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Let’s Play A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator Part One. Create A New World

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Welcome to the new Let’s Play series for A-train 9 Japan Rail Simulator.

The idea with this series is to give players a run through every major element of the game, and some not so major. There will be an element of tutorial in the series, though with a game as rich and deep as this, there is always some new twist for even the most experienced player to learn.

Although the ability to create your own world has been in A-Train 9 since release, the process of creating one is still one of the most asked after tutorials we get.

There are two main stages to the process. The ability for the game to auto-generate terrain to a complexity that the player would like, then secondly the chance to manipulate this in detail, alter the land yourself, and add game-play elements.

In this first tutorial we look at the auto generate terrain function. How to get into the game and have it create the outline of a new world to the players rough specification.

This series will continue with updates at least once per week for the next few months. Please feel free to ask any questions or make any content requests in the comments below. While we have an idea of the topics we are going to cover we are also keen to take the lead from our community and we’ll be glad to add tutorials and videos that you might request.

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Win A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator Plus DLC Pack

DLC image featuring new trains

Degica and Artdink are pleased to announce their 1st free DLC for A-train 9 Japan Rail Simulator.

Adding 45 new trains to the game, bringing the total in game to over 75. Giving players the game play choices and design depth to really add character to their creations.

From powerful long distance locomotives to economic short haul vehicles. Diesel and electric trains are covered in this new DLC.

We are also starting our new “Let’s Play” and tutorial series. Beginning with a short series of videos that )hopefully answer some of the most common questions asked in the community starting on the 11th December and releasing 1 or 2 new videos per week. They will feature here on this website.

Competition Time

To celebrate the first free DLC, we are giving away two copies of the game in our competition.

Competition Closed! Congratulations to Simon Pascoe and Mike Harding who win a copy of the game (With DLC included)

Steam keys for the full game and DLC to be drawn on the 15th December 2015

To win all you need to do is tell us, in the comments section below, what feature you would like to see added to the game in the future. Be as imaginative as you like.

Remember to leave your email address though 🙂


Terms and conditions

No employees, friends or relatives of anyone working for Degica or Artdink is permitted to enter

The prizes will be designated only to those who enter the competition by giving their city builder ideas in the comments section of this post

Profane, rude or inappropriate comments will be deleted and the author will not be eligible for a prize

The draw date is provisionally the 15th December 2015. We reserve the right to alter this for any reason.

All entries are subject to censorship and Degica reserves the all rights and options regarding this competition.

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First Free DLC For A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator Launches This Week

First Free DLC For A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator Launches This Week
Artdink and Degica are pleased to announce the launch of the first DLC for A-train 9 Japan Rail Simulator
Adding over 40 new trains and liveries to the game, the DLC will be free to existing owners of the game and launched via Steam on the 10th/11th December 2015 (depending on your time zone).
Adding to both the richness of the players world, and the in game options, these trains represent some of the most iconic vehicles currently used on Japanese railways.
From the economic workhorses of the 205 series and the KiHa 32 through the highly engineered 1500 series, the luxurious 885 to the  speedy 883, the options for game-play are increased with the introduction of these vehicles.
Both diesel and electric trains are here. We hope players will enjoy the  options and game-play choices these faithfully recreated trains and liveries add to the game.

Just Some Of The New Vehicles

303 Series Commuter 415 1500 Series 485 Series Nichrin 789 Series Limited Express 889 Series Renewal Livery KIHA 40 KiHa 183 Series Rainbow Shinkansen1


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Starting A New City

Making in game cash

The scenario’s in A-Train have always been fantastic. The ability to start with a fully fleshed out city (normally with a few problems) and build on it over time. Getting instant large scale results.

Creating Your Own World

At the back of my mind the perfectionist (or just the designer) is always whispering to me that it could all be better. That some of the design decisions made in the scenario when I took over could have been better, if only I had designed the whole area from scratch. Well of course you can do that.
The sense of achievement after creating an entire 10x10km yourself and every aspect in it is awesome. But how to get started?
Youtuber Monterico Gaming helps us out here with a great video tutorial of the first steps in A-Train 9 V4 Japan Rail Simulator. Take a look

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5 Top Tips For The Professional Train Simulator

A-Train Underground

Creating the perfect railway and city is the goal in A-Train 9 V4. What perfection means will differ from player to player.

Maybe you want a sprawling city scape with high rise buildings and a thriving commerce centre. All hustle and bustle with the railway network being heartbeat of the region

For other players a self sufficient tranquil area might be desirable. Industrial and commercial zones kept away from scenic residential areas and energy production using only eco-friendly methods

No matter what city you are looking to build a few methods for taking control of your network and making the most of your resources will get you off to a great start. In the video below we highlight 5 great ways for a newcomer (or even many seasoned players) to make fantastic progress in the game right from the beginning.



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A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator Easter Egg – In Game Video Recorder

Inbuilt video recorder easter egg

It might be Halloween, but in A-Train 9 Japan Railway Simulator – it’s Easter, or more precisely “Easter Egg” time

How To Access In Game Video Creator


During the map construction, and press the [r] key while holding down the [p] key on the keyboard.

The preview function will start. This will bring up the main user interface, normally to the left of your screen. It can be expanded to show a great number of control options.

