Advanced Trains, as it is distributed, is a modpack. The mods contained are like modules in that you can enable/disable them as you want.
advtrains: Advtrains core
advtrains module provides the core functionalily of Advtrains. It implements all logic around trains and wagons, the node database that provides persistent storage of advtrains-related nodes, and the simple ATC system. By itself, it does neither provide rails nor trains. It provides APIs to add tracks and wagons, and a variety of callbacks to hook into core mechanisms1).
This module adds the default tracks, which are so far the only existing track type. However, advtrains in theory supports different track types (like different gauges, cog railways, maglev), which has been showcased by the
These modules add various wagons using the advtrains.register_wagon() API.
advtrains_luaautomation- Lua ATC (
This module adds the LuaATC system.
Note that the LuaATC system doesn't require
advtrains_line_automation to be enabled, and thus can be used completely independent of it. However, the LuaATC API can be used to interface with the interlocking and line automation system when those modules are enabled.
advtrains_interlocking- Interlocking System
This module adds the interlocking system. Its user guide is yet to be moved to the wiki, and is currently accessible here.
advtrains_line_automation- Line Automation (
This module aims to provide a feature-rich timetable-based automatic train operation system. It currently only provides the Station Rail and the Railway Time system, which can be interfaced from LuaATC.
At the moment, it uses features from the interlocking system and therefore depends on it. This may change in the future.
advtrains_signals_ks- Ks signal system
This module adds signals in the style of the german Ks signal system. In contrast to the plain green-red signals from advtrains core, those signals implement the interlocking signal API, and can be used to signal most signal aspects that the interlocking system supports.
Although this can be seen as a reference implementation of a signal system, advtrains is not limited to these signals. If you are a railway enthusiast and interested in adding another signalling system from your country, I encourage you to add it.
advtrains_itrainmap- Rail and train map
This module used to provide a simple map view to plot tracks and monitor trains on them. It is broken since about 2 years, and should not be used. It is currently not included in the release packages in ContentDB. A revival is planned.