It has an iconic status in the Trainz community as once the bugs were worked out of it, its feature improvements have been the look-see-and-feel of all the Trainz releases since regardless of how things are reskinned.There were many industries included and much of the bundled rolling stock was updated to include this new dynamic loading and unloading animated capability with a corresponding load-state dynamic driving physics change in the handling of a consist.The program was removed starting with Trainz Simulator 2009, but locomotives and rolling stock painted in Paint Shed can still be used, as many built-in locomotives and cars were made in Paint Shed, and have proven workable even in TANE.The Content Manager (CM) module is a Windows program that allows management of the in-game data base files.Stopping and starting the movement of trains is far easier under this mode.It emulates the operation of a real-world DCC control knob that one might use on a physical model railroad (which is represented graphically on the screen), and is easy to understand in terms of operation.
Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 was the first version of Trainz to include interactive industries and loadable rolling stock capabilities, which allowed the player to deliver various resources (such as coal, wood, and steel) and passengers to various industries and stations across the playable area.
It also was the first Rail Simulator to include Thomas & Friends and to emulate 'wooden toy train' snap together modeled content—all of which was later available in Trainz 2006 and up.
These 'toylike' animated 3D models eventually led to My First Trainz with its simple child-friendly simulator game interface.
freeware assets which can be downloaded from the N3V servers, referred to as Download Station (DLS).
Trainz growth, and the DLS, are supported by the user community on the official web boards, as well as on various 3rd party web sites.