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Microsoft Train Simulator
Microsoft Train Simulator cover
Developers
Kuju Entertainment
Publishers
Microsoft
Release dates
Windows 2001
Taxonomy
Modes Singleplayer

Warnings

SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Microsoft Train Simulator is a singleplayer game.

Key points

Small but dedicated community with large amounts of custom routes, trains, other types of mods, and editing tools available

Availability

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc DRM[Note 1] (version 1). On Disc 2 only.
Windows
SafeDisc retail DRM no longer functions properly on Windows Vista and later (see above for affected versions).

Essential improvements

Version 1.2 Patch

Patch 1.2 (Download the correct version for your language)

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows

Save game data location

System Location
Windows <path-to-game>\[Route]\*.sav[Note 2]

Video

Display settings.
Display settings.
Advanced display settings.
Advanced display settings.

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
By default, only 4:3 aspect ratios are available in the video options menu. Train cabs are 2D sprites designed for 4:3 resolutions, and will distort through stretching on any other aspect ratio.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Each individual camera view FOV must be configured by editing [GAME INSTALL FOLDER]\GLOBAL\camcfg.dat
Windowed
Run with the command line parameters -vm:w or -vm:w,[width],[height],[color bit depth] by adding them to the target of a shortcut to train.exe
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Run with the command line parameter /anisotropic by adding them to the target of a shortcut to train.exe
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FSAA - Enable by running with the command line parameter /fsaa by adding them to the target of a shortcut to train.exe.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Show FPS by pressing Shift+Z
120+ FPS

Input

Input settings.
Input settings.

Audio

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, train, and ambient volume sliders available
Surround sound
Subtitles
For tutorials only.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Enabled by default

Issues fixed

Game does not start when using AMD/ATI video graphics cards on Windows 8 and later

Use jackfuste's "MSTS_AMD_BUGFIX.EXE" to create a patched version of an ATI .DLL file [3]
  1. Install the game as normal.
  2. Locate "atiumdag.dll" on 64-bit Windows at "C:\Windows\SysWOW64" and on 32-bit Windows at "C:\Windows\System32".
  3. Copy "atiumdag.dll" to the root of your Microsoft Train Simulator install folder (typically "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Train Simulator" on 64-bit Windows or "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Games\Train Simulator" on 32-bit Windows)
  4. Download and run "MSTS_AMD_BUGFIX.EXE", a program by jackfuste.
  5. In "Target File", find the copy of "atiumdag.dll" in your Microsoft Train Simulator install folder.
  6. Press "Start". You should see a dialog box that reads "atiumdag.dll - File successfully patched! (3 bytes written)"
  7. Now, install "TRAIN_UPDATE1.EXE" or the appropriate version for your language (e.g, "TRAIN_UPDATE1_DE.EXE" for the German language version). Make sure to select the correct game install folder if you changed it from default while installing the game.
  8. Once finished, right-click "train.exe", click properties, select the compatibility tab, and set compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2 or 3 and select "Run this program as an administrator".
This fix may cap the game to 25-30 frames per second while in fullscreen mode.


Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English

Other information

API

Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware

No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 95
Processor (CPU) Intel Pentium II 266 MHz
System memory (RAM) 32 MB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 500 MB
Video card (GPU) 3D video hardware acceleration
4 MB of VRAM
Other 4x or higher speed CD-ROM Drive

Notes

  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] and is disabled by default on Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1 when the KB3086255 update is installed.[2]
  2. When running this game without elevated privileges (Run as administrator option), write operations against a location below %PROGRAMFILES%, %PROGRAMDATA%, or %WINDIR% might be redirected to %LOCALAPPDATA%\VirtualStore on Windows Vista and later (more details).

References