Jul 17, 2013:
announcing version 5.3
Jun 12, 2013:
completed move of website and store to
Netfirms. It was an
ordeal. We are glad to be rid of
May 20, 2013:
5.3 test installer
May 19, 2013:
for Version 5.3
Mar 7, 2013:
Command Reference posted with 5.3 changes
Oct 25, 2012:
Oct 18, 2012: Release of
5.2 - Chris
Sep 30, 2012:
Another look at the old
Sep 17, 2012:
New follow-up message
to go to demo downloaders
Sep 15, 2012:
Doc page for scripting
Sep 13, 2012:
Version 5.1 press release
Aug 7, 2012:
Ad Gallery -- assembled
in preparation for creating some new ads
Aug 5, 2012:
release of 126.96.36.199 -- new ability to drag trains by hand -- see
Jul 30, 2012:
Jul 26, 2012: release of
Jul 24, 2012: emerging
5.1 Feature Page
Jul 21, 2012: final
candidate of version 5.1
installer posted for testing; release imminent
Jun 12, 2012:
completed moving website from Verio to FatCow. For
Angry Verio Review.
Apr 18, 2012:
Apr 17, 2012:
new page of screen shots
Apr 15, 2012:
Spring 2012 Newsletter
Apr 11, 2012:
Page. New Download 5 Page.
Apr 5, 2012:
First posting of Version 5.0
Installer. Full publication to come soon.
Jan 5, 2012:
Release of 4.2.2, third release since October
Dec 29, 2011:
being prepared for Great Train Expo (Sacramento, Jan 14-15)
Dec 13, 2011:
Release of 4.2.1
Dec 13, 2011:
Dec 3, 2011:
Oct 28, 2011:
upcoming Fall 11 Newsletter
Oct 24, 2011:
Oct 22, 2011:
4.1 Features Page
Sep 25, 2011:
pre-release installer for ver 4.1
Jun 23, 2011:
Ad to appear in Sept
Model Railroader, Model Railroad News
Jun 4, 2011:
Release is out the door at this point.
May 28, 2011: Feature
page for 4.0 Ops release. And the
4.0 Readme. User
Feb 5, 2011: Ops pre-release
Nov 20, 2010:
Aug 5, 2010:
Readme for 3.4 pre-release
version; link to download
Jul 30, 2010:
Test version of 3.4
May 23, 2010:
Test version of 3.4
Mar 8, 2010:
Feb 28, 2010:
New version 3.3.1 released. See
3.3.1 Feature Page
Nov 28, 2009:
scripted transfer table in action
Nov 27, 2009:
Nov 6, 2009:
Gave demo at San Leandro
Historical Railway Society -- great layout, good bunch of
Nov 4, 2009:
Article in Castro Valley
Oct 23, 2009: Trimmed down the
website. Set up Custom 404 page.
Oct 23, 2009: Sent out
press release about 3.3 release.
Oct 15, 2009: Visited
San Diego Model Railroad Museum,
donated a computer running TrainPlayer.
Oct 11, 2009: Posted version
188.8.131.52 -- the bug fixing continues
Oct 1, 2009: The big 3.3 launch.
New website. Fall 09
Newsletter. Dropped Mac version.
Sep, 2009: Adding finishing touches
to new website and Version 3.3 release
we reorganized and trimmed down the website, many of the links
below are now broken.
Apr 4, 2009:
Mac 3.2 release at last
Mar 6, 2009:
Mac 3.2 beta
Oct 18, 2008:
Release of 3.2.3, third in a series of attempts to fix install problems
Oct 10, 2008:
Oct 8, 2008: Release of 3.2
May 31, 2008:
Final step in the 3.1 release:
May 19, 2008:
May 17, 2008: List of
3.1 install issues --
still fighting fires
May 16, 2008:
Release of 3.1 finally! See
page and new Products page
May 11, 2008:
3.1 posted as demo version; new
Apr 14, 2008:
Double rail feature for 3.1.
Release still imminent.
Mar 15, 2008:
List of 3.1 Features, beta test
Nov 15, 2007:
December newsletter all about
Nov 12, 2007:
Version 3.0 goes on the air!
Oct 18, 2007:
3.0 readme with documentation
for new features
Oct 17, 2007:
3.0 feature list, in preparation
for beta testing
Oct 15, 2007:
Revised page on
Oct 10, 2007:
Screen shot of
improved car numbering
Sep 30, 2007:
New layout artwork by Nicolas Villarreal
Aug 24, 2007:
Video demo of new bridge/overpass feature, designed to enhance the upcoming
Aug 12, 2007:
Press release about Screen Saver
Aug 10, 2007:
Hollywood office opens!
