ThirdRails Map Tool

The ThirdRails Map tool, is a free supporting live map tool for route learning and scenario creation in combination with the DoveTail Train Simulator game.  It follows your train on a map, where the user can add POI’s about the route, destinations and other info of interest. TRM offers an Out-Of-The-Cab live map experience, using ThirdRails Radar meaning you can view it on any device you like using a webbrowser.

The Community Radar shows all active players at a world-wide scale. You can there watch, follow and interact with you friends. (Currently Experimental-Beta)

We plan regular updates with improvements and new features so if you want to keep up with future versions subcribe to this TRM blog or follow us on Facebook!

Do you like ThirdRails Map? Help this project further!!
Please make your donation via the community website


For a complete overview of all the features please consult the updated online help

For a helicopter view of the possibilities consult the new ThirdRails for Rookies document.

Current version

  • Fixed bug where creating a Whistle Board account is failing without notification
  • Fixed bug where the last driven loco is published instead of the current driven loco
  • Fixed bug where sometimes a timetable could not be loaded for European Real Drive
  • Fixed a bug where a incomplete voice installation could cause the GSM-R tool to crash
  • Vagon Web search to check your European real drive train composition (where available)
  • WIP: Radar improvements to accomodate Europe Real Drive
  • Promote ‘normal’ timetable ride to Real Drive by setting the GSM clock to realtime
  • Real Drive (formely UK only) now for other European countries (DE, AT, CH, CZ, NL , SZ and more)
  • Fixed Bug that a RealTime/Adhoc Real Drive would revert to normal visualy ‘normal’ drive (yellow tag)
  • Fully fledged Dashboards designer for Logbook data (As ThirdRails Friends feature)
  • Timetable CSV Import

Released 19-06-2020

  • Timetable enhancements to promote Service mode
    • All used timetables are now Live Timetables, meaning that timeliness score is published on ThirdRails Whistle Board
  • New advanced timetable edit functions:
    • Adjust departing time for hourly driven services
    • Make retour timetable
  • Just-In-Time timetable editing in Ebula Control
  • Dashboard in logbookform to show data in a professional way (replaces the clucked charts)
  • Several bugfixes and improvements

View the  Version history page for an overview of all changes until now and what is coming in the next release!

About ThirdRails Map

ThirdRails Map is an initiative of Roland Beenhakker.  All software is developed by my software development company Beensoft based in the Netherlands. At Beensoft we build GIS applications, for desktop, web and mobile, which are mainly used in the public space. For any inquiries please contact us via the website.

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This software is provided “as-is,” without any express or implied warranty.
In no event shall the author be held liable for any damages arising from the
use of this software.


Chances are high that you already have this installed on your computer. If not you can download and install the .NET framework at Microsoft via the link.


After download, run the setup and install the tool somewhere on your computer.

The location of the RailDriver.dll/RailDriver64.dll is, if not found on your computer in the default Steam location, asked at first startup. You must then point to the right folder, if succeeded you are ready to depart! (Path will be saved in your userprofile Documents/Thirdrails)


If you have any questions regarding to third rails, drop a message under this page and I will try to help you out.
Or sent a e-mail to beentrain [at]

Instruction are now in the online help.


Download the latest version on the ThirdRails Download Yard.

Have fun! And let me know what you think!

23 thoughts on “ThirdRails Map Tool

  1. Is there any way to tilt the map like in Google earth so we can nearly have a Horizontal View? I use the bing maps area mode, that’s the one I would like tilt.

  2. Thx a lot. With ThirdRails Map on a second screen its an extra dimension for the hobby. Well done!!!

  3. Great Tools! Thank you very much….
    Just an idea: is it possible to track and see on the radar and in the maps the AI trains included in various scenario? (i.e. EC163 Transalpin) ?

  4. Hey,
    If i click on follow (F7) i get and GetControllerValue error in the raildriver.dll. What can i do to solve this problem?

    1. Is your raildriver.dll in the default folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Railworks\plugins
      If not you must locate (set folder) it in the Settings.

  5. I am wondering on how to use this tool when TS2019 is in Full Screen mode. I have dual monitors but it pauses the game when I goto the map for announcements. How can I do this?

    1. You have to run TS in borderless mode maximized. If TS is in fullscreen it won’t allow other apps to act. Not sure how this is with two monitors.

      1. I have tried the borderless mode but it wont go full screen with that mode. How is that possible? I record my services on facebook LIVE. Love this tool though.

        1. Glad you like it Keith!

          When Fullscreen is set to borderless it should be fullscreen……
          Can it be the resolution? I have mine set to the resolution of my PC.

          Maybe this is a problem with two monitors. I suggest searching the forums for this.


          1. that’s the problem Borderless mode is not full screen for some reason when the game loads I have my settings set to 4K which Is what my setting are set for. any other suggestions maybe. I have put this in TS forums as well. I have dual monitors set to extend so that should not be an issue but when I load the game and load Thirdrail it pauses when I try to setup it up and then it throws the timing off on Thirdrail for the scenario. Thank you Roland for the help and comment.

  6. I think I figured it out but its weird to me. I put TS in Borderless mode and put my PC Resolution in 1920X1440 which is the best I can do from that stand point. My monitor though is 4K. But when I did this Borderless mode goes full screen and I can record my service or TS. I still have problems with the Third Rail Syncing with my Scenerio when I load. I hit Sync with Scenerio but it does nothing. Any suggestions on that. Otherwise it is working well. hope you guys have some good updates coming or addons to it as well.

    Thank You

    1. Good that you worked it out Keith!

      Not sure what you mean by “syncing my scenario”.
      If you send me an email I can help you out => beentrain [at]

      1. I sent an email to you Roland. But its where it says in the EBula Sync time with TS Scenerio which should sync the time in the sim with the time on the Ebula so they match


        Keith Hall

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