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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August 12

Berlin - Leipzig Out Now



Originating the 1840s, the railway that connects Berlin to the likes of Wittenberg, Bitterfeld and Leipzig has seen many upgrades throughout the decades to make it the high speed railway known today. Before the wires dominated over the rails, the line was considered as one of the most important of its kind throughout Germany. Be ready at the controls as Berlin-Leipzig is now available for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme member, Aerosoft.

The Berlin-Anhalt Railway Company was responsible for building many of Berlin’s railway connections throughout the mid-19th Century. Their main railway, the Anhalt Line, ran from Berlin to Köthen via Wittenberg and opened throughout 1840 and 1841. From Köthen, a connection was made to the nearby Magdeburg-Leipzig railway allowing for services to Halle and further to Leipzig. By the late 1850s, various connections were made faster with new, more direct routes.

The Anhalt Railway was quickly established as a major long-distance route, one of the most important in Germany. Express services were departing Berlin daily to destinations such as Halle, Leipzig, Dresden, and even beyond Prague. By the late 1930s, as many as 33 trains a day were on the move between Berlin and Bitterfeld before branching off to multiple destinations. This frequency of long-distance travel was the highest of every other railway in the country.

World War Two was harsh on the Anhalt Railway, many platform and lineside structures were destroyed along the route and only the most essential were repaired. The line also saw some changes in years to follow, the rise of the Berlin Wall meant services from Halle and Leipzig were no longer allowed to enter their former terminus. This would not be rectified until sections of the Berlin Outer Ring were completed, allowing direct connections to continue without approaching the wall. Several compromises had to be made and service numbers suffered.

The reunification of Germany saw the Anhalt Railway lose a portion of its importance, many services ceased following the fall of the Berlin Wall and a new stable timetable was not introduced for some time after. Several years later and even more services stopped operating across the line, with new high speed routes offering a faster connection.

A plan was put into place to upgrade the Anhalt Railway to 160 km/h running, with 200 km/h a distant provision. To achieve this higher speed and increase journey times, all level crossings were to be replaced with bridges and every station would be modernised. By 1995, the journey time between Berlin and Leipzig was only at 100 minutes, but with further modernisation was expected to be under an hour in years to come. Just over a decade later and a majority of the Berlin to Leipzig route was 200 km/h ready. Further upgrades to allow this included the restoration of the old Anhalt route in Berlin, connecting to the new main station for the city and just outside Bitterfeld, the longest set of points in the world were installed; safe for up to 220 km/h operation featuring 59 metre-long point blades weighing in at 120 tons each.

With higher speed allowances, ICE services began to operate between Berlin and Leipzig at journey times of around 1 hour and 10 minutes (non-stop services could travel the gap between the two cities in as little as 57 minutes). The upgrades were a success and ICE passenger numbers alone soared upwards, with regional services also adding to the increasing popularity of the line.

Some reconstruction has taken place in recent years, old metal 'Y-shaped' sleepers from the days of slower running were suffering from rust and needed to be replaced. Speed limits drastically dropped during the period of repairs, and following the initial issue the line speed is currently no higher than 160 km/h, with 200 planned to be re-introduced in 2017. Future projects along the line will see signal boxes replaced by larger signaling centres, with the old structures likely to see demolition after they have lived through their purpose.

Undoubtedly, the line owes its important heritage to the fact that it terminates in the world’s largest railway station by floor area, Leipzig Hbf. This goliath-like transport hub ensured that many passengers would want to travel to Leipzig either as a destination or as a waypoint along their journeys.

With high speed operations, both express and stopping, serving one of the most important lines in Germany’s railway history, the line between Berlin and Leipzig is unlike any other.

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August 10

Train Simulator 2016 Hotfix Released


We have now released a small update for Train Simulator 2016

Change list:

- Fixed missing tabs in Profile Screen

This update should download automatically through Steam and is around 24mb in size.

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Special Edition

Train Simulator: UK First Class Edition content

  • TS Academy, Riviera Line: Exeter - Kingswear route featuring the GWR Castle Class Steam Engine, Midland Main Line: London - Bedford route featuring the First Capital Connect Class 319 and Great Eastern Main Line: London - Ipswich route featuring the Greater Anglia Class 360. Also includes the bonus Double Chimney GWR Castle Class and Wartime Black GWR Castle Class steam engines.

