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    openBVE Alternatives

    openBVE is described as 'open source train simulator'. There are more than 10 alternatives to openBVE for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Steam, Linux, Mac and Android. The best alternative is Rigs of Rods, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like openBVE are Cities In Motion (series) (Paid), Open Rails (Free, Open Source), Simutrans (Free, Open Source) and ZUSI 3 - Aerosoft Edition (Paid).

    This page was last updated Dec 13, 2021

    1. Rigs of Rods is an open source vehicle simulator licensed under the GNU General Public License version 3. What makes Rigs of Rods different to most simulators is its unique soft-body physics: vehicles, machines, objects, etc.
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    2. Cities in Motion (CIM) is a city-based mass transportation simulator for the PC. Players operate their own transportation company, building a public network with a variety of vehicle types, including buses, trams, and subway trains. Represent entire series of Cities In Motion (series) games.

      Discontinued

      The series Cities in Motion is no longer developed, but it can be still downloaded from Paradox Store. Its successor is Cities: Skylines



      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      Open Rails is an open source simulator that is designed to run Microsoft Train Simulator content.
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      • FreeOpen Source
      • Mac
      • Windows
      • Linux
      • Haiku
      • Steam
      Simutrans is a freeware transportation simulator. Your goal is to establish a successful transport company. Transport passengers, mail and goods by rail, road, ship, and even air.
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      Simutrans is a transport-themed economy simulation. OpenBVE is a railway (train driving) simulator.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    3. Enter the virtual cab and experience a train driver’s operations at the highest level of realism. ZUSI 3 is a train simulation for PCs, the professional version of which is also being used in railway companies for engine driver training.
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    4. Trainz Simulator is a commercial train simulator from Australia, which allows users to build, play and operate railways routes in a sandbox environment. Development of the Trainz Simulator series began in October 2001.
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    5. BVE trainsim (formerly Boso View Express) is a Japanese train simulator based on the point of view of the train operator.
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    6. Microsoft Train Simulator (MSTS) was a train simulator for Microsoft Windows, released in May 2001 and developed by Kuju Entertainment in the UK. MSTS allowed players to operate a train on various routes in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

      Discontinued

      Support for Microsoft Train Simulator ended on 11 July 2006: https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/lifecycle/search/1084

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      • FreemiumProprietary
      • Online
      • Android
      Become a railroad magnate and enjoy the largest collection of trains from all periods. Begin with the oldest steam engines and improve to the latest maglevs. Whether you´re a collector or just admirer, we guarantee you an exciting experience.
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      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      Loksim3D is a leisure project of railway enthusiasts and software developers, who developed a program to simulate driving traction vehicles. Loksim3D simulates the tasks of a train driver.
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