TrainPlayer News, April 2012 --
Version 5.0, Modular Railroading
If you've seen a big model railroad operating on the
floor of a shopping center, then you've seen modular
railroading in action. The layout wasn't actually
built there; club members built it in pieces,
brought them together, slid them in place, then hooked
them together with bits of connecting track. The
result: a huge layout in a short time.
TrainPlayer 5, you are the boss of your own module club. Your
computer screen is the show floor, you have a warehouse
full of modules to work with, and you don't need to load
anything on a truck. Drag modules with the
mouse; they snap together in perfect alignment.
Once you have an arrangement you like, click to convert
it to a full layout with track and scenery,
connected and ready to run. Add a train and you're
off on a long ride!
If you are an NTrak or HOTrak show administrator or planner,
this feature is for you -- get your club to contribute
TrainPlayer layouts of their modules, arrange them to
fit the space, then give the whole thing a test drive.
If you're a club member, the feature is for you too --
design your own module and join it with the others,
practice operating before the show. If you're none
of the above, you will still enjoy assembling a
huge layout and running a hundred-car freight around it.
The Module Manager
The major new device in Version
5 is the Module Manager, a dialog with a resizable
workspace, a listbox, and some controls. (Click
the picture for a larger image)
To introduce a module into the workspace, click
Add to bring up the Layout Chooser, positioned
to a folder of modules -- grab one, drag it into
the workspace, drop it roughly in place and the
manager will snap it into alignment.
Continue to build up chains, loops, or complex
branching patterns. When ready, click OK,
wait a second, and there is your layout!
Add a train and go.
The module system is customizable and has many
nice conveniences. You can drag in files
from Windows Explorer. You can rearrange
modules by drag and drop, or by moving rows in
the listbox. You can save a modular layout in
various formats, including a new export zip
file. For more, see the
Version 5.0 Features Page.
Access to the Module Manager requires a
TrackLayer license. If you have
TrainPlayer, you can run on pre-built modules or modular
layouts, but cannot build your own.
Version 5.0 also comes with plenty of bug fixes and
small improvements. Details are in the
The module collection consists of over 200
interesting plans built according to NTrak or
HOTrak specifications. Some modules are
just bare-bones templates, others full track
plans with scenery -- all useful as models for
designing your own. Here are a few
The module collection was designed and built by our
talented TrainPlayer artists Mark Johnson, Bruno
Pigozzo, and Peter Prunka.
The 5.0 installer brings you only the basic component
modules. For the full set, visit your web layout
chooser and look under Modules.
Buy or Upgrade
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TrackLayer 5.0 ==>
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install 5.0 ==>
free upgrade for licensed users, free demo
for your support.
Modular Railroading Introductory Special
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available, due to changes in our shop site. Watch for a
special in the next newsletter..
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