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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Includes 7 items: Euro Fishing, Microsoft Flight Simulator X: Steam Edition, Train Simulator 2016, Train Simulator: Norfolk Southern Coal District Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Sherman Hill Route Add-On, Train Simulator: Union Pacific SD60M Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: West Rhine: Cologne - Koblenz Route Add-On

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May 20

Run The Ultimate South East Network!

What a week for Train Simulator! Not only did we release the highly anticipated Chatham Main Line, the classic Kentish link between London & the Medway Towns, but we also released our BR Blue Diesel & Electrics Pack to compliment the Chatham Main Line as if it were back in the early 1980s. For this weekend we thought we would showcase some of the highlights we’ve seen following the release of the Chatham Main Line.

Creator of popular routes such as South London and Thameslink, North Jersey Coast & New Haven and Munich to Augsburg, Garmisch and Rosenheim, Danny – DTG employee and route merger extraordinaire from the Steam Workshop – has done it again with his latest route releases that feature the merge of London-Faversham High Speed, the Sheerness Branch and of course the Chatham Main Line. This vast route comes in two versions, circa~2012 and circa~2016, both of which differ to appropriately to the era in which they are set for example; old Rochester Station is used in 2012 and the new station features in 2016, the signalling also differs with East Kent Phase 2 signalling coming into play in the most recently timed version, another notable change is the remodeling of Gravesend Station which has occurred in recent years.

Regardless of which version you prefer, the routes give you the opportunity to run from Faversham or Sheerness-on-Sea to either London Victoria (via Herne Hill or Catford) or to St. Pancras Intl via Strood. Like the Chatham Main Line, the route also includes the branch to Orpington.

You must own London-Faversham High Speed, the Sheerness Branch and the Chatham Main Line for these routes to work.

Click here for more information - http://train-simulator.com/run-the-ultimate-south-east-network/

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May 19

Chatham Main Line - London-Gillingham Out Now

19/05/2016

http://store.steampowered.com/app/376946/

Just a stone’s throw from Dovetail Games’ HQ, the Chatham Main Line is one of the main arterial routes from central London through the heart of Kent via the Medway towns, towards the Kent Coast – and you can now discover this picturesque route in Train Simulator.

The line was originally built by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LC&DR), starting at London’s second busiest termini, London Victoria. The station originally opened in October 1860 as the eventual terminus for the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway; however, two years later an expansion to the station was built for the LC&DR.

Running from London Victoria, the line passes the famous Battersea Power Station and criss-crosses lines to south London stations such as Clapham Junction. After Wandsworth Road and Clapham High Street, the line diverges through Herne Hill, West Dulwich, Penge East and Beckenham Junction; services can also take the Catford Loop Line, which passes through Denmark Hill, Peckham Rye and Catford.

The lines merge again at Shortlands and head into Kent, crossing the South Eastern Main Line (which serves other London termini such as Charing Cross or Cannon Street) and the main line between Ashford and Swanley.

Between Farningham Road and Longfield, the Chatham Main Line crosses the junction previously used by Eurostar trains from Waterloo International to pick up High Speed One. Although the line still exists, it is reserved for emergency use only by Class 395 ‘Javelins’. After crossing the River Medway, the line runs through the Medway Towns and follows the North Kent coastal towns to Faversham before splitting to either Ramsgate and Margate or Folkestone and Dover.

The line has passed between several operators in its life; at the time of sectorisation, the line was operated by Network SouthEast and transferred to Connex South Eastern after privatisation. Today the line is operated by Southeastern, part of the Govia Group, who operate Class 375s and Class 465s from the capital to the Medway Towns and the Kent Coast. Southeastern operate via two different routes, services from the Kent Coast travel to Bromley South and via the original route through Kent House and West Dulwich into Victoria, while services originating in the Medway towns frequent the Catford Loop via Denmark Hill into the terminus.

Updates to the line and rolling stock in recent years have seen Southeastern’s roster of four-car Class 375 units repainted into the company’s new dark blue livery, which at the same time some of Class 465/9s that operate out of Gillingham and Rochester are receiving an interior refresh as part of the refurbishment programme. In December 2015, a new station at Rochester was also opened to cope with modern passenger demand and longer trains operating on the route. The original station had stood since the early 1890s, with the new station sited 500m west of the original structure.

