Smooth train movement. Flicker-free
display follows tracks precisely. Smooth cornering via
Stylish cars. Choose from a thousand
car types. Cars are displayed in side view on the
control panel, top view on the layout.
Car chooser allows browsing large
collections of cars on local drive and on web. Easy
download a set at a time.
Classy control panel. Full-featured
walnut-and-brass control panel works smoothly and
intuitively. Rotate the dial or click to auto-rotate.
For more compact controls, the train
control toolbar has everything you need to operate: speed
slider, forward/reverse, uncouple.
Natural coupling via bump contact.
Easy uncoupling: click to indicate where, then click to
Train tree shows all trains on the layout
in tree form, for easy navigation and train selection.
Junction window shows close-up view of
switch area and allows switch throwing.
Easy, intuitive train building and
editing. Copy/paste can be used on cars or entire
One click throws a switch to the next
position. Multi-position switches are possible, such
as for double slipswitches.
Schedule window shows arrivals and
departures in real time.
Scale clock can be run at any multiple of
normal wall-clock speed.
Layouts can be linked together, so train
leaves one and jumps immediately to the other.
Invisible hyperspace routes can be used to
connect layers or modules -- train on one end jumps
instantly to the other.
Control panel offers a compact,
"minimized": style for saving space on screen.
Yard mode operation allows speed dial or
slider to control both speed and direction. Drop speed
below zero and train goes into reverse.
Adjustable acceleration/deceleration when
starting and stopping.
Layout chooser offers convenient access to
large numbers of layouts, both stored locally and on the
web. Collections can be browsed by thumbnail image,
downloaded with one click.
Tree of layout folders can be modified,
for example to add a folder of your own favorites.
Folders can be dragged in from Windows Explorer.
Trains have your choice of horn sound.
Choose from web collection of steam whistles, diesel horns,
bells. Horn sounds on button press, stops on release.
Scripting of operations. Scripting
is a rich feature which allows you to develop or record,
then play back, sequences of operation involving one or more
trains. A complete development and debugging
environment is supplied.
Zoom features. Several methods are
provided for zooming in and out to a particular location or
zoom level, including zoom to a dragged rectangle. You
can zoom in very close, even on a large layout.
Auto-follow. The view scrolls
smoothly as the train moves to keep it in sight.
Landscape rolls by.
Space bar throws the upcoming switch,
i.e., next one coming up in the train's route.
Run more than one train at a time.
Click to select a train and attach it to the control panel,
start it running, then switch to another and control it
while the first continues on.
Create more than one view on the screen.
Each view can have its own zoom level, so you can have one
window showing a close-up following the train, another
showing the entire layout as your tiny train crawls around
Layout-connected sounds provide atmosphere
as you travel. Hear roosters crow as you pass the
farm, or sirens as you travel through the city. Choose
from a varied set of sounds.
Stations. You can define regions on
the layout which have names, so that the program knows when
a train is arriving or departing from a named location.
Some layouts come with pre-defined stations, or you can
create your own. Future features will take further
advantage of these in operational enhancements.
Trains hide when passing through tunnels,
shown in outline only so you can see where they are.
When going beneath underpasses, they hide completely and are
clipped precisely (true on layouts with clip regions
Turntables rotate smoothly, stop when
bridge track aligns with next connection. You choose
the direction of rotation, or let the program go the
shortest route. Or specify a stopping point and the
table will rotate to that one.
Several non-prototypical conveniences
allow you to place trains easily. One click reverses a
train end for end. Right-click a spot on the track and
choose to move it there instantly.
Product includes the TrainPlayer Screen
Saver, a Windows screen saver which fills your screen with
railroading enjoyment. Follow a train as it takes a
leisurely tour through your layout collection.
Interact with it! Keyboard commands can be used to
change train speed or direction, jump to a different layout,
or modify the show.
Windows and toolbars offer a choice of
style, from XP to Vista. The new default is a custom
TrainPlayer style in a rich brown color.
Tabbed preferences dialog offers
convenient tuning of adjustable variables for operation and
Choose a collision mode: harmless bounce
vs. destructive crash.
Comes with complete, highly-rated
documentation in online help system or PDF file.