Reinstalling Train Simulator is fundamentally one of the easiest methods of restoring the software to the default “factory” state (the term factory simply means to restore to a state as originally intended by the manufacturer). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please ensure you have backed up any custom developed content, such as that you would normally find within the Railworks folder, before you attempt to reinstall Train Simulator. The reinstallation process below will remove all the content contained within the Train Simulator installation folder and you will lose all data that has not been backed up beforehand. Please proceed with the instructions below at your own risk, as we are not able to accept responsibility for issues arising because you have not taken steps to safeguard irreplaceable data beforehand.


  1. Open Steam and navigate to your Library.

  1. Right-click on Train Simulator and select Manage > Browse Local Files.

  1. A Windows Explorer window opens showing the Train Simulator installation folder. Leave the window open and return to Steam.
  2. Then, right-click on Train Simulator and select Uninstall and follow the onscreen instructions.
  3. Go to Steam > Exit.
  4. Swap back to the window opened in Step 2 and delete any remaining files or folder within the Railworks directory.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Step 6 is critical as Steam can leave files and folders behind that need to be manually deleted. These 'remnants' may be third-party add-ons or modifications you have installed that were not downloaded from Steam.

  1. Open Steam and navigate to your Library.
  2. Click on Train Simulator and click the Install button on the right. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the reinstallation process.