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Ride The B Line For Free, In the Comfort Of Your Own Home!


Everyone here at the Sheepshead Bites offices has been staring at this hypnotic video we found of a simulated B Train running express from Prospect Park to Brighton Beach in a virtual environment.

For those wondering what you’re looking at, it’s not footage of a hijacked subway via some Grand Theft Auto-type video game. Rather, it’s a video capturing OpenBVE software in its full glory.

OpenBVE is an open source program for Windows, Linux and Mac created by dedicated train simulating enthusiasts. This particular video was created by AlognquinRider810.

According to Wikipedia:

Users operate trains from the cab controls viewing the track ahead, or from trackside with a roaming view of the 3D exterior and railway scenery. The goal is to successfully drive a selected railway route and train, obeying signals, making stops on schedule, picking up and dropping off passengers, without speeding or derailing.

So, it’s like the opposite of Grand Theft Auto. That’s all well and good, but wouldn’t it be more fun to see what happens when you send the B Train hurtling at high speed off the rails of the elevated platform? I mean, for educational purposes, of course.

For those without the patience to see their local train stop in full 3D glory, skip to 10:45 to see the train pull into the Sheepshead Bay station.

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  1. What graffiti? There is none any more. The Q near Avenue H had several cars with graffiti which got me very upset. We not even safe from vandals in a virtual world.

    I drove the real train simulator on three routes about ten years ago. It’s really difficult to properly stop the train in the station. Not at all like driving a car. Two simulations were virtual like this video, but the older one on the West End Line used actual footage. You could see all the stores that aren’t there anymore like Nobody Beats the WIZ on 86th Street. It was a lot of fun.

  2. A lot of railfans play around with BVE, but I personally think it is a complete waste of time. All my transit videos on YouTube, Photobucket, Vimeo, etc. are live action shot by me.

  3. LOL @ your comment on subchat about foamers. I saw that and said, wow, I never would have expected to hear THAT from you. I was like, “even HE be takin jabs at foamers”

  4. I said that with love. I didn’t know any when I was a kid growing up. Everyone I knew was foamimg about baseball players reciting ERA averages by heart for dozens of players, etc. That bored the hell out of me. I would rather have heard them talk about subways instead.

  5. I make this trip every time I go to see my Mom at the nursing home in manhattan beach. the ride takes 11 minutes.great ride

  6. This was nice. Always wanted to run a subway. I know that the brake is sensitive and needs to be lightly activated. Been watching men (and a few women) operate subway cars all my life.

  7. somebody who foams at the mouth upon seeing a train or bus, often used in the figurative sense, so for example people who will hold train doors (and delay service) in order to take pictures of the train are foamers, people who come up with crazy nonsensical train or bus service plans often so they can see certain subway cars running in certain places (like their home line) can be called foamers

    SOME use the word to refer to those who take pictures of the same trains or buses again and again, but there might be more to it than that since most people should respect the fact that you can take pictures of the same objects but at different angles and in different lighting etc

  8. Unfortunately, the graffiti essentially shifted from the subway cars to the track walls and buildings / surfaces along the line. Every inch of surface from P Park to Coney Island along the Brighton and every other line is covered with graffiti. That includes surfaces of renovated stations as well. Look @ Avenue U. Also lets not forget to mention the trash. It would be a great thing if the line looked as good in reality as it does virtually.

  9. The grafitti did not shift from subway cars to track walls. They were both attacked at the same time. The MTA made the conscious decision to not remove it from wall surfaces between stations and I guess the private building owners made the same decision. The grafitti is not new. Murrow and the MTA were not able to reach agreement on how to remove the grafitti from the wall on their property that they need permission from the MTA to access. None of this grafitti is new.

  10. Hey why’s this train the D train??? They also missed ave J, naming ave M twice…I’ve been riding this line for a good 10 years…very disappointed :-/

  11. Where did you see D train? The train sitting in Brighton beach looked like a D, but when I replayed it slowly, it said B. Didn’t notice the Ave J problem.

  12. At the end of the video, when you get an aerial shot of the train, it shows the train you’ve been ‘operating’ is actually the D train. The train on the adjacent platform is indeed the B train. Also, as you pass Ave J, in the uppermost right corner, it reads Ave M. Little things that irked my experience lol but overall I’d have to say pretty cool!!!

  13. As the creator of the video, the reason why it’s the D is because I didn’t change the sign to read (B). What happens is you need to go into a picture editing software and manually change it, unless the train has been coded to have changeable rollsigns via the keyboard.


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