Microsoft Train Simulator
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|Microsoft Train Simulator|
|Platform(s)||Microsoft Windows (95, 98, 2000, ME, XP)|
The simulation allows players to operate a train on various routes in Europe, Asia, and North America. Players need to stop and start the train, couple wagons, using the computer mouse, keyboard or a hardware addition such as Raildriver to operate the controls. Sound effects are enabled.
The original game featured six routes:
Included with the game is the Editors & Tools program, which allows the user to build custom routes, create activities for any route, create custom consists, create custom cabviews or edit the default ones.
|Steam||100||160||1923||Settle & Carlisle Line||LNER Green||Yes||Yes||Yes||N/A|
|Steam||90||145||1927||Settle & Carlisle Line||LMS Red||Yes||Yes||No||Utilized in a major role in one activity (Royal Scot Rescue)|
|Pendennis Castle||N/A||Steam||75||120||1924||Settle & Carlisle Line||GWR Green||Yes||Yes||No||N/A|
|BR Class 50||50015
|Diesel||100||160||1967||Settle & Carlisle Line||BR Blue
|Gölsdorf 310||310.23||Steam||N/A||N/A||N/A||Innsbruck - St. Anton||OBB Black||Yes||Yes||No||N/A|
|Gölsdorf 380||N/A||380.119||Steam||43||60||1911||Innsbruck - St. Anton||OBB Black||Yes||Yes||Yes||Cabview comes from Gölsdorf 180 steam locomotive|
|Dash 9||4723||Diesel||70||112||1993||Marias Pass||BNSF
|Yes||Yes||No||Classified as Electric in the game's consist editor|
|Acela Express||2001||Electric||150||240||1998||Northeast Corridor||Amtrak
|Acela HHP-8||651||Electric||135||217||1999||Northeast Corridor||Amtrak
|Yes||Yes||No||Uses Odakyu 2000 series sounds|
|KiHa 31||KiHa 31-12||DMU||60||95||1986||Hisatsu Line||JR Kyushu
Sliver & Blue
|Yes||Yes||Yes||Red interior (Blue interior in passenger view)|
|KiHa 31-12||DMU||60||95||1986||Hisatsu Line||JR Kyushu
Sliver & Blue
|Yes||Yes||Yes||Blue interior (Red interior in passenger view)|
Has headboards on its front and rear stating that it is the Isaburo Shinpei sightseeing train.
|KiHa 140||N/A||DMU||N/A||N/A||1977||Hisatsu Line||JR Kyushu
White & Dark Blue
7000 series LSE
|N/A||EMU||70||110||1980||Tokyo - Hakone||Odakyu Electric
Wine Red & White
|N/A||EMU||60||100||1995||Tokyo - Hakone||Odakyu Electric
Sliver & Blue
30000 series EXE
|N/A||EMU||75||120||1996||Tokyo - Hakone||Odakyu Electric
|Yes||Yes||No||Centre gangwayed cab cars never modeled. Uses end car 1 and 10 cabs instead.|
Large amounts of post-release DLC was also distributed, providing routes, locomotives, wagons and sessions.
The original version contained many bugs. For example, the "front coupling bug", where the locomotive's front coupler would not work, the "white void bug", where the route scenery disappears, leaving a white void, and the "end-of-the-line bug", where the locomotive, if it crashes through the last buffers on the route, would fall into an empty void. There are also issues with the signalling and AI dispatching. The game is also notoriously unstable, with unusually high tendencies to hang or crash without reason, and display error messages incorrectly and/or at the wrong times. In many instances, out-of-place error messages, usually for missing files, will cause a crash at the wrong time. MSTS 1.2 addressed some of these issues.
Version 1.2 added new items such as British and American rolling stock, namely the British Rail Class 50, British Rail Mark 1 Coaches, an EMD SD40-2 and general US freight cars, along with two new activities each for the SD40-2 and Class 50.[when?]
