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Microsoft Train Simulator

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Microsoft Train Simulator
Microsoft Train Simulator cover
Kuju Entertainment
ACES Game Studio
Re-releases Atari
Re-releases Ubisoft
Release dates
Windows June 2001
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Perspectives First-person, Bird's-eye view
Genres Vehicle simulator
Vehicles Train
Art styles Realistic
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SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows Vista and later (see Availability for affected versions).

Microsoft Train Simulator is a singleplayer first-person and bird's-eye view vehicle simulator game.

Key points

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


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Disc check (requires the CD/DVD in the drive to play)
CD key
SafeDisc 1 DRM[Note 1] on disc 2 only. Released on 2 CDs.
SafeDisc retail DRM does not work 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)
PCGamingWiki mirror for the English version available here

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location

Save game data location

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


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. Main menu is always 800x600.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Each individual camera view FOV must be configured by editing [GAME INSTALL FOLDER]\GLOBAL\camcfg.dat
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 while in-game by pressing Shift+Z
120+ FPS
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)


Input settings.
Input settings.


Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, train, and ambient volume sliders available
Surround sound
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.


Language UI Audio Sub Notes

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 7
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


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

System requirements

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


  1. SafeDisc retail DRM does not work on Windows 10[1] or Windows 11 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).