So one of the replies was from a guy who calls himself rover75 (probably the only Rover 75 left not in a scrapyard but I digress) he suggested trying https://www.mousemux.com/ so I did.This idea hit me the other day, I've just discovered possibly the most realistic way to control ANY train whether it's an EMU, DMU, DEMU, Loco (Steam or Diesel) within TS.
A big claim considering that you have things like the PBC (priced at £249 to £269 depending on whether you want the additional horn lever) and not forgetting the RailDriver (for £146.31 at current $ to £ exchange rates) and home built Arduino kits (insert X amount of £'s here dependant on what you want what your skill level is and how big and outlandish you wish to go) but with any of these they can only feel so real with a small selective amount of cabs, the PBC for example is great if you want to drive EMU's and DMU's especially when coupled with the door control panel and AWS switch and so on, but it'll never be a Class 37 or 66 will it, and the RailDriver is at best a toy controller (no shade, I own one and I love it) and as for a custom designed desk, great if you only ever want to drive the cab type you based it upon, I, like many others like to experience lots of different types of traction.
Ok, so what's this hot idea and how much will it cost me genius?
You, the end user? from as little as £5.99 (based on a quick search on Amazon) possibly even less (you may well even have one laying around gathering dust somewhere).
DTG, some additional coding to the HID interface (that's what makes your mouse and keyboard work)
Got your attention? Good.
Here's the idea and it's so simple you may well wonder why it doesn't already exist as an option..
What do we already have available to us in TS (and the other one) a 3D modelled interpretation of the cab and it's controls.
Can we interact with them with the mouse? Yes, we can already do that and the cursor even has a little grab hand icon when you pull or interact with a button/lever.
So.. Why haven't we got TWO cursors (turn off and on-able in controller options) that can be controlled by TWO mouses/mice/miceses?
Left hand mouse controls the (first) left hand curser and would do what your left hand would do in the cab and the right hand mouse would control the (second) right hand curser and do what your right hand would do in the cab, any cab, any train, any ToC any Country, the cabs and the controls are already there, we just need a realistic (as possible within the sim environment) way to operate them.
Call it a poor mans VR if you like, the principal is kind of similar to be fair, in VR you have two virtual hands controlled by two controllers, one in each hand. In TS you could have two mice control two cursers, heck, some modder (or DTG) could take it even further and replace the cursors with visually realistic hands (that again should be off and on-able to please the variety of different play styles).
Anyway that's my idea/suggestion/recommendation, as simple as that, two cursors, two mice. Done..
P.S. To take the realism even further this coupled with TrackIR would make this game God tier!
in my next post I'll share my findings (also copy pasted but, you know, lazy, sure I mentioned that?)