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Hotbox Detectors

Friday, 09 September 2011

Hotbox Detectors - by Jerry (SMMDigital) Conaway

These are now part of the RCAP Project.


SMM HotBoxDetector


Dragging Equipment / Hotbox Detectors for Railworks Train Simulator Version 1 – For use with 3DTrains ScaleRail® Track System.

One of the dangers from the beginning of railroading was pieces of equipment or loads falling onto and being dragged down the track, and journal boxes or axle bearings that became overheated to the point of failure. These events can have catastrophic consequences for trains that are moving at high speeds. This is the reason for the advent of the Dragging Equipment and Hotbox Detectors. These electro-mechanical detectors provide trains crews and dispatch with information on the status of each train that passes by so that in the event of an emergency, the train can be stopped before disaster strikes.

 The Models

 This model consist of two pieces. First, there is the static track piece. This consists of hotbox/journal detectors (the ir photo eyes), magnetic wheel detectors (for counting axles), and a dragging equipment detector. The second piece is the electronics control cabinet. This cabinet comes in two version – static and “talking”. The static version just sits near the tracks. The talking version has a detector call-out for the end of passing trains. The call-outs are as follows:

 CSX Generic  Norfolk Southern Generic  BNSF Generic  Union Pacific Generic  Kansas City Southern Generic  Union Pacific actual (3 different versions) - detector sounds by Michael Gilmore ("BS RR CO")  End User Customizable.

 All included models have snow textures, and the light on the cabinet is lit at night.

 Complete instructions on how to place these assets is contained in the Asset Manual, located in the Railworks/Manuals/SMM folder.

Installation and use

   1. Scan all contents of the SMM_HotBoxDetector.zip file with a reputable virus scanner. 2. Unzip file to a convenient directory on your computer. 3. Open Railworks and navigate to the Package Manager tab. 4. Select "Install" and navigate to the folder where you unzipped the SMM_ HotBoxDetector files. 5. Click on the SMM_ HotBoxDetector.rwp file to install the asset into RailWorks. 6. Open Railworks and select your favorite route. 7. Using the World Editor, make sure that your object filter has "SMMDigital" selected so that the hotbox assets will show up in the assets list. 7. Place, position, and enjoy!

 Disclaimer – Beta Package

 This package is being furnished to you, the end-user, as-is with no warranties explicit or implied. Being that it is unlikely that you will have the same configuration as the computer that this software was tested on, there is no guarantee that it will even work on your computer. By downloading and installing this package for Railworks, you are acknowledging that the author of this package has absolutely no liability whatsoever should it in some form or fashion screw up your Railworks installation, or worst case scenario, your computer.


1. This asset is freeware, for download and use by any modeler on any route, free or payware. 2. You may download and install this Asset on as many computers with functional Railworks installations as you wish. 3. You may distribute the RWP along with your route, if you choose not to package individual assets in your distro, so that end users of your route will not have to hunt the file down on a third party site. 4. You may not convert these Assets, source files, or source derivatives to any other simulation program or game asides from Railworks (no porting). 5. You may not sell this individual package, it’s contents, source, or source derivative.  

©2011 Jerry Conaway

Please accept license agreement before downloading

Please remember even those this file is free, the author still has rights to the file. Be sure to read the readme that is enclosed for further copyright information and instructions to install the file.


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