Train Simulator: US First Class Edition content
  • TS Academy, Sherman Hill route featuring the iconic UP Gas Turbine loco, Miami - West Palm Beach route featuring the CSX Dash 8-40CW, Soldier Summit route featuring the D&RGW SD40T-2. Also includes the bonus UP SD60M loco, UP Insulated 50-foot RBL Plug Door Boxcar and Military Flatcars.

Train Simulator: German First Class Edition content
  • TS Academy, West Rhine: Cologne - Koblenz route featuring the DB BR 155 electric loco, Munich - Rosenheim route featuring the DB BR 423, Munich Augsburg route featuring the DB BR 406 ICE 3M. Also includes the bonus PRESS BR 155 electric loco and military flat wagons.

About This Game

Enjoy three fantastic real-world routes including Sherman Hill (USA), Riviera Line: Exeter to Kingswear (UK) and West Rhine: Cologne to Koblenz (Germany). Train Simulator 2016 is the biggest package of exclusive content we have ever delivered in a Train Simulator!

EXCLUSIVE Steam Edition includes the additional route, Norfolk Southern Coal District route.

Feel the pressure of steam as you travel back to the time of Green and Gold, from the powerful Kings to the romantic Castles, the heavy working Halls, the goods-carrying Granges and the famous Pannier Tanks across the Riviera Line set in the nostalgic 1950s. Relive the time when steam reigned on all services from local freight to coastline express, whether you perform perfectly alone or need some assistance to get to your destination. The 40 Mile Riviera Line in the 1950s comes with GWR Pannier Tank, Castle, Hall, King and Grange Class all with Driver Assist incorporated, Mk1, Collett and Centenary coaches and freight wagons. Keep an eye on those signals, they can be easy to lose in the cold western fog.

Experience the power of the fuel-hungry Big Blows across the challenging Sherman Hill as you haul hundreds upon hundreds of tons, putting that 8500 horsepower turbine through its paces, or opt for some conventional traction in the form of ES44ACs, drive in more comfortable conditions in the wide cab of the SD70M, or maybe in the classic SD40-2s. The 60 Mile Sherman Hill route comes with UP Gas Turbine, ES44AC, SD70, SD40 and SW10 locomotives and freight wagons. Watch out though, winter can be brutal even for the most powerful of locos.

Control the Genesis of modern Electro-motive traction as you haul heavy freight across the stunning West Rhine Railway in the DB BR 155 ‘Electric Container’, take passengers on their scenic commute with the DB BR 146 or shunt together a train to be taken far away with the DB BR 294. The 60 Mile West Rhine Railway from Cologne to Koblenz comes with DB BR 155, 146.0, 146.2, 101 and 294, with regional and InterCity coaches and a variety of freight wagons. Be mindful of the weather, heavy rain can take even the best drivers by surprise.

Struggle through the beautifully scenic Mon Line as you haul mile long coal trains through the winding curves and streets of Pennsylvania. Collect coal as you drive your ES44AC slowly under the loading facilities and prepare for the run to the other end of the line. While being relatively level, the sharp river-side turns and the slow speeds as you cut right through a town will not be mastered easily. The 50 Mile Norfolk Southern Coal District route comes with Norfolk Southern ES44AC and Dash 9 (AI Only) locomotives with NS coal hoppers. (Only available with Steam Edition)

Capture the perfect scenes in the all new Railfan mode
Enjoy the power and finesse of the railway away from the drivers cab with railfan mode, watch from the platform, track side or stand on a bridge and take in the excitement without worrying about the journey, just make sure you’re ready to take some shots, you never know what you might see out on the tracks!

Learn to drive different trains at the TS Academy and qualify as a train driver
New to driving trains? Not to worry! With the newly updated TS Academy you can learn all that you need to beat the extreme, from basic passenger operations to freight terminals that require pin-point accuracy or nailing those complex and unique signalling systems. TS academy is the best way to learn or remember how to control every type of train

Have you mastered driving diesel and electric locos, but struggled to control steam? Found it too complicated to drive or understand? Now you can master these delicate engines with our all new driving assist! Driver assist will provide you with real time information based on the locomotives performance and handling, it will guide you through driving a steam loco by highlighting the controls in cab and telling you how to move them to get the best out of the engine. Driver Assist is featured on all the steam locomotives included with the Riviera Line in the Fifties route and can be turned on and off at will.

