04-28-2016
Western Pacific GP20 High Nose
Western Pacific GP20 High Nose

        The Electro-Motive GP20 was designed to satisfy the railroads’ 1960s demands for ever-more horsepower. In a production run lasting from November 1959 to April 1962, the EMD GP20 came to symbolize both the beginnings of the “second generation” of North American dieselization and the “horsepower race” of the early 1960s.  The GP20 was the first of EMD’s long line...

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04-19-2016
Union Pacific DD35
Union Pacific DD35

Union Pacific DD35         Joining the US roster of heavy freight locomotives in Train Simulator is the impressive EMD DD35 and GP35 from DigitalTrainModel.  The EMD DD35 was a 5,000hp (3,700kW) diesel-electric locomotive of built by General Motors Electro-Motive Division for the Union Pacific Railroad and Southern Pacific Railroad. The DD35 was a cabless booster (B unit) locomotive that consisted of...

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03-24-2016
Starting scenario with brakes applied on player engine

RWA member OldProf says: This is something I've never encountered before: a scenario I'm working on begins with the player train located on a siding that slopes downward toward the train's rear. When the scenario starts, the train begins rolling slowly but surely down that slope because its brakes are not applied. I've examined all of the available instructions in the scenario...

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03-11-2016
BR Class 58 Loco Add-On
BR Class 58 Loco Add-On

  The distinctive Class 58, nicknamed the ‘Bone’ because of its unusual shape with a wide cab at either end, is now available to lend some serious hauling power in Train Simulator.  The Class 58 was built between 1983 and 1987 by BREL in Doncaster Works as British Rail wanted a new freight locomotive that would be lower in cost...

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03-07-2016
Amtrak General Electric Dash 8-32BWH
Amtrak General Electric Dash 8-32BWH

Amtrak General Electric Dash 8-32BWH     The Amtrak® Dash 8-32BWH diesel locomotive, constructed by General Electric in 1991, is one of the most unique and, among North American railroad enthusiasts, one of the more popular diesel types to emerge in the 1990s, and is now available for Train Simulator. With a design based on GE’s Dash 8-32B freight locomotive, 20...

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03-06-2016
Feather River Canyon Route
Feather River Canyon Route

        Western Pacific’s Feather River Canyon route is one of the most famous, scenic, and highly-engineered railroad lines in all of North America. The Western Pacific was a late comer to America’s railroad scene – WP was not incorporated to build its main line from Salt Lake City to the San Francisco Bay Area until 1903, and its final spike was...

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02-23-2016
Shanghai Maglev Route
Shanghai Maglev Route

  One of the most unique, and uniquely fastest, trains comes to Train Simulator, courtesy of Union Workshop – the Shanghai Maglev.  The Shanghai Maglev Train, also known as the Transrapid, uses magnetic levitation to move without the need to touch the ground or use wheels on rails, giving it a much smoother and quieter ride than wheeled mass transit systems. The...

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02-18-2016
BR Class 73 Gatwick Express Loco
BR Class 73  Gatwick Express Loco

BR Class 73 'Gatwick Express' Loco Add-On     The unique Class 73 remains the only electro-diesel locomotive to be seen on the UK’s rail network, and now comes to Train Simulator in InterCity Gatwick Express livery, complete with the Class 488 and Class 489 to recreate authentic Gatwick Express services.  The Class 73 was designed to operate on both 650/750V DC...

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01-15-2016
BR Class 40 '40145' Loco
BR Class 40 '40145' Loco

BR Class 40 '40145' Loco         One of the first mass produced diesel-electric locomotive classes for British Railways, the Class 40, comes to Train Simulator, from developer RailRight.  A total of 200 ‘Whistlers’ (so called because of their distinctive turbo whistle sound) were built by English Electric over a four year period from 1958, and were – for a time –...

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01-07-2016
DB BR 474.3 EMU
DB BR 474.3 EMU

DB BR 474.3 EMU     Germany’s sleek, modern multiple units are synonymous with efficiency and comfort, none more so than the DB BR 474.3, now available for Train Simulator.  The BR 474 is an electrical multiple unit built between 1996 and 2001, and again between 2006 and 2007, designed exclusively for Hamburg S-Bahn services.  The units have a top speed of...