Chatham Main Line: London-Gillingham for Train Simulator recreates the 43 mile (69km) route between London Victoria and Gillingham (Kent), via Kent House and Denmark Hill, including the new Rochester Station. Also included are several EMUs representative of services seen today on the route, such as the Class 465/0 in Southeastern ‘Grey Stripe’ livery, Class 465/1 in Southeastern ‘Blue Stripe’ livery and Class 375 ( including /3, /6 and /7 variants) in Southeastern ‘Dark Blue’ livery.

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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



Train Simulator 2016 is the biggest package of exclusive content we have ever delivered in a Train Simulator. Here’s a complete list of what’s included:

Riviera Line In the Fifties


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. Keep an eye on those signals, they can be easy to lose in the cold western fog.



Sherman Hill


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. Watch out though, winter can be brutal even for the most powerful of locos.



West Rhine Railway: Cologne – Koblenz


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. Be mindful of the weather, heavy rain can take even the best drivers by surprise.



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!



Steam Edition: Norfolk Southern Coal District


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.



TS Academy


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.



Driver Assist


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.



Train Simulator 2016 is out now and features the 60 Mile Sherman Hill route with UP Gas Turbine, ES44AC, SD70, SD40 and SW10 locomotives and freight wagons. The 40 Mile Riviera Line in the 1950s featuring the GWR Pannier Tank, Castle, Hall, King and Grange Class all with Driver Assist incorporated, Mk1, Collett and Centenary coaches and freight wagons. The 60 Mile West Rhine Railway from Cologne to Koblenz featuring the DB BR 155, 146.0, 146.2, 101 and 294, with regional and InterCity coaches and a variety of freight wagons. The Steam edition includes the 50 Mile Norfolk Southern Coal District route featuring the Norfolk Southern ES44AC and Dash 9 (AI Only) locomotives with NS coal hoppers. Pictures of all the content included can be found below.

Riviera Line In the Fifties

Below: Castle Class in BR Brunswick Green, clean condition and weathered condition.


Below: King Class in BR Express Blue and BR Brunswick Green.


Below: Grange Class in BR Brunswick Green, clean condition and weathered condition.


Below: Modified Hall Class in BR Brunswick Green, clean condition and weathered condition.


Below: Pannier Tank in BR Black, clean condition and weathered condition.


Below: Early GWR Castle Class with 2 variants of the Collett 3500 Gallon tender.


Below: Wartime Castle Class in weathered condition and Double Chimney Castle Class.


Below: A selection of Centenary coaches in Blood & Custard livery.



Below: A selection of Collett coaches in Blood & Custard livery.


Below: A selection of Collett coaches in Maroon livery.


Below: A selection of Mk.1 coaches in Chocolate & Cream livery.



Below: A Variety Of Great Western Freight Wagons.


Sherman Hill

Below: Union Pacific 8500 Horsepower GTEL A and B unit with fuel tender.


Below: Union Pacific SW10 Switcher Locomotive.


Below: Union Pacific ES44ac.


Below: Union Pacific SD70m.


Below: Union Pacific SD40-2.


Below: Union Pacific SD60m.


Below: the Pump Car + Buckeye Coupling adaptor.


Below: A Variety Of Union Pacific Freight Cars.



Below: ‘Be Specific – Ship Union Pacific!’ 50ft Insulated Mechanical Reefer


Below the heritage of military haulage, in contemporary terms, with flatcars carrying a variety of modern military hardware, including personnel carriers and armor.


Cologne - Koblenz

Below: DB BR 155.


Below: DB BR 146.2.


Below: DB BR 146.0.


Below: DB BR 101 in DB Red, Black and Grey liveries.


Below: DB BR 101 in DB Red, Black and Grey liveries.


Below: A variety of regional and InterCity coaches.



Below: A Variety Of Db Freight Wagons.



Below: the 155 045-9 hauling a long consist of Military Wagons on the West Rhine.


Norfolk Southern Coal District (Steam Edition Only)

Below: Norfolk Southern ES44AC and Dash 9 (AI Only).


Below: Norfolk Southern Coal Hopper.


TS Academy

Below: BR 189.


Below: Class 170.


Below: Fowler 4F.


Below: SD70mac.


Below: A Variety Of Academy Freight Wagons.

