to our Run 8 Basics page. Here we will
walk you through the installation and registration
process (which is mandatory for using multi-player),
and how you can have some fun in Run 8 single-player
sessions we provided, using the dispatcher screen
and finding and joing a multi-player session.
We won't lie to you, Run 8 is a technical simulation
that features accurate physics and operations
on a wide range of levels and the learning curve
is very steep at first. With that said though,
if you are willing to learn we are here and willing
to help you.
and Installing the Program and Updates: When
you recieve our email with the download link you
may need to disable any popup blocker programs
you are running and you may also have to disable
your antivirus software as many antivirus programs
do not reconise some of the new file formats we
had to create for the Run8 program. You can turn
these back on after you get everything setup.
Also if the link does not work it may be because
your email program has it's security settings
set to high and is blocking or changing the URL
link that we sent you.
Due to the multi-player features in Run 8 some
users may have to run the program as "Administrator".
are also several updates that we have put out
since the program's release so here is the order
of how the current updates should be installed;
(This is a route addon for Run8 and requires the
BNSF Mojave Sub
Needles Sub Upgrade 10.03.2013
Amtrak01 Trainsets (free Run8 default versions
are also available)
Autoracks01 (free Run8 default versions are also
Piggybacks01 (free Run8 default versions are also
Free 57ft Mechanical Refrigerator Cars (free Run8
default versions are also available)
OpenHopper01 (free Run8 default versions are also
Refrigerator01 (free Run8 default versions are
SD40-2_01 (free Run8 default versions are also
SD40-2_02 (free Run8 default versions are also
of the updates are available on our Updates
you start up the Run8 program: Here are the
requirements that are needed to use Run 8 the
first time so the first thing you need to do after
installing Run 8 is to install the XNA 3.1 Redistributable
which we provide and can be found in the Run 8
Train Simulator folder after installation. Here
is what the default pathway looks like in Windows7
> C: > Program Files (x86) > Run 8 Studios
> Run 8 Train Simulator > xnafx31_redist.msi
click on the "xnafx31_redist.msi" file
to start the windows installer to install it.
Please make sure you have it installed before
actually starting up Run 8 for the first time.
8 also uses Microsoft .Net 3.5 (or better) for
managing memory resources in the program so you
want to make sure you have that as well. Most
Windows 7 installations have it already installed
but if you are running Windows XP you may want
to check to see if you need it, if so, you can
find it on the Microsoft website. Also, due to
the multi-player features in Run 8 some users
may have to run the program as "Administrator".
we are ready to start Run 8 and register it.
starting up Run 8 the main menu will come
up and from here move your cursor over
the "SelectRoute\Train" and
left click your mouse. This will open
a couple of selection windows in the menu.
Now use your mouse to highlight the "BarstowYermo"
in the window under Select Routes
then find the "Extra Board - BNSF
Barstow " in the Select Train\Session
highlight it and then click on the "Run
Simulator" button at the top of the
will start the session to load and once
it does you will find yourself at BNSF Barstow
next to the admin building where we will
now open the Shift+F1 Other Options menu
and select the "Other" tab which
should look like the image below.
the bottom of the menu you will notice
the registration window and this is where
you will enter your 10 digit transaction
ID# that is on the reciept that we sent
you after you purchased Run8. So enter
that number and click on the "Register"
button. Now you are ready to Hiball into
a multi-player session or host your own
session if you want. For now though we
will concentrate on Run 8 single-player
mode. We will cover the multi-player stuff
continue to the Single-Player Operations
8 Manual click here (opens in a new window)
- Dispatcher Screen - Multi-Player