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RailWorks (PC DVD)

by RailSimulator
Windows XP / Vista / 7
 Ages 3 and Over
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)

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  • The most authentic rail simulation experience available on the PC
  • Travel down 8 different railways, more than 2000km of track and test your abilities on over 50 scenarios in some of the most impressive engines ever made.
  • Take control of the camera with a number of sophisticated pre-set views and movements, including cab view, passenger view, trackside view, bird's eye view and many more.
  • Accurate signalling and signage
  • Simple user-friendly interface delivers a realistic engine driving experience set in authentic landscapes.
  • Five accurate real-world routes including Bath-Templecombe, Oxford-Paddington, York-Newcastle, Hagen-Siegen and Cajon Pass
  • Three fictional routes including a UK large goods yard and harbour set in the late 1960 and early 1970s
  • A US stretch of track based around the Denver/ Colorado area with a mixture of forest and grassy fields
  • And a route set in a mountainous region of northern Europe with large lakes, mountains and pine trees.

Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista / 7
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: DVD-ROM
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  • Release Date: 3 July 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,724 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

RailSimulator.com presents RailWorks, the most realistic train and railway simulator on the market!

RailWorks allows players to take to the controls of 13 stunningly accurate historic and contemporary locomotives along 8 different lines in the UK, North America and Europe.

Download new tracks, engines and rolling stock or easily create your own designs and share them with friends. Its platform status means that the software will be regularly updated and have new features added as time goes on.

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58 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Improving Train Simulation 6 July 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
With the cancellation of MSTS2 by Microsoft, RS.com - who now own the rights to the Rail Simulator franchise - have been given an ideal opportunity to become the foremost train sim developer/publisher. Railworks is their first retail release which attempts to tidy up the state of affairs inherited from Kuju and EA. Available either via Steam or the DVD version (point of interest, on an "ecodisc" which is a flimsier version of the conventional DVD) Railworks consolidates the previously seperate UK and US versions, some new content and a few enhancements. As pointed out in earlier reviews, the DVD version also requires Steam to be installed as a kind of copy protection but this is far less insidious than some other forms of copy protection.

Graphically, Railworks is similar to Rail Simulator but there have been enhancements to lighting and other effects. Don't expect Oblivion or Crysis level of detail but the world seems to look more lifelike. Sound is pretty much the same though the traction sound provided for the new locos - Class 37, DB V200 and US F7 are all excellent. AI and signalling has been the subject of heated argument on several of the train sim forums. This is one area of the core simulation which still needs improvement and RS.com are I'm sure quite aware of this from the many comments posted on the matter. One advantage of using the Steam system is that updates can be distributed relatively easily, along of course with any new official content.

Railworks incorporates the Developer Tools which previously had to be applied for and downloaded seperately. It should be noted though that the sandbox process to create new routes and scenarios is still fairly complex and aimed at power users.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Graphics - Controls arent as great! 13 July 2009
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I cannot fault the graphics in this game, the scenery, the trains and rolling stock and also the sound in the game is awesome and definitely the best I have ever seen from a Train sim.

Unfortunately the playability is upset by the way that the points and signals are controlled by the player. Instead of Green / red arrows that you click on to switch the points as you would in MS Train sim, or Trainz Railway simulators there are actual point levers which you need to look really closely at when switching points to see where the points are actually switched to! This can led to derailments very easily. Similarly it is difficult to move the camera around around the track area so it is hard to plan your route. This spoils the game a bit, but it is still a fantastic game and i would definitely recommend it. However i think when Microsoft do get the 2nd version of their traim sim out, this will be even better - it will have the fantastic graphics and the easier playability. come on Microsoft!!!
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
By Mark
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Railworks Simulator software is stored on DVD ECO disks. These disks are thinner and lighter than normal DVD's and will not work in some flat laptop drives. In some cases, they may get jammed in the drive.

I am a Dell customer and have recently had to contact Dell Technical Support after a worrying incident where my laptop drive would refuse to eject the installation disk. I was told that they are currently working on a DVD drive that is DVD Eco compatable and will let me know as soon as the drive becomes available.

My laptop is a DELL XPS M1530. Railworks WILL DEFINATELY NOT WORK with the DVD drive on the XPS M1530. I also presume that from the wording I had from the Dell Technician I spoke to that DVD Eco disks may not work on other machines (presumably laptops only) manufactured by Dell - please check your machine's specification BEFORE inserting the disk. If in ANY doubt please contact Dell Technical Support. The same applies if you have a machine that is manufactured by a different manufacturer - check your machine's compatability with DVD Eco disks FIRST.

Should your machine not have a compatiable DVD drive and you still want to buy the Simulator, then it is possible to download a copy of Railworks directly from the Railworks website (Google --> Railworks). This is a very big simulator therefore please be prepared to wait for a couple of hours for the download to complete.

I hope that this prevent's the possibility of damaging DVD drives unnecessarily and I thank you for your attention.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeded my expectations 11 Sep 2009
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Having been a long time user of MSTS I recently got Railworks after reading up on the other TrainSim titles currently available. So far everything has gone smoothly from installation to actual sim play. The default selection of engines and scenarios represent hours of gameplay with much more available via download plus it has some of my favorite engines/trains including the fabulous Deltic with some very meaty sounds.
I run this at 1280x1024 on Windows 7 64-bit, quad-core phenom 3.0ghz, 4gb ram and nvidia 9800GT and it looks lush and is very smooth.
The only worry I have is the flimsy eco-disk which is very bendy indeed. Best kept safe in it's box methinks.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Brilliant 19 Jun 2009
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Unsure what to expect, I first started playing RailWorks 9:30am last Sunday and to my wife's considerable annoyance didn't stop playing until 8 that evening.

I don't really know where to start, but the graphics are out of this world, the missions are range in difficulty, so it was easy to get into. The world editor (Track building) was initially difficult, but I soon got the hang of it.

I had a copy of MS Train Sim, and this is a giant leap forward in every respect. I would strongly recommend this to anyone with an interest in Trains.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
more trains to drive
Published 2 months ago by Mr D O,Connell
5.0 out of 5 stars ok
Published 3 months ago by mick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a good buy
Published 3 months ago by John Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars ... this from gamestation a few years back and i love it when ever...
i bought this from gamestation a few years back and i love it when ever there is a new rail simulator out or as it's now called train simulator it updates itself with any new... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EvolutionHJE
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
All as expected
Published 5 months ago by Howard L Rodkoff
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Bother
In order to install and run this game, you have to download and install a program from an on-line game store called "STEAM" I had problems activating the game (Steam had... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mr. A. Butterworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Game play
The trouble with this game is it needs a player called (stream) to play and this is a real pain to get to run and with all the railworks games you need this to play the game. Read more
Published 17 months ago by rolopolo
2.0 out of 5 stars Good simulation
I bought this when it first came out and have enjoyed using it since. I don't use the editor, which I've seen criticised, so all I can say is there is nothing about this software I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by M. Burville
5.0 out of 5 stars Steam trains
This is a very good game if you like train and if you wen to the bluebell railway and have virtual trains on your computer.
Published 20 months ago by Gareth Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars RailWorks for me!!!
Have enjoyed using this simulator, the only downside is that it takes up a lot computer space, still like it!!
Published on 21 Nov 2012 by A. D. Coxwell
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