Information published on 22 November 2016 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 524.

Germany: New features for award-winning “DB Train Simulator” app

Energy-efficient train driving game is challenging and fun – DB train drivers involved in development

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The DB Train Simulator app for tablets and smartphones has already been downloaded more than 450,000 times since its launch in May. “Players sit up front in the driver’s cab and have a choice of trains, including an ICE. The aim is to drive as energy-efficiently as possible. The app makes protecting the climate fun,” says Andreas Gehlhaar, Head of Environment at DB. “The game is very realistic. On a trip from Hamburg to Munich and back, a train driver can save more electricity than a family of four use in a year.”

The new update for the DB Train Simulator app has been available free of charge from the App Store and Google Play since Monday – in both German and English. Players aim to save electricity using efficient driving techniques while still arriving on time at the virtual destination. The new features such as improved graphics, new routes and a new scoring system make the game even more appealing and realistic. Users can now drive an ICE, IC, RegionalExpress or regional train along eight routes from the redesigned cab.

The environment-themed game is based on the program used by Deutsche Bahn for more than ten years to train its drivers in energy-efficient techniques. Train drivers also helped to create the latest version of the app.

The DB Train Simulator app took second place in the International Union of Railways’ (UIC) Sustainability Champion Award in October 2016.

(Source: Deutsche Bahn)