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Layout Planning Software

Track planning or Layout Simulation software helps you design your layout.

It gives you an idea of what the layout will look like, what equipment you may need, and may help to ensure that everything lines up and fits into the space you have.

Some software comes with templates which let you quickly add sectional track to your layout; when you’re done, it can then supply you a list of materials needed which could save you from buying unneeded track.

scarm_002The following Software is available and you are encouraged to give them a try.

Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller
Free software for easy and simple design of model railway layouts and railroad track plans.
unlimited number of tracks and objects from more than 125 libraries and instantly see your design in 3D preview
anyrail AnyRailEasy-to-use model railway designs tools that allows you to build with almost any track.Designing with AnyRail is like having the run of the ultimate model railway shop. Large collection of train set components from all major manufacturers.
RRTrack RR-TrackIn-place object drawing capability as well as scenery items in addition to the multiple accessory libraries to save you the headache of drawing each of those saw mills and coal loaders yourself. Using the integrated Terrain View, you can create realistic terrain and layout benches which you can then visualize from any orientation using the integrated 3D View. Finally, you can test your dream creation in action by running trains in the integrated Simulation View.rrtrack_001
 3dplanit_001 3D PlanItPopular 3D Design Software that has been used to create thousands of layouts. From tabletop Z scale, through 4×8’s, room- sized layouts, basement and outbuilding empires and a full- scale ethanol plant, 3rd PlanIt is the CAD software chosen by the most discriminating hobbyists.

3rd PlanIt includes a powerful design tool called SoftTrak that allows you to draw track from point to point, while SoftTrak creates the curves and easements automatically

 cadrail_001 CadRail

This is one of the original railroad CAD programs, and has many extra features that will satisfy advanced users. Beginners can pick it up quickly and grow into the harder parts of railroad design. You get a rock solid, all around drawing tool for all your drawing needs. Design railroad layouts, buildings, bench work, schematics or anything else you need.cadrail_002

 XTrackCAD XTrkCAD

Open Source Project. XTrackCAD is a CAD program for designing model railroad layouts.

 

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TRACK PLANS

The Following Resources provide Track Plans that you can use/adapt or just review:

www.scarm.info/layouts/track_plans.php  Large Collection of Free Track plans
freetrackplans.com Large Collection of Track Plans designed with AnyRail

 

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