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Amtrak Acela Express

The Acela Express is a high-speed electric trainset sold as a standalone addon to the New York to Philadelphia and New York to New Haven routes. Another version is distributed with the Washington to Baltimore route.

Controls

Left panel

SelPanto

The pantograph selection switch. 0 = front, 1 = both, 2 = rear. Note that the dial is not actually animated. Also, the dial will not snap to the intermediate "both" setting.

The default setting is 0.

PantographControl

The pantograph lower/raise switch. 0 = lower, 1 = raise. Note that the dial is not actually animated.

The default setting is 0.

CruiseControl

The cruise control switch. Turning this on illuminates the "cruise system" indicator.

The default setting is 0.

Handbrake

The handbrake dial. Setting this to the maximum illuminates the "parking brakes" indicator.

The default setting is 0.

Sander

The sander switch.

AutoBrakes

The "auto dynamic brakes" switch. Turning this on illuminates the "auto brakes" indicator.

The default setting is 0.

ScreenDer

The off/on switch for the righthand speedometer display.

The default setting is 1.

ScreenIzq

The off/on switch for the lefthand train status display.

The default setting is 1.

Dimmer

Turns on the control desk light. 0 = light off, 1 = light on.

The default setting is 0.

Reset

The "reset throttle/cruise" button.

TiltIsolate

The "tilt isolate" switch. Deactivating this also deactivates the "tilt system" indicator.

The default setting is 1.

EmergencyBrake

The emergency brake button.

Control desk

Reverser

The player's Expert Mode reverser control. 1 = forward, 0 = neutral, -1 = reverse.

CruiseControlSpeed

The setting of the cruise control lever. Ranges from 0 to 160 mph.

VirtualThrottle

The player's Expert Mode throttle control. Ranges from 0 to 1.

Regulator

The true throttle control used by the physics model. Ranges from 0 to 1.

VirtualBrake

The player's Expert Mode train brake control. Ranges from 0 to 1.

Value Meaning
1.0 Emergency (applying)
0.99 Emergency
0.8 Handle off
0.6 Full service
0.4 Suppression
0.2 Minimum application
0.0 Release

TrainBrakeControl

The true train brake control used by the physics model. Ranges from 0 to 1.

AWSReset

The acknowledgement plunger. On the Acela, this is not mapped to Q.

Startup

The engine on/off button. 1 = depressed (on), -1 = released (off).

The default setting is 1.

Headlights

The headlights dial. 0 = off, 1 = front headlights, 2 = rear headlights.

The default setting is 0.

GroundLights

The ground lights dial. 0 = off, 1 = fixed, 2 = flash.

The default setting is 0.

Displays

ControlScreenIzq

Replaces the train status display with an Amtrak logo. Any value except 0 shows the logo.

The default setting is 0.

ControlScreenDer

Replaces the speedometer display with an Amtrak logo. Any value except 0 shows the logo.

The default setting is 0.

Doors

Sets the status of the "doors" indicator. 0 = extinguished, 1 = illuminated.

The default setting is 0.

Effort

Sets the positions of both tractive effort displays. Ranges from -80 to 160 lbs x 1000.

PantoIndicator

Sets the status of the "pantographs" indicator. -1 = neither pantograph up, 0 = front pantograph up, 1 = both pantographs up, 2 = rear pantograph up.

The default setting is 0.

LightsIndicator

Sets the status of the "lighting" indicator. -1 = off, 0 = headlights, 1 = headlights and ground lights, 2 = head lights and flashing ground lights.

The default setting is 0.

SpeedometerMPH

The position of the speedometer dial. This is not controlled by scripting.

SpeedoGuide

Number of digits to offset the speedometer number to center it on screen. 0 = no digits (for ones), 1 = one digit (for tens), 2 = two digits (for hundreds).

SPHundreds

The speedometer digit to display in the hundreds position. -1 to hide the digit.

SPTens

The speedometer digit to display in the tens position. -1 to hide the digit.

