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    Thanks Bob, but being a Uk railways enthusiast I'm not really into the kinds of layouts Philskene makes as brilliant as they might be.
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    I was thinking also of Euromodeller. He has one layout listed on the DLS as TMR2017, but in the description it talks about TANE. But he has a lot of what he calls Bare Bones stuff that you might find useful, and he is European.

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    Thanks for your suggestions Bob. Euromodeller makes amazing layouts. He's also a member of TCWW (Trainz Carriage & Wagon Works) like me. He's made a lot of TMR format assets for TS2012 as well as TMR2017, but I think he's moved onto working in TS2019 these days. It does get confusing though since I've seen TMR2017 build 4.4 assets being described as for TANE.
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    What would be the difference between using TMR and continuing to build simulated model railway layouts in T:ANE - would there be any advantage in buying it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ray_whiley View Post
    What would be the difference between using TMR and continuing to build simulated model railway layouts in T:ANE - would there be any advantage in buying it?

    Ray
    It's $29.99 at the moment, but I had a bundle of loyalty points I wanted to use so I got it a lot cheaper. I wanted it mainly because I wanted to make TMR layouts in a version of TANE (because that's what TMR is afterall) that wasn't going to get contaminated by updates or built-in asset problems. The only disadvantage as I see it is that installing anything from TANE will cause problems with missing built-in assets. It's not a big problem for me because I usually install TANE layouts/routes into TS2019 and I hardly use TANE for anything these days.
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    On page 617 of the August copy of Railway Modeller there's an article about a layout named 'Bala Town' and there's a nice classic BLT trackplan for the layout included in the article.

    With my on-line subscription it's very confusing getting the August copy of RM in July. I thought I'd gone and overslept again.
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    [QUOTE=KotangaGirl;1823079
    With my on-line subscription it's very confusing getting the August copy of RM in July. I thought I'd gone and overslept again.[/QUOTE]

    Here in the UK a lot of monthly magazines appear at the end of the month before last e.g. August issue appears at the end of June!
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    And our local evening paper is available to read during breakfast.

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    Pocketmags has a deal for three digital issues of magazines devoted to layout planning, trackplans and layout design for £4.99 at the moment.

    https://pocketmags.com/offer/warners...e%7egqpRqXqVn#
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    A good resource for layout plans for use in TMR is the classic Kalmbach publications, and in particular, the books '101 Trackplans for Model Railroaders' and 'Small Railroads You Can Build' (a plan from the later book I admit I used as a basis for a Trainz route I made a few years ago as a means of taking a break from my main route building, and it turned out pretty good). I'm not sure if online versions of these books exist, but you could try looking on Kalmbach Publishing's website and see if they offer them electronically (I bought my copies years ago from a model train store so they've been part of my collection for a long time).

    Either way, they have some really good trackplans that would make interesting Trainz routes, either in TRS or TMR.

    And speaking of Kalmbach books and Trainz, a Trainz rendition of the layout from the classic Kalmbach book 'HO Railroad that Grows' is on the DLS and well worth a look at too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Enkidoh View Post
    A good resource for layout plans for use in TMR is the classic Kalmbach publications, and in particular, the books '101 Trackplans for Model Railroaders' and 'Small Railroads You Can Build' (a plan from the later book I admit I used as a basis for a Trainz route I made a few years ago as a means of taking a break from my main route building, and it turned out pretty good). I'm not sure if online versions of these books exist, but you could try looking on Kalmbach Publishing's website and see if they offer them electronically (I bought my copies years ago from a model train store so they've been part of my collection for a long time).

    Either way, they have some really good trackplans that would make interesting Trainz routes, either in TRS or TMR.

    And speaking of Kalmbach books and Trainz, a Trainz rendition of the layout from the classic Kalmbach book 'HO Railroad that Grows' is on the DLS and well worth a look at too.
    I have that Kalmbach book! I got mine back in the 1970s for about $1.75 at the local hobby store with money I earned cutting my neighbor's grass. I used to trace the big routes and dream about building them. There were some that caught my eye back then and I've been considering building them at some point in Trainz.

    The plans need a bit of adjusting when brought into Trainz due artistic license to make the plans pretty for publication, but they are really nice plans that we can use. Imagine what Lin Wescott, John Armstrong, and the others would say seeing their drawings come to life in a virtual world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ray_whiley View Post
    As I said earlier, I was attracted by St Antoine sur Mer, on the web site mentioned above, and wanted to save and print the plan for future reference. To do so would have meant printing the entire PDF! Time for some lateral thinking...

    First, I took a screenshot of the page showing the plan. I then opened it in PhotoPlus which I have used for years, selected just the plan from the whole screen image, and saved it as a new image. I then tran transferred to to Paintnet and saved it as a tga. No luck - it just saved the whole PDF. Back to PhotoPlus - which will not save as a tga or jpg. Decided the only answer was to print the PhotoPlus image success! So I now have a printed copy to work from

    Other plans may follow.

    Ray
    Well I've come to this late, but worth saying there is a 'snapshot' feature in most pdf viewers (including Adobe) which enables you to take a copy of an area in the image to the clipboard and then paste it to another application. Can be useful if you want to save bits of pdf's!

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    Also, if you have Windows 10 and the layout fits on the screen, you can use the Snipping Tool to capture just what you want on the screen and save it as a jpg, or paste it into something like IrfanView and save it as a .tga....
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    For those that are interesting in purchasing online, Kalmbach has a 25-year archive of layouts and route planning on a DVD for $15.99. The DVD includes 294 detailed plans ready for building, I mean for us scanning.

    https://kalmbachhobbystore.com/product/dvd/15362

    They also have smaller, less expensive, digital downloads available as well.
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    Exclamation More plans

    Here we go more model railroad plans:

    https://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/...database-index
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