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The Big River Project

A user made layout in A-Train 9

I like to think I’m pretty good at the games I play, particularly the games I enjoy. Sometimes though I just have to sit back and nod appreciatively when I see evidence of a player who has had the vision to go further and better than I even thought.

Take a look at this great video from Drillaforte (Link to his Youtube channel) and his “Big River Pannon Project”.

What’s particularly impressive is how this all runs so darn smoothly. I’d love to see the economy graphs for this route. I’m guessing they are pretty spectacular.

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Grab A-Train Railway Simulator Now In Steams Thanksgiving Sale

Catch the A-Train, get the discount, enter out competition and see the new rolling stock

The good news just keeps on coming. This week we added new rolling stock in the shape of the excellent CSX SD-50 Loco. Today we can announce that, for a limited period only. A-Train Railway Simulator is available HERE  direct from Steam with a 35% discount.

Flash Competition. Extended Till 29th Nov 

Competition Now Ended. Prize Winners Will Be Notified Shortly

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To kick start the weekend discount and to celebrate the addition of the new rolling stock (the first of many updates to come), we are giving away 3 Steam Keys to A-Train in our “Post To Win” competition.

Between now and 18:00 GMT on the 29th November, simply leave a post below telling us why you want to play A-Train and your name is in the draw.

Remember, to leave your main email address in the box below. Without it we can’t send you your prize Smile

Want 2 chances to win?

If you share this page on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, Google+ or Instagram we will give you a second bonus chance to win. Your name will go into the draw twice.

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  • Maximum 2 entries per person (one for commenting one for sharing)
  • No one associated with Degica or Artdink – including families and friends is eligible to participate
  • Judges decision is final
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Reserving Land In A-Train Railway Simulator

This is the first version of the game that allows the player to reserve land for future expansion, and that has got to be a good thing for those of us who are often confronted with the AI building on land we had earmarked for future expansion yourself.

Jacob has done a great video that show how this works.

On a personal note. You may have noticed that the AI in this version of A-Train is more active than previously. It builds quickly and aggressively. This feature levels that new aggression somewhat. If you want to make the game really hard, don’t use it. If you want to prevent the AI using any materials at all you can reserve the entire influence area of a depot. The more you think about this feature, the more possibilities it opens up.

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Placing Stations In A-Train Railway Simulator

Degica presents a-train railway simulator

Your network is going to need stations for your trains and depots and stops for your road vehicles. It’s a pretty simple process in A-Train to lay these, but there are some choices to be made.

For instance, if you build small short stations earlier, you may find that the AI has built all over the nearby land and expanding later, when your infrastructure demands it, is a tricky task.

But these are the choices that make life interesting.

Here’s Jacob’s quick guide to placing your first stations in the game

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Amazing Train Layouts

A user made layout in A-Train 9

From time to time we like to showcase some of the most amazing layouts we’ve seen in A-Train. This video shows an awesome layout.

Tom.io on Youtube has created some fantastic layouts, often based on real life locations. Using a mixture of gameplay and editor features. You can watch more of this on his channel .

 

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Making Money On The A-Train Stock Market

Stock market user interface for A-Train
Stock market user interface for A-Train
The stock market in A-Train 9 Railway Simulator

Early in the game cash can be tight. The area that the game gives you is immense, and even the most generous amount of starting cash represents a tiny amount of the cash you are going to need to create a network.

Here two elements of the game are your friend.

  • Time acceleration
  • The stock market



This was a topic I was going to leave for later, and indeed Jacob will do a far more in depth tutorial of this in the future (his production value will likely be better than mine as well) but for now, to answer the many forum questions regarding cash, and to give hope to those of you struggling to stay afloat financially early in the game – here’s a down and dirty guide to playing the stock market

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Competition Time

3 Copies Of A-train Railway Simulator To Give Away

Competition Now Closed – Winners To Be Drawn And Informed Tonight (9th October 2014 GMT)
Please Stay Tuned To This Blog For More Chances To Win In The Future

Thanks For The FANTASTIC Response!

Firstly, thanks to everyone who entered. Dozens of you made the effort and added real value to the competition with some great comments – and even poems.

There have to be winners though, and the draw in now complete: The winners are

  • Christopher Cooper
  • Baadrix
  • Jesse Rosen

Congratulations all three of you. Your steam keys will be emailed to you tonight.

The rest of you stay tuned. We will have more offers and give-aways over time, don’t forget A-Train 9 Railway Simulator is released on the 10th October.


 

Some competitions are simple – in fact some are so simple to enter you might even think there’s some trick to it.

There’s not!

To win one of three copies of A-train Railway Simulator, simply share this website on either Twitter or Facebook and leave a comment below with your name and a short few words on why you want to win A-Train Railway simulator.

