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ATB is the most used security system in the simulator used on the MG2, SG2, MG2/1, SG2/1, SG3 and RSG3 trains. The ATB is a system that receives signals in the cab requiring no light signs except the emplacements.

Cab lights
ATB Signal MG2/SG2
Before mid-life Revision
After mid-life Revision
Maximum speed More info
0 absoluut 0 MG2.png 0 SG2.png 0 SG3.pngSTOP SG3.png 0 km/h Train will be forced to a stop. This signal can be sent explicitly by the ATB system. The signal will be permanent until a better signal is received. However, it is also possible that this signal appears implicitly when the continuous track signal is no longer received when the previous signal was 10 absoluut/Absolute 10. In that case, resetting the train will receive the 0 permissief/Permissive 0 signal instead.
10 absoluut 10P MG2.png 10P SG2.png 10 SG3.pngDR SG3.png 8 km/h Maximum speed 8km/h, the buzzer will sound every 7 seconds. This signal is received when nearing the end of the track or nearing an improperly set switch locked for this train. Passing an 'S' signpost with this signal displayed will result in a 0 absoluut/Absolute 0 signal that will force the train to a stop.
Geel 10
10 permissief
10 SG2.png 10 SG3.pngPER SG3.png 10 km/h Maximum speed 10km/h, the buzzer will sound every 7 seconds. Appears when no signal is received, such as driving in the wrong direction or when the current block is full.
Geel 20
20 permissief
20 SG2.png 20 SG3.pngPER SG3.png 20 km/h Maximum speed 20km/h, the buzzer will sound every 7 seconds. Appears when nearing a block filled by another train or when nearing a junction that isn't set.
Groen 35 35 SG2.png 35 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 35 km/h Maximum speed 35km/h, this is used at small junctions.
Groen 50 50 SG2.png 50 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 50 km/h Maximum speed 50km/h
Groen 60 N/A 60 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 60 km/h Maximum speed 60km/h, only available on the Bombardier fleet (MG2/1, SG2/1, SG3, RSG3), otherwise it will show as Groen 50.
Groen 70 70 SG2.png 70 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 70 km/h Maximum speed 70km/h
Groen 80 80 SG2.png 80 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 80 km/h Maximum speed 80km/h
Groen 100 N/A 100 SG3.pngGR SG3.png 100 km/h Maximum speed 100km/h, not available on some rolling stock (MG2, SG2), otherwise it will show as Groen 80.
Vertrekverbod VV SG2.png 50G SG3.pngVV SG3.png 50 km/h Maximum speed 50km/h, the buzzer will sound every 7 seconds. It is not permitted to depart from the station. This signal displays when the train is ahead of schedule.

Speed restrictions in ATB-Blocks

Every block contains a different speed restriction. In the tunnel section in the RET subway system, Groen 70 is used, except for particular blocks where Groen 80 is allowed. These Groen 80 blocks are to be found between "Leuvehaven" and "Wilhelminaplein" in the D and E lines and between "Voorschotenlaan" and "Kralingse Zoom" in the A, B, and C Lines.

There is also an ATB exception at the crossing at the President Rooseveldweg in the east of Rotterdam. Departing the station of "Graskruid" in the direction of Ommoord/Nesselande there is an ATB exception which gives the red STOP sign together with yellow 50. This crossing is the only exception which tells the driver to use the "Permissive" button to cross the level-crossing with caution. When the level-crossing is out of order, the situation gives way to the other traffic at the road. Coming from Ommoord/Nesselande, you will have the same ATB cab-signalling when crossing this level-crossing.

Metro Simulator doesn't simulate this because there is no level-crossing included to compare with this crossing.

Follow-Up Block Signs

Standard block signals are:

  • From the mainline into a station diverting to another track: (Groen 80 >) Groen 70 > Groen 50 > Groen 35 > Geel 20 and/or Geel 10 (10 Absolute)
  • From the mainline diverting to the mainline track in the opposite direction (Left-Hand Traffic): Groen 70 > Groen 50 > Groen 35 > Point > Axle free > Groen 70*. At the next point, if diverting back to the original track, you will receive standard ATB cab signalling as notified.
  • Departing a station and diverting to another track: Groen 35 until all points are free of all train axles then assigned block speed.

*Depending on the regular speed limitation

S Posts and ATB signals

To cover a track switch/crossover, S Posts are used. The S Posts are placed before a switch/crossover and will secure points behind the S Post. The S post means stop before the S Post when 10 Absolute shows in the ATB cab signal. When approaching a switch/crossover, two S Posts are placed before the switch/crossover. The distance is a full length of a train between the S Posts. Do NOT pass the S posts with the ATB display of 10 Absolute! You can only move forward in the restricted speed of max. 8 km/h until the S Posts. Passing the S Posts will activate the ATB brake as an emergency brake, and you will be stopped roughly at once. In this situation, you have a Signal Passed at Danger (SPAD) offence.

How to handle

Prohibition of Departure (PoD)

Yellow 50 and a blue arrow show in the ATB cab display. You will receive this signal when arriving too early according to the timetable at a specific station. The CVL can give a PoD if necessary to extend the schedule or other related issues causing a delay or before maintenance works.

  • You are not allowed to depart the station.
  • Upon stopping, ignore the deadman buzzer and open all of the doors on the platform side. (only unlock the doors, in the case of cold and rainy weather)
  • Wait until the signal changes to a green signal on the ATB display.
  • Close doors and depart smoothly.
Yellow signalling

To pass a yellow block, use the permissive button to confirm the deadman and prevent the ATB brake from activating. Use ~ or ù (AZERTY) button to confirm the deadman. Confirmation is only required when you hear a buzzer, and a yellow speed limit is displayed. Do not pass the red arrow on the speed gauge.