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Installing SimSig
Windows (all versions)
Installing SimSig
Installing simulations
Adding Timetables
Uninstalling Simulations

Installing SimSig

Windows (all versions)

Installing SimSig

You must be logged in to the SimSig website before you can download any files. To create a user account, click the 'Don't have an account?' button on the Login page . It's free to register, and you only need to provide your name, a username of your choice, a password of your choice, and a functioning Email address. Once created, please place a quick post introducing yourself in the Introductions Thread . A Moderator will approve your account (usually within a few hours), allowing you to download simulations and add-on content (timetables; sounds; etc.), and to continue posting messages on the Forum .

At present, there are two simulation formats available: stand-alone (.exe) and those which use the SimSig Loader. The (.exe) simulations are gradually being phased out and replaced with Loader versions. The following is a quick-start guide to installing both types of simulation. At present, the following simulations are (.exe):

Bristol, Cambridge, Drain, Edinburgh, Euston, Gloucester, Liverpool Lime Street, North London Line, Sheffield, Southampton, South Humberside, Trent and Worksop.

All other simulations use the SimSig Loader.

System Files

If you've not used SimSig before, you'll need to download the (system files ). This contains:

  • Files needed to run SimSig- mainly the fonts containing the specialist symbols.
  • The

    SimSig Loader (for running the newer simulations)

  • The

    SimSig License Manager (required if you wish to use Payware simulations).

These must be installed in order for simulations to work correctly. After running the downloaded file, click 'next' at the first screen. You are then taken to the screen below.


Select the folder to install the files into. You can use the default by simply clicking next, or alternately, click on browse to choose an alternate location. Click next when you have selected a folder.


Select a location for the shortcut folder. Click 'next' to continue.


Finally, click the install button to complete the process.

Installing simulations

Loader Simulations

Press "Check for Updates" in your Simsig Loader. Select one of the three options: Automatic will install every available simulation you don't already have, "Update but I want to choose simulations" allows you to install only the simulation(s) you want to install, 'Advanced' gives you full control over simulation updates. Please see the Updating SimSig page for more details.

Once the installation has completed, you'll be taken back to the Loader homepage, and you can Start a simulation !

Please note: If you want to install simulations to a non-default location, you must tell the Loader where to look for Simulations- please read this page for instructions.

If you would like to support the development of a particular simulation, or to support the website generally, you can purchase a donation from the shop. These donations are purchased in the same way as Payware simulations, explained below.

exe Simulations

To install an exe simulation, download the installer from the Download area . When the download has completed, run the downloaded file to install the simulation. The default location is in C:\Program Files\SimSig. When the simulation has finished installing, a shortcut will be created (default: Start → All Programs → SimSig). Click the shortcut, and Start a simulation !

Payware Simulations

The following simulations are Payware: Birmingham New Street, Central Scotland, Coventry, Cowlairs, East Coastway, Edge Hill, Edinburgh, Feltham, Fenchurch Street, Horsham, Huyton, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Leeds Ardsley, Leeds North West, LTS, Maidstone East, Marylebone, Motherwell, North East Scotland, Paisley, Portsmouth, Salisbury, Shrewsbury, Tyneside, Victoria Central, Victoria South Eastern, Watford Junction, Wembley Mainline, West Hampstead, Wimbledon, Wolverhampton and York.

These simulations can't be run for longer than a short Demo period without the purchase of a License.

To install the simulations themselves, follow the relevant set of instructions above.

To buy a License, visit the Shop . Licenses can be bought for individual simulations, however some sets of simulations can be bought together (Multibuy ), the cost of which is less than the combined cost of individual simulations. Once you've added all the simulations/donations for free simulations you wish to purchase, click 'Proceed to checkout'. From here, you will be redirected to PayPal, which handles the transaction. If you have a PayPal account, you will be prompted to log in. If you don't have an account, or don't wish to use it for the purchase, select the option to 'use PayPal as a guest'. You will then be asked to enter credit/debit card details, and other billing information. To emphasise, there is no requirement to have or create a PayPal account in order to pay for SimSig products. Licenses will be issued automatically, within a few minutes of payment.

Further information on using the shop is available here .

You now need to allocate the Licenses to your computer, using the SimSig License Manager . To do this, open the License Manager, enter the same username and password you use for the Forum, highlight the License and click 'allocate'. The License is now allocated to your machine, and the simulation will run. The License can be unallocated at any time, should you wish to transfer it between computers. See the License Manager page for more details.

Adding Timetables

In addition to the supplied timetables, there may be additional timetables available for the simulation, written by the SimSig community. These can be found here . Timetables can be written by anyone, and can be real or fictional. The only requirements are that the uploaded zip file follows the naming convention, and that the description is an honest reflection of the timetable's contents. See this page for details on writing timetables.

exe Simulations

Download the .zip file. If you used the default location, copy the .WTT and .WTR files contained in the .zip to the following location: C:\Program Files\SimSig\<simulation name>\ If you have a 64-bit machine, the SimSig folder will be in Program files (x86). If you installed to a non-default location, you'll need to locate it and copy the files into the <simulation name> folder in that location.

