TrainPlayer-TrackLayer 6.3 Readme

Version 6.3.1, May 2016  

Welcome to Version 6.3.1!

Version 6.3 includes a generous list of fixes and improvements, especially in the area of scripting, where enhancements are put to work in the new Games folder of switching plans.  The list is extended in 6.3.1.

Contents of this readme:

Enhancements in 6.3.1

Here is a list of new features since 6.3.  For the full list including bug fixes, see Version 6.3 Features on the website.

car orientation revamp
no more Reverse Engine flag or checkbox
consistent train orientation in window (forward = rightward)
CP cars use left-side images where available
$track(length) property
variables are now saved in layout file
can delete a variable by assigning no value (let x= )
user variables are now editable in Script Central Reference tab
rail thickness preference
idsets available to scripts

New features in 6.3

Here is a partial list of the new features, not including an equally-long list of enhancements in scripting.  For the full list see Version 6.3 Features on the website.

Multi-track transfer table transfer tables are no longer limited to a single bridge track
Auto-follow selected car new options for auto-scrolling when following train
Auto-hide selection X pink X on car top can go away after a few seconds
Move uncoupling pin new commands, keystrokes to move uncoupling position along train
Default scenery styles new context-menu commands to apply or set default line or fill styles
Car dest property car top can display user-supplied destination code; also in Cars Window
New snap angles snap to #10 or #12 angles when drawing switches
Keyboard chart new dialog shows keyboard accelerators for all commands
Track labels user-assigned labels for track and junctions serve various purposes
No blank layout new preference can prevent creating blank layout on program start
Car ID display reset new Remove All Car IDs command to reset all car labels off
Allow Train Drag preference to turn hand-drag of train on or off
Menu Reference guide to commands on all TrainPlayer menus
New scripted layouts see new layout folder Layouts \ Games

For existing users

If you have been using 6.0-6.2, the upgrade to 6.3 is free.  If you have been using 5.3 or an earlier version of TrainPlayer or TrackLayer, this section is for you. 

6.0 License Required

If you have a license from a pre-6 version, it will not work with 6.3.  You can purchase an upgrade for $19.  For more information, see How To Obtain 6.3 on the Features page.

When you start the program, until you have purchased and entered a 6.0 license, you will be running a limited-time 30-day demo.  A "nag" alert will inform you of this.  Once the time expires, you can continue running the program but will be in "demo mode," meaning you cannot save or print.

The recommended procedure is to go to the Help menu and choose Purchase Upgrade (or click the button on the alert).  This brings up a dialog which shows you the upgrade price, and a button leading to a checkout page.

Changes in Car Collections

If you have been running a pre-6 version, the 6.3 installer will update your car collections and do some file renaming in the Defaults and Loads sets.  If you have any trouble locating or working with the changes, send e-mail and we'll help.

How to install

For links and instructions, click here  => 6.3 Download

How to install from DVD

Insert the disk in the drive, setup starts automatically*.  Shortly you will see the TrainPlayer DVD Installer, a little dialog with three big buttons:

1.  Install Program Files

Click this button to bring up TrainPlayer Setup, which takes you through the program installation procedure.

If you have already installed Version 6.3 (including the demo), then you do not need to do this step.

2.  Install Data Files

Click this button to bring up the TrainPlayer Data Installer.  This copies data files -- layouts, car collections, sounds, scenery -- from the DVD to your hard drive. There are two choices:

Note: it is not necessary to install layouts to your hard drive in order to access them.  If you insert the DVD before any TrainPlayer session, you will see the entire folder of layouts in your Layout Chooser.

Click Go to begin copying files.

3.  Start Program

Click this button to launch the program.   This automatically closes the DVD Installer.

Other ways to start the program are (a) double-click the TrainPlayer 6.3 icon on your desktop, or (b) choose TrainPlayer 6.3 from the Start > TrainPlayer menu.

* If the dialog does not come up automatically after inserting the DVD, open Windows Explorer, navigate to the root of the DVD drive, and double-click setup.exe.


TrainPlayer is shareware.  You can run it free for thirty days, after which you must purchase a license to continue.  If you do not have a license, a dialog comes up every time you run the program, and the program eventually expires so you can no longer run it.  (If this happens, you are welcome to write and ask for an extension.)

To purchase a license, (a) click the Buy button on the opening dialog, (b) choose Purchase from the Help menu in the program, or (c) go to the TrainPlayer Products page on the web. 

A purchase will generate an e-mail containing your assigned username and license code.  Enter them into the "Reminder" dialog the next time it comes up, or use Upgrade License on the Help menu to cause it to come up.  Enter the name and code exactly as given; copy/paste is recommended.  (Shortcut: select and copy both lines, then paste into the Name box of the dialog and it will get both lines at once.)

Our company License Agreement is reproduced here:

 -- TrainPlayer License Agreement --

Thank you for downloading TrainPlayer software. This agreement says: enjoy the program on whatever computers you have, and donít give away your license key.

With either the purchased or the demo version, you may:

If you have not purchased a license, you may use the trial version free for the extent of the trial period. The trial version does not have the full set of features of the licensed version, and comes with only a small set of layouts. After the trial period expires, you must purchase a license or request an extension by e-mail.

You may not:

Track plans from "101 Track Plans for Model Railroaders," "Model Railroader," and "Model Railroad Planning" are copyright (c) Kalmbach Publishing Co. You are permitted to use the images within TrainPlayer and TrackLayer only.

-- Disclaimer of Warranty --

This software and the accompanying files are sold "as is" and without warranties as to performance or merchantability or any other warranties whether expressed or implied. Because of the various hardware and software environments into which this software may be put, no warranty of fitness for a particular purpose is offered.

The program is not without bugs. If you find one, we encourage you to report it, and we will do our best to fix it in an upcoming version.

Version history

See TrainPlayer Version History on the web.


For help:

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phone 707 320-4246