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06-2022

JR East puts its own train simulator online

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The East Japan Railway Company, known in Japan as JR East, is the largest railway company in Japan. It operates routes that extend from Tokyo to the outskirts of Hokkaido. Working as a driver in one of the company’s popular trains requires a high level of skill and foresight. Only the best gets an opportunity to drive one of the trains.

Those who do not have these qualities, or who do not even live in Japan, now have an online opportunity to feel like a JR East train driver. The railway company is putting its “JR East Train Simulator” online, which is already featured on the Steam platform. The starting date of this special train journey is 19th September.

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The game is based on real JR simulators used in driver training. It uses a highly accurate replica of the Hachik Line, which runs between Takasaki and Kuragano stations. The Keihin-Thoku Line can also be used between miya and Urawa Stations. In the first row, the player controls a northbound Keiha 100 series train, in the second row using a southbound E233 series train.

The offer is pretty manageable so far, but this is only a trial version of the game. As soon as the full version of the simulator is available online, the range of possible trains and routes will be extended. In addition, vehicles and routes must be able to combine independently. Different levels of difficulty can also be selected. Based on this, it is assessed whether the train can be stopped at the right place on the platform or whether it is possible to react to the appropriate signal.

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Many extensions to follow

Since the new simulator is based on a professional model, players can expect the trains to react just like the original. The images turn out to be recordings of actual train routes and the sound effects are also reminiscent of the noises encountered by real train drivers on JR East routes. More tracks will be added over time after the official release of the simulator.

However, this update will take some time due to the size. Other options, such as support for an external controller, are already in the works. Train fans in Japan are now eagerly waiting to see how realistic JR East Simulator really is and whether unexpected events such as those of even the most ardent train fans will appear in it.

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