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SkyChimp
10-03-2005, 06:00 PM
I've been loving this sim for several years. Does anyonw else play with it?

http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/choochoo.jpg

BTW, if CFS3's terrain looked this good, I'd still be playing that.

Enforcer572005
10-03-2005, 06:17 PM
Apparently not chimp.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

I started to get it once, but i dont even have time to fly this thing enough. besides, i just cant get into a sim where you dont fight it out wiht some1. If they had an armored train like in the eastern front and you could operate the turrets, then i might.

very impressive screenshot though.

tomtheyak
10-03-2005, 06:18 PM
can't say i have, but it does appeal occasionally... you seem to enjoy it mate, so i might check it out!

Anything particularly great/gorgeous/amazing about it?

Ps, tho i'm a Limey my Dads into O Gauge Railroading so, nice F3s mate! C&O one of my preferred RRs

Waldo.Pepper
10-03-2005, 06:37 PM
When I was a kid I always felt sorry for the old guys and their elaborate train sets in their basements. And now that I'm middle aged I still do.

Owlsphone
10-03-2005, 06:38 PM
I bought it when it came out a few years ago.I played it for a little but never really got into it seriously. I have those cds somewhere.

SeaFireLIV
10-03-2005, 06:41 PM
I keep wanting to try this, but it was too expensive at the beginning (I could sit on a real train for half the price).

Now that it`s cheaply affordable, my friends keep laughing at me whenever I even murmur the thought of trying it... I don`t normally let my m8s put me off anything, but they succeed on making me feel like n idiot anorak for wanting it...

SkyChimp
10-03-2005, 06:52 PM
Originally posted by tomtheyak:

Anything particularly great/gorgeous/amazing about it?



No. But it's fun. Sort of like playing with a, uh, umm, train set. And its relaxing.

The scenery is great. The best way to enjoy it is simply sitting back and lokking out the window as it passes by.

There lots of moving scenery, too. Like cars that drive around on the roads.

Oilburner_TAW
10-03-2005, 08:35 PM
Can you drive the train from the engineer's station? What else do you do in the game? (try to make $$$, etc...). I remember when it came out and I was always reeeeel close to getting it but never did.

SkyChimp
10-03-2005, 08:59 PM
Originally posted by Oilburner_TAW:
Can you drive the train from the engineer's station? What else do you do in the game? (try to make $$$, etc...). I remember when it came out and I was always reeeeel close to getting it but never did.

I've never even explored it fully.

Yes, you can drive them from the engineer's "cockpit." It has a virtual 3D cockpit. All are very nice. 3rd party add-ons are nice. You can even put yourself in a passeger coach and sit there, cigarette in the ashtray (actually smoking) and watch the scenery.

There are all sort so scenerio, ie picking up and delivering passengers within a schedule, freight delivery, shuffling cars. Just about anything a real railway does.

http://www.trainartisan.com/TrainArtisan/tagallery/TrainArtisan_gallery_08.jpg

SkyChimp
10-03-2005, 09:18 PM
4 different views:

http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/view1.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/view2.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/view3.jpg
http://members.cox.net/us.fighters/view4.jpg

Oilburner_TAW
10-04-2005, 04:51 AM
Definately going to have to pick this up.

Thanks Skychimp!

VV_Holdenb
10-04-2005, 04:53 AM
I like me trains http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Here's a links for lots of goodies and downloads:
http://www.uktrainsim.com/
The steam narrow gauge addon routes are really
good.

Also rumours:
KUJU entertainment are producing a new version
in progress for 2006....

supposed to look like this:
http://www.railsimulator.com/Images/wallpaper3_1024x768.jpg

pacettid
10-04-2005, 05:26 AM
Played it for many years Chimp...sure wish they hadn't made the decision to cancel the sequel http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Deedsundone
10-04-2005, 06:52 AM
Sounds like FS 2004 but with trains.The former bored me so I guess this will too.I think riding the tram in Mafia will do.

scottmal1
10-04-2005, 07:46 AM
I bought it last year and still havent got round to installing it yet, some of the add-ons look quite nice like the 'glacier express' one. My reason for buying it was for stress relief, just go for a nice relaxing train ride in the alps and have a beer.

panther3485
10-04-2005, 08:09 AM
Nice piccies, SkyChimp.

