Like most games, Simutrans started small as the dream of one man. This man was Hansjörg Malthaner, also known as Hajo, who started Simutrans as a hobby project in 1997, to learn C++ object oriented programming. Since then, Simutrans has grown from the simple program of one man, to a great project with its own life and community of supporters and contributors. In 2004 Hansjörg decided to retire from the main development, and since that time the development has been in the hands of the Simutrans community.
Each project, or part of the game, has its own coordinator. Thanks to the efforts of people who try to help the community, development continues in a friendly atmosphere of cooperation and respect.