Train Simulator 2016 Does Not Start


Train Simulator 2016 is a fantastic game where you can run a variety of locomotives  – both electric trains and steam locomotives using a steam engine, on a variety of routes and scenarios. The game comes with different pre-installed assets which get corrupted and fail the game from loading correctly.

Download the Diagnostic

There are certain situations when missing entries in your registry and registry corruption causes this problem. Try running a registry scan to identify if there are any such issues.

  1. Click the button below to download and install the Diagnostic
  2. Perform a Registry scan and fix any problems detected.
  3. Restart your computer.

Estimated Download Time: 10 Seconds

Repair Routes & Scenarios

Your routes and scenario files are likely to be corrupted. Trains Simulator Utilities, a separate tool, enables users to repair routes and scenarios without long, tedious manual process.

1. Exit Train Simulator 2016. Make sure that the game process is terminated. To do so, fire up the Task Manager using Ctrl + Alt + Delete. Click More Details icon at the bottom left side. Check for railworks.exe process under the Processes tab in the newly opened Task Manager window. Click the End Task button.

2. Double click This PC icon on your Desktop.

3. Open the game installation location. The default location is given below. However, the actual location may vary depending on the folder selected during the setup wizard.

  • C:\Program Files\Train Simulator 2016\

4. Right click the Utilities.exe file and choose Run as administrator.

5. You have Train Simulator Utilities window on your screen.

6. Click the Packager tab.

7. Click Refresh button to retrieve the list. Wait till it is being loaded.

8. Check-up Routes, Assets, Manuals and other boxes.

9. Click the Add selected files to package button (right arrow icon).

10. The process may take some time. Wait till is completed.

11. Routes, Assets, and Manuals will now be moved to the right side list box.

12. Check-up all these items again, click the Remove Selected Files from Package button (left arrow icon).

13. Again, it’ll take some time to restored these items to their original location. Your game should now run normally.


Reinstall Train Simulator from Scratch

Use the Steam client to uninstall Train Simulator 2016, remove left-over installation folders and then install it again.

1. Double click the Steam icon on your Desktop.

2. Go to the Games Library.

3. Right-click the Train Simulator 2016, choose Properties.

4. Click the Local Files tab.

5. Click the Uninstall button.

6. Your games will be removed. Restart the computer since we cannot remove left-over files while they are being used.

7. Go to the following directory:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common

8. Delete the Railworks subfolder.

9. Use the Steam client to reinstall Train Simulator 2016 again.


Restore Player Profile Defaults

Your player profile settings are stored in a separate file called PlayerProfiles.bin. Rename the file and re-launch the game.

1. Go to the Steam installation directory.

2. Open the following folder:

  • C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\Common\RailWorks\Content\

3. Right click PlayerProfiles.bin and select Rename.

4. Rename it as PlayerProfiles.bin.old

5. The next time you run Train Simulator, it will be loaded with default profile settings.

Use Windowed Mode

If you’re running the game on full screen, switch to the windowed mode. Change the game options as shown below:

1. Open Train Simulator 2016.

2. Click the Settings icon on top right corner.

3. Click the Graphics tab in the Settings dialog.

4. Set the Windowed Mode option into the Full-Screen drop down box.

5. Click the Save button.

Restore Default Video Settings

Train Simulator may not load when video settings are not properly configured. Restore the default settings.

1. Refer Steps # 1-2 under Use Windowed Mode section.

2. Click the Default button under Graphics tab.


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