Track planning software II

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by iis612, Jan 31, 2007.

  1. iis612

    iis612 Member

    Dec 26, 2006
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    Hey ya'll,
    Not to beat a dead horse, but I am still shopping for a good program.
    I have been using XtrkCad, and I am making some progress on a layout.
    Here is what I am looking for a planning software package to do for me:
    1. I want to be able to enter the track pieces that I have.
    2. I want the program to show (in the plan) what pieces I have, and what I will need to get in order to complete the actual layout.
    3. I want to be able to add certain features like wiring, structures, signals, etc.
    4. I need to be able to test the layout with the rolling stock, and locos that I have or will have.

    Not that I ask alot...sign1

    If anyone knows of any software that fits this bill, or comes close to it, I would be eternally grateful.
  2. MasonJar

    MasonJar It's not rocket surgery

    Oct 31, 2002
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    The Atlas RTS has libraries of different track manufacturers, and will also generate a shopping list of what you need. I haven't used it in a long time, as I now run Macs, but that's what I recall... It's a free download at

  3. shortliner

    shortliner Member

    Dec 23, 2004
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    You've already got it - it's called XTrkCad - just enter the track-pieces you have on one layer, and the ones you don't have on another(they will show as different colours, depending on the layer colours that you have selected. You can make up your own buildings as parameter files and put them in position. You can run trains on a full copy of the layout. Print out the layout, scan it, load the file into an art program (like PaintshopPro) as a jpeg and add wiring /signals using that.
    Shortliner(Jack)away up here in the Highlands