Our goal is to enhance the railroad simulation hobby through a community designed and supported platform built to serve as a lasting foundation for an accurate and immersive simulation experience.
By making the source code of the platform accessible to community members, we ensure that Open Rails will continually evolve to meet the technical, operational, graphical, and content building needs of the community. Open architecture ensures that our often considerable investment in building accurate representations of routes and rolling stock will not become obsolete due to 'economic realities'.
Access to the source code eliminates the frustration of undocumented behavior and simplifies understanding the internal operation of the simulator without the time consuming trial and error experimentation typically needed today.
We benefit from community expertise to deliver accuracy not just in appearance, but also operationally. It's this area that we find existing products lacking. We understand that 'operations' differ greatly, not just among regions, but even from railroad to railroad.http://www.openrails.org/mission.html