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BVEStation Network News / BVEStation Forums Closed
« on: January 23, 2021, 09:43:55 pm »
Welcome to! The forums will be closed indefinitely, and registration will be disabled.  BVEStation will however, continue to stay online, with the forums up for your viewing pleasure, along with all the downloads.  Thanks.

Station Talk / Upload Restrictions
« on: July 13, 2017, 08:00:26 pm »
Hey everyone, because we are running low on resources, we will no longer be allowing public uploads for all members.  If you want your content uploaded please contact an administrator or email me at ipaclansite [at]  Thanks.

Station Talk / HTTPS Enabled on BVEStation
« on: February 04, 2017, 12:53:35 am »
Just a quick note, to better protect your privacy and security, HTTPS is now enabled on BVEStation and all of its associated sites.  Please let me know if you experience any issues.  Thanks!

One thing that is rather frustrating about these routes are the surprise speed limits that pop up out of nowhere.  When this happens my points get docked.  For the ones that have it, did you guys figure it out by playing it once and finding these surprise speed limits?

Other Games / Second Avenue Subway Simulator
« on: May 30, 2015, 05:24:49 pm »
Looks like the MTA contracted a company to build this at their Second Avenue Subway Information Center.


Station Talk / Station Generator is back!
« on: April 25, 2015, 07:25:40 pm »
For those of you who are developing routes, this will make it a little easier to write the Station Declarator in your routes.  Just fill out the form and get a snippet of code to paste.

General BVE/OpenBVE / An actual Multiplayer OpenBVE (NOT Teamspeak)
« on: March 20, 2015, 01:03:36 am »
Hey guys, I'd like to gauge interest in an actual Multiplayer OpenBVE client, where you can see each other in the game.  (OpenBVE/BVE still limit you to a single line, so you'll only see other players on the same route)  I'm not talking about Teamspeak or anything.  Let me know what you guys think.

Other Games / Cities Skylines
« on: March 20, 2015, 12:56:53 am »
Just wondering if anybody's played Cities Skylines, recently released by the same people that made Cities In Motion 2.  I've seen a few of you guys on the BVEStation Steam Group also playing it.  What do you guys think?

BVEStation Network News / March 2015 BVE Update
« on: March 08, 2015, 05:21:02 pm »
As we move forward into the year, we will be attempting to do monthly updates from everything BVEStation to BVE to even other simulators that you may be interested in, so you always get the latest updates!

First off, if you have been following us on Facebook, we've given updates on the Q.  DJ Hammers and Mr. Railfan have been working tirelessly on it, and it appears a beta is coming in the near future.  As always, we can never guarantee any release dates, but you will be notified on BVEStation when that happens.

Recently we've had a new member mrsam127 begin working on LIRR routes for OpenBVE.  This is a first, as we've had many LIRR trains, but no routes.  Keep an eye out on the forum for these updates!

The old BVEStation Forums has now been re-archived, in a simple format for fast browsing.  You can visit it by clicking on the forum homepage at the bottom.

One of our members posted a link to the London Underground Central Line, a highly detailed route, with realistic train and safety systems for a more realistic experience.  The learning curve on the train is slightly higher than what we typically have for content on BVEStation, but do stick with it, as these systems make the experience more enjoyable, especially once you get the train moving.  Read the instructions carefully, and don't give up trying.  As for the route overall, its great, and is one of the best London Underground routes out there in my opinion.

Visit our forum topic:
Link to info page:

Not an advertisement or endorsement, but if you are looking for Train Simulator 2015, it is currently on sale on Steam for 50% off.  The game is rather expensive so its best to get it on sale.  As of now.  There's about 19 hours left as of this posting.  What you should do though, is join the BVEStation Steam Group if you have Steam!

If you have any updates, news or routes you like to share, please feel free to post it in the forums.  It may even make it to next month's updates.

Other Games / What other games do you guys play?
« on: March 02, 2015, 08:06:54 pm »
Hey everyone, We would like to take a survey of what games you guys play.  Most of the above will be train/sim related.  Please feel free to add your game in this post if it is not listed above.  We assume you all play or have played BVE.  Thanks!

Station Talk / Search is back on Downloads
« on: February 17, 2015, 09:42:17 pm »
Search functionality has been added to the downloads section.

Photography / Making All Stops by O.S. Funk Review
« on: February 16, 2015, 02:13:55 am »

Making All Stops by O.S. Funk has got to be one of the greatest high quality NYC Subway Photo books Iíve seen and with that said, this book not only offers photos but also offers tributes to the transit workers of the age, and their love for photography.  Taking passions from both their work and their hobby, they have generously contributed their works to make this book possible.  Here is my review of Volume One, mainly featuring photos from 1970 to 1976.


