZiNWVlLWEyNjgtNDU4ZC05ODhjLTc0MmIwYWZhMjMzNlwvZGJsdGgwMS03NjUxMzkwMS0yNzE5LTRjY2UtODc3Mi1hZDQ1ZTU4YjMzMDAuanBnIn1dXSwiYXVkIjpbInVybjpzZXJ2aWNlOmZpbGUuZG93bmxvYWQiXX0.kpbZjRCAoXb0-7-RF2-tzNeTdd5GBgyqpWfzADWvC1U]
Line B 27, now replaced by the M 27, a "metrobus" line. The Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona launched a rip-off of the Berlin Metrobus and expressbus. The bus is an Irisbus Citelis bodied by Noge.[IMG:https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/a186b5ee-a268-458d-988c-742b0afa2336/dblthl2-309c233e-0b8f-4945-9b29-f108db71065f.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcL2ExODZiNWVlLWEyNjgtNDU4ZC05ODhjLTc0MmIwYWZhMjMzNlwvZGJsdGhsMi0zMDljMjMzZS0wYjhmLTQ5NDUtOWIyOS1mMTA4ZGI3MTA2NWYuanBnIn1dXSwiYXVkIjpbInVybjpzZXJ2aWNlOmZpbGUuZG93bmxvYWQiXX0.oH1prYjjDi-OGTbca0tGFJrHNVCpHWFpFd2HJKk8kQQ]
The B 80, Before 12/2011 it was known as 800 and wore normal solobusses. This MAN midibus is hated by most elder people who are the most common passengers, as EVERY fixed seat is on a step. More ridiculous, with three doors there are less seats, and two seats are "flying", on the rear left wheels. Nowadays in this line there are Heuliez midibusses, where they do have seats without steps. Those MAN midibusses were relocated to other lines with less passengers.[IMG:https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/a186b5ee-a268-458d-988c-742b0afa2336/dblt2xi-c3622f0b-fde9-4730-84b2-d1af560b7466.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7InBhdGgiOiJcL2ZcL2ExODZiNWVlLWEyNjgtNDU4ZC05ODhjLTc0MmIwYWZhMjMzNlwvZGJsdDJ4aS1jMzYyMmYwYi1mZGU5LTQ3MzAtODRiMi1kMWFmNTYwYjc0NjYuanBnIn1dXSwiYXVkIjpbInVybjpzZXJ2aWNlOmZpbGUuZG93bmxvYWQiXX0.59gCpi87CHc4CPuS8y0EXlZZFiRy8QlxBn0B4gg3AR8]
Replacement buses. The line 1 was closed between Fondo and Torras i Bages in August 2017 for major maintenance works. At the left, the 3103, a Citaro G with Voith gearbox, at my right, the 3434 a MAN NG 313 F, bodied by Castrosua, also with Voith change,
But then, it should be much more real than in Trainz
Yeah, I think that the main purpose of this addon was just to be impressive and investigating all the corners of the map, and to create your own routes, but, with realism in mind, I think you couldn't make any coherent route, at least it was my impression, and all junctions had a lever in the middle on the street...
And for example, that massive building where trams could climb it, I mean, is there anything like this in real life?
But well, it was 2009, if being remade for LOTUS in 2020, surely would be 888% more impressive, and with coherent pre-made routes and in the trams you can control everything.
Also it can be a candidate to demo the three modules, trams, buses and planes, it has an airport with three terminals!
Anyone remembers that addon for Trainz 2009 that was a large American city with three islands with a lot of kilometres of tracks, and it came included with the Rheinbahn NF10 tram and a tram similar to the Wiener Linien ULF?
Do you think it would be nice to have it in LOTUS but with more realism (because it had manual junctions with levers and that big building where trams could climb inside), and with some predefined and coherent routes?
I think it was an awesome project that I think in LOTUS it can shine.
Also remember Modula City? from the same creators
I hope the original creators (I think it was TrainzLand) read this...[MEDIA:https://youtu.be/sKIw2-ZBk6c]
By the way, if you never seen those trains, here a real picture from the Wikipedia, in Mercat Nou.[IMG:https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1a/Tren_de_la_serie_4000_L1_estaci%C3%B3n_de_Santa_Eul%C3%A0lia.jpg]
Now time to make the roof.
Type of project: Real map (Line 1 in year 2004) and train (4000 series in original condition)
Name of project: Metro de Barcelona Línia 1 2004
Involved persons: Frank Rodriguez. Surely with technical help in advanced stages.
The 24 trains of the serie 4000 were put into service between 1987 to 1990 in the line 1, replacing the classic 200 and 400 series, manufactured between the 1940s to the 1960s. They were the broad gauge counterparts of the 3000s, the 4000 were adapted to the bigger dimensions of the line loading gauge.
The 4000s represented a very important technological advance compared with their predecessors. Some of the new features included in these trains were: air conditioning (despite the fact the first units had a fan system, but a little time later they were fitted with the A/C), the seats with 2+2 transversal configuration, automatic next stop announcement system with a "thermometer" display on some of the doors, electric doors opened by the passengers.
The units have Mitsubishi motors with a chopper traction control equipment, where they emit that characteristic sound when accelerating or braking.
The trains were refurbished in 2007, and it's expected to be retired in one or two years soon, being replaced with the future "8000" series.
The 4000 in LOTUS will be in the original condition.
The line 1 originated from the FMT, the Ferrocarril Metropolitano Transversal, a project to link the main rail stations of Barcelona. Hence why the track gauge is wider than the other lines (1672mm or 1674mm, some fonts say one or the other). The actual iberian gauge is 1668mm, so this line keeps the original gauge. It was inaugurated in 1926 between Pl. Catalunya and Bordeta (nowadays closed, between Mercat Nou and Santa Eulàlia), it was extended through the years until 1992, with the extension from Santa Coloma to Fondo, making it 20,7 km long with 30 stations.
