Microsoft have announced that the follow up to their Train Simulator is in development, and will be shown at next weeks E3 Expo in Los Angeles.

The original Train Simulator, which was developed by UK based Kuju Entertainment, was a somewhat suprise sucess, and was popular with both train fans and general gamers alike, and Microsoft hope to build on it's popularity with the latest version.

Five new highly detailed routes will be available to drive by default, including a 1946 steam route where you'll get to drive around the Horseshoe Curve on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and a modern day high-speed journey along the Deutsche Bahn AG.

Microsoft Train Simulator 2 will also see the addition of dynamic weather, in an improved game engine which will see people, vehicles and animals roaming the countryside.

It's not known if the editors which allow you to create your own routes and activities have been improved, but this was one of the features of the original title which had the most criticism from the Train Sim communities around the world, so it'd be hoped that numerous improvements will be worked in to those tools to allow the game to develop further than the standard release.

Microsoft will be showing Train Simulator 2 at E3 next week, and we'll bring full details along with the first screenshots as soon as they're released.

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