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  • State of the Site: May 2024

    State of the Site: May 2024

    Where has the year gone? Here we are almost in the month of June, my granddaughter is out of school again, and my wife's tomato patch looks to be off to a good start. Still waiting for the cicadas to hatch up in our neck of the woods, but I can't say I'm too concerned if they don't manage to show up. They're ugly and the dogs will probably be a bit freaked out...

    This week got off to a very interesting start... a perennial favorite here at Trainsim.Com has an update: the Full Bucket...
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    Last edited by eric; 06-01-2024, 04:32 PM.

  • Memorial Day

    Memorial Day



    It's Memorial Day in the United States.

    As most Americans will be enjoying the day off from work today, I wanted to write and acknowledge that our very ability to enjoy a holiday came at a very high price, which was paid for by those who gave their lives in conflict.

    Previously known as Decoration Day, this is not a day of celebration. It's not intended to be a day for parties, boating or barbecues.

    It is a day of commemoration, specifically set...
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    Last edited by eric; 05-27-2024, 10:01 AM.

  • 3dTrains ORTS and v4 F-Units now available

    3dTrains ORTS and v4 F-Units now available

    If you're a fan of EMD F-Units, chances are one of the 3DTrains options posted to the Store this week will fit right in with your MSTS/ORTS collection. The ORTS Santa Fe F7 pack is designed for OpenRails, including a true 3D cab. The model detail is outstanding, and looks incredible pulling the El Capitan cars from NAVS in the library. A few folks have already told me the cab works great on other E and F units, so it may be worth the purchase just for that added feature and realism. There are also 13 v4...
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    Last edited by eric; 05-21-2024, 06:39 AM.

  • Manual Payments

    Manual Payments

    Some products may not support every form of payment for instant purchase and will require manual handling.

    Please use the following link(s) to submit payments manually, and be sure to include your Username where requested within the form:

    PayPal (if using PayPal balance)
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    Last edited by eric; 05-19-2024, 12:19 PM.

  • Run8 Viewliner II Pack

    Run8 Viewliner II Pack

    Just in time for the summer travel season, the team at Run8Studios.com have come out with their Viewliner II pack, as well as v3 Update 15.

    Viewliners were developed in the 1990's to replace the remaining "Heritage" sleeping car fleet that had served Amtrak for over 25 years, and had been with the predecessor roads prior to that. A new modular approach was used for construction of the dorms, sleepers and diners. The shell of the car is physically separate from the interior. Duri...
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    Last edited by eric; 05-17-2024, 11:04 AM.

  • Pacific Surfliner available in the Store

    Pacific Surfliner available in the Store

    Now available.... the 3DTrains Pacific Surfliner trainset. The Surfliner has a special place in my railfanning history, so I'm really happy to see this available again. We used to camp almost monthly at San Clemente and San Onofre, and would walk past the tracks daily going down to the beach. Pausing to watch the Surfliners roll by was always part of those beach days for me. I've long been a fan of F59PHI's, having ridden behind them countless times in Texas on the Trinity Railway Express, a...
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  • Run8 Update 14 and MP15 Pack 2 Available

    Run8 Update 14 and MP15 Pack 2 Available


    New Switcher Liveries!

    Run8 Studios announces their latest pack - MP!15's in four new liveries -- BNSF Swoosh, NS, BN, and SP.

    These complement the first five liveries (BNSF Heritage I, Amtrak, Union Pacific, CSX YN3 and Run8 RR)

    Update 14 is also out for V3 which addresses a couple of minor issues in each route, and some updated station models. Dale posted the full change log in the Run8 forum here.

    Update 14 introduces a feature that sounds...
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  • State of the Site - April 2024

    State of the Site - April 2024

    A week ago, I was wondering "what in the heck can I write about this month?"...

    Taxes? Too depressing....

    UFL Football? I'd probably have to explain it to too many of you.

    The upcoming NFL Draft?

    Waiting a few days turned out to be good strategy, because a bunch of stuff hit over the course of a couple days, and it was all worth writing about.

    So without further procrastination, let's get to it....


