Nostalgic Software (since 2004) has announced the release of SteamTRAIN 4.2 for both Intel Macs and PCs -- a steam locomotive and train simulator. In addition to new cross-platform availability, the price has been lowered. This simulation puts players in the roles of the engineer (driver) and train crew of a late 1800's era steam train.
Your train will travel between stations, up and down grades, negotiate curves, switch tracks, and couple/uncouple cars. Controls include the throttle, boiler pressure, traction sand, air brakes, manual couplers, and track switches. A new mixed-weather option includes clear skies, rain and snow plus day/night -- all in one run.
Updated Dispatcher Mode offers hours of real train operation challenges. At one terminal, you select loco(s) from the roundhouse using the turntable. Then assemble the marked cars into a passenger, freight or mixed train. Travel to opposite terminal picking up and dropping off cars along the way to attain a score. Several options add difficulty such as opposing Robo train, steep grades, and mixed weather.
To download a Mac or PC demo of SteamTRAIN 4.2, head over to the web site NostWare.com. Help and Controls files are separate downloads. Purchase ST 4.2 for $12 (40% reduction). ST 4.2 is Free for any ST 3 (Mac) or 4 (PC) customer from 2012 on.