Ever dreamed of driving trains? Now you can! Train Simulator 2017 brings to life some amazing 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 27

Wherry Lines: Norwich – Great Yarmouth & Lowestoft Now Available



Experience the route that time forgot in Armstrong Powerhouse’s stunning Train Simulator recreation of the Wherry Lines.

Opening in 1844, the Norwich to Great Yarmouth railway, via Reedham, was the first railway to be seen in Norfolk. Three years later, the branch from Reedham to Lowestoft followed and it wasn’t until 1883 that the final piece of the jigsaw fell into place with the construction of the alternative route via Acle to Great Yarmouth.
Until 1923, this railway was operated by the Great Eastern Railway company and it was their fear of a competitor attempting to reach Great Yarmouth which resulted in the construction of the later route via Acle. The name of the line, Wherry Lines, originates from the Norfolk wherries which were once important in transporting goods and people around the broads before roads and railways became widespread.

Fast forward to the 1980s and the ‘Yarmouth’ route was thriving with summer services from all parts of the country, such as London, Liverpool, Manchester & Newcastle (the Lowestoft branch never attracted as much traffic so will be kept to the side for the time being). Come the early 1990s however, cheap package holidays abroad were starting to take hold and the demand to visit Yarmouth as a holiday destination steadily dropped. As a result, these direct services were gradually reduced and by the time of privatisation in 1996, only the London trains and a couple of services from Liverpool Lime Street remained. By 2004, the Liverpool trains were withdrawn, resulting in Yarmouth only being served directly from London & Norwich.

As loco-hauled services progressively disappeared around the country, these London trains held strong and, as a result, started to attract quite a following from enthusiasts. With the electric hauled set from London being dragged from Norwich to Great Yarmouth by a Class 47, a run round procedure was required at Yarmouth to haul the set back to Norwich – something quite rare to witness by the end of the 2000s. This continued until 2014 and remained a popular day out for enthusiasts but, come early 2015, Class 47s were being withdrawn by DRS in favour of Class 37s. These locos were unable to haul the 8 or 9 coach sets from London due to having an insufficient ‘ETH index’ (the amount of electricity that can be supplied for on-train systems such as air conditioning and heating), so as a result, direct services from London were withdrawn and, after many decades, Yarmouth has been left with no direct services beyond Norwich. This might all sound rather gloomy but a new era was arriving on the ‘Wherry Lines’ and enthusiasts were in for a right treat.

So far, only direct services to Yarmouth from far off places have been mentioned but local services from Norwich to Yarmouth & Lowestoft have also offered plenty of interest in recent years. From the late 1950s, diesel multiple units (DMUs) replaced steam-hauled local services and this largely remained the case until the early 1990s. Since then, Norwich Crown Point depot has intermittently had shortages of DMUs so to combat this, they cobbled together a set of 3 of 4 coaches, plus a locomotive, to cover. Usually the locomotive in question would be a Class 47 but in the early years, it wasn’t unknown for a Class 31 or 37 to do the honours. This loco-hauled train soon became known as the ‘short set’ due to its short appearance in comparison to the London trains, though in later years, it has had a second locomotive added to facilitate top and tail operation, which removes the requirement to run round. This arrangement continued until April 2014, but with the Mk3 coaches undergoing refurbishment and experiencing lower availability as a result, Mk2 coaches were provided instead from DRS, who had already been supplying Class 47 locomotives for the set since 2009. As mentioned previously though, with increasing reliability issues, the Class 47s were falling out of favour and by June 2015, Class 37s had arrived to operate the short set. No longer on an ad-hoc basis depending on DMU availability but scheduled workings from Monday to Friday and extra Saturday services during the summer.
As of early 2016, this route is somewhat of a time warp with semaphore signalling and manual level crossings surviving for most of its length. With the addition of Class 37 hauled passenger services, it is a treasure trove for enthusiasts and oozes the character of yesteryear: one of the last places to truly experience the railway as it was. Whilst a date for re-signalling has yet to be set in stone, it is only a matter of time, so this add-on is Armstrong Powerhouse’s tribute to the line that time forgot. Enjoy it and, if you can, make sure to visit as soon as possible to see it for yourself.

