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Rail simulator gives you the chance to drive the London to Brighton line
WITH VIDEO: For most commuters, the daily grind train journey is a necessary chore. If it isn’t fighting for a seat armed with a Kindle and a latte, it’s waiting at the platform as the train is delayed for myriad reasons.
But a computer game is offering the chance to get behind the wheel and take control of the London to Brighton commute.
Rail Simulator 2013 allows budding train drivers, or disgruntled commuters, to climb into the hot seat and see what it is like to drive the 50-mile route.
The simulation includes all stations along the route including Clapham Junction and landmarks including Battersea Power Station, Gatwick Airport, and Brighton Lovers Walk depot.
It has been billed as the most realistic simulator on the market, with the scenery painstakingly recreated.
And you get to drive a Class 377 Electrostar Southern locomotive, with features including cruise control, opening windows, moveable blinds and whistles.
Players can either choose standard or career mode with a scorecard showing any violations made.
Points are dropped for things such as being late or whizzing past all the holiday makers returning from Gatwick Airport as you scream towards the coast.
And just like your real-life commute, weather can influence your ride with torrential downpours, wind and snow having adverse effects on the train – not forgetting leaves on the line.
If you cannot handle the stress of carrying hundreds of moody passengers, a free roam mode allows you to enjoy the Sussex countryside at your leisure.
Other routes across the world are also available once you tire of the Balcombe Viaduct and Battersea Power station.
You can climb into an ICE 3M Class 406 and cross Germany on the Munich-Augsburg route or see the highest point crossed by the US transcontinental Sherman Hill route at 8,640 feet.