Railroad artist Chris Pedersen approached us with the
idea of developing a set of rolling stock images for
TrainPlayer users. The samples he presented were
dazzling -- incredibly detailed, accurately painted,
based on actual models, drawn in full HO size. We
went for it, and are pleased to offer you the results: a
collection of over a thousand great cars and locomotives in
a new version of the program which shows them off in
glorious detail. For examples,
Version 5.2 has many other nice improvements too.
Now you can drag a train around the track with your
fingertip! It is now easier than ever to view and
edit car properties and assign car loads. Many
popular bugs have been fixed.
Upgrading to the new version is free for licensed users,
but there is a charge of $29 to obtain the Chris
Pedersen Cars. The price includes access to new
collections as they become available. The money
goes to support Chris' drawing habit.
The Chris Pedersen Cars
collection is a set of about forty folders of car
images, each representing a certain type of car, and
containing around thirty models of that type in different road names
and colors. Each model has three images: a small
accurately-sized side view; a detailed matching top
view; and a precise full-sized side view expandable to
the size of the actual HO model. All three are
shown in the Car Chooser as you browse through the
Model types include:
- Athearn FMC Plug Door Boxcar
- Athearn PS5344 Boxcar
- Athearn FMC5347 Boxcar
- Athearn FMC Plug Door Boxcar
- Athearn PS5277 Boxcar
- thearn 52ft Mill Gondola
- Athearn 60ft Gunderson/Berwick Boxcar
- Athearn 60ft Bulkhead Flatcar
- Athearn Bethgon Coalporter
- Athearn FMC 4700 Covered Hopper
- Athearn Husky Stack
- Athearn 57ft Mechanical Reefer
- Athearn Trinity Covered Hopper
- Atlas 17,360 Gallon Tank Car
- Atlas 17,600 Gallon Corn Syrup Tank Car
- Atlas 23,500 Gallon Tank Car
- Exactrail PS4427 Covered Hopper
- InterMountain 2-Bay Covered Hopper
- Intermountain ACF 4650 Covered Hopper
- Walthers Bi-Level Autorack
A small sampling of the many roadnames available:
- Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe
- Canadian Pacific
- Chicago & Northwestern
- Denver & Rio Grande Western
- Canadian National
- Norfolk Southern
- Soo Line
- Union Pacific
- Wisconsin Central
- Wisconsin Southern
- Montana Rail Link
- Green Bay and Western
- Maine Central
- Grand Trunk Western
- Burlington Northern
- Missouri Pacific
The collection includes many varieties of diesel
locomotives, freight cars, passenger cars, and cabooses.
Currently only modern rolling stock is represented;
there are no steam engines or tenders.
Full-sized images like this can be seen in the Car
Chooser, the Car Properties dialog, and the Car
Collection Editor. In all cases, the dialog can be
enlarged so you can see the complete image, and you can
browse through a series of images with one click each.
In the case of Car Properties, this took some doing --
the 5.2 Properties dialog is modeless, meaning you
don't have to take it down and bring it back up for each
Chris continues to produce more models and roadnames.
Built into 5.2 is an update mechanism so that buyers of
the collection can download more cars as they become
For more from Chris, see the
Chris Pedersen TrainPlayer website.
Other Features in
Drag Trains by Hand!
Hands-on operation! Point to a train,
press, and drag it along the track -- just like a
railroader's fingertip on the garage layout! Move
the train in either direction, any speed. Throw
switches as you go using the space bar. Bump into
another train and it couples, click between cars to
uncouple. The view auto-scrolls as you drag so you
don't lose sight of your car. You can carry out a
whole switching session without ever touching the
This feature was introduced in 5.1, but has been
greatly improved for 5.2.
The Properties dialog in 5.2 is modeless, meaning
it stays on the screen and updates as you click around
the layout. This is handy for, say, browsing
through your inventory of cars, especially if you have
the Pedersen collection and can see large images.
Properties changes are now undoable. Combo boxes
and controls have been reworked for better operation.
Customers keep making suggestions,
we keep adding on.
-- your layout is quietly backed up every so often,
so you don't lose work if there is a crash
- Auto View Restore
-- zoom and position come up just the way you left
Loading -- drag from the Load Chooser
directly onto cars; load an entire cut at once
Bug Fixes. Version 5.2 includes fixes for many popular bugs in
such areas as: coupling and uncoupling, freight loads,
opening large layouts, train horn selection, engine
direction flipping, changing layout background.
See the Readme for a complete list.
How To Buy
one of the buttons below. Buttons
with prices take you to a shopping cart, where you can
with credit card or PayPal.
If you already have a TrainPlayer license, thank you!
You are entitled to a free upgrade to get the new
features. To add the Chris Pedersen Cars, click
the $29 button (or see note below).
-- Our Products --
Chris Pedersen Cars
full program! TrainPlayer 5.2 plus track, scenery,
ops, more layouts and cars
The whole works! TrackLayer 5.2 and all the new
The ultimate operations system! TrainPlayer,
ops, layouts, cars
TrainPlayer 5.2 and the beautiful new CP
for licensed users
Upgrade your system to the
latest and enjoy the new features
Add the full set of Chris Pedersen
Cars. Licensed users only
* price shown is $5 off when program and CP Cars are purchased as
click the $29 button to purchase the CP
Cars collection and install them in your system.
You will need to be running 5.2 before you can benefit
from them, so another way to do this is: (a) click the
Free button to install the 5.2 upgrade,
then (b) start the program and use Help >
Purchase Upgrade to buy the CP Cars.
If you are running an older version (prior to 4.0),
the upgrade to the latest version costs extra.
Please visit our
Products page and purchase the upgrade there.
All products are available for download,
or can be purchased on DVD for an additional charge.
Purchase includes free e-mail support, periodic updates
with bug fixes and enhancements. Purchase of CP Cars
entitles you to additional cars as they become
Programs run under Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows
7. An internet connection is useful but not
essential -- you need one to browse and download content
from the web, but you can run without it when using
content from your disk or DVD. Disk space: you
need about 35MB to install the program files, but will
want more than that to download content from web or DVD
-- around 4 GB for the full content.
on DVD. Products are available on DVD for
a $10 shipping charge. This includes all
purchased content, so no subsequent download
is needed. To request a DVD, use the Shipping
choice on the checkout page ==>
Note: 5.2 DVD's will not be shipping
until Nov 1, 2012. Place an order and we will ship
Our license agreement is displayed during install and
reproduced in the Readme file. It says you are
allowed to install the program on as many computers as
you like, as long as you don't sell or give away the
Chris Pedersen Samples
Click any picture for full-size image
Athearn 57ft Mechanical Reefer - Conrail
Locomotives-Union Pacific - GP38-2-R
Athearn Bethgon Coalporter - Burlington Northern
||Locomotives-Santa Fe -
Athearn 52ft Mill Gondola - Canadian National
||Athearn Husky Stack -
Atlas 17,360 Gallon Tank Car - Olin-Mathieson
Amfleet Coach-Phase VI
Athearn FMC 4700 Covered Hopper - DRGW
Autorack - Chicago and Northwestern
Athearn FMC5347 Boxcar - Green Mountain
||Locomotives-Santa Fe -