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October 24

TS2017 58.8a Update Available Now


In response to your important feedback, today we have released an update to Train Simulator 2017, bringing it to version 58.8a.

V58.8a has fixed a random crash that would occur when running with less than maximum graphics settings

The TS2017 58.8a update will download automatically from Steam. If you have any problems/queries with regard to the update, leave a comment below or submit a ticket to our support site where our Support Team will be ready to assist.

The TS2017 58.8a update will be approximately 65 MB in size.

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Special Pioneers Edition

About This Game

Enjoy four fantastic real-world routes including:

Transport your passengers precisely on time along the Vogelfluglinie between Hamburg and Lübeck in the renowned DB BR 218 locomotive.

Drive at breakneck speeds along the breathtaking Ligne Grande Vitesse: Marseille Saint Charles to Avignon TGV route in the iconic TGV Duplex®.

Take in the scenic countryside of Southern Wales in the distinctive Arriva Trains Wales Class 175.

Experience the precision of American commuter operations along the North Jersey Coast Line in the modern NJ TRANSIT® ALP-45DP locomotive.

Transport your passengers across highly detailed real-world routes in Great Britain, France, Germany and the North America.

More than driving

Create and share your own routes with the community and watch the world go past as a passenger or rail fan in the ultimate rail related hobby. You can also capture the perfect scenes in our Railfan Mode. Take some shots and share them with our community.

Beginners Welcome

Start from the beginning at the TS Academy and learn to master your machines and rule the rails.

And exclusively available in the Pioneers Edition, the additional

The picture postcard scenery of the Austrian Alps dominate the stunning Semmeringbahn: Mürzzuschlag to Gloggnitz route.

Additional Features:

  • Quick Drive menu system: drive whatever you like, where you like
  • Drive with Xbox 360 controller, keyboard or mouse
  • Integrated Steam Workshop free scenario download centre
  • Create your own routes and scenarios with powerful in-game editing tools
  • Access the Train Simulator community in-game
  • Find all the content you love in our Add-Ons catalogue, from our Classics Range selection through to study-level Pro Range.

System Requirements

    • OS:Windows® 7 / 8.1
    • Processor:Processor: 2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo (3.2 GHz Core 2 Duo recommended), AMD Athlon MP (multiprocessor variant or comparable processors)
    • Memory:4 GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB - 1GB with Pixel Shader 3.0 (AGP PCIe only)
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:40 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
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
20 of 24 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
46.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 3
I have a super high end computer and even still this poorly designed game does not run smoothly. Everything else I have does though. Strange. Another thing is all the completely ridiculous DLC. You basically get crap with the game and all the good stuff will cost you an arm and a leg. I mean...$20 for a locomotive and you still have to spend another $10 on the scrienario just to be able to use the darn thing? Really? Whos ridiculous idea was this? Its no question almost all the DLC is always "on sale" because no one is buying it. They failed with this game. ITS ONE BIG FAIL.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
108.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
TS has been the best actual simulator of railroads, but has offered numerous frustrations which I've tolerated. But upon hearing the release plans for TS2017+, I am depressed that it is no longer a viable use of my time and I have wasted hundreds of dollars for years for nothing.

I'm extremely disappointed in:
- the yearly releases that don't add or fix anything for existing players, without requiring those players to fork over extra money for new routes
- the astoundingly overpriced DLC which has many bugs
- the extraordinary lag even on new computers with dedicated GPUs (you can disable lighting but that actually ruins nighttime visibility on some routes and actively removes scenery from others, making them as useless as wireframe)

But most of all, I'm disappointed that every bit of content I bought is now worthless in the "World Edition" which we're being asked to buy. How do the developers expect me to keep gigs upon gigs of binaries & content which I can only play in my old version, and get a new edition comprising gigs upon gigs which I can only play separately? This demonstrates the utter lack of support for existing users of this product: the team has stated they're completely uninterested in backwards compatibility AND even in rebuilding prior routes -- such as, say, Northeast Corridor -- for the new edition. And if they ever DID rebuild a route for "World Edition" you can guarantee it'd cost you tons of money to re-obtain it.

