Actually, Microsoft Train Simulator has been out of production for
some time, and no new version is going to be produced. From time to
time, however, a bunch will show up at some retailer.
It's my understanding that a company called "Train Artisan" (who made
some very nice add-ons for MSTS) is currently working on a completely
new train simulator.
Boso View Express....I wouldn't quite say that is commercially
available, it's more of a freeware thing that anyone can download.
I've never seen references to it being retailed anywhere.
As long as I see it listed at Amazon.com, that's proof enough to me that's
Every two months I update http://www.greenbayroute.com/ with a new poll
(either model or prototype related), and I was thinking of running one on
"favorite train simulator programs." So I was looking for ideas of programs
The poll just ending is: " What's your favorite railroad hobby activity?"
I just bought a CD of Microsofts Train Simulator less then two weeks
ago at Staples. They still have a web site that supports additional
engines and I think routes.
It looks alive and well to me.
There is a really cool add on route at www.facingpoint.com. Its a really
good add on for MSTS.
raildriver.com also makes a simulator. I think its supposed to be really
accurate but it looks really crappy :). They are supposed to be making a
newer version though.
raildriver.com also makes a simulator. I think its supposed to be
accurate but it looks really crappy :)
I received a Raildriver controller console for Christmas and it has yet
to work properly. Repeated e-mails to the factory support folks have
been fruitless. Their software is buggy, too. What experiences have
you had with MSTS?
I got my control to work pretty good with MSTS. I have a lot of problems
getting it to work right with Trainz though. Its a backwards situation
if you ask me, Trainz was designed to work with raildriver while MSTS
Pretty much; there are throttle positions where the notch will
jump back and forth between two adjacent values, but I can always
find a position where the notch stays steady. Still, I know
what you mean - if you look at the raw data coming from the
RailDriver (you can do this by downloading the free Software
Development Kit from PI) there is a fair amount of fluctuation
(noise) in the values even when you're not adjusting the controls.
Another somewhat surprising thing is that the headlight and
wiper switches are analog.
One more thing: if the RailDriver's "engine type" doesn't match the
locomotive that you're running, the throttle and other settings
can jump all over the place as RailDriver and MSTS fight it out.
Anybody ever tried the routes and engines they have at
http://www.3dtrainstuff.com/ ? Tehachapi, Cajon and they're planning to
release Donner this spring. I haven't bought any of these yet but I'm
very interested in them.
Both Cajon and Tehachapi are very well done routes, even though some
details are lacking, mainly in trackwork. The basic mainline
operation IS there, however -- curves, gradient, etc., are all very
true to prototype. The talking hotbox detectors suck, though -- the
route designed used one of their teenage female relatives to produce
the readouts and they sound hokey. However, someone recently uploaded
actual readout sound files to train-sim.com for the Tehachapi route.
How many versions of Flight Simulator are there now? 133? <g>
For a game to be alive, there has to be improvements, new features,
new versions, and bug fixes. MS gave up on it and unless another
publisher buys the rights, MSTS will slowly wither and die.
$8.98 at Amazon.com is not a sign of health.
Here is one more site
I just got this one for my PSP. Its kinda neat, they use real video.
Everything is in Japanese but its still not to hard to understand what
I noticed too that if you look around, in Japan they have a lot of train
simish (probably more arcady than sim) type programs for the PS2. They
even make a controller for the PS2.
Top Spin wrote:
I just recently picked up the latest Auran Trainz Railroad Simulator Deluxe
Edition from Circuit City for $19.99.
It takes a little getting used to... but even with the limited time I've
spent using it the simulator has been interesting and enjoyable.
I'm still trying out the basic built in scenarios and 'DCC' mode loco
controling at this point. You can 'drive' or give orders to 'manage' a
train. You can run scenarios where you take orders to build small consists
and deliver the product to the appropriate locations.
I also managed to build a quick layout and amazingly run an engine on the
mess I created.
It includes some US but mostly UK equipment and rail layouts.
I have the "latest" version which is (was?) Trainz RR Somulator 2004,
but haven't used in in quite awhile. Is the one you mention a
replacement for it, IOW, the latest, greatest version one can currently
Thanks . . .
Paul - "The CB&Q Guy"
(Modeling 1960's in HO.)
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