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Greg_Hargreaves
February 3rd, 2008, 07:48 PM
I know there are some routes on the DLS that are based off of model railroad plans, and there is at least one that is meant to be a model layout in HO scale.

I'm just curious, how many trainzers use their program to plan actual layouts? I not asking about routes based on layouts in Model Railroader, I'm talking actually planning a layout for a finate amout of space, kinda like a CAD program.

Myself, I am working in reality on building a 4 x 8 with a 1 x 8 L-shaped extension (for a stub-ended yard). Since programs like 3rd Plan-it and CADrail are so expensive I started using TRS for layout planning (its really fun). What I enjoy about it is you can build a complete layout, including textures and industries, in just a few hours (rather than months...).

atsfrr3000
February 3rd, 2008, 09:20 PM
I've used Trainz to visualize several model railroad plans, and I must attest that it is a very handy tool. After all, that's what Trainz was originally concieved to be: a model railroad sim :p

S301
February 4th, 2008, 01:59 AM
I agree...
My current model railway was tested thoroughly in TRS, and I'm currently planning the scenery for it in TRS... :)
Zec

Johnda1237
February 7th, 2008, 03:03 PM
There is an article in Virtual Railroader http://www.virtualrailroader.com/N-Cove-2.html

The article describes how the Trainz ruler can be used to lay out curves to set radius' for an HO scale based model. The above link will take you to the article. You might find it useful.

trw1089
February 8th, 2008, 04:38 PM
Hi Gents

Yes TRS can be quite handy for this. Here is my garden railway done in 2006

http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/7895/trainzshotsmallrb5.jpg

It started from a track plan done in Atlas's Right Track software (freeware)

http://img265.imageshack.us/img265/1204/gardenrailwaytrackplanvgu3.jpg

It helped me sort out where points/switches should go etc and was very helpful.

Here is part of the end result

http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/6813/img011vsmallml1.jpg

Vern
February 9th, 2008, 03:26 AM
ISTR there was a "Hungry Horse" (one of the Kalmbach 101 Track Plans) layout for Trainz at some stage, albeit when I downloaded the route it wasn't in a very finished state.

TRS is probably the only means most of us have of ever realising some of those monster track plans, conceived in the 1950's when houses seemed to be much bigger and model railway equipment was considerably cheaper.

Thomas_The_Tank100
February 9th, 2008, 03:24 PM
I'm pretty sure that Kalmbach's Model Railroad Planning 2006 had an article about using TRS as a model railroad planning tool!
~TTT100~

dlevine99
February 9th, 2008, 03:24 PM
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I'm just curious, how many trainzers use their program to plan actual layouts? I not asking about routes based on layouts in Model Railroader, I'm talking actually planning a layout for a finate amout of space, kinda like a CAD program.
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There was an article in last year's "Model Railroad Planning" (a yearly publication by the same folks who do "Model Railroader") by a fellow who used Trainz to help plan a major (privately owned club sized) layout. He didn't start planning in Trainz but used it to test the plan before laying track. He said that he found several areas that needed changes and was very glad to have found them before building.

Greg_Hargreaves
February 9th, 2008, 05:37 PM
I saw the MRP article. I know that many layouts on the DLS are based off of track plans, but are not to scale. The article-layout was the same by my impression. Its great for testing track arrangement and operation, but I was interested in if anyone built the scale layouts, such as in an trw1089's pic where we limited ourselves to set deminsions, just like 'real' model railroading is.

Awesome pics of the model by the way trw1089! Outdoor layouts have always interested me.

blackcavalier52
February 11th, 2008, 09:04 PM
actually, I'm trying to replicate my Lionel layout I had growing up - since most of it was made up, (either imaginary or made out of old pepsi boxes) I thought it would be neat to see it with real ballast and scale cars instead of hotwheels and actual buildings, structures and what not

it was made up of three 4 x 8 tables in an L shape:)

Johnda1237
February 13th, 2008, 07:22 AM
Blackcavalier, you can get Lionel 3 rail track and other items from the DLS for your layout. Just try doing a search under "Lionel"