    Whether it's music, mo...
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    Last edited by eric; 04-25-2024, 12:51 AM.

  • Feather River now available

    Feather River now available

    Ah, the 3DTrains Feather River Route.

    It's iconic, and visually one of the best routes ever created prior to OpenRails...

    And, it's back!

    We're hosting the file here at Trainsim to help our our friends at 3DTrains, who have been without a sales site for over two years now.

    There's an Information Page with details on the route, how to purchase, and how to install. This is one that I missed out on, and will be adding to my collection. I hope ever...
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    Last edited by eric; 04-15-2024, 11:39 PM.

  • Properly Install Content and Third Party Applications for OpenRails and MSTS

    Properly Install Content and Third Party Applications for OpenRails and MSTS

    Running the Microsoft / Open Rails Train Simulator is a little different from other simulators, in that there are a lot of options available for add-ons (over 30,000 in our library alone), as well as companion applications that are used to create routes, activities and even new models. Adding to the complexity, some of these applications date back to 2001, when MSTS was first introduced. The Windows operating system has changed quite a bit since then, and as a result, the way older app install...
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    Last edited by eric; 03-16-2024, 10:09 PM.
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  • State of the Site: May 2024
    by eric

    Where has the year gone? Here we are almost in the month of June, my granddaughter is out of school again, and my wife's tomato patch looks to be off to a good start. Still waiting for the cicadas to hatch up in our neck of the woods, but I can't say I'm too concerned if they don't manage to show up. They're ugly and the dogs will probably be a bit freaked out...

    This week got off to a very interesting start... a perennial favorite here at Trainsim.Com has an update: the Full Bucket...
    Posted 05-31-2024, 09:29 PM
  • Memorial Day
    by eric



    It's Memorial Day in the United States.

    As most Americans will be enjoying the day off from work today, I wanted to write and acknowledge that our very ability to enjoy a holiday came at a very high price, which was paid for by those who gave their lives in conflict.

    Previously known as Decoration Day, this is not a day of celebration. It's not intended to be a day for parties, boating or barbecues.

    It is a day of commemoration, specifically set...
    Posted 05-27-2024, 06:58 AM
  • 3dTrains ORTS and v4 F-Units now available
    by eric

    If you're a fan of EMD F-Units, chances are one of the 3DTrains options posted to the Store this week will fit right in with your MSTS/ORTS collection. The ORTS Santa Fe F7 pack is designed for OpenRails, including a true 3D cab. The model detail is outstanding, and looks incredible pulling the El Capitan cars from NAVS in the library. A few folks have already told me the cab works great on other E and F units, so it may be worth the purchase just for that added feature and realism. There are also 13 v4...
    Posted 05-21-2024, 02:23 AM
  • Manual Payments
    by eric

    Some products may not support every form of payment for instant purchase and will require manual handling.

    Please use the following link(s) to submit payments manually, and be sure to include your Username where requested within the form:

    PayPal (if using PayPal balance)
    ...
    Last Activity: 05-19-2024, 11:32 AM
  • Run8 Viewliner II Pack
    by eric

    Just in time for the summer travel season, the team at Run8Studios.com have come out with their Viewliner II pack, as well as v3 Update 15.

    Viewliners were developed in the 1990's to replace the remaining "Heritage" sleeping car fleet that had served Amtrak for over 25 years, and had been with the predecessor roads prior to that. A new modular approach was used for construction of the dorms, sleepers and diners. The shell of the car is physically separate from the interior. Duri...
    Posted 05-17-2024, 10:32 AM
  • Pacific Surfliner available in the Store
    by eric

    Now available.... the 3DTrains Pacific Surfliner trainset. The Surfliner has a special place in my railfanning history, so I'm really happy to see this available again. We used to camp almost monthly at San Clemente and San Onofre, and would walk past the tracks daily going down to the beach. Pausing to watch the Surfliners roll by was always part of those beach days for me. I've long been a fan of F59PHI's, having ridden behind them countless times in Texas on the Trinity Railway Express, a...
    Posted 05-13-2024, 10:00 PM
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