The basics we will explain here, others you can discover for yourself

You start by clicking on a scene number. A video can be made of a number of scenes and transitions

  1. Decide whether you want a title or logo
  2. The camera movement can work via Linear-Bezier-Spline. From what I’ve worked out this is like fixed point, panning or tracking.
  3. Decide the velocity, accelerate the game, slow down. Show what almost appears a stop frame of a particular areas the day passes and trains rush in and out, or go to normal time and follow a train. These are just examples of what can be done, experiment for your best results.
  4. It seems that progression elevation increases are possible. Making it seem as if you are soaring above the current scene in a graceful arc “leaving it behind” perhaps, a nice way to move to a fade and the next scene.
  5. Tilt (when set to Spline mode only) I’ve only just started playing with this. I expected it to be like motion bob, but it seems a little different to that. Try it yourself.
  6. This function is not guaranteed to offer any particular level of results. It was added by the developers to create their own attract sequences and left in the game as an Easter egg.
  7. You can also capture still images using it. Though that’s something I’ve not used yet.
  8. If something fails try setting your Vsync settings to “off” as it might be an issue with the frame draw buffer not updating in sequence.

Particular thanks to Harald at for finding this feature in the game. The devs obviously knew it was there. But it took me by complete surprise 🙂

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Take A Look At The New Trains In A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator

Here’s a list of the new trains available:

There are many more to come in future updates.

– 103 Series (Sky Blue)

– 103 Series (Vermilion Orange)

– 125 Series

– 205 Series (Sky Blue)

Class 205 Series

– 207-1000 Series

– 221 Series

– 223-2000 Series

– 419 Series

– KiHa 40 Series (Scarlet)

– KiHa 58 Series

– KiHa 58 Series (Hiroshima)

– KiHa 58 Series (Tsuyama)

– KiHa Class 120 (Kansai)

– KiHa Class 120 (Kisuki)

– KiHa Class 120 (Kisuki)

– KiHa Class 52-100 (JNR)

– KiHa Class 52-100 (Old JNR)

– KiHa Class 52-100 (Scarlet)

– 117 Series

– 281 Series “Haruka”

– 283 Series

– 285-0 Series

– 287 Series

287 Series Express

– 381 Series (Kuroshio)

– 381 Series (Super Yakumo)

– 381 Series (Yuttari Yakumo)

– 583 Series

– 681 Series

– Class EF81 + 24 Series

– KiHa 181 Series

– KiHa 187-500 Series

– 0 Series

– 500 Series

– 700 Series

– Class C57 + 12 Series

Class C57 +12

– Class D51 + 12 Series

D51 and C57 Steam Locos

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OUT NOW! A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator

Railway yard in A-train 9 Japan Rail Simulator

The newest and greatest A-Train game is being released on Steam this October

Grab Our Giveaway

Enter The Draw For A Copy Of A-Train 9 Japan Rail Simulator

On the 23rd October 2015 we are having a draw for 2 free copies of the game right here on this website. Competition deadline extended to 27th October!
To enter the competition simply add a comment below explaining what sort of city you would like to create in the game, and we will draw 2 winners at random (for terms see below)

Want A Head Start?

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Download the game quick-start guide
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What’s new in A-train 9 Japan Rail Simulator?

The new version of A-Train has a stack of new features that focus on the two most important aspects of gameplay; realism and control.


A-Train is about creating working, profitable cities built around a strong transport network. Over the years we have seen our players create some fantastic cities, a scale and scope of which is staggering.

Whether it is the painstaking re-creation of 100 km² real-life cities, or an imaginative sprawling utopia, A-Train has always allowed the player to use their imagination. The latest version increases the scale and scope of the game 100%.

Twice as many vehicles can be placed on landscapes with twice as many art assets. More road and track-side features with new levels of flexibility in the way that road and rail are built.

The player can now use these tools to create more realistic and involved cities either from real-life or from their imagination.

This extra realism is balanced by some great new control options which work at both the individual vehicle level and the management control level of the game.

Driving A Train

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to actually drive one of your trains?

To actually experience the challenges the engineers may face in keeping to the speed limit, providing a comfortable ride, and delivering the goods and passengers on time?

Well now, in A-Train 9 V4 Japan Rail Simulator, it’s possible to step on board the footplate and take control. Either from the first-person engineers point of view, or from a bird’s-eye 3rd person viewpoint. Experience your cities like never before.

It’s not just trains. Jump on board a car or boat and see your creations from whole new perspectives. Ever wondered w it would be like to be a citizen or a worker in your city? While now you can find out.

New Management Controls

Doubling the number of vehicles in the game adds a massive amount of scope and scale to the game, and that brings with it its own challenges.

It might be overwhelming to have 200 trains running simultaneously. Understanding what they are all doing and how to optimize their timetables and routes with so much going on would be a challenge for anyone.

A-Train 9 V4 Japan Rail Simulator adds new features that bring you control from the transport planner level.

It’s now possible to sort and filter your vehicle by type and group them into color-coded teams. How you use these features is up to the player. You may want to group your trains by the routes they travel, or perhaps separate them into long distance and commuter trains. It might certainly be a good idea to color code passenger and freight trains separately, but that choice is yours and with the filter and sort options it’s very easy to set up.

The control is there, and the choices are yours.

Experiment and develop your own system using the new tools provided, and then see at a glance how your network is operating.

A-Train 9 V4 Japan Rail Simulator is the latest and greatest version of the game. Having all the benefits of all previous versions and these great new features added here.

Whether you are new to the game, or a returning player, there has never been a better time to ride the A-Train.

More details as we approach launch the launch date


Competition terms

No employees or family of Artdink or Degica are allowed to enter

The prizes will be designated only to those who enter the competition by giving their city builder ideas in the comments section of this post

Profane, rude or inappropriate comments will be deleted and the author will not be eligible for a prize

The draw date is provisionally the 23rd October 2015. We reserve the right to alter this if the release date for the game changes

All entries are subject to censorship and Degica reserves the all rights and options regarding this competition