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 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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October 20

The DB BR 112.1 Is Available Now



Take control of the iconic DB BR 112.1 in this Pro Range addition for Train Simulator.

In the wake of the 1973 Oil Crisis, Deutsche Reichsbahn were looking to reinstate their electrification of East Germany. Many of DR’s locomotives were ex-Russian models, that when combined with the cheap fuel offered by them also, made for a hefty fleet of reliable diesels. DR were looking to replace these Russian diesels with modern, electrically-equipped motive power. The trusted LEW Hennigsdorf developed upon the successful DR BR 250 design to make a new electric locomotive a reality. This new model would be more passenger-focused whereas the DR 250 was primarily for freight haulage.

By 1982, the first prototype, numbered 212 001, made its public debut in Leipzig. After a public display, extensive testing was performed and it was initially decided to mass-produce a locomotive which featured a lower than designed top speed, simply because of the limiting infrastructure of the time. This re-geared locomotive would go on to become the DB BR 143.

The reunification of Germany sparked an era of modernisation for the country’s railways. Many routes were being configured for 120+ km/h running, and due to the 143’s restrictive 120 km/h cap, DR and BR were now in need of a new batch of locomotives. They turned to LEW Hennigsdorf’s successor, AEG, to re-introduce the original, 160 km/h capable, 212 001 prototype as a production locomotive. Introduced as the BR 212, this new locomotive was the first to be jointly operated by both Deutsche Reichsbahn and Deutsche Bundesbahn, and as a result quickly became a motive symbol of German reunification.

Being a ‘Universal’ locomotive, construction methods and specific details were on par with previous designs. The main difference to the previous DB BR 155 was the removal of two axles, leaving behind a more passenger-suited Bo-Bo configuration. Despite their rather box-like design, these locomotives’ journeys were kept smooth due to reliable suspension in the chassis.

After the success of the DB BR 112, both DB and DR went onto order 45 improved variations, the DB BR 112.1; these two locos were very similar in external design, perhaps the only obvious difference being the revised headlight cluster on the newer model. The other major difference was inclusion of LZB from the outset. The DB BR 112.1’s were built by LEW Hennigsdorfs’ successor, AEG and after a few teething problems were set to operate InterRegio services.

In recent years, the DB BR 112 fleet has been split in two. The 112.1’s frequently take power at the helm of DB Regio services, while the original 112.0’s were reclassified as the DB BR 114.0, purely owing to their dedication to Berlin-based operations. With all the reclassification, including within the original DB BR 143 fleet, it is considered that there are too many numbers for so few differences.

There is no denying, the Universal locomotives of LEW Hennigsdorf helped shape the railway services that are still seen to this day. Reliable locomotives such as the DB BR 112.1 have served at the helm for many years, and is now available for Train Simulator, courtesy of Partner Programme developer, Virtual Railroads.

The DB BR 112.1 for Train Simulator is fully featured, including everything from battery isolation to manual traction motor blowers. A full cold start sequence is featured, along with the complex Sifa and PZB safety systems and even neutral section EL-signals. A selection of career scenarios is included for the Hamburg-Lübeck Railway plus Quick Drive consists that display various examples of the BR 112.1 fleet.

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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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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
TS2017 is a mixed bag of beans
While chugging along in a train can be relaxing and surprisingly fun, this game is also a source of aggravation. As example I think I have a decent computer: GTX 970, AMD A10-6700 quad Core, 8 Gbyte Ram, Windows 10 AE. I can play games like World of Warcraft and Elite Dangerous on highest settings without problems and decent frame rates.
In TS 2017 my framerate can drop down as low 6 fps in certain scenarios. I might get 20 fps if I am lucky and reduce all settings to low.
Switching from Windowed borderless to fullscreen in the settings would cause it to no longer start.
That's for the technical things.
For gameplay I have these complaints:
The career mode is too strict:
Driving your train at 101kph instead of 100kph? You lose points. One minute too late at the station? Kiss ANY points you might have accrued goodbye.

Also DLCs are extremely expensive.

