The Spring version of TrainPlayer has poked up out of
the snow and is now in bloom! Now released is Version 3.3.1, with several fine new features based on
requests from users like you. Help yourself to a copy,
it's a free upgrade.
What's New in 3.3.1
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
(Click any picture for a larger image)
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
Version 3.3.1 simplifies the system for
managing layouts, car collections, and other files. 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downloaded and which are out of date.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.
Now 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 updates 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.
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 asked if you want to make them.
Click Yes to let TrainPlayer carry out the
recommended actions, and you will appreciate the result:
your chooser trees will be cleaner and more aligned with
the web collections and easier to maintain.
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!
For more, see the 3.3.1
What Else Is New
Become a better TrainPlayer! Learn techniques from
the masters. Check out the new articles on the
How-To Clinics page.
were delighted to receive some beautiful, innovative
layouts designed by our users. All are available
for download from your web chooser.
Prize ($100): Jim Schenk's excellent "Appleton,
Wisconsin," based on a layout by John Armstrong, shown
Second Prize ($75): Peter Faber's fine
"Saesing Station," a layout from Denmark.
Third Prize ($50): Jim Schenk again with
"Toledo Union Station," featured at right.
Thanks to all who participated. For more, see
How To Buy
|If you have never purchased any TrainPlayer
software, you have two options:
||OPERATOR -- for running trains on pre-built
layouts. Includes TrainPlayer, Standard
layouts, Standard car collections,101 Track Plans, Screen Saver.
||BUILDER -- for building
and running layouts.
Includes all of TrainPlayer OPERATOR
plus: Track tools, Scenery Toolkit, Premium
Layouts & Cars.
Button 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
|How To Upgrade
If you are a licensed user of any previous version, help
||Installs 3.3.1 to
update your system and run with your
existing 3.x license.
Download of the new version is free.
If you do not have a license, this 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.
If your current version is prior to 3.0, send e-mail to
You do not need to uninstall your current version before
running this new installer, but you may if you prefer.
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 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 -- up to a
around 1GB for the full premium content.
Now on DVD. All products will
shortly be available on DVD
for a $10 shipping charge. The disk 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 DVD. To request a DVD, select it
in the Shipping drop-down menu on the checkout page.
If you recently ordered a CD,
please be patient -- DVD's are on order, will be
shipping before the end of March.
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
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TrainPlayer 3.3.1 for $39 (reg $59) or TrackLayer
3.3.1 for $79 (reg $99)
At checkout, enter the following code
in the box "Coupon Code." Be sure to enter exactly
as shown, in upper case. Then click "Recalculate"
to see the new total.
Limited time offer. Expires
Try all features free for 30 days.
Windows 2000,XP,Vista,W7. Send e-mail if you need
Grab a credit card and pick a product from our new
simplified product line
Free upgrade for all users
TrainPlayer / OPERATOR
TrackLayer / BUILDER
101 Track Plans
Layouts & Cars
TrainPlayer Screen Saver
"Trainz and MS Sim will just have to rest in
their turntables - I have finally found a train program
worth my time. Thanks!" Dwight Brown
"What a superb piece of software. Many thanks
for a lovely program." Terence Dalton June
Toledo Union Station
by Jim Schenk