TrainPlayer News, November 2011 -- Announcing Version 4.1

Software developers are like model railroaders -- having built something, they can't stop tinkering with it.  That's what's been going on here for the last few months: tinkering and adding doodads to enhance your TrainPlaying experience.  The results are in Version 4.1, now ready for download, featuring new tools for scenery and track artists, new decorations for your layout, and the usual round of paint touchup and soot removal.

Click here to read about the new features ==>

Click here for your free download ==>

You can buy or upgrade from within the program.  See How To Buy or How To Upgrade below.


Ties! Provide support for your rails and a new look to your layout.  One click generates sharp regulation-size ties under all selected tracks.  Looks great on top of roadbed.

Animation!  Bring your layout to life with little moving pictures.  Download or create your own.  Set them to trigger on train events, so you get effects like working signals which wave and clang as the train goes by.

Car label improvements! Exercise more control over car labels with a new display mechanism.  Turn them all on or off with one click.

Track transforms! Rotate or flip the track selection to get that yard just where you want it.  Embedded sections move without breaking track connectivity.

Scenery merge! A new image export feature lets you move scenery, ties, and roadbed off the layout and into the background layer.  A new Image Export Wzard leads you through the steps.


And more.  Bug fixes.  Updated manual.  Simplified interface.  Improved preferences.


How To Buy

If you are new to TrainPlayer -- welcome!  Grab a credit card and click one:

    TrainPlayer 4.1 / OPERATOR with Ops


      TrackLayer 4.1 / BUILDER with Ops


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 release.

How To Upgrade

If you are already a licensed user -- thank you!  You can upgrade free to 4.1 and get many new features.  If you do not yet have 4.0 and want the Ops system, there is a $29 charge.

  • If you have been running 4.0:  you do not need to uninstall 4.0.  The 4.1 installer will update your existing files without adding new folders.  Start menu items and desktop icons continue to say "TrainPlayer 4."

  • If you have been running the 4.1 pre-release version:  please uninstall the pre-release 4.1.x before installing 4.1.  The install locations and mechanisms have changed.

  • If you have an older version:  we recommend you uninstall your older version before installing 4.1.  License codes for users of 3.3 or above will still work with 4.1.  If you want to upgrade from a version prior to 3.3, write for info about how to do that.

Ready?  Click to download and install 4.1 ==>

To see what upgrades are available:  after starting the program, choose Purchase Upgrade from the Help menu.

Fine Print

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.

Delivery 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 Shipping drop-down menu on the checkout page, as shown here ==>

Note: Version 4.1 DVD's will be shipping around November 15, 2011.  (Sorry we got this line wrong in the mailing!)

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.


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Release Special!

Any 4.1 Product

--15% off--

Bargain price on new TrainPlayer 4.1 or TrackLayer 4.1, state of the art in model railroad simulation!

To get the discount, go to the Products page and choose a product.  At checkout, enter the following in the Coupon Code box, in upper case as shown, then click Recalculate.


Limited time offer.  Expires 2/28/12


Try full program free for 30 days.
Windows 2000,XP,Vista,Win7.  Send e-mail to request an extension.

Grab a credit card, pick from our simple product line.

Upgrade instructions for all users.  Some features free; Ops extra.


Version 4.1

TrainPlayer / OPERATOR

TrackLayer / BUILDER

Scenery Toolkit

101 Track Plans

Premium Layouts & Cars

Standard Layouts

Featured Content

How-To Clinics


"This is probably the best model railroad program out for computers. I can think of nothing that surpasses it for simplicity and elegance."  Doug Parrish, May 2011

"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


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