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TrainPlayer / TrackLayer Version 3.3.1 Contents

Version 3.3.1 is a free upgrade with several useful new features based on customer requests.  We've added some new capabilities and improved some old ones, as part of our ongoing attempt to make the armchair experience as rich as the real one.


Transfer Tables.  A transfer table is a compact device for moving a locomotive from one track to another -- like a turntable, except it slides instead of rotates. In TrackLayer 3.3.1, you can build one of these with a few clicks. Make it whatever dimensions and orientation you need, and decorate it with stylish artwork from our scenery collection. Double-click and it grinds slowly from one track to the next under the weight of your locomotive.


Instant Roadbed. TrackLayer 3.3.1 puts ballast under your rails!  Select some track -- a single spur, a long mainline, or an entire yard -- right-click and presto, you have roadbed precisely fitted around the track, in your choice of width and gravel pattern.  Not just for track roadbed but also great for streets, roads, rivers -- wherever you need a stylish channel meandering across the landscape.


Chooser Improvements. In Version 3.3.1 we have simplified the system for managing your layouts, car collections, and other data files. File chooser dialogs have been revamped to work more easily and consistently.   A What's New folder shows you content recently posted on the web.  Icons in the choosers show which layouts you have downloaded and which are out of date.  Context menus are simpler and more uniform.  Documentation has been rewritten.  Here's a shot of a 3.3.1 chooser:

AAR Codes. Now you can properly classify your rolling stock using freight and passenger codes from the American Association of Railroads.  Choose from an extensive list to assign a specific type to each car in your collection, or download updated collections from the web, where we have assigned codes to every one of our thousand car types.  The AAR code project is a first step toward a complete stock management system we are developing for future versions.

File Organizer.  If you have been running an earlier version of TrainPlayer, chances are you have a fairly disorganized batch of files in your data folders.  As part of the 3.3.1 simplification effort, we offer to help straighten things out.  The first time you start the new version, you are notified if there are recommended changes, and presented with a list of them like this:

Click Yes to let TrainPlayer carry out the recommended actions, and you will appreciate the result: your chooser trees will be cleaner, more aligned with the web collections, and easier to maintain.

And more. As always, the new version is the best one yet, with plenty of bug fixes and small enhancements to make trainplaying easier and more fun.  Grab your free copy, keep up with the latest, and never look back!

How to Buy

If you have never purchased any TrainPlayer software, you have two options:

TrainPlayer 3.3.1 OPERATOR -- for running trains on pre-built layouts.  Includes TrainPlayer, Standard layouts, Standard car collections,101 Track Plans, Screen Saver. $59  Buy
TrackLayer 3.3.1 BUILDER -- for building and running layouts. Includes TrainPlayer 3.3.1 plus: Track tools, Scenery Toolkit, Premium Layouts & Cars and Scripting tools. $99  Buy

Click takes you to the checkout page, where a credit card will be required. 

Purchase includes free e-mail support, and free updates with bug fixes and enhancements until the next major release.

How to Upgrade

If you are a licensed user of any previous version, help yourself:

Upgrade to 3.3.1 Installs 3.3.1 to update your 3.x system and run with your existing license. Free Download

Download of the new version is free.  If you do not have a license, this download installs the demo version -- the complete system with some restrictions -- free for 30 days.  Use the Purchase Products command on the Help menu when you are ready to buy.  If you have a license for a previous version, the download will upgrade you to 3.3.1, with the same capabilities allowed by your existing license.  To upgrade to a higher level, use the Purchase Upgrade command on the Help menu.

You do not need to uninstall your current version before running this new installer, but you may if you prefer.

Fine Print

Requirements.  Programs run under Windows NT, 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7.  An internet connection is useful but not essential -- you need one to browse and download content from the web, but you can run without it when using content from your disk or CD.  Disk space: you need only about 30MB to install the program files, but will want more than that to download content from web or CD -- up to a maximum of around 700MB for the full premium content.

Delivery on CD.  All products are available on CD for a $10 shipping charge.  The CD includes all purchased content, so you do not need to download anything further (except updates).  You are given the choice of installing to your hard drive or accessing directly from the CD.  To request a CD, select it in the Shipping drop-down menu on the checkout page.

License agreement.  Our license agreement is displayed during install and reproduced in the Readme file.  It says you are allowed to install the program on as many computers as you like, as long as you don't sell or give away the license key to anyone else.

Version 3.3.1

  Transfer Tables
  Instant Roadbed
  Better Choosers
  AAR Codes
  File Organizer

How to Buy

How to Upgrade

Fine Print

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