TrainPlayer News, Sept 2014 --
After a year and a half in development, Version 6.0
is now chuffing out onto the tracks, shiny, well oiled,
and ready to roll! The main new feature --
Advanced Scripting -- introduces a fun
and challenging new pastime for the do-it-yourself armchair
railroader. Also new are 50-Pixel Cars,
collections of finely-detailed cars, engines, and
freight loads, together with new devices for scaling and
viewing trains of all sizes. With plenty of small
enhancements and a lot of bolt-tightening under the
hood, it's the best TrainPlayer yet -- once again pushing
back the frontiers of simulated virtual model
Breaking with tradition, we are charging for the
upgrade. But the price is only $19 regardless of which
version you now have -- see How to Obtain 6.0.
If you are not yet a user, check the
Features in 6.0
Since Version 2, TrainPlayer has offered "scripting,"
the ability to operate a train from a written series of
instructions. Until now, the feature has been somewhat limited
and not all that useful, but that changes in Version 6.
The set of instructions now includes not just commands
but variables, conditionals, expressions, subroutine
calls -- a full-blown programming language capable of
directing the most complex maneuvers. Scripts need no
longer be tied to trains -- a "junction action" is a
script attached to a location on the track, triggering
whenever a suitable car or train passes by. Working with
scripts is convenient thanks to new tools and dialogs,
including Script Central, the one-stop workbench and
reference guide for script developers.
Scripted layout running, with active statement
highlighted. Click to enlarge.
Script Central, showing Reference tab with list of
commands and detail window. Other tabs
Users with any kind of programming experience will feel
right at home with TrainPlayer scripting. Others can enjoy it
without actually doing it -- either by creating scripts
automatically using record/playback, or by enjoying
pre-scripted layouts prepared by our team of expert authors.
Version 6 comes with a folder full of demos, scripted
layouts, and switching puzzles cleverly scripted as
Ever since the appearance of the beautifully-detailed
Chris Pedersen cars in v. 5.2, our little train-gif
images have begun to look rather fuzzy and inadequate.
In 6.0 we fix this problem in a big way, introducing
four great new collections of accurate and realistic
mid-sized images from the
Traffic web site
in Germany, carefully chosen and prepared by our
resident carmeister Bruno Pigozzo. Here are some
These collections are delivered as default
car sets, which means they automatically
replace most cars on most layouts and you will see them
immediately. Also provided is a fine new set of
freight loads at the same level of detail.
Artists who created the Traffic images include: Matthew
Brown, Sorin Oprisan, Jerome Flaherty, John Murdock,
Brian Clough, James McDonald and John Coldwell (North
American); Greg Wilson, Grahame Spencer, Andrew Bonser,
Francis Hedley, Tom Homer, Sorin Oprisan and Mark Waters
Version 6.0 comes with a new folder called Scripts and
Puzzles, full of samples and demonstrations of what can
be done with scripting. They're fun to watch,
helpful to study, and useful as a source of copyable
In one subfolder are switching puzzles
-- exercises to test your yard skills, scripted to
become interactive games. Open one of these and
you are presented with an arrangement of cars in a small
yard, instructions for where they are to be placed, and
a clock. Beat the clock and win a prize!
Puzzles include well-known classics such as John
Allen's famous Timesaver, Inglenook Sidings, and
The scripts in 6.0 were produced by our panel of
experts, who have been instrumental in designing and
testing the new system as it developed over the last
eighteen months. Many thanks to Alan Crookes, Alan
Conover, Peter Prunka, Greg Ritacco, Doug Parrish, and
especially Richard Fletcher, who has devoted thousands
of hours and e-mails to the project, not to mention a
certain charming British flavour :-)
Responses to customer
requests, bug fixes, enhancements like these:
- Improved handling of
freight load images
- Car panels: dynamic resizing of car images of all size
- Car notes: a script-accessible string of data can be
attached to a car to use as needed
- Revert to Saved: easy way to rewind back to a fixed
- Improved car and track id system, especially applies to
- Fixes in coupling and uncoupling
- Read-only flag can be applied to layout to prevent
For more see the web ==>
How to Obtain 6.0
Version 6.0 is a free upgrade for new users*, but
will require a nominal outlay from others. It's a
good deal! The cost is only $19 to upgrade from
any previous version all the way up to the top of the
line package, TrackLayer 6.0, with
track and scenery tools, ops, scripting, the whole
Whether you are upgrading from a previous version or
buying for the first time, the recommended procedure is:
Click here to download and install the
new version ==>
This gets you a demo valid for 30 days.
Try the new features, enjoy the new look, run the
3. Choose Help > Purchase Upgrade
from the main menu. This brings up a dialog which
shows you prices and options, and gives you a one-click
route to the shop checkout page.
If you are a new user, the dialog is titled
Purchase Product, with prices and options for
the new 6.0 products.
If you do not already have them, you can add the
Chris Pedersen Car Collections for a special bundle
price. A checkbox in the Purchase dialog gives you
this option and shows the price when you check it.
* New user is one who purchased for the
first time in 2014. If you are in this category,
send e-mail to request your free upgrade license.
If you are a prospective buyer and find that 30 days is
not enough time, send e-mail to
request an extension.
Earn a free copy!
Develop a scripted layout we can post for others to
download, and we will send you a free 6.0 license.
If interested, ask by e-mail.
Package - TrainPlayer/TrackLayer 6.0 with Chris Pedersen Cars - only
For a limited time, get a great price on everything we
have to offer -- 30% off the regular price,
TrackLayer 6.0 includes all of TrainPlayer 6.0, track
and scenery tools, the complete Ops system, thousands of
layouts and cars, Advanced Scripting, and the full Chris Pedersen
Cars collection. This offer is not available on
our Products page, only from this button:
Click takes you to the shopping cart page, where you can
check out using Visa, MC, or PayPal. Obtain
product by download or on DVD for an additional charge.
Offer expires 2/2/2015.
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