iRunTrains
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iRunTrains is your 3D model railroad simulation application. You can think of iRunTrains as a virtual train set on your Mac, allowing you to control the speed and direction of multiple trains in real-time on a virtual train table. You can view your trains in a variety of fun ways and easily choose between the sixteen included layouts.
What's New
Version 0.7:
  • Both diesel and steam engines that produce exhaust
  • Larger variety of rolling stock
  • Limited ability to modify train consist (but no coupling/uncoupling yet)
  • Sixteen bundled valley and island layouts
  • Simulated seaside and lake water
  • Finally some structures: Buildings, bridges, loading docks, etc.
  • Automatic train and turnout labels that appear and hide automatically
  • SLIF import of both RailModeler v4.0 and v4.1 designs
  • Internal optimizations to improve frame-rate performance
Version 0.7:
  • Both diesel and steam engines that produce exhaust
  • Larger variety of rolling stock
  • Limited ability to modify train consist (but no coupling/uncoupling yet)
  • Sixteen bundled valley and island layouts
  • Simulated seaside and lake water
  • Finally some structures: Buildings, bridges, loading docks, etc.
  • Automatic train and turnout more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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+1

Louisv reviewed on 15 Dec 2012
It looks awesome! If only it could let us make our own tracks, like googolChooChoo. A huge part of playing with toy trains is to make the layouts, not just runnig them.
[Version 0.7]

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Code-Puppy Software (developer) replied on 17 Dec 2012
Hi. Thanks for the feed-back. RailModeller is a great model railroad design app created by MacRailSoft that you can use to create layouts. iRunTrains for Mac can import those layouts. Please visit http://RailModeller.com for details. :-)
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+5

Jadco reviewed on 24 Jul 2011
It's a real treat watching the progress being made as this application is developed. Looking forward to more.
[Version 0.6]


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Eprint commented on 06 Nov 2010
Terrific Graphics, a bit boxy and overall boring. Something about putting trains together and switching them is missing, but then I did get what I paid for. There may be a potential for this simulation to develop into a real challenge. Currently the only challenge is being able to read the instructions.
[Version 0.4]


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Big-Mac-XXL reviewed on 06 Nov 2010
What a wonderful waste of time! Only the "right-click" preferences are unavailable on a MacBook with only trackpad and no mouse. CTRL-Click does not work. Maybe more trains in the future? And trains on the same track? More switches between tracks? Love it!
[Version 0.4]

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(developer) replied on 08 Nov 2010
Thanks for the review. Sorry ctrl-click doesn't access the popup menus on the newer MacBooks. Those menus are actually controlled by OpenGL, but we'll try to come up with an alternative in our next release. Additional rolling stock and the coupling and uncoupling of individual cars (to simulate switching operations) is coming soon. :-)
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Iruntrains (developer) replied on 08 Nov 2010
Forgot to mention ... you can already run trains on the same track, but you will probably need to connect a mouse (since ctrl-click menus do not work for you) to access those other layouts. If you like, you can also design your own layouts (using RailModeller by MacRailSoft) and then run trains on those layouts too.
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Big-Mac-XXL replied on 08 Nov 2010
Actually I found out how to access the prefs! When running the game I press "g" and the programs menu appears. There I can open the prefs and turn on "right click". Then again "g" and I'm back in the game where I can simply "ctrl-click" and access the prefs of iRunTrains. And finally I have access to landscape layouts, to colors and to other scenarios on my MacBook without any mouse. Great!

Two problems though. When running the game my fan goes up. It uses very much CPU power! Why is that? It's just a very simple game! Is it PPC and does it use Rosetta? Another minor glitch is zooming. When I press "-" it zooms in and "+" it zooms out. It should be the opposite! The same with "arrow left" and "arrow right". The landscape always turns in the wrong direction! However: This is a great game!
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(developer) replied on 08 Nov 2010
Hi. Glad the ctrl-click has been worked around. :-)

It's normal for iRunTrains to load the CPU and fan, but the extent will vary by machine. Despite its (still) relatively simple appearance, a lot of vertices are being pushed through the video card at up to 30 frames/second which creates a lot of load. Fortunately, there is some room for optimization and much of that will be implemented in the next release. iRunTrains is already PPC/Intel native and does not use Rosetta.

The +/- keys are actually controlling your viewing distance/height, not zoom ... hence the functionality. For the next release, we will add an optional preference to reverse these (as well as the mouse and arrow inputs) to better suit each user's preference.

Glad you like iRunTrains, despite these growing pains. All are invited to submit their questions and feedback on our main blog that's linked from http://iRunTrains.com. We check it frequently than we check MacUpdate.

Thanks!
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Iruntrains tipped on 14 Jul 2010
Sorry about that. It was a packaging glitch that I fixed within an hour of learning about it. The fix is to remove "-0.3" from the end of the iRunTrains executable name. That numeric file extension confuses Mac OS X so as to not automatically start Terminal, even though Finder knows that iRunTrains is a "Unix Executable File".
[Version 0.3]


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+65
Islandmacman commented on 12 Jul 2010
To run this, drag iRunTrains-v0.3 into an open Terminal window, then press return.
[Version 0.3]

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Wanderer replied on 13 Jul 2010
No way, I use a Mac not a Piece of Crap PC. Get with it man, it's 2010!

How's about a proper interface. Don't call me, I'll call you (next century).
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Wanderer commented on 12 Jul 2010
Needs Classic? WTF?
[Version 0.3]

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Iruntrains replied on 14 Jul 2010
Require classic? No. Requires Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard or newer.
There are currently no troubleshooting comments. If you are experiencing a problem with this app, please post a comment.


+4

piccobello rated on 14 Apr 2011

[Version 0.6]



+1

Iruntrains rated on 18 Dec 2010

[Version 0.5]


Downloads:6,707
Version Downloads:1,300
Type:Games : Simulation
License:Free
Date:09 Dec 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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iRunTrains is your 3D model railroad simulation application. You can think of iRunTrains as a virtual train set on your Mac, allowing you to control the speed and direction of multiple trains in real-time on a virtual train table. You can view your trains in a variety of fun ways and easily choose between the sixteen included layouts.


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