Additional Features:

  • 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 [/l]ist]
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416.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 24
If you like trains and/or good simulator games, and you like too play a game for long time. I will recomand this. DLC cost money, but you not need all of them. I have just half of them. It is very good graphic on lot of the content, but you must use little time to find the best graphic settings that youre computer can handle. Its very good, big and realistic game, and you can use many hours on this.
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193.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Why does this game keep getting worse every release?.. And the DLC lets not even go there. Nope bring back 2015 at least it wasn't suffering from massive FPS loss quite as bad as this one.
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309.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
I love it
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1.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
This game is awful. It comes with nothing but 2 effin trains, which should be considered FRAUD. Also, it crashes on computers that WAY surpass the requirments. I do NOT reccommend this product.

-Player of this game
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196.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
A dated game with overpriced rubbish DLC and awful devs who only care about money and nothing else.

The whole 'omg £3000 for DLC that's stupid lol' misunderstands the simulation genre however. You don't have to buy all the DLC you buy what you want.

Microsoft Flight Simulator X hasd individual planes that can cost £1000 or more and has thousands upon thousands of addons for example.

The difference is FSX addons are all third party, and many are very good quality and priced as such. The trainsim DLC is just bad and expensive, very little work goes into them, mainly the locos.

Compare a train made by JustTrains or Armstrong Powerhouse to something the devs have made and you'll see the difference.

Having said that, the devs do a good job of the routes which look good but are all too short. They also went with the 'we can't be bothered making scenarios, we'll leave the community to do it!' so you'll get a pitiful amount of missions per route.

Most annoying thing is the quick drive, you can't even do multiple stops and there's barely any AI. In my opinion quick drive could have saved this game and made it great but the devs, as incompetent as ever did a terrible job of it.

They've been hinting at a new engine/game on the latest unreal engine, which will probably make all DLC incompatabile, but I'm sure it will be an improvement as the current game is very dated.

Unfortunately this is really the only modern train simulator. There is Trainz but that's not on the same level as this game. Maybe if another company made a train simulator and provided competition then this game would improve.

Overall I wouldn't get it. If you really REALLY want to play it you're better off obtaining it via other means.
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23.3 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Honestly i dont even to play this to tell you that my ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ could produce more beautiful images
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Kai Mhor
0.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Purely a framework for selling dreadful value-for-money DLC.

A rip-off game from a Developer who specialises in rip-off games.
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12.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
like the train
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0.1 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: August 22
Blir bara bättre av deras 30 000 olika dlcs
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67.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
I can not recommend this simulator unless you can afford some/all the DLC addons released weekly. Depending your interest`s mainly US, UK, Germany. They are now interesting addons just largly under detailed, poor headlight setups, poor cab layouts and wrong sounds on the US equipment most especially. Here are more cons Locomotive packs $19.99 USD (Features 1 locomotive and maybe 2-3 cars/wagons) , route addons $39.99 (1-2 locomotives player runnable, 5-10 cars, New trick from these guys is narrowing the locomotives down to one player and one only ai controlled). If you do want to try it I recommend the double deal packs. The very best time recommended is steam sales only! So if your into detailed locomotives and routes this is by far not your simulator. It simulates passenger ops very good. But lack`s a lot to be desired in US freight ops especially. The UK and German freight ops might be lot more accurate. Never really ran those. So cannot comment there. Yes the physics and graphics engine despite dated is somewhat decent. The locomotives and rolling stock and track is rather poorly made. Compared with other simulators such as Jointed Rail`s locomotives and freight cars in Trainz 12. I would have to recommend Trainz 12 or MSTS/OR over this for more accurate and detailed US freight operations. This does have a few decent routes I recommend if you give in and do have to pick it up. All the German and UK addons look particularly nice and run decent. Pacific Surfliner, Stevens Pass, Marias Pass, New York- New Haven. If you can get good performance out of the NJ Transit route it look`s really nice. Anything passenger oriented is best suited in this simulator. Otherwise you will definitely be looking for a lot more out of it and very disappointed.
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94 of 119 people (79%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
99.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
"Here's a great idea! lets make the customer pay thousands of dollars to get all of the content! We hate our customers!" - Dovetail Games
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39 of 48 people (81%) found this review helpful
30 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
35.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
hello and welcome aboard dlctro-north.
get yourself cozy in our dlc 32 train.
we will be departing dlc city shortly.
our destination is dlc haven, and we will stop at dlcford.
we will also be finding some naughty dlcnomes during our train ride.
if you spot a dlcnome during our train ride, you get 1% off dlc.
if you want any dlc, talk to our dlc assistants. you need dlc for that too.
if you want to get off this dlc train, you will also need dlc. and you will need dlc to walk as well.
enjoy your time on dlctro-north!