The book begins with an introduction and a dedication to Steve Zabel, Zabel being a transit employee for over 20 years, and combining his passion for photography, to go the extra mile in photographing the NYC Subway.  The book is meant to have something for everyone, and the ones born during this time will most certainly be able to relive the memories of a vastly different system than what we have today.  For the ones that havenít it is an interesting trip into the history of the NYC Subway, and one that can be felt through vivid photos, and commentary provided by the several photographers contributing to the book.

The next part of the book is an interesting fact chart of movies that feature the NYC Subway, all the way from the 1970ís to the 1980ís.  These classic movies are all given a brief comment on what they feature, and a rating presumably depicting how well they showcase the NYC Subway.  If you want to check out some movies showcasing the NYC Subway in this time period, this list is a great one to have.

We almost begin the meat and flesh of the book, but before we reach that we have a short timeline from 1970 to 1989 documenting all the major events in NYC history.

At last we get a look at Steve Zabel, flipping through his photos heís been everywhere from Pittsburg to the SEPTA system.

The Rooftops

Steve Zabel was called a risk-taker in the book, and that clearly shows in his rooftop photos.  The book features 20 photos from Coney Island, all the way to the Bronx.  All are breathtaking views, very rarely seen by the average person.

100 to 9000

This section features cars with odd numbers. The book calls them special numbers, but other than the cars having unusual or funny numbers, I felt there weren't really anything special about them. The photos here mainly show these oddly numbered cars like 7777 or 6200. 6200 has 2 photos showing how it transformed from new to vandalized.


At this point, we begin the tour from the 1970 to 1976.  Photos showing shiny new railcars roll along the rails, and within just a few years, graffiti goes to become a signature of the NYC Subway.  Still, our fearless photographers still manage to find a shiny new one, and at the best of places too, with a set of silver and blue on the 4 with the old Yankeeís Stadium open in the background.  Through all this we also get a glimpse of the 3rd Avenue Elevated, itself with its own set of 20 photos.

To be honest, Iíve only really read books from the library containing photos of the NYC Subway.  The difference however is massive, as the photos here were clearly selected to tell a story.  The story begins with an era and end with an era. And the ones who tell us the story is this set of passionate photographers who were there to take it all for us to see and share today.

Some notable photos, that I personally liked, no doubt all of them were great, but just some that caught my eye.

IRT Gun Hill Road, Station mezzanine/interior entrance. Great photo, didnít find it anywhere online.
Super white, super spotless car #7777 at 174th St. in the Bronx.
R7 car #1477 as the KK train, at 57th St. on 6th Ave., that station is still brand spanking new in this photo.

There are certainly a lot more photos, I wanted to share, but alas youíll have to check out the book yourself in order to fully appreciate the era.  I cannot post any photos of the inside of the book here, as I have to respect the publishers decisions.  Visiting will not curate fantastic photos for you, and the book contains plenty of photos that arenít online.  If you are a true railbuff, this collection of photos is a must have, and I cant wait to see Volume 2. If you are a general railfan with even a slight interest, this book is worth a look, as it provides a good way to get a glimpse of the 1970's era NYC Subway system. That movie list will certainly help with that as well.  If you guys have any questions, please feel free to ask me in the forum.

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Note: This is a sponsored post brought over from the old BVEStation for archival purposes.

Station Talk / Video support back on BVEStation Downloads.
« on: February 16, 2015, 01:31:57 am »
If you guys haven't noticed, we lost video support on the BVEStation downloads.  The good news is its coming back, but we are currently restricting it to just 1 video per download page, just like before.  If you would like to feature your video on any one download, make a post here with the video and the download page you want it to be featured on.  The video should feature some part of the route, with a train that is released and downloadable.  No pre-released or in development content should be featured on the videos, just a pure representation of what the user should expect when they download.

Station Talk / Classic BVEStation Chat is back!
« on: February 10, 2015, 12:57:40 am »
For those of you guys that were here since the beginning, we used to have a service called AJAX Chat.  Well its back! You can access the chat by clicking the chat button above.  We hope to be seeing you there sometime.

Station Talk / Recent Spam Attack
« on: February 08, 2015, 12:18:24 pm »
I'd like to apologize for the recent spam attack we just endured, despite the fact that we had already added public blacklists to try to prevent some spam, we couldn't stop all of it.  I thank everyone who made reports earlier today.  From now on, all new registrations will need to be approved by admins, and we have added additional moderators to help with the cleanup in the event one gets through.

We have also installed a new CAPTCHA system.

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