I will make the route as it was in 2004. The section between Mercat Nou and Santa Eulàlia was on surface, Sagrera station had the three platforms (the "Barcelona" solution), and catenary replaced third rail.
Pictures/videos (at least 1!):
At the moment I'm modeling the train and the first stage will be the release of the train and a test track with the correct track gauge.
I'm really enjoying it at the moment...[IMG:https://images-wixmp-ed30a86b8c4ca887773594c2.wixmp.com/f/a186b5ee-a268-458d-988c-742b0afa2336/ddpssmh-635f7c30-ebc0-4e1a-b59d-edc84e4facf1.png/v1/fill/w_1049,h_762,q_70,strp/teaser1_by_frankrodiii_ddpssmh-pre.jpg?token=eyJ0eXAiOiJKV1QiLCJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJzdWIiOiJ1cm46YXBwOjdlMGQxODg5ODIyNjQzNzNhNWYwZDQxNWVhMGQyNmUwIiwiaXNzIjoidXJuOmFwcDo3ZTBkMTg4OTgyMjY0MzczYTVmMGQ0MTVlYTBkMjZlMCIsIm9iaiI6W1t7ImhlaWdodCI6Ijw9ODI4IiwicGF0aCI6IlwvZlwvYTE4NmI1ZWUtYTI2OC00NThkLTk4OGMtNzQyYjBhZmEyMzM2XC9kZHBzc21oLTYzNWY3YzMwLWViYzAtNGUxYS1iNTlkLWVkYzg0ZTRmYWNmMS5wbmciLCJ3aWR0aCI6Ijw9MTEzOSJ9XV0sImF1ZCI6WyJ1cm46c2VydmljZTppbWFnZS5vcGVyYXRpb25zIl19.t4tsrRbZ_x8oNpkc_S9Qk0AAHXrxA68ffCYmIZzKhtg]
So, I'm searching a graphics card with the best quality/price, because I can't pay too much for it. I can't play LOTUS in my main computer because it has only the integrated intel graphics, so it's insufficient.
My current PC-compatible setup is:
CPU: i7-3770k 3.5GHz
RAM is 4GB, I think pretty low for "modern standards"
dedicated GPU: none
The logic board has a B75 chipset... low profile I think too...
Friends said me that the Nvidia 1060 is pretty nice and it runs very well, the 3GB one. But for LOTUS, is it enough?
Upgrading the RAM to 8GB is sufficient?
I'm developing a train and a line for LOTUS but first I need it to work finely!
Thank you very much in advance.
Also, I miss a resolution preference. I witnessed myself that lowering the resolution improves performance, so, why not doing this in-game? Games like Tower Unite have this and it's really handy.
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Which kind of difficult?
When in the preferences you want to write a value instead of using the regulator, if there's a setting whose minimum value is, say, 50, if you want to write 200, as 2 is less than five it returns to the minimum value, so it's difficult.
Also, tabs and returns don't work yet...
Hello, I'm Frank, from near Barcelona, Spain.
First, a big thank you to the developers of the simulator to letting us try LOTUS now in an Early Access stage instead of waiting for the official release. I remember waiting impatiently for the release of OMSI 2 back in 2013. This is a fantastic oportunity to let third party developers and advanced users where they know OMSI very well to tell what we think, what features are fantastic, and what things we think they need to improve. I remember when I saw a little banner on the OMSI webdisk with the words LOTUS and I didn't know what was going on, now I know, then I watched a Routeres video with a little demo of the Diorama map and I got convinced I have to get it...
Things I like.
- You can change the typeface of the GUI. I like it so much, because I'm pretty tired of DIN, it's like Helvetica, you see it everywhere. Whatever typeface you like. You can even change it to Comic Sans to give it a Sims 1 look . Only just need to change the colour of the GUI and that's awesome.
- The GUI I feel it pretty integrated and complete (obviously considering it has still things to implement).
- The pure realism feature, where you decide if you want the tram already engaged or not. That's nice.
- Other thing I like of the GUI, the hints at lower right side of the buttons and levers of the cab.
- In general, the GT 6 tram is lovely.
Things I think need improvement.
- It seems it does not like Intel Graphics, so if you don't have nvidia or AMD graphic cards, you can't play.
- The game freezes when I go to preferences in-game.
- How do I move on the free camera view? The right-click as you did in OMSI it's not the same. I only can pan around with the middle button. I discovered that you have to press control or shift to move when you don't have central button, but if you have?
- The way you write values in the options, like the max fps, it's a little difficult.
- I don't understand what does the big central button that says "configure your appearance in the simulator".
So, as I said, it does not like computers where you only have Intel Graphics. Luckily I have a laptop from 2007 with an nvidia graphics and i5. In minimum settings and in night time it goes inusually well. In day, it's worse. I'm searching for a graphics card as the companion of my i7 computer. Everybody says, hey Frank, get the 1060! I want a graphics card that goes well with the "Don't " settings... Could we make a thread for the perfect machine for the "don't" setting?
Also I want to say three things, before I forget them.
I had a project for a real map in OMSI. As LOTUS is the future, I prefer focusing my attention in this. I need to see how do you enter in the other edit modes of the simulator. Also, as this is not limited to buses, I can think about expanding my thoughts of the project.
Finally, there's one map that would be fantastic if it's ported to LOTUS, I'm referring to the Trainz Addon called "Classic Cabon City", in the ProTrainPerfect version I think it was called "Grosse Stadt" or something like that.