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A model railroading and general train simulator for the PC, Trainz allows you to build your own layouts and run various locomotives and rolling stock on them. Players can either control their trains either via a model train-like controller or through more realistic controls, which include actual working handles in the cabs.

The base program comes with three modules. The first is the 'My Collection' module, which simply lets you look at your train collection. The second module is 'Surveyor', which is the tool used for creating your layouts. Finally, 'Driver', which is the train running mode.

Trainz emphasizes ease of layout design and expandability. The core program included some fifteen engines with various liveries and over fifty pieces of rolling stock, however new content was/is continually being created and version 1.3, which was released in the UK by GSP, boasted seventeen locomotives, over sixty pieces of rolling stock, five maps that were both playable and editable together with more content that was available for download.


Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC Windows Where am I? An in game map gives you the location of the other trains and the status of switches and signals.
Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC Windows Laying down the neighborhood. A pre-textured area of a layout.
Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC Windows Looking at the switches. You can control the train via DCC or manually. There is  light snow, which is not shown here.
Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC Windows By the Numbers. Looking over the collection of F7 units available.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Trainz: Model Railroading on your PC" -- Australian title
  • "Trainz: Die Modell-Eisenbahn auf Ihrem PC" -- German title

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Mar 08, 2002 8.7 out of 10 87
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Feb 11, 2002 83 out of 100 83
GameGenie 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Feb 22, 2002 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Armchair Empire, The Mar 06, 2002 7.1 out of 10 71
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 2002 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70 Apr 29, 2002 13 out of 20 65
Svenska PC Gamer Jun, 2002 62 out of 100 62 Aug 27, 2002 60 out of 100 60
PC Games (Germany) Feb, 2002 57 out of 100 57


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Related Web Sites

  • Official Trainz Website (Auran's official site for Trainz. Features a forum, demonstration videos, and the official download section.)
  • Trainz Luvr (Dedicated fan site that contains a good selection of additional trains and scenery.)
Ray Soderlund (3609) added Trainz: Virtual Railroading on your PC (Windows) on Mar 19, 2002