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The Milwaukee Road used a distinctive maroon and orange color scheme with chrome accents on its famous "Hiawatha" passenger trains from 1941 to 1955.


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  • OpenRails Chessie System Train Pack Released

    OpenRails Chessie System Train Pack Released

    New Release from - The Chessie System Train Pack This product is a 1980's interpretation of Chessie System Locomotives and Rolling Stock Features: 6 EMD SD40 Locomotives (Chessie System, B&O, C&O, and WM) 4 EMD GP40-2 Locomotives (Chessie System) 3 EMD GP30M Locomotives (Chessie System) 38 Different Rolling Stock Models (including unique Canstock boxcars, and C27-A caboose) Open Rails-Specific Locomotive and Rolling Stock Physics High Quality Audio ...
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  • Run8 New v3 Update 7 Available

    Run8 New v3 Update 7 Available

    Run8 V3 Update 7 is now available at the Run8 website.

    The update includes a free cool Trackmobile complete with cab and sounds!
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  • Article: State of the Site - April 2023

    Article: State of the Site - April 2023

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  • State of the Site - April 2023

    State of the Site - April 2023

    Running a 22 year old website is a lot like buying a 70 year old home... There's always something to keep you occupied. Fortunately, a month after the move, almost all the boxes are out of the garage, we've figured out which rooms needed some paint, found places for most of the furniture, and very quickly gave up on the idea of a ceiling fan when we discovered cloth wrapped wiring behind the light switch. But then there's the roof.... In last month's update, I mentioned the site's...
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  • Chasing the Corn

    Chasing the Corn

    Earlier this week, my wife asked if I could pick up my granddaughter from a friend's birthday sleepover she'd been at. She's been on Spring Break this week, and as they only live one town over, she's been spending a lot of time at our place while their parents are at work. On the way back to our house, I saw an approaching train on the tracks that parallel the highway between our two towns. This is a pretty rare thing at 11:00 am, given the commuter trains that run on weekdays. Being the train nerd tha...
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    Last edited by eric; 08-01-2023, 12:20 AM.

  • TrainSim.Com Celebrates 22 Years Online

    TrainSim.Com Celebrates 22 Years Online

    Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the opening of TrainSim.Com, and with the site undergoing some changes it seemed worth looking back and commemorating the event. Way back in 2001 I had already been running FlightSim.Com for five years and when Microsoft announced that there would soon be a Microsoft Train Simulator to go along with Microsoft Flight Simulator I just felt like I had to open a new site to support it. Some of the other flightsim sites just opened new sections in their...
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  • Article: State of the Site - March 2023

    Article: State of the Site - March 2023

    You can view the page at
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  • State of the Site - March 2023

    State of the Site - March 2023

    When I woke up to read the forums here on January 16th, the first discussion thread I came across was regarding concern for another site -- UKTrainSim. A day later, a post on that site confirmed what everyone knew was inevitable -- the site would be closing in August 2023. As someone who's been in the Train Simulation community for over 20 years, that really hit home. We've lost other communities like Mophouse and the personal sites run by Otto Wipfel & Paul Fowler, and within the last yea...
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  • We've Moved.....

    We've Moved..... is running on new servers as of Sunday evening.

    This marks the final step in a long process of separating Flightsim and Trainsim's technical infrastructure, management and support resources.

    Thanks for your patience and understanding thru some of the cutover activity the past two weeks.

    While we weren't able to avoid a small outage during the migration, the planning and testing helped to reduce it to under two hours.
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  • Run8 HRS CSX Fitzgerald Sub

    Run8 HRS CSX Fitzgerald Sub

    Requires Run8 v3. CSX Fitzgerald Sub Route Summary Located in the heart of central Georgia, the Fitzgerald Subdivision is one of CSX's most vital arteries in the Southeast, linking Southern Georgia and Florida to the Midwest, including Atlanta, Birmingham, Chicago, Detroit, Nashville, and St. Louis, to name just a few major locations. The Fitzgerald subdivision's northern end starts at the busy crew change point of Manchester, Georgia, which is also where the Lineville Subdiv...
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