In the United States, Train Simulator sold 330,000 copies and earned $11.6 million by August 2006. At the time, this led Edge to rank it as the country's 54th-best-selling computer game released since January 2000. It also received a "Silver" sales award from the Entertainment and Leisure Software Publishers Association (ELSPA), indicating sales of at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom; and a "Gold" certification from the Verband der Unterhaltungssoftware Deutschland (VUD), for sales of at least 100,000 units across Germany, Austria and Switzerland. The game ultimately sold one million units by 2005, and is, despite its age, still very popular and has a large, active community.
The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences nominated Microsoft Train Simulator for its 2001 " Computer Simulation Game of the Year" award, which ultimately went to Microsoft Flight Simulator 2002.
The game features mod support as routes, trains, cargoes, scenery, etc. are abundant in the game. The installment of the mods is somewhat tricky since they have to be loaded into set files like Routes for Routes and Trainset for Trains, rollingstock, consists, etc. Over 1000 mods were created for the game and are mostly hosted on community sites such as trainsim.com, uktrainsim.com and elvastower.com, to name a few. Additionally, MSTS BIN, a community mod that aimed to add features and fix old MSTS bugs has since been released.
Microsoft Train Simulator 2
On May 7, 2003, Microsoft announced that it would be developing a sequel called Microsoft Train Simulator 2 and it was first demoed to the public at E3 on May 15. Seemingly its main improvements were the addition of people to the game (e.g. passengers waiting at the stations, people operating the new locomotive roster, etc.), more realistic crashes and other accidents, and turntables. It was being developed by Kuju Entertainment, the original MSTS creators. Despite restructuring efforts at Kuju, the project was however handed over to Microsoft Game Studios on August 18, 2003.
This project was ultimately halted, as the following statement on April 24, 2004 from Microsoft confirmed:
Microsoft Game Studios has halted the Windows-based game "Train Simulator 2.0." The decision to halt "Train Simulator 2.0" was made some time ago and was based on a long, hard and difficult look at our business objectives and product offerings. We remain focused on the simulations category with successful, platform-driving franchises such as "Microsoft Flight Simulator."— 
On January 19, 2007, Microsoft announced the relaunch of the Microsoft Train Simulator project. This time the game was being made in-house by ACES Game Studio (Microsoft Game Studios) known for its long line of Microsoft Flight Simulators, as a part of the "Games for Windows" initiative. The game would have used the Microsoft Flight Simulator X graphics engine and it was planned to be compatible with both Windows Vista and Windows XP. A post on 'The Little Wheel Goes in Back' blog, written by one of the developers, on August 23, 2007 suggested the working title was 'Train Simulator 2'.
On January 23, 2009, Microsoft announced that it was permanently closing ACES Game Studios, the internal development studio responsible for both Microsoft Flight Simulator and Microsoft Train Simulator. As a result, all future development on Train Simulator 2 (which was entering the final stages of development at the time of the closure) was immediately halted, marking the second time that the project was terminated. While Microsoft states that "they are committed to both the Flight Simulator and Train Simulator brands", it is unknown if the Train Simulator 2 project will ever be resurrected and completed sometime in the future. Many former employees of ACES Game Studios went on to join Cascade Game Foundry, a new company that was itself founded by two ACES alumni. Cascade Game Foundry focuses on developing entertainment simulations.
Open Rails is a train simulator that supports the world's largest range of digital content.
Accurate behaviour for steam, diesel and electric traction including trains with multiple locos.
Signals which correctly protect the train and permit complex timetabled operations.
Multi-user mode in which any timetabled train can be driven in person or by computer.
Key technical objectives are to be backward compatible with as well as extend all MSTS content. It adds new features such as improved multiplayer and mouse controls along with a newer engine that has better graphics and more realistic physics than MSTS. It is optimised to be able to take advantage of the features of newer CPUs, and can support more detailed models.
Open Rails 1.2 was released in 22 January 2017.
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