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 Posted: Tue Nov 13th, 2007 12:11 am
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I bought this railway simulator back at the beginning of the summer ('07) and have just found the saved text:

It’s taken me a while to get round to looking at this software package but on a very rainy Monday in Wainscott, with varnish slowly drying on the layout pond and not a sharp craft knife blade in sight (I really must go to the shops!) it’s time to try out Microsoft Train Simulator.

This is a two CD set compatible with any PC Operating System between Windows 95 and XP – although there will be a Vista version soon, I read somewhere. Don’t know about Mac versions yet. The latest versions retail for about $20 U.S. but I bought a new 2001 version from Amazon Dot Com for $8 U.S.

Loading time is approximately fifteen minutes. As with any complex simulation there is a ton of stuff to download onto the hard drive. Once completed the second CD stays in the disk drawer to play the game.

There’s a good overview option, and then the “engineer” (the driver – remember this is a USA-based simulation although there is a UK steam line option) is invited to take a tutorial in an engine of his choice, electric, diesel or steam. I opted for diesel, and selected a Santa Fe “Dash 9” locomotive.

I’d give the tutorial full marks. It was crystal clear with both audio instructions and scrolling text. Not too much information, but enough to get rolling with a small degree of confidence. (Yeah, really!) I was totally bamboozled at first by references to Dynamic Brake Systems, train brakes, locomotive brakes, ammeters, system alert warnings and the like, but after ten minutes it came to an end and I went on to drive my own Dash 9 up into some rolling hills, I think in Wyoming! It was very much a case of, “Hey, we’re moving!” and then cautiously making my way along the track. No speed or efficiency records were broken today, but I didn’t derail or hit anything, used sand once, and even managed to stop the freight train at the right places! Oh – and sound the horn at the proper times!

All controls are keyboard and/or mouse operated. I’ve only got the basics under my hat at the moment – very much a stop/go, slow up/slow down journey – and there is a lot more to learn. The complete Engineers Manual is a 95 page PDF document available straight from the disk, online, or can be printed out.

Graphic quality is good to excellent in places, and I’m sure that the more recent versions of the simulator have improved since 2001. There are also many downloadable extras and ‘add-ons’ available.

I did save some screen images (by pressing Print Screen) but I have no idea where they are being stored as yet! This picture is a generic one taken room inside the cab of the Dash 9.

Am I hooked? Of course!



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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2007 07:13 am
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Tim not heard for age's but hows this sim going, mastered it yet or even are you hooked still.
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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2007 12:13 pm
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Tim, When you press "Print Screen" the computer saves a snapshot of the computer screen to the "Clipboard". You then must open another program, say "Word" for instance and "Paste" the image into it.
Since you have probably shut off your computer by now, they are gone. I'm not sure myself how many times you can hit that button and store the images till you can paste them. You will have to just try it out and see for yourself.

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Tim, I have Hornby Virtual Railway, MS train sim, and Eisenbahn Virtual Railroad but the best railway simulator in my opinion is Trainz (http://www.auran.com/trainz) as you can create your own (model) railway with scenary, buildings, rolling stock etc from various countries etc.etc., and it's not too complicated. You need to buy your local version first then you can download loads of other stuff which is added by fellow enthusiasts and the site itself.
I haven't been on the site for a while but I guess there are plenty of things to interest everyone.
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 Posted: Thu Dec 20th, 2007 02:13 pm
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I must confess ( :roll: ) that I haven't played with this sim for a while now. It's bad enough finding time to do some real modelling :cry: I'm also using our home PC less and less and keep getting kicked off by my daughter who wants to do homework or some project. I have the Mac Book on which I do 75% of my work, but the sim isn't Mac-compatible :(



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Was given a copy of MSTS the other day, have downloaded shed loads of locos, rolling stock and a couple of routes. Some of the add-ins are buggy but the sim is fun.

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I have it Trainz but I never seem to find the time to use it.

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Some of the scenarios in either of those sims take quite a bit of time to play. They are fun though, as well as challenging.

I'm currently using Railworks, which is an improved version of Microsoft's Train Simulator. You do need a good graphics card to get the best out of it though.

For those who want a good rail simulator that costs nothing, try BVE - a Japanese simulator which has several free British trains and routes available too.



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 Posted: Fri Jan 21st, 2011 11:58 am
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SRman wrote:
... a Japanese simulator which has several free British trains and routes available too.
Ah, but does it include a seven-gate level crossing;-)

I'd forgotten writing about MS Trains Sim in 2007. To be honest I haven't played with it since:mutley



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