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

    Minimum:
    • 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
    Recommended:
    • 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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thecreeperside
( 29.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
i like the game.
but it sucks that i have to buy other maps and stuff
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reyred33
( 2,145.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Decent simulator but could always have improvements
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Haloman2871
( 2.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 25
Product received for free
I whot the Sherman hill dlc add on steam!!
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Kingspian
( 1,273.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This simulator is one of the best there is. Many say it lags and many say the loading is to long. Well yes the loading is much longer because you have a computer much slower. I have a i7 gaming PC and he loading on my end is like 20 secs or so. Lagging causes by the video card that you have. I have a Gtx 680 running full graphics and no lags what so ever. I have 8 gigs of ram and still no lag. So if you think you have a lag or loading, it means you have a worthless PC and you need a upgrade. I recommend buying the game.
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76561198260955574
( 21.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
very good game lot of lag but other than that very good
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yoshii1
( 252.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
I wanted some of the new special downloads in the Train Simulator 2016 version but as my older version updates via steam, I am not allowed via steam to purchase the game again just to see if i can get dlc packs. Really unfair to your seasoned players.
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WCML and ECML
( 192.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Very Impressed with the simulation and (Mostly) easy-to-use tools.
In my game no snow apears on the engine, could be because my settings are too low...

DLC is not overpriced either, but still tempted to buy in a sale
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TINMAN1987
( 442.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Great game had since rail simulator and started with railworks on steam been with ever since no the dlc's aren't over priced at least they give you the option of choice it's like having your on train set in my opinion it's better than paying £84 for a model train where on here it's 7.99 or 11.99 just think it's a great game but pls pls pls update the graphics engine. 😀😀😀
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Holliyan101
( 12.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
you got to sale your house your car your woman your life just to fully enjoy this ♥♥♥♥
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ricep
( 115.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Rough around the edges, but a nice simulator for messing with trains with my kids.
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Chewy Bear
( 81.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
i like it
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Happybanna
( 34.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 22
So I managed to get the game for about £15 on a steam code website. I had high expectations for the game, so was excited to play it. When I first logged on, I was a bit annoyed as there weren't many British trains. I played using the included trains, and the game is actually quite fun (although driving in the desert for an hour is very boring!) . I then discoverd DLC's . Many people have said that all the DLCs in the game should be free, but then there would be too many to try them all. I don't like all of the DLCs , so by paying about £20 I can get DLC's that I can enjoy. Great game!
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Snoopy2627
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Absolutely not recommended, graphics are nice, but it's just WAYY to complex and confusing, i don't recommend it at all.
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PROSNIPER
( 272.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
this game is just laggy i mean seriously??? the graphics haven't changed at all since ts2012 and its lagging?? jesus christ give me a break!!
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badanimal78
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Laggy, lacking in content and generally poor. This game could of been so much better, but looks like it's a "rip off the public" game. Shockingly over-priced DLC makes this game a huge no-no. Loading times are stupidly long, and believe me, it isn't worth the wait.
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cbrown538
( 273.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
i hope to get this soon
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nerdy d00d
( 3.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
lag bad and boring
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Risk08
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
Best train sim avaliable. Great game for anyone who likes trains. Plently of DLC but are a bit pricy so buy off ♥♥♥ if you can.

9/10
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Keithy
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 20
Too much DLC, not enought base content. As simple as that.
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128 of 151 people (85%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 2
I bought this a while ago when it was on sale for really cheap.

Almost a year later, I finally got time to sit down and try it out.

Okay, the tutorials are kinda stupid. I have to repeat the same basic "this is how to drive forward 50 feet" tutorial multiple times for different train types? "Here's how signals" work without any explanation of how to use the routing map or read signals remotely. And so on. Alright, bad tutorials but I will just dive right in.

After completing a bunch of tutorials, I was pumped. Woo, gonna just pick a train and drive it somewhere! Wait, I have to select from a handful of trains, on just a handful of routes? Wait, you mean I only got like %1 of the game that I paid $45 (minus sale discount) for?

No steam locomotives provided out of the box? Well, game has DLC, let me go see how much they cost. Twenty bucks for a single loco? What does a new route cost? FORTY BUCKS?

I then look at the Steam DLC page for this game.

FIVE THOUSAND AND FOUR HUNDRED BUCKS FOR ALL THE DLC?!

ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
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56 of 71 people (79%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
951.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 8
Until the developers decide to put more time into making the base game work instead of releasing a rushed DLC every week, do not buy.
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
12.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
Pros:
Trains
Really detailed controls
Many routes to explore (Only if you're really dedicated)

Cons:
Long loading times
Performance problems
DLC is too expensive
£25 for 4 routes is ridiculous

Overall:
Trains are very detailed in terms and graphics of controls but this game runs slower than a snail loading an AK-47 and you need to be some VERY rich and hardcore train enthusiast to get a really good experience.