Tommy Dill, proprietor
Aug 10, 2007:
Summer newsletter, all about
Aug 9, 2007: Release of
TrainPlayer Screen Saver at last
Jul 10, 2007: Release of Mac upgrade version
2.0.8. Critical fixes for 10.39 users.
Jun 10, 2007: Overhaul of train jumping between
linked layouts: 2.54
Jun 3, 2007: New Win test version
2.52 with hybrid graphics scheme
May 27, 2007: Completed overhaul of graphics
for Win version; test exe posted (v 2.50);
May 20, 2007: TrainPlayer Mac 2.0.5 released:
runs under OS X 10.39.
Apr 27, 2007: Spring newsletter:
TrainPlayer News Spring 2007
Apr 22, 2007: Mac release! First version
(2.0) posted for sale and demo download.
Apr 7, 2007: Update to Mac Beta 1.908. .
Mar 30, 2007: Work stoppage: Jim takes a
trip to India.
Mar 12, 2007: Been working for months on the
Mac version, now in beta testing.
Jan 9, 2007: Posted version 2.43 on the
scripting page, and updated
the documentation. Finally have a reasonable snapshot - rewind scheme.
Jan 6, 2007: Updated the main page for the
first time in a while, offering a
Winter Special on the site instead of sending out a newsletter.
Nov 27, 2006:
Up to version
2.39 now ---
continuing with script fixes
Nov 4, 2006:
Version 2.33 -- script fixes
Oct 7, 2006:
for testing -- scripting features under development!
Oct 7, 2006:
Sep 23, 2006:
Aug 13, 2006:
TrainPlayer 2.22 released -- a
few new features, a handful of bug fixes.
Aug 12, 2006:
Mac OS X version now underway! We are working with talented Mac
engineer Glenn Howes of Nashua, NH.
May 7, 2006:
TrainPlayer 2.2 released.
Late Spring Newsletter.
May 5, 2006:
Beta Page or
demo downloader or
May 4, 2006:
Car Collections! to appear
in 2.2 shortly
Mar 18, 2006: Posted great new layouts from Ed
Avetta, Steve Schwartz, Steve Feek.
Mar 17, 2006: Posted Robert Prondzinski's
Wabeno Timberline, The
Mar 12, 2006: Prepared a white paper on
Drawing a Curved
Turnout in TrackLayer.
Feb 28, 2006: Sent out the
Spring Newsletter to the
mailing list, over 6000 names.
Feb 25, 2006: Launching the new
Hobby Shop Campaign, looking for volunteers.
Feb 21, 2006: New version 2.17 posted. A
few fixes and enhancements, including
more layouts with TP and TL
Feb 11, 2006: Updates for the 101 Track Plans,
to fix many turntable problems. See new
Layout Upgrade page.
Feb 6, 2006: Posted the final version of our
new flyer. Click here to view PDF.
Feb 5, 2006: Posted version 2.16 and the
test version of Train Mountain.
Jan 29, 2006: New mailing list service from
Subscribe to the TrainPlayer newsletter
Website revamp! Design by Rick Fernandez
and Hector Consuegra at
New site goes on the air after a month of development.
2006: Read about TrainPlayer in the
2006 Model Railroad News. Great review by Phil
Release of 2.14, with layout-jump feature required for using Eric Lundberg's
S&LS RR. Development work begins on Mac version.
Release of TrackLayer! With TrainPlayer 2.1. A long-awaited
TrainPlayer 2.0 official release (actually 2.0.1). CD burner fired up.
December Model Railroader sample issue arrived: our ad is on page 26.
TrainPlayer 2.0 posted!
Quote from Phil Scandura's upcoming article in
Model Railroad News:
is really cool!” I must have used those exact words at least a dozen
times while playing with TrainPlayer (ok, maybe two dozen). This is a
really fun software package, well implemented, well documented and
intuitive to use.
Version 2.0 posted for public beta.
Release is planned
for mid-October. We're really pleased with the improvements, many of
them due to great artwork by Rick Fernandez, who is now designing us a
snazzy new website to be unveiled when 2.0 is released.
Feedback from new version:
downloaded and upgraded my version of the software to version 1.3
with no problem whatsoever. The new features are fantastic.
