Railway Layout

Created by: Administrator, Last modification: 17 Sep 2008 (06:10 UTC) by Lester Caine

A little sideline has developed in the drawing of model railway layouts. So while I was looking around at the various options for designing a reasonable size 'N' gauge setup, I have pulled the various bits I've found together on this page.

Track Layout Software

Looking at the available software, I don't think that writing one's own component libraries is probably necessary, but from what I have seen of the various demo's there seems to be a bias towards American design in all of the available packages. I found Byron Henderson's Layout Design Software page which has a list of CAD programs and the rest of his site has some other useful information as well.

The one's I have had a look at are listed below 

  Notes Gauge Price
CADrail 3D track layout package with large library of track components ? up to O gauge $60
 3rdPlanIt 3D track layout with a rolling stcok model facility   $125
Atlas Right Track Free package but only supports Atlas track components Atlas N, HO & O Free
 Hornby Virtual Railway Virtual reality train set using Hornbytrack and stock - looks like a cheap way to take a train set with you on the move. Hornby HO only? £18 or less
 XtrkCAD 2D open source track layout package - also runs on Linux! Any Free
 Templot English track design package for model railways Any £46.50
 AnyRail Dutch package - good library of track manufacturers
only provides a simple 2D track layout facility.
Any £29
3D Railroad Concept And Design 3D design package, optional simulation package also available
There are several other interestingmodel related packages on this site.
Any $50
Empire Express One for Mac owners. Seems to have good range of track across all gauges Any $35
 RailModeller Another Mac powered package. Appears to have an even bigger catalogue of parts than Empire Express Any $39
RRTrack Seems to be geared towards the larger gauges, but a good range of support. Could get expensive if you want multiple gauges. Any Priced per gauge aroud $80 per library

Track Information

 This gets me back to the reason for starting to look

Currently I've standardised on Peco 'N' gauge, but I do have some Peco G45track sitting in the garage with a view to running it around the garden. The starting point is just a sfew pictures of 'N' gauge stuff at present. Track gallery