I bought this on sale for £9 and I still wouldn't reccomend it.
It's a shame this is the only train simulator that is worth playing out there.
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21 of 25 people (84%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
795.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Train Simulator. I don't really know where to start on the game. I have owned it since Rail Simulator back in the days and when it realeased, it was a good game! However, over the years, the game has been upgraded and features have been added. The development of the game has been taken over by DTG that released it as Train Simulator 2012 and offered free updates over the years. And that is where the problem arises. The game was upgraded with new features that clogged the main engine.

You might think, "Hey, new features, that's nice!" but think again. Most features means more use of resources which, in this game, are pretty scarse. Since the engine is still from Rail Simulator, it is 32-bit, pretty inefficient and it means when you get over 3,4GB of memory (and trust me, you can hit that limit pretty easy!) it runs out of memory and the game crashes in a tempdump, if it hasn't crashed already in a random crash, which happens quite often.

Having that said, the game looks nice. Most train models are good quality and are well worth driving. The BR155, the recently released TGV Duplex on the LGV from Marseille to Avignon, the Class 395 Javelin are all great trains that are worth a drive. With real and correctly working TVM and PZB / SIFA implementations that'll make you scratch your head every now and then why the train throws itself into emergency again.

But what is a train without a railway? The game luckily includes routes where the trains you buy fit on perfectly. Most of the times. Köln - Koblenz, Sherman Hill (re-release!), Rivera Line in the 60s, and the Norfolk Coal District. The Köln - Koblenz route was released around 1,5 years before the release of Train Simulator 2016, Sherman Hill was included in one of the very first installments of Railworks, Rivera Line in the 60s is a re-release in an older era of an existing route and the Norfolk Coal District... *sigh*

The routes included with Train Simulator 2016 were among the most laziest I've ever seen. The developers didn't include any new routes, just one new locomotive (the BR155) with the Koblenz route, the Gas Turbine locomotive with Sherman Hill, some steam engines with the Rivera route and the Norfolk Coal District included some existing locomotives. Also, if you had Train Simulator 2016 and you wanted the new HUD (which was also updated from Train Sim 2015 to Train Sim 2016) you had to BUY THE GAME AGAIN FOR €29,99 (now 22,99). Basically for a worsened HUD and two locomotives from which one is actually really nice.

Having that said, most of the add-ons in this game are not included in the base game. You'll get three or four routes. Depending on which version you buy (German First Class, US First Class, UK First Class, Steam Edition, Epic Journeys). That's it, the rest of the add-ons you'll have to buy. And boy, the prices of these add-ons are ridiculous. Let me take the LGV: Marseille - Avignon as example. You'll get a 100km long route and ONE SINGLE train, the TGV Duplex. All of that for... Just €29,99! Wait, what?! This single route costs more than the base game which included four routes?! And you get only one train?! Yes. DTG is asking ridiculous prices for their add-ons. This LGV route alone costs more than the entire base game conbined. The recently released Maglev route basically lets you press a button before the train drives itself to its destination where the scenario ends. All of that for just 22,99!

Also, DTG does not support other countries than their base three. These are Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. Do you live in The Netherlands (like me), Belgium, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Japan, India, or any other outside these three, do not expect DTG to make DLC from your country. The French DLC they released was the first (and probably the last) in THE ENTIRE LIFESPAN THAT Train Simulator EXISTS (wait, Semmeringenbahn from Austria was also released. If you don't count that they reused only German assets from previous routes except SOME assets and included only a repaint of an already existant locomotive. Heck, the passenger coaches didn't even include a luggage and first class car). They simply deny that other countires have rail enthousiasts, I think, while they could expand their userbase explosively by adding more and different countries to their collection.

