TrainPlayer News, June 2011 --
Announcing 4.0 / Ops
No doubt more than once you have had to
explain to the family that what Daddy is doing is not
"playing with trains." It's called "operating a
railroad." It involves moving goods for impatient
customers. It calls for an inventory of proper
rolling stock. It requires detailed paperwork.
It means showing up for work on time, armed with
clipboard. It's not
commerce going on.
TrainPlayer 4.0 brings this experience to the
armchair! It delivers a new package of features called
Ops, which brings you new concepts, devices, windows,
dialogs for setting up your layout and simulating freight traffic between
industries and consumers.
The heart of Ops is the
a device which issues sets of instructions like "send
empty hopper from yard to coal mine." In order
to do this, it needs to know about the industries on the
layout, what goods they ship and receive, the
available cars, where they are located, what kinds of
goods they can carry. Ops cranks all this with the click of a button and gives you your work
orders -- your job is to start up the loco and deliver the
You can set all this up yourself, or take a
shortcut. Let the Ops Wizard lead you
through the steps of preparing your layout, generating
random stations, industries, and yards. Easier
download one of the hundreds of ops-ready layouts we've
already prepared on the web.
Want to give it a try? Click here to
You can buy or upgrade from
within the program. See How
To Buy or How To Upgrade
|There is more to 4.0 than Ops -- a year's
worth of great new features adding style and
interest to your trainplaying. For more, click here ==>
Create named locations on the layout and indicate what
sorts of goods they ship and receive. Choose from a list of standard railroad industries in
the Industry Browser. Or let the Wizard create you
different random industries for each session.
Click any picture to enlarge
Name and identify the yards and interchange tracks on
your layout, or let the Wizard do it. [Plug: there is
not another program on the planet which can
look at a railroad layout and recognize where the yards
In the real world, if goods ship by flatcar, you
can see them as they go by. The same is now true
in TrainPlayer. Cars carry specific loads, which
you can choose from a large catalog of little pictures. A load definition includes
the list of car types suitable to carry it, so you
can't, say, put logs into a tankcar. Loading and
unloading is an easy one-click operation -- Ops does
this for you automatically when you deliver a car to its
The Ops Generator creates a new random switchlist for
every session. This is presented in two forms: as
a paragraph of instructions in a text window, and an
equivalent set of rows in the grid. Use either one
-- the grid takes more getting used to, but it's more
flexible and interactive and fun.
Ops involves a lot of data. To manage it, we've
introduced a new type of docking window containing a
full-featured grid from our favorite component vendor.
It's like a miniature spreadsheet you can dock to the
side of your screen, to keep track of switchlists and
cars. You can set it up as you like -- rearrange
columns, group, sort, copy, print -- and watch it
dynamically update as you operate.
A waybill is an order from a customer for services from
the railroad. The Ops Generator creates these
automatically and uses them to build switchlists.
They are produced and used behind the scenes, but we
made them visible for the educational benefit,
and because they look cool.
Preparing your layout for Ops involves a number of
steps, so let the wizard lead you through. Starting
with a layout having tracks
and trains, it can generate random
stations around the layout, turn them into random
industries, identify yards and interchanges, let you
make adjustments, then generate your first switchlist.
In the old days, you had to go to some trouble
to make the cars look good on your layout. Not
any more. In 4.0 we provide several sharp sets
of cars to replace the old cartoon images.
Included are Steam and Modern; on the web is a
set, and one from the famous Gorre & Daphetid.
Our team of Ops experts has been systematically going
through layouts on the web, creating stations and
industries and populating with typical
freight cars. Layouts prepared this way are marked "ops-ready"
in the layout chooser, so you can see at a
glance that there are many -- almost all 101
Track Plans, and many ops-suitable User
and Premium layouts.
A new graphical menu of trains. A new train naming
scheme which makes a lot more sense than the old one.
User manual fully updated and revised. More
layouts, car collections, sounds, scenery, everything.
||4.0 is the best version
How To Buy
welcome! Grab a credit card and click one:
* Before buying, see Special at the
top of the newsletter
TrainPlayer / OPERATOR -- for running trains on pre-built
layouts. Includes TrainPlayer, standard
layouts and car collections, 101 Track Plans,
ops, scripting tools. TrackLayer / BUILDER -- for building
and running layouts. Includes all the above plus:
track tools, scenery toolkit, premium
layouts and cars.
Click takes you to the checkout page, where a credit
card will be required.
Purchase includes free e-mail support, free updates
with bug fixes and enhancements until next major
How To Upgrade
thank you! You can upgrade free to 4.0 and get
many new features. For the full Ops system, there
is a $29 charge.* To proceed:
|1. Click to
download and install 4.0 ==>
2. When you start the program, you get a
to 4.0 dialog. To upgrade to Ops, click the
Purchase Upgrade button. Or choose Purchase Upgrade from the
(since 12/1/10) -- you are entitled to
a free upgrade. Send e-mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org to request your license.
Features free with 4.0 upgrade: Industries, Loads,
Yards, Interchanges, Default Car Sets.
Features in the $29 Ops upgrade: Switchlists, Waybills,
Generators, Ops Windows, Ops Wizard, Color Codes.
Requirements. Programs run under
Windows 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 DVD. Disk space: you need only about 30MB
to install the program files, but will want more than
that to download content from web or DVD -- around 1GB for the full content.
on DVD. Products are available on DVD for
a $10 shipping charge. This includes all
purchased content, so no download
is needed. To request a DVD, use the
drop-down menu on the checkout page, as shown here ==>
Version 4.0 DVD's will be shipping around June 15, 2011.
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.
Visit the lively group on our
for your support.
Ops Introductory Special!
4.0 with Ops
Top-of-the-line package, reg. $99. Includes all of
TrainPlayer, track tools, scenery toolkit, premium
layouts, and the full Ops system
To get the discount,
purchase TrackLayer 4. At checkout, enter the following in the
Coupon Code box, in upper case as shown, then click
Limited time offer. Expires
Try full program free for 30 days.
Windows 2000,XP,Vista,W7. Send e-mail to request
Grab a credit card, pick from our simple product line.
Upgrade instructions for all users. Some features
free; Ops extra.
TrainPlayer / OPERATOR
TrackLayer / BUILDER
101 Track Plans
Layouts & Cars
"This is probably the best model
railroad program out for computers. I can think of
nothing that surpasses it for simplicity and elegance."
"TrainPlayer has put an incredible amount
of time and effort into Ops and it's paying off ... I'm
having a ball working through the switchlists."
Mark Johnson, Mar 2011
"Not only is the TP program pure genius, but the
group enjoying it is beyond great -helpful, humorous,
and always hungry for more. You can't beat it anywhere!"
Hans Olson, Mar 2011
Byron Henderson Collection
A dozen great plans from the noted layout designer,
available in Featured Layouts