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Translating the Game into English.
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What is BAHN?
BAHN is the brainchild of German programmer Jan Bochmann (Click here to see his web page). BAHN is shareware designed to allow you to build a scale model of a subway system, a streetcar system, a railroad system, or a combination of these, running it to speeded up time. This page is dedicated to the promotion of BAHN. Here you will find everything you need to download and run this software, access to documentation, and access to models others have designed.
Jan has made a number of improvements to BAHN in the past three years, making the program even more enjoyable for everyone. For one thing, there is an English language version of the game to go with the original German. New mapping features and use of extended memory allows for larger and more complex layouts. Although the nature of its graphical interface is such that you will have to take some liberties with your track plans in order to make your system work, BAHN still runs to scale and operates to time. The graphics may be not what you've come to expect on Railroad Tycoon II or Sim City 3000, but it's a more accurate model of the real world than any program I have seen and that, in my opinion, makes up for the simple graphics.
I've proven to myself that the game is fun and addictive. Caveats aside, I assure you that BAHN is a wonderful game to play. What more could anyone ask for?
August 10, 2000:Michael Marriott has added another BAHN layout to our website, this time a simulation of what Edmonton's system could have been in the year 2000. It's a great layout, with nicely designed trolley bus graphics. You'll find it in the Prairie Provinces page. Also, on Jan Bochmann's home page, there's news on BAHN 3.70, which is in Beta testing. Sadly, I've not been able to keep my layouts up to date...
July 1, 2000: Michael Marriott has added another layout to our collection. This time, the Edmonton Radial Railway, circa 1908. Check it out in the Prairie Provinces page.
June 1, 2000: Unfortunately, I have had too many other commitments to make time to work on my BAHN projects. This is why there have been no updates to this web page for so long. This isn't to say that a lot hasn't happened. We're now at a new web site, with no more obnoxious host banners, and Peter Marriott has successfully created a simulation of Edmonton's current trolley bus network. Check it out in the Prairie Provinces page.
Suggestions on How to Build Better BAHN Simulations...
And Finally, a Thank You
Jan Bochmann has filled a niche in creating software which allows us to simulate, to scale and to time, any rail-transportation system we want. For me, it's a wonderful and addictive program -- I like building systems, I like playing with timetables, and I like making things work. I'm a mediocre model railroader, but BAHN has allowed me to construct my most complicated layout yet, and it works. Thank you Jan, and keep up the good work!
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