No, can't say I ever got the urge to play a train sim but the stills are encouraging. Might give it a go one day.

BTW, have you heard of 'Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006'? I am looking at a magazine review of this game as I write and the reviewer reckons its not bad at all, if you're into that sort of thing.

Best regards,
panther3485

Lucius_Esox
10-04-2005, 12:15 PM
Yes I have played it Skychimp,, but I used to be an engine driver http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif It is actually pretty realistic on the driving front they have got the braking just right,, it is that hard in real life to stop exactly where you want, especially with a freight train..

On my sys which was pretty high end for it at the time there used to be a wierd "surging" effect in the way the trains moved sometimes.

Also some of the add ons were good. Another good simulator was "Trainz" I don't know if that was available in the US. Problem with it was though that it was just like going to work http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif because it was mainley British stuff..

I thought everyone wanted to be an Engine Driver when they were young http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

DxyFlyr
10-04-2005, 12:55 PM
I've got it. Even have some impressive 3rd party stuff. Trains were my first love, but until MS puts a pair 20's on the nose of my favorite L&N skinned F unit, I'll be flying IL2. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

hmmm... an operable armored train.

It's good for the occaisional run. I'd say I spend maybe 1 percent of my sim time in Trains. It's definately not as entertaining as IL2 but it is still on my hard drive after all this time.

If Kuju produces a train sim that looks as good as that screenshot in vv_Holdenb's post, I'll certainly get it.

Capt.England
10-04-2005, 01:03 PM
I have got MS train Sim, plus I have Trainz 2004 passenger edition (UK release).

SkyChimp, Get Trainz 2006 if you can as IMHO it should be miles better! Loads of good downloads from the makers web site (should work with a lot of Trainz2004 downloads), plus no end of good U.S. train stuff is well!

A real good add-on for MS Train Sim is the Swanage Railway, and also excellent is London and South East by first class simulations (thats if you don't mind British stuff).
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

MEGILE
10-04-2005, 01:07 PM
I have considerd it.... might pick up the latest version of Trainz

Capt.England
10-04-2005, 01:09 PM
I have just looked at the link that vv_Holdenb's posted, and must say that it is out of this world!!!

It looks more like a Half-Life 2 (tm) mod.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

Bearcat99
10-04-2005, 02:05 PM
I always thought that model trains were boring enough..... the virtual ones would probably render me unconcious.... but hey that's just me...

stef51
10-04-2005, 02:20 PM
Dont know what card you have, but the graphics are very nice.... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Appart from some bugs it is obvioulsy something very nice for train fans. The nice thing is of course that many new features were added by dedicated rail sim fans plus experienced people in loco physics... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The next version of the game is there...

http://raildriver.com/

click on the link for 'Click here for the train simulator news page'

One of the best site ever for the game for newbies if interested...

http://www.train-sim.com/

Nice thread!!!

Stephen Choo Choo

womenfly
10-04-2005, 02:21 PM
ZZZZZZZ .... sorry, what did you say ... I fell asleep reading this ... yawn ... ZZZZZZZZZZZ ... snor ...what? .... ZZZZZZzzzzzz....

DxyFlyr
10-04-2005, 02:34 PM
ZZZZZZZ .... sorry, what did you say ...


I completely understand the sentiment here, but you guys (and gals) must admit that in most real world circles you'd be hesitant to confess your addiction to a computer flight simulator. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Having been a train nut for years, I'm aware of the appropriate situations to "let slip" my affliction. This forum is a safe place to do that. Afterall, flight sim junkies are only one rung up the geekdom ladder from train sim junkies.

womenfly
10-04-2005, 02:45 PM
... just kidding with you. Looks really cool. If your having fun .. go for it! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I purchased a makeup and hair sim, now who am I to talk .... don't even go there!

Capt.England
10-04-2005, 02:52 PM
Makeup and hair sim? Is it called Sims 2 by the way?

