Train Simulator – Locomotive startup procedures & nonstandard hotkeys

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Startup procedures and nonstandard hotkeys for various trains.

 
 

Introduction

 
In this guide I’ll be listing startup procedures and nonstandard hotkeys of trains that I own. 
 
For a full overview of all the keys you can just read the manuals, I’m writing this mostly as a quick reference for myself. 
 
I’ll be expanding this guide with more trains over time. 
 
 

Updates to this guide

 

  • 23 March 2021: Published first version of the guide.

 
 
 

Standard & “German style” hotkeys

 
Train Simulator has different hotkeys depending on what language the game is in. This guide is in English, and I play the game in English, so keep in mind that your experience can be different if you play in German or another language. 
 
On top of that, German rolling stock not from DTG tends to use slightly different hotkeys for common features, even when the game is played in English. For example, this applies to Expert-Line trains from Virtual Railroads and trains from Railworks Austria: 
 

SpaceSifa
DeletePZB Befehl 40
EndPZB Frei
Page DownPZB Wachsam
BHorn
NOther horn
Shift + 7Enable/Disable SIFA
Shift + 8Enable/Disable PZB
Shift + 6Enable/Disable LZB

 
These make sense when you considering you need to press SIFA a lot more often than the horn. 
 
 

BR 476.3 Mitten durch Berlin / Heart of Berlin

 
This is for the BR 476.3 that comes with the Mitten durch Berlin / Heart of Berlin route. 
 

Automatic startup

 
Press Shift + Z and wait for it to finish. 
 

Manual startup

 

Shift + IInsert reverser handle
W x 1Set reverser handle to “Pumping”
Shift + UActivate compressor and wait for it to finish
Shift + MActivate current
​/Release handbrake
HHeadlights (this also activates gauge lights
Ctrl + H x 3Set headlights to white & white
Shift + 7Activate Sifa
W x 3Reverser handle all the way forward

Finally set up the destination displays using the Krüger device. The codes you need are in the manual, or will be mentioned during the scenario. 
 

Hotkeys

 

SpaceHorn
QSifa
FToggle high-beams
ZToggle cab lights
TOpen doors
Shift + TClose doors
LToggle passenger lights
VWindshield wipers
Shift + VWiper speed

 
I bought this directly www.virtualtracks.eu – https://www.virtualtracks.eu/epages/63658908.sf/en_GB/?ObjectPath=/Shops/63658908/Products/vT20-12, so I don’t know if the Steam version is any different. 
 
 

BR 481 by TrainTeamBerlin

 

Automatic startup

 
Press Z and wait for it to finish. 
 

Manual startup

 

BBattery on
Shift + KOpen backpack
Ctrl + KInsert key into dash
KTurn key (Unlocks the drive switch)
Ctrl + ZMain switch
Shift + NRelease handbrake

 
Afterwards, set up IBIS for the announcements and destination display (see below). 
 

Hotkeys

 

P, [, ]Passenger doors: open left, close, open right
0, -, =Driver’s door: open left, close, open right,
ZAT Announcement

 

Common IBIS data

 
A full list of IBIS data can be found in the manual, but here are some of the more common entries for the S25 route. 
 

Umläufe

 

LinieZuggruppeUmläufeRelation
S25V – Viktor1-8Teltow Stadt – Hennigsdorf
S25V – Vampir9-13Teltow Stadt – Gesundbrunnen

 
 

Zielcodes / Stationen

 

Anhalter BahnhofCodeAbkürzung
Waidmannslust66WAI
Pankow46PKR
Hennigsdorf68HND
Lichterfelde Süd85LIS
Teltow Stadt84TLS

 
 
 

Frankfurt U-Bahn 2.0

 
The keys and procedures are the same for all three included trains: U3, U4 and U5. 

Manual startup

 

ETurn master key
PTurn on battery
[​Lift Pantograph
​]​Activate main switch

 

Hotkeys

 

U, OOpen doors left/right
J, LRelease doors left/right
IClose doors
KEnd door release and confirm doors closed
VPassenger lights on
Shift+VPassenger lights off
BToggle headlights
NToggle high beam
, / .Turn signal left/right
/Emergency lights
XWindshield wipers
CIntermittent wipers

 

IBIS

 
You need to enter the following:

  • Kurs: A number between 1 and 12. Effectively meaningless in the simulator. 
  • Linie: Line number, precede with 9, e.g. U5 = 95 
  • Ziel: You enter TWO numbers here. First is origin, followed by destination. e.g. 709 for Hbf, then 726 for Preungesheim.

 
The buttons to the left of the number panel are for scrolling through the stops. They’re organized like this from top to bottom:

  • Fast forward next stop 
  • Next stop 
  • Previous stop 
  • Fast forward previous stop

 
I’m basing all this on the version sold by JustTrains. 
 
 

U2 & Ptb for Frankfurt U-Bahn by Railtraction.eu

 
The U2 and Ptb trams have identical hotkeys. 

Manual startup

 

PBattery on, wait for voltage to rise

 

Hotkeys

 

CWipers
SpaceBell
​/Warning lights
, / .Turn signal left/right
J, LSelect door side
OOpen doors
UOpen the front door only
QSound door close warning
IClose doors
KConfirm doors closed
VPassenger lights on
Shift+VPassenger lights off
HToggle headlights
Shift+HToggle high beam
Shift+Num- and Shift+Num+Set destination display

 

IBIS

 
For this you’ll have to use the external “informator” tool. 
 
 

Class 37 by Armstrong Powerhouse

 

Do a cold start

 
This is what you do if the engine isn’t running yet. 

Shift+WInsert master key
WSet reverser to ‘engine only’. Wait 60 seconds.
ZPress and hold the engine start button until the engine stopped indicator extinguishes.
FTest the fire alarm.
Ctrl+NSet AWS Change End Switch to ON
Mouse onlyRelease handbrake
Hold R and press ;Unlock brake
K and Ctrl+KTurn off tail lights
JTurn on marker lights/route indicator
Hturn on headlight

 

Preparing the cab

 
This is what you do if the engine is already running. 

Shift+WInsert master key
WSet reverser to ‘engine only’
Ctrl+NSet AWS Change End Switch to ON
Hold R and press ;Unlock brake
K and Ctrl+KTurn off tail lights
JTurn on marker lights/route indicator
Hturn on headlight

 

Hotkeys

 

EDeadman’s pedal (DVD Reset)
Ctrl+DEnable driver vigilance device
Shift+M, Ctrl+MIncrease/decrease motor factor (traction motor volume)
Shift+C, Ctrl+CIncrease/decrease clag factor (amount of smoke)
Ctrl+Numpad EnterToggle visual aids
V/Shift+VWindscreen wiper left/right

 
 
 

Class 86 Enhancement Pack by Armstrong Powerhouse

 

Manual startup

 

Shift+WInsert master key
Ctrl+NSet AWS Change End Switch to ON
WReverser forward
PRaise Pantograph
Hold R and press ;Unlock brake
KTurn off tail lights
JTurn on marker lights
Hturn on headlight

 

Hotkeys

 

Hold FReverser lock, must be pressed to put reverser into reverse
Hold U, tap ATap changer increase one notch
Hold U, tap DTap changer decrease one notch

 
 
 

Thanks and have fun!

 
This text is licensed as creativecommons.org – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/ 
 
Thanks for reading and have fun. 
 
If you have any feedback, additions, corrections, suggestions, etc., please leave a comment below and help make this guide even better. 
 

Written by Ewo

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