Ever dreamed of driving trains? Now you can! Train Simulator 2016 brings to life some amazing extreme train challenges on real world routes and delivers the ultimate railway hobby.
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Release Date: Jul 12, 2009

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October 1

The LNER Peppercorn K1 is available now



The LNER Peppercorn K1 locomotives were built between 1949 and 1950, with the intention of splitting them between the North Eastern and Eastern Regions. Many K1s would regularly be seen as far north as Edinburgh and they were frequently used on the West Highland line in the early days. Many were later allocated to the Eastern Region with a large number going to March, Cambridgeshire. K1's were used throughout the former LNER network and proved to be very versatile, working everything from local coal trains to express passenger services.

The K1’s were withdrawn and scrapped by 1967: however, No. 62005 was used for a short time as an emergency boiler and consequently survived into preservation. It has become very popular on main line rail tours especially on the West Highland Line to Mallaig and has also sported the un-prototypical, but very fetching, LNER Green Lined livery as No. 2005.

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September 28

Train Simulator 2016 Hotfix 53.8a released

Today (28/09/2015) Dovetail Games has released a hotfix for Train Simulator 2016.

The hotfix will download and install through Steam. You may need to restart Steam if the process does not automatically start for you. Once complete, the new version number for Train Simulator 2016 will be 53.8a.

Train Simulator 2016 53.8a changelog:

  • Added Player Guide for owners of Train Simulator 2016
  • Fixed unintentional differences between upgraded Store home page UI and Train Simulator 2016 Store home page UI.
  • Fixed inability to publish content to Steam Workshop.
  • Fixed loading screens from not displaying correct.
  • Fixed instability with the In-Game Store.
The download size for Hotfix 53.8a is approximately 42Mb

The Train Simulator Team
Dovetail Games

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Train Simulator 2016

Ever dreamed of driving trains? Now you can! Train Simulator 2016 brings to life some amazing extreme train challenges on real world routes and delivers the ultimate railway hobby.

Power: Haul thousands of tons of cargo over Sherman Hill Summit in the legendary Union Pacific Gas Turbine

Pressure: Command the mighty Castle Class in the golden age of steam on the busy Cornish Riviera Line

Precision: Beat the clock as a Deutsche Bahn driver on the challenging West Rhine Main Line.

Plus, with Train Simulator 2016, get started on your driver career at the TS Academy and master your machines with support from the new Driver Assists system - you can also capture the perfect scene in the all new Railfan mode.

TS2016 features four stunning routes for you to enjoy:

  • Sherman Hill: Cheyenne to Laramie, including Union Pacific Gas Turbine-Electric, ES44AC, SD70M, SD40-2 and SW10 locomotives
  • Riviera Line: Exeter to Kingswear, including GWR Castle Class, Grange Class, King Class, Hall Class and Pannier Tank locomotives
  • West Rhine: Cologne to Koblenz, including DB BR 155, BR 146.2, BR 101 and BR 294 locomotives.

Plus, TS2016: Steam Edition also includes the Norfolk Southern Coal District route, the beautifully rural Mon Line running through the heart of Pennsylvania, USA.

Train Simulator 2016 – are you ready for the extreme?

Steam Workshop

Now you can easily find, download and rate Train Simulator 2016 scenarios directly through Steam.

The Steam Workshop enables simple searches for specific content; you can also search by area of interest or by specific routes or add-ons. Once you’ve found something you want, click the “Subscribe” button and, the next time you play Train Simulator, the scenarios will automatically appear.

You can even see what your friends have added to their favourites. Scenario writers also enjoy a streamlined process for uploading their work directly to Steam. Of course the exciting part is creating your scenario.

About This Game

Enjoy these four extreme routes in Train Simulator 2016:


Command the mighty Castle Class in the golden age of steam on the busy Cornish Riviera Line.

The line is renowned for its proximity to the south coast of England and joins the southern beaches just south of Starcross, showcasing stunning scenery and ocean views. Test your skills on this line with the Castle Class or GWR 4073, heralded as the most powerful locomotive when introduced in 1923. Set in the 1950s, this route is a challenging drive with some heavy steam machinery ready for even the most experienced of drivers.


Don't be taken by the beautiful landscape of the Rhineland-Palatinate, the Cologne to Koblenz line will keep all drivers on their toes.

Running parallel to the west bank of the Rhine for much of the journey, the route gives passengers spectacular views across the West Rhine area of West Germany. The route forms the southern stretch of Deutsche Bahn’s RE5 ‘Rhein Express’ service, which runs from Emerrich in the north west to Koblenz. Hourly intercity and ICE services, Regio passenger trains and various freight operations also frequent the line. Even the occasional heritage special can be seen in between the busy commuter services. Medieval towns and castles along the line, plus river barges passing serenely by remind passengers of the historic area they travel through between the two densely urban cities of Cologne and Koblenz. Large freight yards at Bruhl and Bonn-West are also well-known features, as well as the DB Museum at Koblenz-Lützel, which occupies a former depot linked to the main line.