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12-29-2015
Scenario Author's Guide - Tutorials by Rudolf
Scenario Author's Guide - Tutorials by Rudolf

Rudolf Heijink (rudolfJan) published this series of three tutorials destined to aspiring scenario authors. Part I is an extenvive beginners guide, that leads you step by step through the process of creating simple scenarios. It comes with sample scenarios, an extensive table of contents, 50 illustrations, index and glossary. Part II covers advanced topics regarding scenario creation. Part III covers creating LUA scripts. For...

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12-10-2015
Modeling buildings from Google Maps and other online sources

Forum member aksingha asks: I am trying to model a station, but I don't have any map or blueprint. Is there a way to model it using Google Earth / Google Maps? Forum member CARex, an experienced modeler, answers (edited from forum post): My routine for almost everything... 1) Google Earth the site, take pic of subject, measure the structure and apply data to pic.Dimensions are...

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12-10-2015
NJ TRANSIT® GP40PH-2B
NJ TRANSIT® GP40PH-2B

NJ TRANSIT® GP40PH-2B     The Electro-Motive GP40, introduced in 1965, has proven to be one of North America’s most versatile and successful locomotives, with more than 1,200 units constructed by 1972. The GP40 was designed to haul tonnage, and with four axles and a robust 3,000 horsepower, the locomotive was ideally suited for intermodal and fast freight duty, but a hallmark...

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10-07-2015
NJ TRANSIT® F40PH -2CAT
NJ TRANSIT® F40PH -2CAT

NJ TRANSIT® F40PH -2CAT     Electro-Motive’s F40PH line of diesel locomotives represented the face of North American passenger railroading for more than a generation. Between 1976 and the early 1990s, more than 400 of the highly successful 3,000- and 3,200-horsepower diesel locomotives were constructed and served in intercity and commuter service, across the continent.  In 1981, NJ TRANSIT purchased 17 EMD...

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10-07-2015
North Jersey Coast Line Route
North Jersey Coast Line Route

North Jersey Coast Line Route     The bustling and historic North Jersey Coast Line of NJ Transit links the New York City metropolitan area with the northern portion of America’s famed “Jersey Shore,” and does so in captivating fashion.  Serving two great rail terminals – New York City’s Penn Station in Manhattan and the classic Hoboken Terminal across the Hudson River,...

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10-04-2015
DRG&W SD50 and BN GP50 released by DTM and TaD

Digital Train Models (DTM) and Trains & Drivers have released two new add-on packs for Train Simulator: EMD SD50 DRGW add-on pack The EMD SD50 for Train Simulator, developed by Digital Train Model, is available in Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad livery and features engine start/stop, dynamic brakes, front and rear headlights, numberboard lights, class lights and step lights.  This version is...

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09-07-2015
DTM & TaD Release BNSF and ATSF GP50 Add-ons

Digital Train Models (DTM) and Trains & Drivers (TaD) have recently released two new EMD GP50 add-on packs for Train Simulator 2015: The EMD GP50 for Train Simulator, developed by DigitalTrainModel, is available in BNSF “Heritage” livery and features opening cab doors and windows, numberboard and platform lighting, and dynamic braking. The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to...

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08-27-2015
GE GEVO-12 Sound-set Now Available at The Audio Shack

The Audio Shack has released a new sound pack for Train Simulator, including files for General Electric's Evolution Series and the later GE ES44 models that are equipped with the GEVO 12-cylinder prime mover, with several different versions depending on the locomotive model and specs.Locomotive models that are meant for this sound-set are:ES40DC ES44DC ES44AC ES44C4 ES44AH Horns included are:Nathan K5HLs...

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08-20-2015
RWDBFDup: a script for finding duplicate scenario GUIDs
RWDBFDup: a script for finding duplicate scenario GUIDs

Chacal2015-08-22Railworks (TS201x) keeps information about scenarios in your local scenario database, which is a file named SDBCache.bin in the Railworks/Content folder.Each scenario has a GUID (an ID number) looking like this: 180b376b-50d2-48b6-b77c-a4b18c75616c.Scenario files are saved in a folder named with this GUID number.Before TS2013, copying a scenario from one route to another was a simple matter of copying its folder.Starting...

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08-17-2015
BN GP50 Released by DTM and TaD

An EMD GP50 in Burlington Northern colors has just been released by Digital Train Models and Trains and Drivers. The EMD GP50 for Train Simulator features opening cab doors and windows, numberboard and platform lighting, and dynamic braking. The locomotive is also Quick Drive compatible, giving you the freedom to drive the GP50 BN on any Quick Drive enabled route for Train Simulator....

