I am sure we have all been enjoying the DTG challenge streams recently, whereby some of the regular streamers take part in a TSW2 challenge and see who can rack up the most points. I thought it might be interesting to see a TS version. I asked on the challenge suggestions thread if the next challenge could be taken in a TS direction, but then I thought - why take over the TSW challenge? Why not make one of our own? I think there is a lot of interesting potential for a somewhat different race. Advantages of a TS challenge: - Steam. Steam is currently only in TS, and although coming to TSW in the not-too-distant future, there will probably still be a much greater variety of steam locos and routes in TS. I think a steam race would prove very interesting and people will probably like it. There are multiple different ideas for steam races, such as shunting or an uphill challenge, or maybe a combination. - Train Sim has a lot more variety than TSW which could bring more opportunity for a more interesting race. TS has things such as free roam scenarios, which allow you to do pretty much what you want, whereas in TSW it is more of an end-to-end affair. There are also, in my opinion a lot more interesting routes in TS. For example, the other idea I posted on the challenge suggestions stream was a run on the Sacramento Northern. It’s a very interesting route because it combines a lot of rural areas with some street tram-like running. What would prove an additional challenge is the lack of actual speed limits, so if one was in career mode one would have to look out for drive quality points. I was thinking a career scenario starting with 1000 points, and then you have to reach the other end as fast as you can, but any points deducted means a time penalty. The incredible gradients (up to about 4.0%, or 1 in 25 I think in places) should add an extra level of challenge. So, if the chaps at DTG see this please take it into consideration. Also, if anyone likes the idea, or has their own idea for a TS challenge, feel free to post it here.