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Download Instructions & Notes

The program makes no changes to the registry nor to any other operating system or user settings. It does not require a complex installation procedure and does not have an uninstall program. If it isn’t wanted then just delete it, nothing else will be affected. It was developed under Windows 10 using Embarcadero’s C++ Builder compiler version 10.3.

Click on ‘Release version 2.5.1’ to download file ‘’.  Unzip this file to produce a folder named ‘Railway’, together with a user manual named ‘Manual v2.5.0.pdf’ (still valid for this release), a quick start guide named ‘Quick start.pdf’, and this file ‘readme.txt’.

The ‘Railway’ folder should be moved to the location from where the program is to run, and must be a read/write location – i.e. somewhere on a hard disk (we suggest in the ‘Program Files’ folder of the main drive), or a memory stick, but not a CDRom. For convenience, when the folder has been located, open up the folder and add a shortcut on the desktop to the main program file which is named ‘railway.exe’. This can be done by right clicking on the ‘railway.exe’ file icon in Windows Explorer, selecting ‘Send To’, then in the submenu selecting ‘Desktop (create shortcut)’.

Existing users should allow files in their existing ‘Railway’ folder to be replaced with new ones from the new folder.

We recommended printing ‘Quick Start.pdf’ (4 pages) for reference during first use of the program.  The user manual is the program’s help file in a single document which can also be printed if you wish – it’s a 48 page document – though it’s available anytime during operation via the ‘help’ menu.

If you don’t have a ‘pdf’ reader please go to Adobe to download a free copy.

A lot more help is available from this website. Keith Hazelton has produced a series of four videos under the ‘Help’ tab entitled ‘Designing a Railway (with video)’. They provide a detailed introduction to the program and are highly recommended for new users. Timetabling is the most difficult aspect to learn, so help is available in the form of an introduction and online tutorials under the ‘Help’ tab, and the tutorials are also downloadable under the ‘Download’ and ‘Downloads’ tabs. Also downloadable is a detailed explanation of timetable error messages.

There is a very active Discord community where developing projects are discussed along with many other things associated with railways, and if additional help is needed it can easily be obtained by posting your problem in the ‘helpdesk’ channel. You are invited to sign up by clicking the ‘Discord’ tab.

That’s it – ready to go – we hope you like the program and find it useful.

Please let us know via Discord or the website how you get on with it – good points, bad points and any errors (hopefully few).

Best regards,

The ROS team


Earlier program versions:  If anyone needs an earlier version for any reason they are available for download at

LINUX & MAC compatibility

Although Railway Operations Simulator is NOT a native Linux and/or MAC application; you CAN get it to work.

Our controbutor “KR/ZAR” has created a comprehensive MANUAL to get Railway Operations Simulator on your LINUX or MAC.

Go to the Manual

Possible Compatibility Issues

The latest few versions have been found to flash when route setting if the taskbar is hidden.  If you experience this please go to Settings, Personalisation, Taskbar, and make sure that ‘Automatically hide the taskbar in desktop mode’ is off.  That should cure it – though why it happens isn’t known.

It is hoped that later versions (from v2.4.0) overcome the problems listed below which affected earlier versions, but the instructions remain in case anyone still experiences issues.

  1. On some but not all later operating systems the screen has been found to flash frequently during operation. If this happens please set the compatibility mode for Windows 7, and that should cure it.
  2. If you find background areas transparent when they should be coloured, where text is difficult or impossible to read, then please restrict the colour output to 256 colours. This effect is most noticeable in the track and train infomation boxes. Version 2.2.0 was thought to have cured the problem but some users have reported that it still persists.  
  3. It has been reported that when using the program with high DPI (dots per inch) settings, the Maximise, Minimise and Close buttons (normally in the top right hand corner of the screen) are off-screen and can’t be used.  This is another display compatibility issue and can be corrected by ticking the ‘Disable display scaling on high DPI settings’ box.
  4. If other problems arise with the user interface that are not listed please experiment with other compatibility modes as one might be found that is effective.  

These compatibility changes only have to be made once.  Thanks are due to Mark Jones for reporting and finding the solution to the DPI issue.

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