Murchison 2 is a merging of the original Narrow Gauge Murchison logging layout with an extensive Standard Gauge rail network. By incorporating landscape based on actual New Zealand electronic map data with specially developed Nature Series sets (animated waterfalls, river splines, textures, cliff splines, rail ledge splines, rock...
User reviews: Mixed (14 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 22, 2010
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Murchison 2 is a merging of the original Narrow Gauge Murchison logging layout with an extensive Standard Gauge rail network.

By incorporating landscape based on actual New Zealand electronic map data with specially developed Nature Series sets (animated waterfalls, river splines, textures, cliff splines, rail ledge splines, rock splines), Murchison 2 takes Trainz to a new level of realism. The result is a photo-realistic colonial layout, set in the steam/diesel transition era, that users can submerge themselves in for a complete interactive rail experience.

Whether a steam-era NG enthusiast, or solely interested in SG steam or diesel operation, the 440 board Murchison 2 layout contains a huge variety of interactive and inter-related industries for operational pleasure that will keep the train enthusiast immersed for 100's of hours of interactive operation.

Key features:


The Murchison 2 pack includes the full NATURE SERIES pack of TRAINZ add-ons. These are used extensively in the Murchison layout and are also available for use in your own layout building (to add that extra level of photo realism).
  • Waterfalls - 40 different animated waterfalls with built-in sound
  • River splines - 188 river splines from pre-built full rivers splines to river sides for assembling you own unique rivers
  • Textures - 200 textures from the Lord of the Rings country
  • Cliff splines - 390 3D textured cliff splines from arid country to mountain cliffs including rail cuttings
  • Rail Ledge Splines - 408 3D textured rail ledges for creating those unique river gorge and hill country rail effects
  • Rock splines - 80 3D rock splines.

Layout Specs:

  • 2 years and 3500 hrs in the building
  • 440 boards of spectacular 3D terrain incorporating the NATURE SERIES 1 & 2 sets
  • Extensive SG and NG inter-related and interactive industries
  • Set in rural pioneer country
  • Country towns and rail yards
  • Steep hills and spectacular high-county, ravines, gully's and Fiords
  • Fully signaled with Coloured Light Main line signals and Semaphore Branch line signals
  • Breath-taking realism
  • Continually changing landscape and terrain
  • Comes with 28 sessions for quick familiarization
  • Operational rail ferries - load and move rail ferries between ports
  • Operational River Steamer - navigate the interactive river lock
  • Operational aerial flight - explore aboard the helicopter
  • 100's of hrs of operational pleasure

Trackwork:

  • 190 km (120 miles) of scenic SG mainline and branch lines
  • 55 km (34 miles) of NG logging and mining lines
  • 175 km (110 miles) of aerial helicopter route
  • 100 km (63 miles) of Ocean / River ship routes

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3 / Vista / Windows 7
    • Processor: Pentium D 3.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia Geforce 7200/128MB or better
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 2GB Free Hard Disk Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound Card
    • Other Requirements: Internet connection required for access to the download station
Helpful customer reviews
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 15
Warming!: I'm reviewing this through Trainz 2009 as I mounted it onto it.

Murchison 2 is a great addon to a base.. as a standalone its pretty ♥♥♥♥ so I would recommend having Trainz 2009/2010 to mount this onto for some real enjoyment.

Thas it basically. It has a ♥♥♥♥ ton of NG and SG from SP to New Zeland and so on, and I would highly recommend to someone who enjoying NG to SG work.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 17
This is great for the new player to Trainz, If you have Trainz 12 you should get this. its may be more expensive, but it is still better then most simulators I've seen. The instructions arn't that great, but the're understanable.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
12.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
not all the sessions included are playable :( DO NOT BUY
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Heyyo,

Meh, got this game on one of those indie bundles... it's not very fun, nor does it look very good... maybe I'm just not into hardcore train simulators... but yeh, I can't give it a good recommendation. :P
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0.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
Only game that I have ever gotten that doesn't work. It was on sale so not too much of a waste.
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 12
Got this cheaply from a bundle and was not at first impressed at all. after awhile the simulation part starts to show and you go deeper and it starts to look much better.

This particular game is however basicaly 'trainz lite' due to non-functional save game. If you can keep the PC on at long times then no problem using this game. This game managed to hook me pretty well quite quickly even without save: there just is something in it trying to manage a huge freight train, or trying to keep up with timetables when you move passengers. Steam or electic trains for choice, Simple toy train DCC controls or realistic CAB control modes spice up the experience well.

Things go sour if you really must have save and dont have any other trainz game that saves sessions properly like Trainz 12.
I'll be playing that game now. Working save. Better content and proper tutorials that this game lacks.

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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
456.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 29, 2013
Absolutely Great, and everything I used worked just as it should. Even sounds and actions were co-ordinated, more than I can say for Rail Simulator 2013! Pity about lack of instructions though, but that is common in all these simulator games. Lucky I have crystal balls.
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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2013
Trainz: Murchison 2 is not a very good game. Problematic UI and lack of content are only some issues with this unoptimized mess of a game. It's good to acknowledge this is only a standalone expansion though so it explains the lack of content. If you're looking for fun, you won't get it from Trainz: Murchison 2, you can crash the trains but it doesn't do much. As for it being a train simulator, it still isn't the best option for the genre I think, though I'm not an expert. But I'd definitely say look elsewhere to spend your money unless you know the train simulator stuff and already are in love with this game type. If in doubt, don't buy this.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
15.5 hrs on record
Posted: April 19
recently purchased this game, it could and should be good, plenty of interesting content but it wont save part way through an session , also only 25 of the 58 sessions are accessible .

currently trying to get some sense out of the publishers support team .
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 28
the track builder doesn't work so spend your cash on something else
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