Haul thousands of tons of cargo over Sherman Hill Summit in the legendary Union Pacific Gas Turbine.

Sherman Hill is a fantastic North American freight route running 60 miles between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. The route's tough grades resulted in the Union Pacific Railroad building new heavy freight locomotives to work the line. Drive this line with the UP GTELs, nicknamed "Big Blows" for their high-pitched scream. These consisted of three semi-permanently coupled vehicles, the leading A-Unit, the turbine housing B-Unit and a Fuel Tender. The turbines ran from the beginning of the 1960s until the end of the 1970s.


Mile-long coal trains and distinctive street running set apart the beautiful Mon Line, running through the heart of Pennsylvania.

At the heart of Pennsylvania’s coal country, the rural Mon Line is today owned by Norfolk Southern with CSX Transporation also having trackage rights. Coal mines dominate the route, with important facilities at Bailey Mine and Emerald Mine connecting with a staging yard at West Brownsville from where coal trains continue on their way to power stations or to ports for export. More than 20 million tons of coal is annually transported along the line, much of it to Loveridge Secondary where it is transhipped from rail to river barges. Challenge your driving skills with heavy coal trains running along the 50 miles of rural countryside at the controls of GE's mammoth 4,400hp ES44AC diesel locomotive.

Key Features

  • Learn to drive different trains at the TS Academy and qualify as a train driver
  • Master your Machines with support from the new Driver Assists system
  • Capture the perfect scenes in the all new Railfan mode
  • Three fantastic real-world routes including Sherman Hill (USA), Riviera Line: Exeter to Kingswear (UK) and West Rhine: Cologne to Koblenz (Germany)
  • EXCLUSIVE Steam Edition includes the Norfolk Southern Coal District route
  • Enhanced graphics and performance
  • Quick Drive menu system: drive what you like, where you like
  • Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
  • Integrated Steam Workshop free mission download centre
  • Create your own routes with powerful in-game editing tools
  • Access the Train Simulator community in-game

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:6 GB HD space
    • Sound:Direct X 9.0c compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
    • Graphics:Laptop versions of these chipsets may work but are not supported. Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required
    • Additional:Quicktime Player is required for playing the videos
Helpful customer reviews
31 of 39 people (79%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
1,552.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
This game is a nightmare. So many issues that never seem to get resolved. Dovetail Games should be ashamed of themselves putting out software that in reality doesnt work.

At the time of writing thousands of users cannot use this game because we cant get it to even load.

Another warning is that DLC for this game is an absolute requirement or you run out of things to do with it very quickly. Dovetail Games DLC is very very expensive. Expect an investment of $1000 plus to have a game that has any variety.

Overall dont buy this until its been out a year, it takes them that long to sort most things out. If you are buying after that, assume an outlay of at least 10 times its cost to get an interesting game
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13 of 15 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
64.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
Was excited to "upgrade" from 2015, but nothing has changed. Was hoping to get the DLC included in the new one but you still have to pay for the DLC sepreate if you already owned a previous years version. It was fun at first then gets old running the same train on the same route, but to expensive to keep buying DLC.

Like others have said the graphics are pretty good, in screenshots. While actually playing the game on a very good gaming PC with High graphics I was getting 20FPS, even after turning down settings to Med I did not see an increase in FPS.

Overall I would not recommend this if the DLC was a lot cheaper and better game play I would think about it.

Hope this game turns around would really like to come back to play it in the future.
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
201.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
2016 version won't start. Just sits in the loading screen. This better get fixed, I've spent a lot of money on this over the years.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
I bought this piece of ♥♥♥♥ today, installed it and was looking forward to playing. However it simply doesn't work. It gets stuck on the spalsh screen with the 3 trains and does nothing. I sent a support ticket to steam demanding a refund as the goods were sold and were not fit for purpose in accordance with the sales of goods act. I got my money back. I suggest that nayonehaving the same issue does this also.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
56.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
This game is a big pile of ♥♥♥♥. Do not, i repeat, do NOT buy this game. Dont fill the pockets of uber greedy devs that are more bothered about selling overpriced crappy DLC than actually updating the game in any way shape or form. £15 for a new loco in which only maybe 3 or 4 buttons and switches work in the cockpit... £25 for a route with 4 or 5 sceanrios and look like they have been made by someone as a school project, entire car parks float in some cases complete with cars, lightposts etc.. it is totally unacceptable.

All dovetail do every single year is give us the same game with a new title on the boxart. This game is TS2015, there is no difference whatsoever other than '2016' in the title.

Bugs, there are lots. They do the occasional hotfix, which just seems to break even more stuff (including my entire game that no longer loads up due to thier latest 'hotfix. The wooden 3d models used for people are actually hilariously bad too, it feels like i am looking at something from 2002.

The graphics are garbage. I'm not even sure the textures would of been acceptable even 10 years ago.

Everything about this game is dated and neglected. The engine is terrible by todays standards, even on decent rigs it can perform pretty poorly.

Save your money, until dovetail get their act together and give us a game worthy of the title '2016'
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