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There I was, all set to put something onto the forum about my N-gauge efforts, when my attention wandered to the shortcut to Auran's "Trainz Classics - Settle and Carlisle". Just five minutes, I thought........clicked the link.........nothing there! The programme has gone, reclaimed by the void - or the victim of an ill-advised right-click! Trainz 2006 - rapidly installed after the disaster as a placebo - just didn't fill the gap.

So intolerable a state of affairs cannot be tolerated; and ten/twelve hours later I had downloaded Trains (WBE) 2009 and the "SnC" expansion (do 2009:WBE first, or you'll need to re-download "SnC" again to get them to "mesh".) Total cost - some £25 (and you can reload them later if you need to!) Several updates/patches - and a visit to http://www.rail-sim.co.uk - later, and I was ready to start rolling. (That's not to say that SnC is all that's on Trainz 2009: it's not, and there's some fairly tasty other stuff on there - even if some of it does hark back to Trainz 2006/2004, and comes from "abroad".)

'Rail-sim' provided Black Fives; Jintys; 'Peaks'; Class 40s; and wagons/coaches galore - all free: go into 'Surveyor' mode on 'Trainz', and they're all yours to play with.

It's not the perfect sim; but Trainz covers a huge amount of ground. Over the next couple of weeks I suspect I'll be busy with virtual railways: if I have conclusions to draw, I'll record them on this thread. In the meantime, I'll try to get something onto the forum regarding (model) railways actual - rather than virtual - over the coming few days.

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Beware, Trainz can be addictive.

Cheers
Dave (recovering Trainzaholic)

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Then there is Microsoft's aging "Train Simulator"

Did anyone else get the NRM's (York UK) free Christmas gift? Railsimulator's  Flying Scotsman Christmas  - took a while to load up and only a short simulation but IMHO very good graphics




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I did have the Microsoft train simulator, my son has Trainz, but not my cup of tea.

 I much rather op trains on my layout.

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Iansa wrote: I did have the Microsoft train simulator, my son has Trainz, but not my cup of tea.

 I much rather op trains on my layout.

 Ian

I'm inclined to agree - its just every now and than I get lazy and if I am on the computer I will sometimes decide to drive a train for a while but normally for no more than 30minutes ( shorter than most routes) - come to think of it I don't think I have ever completed a route......apart from the short trip on the  NRM's version.

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I used to use Microsoft Train Sim, but it's been very much outdated by http://www.railsimulator.com which I continue to enjoy greatly.


                 

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