TrainPlayer is a two-dimensional model railroad simulation system based on track plans and maps. The user starts with a plan (or a blank tabletop), draws track and scenery using custom tools, then introduces rolling stock and trains and runs them using a simulated control panel. Libraries of track plans, locomotives, rolling stock, scenery, sounds, and other components are included. Special features include an operations system for generating industries, switchlists, and waybills (consignment notes); a scripting language for automating train operations; and a new mechanism for virtually building and running modular club layouts.
We first saw TrainPlayer on Model Rail Forum when our good American friend Dennis David recommended it back in 2005. Since then many aspects have changed.
With the latest release from TrainPlayer Software (version 5.1), the British model railway enthusiast with a Windows computer can run simulated British locomotives and rolling stock on track plans and rail yards from around the U.K. It is virtual railway modelling, British style.
British rolling stock. Version 5.1 brings you over 600 new types of British and European railway wagons, coaches and locomotives - old British steam engines, modern diesels and electrics, compact freight cars, Thomas the Tank Engine cars, models from Hornby and Bachmann - all rendered in detail in miniature.
Here for example is a sampling from the new UK Steam collection:
British Layouts. The British collection comprises six folders with over 120 new UK-flavoured layouts - plans from Railway Modeller magazine and FreeTrackPlans.com, original designs by C. J. Freezer, contributions from British users, satellite-photo layouts of well-known British rail stations and rail-heavy industrial areas all over the U.K. - all equipped with track and industries, prepared for ops, and ready to run.
|Here are some samples. Click picture for larger image:|