As odd as it might sound, railroads are romantic. They offer magical views as they wind through rugged mountains while hugging high cliff sides or roll through misty valleys at dawn. They call to mind bygone eras: steam locomotives rattling over wooden bridges in the Old West as they carried precious silver and gold from the mountains or passenger trains bringing GIs back to their sweethearts after World War II. Even today, the sheer size and massive power of locomotives can evoke the same type of awe that powerful planes and race cars can. And while there are plenty of racing and flight sims, the only train games available so far have focused on strategic empire building. In Train Simulator, Microsoft has created a realistic simulation of the iron horse–one that can hold its head high next to its racing and flying peers.