Victoria: Footscray - Ballarat Route (version 1.3)
Route design by Russell Beer


this route covers the Western Main Line from Footscray through Sunshine, Melton, Bacchus Marsh, up the daunting Ingliston Bank, through Ballan on to Warrenheip and into Ballarat and environs.

Prototype Operator: Victorian Railways and its successors.

Version 1.3 has selectable visible wire depending on suburban or country use. Martin Bennett's VR gantries have been installed, replacing the default.


File download names and links

Complete Install of v1.3:
Note there are two files:


Note #1: This method of installer preparation reduces the time Vista and some anti-virus programs may take to scan the EXE file.

Note #2: you may need to right-click and "Save Link/Target As" on the .D0x files to save them to your hard disk instead of having them open in your browser.

Note #3: read "Additional Files Required" further down this page: you will require more files.


File Sizes

.EXE:	333 KB (342,009 bytes)
.D01	58.7 MB (61,619,838 bytes)


Additional Files Required

  1. Xtracks 3.06 or higher


Tasks Required

  1. Download the two files linked above; ensure both files are in the same folder in your PC.
  2. Run the installer by double-clicking on the EXE file (do not touch the data file - .D01 - the installer EXE will load the data pack itself). The installer is automatically set to "Run As Administrator" for Vista and Windows 7 users.
  3. You must have all six default routes installed BEFORE running this installer. The routes just need to be present: they DO NOT need to be unstored if you use Trainstore, nor do you need to activate them if you use Route Riter's ON/OFF utility.
  4. You must have Xtracks 3.06 or higher installed.
  5. Allow the batch file to run to completion. If you do not see this batch file run in a DOS box, you most likely are a Vista or Windows 7 user. TURN OFF "User Account Control" (Start | Control Panel | User Accounts | Turn User Account Control On or Off); then right-click on the installme.bat file in the Route folder and set "Run As Administrator". The batch file should now run correctly.
  6. The first time you run this route, there will be a short delay as MSTS "generates terrain buffers" - this is a one-off and subsequent use of this route will load normally.



Ballarat station.