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Release Date: Mar 8, 2012

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Buy Train Simulator: German Collection

Includes 6 items: Train Simulator: Cologne-Dusseldorf Route Add-On, Train Simulator: DB BR232 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: DB ICE 2 EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: DB ICE 3 EMU Add-On, Train Simulator: Metronom ME 146 Loco Add-On, Train Simulator: Munich-Augsburg Route Add-On


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Cologne-Dusseldorf is a superb modern German route for Train Simulator, with hours of driving pleasure and many familiar landmarks along the way. Please note that this expansion pack has higher than usual system requirements due to the high level of detail.

The Cologne-Dusseldorf line is the first stage of the Cologne - Duisburg line, one of the most important and heavily-used rail routes in the whole of Germany. It is also a key route for regional and express services, with Intercity-Express, Intercity, Regional-Express, Regional¬bahn and S-Bahn befahren services operating along the route. Cologne main station was modified in March 2000 and is a major junction and interchange in the German railway system. A massive 280,000 passengers per day pass through, make it one of the busiest stations in Germany. Dusseldorf main station is also a major interchange, with 250,000 people visiting every day. Another major junction on the route is Deutzerfeld. It is a marshalling station for passenger trains, as well as a depot for locomotives and carriages.

The Cologne-Dusseldorf Expansion Pack is packed with detail and realistically-recreated landmarks along every metre of your journey. Enjoy the wonderfully realistic view from your cab as you handle an express between Cologne and Dusseldorf, past the Music Hall in Cologne and over the famous Hohenzollern Bridge, or past the large train yard and maintenance depot at Deutzer Feld. Cologne-Dusseldorf is a fantastic expansion pack for all German rail fans.


Accurately recreated stations including Cologne Hbf, Cologne Messe/Deutz, Cologne –Buchforst, Cologne –Mulheim, Cologne –Stammheim, Bayerwerk, Leverkusen Mitte, Leverkusen-Küppersteg, Leverkusen-Rheindorf, Langenfeld-Berghausen, Dusseldorf-Hellerhof, Dusseldorf-Garath, Dusseldorf-Benrath, Dusseldorf-Reisholz, Dusseldorf-Eller Süd, Dusseldorf-Oberbilk, Dusseldorf Volksgarten, Dusseldorf Hbf

All key buildings and landmarks recreated including Cologne main station and the Hohenzollernbrücke

Typical rolling stock for this route including BR 143 and BR 151 locomotives, S-Bahn carriages and freight wagons (provided by Virtual Railroads).

Included Scenarios:
  • Morning Rush Hour
  • Evening
  • Regional Express
  • Freight Traffic
  • Extra Train
  • Shift on the Reisholz Yard
  • Shunting on Deutzer Feld
  • Towing Service
  • Special Notes
Please note that this expansion pack has higher than usual system requirements due its high level of detail.

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
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: October 2, 2014
This piece of DLC is done by Aerosoft, Aerosoft is not upgrading this track anymore. This track is utterly bad, track signals are entirely out of place, some are not functional, tracks have speed limit errors, Quick Drive is entirely useless on this map because when attempting to start a session the train is set revers towards the end of the map and it's just utterly unplayable and feels bland.

I rate this track 0 out of 10. [Do not buy!]

Upon the discovery of an update from, I managed to get the quick drive up and working perfecty on the fast and slow lane of the track, it is pretty nice this way to be honest, that scenario fixed all the issues I've been encountering with this map, with that fix, I would call it a 5 out of 10 to barely reach acceptable terms. [Updated on 2015.02.14]
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: December 30, 2014
First thing first - Irecommended this route but with one (erm two) conditions which I'll mentoon at the end. I bought this add-on some time ago and I left it for another occassion - big mistake! Route aged visualy drastically. Of course main locations like Koln or Dusseldorf still looks great rich with deatils but scenery along route is far below today standards, practically no details, building with awful bitmaps, no descent foliage, still some visual bugs at platforms. Also rolling stock is not so good, all models remembers Rail Simulator (or at least first RailWorks), physics are bad or nonexistent, even Aerosoft models got some issues. But no all things are bad, route itself with S-Bahn route, with huge trainyards and two main stations got huge potential, you have possibility to run S-Bahn commuters (sometimes with trainstops no more than 1,5km each from another!), you can wander on vast trainyards, you can run fast Inter Regio or Inter City trains. But to pros overhelm cons there are two conditions to met - first you must buy it on a sale (50% at least) and second you must buy additional rolling stock from virtual railroads. Fantastic BR 143 is on steam but BR 151 with Dostos is only availabile from 3rd party software website.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: March 30
I got this route as part of the German collection. At a sale like it is on now. And that is the right setting for this route. The stand alone route is just too expensive. Maybe when they do a complete update.

You can tell that this route makes use of somewhat older techniques. More recent routes perform better at the same settings. And the first scenario I tried missed the whole sky. Everything was gray in color and everything that can be regarded as skyline had a blue line drawn around it. The environmental settings where spring, clear skies and ~09:30.

