Computer Software, Railworks, Train Simulator 2014

Train Simulator 2014 features Google Earth

The latest version of Train Simulator 2014, (previously known as Railworks, and before that Rail Simulator), has Google Earth integration. This means you can overlay an aerial photograph when you create a route. This will enable you to exactly place stations and tunnels.

It is not very high-resolution, but the facility makes it much easier to make sure your route follows the real route.

How do you do this?

You have to log into your Google account, and then go to the following URL

Follow the instructions here to generate a google maps API, and then copy and paste this to the blank field indicated in the options menu in Train Simulator.

Hint: In the list of services, find Google Maps API v3, and click on “off” to turn it on.

Hot tip: back in TS 2014, go into the world editor, and type “CTRL-G” to see the Google Earth overlay.



blender, Railworks


Do you want to create your own Railway Stations and signal boxes for use in Railworks using Freeware tools?

Then you need

Blender, Python, and Bigex.

What is “Bigex”?

Bigex is a Python script which is activated from Blender, from the file, export menu.

Bigex runs under

either Blender 2.48 and Python 2.5

or Blender 2.49 and Python 2.6

Tip: on Windows, you can have both versions of Blender, and both versions of Python on the same machine, but you need give one of the “Blender Foundation”  folders different name e.g. “Blender Foundation Old Version”

To have the old version of Python on the same machine, you need to set an environment variable setting a path to the old version of Python.

Set-up a Python Path

I have found the older version of Blender not to be compatible with Vista. However, on Linux, this is a consideration which does not apply.

The Linux version of Blender is slightly better in that Linux gives you more control over the size of menus and the appearance of the screen. On Windows, some items appear too small to read on a laptop. This consideration would not apply if you are using a Desktop and a large screen.

Where do you get Bigex?

It is available from UK train sim.