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Old 26th August 2004, 19:53   #1
Daniel Finn
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hi,

is there any free trackplanning software out there for 00 gauge or ho gauge?

I will post designs when i can draw one on PC

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Old 26th August 2004, 19:55   #2
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Hi and welcome to AMR, yes there is Atlas right track and 3d planit don't know the webaddress, sorry.
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Old 26th August 2004, 20:04   #3
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ok thanks.

sorry for not introducing myself.

I am 15 and like in england i run a 6" by 4" hornby 00 gauge railway and I want to expand into the layout I have described in another post
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Old 26th August 2004, 20:27   #4
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:P Welcome to AMR! :P

The only true freeby I know of is Atlas (Windows only):

http://www.atlasrr.com/

Then go to RTS download on the left, then you have to register for a free download.

You could probably get someone with fast ethernet to e-mail a copy to you. This is the program I've used (as well as Screwy Squirrle and others) for the track plans I've posted. It does not have much for terrain and buildings, so I use The GIMP, a powerfull graphics/photo/drawing program, to add those in, free from http://www.gimp.org (Windows or Linux)

http://www.sillub.com/ offers Xtrkcad which is more powerfull, but you are limited to a 4 X 8 layout. If you try Xtrkcad, it's a good idea to follow the tutorial right off, as it's not simple to figure out. After a short tutorial, you'll see it's a pretty powerfull program. (Windows or Linux)

I understand the other one Shamus mentioned has a free download with strings attached (i.e. limitations or a timer???) but I have not used it. Results are impressive from Ron and Train Clown, but they have the pay version (about $100). (Windows only)

RTS is my recomendation, as it's truely free, unlimited, never expires and easy to learn and use. It's most popular umong people I know, and so there is a better chance of sharing files if you wnat to use someone elses stuff. I always save mine and offer them to anyone who wants them. It's biggest drawbacks are it lacks 3d (if that's a drawback) and it only uses Atlas track, so it's not 100 % accurate for other brands of track. That doesn't bother me anyway, as once I have aplan, I draw it on the foam freehand and lay hte track on that.
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