So I did a quick drive using the same settings to see if it was the route itself or maybe my Linux system. But no problems there. Clearly a scenario issue. Other scenarios work just fine.

One speed issue I found was just before the Leverkusen station. Just when you are doing 160 km/h or 99 mph you get a non-advertised restriction to 120 km/h or 75 mph. You kind of have to get to know the route.

One surprise that I really liked was the speed restriction near the end of one of the first scenarios. This one occurs in the form of a sign instead of a signal. You have to acknowledge it with the PZB Wachsam key -or the page down key- otherwise you will get a Zwangsbremsung. You see the PZB magnet next to the sign. Not sure whether it is realistic but it got me busy.

The second one is quite at the end of this scenario where you get multiple signals, all yellow but only the last one needs to be acknowledged and you have to loose speed at quite a rate when you're not ready for it.

The scenery itself is quite good. I enjoyed it. Too bad about the lack of performance.

In conclusion, I do recommend this route although in the before mentioned pack and at a sale.

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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Posted: April 6, 2015
I recommend this route - just. Some well-known sites like the Cologne Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge are represented very well, and there is lots of nice German architecture on display as you go between the two cities. However, there are also some annoying "invisible" speed limits, i.e. speed limits not shown on the HUD or even on the track itself, which will catch you out when you first play the route. For example, just after you leave Cologne (or just before you enter it), the speed limit is supposed to go from 30 to 60, but instead it only goes from 30 to 40. Then when you're approaching the Leverkusen-Mitte station, the speed limit changes from 160 to 120 with no warning when you're about 0.27km away from the station on the Cologne side. Last but not least, on the final approach into Düsseldorf, the speed limit plunges from 80 to 40 with no warning at the final signal before the station. It's very easy to be heavily penalised for speeding with these sudden and unexpected speed limit changes, especially when you're driving an ICE high-speed train. However, after playing the route a few times, you can work out where they are and adjust your driving accordingly. Once you've done that, you can do pretty well in the career scenarios. But the speed limit issue somewhat spoils what is otherwise a very nice little route.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: February 2, 2015
It's old, short, not very good visually, often crashes to desktop. May be ok at a deeply discounted price, but I would definitely recommend Hamburg-Hanover or even Ruhr-Sieg (despite malfunctioning PZB) over this one.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: December 21, 2014
I bought it after going to Gamescom, but it's very buggy, get Cologne to Koblenz instead, beauiful route.
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7 of 13 people (54%) found this review helpful
Posted: October 7, 2014
I completed all 7 scenarios with gold medals in this scenario and I would like to share my thoughts. First of all, buyers should be aware that this Add-On has some bugs like speed limit errors. However I would like to add that the bugs in this Add-On is nothing major, only minor bugs here and there.

Despite the bugs, I really enjoyed playing this DLC. The scenery is beautiful and those who enjoy driving an electric train, this is a must buy.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: April 3
Too many mistakes and bugs on this route. You can't complete some of the scenarios. For example, even if You full stop on the station and passengers get in the train, task has been marked as failed on the task list. Also from time to time You get error and Train Simulator will be closed. I don't recommend this route.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: January 19
I would never say anything like "it's cheap so pardon those bugs".

Selling something at a low price does not legitimize irresponsiblity.

This map is HORRIBLE. It's extremely poorly made. In other words, it's crap. Sorry, AeroSoft, but I truly think so.

You will see large portions of tracks in mid-air with foundations below missing. You will see unbelievably misaligned tiles. You will see invisible speed limits haunting you.

Who cares about the Cologne Cathedral? Don't embarrass its people by attaching their city name to such a gross map. Whoever permits the release of this DLC should be fired and never hired by anyone at all. The lack of respect for customers is stunning.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: April 24
not the best quality. out of the blue speed restrictions, tells me i'm late on some routes even though i'm early. worth less than $10.
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Posted: May 31
This Add-on was released in 2012, and you can clearly see the route's age. Compared to more recent works, it is clearly sub-standard.

While that would not be too much of an issue, there are many points of failure that are not explainable, let alone justifiable with the release date in mind. Poor track layout at many places (Deutz station for example), or the small number of Quick drive scenarios and that some of them put you on the wrong track all the time would be such things. Or that the S-Bahn trains do not appear to have any brakes.

Also, the route is very short. If this route got updated to the standard of say, the Cologne-Koblenz route and extended at least to Duisburg, better still Oberhausen and/or Essen, I'd be much willing to buy it, but in its current state I cannot recommend the add-on.
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Posted: January 17
As many fellow reviewers said already, the addon is outdated and buggy. And it's still full-priced, why?. I suggest getting e.g. Hamburg-Hannover or Koln-Koblenz instead.
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Posted: June 28, 2015
If it was free, ok. It's not! :(
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Posted: January 27, 2015
so bad ,acctully, It's not be completed at all
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