Digital Command Control (DDC) Mode, enables the control of the train through shortcuts placed on the bottom right corner, instead of pushing or pulling the corresponding analog lever in realistic CAB mode. DCC behaves like a model railroad controller. Not every locomotive is fitted with these devices.
This dial controls the movement of the currently selected train and is analogous to a model railway DCC controller knob. Click LMB and drag it clockwise on the dial to move forward. Dragging the dial so the arrow points upwards will stop the train. Dragging the dial anti-clockwise will move the train in reverse. Clicking LMB on a position of the dial will also move the dial to that location.
Shortcuts (these three nicely line up on keyboard):
- “W” - forward
- “S” - stop
- "X" - reverse
If you use the keyboard to control the throttle, refer to the position of the rotary dial on the HUD to see your current throttle setting.
To quickly reset the dial and bring the current consist to a halt, Click LMB on the Stop icon.
To decouple traincars from your train, first click the decouple button. A series of coupler icons will appear where the train can be decoupled. Click on the coupler where you want to make a break in the train.
Rotate the camera view to see the consist lengthwise on the screen. It makes decoupling easier to figure out.
To recouple, approach consist at no more than 3 mph or you will break the coupling.
Click LMB on the Pantograph button on the right of the throttle to raise and lower them or press the ‘End’ key on the keypad. If the locomotive has multiple pantographs subsequent key/button presses will raise them individually or together before cycling back to all down.
If your locomotive has two cabs, or two control desks in the same cab, click LMB on the Reverse Train Facing button to change your seat to the other cab.
- "ALT + C" from Cab Interior View (ONLY) - Change cab seats
To activate or deactivate the locomotive bell, Click LMB on the bell button.
- “B” - Bell
To activate or deactivate the flasher for the ditchlights, Click LMB on the ditchlights button.
- “;” - ditchlights
To activate the headlights, click LMB on the Light button. The lights will cycle through off, dim and bright settings.
- “L” - toggle lights on and off
- "Shift + L" - toggle lights between dim and bright.
To operate the horn or whistle, Click LMB on the Horn button to the right of the throttle control on the HUD. For long blasts of the horn, simply Click LMB + Hold on the Horn button. Some horns may have a set length, and will play for the same duration each time.
- "H" - Hold down for Horn