Loader Simulations

Download the .zip file. If you used the default location, copy the .WTT and (if included) .WTR files to the following location: C:\Users\Public\Documents\SimSig\Timetables\<simulation name>\ If you installed to a non-default location, please see the SimSig Loader page for details on custom installations.

Uninstalling Simulations

To uninstall a simulation, click 'Start', 'Control Panel', 'Uninstall a program'. Highlight the simulation on the list, right click and select 'Uninstall'. Click 'yes' when asked to confirm, and the simulation will be removed from your computer. To uninstall the System Files, select 'SimSig V[version number]/'.


There is a way to run SimSig directly in Mac OS X without a windows installation on your Mac by using compatibility layer software. Use a search to find a suitable solution. Install the solution given by the search engine results,

go to the download page (System Files ) and download the SimSig System files. These must be installed in order for the Sim to work correctly. It only needs to be installed once.

Fire up Crossover, select the "Insert an install CD" option and select "install unsupported software".


Go to "other existing bottle" and press continue.


Select "Choose installer file" and browse to the SimSig installer files you just downloaded.


Now the .exe file will be fired up in OS X.


Follow the installer instructions, and install it to C:\program files\SimSig.

Don't question it... just do it.


Well done... you can now fire up SimSig directly in OS X.

You can also use a free compatibility layer named Wine. As it is made for Linux, it is a bit harder to install. Look at to download (download the source) and to install.

A DMG file is in beta on the install page. It may not work yet.




Running SimSig on Linux is possible using Wine. It's proved to run on Fedora, Mint and Ubuntu. Even the old (Didcot paged, Liverpool Street, Stafford, Swindon paged) installers run fine on 64-bit systems. On Mint (Gnome version) there are some problems running SimSig out of the menu, you can use desktop shortcuts instead, or use the Gnome menu instead of Mint's one.

Wine can be downloaded at . With that, you can install everything as you would do using Windows (see above). It is, however, preferred to install Wine from your distro's repository. When joining an Edinburgh multiplayer game with Wine 1.3.9, SimSig will lock up shortly after loading if ARS or ACI is on. With Wine 1.3.28 Bristol, maybe other sims as well, fail to install.

Wine's stable 1.2 versions usually work well. Wine needs to be built with libxml2 support.

Registry fix

When the tracks look like rows of letters, you need a registry file for Wine. Download (from Downloads/Uploads on the left) and unzip it. Open Regedit (menu → Wine → Regedit or $ wine regedit), click Registry file → Import registry file. Browse to the downloaded file and open it. Nothing seems to happen, but the tracks look OK.

Paged sims

Sometimes you need to hide the panel, or turn of Compiz desktop effects, before starting a paged sim. Else you might get the panel displayed on top of the message box, causing the latest message to be unreadable.

Downgrading Compiz on Ubuntu 11.04 (running without Unity) or Mint 11 might also help:

KWin (KDE's desktop effects) can cause a flickering screen on paged sims, and to a lesser extent scrolly sims on slower computers. The only work-around is to turn off KWin.


The timetables of trains look like a mess, this can be fixed by using Winetricks to install the Microsoft core fonts.

In terminal, execute:

$ wget to download it (recommended to do this in the ~ folder as you don't need cd then to use Winetricks a next time)

(Ubuntu users might already have Winetricks downloaded)

$ sh winetricks corefonts

Now the installers for some Windows-specific fonts will be run, after that your timetables look OK. Do not copy these fonts from Windows; Windows versions of these font files may look very strange on Linux.

Some Linux distros have a ttf-mscorefonts package in the repository which can also be used.

Telephone calls

For the telephone calls to be readable, you need to install the MS corefonts as described above. You might also have to change the font size. This can be done via main menu → Wine → Configuration → Graphics tab. Just try which 'dpi' value (at the bottom right) is good for you. 96 is the default value which should be OK for most sims and people; it's also the default value of Windows.

XML timetables

If XML .wtt timetables are not appearing in the list for the relevant simulation when attempting to start it, first check that you have installed the timetable to the correct folder and that you have set up the loader to look in the correct folders by opening the Folder Options on the loader’s intro screen. If these are correctly set, then you may need to install msxml3. This can be done with:

$ winetricks msxml3

or via PlayOnLinux’s configuration menu (if using PlayOnLinux). (See Saving timetables under WINE topic on the forum.)

XML train list (F2)

If, when opening the Train List (F2) window, you receive a “Can't find <body> element” error, then you may need to install Internet Explorer 8 into your wine prefix. This can be done with:

$ winetricks ie8

or via PlayOnLinux’s configuration menu (if using PlayOnLinux). Alternatively, you can revert to the Legacy Train List in the Display tab of the Options (F3) window. (See Train list broken in wine topic on the forum.)


  • Don't use ‘show all windows on taskbar’. Windows will hide behind the main view if you check this option.
  • If you accidentally hide a dialogue box behind the main window and you cannot reach its titlebar to return it to the foreground, it will look like the simulation has crashed. Do not panic – you can bring it to the foreground again by pressing Alt+<spacebar> and clicking Always On Top from the menu that appears.

Last edited by Steamer on 12/08/2018 at 22:19