SkyChimp
10-04-2005, 05:11 PM
Trainz 2006 looks pretty good. I dowloaded the movie from their site. Some of the train forums say MSTS is still more accurate, but Trainz is more fun. Maybe I'll have both.

I'd like to have a really good model of a articulated steamer, like a Big Boy, Challenger or Allegheny.

http://www.steamlocomotive.com/bomuseum/co1604-duley.jpg

arcadeace
10-04-2005, 05:17 PM
Originally posted by womenfly:
I purchased a makeup and hair sim, now who am I to talk .... don't even go there!

It would be nice if you posted a picture http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Faith_Healer
10-04-2005, 05:32 PM
I have MS Train sim. Played it for a while, then started dabbling into making my own Elevated Terrain and then placed my own route on it. I believe there is a program out to build your own cars and objects for it..I think it is from the same author as Flight Simulator Design Studio..
It is kind of fun going to the off spurs and droping cars. and picking up others...

Bearcat99
10-04-2005, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by DxyFlyr:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">ZZZZZZZ .... sorry, what did you say ...


I completely understand the sentiment here, but you guys (and gals) must admit that in most real world circles you'd be hesitant to confess your addiction to a computer flight simulator. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Having been a train nut for years, I'm aware of the appropriate situations to "let slip" my affliction. This forum is a safe place to do that. Afterall, flight sim junkies are only one rung up the geekdom ladder from train sim junkies. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Not me..... I will tell anyone who will listen.. in fact my laptop at work has a screenshot of my P-51 escorting a B-17.... It beats hanging in bars and chasing women.. and it's safer and cheaper too... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

luftluuver
10-04-2005, 07:32 PM
Anyone play 'Railroad Tycoon'? Even a couple of WW2 campaigns.

DxyFlyr
10-04-2005, 08:25 PM
it's safer and cheaper too...


No argument there, Bearcat.


Trainz does look good. Even supports TracIR. I looked at getting it, but it seems like they are out of stock for a bit.

The Kuju thing looks amazing. Rail Simulator (http://www.railsimulator.com/index.htm)

EURO_Snoopy
10-05-2005, 01:36 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:

Not me..... I will tell anyone who will listen.. in fact my laptop at work has a screenshot of my P-51 escorting a B-17.... It beats hanging in bars and chasing women.. and it's safer and cheaper too... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Me too, but it's amazing how many people cross the street to avoid me now http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

trumper
10-05-2005, 02:35 AM
Must be more fun than driving the real thing,no moaning passengers,no managers that would'nt know the front end from the back end http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif
no paperwork.

nakamura_kenji
10-05-2005, 03:08 AM
can crash into each other? sorry but only bit fun would get think ^_^

SeaFireLIV
10-05-2005, 03:12 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:

It beats hanging in bars and chasing women.. and it's safer and cheaper too... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

As much as I like flight sims... and er, train sims. Chasing women will never beat any kind of sim- ever! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

SeaFireLIV
10-05-2005, 03:14 AM
Bah! Did I type that wrong? And I`m just too jaded to correct it too. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif

NAFP_supah
10-05-2005, 03:51 AM
Originally posted by Bearcat99:
It beats hanging in bars and chasing women..http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Then you go to the wrong bar and chase the wrong kind of women :P

major_setback
10-05-2005, 04:12 AM
We could do with a good 'chasing women' sim. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif I have yet to find one. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif


(I've been looking ) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

panther3485
10-05-2005, 04:28 AM
Hi there, DxyFlyr

Quotes:

#1 - "....you guys (and gals) must admit that in most real world circles you'd be hesitant to confess your addiction to a computer flight simulator."

(Not me. I don't go out of my way to tell people but by the same token I'm not shy about it either, if the general subject of hobbies and passtimes comes up. It hasn't made any difference to the way anybody treats me...and yes, I do live, work and socialize in 'real world circles'. Among all my family, friends, acquaintances and work colleagues there is only one other person who is into flight sims/games but many of the others have shown genuine interest when I mention it - even those who play no computer games whatsoever.)

#2 - "....flight sim junkies are only one rung up the geekdom ladder from train sim junkies."

(Er..... I reckon several rungs up but hey, that's just my opinion, right?)