Competition

It doesn’t have to be “War and Peace” 5 or 10 words will do just fine, but if you want to elaborate and tell us about your plans for the most intricate and fair system of road and rail transport the world has ever seen , and how you plan to prototype it with A-Train  – well, hey – be our guest. Smile

On the 9th of October 2014, we will pick 3 names at random and award them the Steam Keys to the game which they will be able to download and play immediately!

Terms And Stuff

No members of Degica or Artdink are permitted to take part. The judges decision is final. Please remember to leave your name and email address in the box provided in the comments section so we can contact you!

Finally, the bit every power mad-web admin loves… the judges decision is final

Paul Rone-Clarke (A-Train Railway Simulator Product Manager)

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Welcome To The A-Train Railway Simulator Blog

Degica presents a-train railway simulator

Welcome To The A-Train Railway Simulator Blog

How about we start with answering the question “What is this game all about?”.

I’ll give two answers for that, ready? A-Train Railway Simulator is a transport management simulator.

I’m guessing some players will already have a good idea about the game from that little description, but even if you think that’s covered it, please consider reading the rest of this, there’s a whole lot more to the new game than you might think.

A-Train Waiting At The Platform

Catch the A-Train

The first A-Train was released in Japan in 1988, for those who might be interested in such things, that’s a full 2 years before Railroad Tycoon was released.

A-Train 3 was released worldwide in 1994 though the “3” was dropped from the title.

There have been more than 10 games so far in the A-Train franchise going from simple isometric graphics in the early days, to full 3D, and now 4K support with the latest release.

A-Train Railway Simulator was released as a stand alone product in Japan in June 2014

Introducing Degica

Oops, we should not forget the introductions. We are Degica, Hi.

Degica are a brand new publisher for A-Train Railway Simulator, and this latest version is the first time we have been involved right from the start of the localization process, through testing and to worldwide publishing.

You may have seen or played A-Train before, but this time it’s different. As a company we are committed to providing the best “out of the box” experience. Ensuring the game has the localization and language support users expect, the documentation that a game of this depth needs and deserves and the after sales commitment that brings the end user weeks and months of enjoyment.

In short Degica are committed to doing it right.

Railway Management Simulator?

As the ground breaker in transport simulation games, A-Train has the experience and know-how to provide a feature set that is second to none. A massive fully rendered 3D world is yours to manage. Design the transport infrastructure with rail and road that will encourage growth and make you an A-Train billionaire.

  • Play one of the provided scenarios or design your own world with the built in editor. Challenge yourself with mountains, rivers and oceans that need to be traversed.
  • Want a large sprawling metropolis? No problem. The scale provided in the game is huge.
  • Would you rather specialise and control the transport links between smaller towns and hamlets? Again, A-Train allows your imagination to create whatever world you desire
  • As the ultimate transport manager you have complete control over the vehicles and rolling stock.
  • Decide exactly which coaches or trucks are pulled by what engines. Allow the trains to run continuously or, if desired, set complex inter-relational time-tables where every junction, platform, siding and waiting time is controlled by you through A-Trains comprehensive scheduling system.
  • Build and own your own businesses or residential areas that might encourage growth in a region by providing homes and employment.
  • Play the stock market to raise cash for expansion. Careful though. Share value can go down as well as up.
  • Go underground with A-Train metro system, underground trains and underground stations.

Major Projects

Want to encourage Maglev to your region? Build the infrastructure to encourage your city to be put on the Maglev network

Have Inter regional travel with the iconic Bullet Train

Host airports or other major structures – if your city can support them.

A-Train Features – Over 25 Years Of Experience, Looking To The Future

The list of features includes support for 4K resolution (3840×2160) gives you a huge panorama that’s 4x the detail of standard HD. Of course you can play it on a standard sized monitor as well.

Picture in Picture modes allow you to keep an eye on your existing Rail network, while planning its expansion.

Landscaping. If you have the cash, bring the builders in to flatten land or create features, from within the game

Steam! Run branch lines to the coast with all new animated steam locomotives. Or maybe create your entire network with Steam.

Bridges. Cross that river or ocean with a huge choice of bridge types. Suspension bridges, bascule bridges and dual traffic (Rail under road) bridges.

The Future.

Degica are committed to supporting the release of A-train Railway simulator long into the future. Updates and patches as well as extra content will be available. We hope, for instance, to add to the already impressive list of rolling stock available over time, and where possible, make the updates free to users.

You might have played transport simulators before, you might even have played a previous version of A-Train, but whether a seasoned simmer or a complete new comer to the genre, A-Train Railway Simulator is set to bring you the transport sim you’ve been waiting for.