My Trainz History
It all started in the summer of 2002 when I discovered Trainz in a
local computer store.
The next version was UTC
The next and what many consider the best version was TRS2004
Meanwhile, to help those who like to create their own content, Auran
released the Content Creators Art Source.
In TRS2006, a new method of managing all the assets was introduced,
namely CMP. It was a love/hate relationship. Some people loved the way
they could manage all of their Trainz assets and how everything was in
one place. Others, including yours truly, took one look and decided to
give it a pass and stay with TRS2004. Those who where heavily into
content creation did not like the way that objects where hidden in the
new database, making the creation cycle more cumbersome. Another thing
that didn't endear CMP to many was its tendency to freeze, crash and
corrupt the database.
There were several other versions that followed, each with some
improvements to the code base but they were also more limited in that
each only contained the assets needed for the specific routes in each
version. I didn't buy any of them.
The latest version TS2009 has an improved content manager, now known as
CM2. It is being released in two parts. The first is known as World
Builder Edition. It contains most of the assets from all the previous
versions and has a much improved code base under the hood. With it,
content creators can build new content to the new standards as well as
upgrade their previous content. It will also be the instrument to
create new routes. TS2009 WBE will run most previous content but
because of a stricter enforcement of the rules, errors which in
previous versions were allowed to pass, even though they may have
affected the performance or even caused game crashes, are no longer
accepted. A compatibility mode has been included to ease the
transition. Once more new content is available, a second edition known
as Engineers Edition will be released which will be aimed at those who
just want to drive Trainz without having to create their own routes. If
have both versions installed, they will merge to become a single TS2009.