Drive vintage diesel trains, shifting gears manually and trying to reach a perfect score. Create new routes, trains and timetables. Share your creations and download new content from the Workshop.
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Very Positive (265) - 94% of the 265 user reviews for this game are positive.
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Mar 5, 2018
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The simulator has been in development for many years. It's time to get feedback from a larger crowd of players, be they experienced or beginning trainsimmers, to get the details right and see if the base concept and features could be turned into a new serious contender on the trainsim market.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“The simulator is expected to be in Early Access for several years.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“Planned additions and improvements:
  • More trains and routes
  • More gameplay elements (leaderboard, achievements)
  • Better train graphics and audio
  • Moving passengers
More detailed plans on the Steam discussions forum.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Most base features are in place and functional. The collection of routes and trains is still somewhat limited but can be extended with player-made content from the workshop.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price may be raised with some of the updates.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“All ideas and feedback are welcome. Feature requests and other suggestions will be considered for implementation if they are technically feasible and sufficiently small in scope.

If the community feels an important feature is not prioritised high enough, the order of the updates may be changed. The players may also have access to test versions in advance of the official releases.

Communication takes place mainly through the Steam discussions forum and Discord.”
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Reviews

“Via a stream of dynamic input recommendations the sim will tell you when to slow, pick up pace and change gear, quietly encouraging fuel-efficient driving all the while. It’s one of the simplest and best-integrated tutorial systems I’ve ever encountered.”
Tim Stone (Rock, Paper, Shotgun)

About This Game

Take the controls of a variety of diesel railcars and locomotives, each representing an integral part of Britain's Railways in the 1960s. With over 150 miles of track to explore, wide range of train services and advanced physics simulation, Diesel Railcar Simulator is the perfect train simulator for hardcore and casual fans alike.

Driving

  • Customise your driving experience to suit your needs: either drive the train fully manually with optional helpful HUD guides, or activate the 'simple controls' mode for easy two-key driving.
  • Drive using your keyboard, use your mouse to control the interactive in-cab controls, or hook up one of the wide variety of supported controllers including gamepads, joysticks, HOTAS and the RailDriver controller.
  • Alternatively, hand the controls over to the AI, relax and watch the computer drive the train from any viewpoint, or change trains to view any currently active service.

Realism

  • Physics are simulated in detail: individual components of the transmission are replicated to ensure realistic behaviour. The suspension of each vehicle is also modelled to make it bounce and sway over uneven trackwork.
  • Sounds are mostly authentic: many of the most prominent sounds used in game are recordings of the real trains.
  • Computer-driven AI trains occasionally make human-like mistakes like running late or misjudging braking at stations.

Gameplay

  • Each route features a full daytime timetable with every service being drivable. Choose from hundreds of Inter-City, semifast, stopping, freight, rescue and empty coaching stock train services.
  • Upon completing a service, your driving style and timekeeping are evaluated. Try the same run again to reach a higher score by braking more accurately or driving more economically, but stay alert: the signal that was green on the previous run might be red this time, due to a late-running AI train.

Trains

  • Four British Railways diesel railcar classes with manual gearboxes: 112, 117, 122 and 126
  • Class 127 railcar with torque converters (no need to change gears)
  • Locomotives: Classes 03, 37 and 40
  • A variety of passenger coaches and goods wagons
  • More trains available on the Steam Workshop

Routes

  • Choose from three routes totalling over 150 miles of track, each with their own unique feel:
  • North Landen: a 4-track main line with express and stopping trains racing each other during the busiest hours of the day
  • Westfords: a warm valley route with city centres connected by two alternative main lines and suburban branches at each end
  • Mountain Pass: a double track through line with a single line section meandering over hilly, rugged landscape with challenging gradients
  • More routes available on the Steam Workshop

Modding

  • With the game's built-in train, route and timetable editors and Steam Workshop support, Diesel Railcar Simulator is the perfect game for modding:
  • Train editor: create new liveries and trains using your own custom 3D-models and the built-in library of assets. Also includes an integrated vehicle body modelling tool which can be used without prior modelling experience
  • Route Editor: create brand new routes using built-in assets, custom imported ones or create your own inside the editor
  • Timetable editor: bring your route to life with busy traffic around the clock

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 or newer
    • Processor: Dual core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 or newer
    • Processor: Quad core
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX 11 compatible GPU
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 6 GB available space

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