Mac users have a few train simulations available, but if you have some room left on your credit card, here’s the way to do digital trains the right way. It’s called Trainz Simulator 2. Don’t think of this as a Mac game about trains. It ain’t. Trainz is a 3D train simulator which lets build and operate an entire railroad (or railroads, as in plural) right on your Mac’s screen.
Even better, Trainz is multi-user which means you can play and interact with other Trainz players all over the world no matter what kind of train you prefer– steam, diesel, electric.
Trainz comes with train routes throughout the planet, including some in China, the Mojave, Europe, and the U.S.
Trainz is much better than the old Lionel trains and tracks of the last century. First, they were complicated and broke often. Second, they cost a fortune to create a small scale model. With Trainz I can take a world of stations and trains with me wherever my Mac can go.
Try doing this with an old Lionel setup.
Is that cool, or what?
Because Trainz is a simulator you control the train, the track, the destination, and every aspect of the experience. Provided you have the coin.
The Mac App Store version of Trainz Simulator can get you started. That makes installation, setup, and updates a breeze. But Trainz isn’t cheap, though if you add up all the in-app purchase components, it’s still less expensive than model trains.
For example, you can add the CSX Transportation line for less than $7; about the same as BNSF or Conrail. Other trains are priced higher but all integrate with the simulator. Trainz for the Mac isn’t quite as extensive as for Windows, but there’s plenty to choose, including London Underground or locomotives from the 19th century.
Playing digital trains online isn’t much different than any other online game, other than the lack of violence, and a different kind of camaraderie.