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Welcome to ThirdRails.org

Discover the pinnacle of train driving realism in Train Simulator Classic with ThirdRails. Seamlessly navigate any route, following real-time schedules in a multiplayer environment. Enhance your experience with spoken announcements and join the Community Radar for the most immersive and authentic train simulation.

New in version 7.2:
Support for Multiplayer Scenario's. Learn more here

ThirdRails Map Tool is a free live map tracker for the Dovetail Train Simulator game. It tracks your train on detailed maps, ensuring you always know your location.

Follow your ride on any device

Monitor your journey on any device, whether on top of the game, a second screen, or an out-of-the-cab experience via your cellphone or tablet using a web browser. Customize your map with your own Points-Of-Interest, real-life station, line speed, and signal information, supporting HUD-less driving.

Extend TS GamePlay

ThirdRails Map Tool enhances your Train Simulator gameplay with TS Drives and Real Drives, logging your ride to the Whistle Board.
Additionally, it offers a multiplayer-style feature through the Community Radar, providing a shared experience with other players in real time.

For more information, check below!

Community driven

Do you have an idea, suggestion, improvement, or bug report?
Let us know, and we'll do our best to incorporate your ideas and features. Join our community to help shape the future of ThirdRails!


Do you have a question, or want to know how things work?
Visit the Learn page on this site, you will find here a Q&A, tutorials and other infos.

Still not sure? Contact us by e-mail, steam community or one of the other social channels and we will try to help you out!

It's free!

But the ThirdRails project depends on your donations!
Become a ThirdRails Friend and get even more benefits!
For more info and to make your donation please visit the donation page

Work In Progress

15-05-2024: Released ThirdRails 7.2!
Adding Support for Multiplayer Scenarios: The Concept of Multiplayer Scenario's
For what's new and work in progress consult the Road Map

Latest Media and Tutorials

ThirdRails 6: Extended Gameplay Explained
Sneak Preview ThirdRails 6: Quick Drive Scenario Editing
TS Drive Freight Services
TS Drives, spoken announcement for all TS scenarios
Using the Timetable HUD and Route Chaining
ThirdRails Timetable HUD Tutorial
Announcements Explained

More media on our Youtube Channel and Twitch Channel


Extend Train Simulator Gameplay

ThirdRails is much more then a tracker and route explorer, with ThirdRails you can enhance your Train Simulator GamePlay by a magnitude!

ThirdRails 6 Extended Gameplay Explained, watch now on ThirdRails TV 

TS Drives

With TS Drives you can pick up a TS Career or Standard scenario using the integrated TS catalog reader and drive those scenario's using ThirdRails HUD.
Communicate with other drivers on the Community Radar, get spoken announcements in any language. Enjoy the HUD radar with additional track information and post your rides to the Whistle Board to inspire other drivers.

Real Drives

With ThirdRails Real Drives you can ride a real live service, in realtime, simultaneously with the real service by picking up a timetable with a single click, provided by industry leading timetable providers across Europe and the UK.
This literally offers an infinite number of scenario's at your finger tip for you to play, in a Quick Drive, or Freeroam scenario. No more simply driving from A to B in Quick Drive or Freeroam scenario's!

Along with that, you can get spoken announcements on any route / scenario, again with a single click using ThirdRails own HUD. All languages are supported with more then 450 Azure AI Neural Voices to choose from. (Englisch, German and Dutch are natively supported, for other languages you can provide your own translations.)

To be honest, it doesn't get more realistic than this, does it?

Community Radar

ThirdRails Radar adds the much requested, multiplayer feature to TS, by means of the Community Radar, offering ways to broadcast your realdrive, connect and communicate with other drivers.

Step in a world of simulation and meet your peers!

Whistle Board

With ThirdRails Whistle Board Train Simulation goes social!
Build your driver profile by collecting data per ride. Connect with your friends, and compete for the weekly KOM (King Of the Miles).
Learn and explore new routes and scenario's.
Get unlimited insights in your performance from your personal logbook using your own designed dashboards.

Inspire and get inspired!

Looking for ThirdRails Workshop scenario's?

Our scenario's, formerly hosted on ThirdRails Workshop, are now hosted at dutch Train Simulator Community DutchSims:
BeenTrain's scenario's

Features Overview