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2nd June 2005
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 Announced!
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2006 (TRS2006) is the next in the series of award winning railroad simulators developed by Auran.

Previously known as Engineers Edition, TRS2006 is being released as a full product later this year and sets new standards of realism and immersion in operating a virtual railroad.

TRS2006 ships with fully realized routes that include a wide range of activities users can immediately enjoy. Run long haul freight services, high-speed passenger runs or challenging yard operations as you service a huge variety of interactive stations and industries.

TRS2006 significantly enhances the driving experience with improvements to the physics engine, adding to the challenge of keeping your train performing efficiently.

TRS2006 includes a new asset management utility, making it easier for users to access and organize their content, download new content from the Download Station, and even edit existing content.

The Trainz tools and rules systems have also been greatly improved to give you more flexibility than ever before in creating your own railroad experience.

Over the coming weeks more and more information will be shared with the community via the Trainz Discussion Forms.

TRS2006 is the most complete railroad simulator ever developed!


TRS 2006! Testers Speak Out!
Auran caught up with some of the community members who have graciously volunteered their free time to help test TRS2006:

Auran: How long have you been using / playing Trainz.

DH2K3: I've been using TRS2004 since December 31, 2003. Since a certain other company is not planning on releasing a sequel to their Train Simulation product I thought I'd try something new. Since then I haven't looked back.

Peter8: I can't remember when I started watching the development of the Trainz project on the web site, but I know it was well before I ordered Trainz 1.0 on 17 October 2001. It took a little time to arrive. I was a bit stingy, I only paid for "Standard Mail" shipping, but once it was here I remember being immediately impressed by it, especially Surveyor. I was a fan, and have bought each Trainz product since then.

AJ_Fox: I've been a Trainzer for about ten months now. Having always been a rail fan and after hearing good things about TRS 2004, I decided it was the one for me. The thing that impressed me the most about TRS were the many different features built into it and the ability to make your own layouts without going through a bunch of contortions and gyrations.

Auran: How has the testing experience been so far?

DH2K3: The testing experience has been a blast so far. I am actually learning things that I thought I'd never learn before.

Peter8: Beta testing for Auran has always been good (I started just after TRS2004 was released), but I have to say that I have been very impressed with the testing process for TRS2006. The current development team at Auran is really working together well, and I think Proby is making much more effective use of his external testing team than I have experienced in the past.

AJ_Fox: Beta testing is a new experience for me and I've thoroughly enjoyed it. It's really cool to see the metamorphosis of the next version of Trainz and feel like you're a part of it. It does require a certain amount of perseverance but that's part of the challenge of being a beta tester.

Auran: What feature most excites you about TRS2006?

DH2K3: Content Manager Plus. The reason I like this is because not only does it replace TDH, but it also has similar features to TrainzObjectz in it as well.

Peter8: Well, there are a lot of enhancements to the existing platform (which shows yet again that Auran do listen to their Community). One in particular that I noticed in the initial feature list is an interesting extension to the Portal. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but it will go a lot further towards making a route feel like a region of a larger network, and it will give the Trainzer fresh management challenges. I'm looking forward to seeing what our talented creators can do with it.

AJ_Fox: At this point in time, I'd have to say the new Content Manager Plus has me impressed the most. It completely rewrites the book on how content is downloaded and maintained. This is going to be a big hit.

We'll have more information available for you in the coming weeks, along with more interviews with our beta testers.


"Make Us A Movie" Trainz Competition - Winners Announced!
The latest Trainz competition "Make Us A Movie" has been judged and the winning entries have been selected :-

First Place - DaveW. His winning entry is titled "Steam Age Britain" It was filmed on a map made especially for this competition.
Second Place - chuffchuff The Auranshire County Railway layout for TRS2004 was the setting for this entry.
Third Place - jmorty used his Pichi Richi Railway to give us an insight to a working railway set in 20th century South Australia.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks go to everyone who entered. The Make Us a Movie competition entries will be available for download soon. Stay tuned for more information on where to get them.


New Faces on the Brew Crew!
The Brew Crew area expanded recently to accommodate the arrival of Francois Coulombe. "Franky_c" joins the team as a Junior Programmer after spending 3 months working at Auran as part of his course at QANTM College. Franky's first job involves coding a new utility to help content creators make better, error-free content for TRS2006.

Joining our Quality Assurance team is Scott Cameron and Adair Bricknell. As testing for TRS2006 gets down to serious business you may see them lurking in the chat or making strange posts to the forum.

Join us in welcoming them all aboard.


Euro / U.K Service Pack 4 Now On Auran's Server!
Service Pack 4 for TRS2004 Euro / UK Edition is now available to download from the Auran website, then visit the Service Packs page.

If you require one of these patches but don't want to download it they are now available on CD and you can order it through the Auran Shop for the cost of postage and handling.


Forum Thread Spotlight!
TRS2006 in PC PowerPlay Magazine! This thread says it all.
http://forums.auran.com/TRS2004/forum/showthread.php?threadid=87285


"Quote" of the week!
What happened at Trainz Exchange?
http://forums.auran.com/TRS2004/forum/showthread.php?threadid=86925
It may pay you to check back there at least once a week.





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