Bringing your virtual rail world to life has never been easier than with the built-in scenario creation tools found in Train Simulator. Now you can share those creations with ease thanks to Steam Workshop, as well as being able to download lots of great scenarios created by other Train Simulator users.

If you're Interested in creating scenarios but don’t know how, don't worry, we're going to be starting a brand new series of tutorial videos to help get you up to speed and creating top quality scenarios very soon.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page for news.

Disclaimer: Items submitted to Workshop that are deemed offensive in any way or reference trademarked or copyrighted material will be removed without notice. For full terms & conditions visit railsimulator.com/terms&conditions

Helpful Links
Steam support
RailSimulator.com tutorial videos

Q. How do I make a scenario?
We're working on creating some brand new tutorials but essentially you need to follow these guidelines.
Design is all important, think about what your player train is going to be, what they're going to do, what time of day they'll do it, the weather and so forth.  What will the challenge be?

  1. Now go in to Train Simulator.
  2. Click Editor
  3. Click Scenario Editor
  4. Select the route
  5. Click New Scenario.
  6. Select the scenario start location.
  7. Select the scenario type (this must be Standard if you're uploading to Steam Workshop later!)
  8. Click Create
  9. Type in the name of the scenario
  10. Click Create

Now you're in the world editor at the start location and ready to put some trains down and give them instructions.

You'll find the rest of the information you need to carry on in our Creator Manual, Chapter 4.  To get to the manual, you need to go to the main menu of Train Simulator, click Game Settings, click Tools and then click Manuals - note that you need to be running the game in Windowed mode otherwise the Manuals button will be greyed out.  When the directory window pops up, go to the appropriate folder for your language (E.g. EN for English) and then find RW Creator Manual_Web.pdf .

Q. How do I Publish a Scenario?
Run the scenario and take a screenshot (or two) using the F12 key (note: You must use that key - it won't work if you use the Screenshot icon on the HUD or the Ctrl-S key combinations).

  1. Exit from the scenario and return to the main menu.
  2. Click Steam Workshop.
  3. Click Publish.
  4. Click Publish New.
  5. Select the scenario that you'd like to publish.
  6. Check the information on the screen is correct for the scenario, such as the title, description, duration and so forth.
  7. Select a good screenshot to use as the main image for the scenario.
  8. Read through the Terms and Conditions of upload by clicking Show T&C.
  9. If you're happy, click the X (it'll change to a small red X) and then you can click the GO button to upload your scenario.

That's it!
It's made available immediately for others to download and rate.
Note that it is very important that you properly set up items like the duration, difficulty and so forth.  Scenarios that don't have these set up well will likely be skipped over, you're going to be amongst a large number of scenarios on Workshop and you should do your best to stand out as a quality scenario author.
Similarly, you should do your best to ensure that the scenario is tested and works well so that people will trust that a scenario created by you will be well worth their time to play.

Q. Can I upload scenarios that use non-Steam content?
No, you can only upload scenarios that reference content that is available from Steam.

Q. Are the old locomotives like the Black 5 and Class 47 available from Steam?
Yes, they'll show up as being a dependency on one of the Legacy Asset Packs which people may well already have but if not they'll have a number of ways to obtain them.

Q. How do I Download a Scenario?

From the main menu of Train Simulator click Steam Workshop.

  1. Click Play.
  2. Click Get Scenarios.
  3. This will pop up the Steam Overlay and allow you to browse through the Train Simulator Workshop.
  4. Find a scenario that interests you and click it.
  5. If you decide you want to download it, click the green Subscribe button.

When you're done, you can simply press Shift-Tab to jump back to the sim and it will automatically download and install the scenario(s) that you subscribed to while in the overlay.

Q. What about if the scenario needs other bits of DLC?
The scenario will download and install without any problems but you won't be able to play it unless you have all the required DLC.
When you've downloaded the scenario it will show up in the "Play" screen and there is a section there marked "Uses DLC" - items that you own are shown in white, items that you do not own are shown in red.  If you wish to play that scenario you'll need to purchase the missing item(s) first.

Q. Is there a limit to how much DLC I can use?
None at all!

Q. What if I find a scenario on there that's inappropriate, or violates copyright or trademark?
Email workshop@railsimulator.com with the details of it.  You can also click the Report button on the item itself.

Q. I'm having problems, things are greyed out or just won't work
Make sure that you're running Steam in Online mode NOT Offline mode.

Then make sure that you've got the in-game Steam Community enabled, to do this:

  1. Go to the Steam Client
  2. Click the Steam menu
  3. Click Settings
  4. Make sure that the "Enable Steam Community In-Game" tick box is ticked
  5. Click OK