After complaing about the content of the game, let's move on to the working of the game. The trains you drive are pretty good, as mentionned earlier. They work, they drive, they have accurate safety systems. They drive on routes that look pretty nice, but lag at busy places. Mannheim, Munich, London. All these cities lag like crazy. Its not some 'busy area' lag where the framerate drops to 30 instead of 60, but true lag. 5-15fps depending on your system and on what quality you have set the game to. The standard scenario's that come with the games trains or routes usually lack any AI-traffic (trains you meet on the other track or during your journey). Especially the LGV lacked any AI traffic whilst its one of the busiest LGV's in France. If gives you a feeling you're... Alone. It gives the route a feeling of... Emptiness. If you meet or encounter one or two other trains during your drive you are quite lucky. Happily most routes have integration with Steam Workshop, where users can upload their own scenario's. With dozens of proper scenario's you can find some nice scenario's there. But wait, most users use more trains than included in the route you're trying to drive. Yeah, you'll need to buy those first before the scenario works properly, if it doesn't crash because of the memory limit. But Munich station completely empty looks nice, at least.

Creating your own scenario's is quite hard. You need to get used to it first. The AI trains have the mental capability of a teaspoon (©FringeStalin) and usually the dispatcher that checks every order after you insert it and calculates everything between the orders fails if you work either longer than 20 minutes or insert more than 3 AI trains. This makes the scenario fail itself alltogether making you angry and the scenario unplayable. But hey, if you restart the game entirely everything is magically fixed! Only thing you have to wait for are the loading times, which if you are not on a SSD, are amazingly slow.

Don't even bother building your own routes. The number of workarounds and things that are NOT documented by DTG is so high that making a route yourself is close to impossible if you don't put enough time in it.

There is some nice 3rd party material available for free. Altenburg - Wildau from SAD is one of the best available and I highly reccomend you getting this one straight from the start.

Overall I give this game a 4,5 out of 10. There's much more I'd like to tell, but my tip: Only get this game in Steam Sale for 75% or more and make sure to thouroughly check if any add on you want to buy is in a package that's on discount.
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28 of 40 people (70%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
82.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
DLC Simulator 2016 ; Redone for even more DLC that you may want for a redicilous price!
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29 of 42 people (69%) found this review helpful
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Not Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: May 15
$10 - game
$4,500 - DLC's
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I cannot recommend this for anything outside of the German rail routes. And, even some of those are bugged out.

General Issues:
- Routes suffer from 2 locomotive, 3 car syndrome. Any more costs money, and usually have to be manually added in via modding if you want to actually see them on a train other than the one you yourself are driving.
- Expensive DLC.
- No indication if the dead man's switch is alarming from outside of the cab view.
- Cannot disable the dead man's switch.
- Seems to not be well optimized: has periodic performance issues on even high end hardware.
- Some of the scenarios have long introductiory npc scripts where you end up waiting for 5-10 minutes just for the first block to clear.

Bugs:
- DLC routes are often missing from 1 or more of the game modes.
- Dead mans switch fails to operate correctly. It sometimes just fails to deactivate without explaination and eventually kicks on the emergency brake.
- Emergency break kicks on unexpectedly, even if keeping up on the dead man's switch, and sometimes cannot be reset, breaking some scenerios.
- Game will insist that you are exceeding a speed limit, even when you are not
- Game will sometimes not tell you that the speed limit changes ahead until it's too late.
- The times between stops in scenerios are often so tight that you cannot reasonably make it in time. This is sometimes so obvious that you can't make it even with full throttle, full brake, and breaking the speed limit.
- Switching on main lines in some scenerios and on free roam will inexplicably be routed into sidings and into parked NPC trains.
- Dialog missing/nonsensical on some scenerios, even on introductory ones on flagship routes.
- Occasionally a scenario will fail because of a hickup while coming to a stop: Complaining that you went underway again without completing the objectives of the stop.

Other thoughts:
They at least fixed the bug where you got penalized for sounding the horn when going past a whistle post.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
It's difficult to review this... In itself it doesn't look bad. The tutorials could have been better - you're now doing the same things over and over for each type of train.

My main problem is that the game doesn't include much: a cargo route in Germany, a cargo route in the US and a passenger steamtrain riviera route.

There's enough available - but at those prices hardly anybody buys it. I think if they halved their prices they would sell a lot more (and I guess their profit will be higher). There are some routes I've got my eye on, but I'll only buy them in a sale with at least 50% off.