Best regards,
panther3485

panther3485
10-05-2005, 04:44 AM
Hi there, Bearcat99

Quote:

*"....my laptop at work has a screenshot of my P-51 escorting a B-17.... It beats hanging in bars and chasing women...."

(It may beat hanging in bars and chasing women but it sure as $hit doesn't beat catching one. A whiff of bearded clam is all it takes and I'll quickly drop any PC game, any time! But then, I always have been an animal!)

Best regards,
panther3485

DxyFlyr
10-05-2005, 07:43 AM
panther3485

Hi there, DxyFlyr

(Not me...

...I reckon several rungs up but hey, that's just my opinion, right?)


I suppose I was being a little toungue-n-cheek about the sim/geek stuff. Truth is, while I don't walk around with my "Hyperlobby Forever" t-shirt on, I am pretty much excited to tell people about IL2 when it comes up.

Most people are genuinely interested when you tell them that you fly with people who are all over the world. You put the kids to bed, fire up IL2 and before you know it you can look at the guy on your port wing and you know he's sitting at his computer in Poland where it's 7am. The guy ripping up a flight of Pe-2's below you is in New Zealand and he's filling up the comms with his crazy down under talk.

It still amazes me.

In that sense, train sims just don't compare. I think you may be right about several rungs up.

skycaptain_1
10-05-2005, 08:04 AM
hi

does it work with TrackIR?

I am occasionaly tempted to buy this sim, then my wallet goes "don't tell the wife - she will leave you!"

so I don't

altstiff
10-05-2005, 08:17 AM
I have this sim and a few payware routes like the Maple Leaf Tracks ones.

I love it but I go in spurts where I paly it and then don't play it.

Kicking horse pass 2.0 is my favortie.

DxyFlyr
10-05-2005, 09:07 AM
skycaptain_1

Posted Wed October 05 2005 09:04
hi

does it work with TrackIR?

I am occasionaly tempted to buy this sim, then my wallet goes "don't tell the wife - she will leave you!"

so I don't



No, MS Train Sim does not support TrackIR. If someone knows different, let me know, but I've got both and they don't play well together.

Ntago
10-05-2005, 09:26 AM
Actually I do play it,but not in the traditional sense.
I use it for relaxation therapy.
Some times after a online battle on hypeylobby
and I have been shot to pieces, over and over again,I switch on MTS and set it for a long haul.I then crank the subwoofer and kick back on
The couch, or depending where you€re from, the chesterfield.
Clikety clack€¦I€m soon off to never land where the guns never run out of amo,the planes never stall, and my opponents are all just a notch below me.

S~

signalnorth
10-07-2005, 04:35 AM
I used to play it. I thought it was quite good , then I found our sim! Actually it is pretty good but what's a big bugbear for me is the rather lousy British signalling in the UK system lines. Also ,when you make up your own services and try to cross them at crossing points on single lines the software invariably throws up a bug -All very frustrating.

VV_Holdenb
10-07-2005, 05:08 AM
"rather lousy British signalling in the UK system lines" -too true.
other gripes are:
- no working turn tables
- If building own routes they can't be circular

Bearcat99
10-07-2005, 07:28 AM
Originally posted by NAFP_supah:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Bearcat99:
It beats hanging in bars and chasing women..http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Then you go to the wrong bar and chase the wrong kind of women :P </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Naaahhhhh I just have too much to loose... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif No cootch is worth it IMO....

Believe me.. it was fun in it's day, when I was single..... but now.... http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif nope... not worth the grief...

I always had a knack for getting caught doing things I shouldnt.... thats why my dad told me as a young man "Boy you better get a good education... cause you ain't cut out for a life of crime..." as he proceeded to wear me out for doing something I had no business doing.... LMAO..

Snow_Wolf_
04-08-2006, 06:32 PM
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/9/95/UP_9000_2.jpg/800px-UP_9000_2.jpg

This is what i drive around in MSTS ..yes Size does matter lol

yea i got a model railroad collection that N scale mostly steam engines had a few 4-8-4 northerns .. some con cor , a few new model power ones and that about it but i really want that UP 9000 in N scale lol think of the hauling power