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  • Ghosts and Zombies...

    Ghosts and Zombies...

    No, that isn't an error on our site.

    Have you ever seen a store that runs “Going Out Of Business” and “Everything Must Go” type sales, but never actually closes?

    I’m starting to think that way about our friends at

    While I gave open praise for the eight months advance notice of the site’s closing, I do have to say the ending is turning out to be nowhere near as organized.

    For whatever reason, they’re approaching...
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    Last edited by eric; 11-01-2023, 12:57 AM.

  • The Greatest Show On Earth

    The Greatest Show On Earth

    Last weekend, my wife told me we were taking a Sunday drive up to Wisconsin. Normally, I need no convincing to take a road trip and "head north", especially if it's Green Bay. But no, we weren't going to the Frozen Tundra or the Packers Pro Shop. We were going to Milwaukee to see the circus at the Fiserv Arena, home to the Milwaukee Bucks. I've always had a thing for the circus. My grandfather was a Shriner, and when we were kids, it was a bit of a family tradition to see the Shrine Circus ...
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    Last edited by eric; 10-19-2023, 05:18 PM.

  • State of the Site -- October 2023

    State of the Site -- October 2023

    Our week started with some sad news -- longtime community member Yuri Sos passed away after a courageous battle with bone marrow cancer, which had been diagnosed in 2019.

    Yuri was a huge influence in the early MSTS community, and the tutorials on his website have been used by hundreds of thousands if not millions worldwide.

    In real life, Yuri spent 49 years as a practicing veterinarian, graduating from the University of Melbourne and taking on his father's...
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    Last edited by eric; 10-17-2023, 03:23 PM.

  • State of the Site - September 2023

    State of the Site - September 2023

    A month ago, we were in the middle of a heat wave. Today, the leaves are already starting to turn, there's a definite chill in the mornings and evenings, and my wife's tomato crop is finally starting to slow down. Oh, and the Green Bay Packers are definitely back in action with a Week One victory at Lambeau Field South (also known as Soldiers Field...). Fall is in the air..... Heading into fall and winter usually means a couple things around here -- more new users, and people spending more "i...
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    Last edited by eric; 09-13-2023, 05:21 PM.

  • We Remember

    On this day, we remember and honor the thousands who perished in New York City, Washington D.C, and Shanksville, PA
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  • Horseshoe Curve ( NS ) and Run8 Update 10

    Horseshoe Curve ( NS ) and Run8 Update 10

    A new region from the folks at Run8Studios and the first route for it is Norfolk Southern (NS) Horseshoe Curve on the Pittsburgh Sub. Run from east of Altoona up and over the hill down thru Cresson on the West side

    Run8's NS Pittsburgh Sub East:
    Route Features:
    Over 60 Miles of NS Mainline Operations
    A PDF that lists all of the trains over the NS Pittsburgh Sub
    Rose Yard
    Woodvale Yard
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    Last edited by eric; 09-19-2023, 03:13 PM.

  • State of the Site - August 2023

    State of the Site - August 2023

    What? It's August? NFL football is back? Where has the year gone?.... This week, my granddaughter and youngest son both went back to the classroom (starting fourth grade and senior year of college respectively), so summer is definitely winding down quickly. We've had a fairly busy summer at Trainsim as the tie gang was hard at work rebuilding the main line: the site upgrade took place allowing for a face-lift, the servers got CPU, storage and memory upgrades, and despite that, we've seen a ni...
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    Last edited by eric; 08-16-2023, 09:56 PM.

  • Saving our Digital History

    Saving our Digital History

    During the past six months, I've spent a lot of time thinking over how best to protect the history that this forum represents, as well as that of other sites including UKTrainsim and Elvas Tower. As prepares to turns off the lights at the end of the month, I'd like to recognize Matt Peddlesden and his father Peter for creating and maintaining one of the better repositories for British, Welsh and Scottish oriented content. The amount of personal time, effort and resources that went i...
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    Last edited by eric; 08-05-2023, 01:44 AM.

  • Run8 v3 Update 9 Now Available plus New Update Manager

    Run8 v3 Update 9 Now Available plus New Update Manager

    Run8Studios announces that starting with V3 Update09, they are switching to a new way of updating the sim, the Run8 Updater App.

    It's now available for download on the Run8Studios website's Updates page. With the introduction of the new installer, users will no longer have to download 400+ MB worth of files every time there's an update. The installer will know which files to replace and modify..

    From V3 Update09 onward, your main menu will notify you when a new V3 Update...
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  • Shasta Route Now Available from TrainSimulations

    Shasta Route Now Available from TrainSimulations presents the Shasta Route, now available for purchase and download

    Southern Pacific’s picturesque Shasta Route was the main artery of SP traffic north of Roseville California to the Pacific Northwest. For decades, Mount Shasta created the perfect marketing piece for SP’s passenger services, and even today, countless photos of Amtrak’s Coast Starlight include the imposing mountain in the background. TrainSimulations Shasta Route is a mid-1990’s representat...
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    Last edited by eric; 07-26-2023, 05:48 PM.
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  • State of the Site - July 2024
    by eric

    Happy Independence Day!

    It's hard to believe we're already halfway thru the year, but that's where we are.

    I do apologize for writing this a bit late -- hopefully by now, everyone who celebrates the day has had a chance grab a burger or brat at a cookout, and is getting ready to sit back and watch for some fireworks either tonight or in the coming days.

    Listening from my home office, the celebrating started in our neighborhood last night and hasn't stopped....
    Posted 07-04-2024, 07:29 PM
  • Reefer Madness
    by eric

    The folks at TrainSimulations.Net have another great rolling stock set for us....

    Mechanical refrigerator cars are an essential piece of railroading, bringing fresh fruit and produce from the growing fields in California and Florida, as well as meat from the Great Plains and fish from the coasts to consumers nationwide.

    This set offers the standard Pacific Car and Foundry 57' car that was in widespread use from the 1960's to the 1990's. A few still remain in service today...
    Posted 06-26-2024, 10:10 AM
  • Locomotive Packs from DieselsWest
    by eric

    I'm happy to announce all four packs produced for the West Colton route by DieselsWest are now available for purchase in our storefront.

    These packs are essential for anyone who owns the West Colton route, and I have to say, look pretty darn good on the Shasta as well.

    Also available from DieselsWest is their Burlington Northern U30C setalso available. If you're a fan of late Second Generation GE power, you'll want to check this set out.

    Posted 06-22-2024, 11:48 PM
  • Run8 Studios MP15 Pack #3 Available
    by eric

    Run8 Studios​ has just released their newest equipment pack -- four more MP15's in new liveries:
    • BN patched to BNSF
    • SP patched to UP
    • GMTX
    • CSX
    These grizzled veterans help round out the previous liveries in Packs 1 and 2 (BN, BNSF Heritage I, BNSF Swoosh, NS, SP, Amtrak, Union Pacific, CSX YN3 and Run8 RR).

    Each locomotive has a 3D cab, animated windows, doors, windshield wipers, and many other cool features that only Run8 offers.

    If you like switching, check...
    Posted 06-18-2024, 05:14 PM
  • 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