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Microsoft Train Simulator: Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets

ISBN: 978-0-7821-2910-6
304 pages
July 2001
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Microsoft Train Simulator brings the excitement of some of the world's most famous trains to your home. Harness the engines' power as an engineer, using the fully functional gauges and working controls. Sit back and enjoy the ride as a passenger, taking in the scenery as you rumble through the realistic settings. Or take on the responsibility of a railroad designer, using Train Simulator's open architecture and tools to customize and extend the game.

Written with the full support of the game's developer, Microsoft Train Simulator: Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets gives you everything you'll need to stay on track.

Inside you'll find:
* Expert advice on operating everything from the Orient Express to The Flying Scotsman
* Essential strategies for handling the game's challenging operating strategies
* Hands-on tutorials covering Train Simulator's extensive track and activity building tools
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Table of Contents

Game Features.

At the Station.

Game Controls.

On the Rails.

Part I: Operating the Routes.

Chapter 1: Basic Train Operating Skills.

Chapter 2: Operating Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor.

Chapter 3: Operating England’s Settle-Carlisle Route.

Chapter 4: Operating the Burlington Northern Santa Fe’s Marias Pass Route.

Chapter 5: Operating Japan’s Hisatsu Line.

Chapter 6: Operating Japan’s Tokyo-Hakone Railway.

Chapter 7: Operating Austria’s Innsbruck-St. Anton Line.

Part II: Game Tools.

Chapter 8: The Activity Editor: Events.

Chapter 9: The Activity Editor: Services.

Chapter 10: The Route Editor.

Chapter 11: The Geometry Extractor.


Train Simulator Community.

Official Websites.

Unofficial Websites.

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Author Information

David Chong has authored and contributed to numerous strategy guides across a wide variety of genres and platforms, including Crimson Skies: Sybex Official Strategies & Secrets. His first time behind the controls of a locomotive was aboard an F-40 at the age of 8, and he's had the bug ever since.

Rick Selby works for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Training and Certification. His lifelong interest in railroads led him to offer his services as a subject matter consultant for Train Simulator. Rick has written how-to books, as well as magazine articles and a monthly column for Model Railroader Magazine. He has numerous hours “in the cab” of diesel locomotives from various railroads.

Richard Wayne Smith was the lead designer for the original SEGA Genesis Triple Play Baseball at Electronic Arts Canada. Rick left EAC when his friend, Chris Taylor, formed Cavedog Entertainment. At Cavedog Rick was an assistant designer for Total Annihilation and later designed TA: Battle Tactics. Currently Rick is teaching C++ programming at the Center for Digital Imaging and Sound.

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Do you think you've discovered an error in this book? Please check the list of errata below to see if we've already addressed the error. If not, please submit the error via our Errata Form. We will attempt to verify your error; if you're right, we will post a correction below.

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Combined Errata

Page 262 - 287

CH 10 - Route Editor pp 262-287,
Reader's Issue:
When I go into Route Editor the image comes up fine (the area is totally flat, I assume because I am in the Illinois area), but when I bring up the Object Selector to start putting down track, buildings, etc, there is very little there.

Game Comment:
It appears that there may different "versions" of the software. There have been conversations on some of the forums regarding higher priced versions having less bugs. It is feasible that you may have received an evaluation copy that would have a little more "muscle" than the production version.

Microsoft Train Simulator known issues:


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