New gamers beware: I can't recommend buying 2017 because you'll have to keep it as a separate game and have to install a future edition that won't play any of the routes you received (or ANYTHING else currently available for sale - look it up, it's true).
Existing gamers, which are bread-and-butter for competitor developers like Auran, already know that this team's behavior is pathetic. This is just the nail in the coffin.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
For what can already be a dull and slow-paced genre, this game somhow manages to muck all that up.

The Problems:
- The graphics, even on highest setting, really aren't that great. For a genre that is heavily graphics-based, this is a huge letdown.
- The train models aren't that great either, and look dated.
- While kudos for including some okay American assets with the game, the included selection as a whole is limited. This game is obviously a DLC driver, which is severely overpriced (to the tune of $20 for a single locomotive).
- Suffers from intermittent framerate drops, even on decent hardware. Game will run at 70fps most of the time, and randomly dip down to 30fps.
- The trackside camera (the one you're likely to use the most, other than the cab view maybe) is repetitive, unimaginative, and often puts you in weird places (like spawning inside of a hill, where you can't see anything).
- The sounds are repetitive and poorly edited (some of the train horns clearly repeat loops, etc.). Plus, there seems to be a near lack of ambient sounds to try to enliven the already dull environments.
- The environments as a whole feel dead, and are poorly decorated (everything looks too clean).
- There are pop-in issues, and the draw distance is not that great (sometimes there's just nothing drawn on the horizon).
- While tutorials getting you started driving are included, not everything is explained properly (in one scenario, for example, the train randomly keeps stopping with no explanation).
- While driving a train in real life probably is difficult, I feel like there should be better options to "control the difficulty" (for example, assisting you in helping your train keep moving up a snowy mountain without stalling or slipping, as some of us just want to drive the train).
- The main game interface is okay, but could be improved. Same for the OSD.
- The DLC is mega expensive.

There is just too much wrong or poorly done with this game for me to recommend it. If you really really like train simulators and this is on sale then you might want to give it a go, but otherwise leave it alone.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1,053.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
This game is great when you spend a fortune of money for all the DLC. But come on, this game looks unfinished.

Graphics Quality: Stunning, better than other train simulators I came across.

Amount of DLC: There is a lot to complete your collection, but there are gripes with this (see below), but overall there is a variety.

Workshop: The Community pays so much attention into detail in their scenarios, some of them even replicate a real life service.

DLC Prices: Probably my biggest gripe out of everything. Seriously, we have to pay £1000+ to get all routes and trains. Well a lot of the routes are good, but it comes to the trains. The recycled sounds, train physics. The DLC contains little effort for such a high price.

DLC Layout: You get less than 1/4 of the DLC when you buy the base game which means you have to spend a fortune for all DLC. All other games I played have their DLC in a bundle (Yes I know some DLC is bundled, I mean like there should be bundles for parts of countries (London and South East England, South West England, Anglia, Midlands etc.)

Settings Control: You can't tune settings whilst in a scenario which means you have to exit the scenario to change settings. Come on, no other game has this.

Bugs: Some of the older routes have bugs that have persisted into present time and have never been fixed.

Simulation Accuracy: The train physics aren't very realistic, to slow/fast breaking and slow/fast acceleration, the class 466 included in the Sheerness Branch Extension route is the worst of all. Come on, stop rushing on your DLC and take your time to get the simulation accuracy excellent, in which I have to say, third-party developer Waggonz is the best of all. Also a lot of the trains don't have functioning destination displays (unless you go into Scenario Editor and change the destiination) and fully functioning headlights (You only get Day Head/Marker Lights and Tail Lights) and I know DTG have recently started this.

Train Sounds: A lot of the sounds of the trains are recycled from other trains and don't sound like the real thing. Please take the time to perform a recording session so you can record the exact sounds just like what Armstrong Powerhouse is doing.

OVERALL: A fairly good game, if only DTG wouldn't price so much for literally low-quality DLC and actually make it a proper, realistic simulator rather than do things enough to get a train moving.