Would I recommend this game? If it's for sale under $10, yes.
Full price? No.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
297.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
I have an idea. Make the money points, each career route you complete, you get points and you can use those points to buy trains. Can you do that? That would make the game better. Please?
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14 of 17 people (82%) 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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9 of 10 people (90%) 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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9 of 11 people (82%) 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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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
101.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Not worth spending your money on this game anymore. Thousands of dollars worth of dlc and a game thats not only very buggy and broken, but without the dlc its barely a game at all. Do not buy! Save your money
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6 of 7 people (86%) 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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7 of 9 people (78%) 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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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
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
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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Shh Shh
2.3 hrs
Posted: October 24
I guess it's relaxing in all, but it's really annoying how they make you buy the trains. You start off with a small amount of trains and make you buy all the others, I don't wanna spent about £15 for 1 train and a route. :/
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13.9 hrs
Posted: October 24
If none of my friends play 2017 then you have good taste it is by far the biggest rip off in the train world please dont buy this you will be disapointed. Routes that swich you from one track to the other then you have a head on crash and have to change points yourself even in a high speed run. Cearer mode not working as in 2016 you fail all drives because you dont allow time for passangers to get off plus all sorts of errors pop up even ask for refund but because i had played game for ten hours i was refused how the hell if you dont play can you find the bad stuff. Deliting 2017 never want to see it again Cowboys each and every one of them.
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1,117.4 hrs
Posted: October 23
Still having car break away issues, and Donner Pass, Marias Pass, and The Race Track (Chicago) routes have Real World issues from Building Layouts and placement and length od siding track.
Some signals are not in proper placement, and the AV trains sometimes Don't follow the rules of a red stop light, and train will de-rail and end simulation. Frustraiting.
Can we update some of the route layouts against Satalite Views of what the route is suppose to look like, intead of guessing with a wrong building, and or sceanery??
I'm glad your updating real world actions of engins and rolling stock, can you also update the traffic, and its behavior at crossings.
I've asked before, but ill try again. Is there a way to regulate AV rail traffic, from none, to light, to heavy, to super heavy (conjested) to where we have to wait on other traffic as we run a route??
Thanks for your time....
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39.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
Well to show you how bad this game is in the first place you cant actually open the game
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10.9 hrs
Posted: October 23
It's the ONLY good game that involves train THAT IS GOOD
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54.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
So, during the summer holidays, I got bored and bought this and the North London Line route. The detail impressed me (I've seen better, but it looks OK maxed out) and so did the physics, despite being on PhysX. I can run it at about 40fps with occasional lag spikes, my build is below...

i5-2500 (soon i7-2600K)
Sapphire R9 380 OC 2GB
8GB Nanya Technology RAM at 1066MHz (yes, I know ¬_¬, soon 16GB)
780W PSU

I wasn't expecting a game that would run better because of the reviews, but I was still a bit disappointed.

Next up, DLC! [sarcasm] Yaaaaay! [/sarcasm]
The quality of most of the stuff is amazing. Even more so if you install some AP content manually. But this isn't a rail driving game, this is a train collecting game. The content price is obscene. Although DTG, TI and AP do incredible jobs on most of their material, they charge enough money to make the DLC backlog cost £3,539.95 (not including AP, who sell their content on their own website). Check for yourselves.
Aaaaand then there are the duds, the expensive steaming piles that nobody wants. AP hasn't made a dud yet, but Dovetail and Thompson sure have.

Ah, the gameplay. Where do I start? It's relaxing, but it makes you pay attention. There are countless dammed alarms from the AWS, PZB, ETCS and the evil DVD, DSD and DRA. You also can't risk Knebworthing (Brit word for overshooting the platform) and going through signals at danger. I love the game for its gameplay. Although in Standard/Career, going 1mph/kmph over the limit or being 1 minute late costs you a lot of points. This game and precision go hand in hand.

My opinion?
It's a great game, but it shoots itself in the foot when you get to know it. I recommend waiting for a sale, as that's what I did. Not worth £25-30, but a fun game nonetheless. IM ADDICTED TO THIS GAME HELP MEEE

Thanks for reading,
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30.1 hrs
Posted: October 21
I used to be able to play Train Sim '16' on my gaming laptop but now every time i try launch the game it crashes. I'd say Train Sim '17' is a downgrade. Save your money for something else or wait until this game finally gets better.
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16.4 hrs
Posted: October 21
I like it , but please make the gaming faster i dont wan to be laggy and ♥♥♥♥ like an old man or women .
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20.7 hrs
Posted: October 21
This is a game with lots of paid content, so the default game is a bit barren. It does have a route builder which seems a bit ununtuitive at first glance. However, the routes provided are nice and scenic and the trains provide good enjoyment. Pity that there is no steam loco in the default game - again, that is the model on which this game works, so if you want more out of this game, you would need to buy some routes and locos.

I recommend it with the above caveats. However, you might want to check out OpenBVE which is a free game engine and also has free content (if you are not too particular about the latest flashy graphics).
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IANR 3808
550.3 hrs
Posted: October 21
Most of the time i have to restart my computer again because it will take more than one try to get the game to start.
Other wise its a pretty nice game.
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