Train Simulator

Train Simulator 2013

Application Details:

Version: Railworks 4
License: Retail
Votes: Marked as obsolete
Latest Rating: Platinum
Latest Wine Version Tested: 1.6

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What works

Simulator and route editor run. Packager and package manager (Utilities.exe) run and allow route installation.

What does not

TSX needs to be off in the graphics options otherwise just get a blank screen, although the menus still display.

Just discovered Wine1.5.19 allows TSX graphics but that slows things down considerably and the keyboard controls do not work (although the game can be played by the mouse).

NET 4.0 needed for Utilities.exe to run. This contains the route & asset packager and package manager (needed to install .rpk format assets and routes).  


What was not tested

Blueprint editor and localisations not tested, package manager only briefly tested.

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Additional Comments

Need to install Winetricks versions of, d3dx9_43, d3dCompiler_43, .NET 4.0 (only required to run Utilities.exe but not tested without), physx, vcrun2010. I needed to use Wine1.4.0 to install .NET 4, but game runs with 1.5.0 and newer (earlier versions not tried). Run Steam.exe. When Steam has installed TS 2013 do not run it! Show package contents on the wrapper navigate to drive_c:\Program files\Steam\steamapps\commom\railworks and rename installscript.vdf to old_installscript.vdf. This stops Steam from installing Windows versions of the above dlls, some of which do not work in Wine. Flash player is used to display ads whilst loading in the game, but is not required. I could not get TS2013 to run when I installed Flash using Winetricks,

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
ShowLinux Mint 15 "Olivia" x86_64Aug 07 20131.6Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 
ShowMac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"Jul 27 20131.6Yes Yes GoldGavin Jacobs 
CurrentMac OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion"Dec 07 20121.5.18Yes Yes GoldJohn Manktelow 

Known Bugs

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HowTo / Notes

How to Get Train Simulator 2013 to Work With WINE
These are important instructions on how to successfully run Train Simulator 2013 With WINE.

1. These components need to be downloaded and installed through winetricks before you download the game: Steam, .NET Framework 4, NVIDIA PhysX, Microsoft Visual C++ 2010, and DirectX 9 (or their equivalent). 

2. You can then download the game through Steam (Grab a soda, because this is going to take a while).  

3. Once it is downloaded, quit Steam.  DO NOT run the game yet.  

4. Go to your Train Simulator 2013 files in the Wine File Manager and change the name on the file "installscript.vdf" to "old_installscript.vdf" at this directory: drive_c/Program\ Files/ Steam/SteamApps/Common/Railworks.  This prevents the game from reinstalling the components you installed manually.  

5. You can then open Steam and play your game with minimal issues.

Happy Gaming!

(I received this information from a user named John Manktelow.  I need to give him credit for his greatly valued information.)


~Gavin Jacobs

TSX graphics do not work unless you have a powerful computer and Anti-Aliasing set to FXAA 1+2xSSAA or higher.  Do not attempt to use it if you run it with anything else.  

The game will run fine with it off.  It will not compromise the quality of gameplay (besides the obvious).  


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Runs nicely
by StefanT on Sunday July 21st 2013, 3:49
dotNet4.0 is indeed not required to run the normal game.

Don't forget to start Steam with "-no-dwrite" with newer Wine versions, or the text in Steam will not be readable.

Up to now enabling TSX results in disorted graphics. Not that it matters, the game runs without problems with disabled TSX. But my computer should be strong enough for TSX, so I tried to enable it.

PS: I use Linux x86_64, NVidia 319.32, wine-1.6-rc5, PlayOnLinux
RE: Runs nicely
by Gavin Jacobs on Tuesday July 23rd 2013, 18:46
When you install Train Simulator 2013 on Steam, it tries to install .NET Framework 4 as a required component (it doesn't after you change "installscript.vdf" to "old_installscript.vdf" because that's what that file was supposed to do, but by changing the name, you disable that action). Even if it may appear to function correctly without .NET, it is still a good idea to install it anyway.

It is a good idea to run TS2013 on a computer with a 2.8 Ghz or higher CPU and 8 GB of RAM. Anything less than that is likely to be of poor quality for the game, especially for TSX.
RE: Runs nicely
by John Manktelow on Wednesday September 11th 2013, 16:20
.NET 4.0 is only required to run the 'Utilities.exe' file which contains the package manager and blueprint editor. The package manager is required to instal .rwp files. Some routes and other add ons use this file format. It is not needed to run the game itself.