Do I recommend it?: Only in a sale of at least 40% off.

Rating: 6/10
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
28.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Product received for free
by standard it is exactly the same as train sim 2016 so you HAVE to buy DLC to get anything new which on its own is the price of a new game, would not reccomend
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
81.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
I really like trains. Reeealy, reeeealy like trains. That is most certainly the reason this game just squeaks in a thumbs up from me. The base game is pretty good, and I come back and binge from time to time. People say this game is unstable, but i have had few issues with it. Maybe I have the godsent computer, but it runs fine for me. The graphics are... eeh, it doesn't really bother me, but i think it's time for a real upgrade.

Now onto the DLC. I really like the DLC but MY GOD IT'S OVERPRICED. I don't think a single person thinks the price is acceptable, most positive reviews tend to skirt around the issue. It does have a redeeming factor, though: the sales. If you really like trains and are interested in a particular route, I say only ever get the route at a 50% sale. If you weren't really interested, only 75% or more. As for the locos, unless heavily discounted, stay away. It really is not worth it.

Trust me, if there was a 'meh' or 'depends' button I would click it, and if this wasn't the only real high-class train sim out there I woudn't hesitate to give it a thumbs down. I only recomend this game to people who can look at all the negative reviews and still consider it.

*EDIT* The pioneers expansion that adds 5 routes for the price of one is exactly the kind of sale I reccomend, and it is the only sale i would see as acceptable. If you already have the game, I reccomend you look into it.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Can't get the scenario's to load half the time. I waste to much time trying to get this simulator to work. Waste of money having this. Would not recommend Steam to anyone.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 7
Without a doubt, the most singular waste of a game in existance. A total waste of the purchase price and the space it takes up on your hard drive. If you ever get the feeling you want to purchase this game, lay down til that feeling goes away.

Gameplay is both annoying and frustrating. Annoying because of the poor frame rates, frustrating because of the limited play offered by the small number of scenarios. DLC is limited, heavily overpriced, and most hasn't been updated since it was releases.

All-in-all, not a very satisfying gaming experience.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
268.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
Super over priced DLC, come on, $40 for a new route?? Quaility lacks on engines and routes, sounds are horrible on all US engines, too many of the same boring freight routes through a forest.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
175.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 5
If it can't handle me ALT+TABing out of the game without crashing, than it's not a game worth buying. Don't waste your money like I did.
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4.2 hrs
Posted: October 27
I know as of now I've put in 4.2 hours of the game but, I think this is a very worth while game if you're into trains. This game can a be a little challenging but it is also extremely realistic. Come drive some of the world's trains! I'm just not sure if I'll ever buy ALL of the DLC...
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95.7 hrs
Posted: October 27
Since the upgrade from 2016 my graphics are now jerky on all settings. Combined with the outrageous DLC prices it's ... goodbye!
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Hunter Valley RailRoad
70.2 hrs
Posted: October 27
Best Game Ever!
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30.3 hrs
Posted: October 27
Very good game. There are many hours of fun to be had within this title :)
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19.0 hrs
Posted: October 26
I strongly recommend not buying this game, it's just Dovetail craving for money.
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Paul M
50.9 hrs
Posted: October 25
Product received for free
good gameing
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650.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
i highly liked the game of Train Simulator 2017, but all the DLC is costing us $5,000+. altough i highly recommend that The Middle Aged Gamer to get TS2017, all the DLC is like way too expensive. so i recommend that you get the Pinoeers edition for the 5 DLC that is included.
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125.5 hrs
Posted: October 25
I love Train Sim, I just wish the newer DLC would be better optimised for my high end gaming PC. If you catch Train Sim and DLC you like on sale, go for it.

I'm not happy about £25 DLC but I play the game enough to justify buying it. Looking forward to Train Sim World.
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R slicker
5.5 hrs
Pre-Release Review
Posted: October 25
choo choo ♥♥♥♥ game.
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 25
not very good i paid good money for this game but is no very good. Lags all the time and somtimes does not let me open the game for some reason. i recomend not getting this game.
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