So due to the prices and lack of content in the base game it's a negative...
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
138.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
As much as I love train simulators, this one is just terrible. There is no gameplay. You just drive around in un realistic trains. You get like 3 american trains, one from the 60s. That is it. If you want to buy more DLC, it cost like $40 a train. The people that made this game are milking every penny from you. This game is not worth it. I rather play Microsoft Train Sim 2004.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 5
I was not impressed with the carrer mode of the game. I would only recommened this game if someone wanted to play deeper into the game and explore more fundimentals of it.
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10 of 17 people (59%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
1,496.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
This game a lot dlc and ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥t script programming cab drive and sound engine. Dont be mistake why i play this game. Coz no other company develop this game
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Laggy, lacking in content and generally poor. This game could of been so much better, but looks like it's a "rip off the public" game. Shockingly over-priced DLC makes this game a huge no-no. Loading times are stupidly long, and believe me, it isn't worth the wait.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
284.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
i originally had train simulator 2015. it worked perfectly. its since updated to 2016 v54.5. it constantly crashes during loading and in game play and im really disappointed as it worked fine until about 2 weeks ago. whatever update has been done has completely screwed the game up. i cant recommend it in its current state. please help. ive reinstalled windows 7 back from windows 10, that wasnt the problem. ive obviously reinstalled train sim as well. my system requirements are fine.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
68.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I bought this game several years ago and the first time it updated, I was like awesome, I might get some new content, but no, all that ever happens is that the year changed on the loading screen. Several years later, I refuse to buy any DLCs because you have to buy so many just to get what you want. $$$$ In the 2016 version all I received was a longer loading video, great. The only thing that saves this game is the community. If we occassionally got new content for free, I might be able to give this game a thumbs up, but $20 for each loco and $40 for a route, not worth it especially when I spent +$50 for the original game.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
272.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
this game is just laggy i mean seriously??? the graphics haven't changed at all since ts2012 and its lagging?? jesus christ give me a break!!
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32 of 37 people (86%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
92.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 27
So I have hesitated in getting into train sims for a while now. I have read reviews, and watched youtube videos. I read all of the complaints and the to-do about the expensive DLC. It made me not want to try this game because of all the negative reviews.

The recent Steam sale gave me the opportunity to get into the game cheaply. Figured if it sucks, I lost the price of a pizza. Having played the game now let me add my 2 cents from the prospective of someone completely new to Train Simulator games. About the DLC pricing: I'll compare it to one of the most successful game franchise.. The Sims. Nobody complains about the Sims add on content, or Flight Sim X add on content or any other game that pops you for $20 bucks for an "expansion". I mean if you bought the Sims 3 game today at full retail price with all the expansions you are looking at $600. But by comparison look at how many "stuff" and "expansions" packs are available for this game compared to the Sims game... So of course it is going to cost more to get all the content.

As far as the old graphics and bugs, I see it as DTG doing their best to keep the 6 year old content users have bought still compatible and therefore usable in the new version of the game. I think they should have split the games into each year and set out compatible DLC for each edition. You want the next generation graphics... gotta by the new game. (See EA's Sims, Sims 2, Sims 3, Sims 4 model) Nobody is ♥♥♥♥♥♥ that their Living Large expansion pack for Sims 1 doesn't work on the Sims 4 game today. Yet Dovetail has tried to give their customers equity in the DLC they buy. They have tried to update the game without completely changing the game engine so that previous content can still work. Imagine how crappy Sims 4 would be if EA was still making it compatible with Sims 1 stuff.

That being said, I caught the Steam sale and pulled the trigger on buying the game to try it. I have to say, it is not going to be for everyone. There is nothing shooting at you. There is nothing for you to shoot. You don't race anything... Except maybe the clock on a time schedule. It's a Train simulator... You drive trains. That's it. Its not the most exciting thing in the world. But then again neither is Flight Simulator in between take offs and landings. And even ETS2 and ATS can get boring in the long haul between pickup and delivery points.

But the game does have a certain quality for those who like simulator games. Driving a big train in and out of yards is great fun. Operating a heavy coal train in the driving snow down a slippery slope is challenging. The workshop community has tons of free scenarios for you to run with your purchased DLC, giving this game an unbelievable amount of play time. I have played for 72 hours and have not even began my career mode yet. I have my favorite trains and my favorite kinds of routes and scenarios. But I have yet to really explore any of the UK, German, or Asian routes and trains yet. I've been running freight across North America, and have not gotten into passenger trains yet. 72 hours, and I have barely scratched the surface. I think I am getting my money's worth.