0/10 would never ride dlctro-north
for real, too much dlc, and you can't do much without it either
also all the dlc in this game totals up to $5700. think i'll buy a used car instead.
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34 of 46 people (74%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 1
Stop spamming the "new released" section with these ♥♥♥♥ty dlcs, christ!
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
39.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
While as simulator it's okay(ish), I'd not recommend to buy it because of the DLC and downward compatibility (or lack of it). In the past I've bought a couple of DLC packs, which over the year have become obsolete with new changes, but the developer does not take the effort to update those DLC packs. With that, the obsolete DLC packs ARE NOT downloaded to the current version of the game, so you CAN NOT make them compatible yourself (I can make a couple of disc DLCs I have compatible with the current version of the game). Also, I've noticed that a couple of old and obsolete DLCs have been readded as new DLC to the store without replacing the old obsolete DLC for the players who have bought it.
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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
58.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
I do not normally write reviews but i feel that i should in the case of this game.
there are problems, the main problems being that there are bugs everywhere and the programmer has failed to adress them.
ontop of this ..... the frame rate on a top end machine is pathetic. i am runniun gtx 980 titan graphics cards along with solid state memory and top end everything else. The games skips frams like there is no tomorrow and suffers from slowdown. and does not run smoothly.

you dont get a great deal with the basic game. Most of the content you have to pay for in DLC. which normally end up being buggy and in same cases completely unuseable.

The game has huge potencial and its a good idea but the way it is and has been for that matter makes it in my opinion not worth buying.
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14 of 22 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 28
I bought this game liking model railways thinking I would enjoy this. I was wrong. Its not the games fault I don't like driving trains but it is the games fault that every 10-15 minutes in the editor it crashes and deletes most of my work. Don't blame my PC for "being crap" because it is a GTX 980 and an i7 6700k.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 31
Rubbish,slow and too many adverts for further TS add on's.1 out of 10 for a slow and boring simulator,don't buy.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I installed the game on to my gaming computer, first thing I saw was a crash dump file.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
52.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
I know theres people geniuinely interested in trains and I know theres people that buy this just for thousands of dollars DLC meme.
I- got this because it sounds fun to me, was I disappointed? Not a whole lot.
Is it a good simulation/game? I wouldnt say so, no.
I mean sure, the physics are whats most important in simulations, but aside from that, to me this is lacking alot until it could achieve and rise to what would be the best product in this niche market of simulators.
First of all they should overhaul the sounds of the trains. Now Im not dedicated to listening to the sound of those gigantic diesel engines or the rather silent but soothing electric motors modern passenger trains often use, but I feel like the sounds are off, very off. Second would be improving the graphics as well as the performance, and I know these teams run on a rather slim budget most of the time so testing their game on a variety of hardware configurations might be difficult, then again, how do you explain dovetail buying out the license to FSX? Anyways.
I wouldnt know how to properly judge this title really. It does have its right to existence and frankly I did enjoy the time I got to spend with it and being slightly overwhelmed by the powerful map editor. To me this is just missing one thing that would make the experience so much more worth it: Atmosphere, or immersion even... The sounds are weird and it doesnt present itself well, heck the passengers still consist out of like 32 polygons with a face slapped onto their flesh colored cubic head. If they manage to, at some point get this right and make it actually look good and make the whole world look more alive, I would absolutely recommend this to anyone, really this could be the ETS2 of trainsims. But for now, I sadly can't... unless you are very passionate about this.
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