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I highly recommend the so called DRail track laying program. Its very easy to operate and create layouts.

And above all its FREE.


http://www.drail.net/index_en.html

Once downloaded, comes with with a pdf file explaining of how to operate.

Check out the examples and track Geometry of your rail choice.

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Just installed this and it looks great! Seems VERY easy to use.

Thanks!

Rob
 

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Having played a bit more with this, I may decide to pay for the full program. I like both its simplicity and how the end result looks.

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I was recommended the software by someone on this forum and paid for the full software in the end. 39 EUR isn't all that much compared to some of the competing paying softwares. I really haven't regretted doing so - plus, the people behind the software are very friendly and accomodating.

They have just opened an English speaking forum. I posted about this in the News section, but it hasn't been published by the admins - so I'm not sure if it's because it wasn't news worthy or what...

It's so much easier to learn than the open-source CAD softwares.
 

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QUOTE (cmanvell @ 2 Feb 2008, 20:16) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Ditto me when I asked about Z. They do seem to be a very friendly lot and said it woudl take about 5 weeks to add it. My only problem is the lack of being able to have 3D views; maybe I am missing something. However, the price is very reasonable.
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Hi guys,

Personally I have been using Winrail for many years now and have no complaints.

I started with Winrail 3 and have gradually progressed to Winrail 7. I gather version 8 is out so will probably get that shortly.

It not only has N Gauge Code 80 but also Code 55 (Peco Fine Scale) in its track libraries plus Fleischman and Kato and can do 3D modelling. There are also libraries of structures including Ratio, Metcalfe etc. There is a free demo version on the web but you can't save any files you create. It might be worth you looking at though.

If you have a look at my entry in the newbie forum I have posted a jpeg file of the design I made with Winrail. That is something else that Winrail can do - create a picture file of your design.

Regards,

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i have just downloaded the trial version and cant figure out how to lay track...i managed to get my baseboards in but after that iwas stuck!
 

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QUOTE (millsie @ 4 Feb 2008, 00:36) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>i have just downloaded the trial version and cant figure out how to lay track...i managed to get my baseboards in but after that iwas stuck!

Hi Millsie,

At the top of the Winrail screen are 2 rows of icons. If you place your curser over each icon you will get a brief description of what each one does. If you do not get the description click on Help and set the 'Display Item Description' option.

Next select your library i.e. which make and scale of trackwork to use. there will not be the full library in the demo version but I think the Peco Code 80 n gauge is there.

Use the white arrow icon to select the track item from the library then the blue downward facing arrow to place it on the board. To connect a point or another track section, select the item from the library but this time use the icon with 2 arrows (one facing horizontally and 1 facing vertically) to connect it to a piece of track already laid.

The 2 yellow icons are for connecting and shaping flexi-track.

That should get you going but come back if you need more help.

Regards,

Expat.
 
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