If you are new to train Sims like me and just want to know what is a good place to start, I have a suggestion. Wait for a sale.. Then buy the TS2016 Steam edition. You get an extra route and more trains and content then with the base game. Then pickup the Aurora_Chicago route add on. This will give you a good mix of freight and passenger train scenarios to try. That's really all you need and should get at first. Try out the different types of scenarios, try out the different countries. Drive the different trains. Find out what interest you. Then target your DLC purchases around that. I went in thinking I would like the high speed European passenger trains, but I have fixated on the American freight trains so far. I have almost 70% of the DLC for North America now. That's quite a few pizzas, but I am happy with most of the DLC. Just like with the Sims stuff packs, sometimes you get something that leaves you feeling like there should be more to it for the money you just spent on this piece of DLC. But then there are plenty of others that are like getting 100% more game! So you need to try the different types of trains and activities to find out what you like. That is really the only way to get started with this game and the mountain of DLC. Hey if you want all $3000 worth of DLC for the game then go for it. But chances are 60% of it is not going to intrest you that much. Kind of like the Katie Perry expansion for Sims 3. What the hell do I want with a lollipop couch and a hot fudge futon?

I know there are plenty of people on here and other sights that have been with this game since TS2009 and before. I can sympathize with their grief over all the yearly "updates" and roll out difficulties. I would be frustrated too if I was forced to upgrade a game that has been playing fine, and that I finally got all the bugs worked out of. Especially if I knew that the update would screw things up and introduce conflicts and errors and make my working game crash forcing me to start all over. But they still play the game and that should tell you something. And the news is that Dovetail is not going to be "upgrading" TS2016. They are finally going to make their "Sims 2" version with TS2017. But Dovetail has promised to continue to support and produce DLC for TS2016 for the foreseeable future. So maybe not such a bad time to finally get into this game.

As far as performance issues, I cannot be of much help. As a Computer Engineer, I am baffled by the number of people who believe meeting the MINIMUM system requirements means they will be able to run the game on high graphics settings. Understand this, as it pertains to any game: If your system just meets the listed minimum system requirements, this means the game will run but at the lowest graphic settings and everything turned off. That is why it is called the MINIMUM system requirements. I have not experienced any crashes nor drops in frame rate or rendering problems with this game. I run all games on maxed graphics settings and all options turned on. Why? Because I am well beyond the minimum system requirements with my gaming platform. I run all my games on both my PC and my gaming laptop, switching between the two weekly because I travel. My system specs are included below for reference.

Gaming PC: Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit
MSI 970 Gaming ATX motherboard
AMD FX-8350 8-core Processor (Black Edition) 4.0 GHz
32 Gig Kingston HyperX Fury DDR3 @ 1866MHz
MSI GTX 960 Graphics card (4Gig)
WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive

Laptop: Win 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
Alienware M17x R4
Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz
32 Gig DDR3 Ram (DELL)
Using Intel HD onboard graphics
Seagate 1TB hard drive
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16 of 20 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
71.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 18
Train Simulator is certainly a game that any railfan could enjoy. If the game was not plaqued by so many bugs, it would be more enjoyable. Dovetail games should really focus on fixing the bugs in this game. This game crashes on me and has frame rate issues. Instead of realasing the thousands of dollars worth of DLC for this game. Focus on fixing this game Dovetail?

The frame rate is higher when you pause the game. if this game comes out to VR you will have people throwing up all over their computers from the constant frame rate issues.


Pro's

The detail that goes into the routes that you play.

Realistic sounds and physics for the game.

The Locomotives are pretty accuate.

Its addictive

Con's

When you pay for an expansion for a game that is 30 bucks or more. It should have less bugs.

Drops in frame rate.

The expansion are two damn expensive

Constent bugs

They say they come out with a new version of the game each year. Maybe for that new version you should really fix those bugs.

bug's, bug's, bug's!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



:( fix this game I have a train to catch! Choo Choo
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
I tried, i really tried, but i cant play this game, horrible horrible performance, really waste of money. With a high end pc (i7 4790k, gtx 980 ti, SSD, 16GB) that crushes most of the games, it's impossible to play this one, tearing, stutters, flashing textures, FPS jumps, i already see all of bad things on this game.
Hope Dovetails rethinks a game that as almost 4000€ in DLC's, wich is another joke.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
I feel this game gets critizised to much. Granted, the physics are a little rough and there's too much DLC. The graphics vary a little. But it's a great game. It's fun, and the wide variety of trains, tracks, and routes has will keep anyone who loves trains entertained for a long time. The key is to pay attention to sales, if you are looking to buy this. I was able to buy about $150 dollars in DLC for about $25. Honestly, even though it has its downfalls, i would reccomend this game.
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