Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004

Platform(s): Arcade, Game Boy Advance, GameCube, Nintendo DS, PC, PSOne, PSP, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox, Xbox 360
Genre: Simulation

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'Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004' - Demo Available NOW

by Judy on Sept. 15, 2004 @ 7:54 p.m. PDT

Get the Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 2004 Demo off WP (230mb)

TRS2004 is the result of a collaboration between Auran Games, the software developer behind Trainz, and members of the Trainz community. Much of the new content in TRS2004 has been created by these community members in their spare time and has been kindly donated for your enjoyment. There are many thousands of hours of effort spent in researching, modelling, texturing and developing routes and there is no doubt that without their support and tireless efforts, Trainz would not be the product it is today.

Whether you are a veteran Trainz fan, or a new user, you will discover that what you have seen with the TRS2004 Demo is only the beginning of the Trainz experience.

One major new TRS2004 feature of special note that this demo has is the passenger support. You can experience passengers for yourself by playing the Banks Heath scenario included.

Minimum System Requirements

Pentium III 733
256 MB RAM
Nvidia Geforce 32mb (or equivalent) videocard
Usable settings:
800x600 display resolution
32 bit color depth
No shadows, low draw distance, low draw detail, low train detail.

Known / Important Issues

General Issues:

* Driver - A driver will not stop unloading if you uncouple a loco from its consist during a work order.
* Driver - Signal/lever highlights can bee seen through assets.
* Driver - Keyboard and mouse is still registering input while on paused game.
* Surveyor - Some instances of track spline being lowered into the ground bellow 0.0-vertex height, when joining the track onto the asset (e.g. turntable aus1). Workaround of smoothing track spline height after placement.
* Surveyor - Rare OpenGL ATI crash using 3.7 catalyst driver set, seems to be an issue with the video card drivers, ATI informed.
* Artwork - Small issues with routes, eg. no end points on some track.
* Industries - Rare issue with right clicking on an industry and clicking 'view details' could refuse to display details (workaround: load the session again).

Driver AI Issues:

* If you give a Driver of a steam engine a command and you leave the cab controls other than at the default settings, he may have difficulty driving. Please only give orders to Drivers if you have reset all the controls to the default settings.
* The AI will behave in a consistent manner, taking into account signals, speed limits and also the whereabouts of other trains on the track. If you are having trouble getting your Drivers to do exactly as you would like, chances are that the track is signalled incorrectly. The most likely problems are that you have sections of track without signals or the track is signalled in only one direction.
* If you get a message saying "Unable to plot route" you may have AI Direction markers set against the train. These markers will stop a train entering a piece of track from the wrong direction. This may cause a train to appear stuck when it is actually doing as it is told by the Direction Marker.
* If a Driver requires dispatcher assistance, you can use the Stop Command and then manually drive the train to navigate around the problem (e.g. another train wanting the same piece of track). Use the Continue Schedule Command to resume his list of duties.


* Some engines may not perform to prototypical expectations.
* When in DCC mode, trains operate in a semi-prototypical manner.

Technical Support

If you have errors when loading Trainz, you may need to upgrade your graphics card drivers, or possibly the graphics card itself. TRS2004 is a graphics intensive program and requires at least a 32mb graphics card. Further information can be found at

Q. What can I do to improve the performance of Trainz on my PC?

* Check that you have the latest Service Pack installed.
* Make sure your computer system matches or exceeds the TRS2004 minimum specifications.
* Download and install the latest drivers for your video card from the manufacturer:


* Download and install the latest main board chipset drivers according to your manufacturer:


* Download and install DirectX 9 from

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