A freight train rolls through a spot of life in the desert.
What is Railworks 2? Railworks 2 by Railsimulator.com Ltd, is an expandable “base package” railroad simulation. Offered as a free update to current owners of the original Railworks, the product is also available for sale on Steam and DVD media. The original Railworks was a 2009 follow up to Rail Simulator published in 2008 by Electronic Arts.
Railworks 2 presents itself as a “platform” from which players can build as they wish. From here you expand your product by purchasing downloadable content (DLC) products through Steam. These DLC contain materials such as locomotives, rolling stock, and entire railway routes. Some of these DLC contain more than one item, for example many locomotives come with multiple variants and scenarios, and there are occasional bonus items like rolling stock to match. As of the time of this writing, the Steam store lists 61 DLC packages available for Railworks 2. Pricing for DLC varies, with larger items like railway routes costing more.
Just remember that the idea here is much the same as building a model railroad, piece by piece, as you want it, rather than buying a single box with everything included. But the Railworks 2 base product does include a good deal to get you started. To my knowledge, only materials included with the base product were used for this review. Let’s look at what is included with the base product.
There are a total of 8 railway routes, with 5 being real world, and 3 being fictional.
|Real world routes Include:
||Fictional routes include:
A total of 13 electric, steam and diesel locomotives are included in Railworks 2. The list below includes color and markings variants.
Also included are a variety of passenger and freight rolling stock suited to each of the included trains, more than 50 scenarios, and a World Editor to build new and edit existing routes.
The promotional video for Railworks 2 provides a good overview of the different trains available.