Making Tracks routes

Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS) routes that were created by Making Tracks. Their stock packs have been posted to

LSE:London & South East Download

IEN:Irish Enterprise North Download

IES:Irish Enterprise South Download

GE1:Great Eastern Download

GE2:Greater Eastern Download

SCE:Scottish Capital Express Download

Evesham Branch Download

NWC1:North Wales Coast Download

NWC2: North Wales Route Expansion Pack Download

Route Expansion Packs

Irish Enterprise Stock Expansion Pack Download

SCE Activity Expansion Pack Download

SCE BR Sector Expansion Pack Download

The Evesham Branch Expansion Pack Download

Bonus stock Download

Shape Viewer requires DEFAULT folder

In order for Shape Viewer to display a consist (.con) file the DEFAULT folder must be present. This folder is relative to the consist file.

If your consist folder is C:\TrainSimulations\TRAINS\consists then the default folder must be C:\TrainSimulations\TRAINS\trainset\DEFAULT.

If the default folder is missing then Shape Viewer will not show the consist. No files are needed inside the default folder.

Track speed

The maximum speed a train should operate on track is set in four locations.


In the route.trk file the maximum speed for the entire route is set in meters per second (m/s). The name of this file is defined in the RouteID and should match the name of the folder containing the route.

SpeedLimit ( 26.8224 )

Speed posts

In the track database file route.tdb the maximum speed is set for trains in the direction of the speed post. For the speed post the limit is 60 mph, the second attribute of element SpeedpostTrItemData.

    SpeedPostItem (
        TrItemId ( 1186 )
        TrItemSData ( 124.177 00000006 )
        TrItemPData ( 443.845 173.534 -12513 15030 )
        TrItemRData ( 443.845 301.293 173.534 -12513 15030 )
        SpeedpostTrItemData ( 898 60 -0.0392686 )


In file sigcfg.dat the maximum speed when a signal is passed for each indication is set. For a restricting indication the limit is set to 20 mph.

SignalAspect ( RESTRICTING “Flashing Red” SpeedMPH ( 20 )

Temporary restrictions

In the activity file activity.act temporary speed restrictions are defined. The temporary restricted speed is set in the route.trk file in meters per second (m/s).

        ActivityRestrictedSpeedZone (
            StartPosition ( -12513 15030 402 178 )
            EndPosition ( -12513 15030 526 166 )
TempRestrictedSpeed ( 6.7056 )

Duplicate wagons

When the same wagon is defined in different folders only that in the first folder is visible to Train Simulator. If a consist file is altered to include both wagons the second wagon is shown as the first wagon.


Train (
TrainCfg ( “WLE coal”
Serial ( 1 )
MaxVelocity ( 29.05760 1.00000 )
NextWagonUID ( 3 )
Durability ( 1.00000 )
Engine (
UiD ( 0 )
EngineData ( WE4016 TEWE4016 )
Wagon (
WagonData ( TE1000 TEWE4016 )
UiD ( 1 )
Wagon (
WagonData ( TE1001 TEWE4016 )
UiD ( 2 )
Wagon (
WagonData ( TE1000 “TT WE Coal” )
UiD ( 1 )

Wagon TE1000 is defined in both folders TEWE4016 and TT WE Coal. Only the first wagon is used in the simulator.

When the same consist is viewed in Shape Viewer the wagon from TT WE Coal is shown.

Open Rails shows the same wagon as Shape Viewer and not the wagon shown by Train Simulator.

Running MSTS at high resolution

When the resolution of your screen exceeds 2048 pixels Microsoft Train Simulator will crash on startup. To avoid this crash copy file D3DIM700.DLL to your installation at default path C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Games\Train Simulator

This patch is contained in

The developer site for the patch is at