SPUnits

The speedometer digit to display in the ones position. -1 to hide the digit.

PowerState

The power setting to display in the green box.

Value Meaning
0 0
1 1
2 2
3 3
4 4
5 5
6 6
8 C

All other values blank the box.

Right panel

Horn

The horn plunger.

SigN

Controls the green lights on the upper cab signal head. Any value above 0.5 turns on the lights.

SigL

Controls the yellow lights on the upper cab signal head. Any value above 0.5 turns on the lights.

SigS

Controls the red lights on the upper cab signal head. Any value above 0.5 turns on the lights.

SigM

Controls the green lights on the lower cab signal head. Any value above 0.5 turns on the lights.

SigR

Controls the lunar lights on the lower cab signal head. Any value above 0.5 turns on the lights.

SignalSpeed

Sets the displayed signal speed limit. Only the following values are supported:

  • 0
  • 15
  • 20
  • 30
  • 45
  • 60
  • 80

All other values will blank the display.

TSHundreds

The track speed digit to display in the hundreds place. -1 to hide the digit.

TSTens

The track speed digit to display in the tens place. -1 to hide the digit.

TSUnits

The track speed digit to display in the ones place. -1 to hide the digit.

MaximumSpeedLimitIndicator

Turns on one of the red squares next to the signal and track speed limit displays. -1 = both off, 0 = signal speed square on, 1 = track speed square on.

Wipers

The wipers switch.

FrontCone

The front hatch button. 0 = closed (released), 1 = open (depressed).

The default setting is 0.

Bell

The bell switch.

DestOnOff

The destination display off/on button.

The default setting is 0.

DestJoy

The destination display setting joystick. -1 = left, 0 = centered, 1 = right.

Sounds

AWSWarnCount

Plays a British AWS warning horn and illuminates the exclamation mark on the HUD when set to 1.

AWSClearCount

Plays a British AWS informational tone when its value is changed.

Keyboard shortcuts

ATCCutIn

Toggles between 0 and 1 with Ctrl+D. Should not be set by Lua; otherwise the value will desync from the keyboard shortcut.

The default setting is 0.

ACSESCutIn

Toggles between 0 and 1 with Ctrl+F. Should not be set by Lua; otherwise the value will desync from the keyboard shortcut.

The default setting is 0.

Model nodes

Front_spark01

One of the white billboards for the front pantograph spark.

Front_spark02

One of the white billboards for the front pantograph spark.

Rear_spark01

One of the white billboards for the rear pantograph spark.

Rear_spark02

One of the white billboards for the rear pantograph spark.

LeftOn

DitchLightsL

The left ground light.

RightOn

DitchLightsR

The right ground light.

Lights

Spark

The blue light for the front pantograph spark.

Spark2

The blue light for the rear pantograph spark.

CabLight

The cab's dome light.

DitchLightLeft

The left ground light.

DitchLightRight

The right ground light.

Animations

frontPanto

Raises the front pantograph and its spark. Duration is 2 seconds.

rearPanto

Raises the rear pantograph and its spark. Duration is 2 seconds.

cone

Opens the nose cone that shrouds the front coupler. Duration is 2 seconds.

Consist messages

1209

Communicates the position of the tilt isolate control, to tell the coaches to tilt or not to tilt. The argument is its current setting.

1210

Communicates the currently displayed destination sign to the passenger coaches. The argument is the ID of the destination:

Argument Destination
1 (blank)
2 Philadelphia
3 North Philadelphia
4 Holmesburg
5 Torresdale
6 Cornwell
7 Eddington
8 Croydon
9 Bristol
10 Levittown
11 Trenton
12 Hamilton
13 Princeton
14 Jersey Avenue
15 New Brunswick
16 Edison
17 Metuchen
18 Metropark
19 Rahway
20 Linden
21 Elizabeth
22 North Elizabeth
23 Newark Liberty
24 Newark Penn
25 Harrison
26 Secaucus
27 New York Penn

These are only available stations, even for the Washington to Baltimore version of the Acela.