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08-11-2015
Britkits Releases Narrow Gauge Class-A Shay and Logging Pack

Dick Cowen's Britkits has released two new add-on packs for fans of narrow gauge railroading and logging operations: The first add-on includes a 3-ft gauge Class A Shay locomotive, the second new add-on pack includes a variety of Logging Rolling Stock: disconnected log cars, flatcars, a gondola, and a caboose. Shays are geared steam locomotives, designed to provide greater traction at the...

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08-06-2015
D&RGW SD-50
D&RGW SD-50

D&RGW SD50     Electro-Motive Division’s powerful SD50 comes to Train Simulator from Digital Train Model.  The SD50 from General Motors Electro-Motive Division was produced to counter increasingly tough competition from GE Transportation Systems’ Dash 7 line, which was proving to be successful with US railroads. Whilst EMD’s SD40-2 was more reliable, GE’s line included locomotives up to 3,600hp (2,685kW) with more...

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08-05-2015
DTM's UP GP50 Now at Trains and Drivers

Digital Train Model's Union Pacific EMD GP50 add-on, previsouly released on Steam, is now also available at Trains and Drivers. This is to be the first in a line of DTM's models and repaints that are to be released by Trains and Drivers. The EMD GP50 for Train Simulator, developed by DigitalTrainModel, is available in Union Pacific livery and features opening...

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07-20-2015
Narrow Gauge Shay and Freight Cars Pack Now Available from Britkits

Dick Cowen has released two new steam era add-ons for Train Simulator 2015: a narrow gauge Class B Shay and a narrow gauge freight cars pack! Shays are geared steam locomotives, designed to provide greater traction at the cost of reduced top speed. They were very useful on rugged tracks with steep gradients and were often used in logging or mining...

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07-19-2015
The NEC Series IV, New Scenario Pack by Trains and Drivers

Trains and Drivers has released a new scenario pack with North American content: the NEC Series IV. This fourth scenariopack of the NEC Series brings you a whopping amount of nine scenarios for both NEC routes in Train Simulator. You will be driving commuter trains between New York, Danford and New Haven, Metro North services as well as the Northeast...

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06-25-2015
"California Dreaming" - New Scenarios by Trains & Drivers

Trains and Drivers' new scenario pack lets you drive Amtrak trains along the sunny coastline of California. Drive the Surfliner® , Coaster and Metrolink commuter trains between San Diego, Oceanside and Los Angeles, as well as a trolley service on San Diegos MTS Green Line. In two scenarios you will also take the famous "Southern Chief" from Los Angeles Union Station via...

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05-17-2015
CSX Road Slug Pack Available

Virtual Rail Creations has released a new add-on for Train Simulator 2015, the CSX Mother and Road Slug Add-on for the EMD GP40-2. Road slugs are more than just rolling stock with control stands, they provide extra traction at low speeds, which is useful for slow, heavy haul duty and for car switching. Currently, CSX is rebuilding old GP30’s, 35’s, 38’s, and even...

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05-17-2015
Boston & Maine Budd RDC

The Virtual New Haven RR Team has released a Boston & Maine Budd RDC Expansion Pack today, which is available at the Golden Age of Railroading website. This add-on consists of RDC-1, -2, -3 and -9 models in the 'McGinnis' livery of the B&M railroad. The B&M RDC add-on is a free expansion pack for the payware New Haven Budd...

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04-30-2015
Britkits Releases Boston & Albany D-1a Class 4-6-6-T

The model of the unique Boston & Albany 4-6-6-T D-1a class commuter tank engine has just been released by Dick Cowen. The add-on also includes a coach and a combine for commuter service and is available at Dick's Britkits website. You can read more about the development of the model in this forum thread.

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04-16-2015
GE B40-8 Pack from Eyein12

A pack of GE  B40-8 engines is now available from EYEIN12's US RAILWORKS CORNER. The add-on includes versions of the engine for several railroads: UP, NS (2), BNSF (3), CONRAIL, ATSF All models feature, custom cab, sounds, weather effects, animations. A repainter kit is included. Accessories are included as well as a barebones model. For more information, screenshots and videos, please visit Eyein12's...

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