I can't say enough about your product and your customer service is
remarkable. Thank you for a job well done and a superb piece
of software. I truly congratulate you. -- Glenn Barton
uncoupling tool is a neat feature and with V-1.3 you have
solved my problem. -- Ray Spitz
Posted version 1.3, shipped first CD's.
announcement in Model Railroader
Article about TrainPlayer in Napa
Register [NOTE: removed as of Jan '06; see
Message from new user Brent Lambert.
A few quotes:
really like the idea of being able to "run trains" on some of the old,
traditional layouts (Westcott's book has been a basic resource for me
for longer than I can remember; all of the plans are like old friends)
and the idea of "bringing them to life" is unutterably captivating.
It adds an entire new dimension to the book...I
could easily see it getting to the point that a layout design book would
just not be marketable without including a basic version of your
TrainPlayer 1.2: new features, new layout protection scheme. Plus the
Collection: 22 hand-drawn layouts from our friend George Baustert.
Visited the Napa Valley Model Railroad
Club, demonstrated the program for a small but enthusiastic group of
railroaders. See the NVMRC site,
Napa Club Layout now
available in TrainPlayer form.
Shady Grove & Sherill,
from MRP 2005.
Posted TrainPlayer: The Movie, made at Kalmbach request. [Later removed
due to tackiness]
quote from Richie Einhorn (host and founder of
The Train Show):
As far as
ease of use, I think anyone can learn to operate TRAINPLAYER in 3
minutes. It will take a little longer, maybe 30-60 minutes, to
investigate / learn ALL the current features.
Out of ALL
the programs I have used over the years, this IS the easiest!
to new web host (Verio). Kalmbach
deal is signed. Final preparations are being made for release.
Fixed a debilitating Win98/WinME resource
leak which was causing some users a lot of grief. Fixed version has
not yet been posted.
Enhanced record/playback features: we now
have pause, fast-forward, and record-from-here.
Posted a couple of layouts submitted by
Posted version 1.0.53, along with Wolfgang
Dudler's layout. The latest version uses a better method of handling
graphics when stretching bitmaps, making light-colored layouts like
Wolfgang's look better on the screen.
Enjoying working with Peter Prunka on
optimizing the train-recording capabilities. As he puts it:
You can use
the recorder to test and demo all kinds of things - yard sorting, meets
and passes, timetable ops, switching problems (think TimeSaver contests
or Inglenook puzzles)...
developing some great sequences we will be posting, once we get the
kinks worked out.
Nice quote from Robert Daniels:
downloaded the demo and am amazed at the quality and depth of
programming exhibited in a newly introduced product.
posting a couple of Robert's track plans soon.
Posted version 1.0.5.
Moved web site to new hosting service
Posted version 1.0.4. New scheduling
Posted version 1.0.3. See Readme for
Santa Maria Valley RR, by Byron Henderson.
Posted version 1.0.2. Bugs fixed are
listed in the Readme.
Visited Kalmbach and obtained written
permission to use the layouts as currently posted during the beta period.
Other arrangements will be made for release. Had a great lunch with
five legends of the MR industry: Dick Christiansen, Terry Thompson, Jim
Slocum, Michael Stephens, and Erik Bergstrom. Saw up close the
Milwaukee, Racine & Troy and the Turtle Creek Central. Absorbed the
aura of Al Kalmbach.
Thanks to all of you who are responding and
enjoying the program! More nice quotes:
This is the
first program that just lets me run trains for no other reason than the
love of trains running; I don't have to "develop" my entire layout in
excruciating CAD detail first.
-- Robert Stanley
the feel of the layouts of my youth. I loved the operational side of the
hobby then and still enjoy the demands of switching and dispatching
today. Your Player is exactly what I have been yearning for since
I first set up MSTS. No more dull, hour-long hauls to the next
siding, no more brain-teasing examinations of myopic yard scenes in
order to find the correct turnout. And, it has the "top-down" view that
I enjoyed with my first tabletop layout. I can see it all,
estimate times, plan moves, and enjoy the whole session in a compact
package. -- Steve Daly
software seems to be geared JUST to the model railroader who wants to
operate a model railroad! No grandiose scenery or “real time” 2 hours
needed to get from point A to B. -- David Smith
Posted the first
user-submitted plan, from Chris Gilbert, who wrote the following, and
then sent us his track plan:
Quote from Mike
a great job. The interface is intuitive and simple, (I jumped right in
and ran a few trains before looking at the docs) and it's fun to play.
glitches: layout installer failed with dir names containing spaces;
uninstaller not working. Had some trouble with the registration
screen, disabled it, got a fix from the server, re-enabled.
announcement to rec.models.railroad
New demo version
posted, with 14 layouts
Site opened for
selected demos and beta testing
test page 2
test page 3