Included with both the TrainPlayer and TrackLayer packages
are a large and diverse group of over 1,000 plans collected in what we
call Standard Layouts. Many of these layouts are from our users who have
shared the design work they've put into building their own model railroads. We
encourage our users to send us examples of their work to share with the larger
For a gallery of submissions between 2005 and 2008, see the
Plans Gallery. Also see the
Some of our users' plans are quite simple while
others are more complex:
Cheryl Junction RR
Ed Avetta's Inland Belt RR
Paul Omilian, creator of the GM&GP RR, is a typical TrainPlayer user who shared his
photos of his finished layout :
With tracks laid and trains running
Here's a fun little ride: Bruce Bates' whimsical Aquebogue Light
Railway, a short beer run around a scenic lighthouse.
The Standard Collection
also includes many layouts that are used with
permission of their original designers. The 20 plans of the BACHMANN EZ MODEL RAILROADS
TRACK PLAN BOOK are all included, such as the scenic Iowa Central
Railroad seen here:
Layout Designer, Mike Fisher had graciously allowed use of
all his 50+ plans to our users. Here is one of his more complex plans
which is designed to use a standard hollow core door as a layout frame
The prolific and chatty layout designer and builder,
George Baustert provided over 100 plans, the vast majority done the old
fashioned way - with a pencil, ruler and protractor on a clean sheet of paper.
But George had an eye for operations and loved switching puzzles. Here's a
typical sample of both of George's interests.
Switching the refinery job
We know you will enjoy George's legacy! For a complete gallery of his
submissions, with thumbnail images and commentary, see the
George Baustert Gallery.
Another contributor to our site is FREMO stands for
"Freundeskreis Europischer Modellbahner", translated Friendship of European
railway modelers. In the USA there is another club, the Free-Mo for Free form
The Fremo layouts aim at operation as close to prototype as
possible. Modules such as this allow them to temporarily set-up large
layouts. After the shows, the many modules go home with their individual
owner/designers. This example is the Dudler Division which features the
very detailed Westport module of well known modeler Wolfgang Dudler.
Our Standard car collection
includes 32 folders containing over 1000 car and engine
types, from steam to diesel and electric.
The folders within the Standard collection
feature the favorite cars of some of users’ home roads –
like the AT&SF, UP, Nickel Plate, CNW, and NYC as well
as some specific themes – Light Industrial, JJ Steam,
Autos etc. and Traction. And our users love
Passenger trains – CNW, American Orient Express, and the
As you can see, there are
several North American railroads included as well as European rolling stock.
Well known contributors like
Peter Lloyd-Lee, Mark Johnson and Jim Schenk have also provided examples of
their work with Car collections.
All of these
Standard cars are included as part of the basic license for the
TrainPlayer – Operator package. The realistic looking car sides and tops
will add to the realism on your new railroad empire!!
would like to acknowledge the generous support provided
to TrainPlayer from many members of the Train GIF
Artists group who have allowed our members to use TGA
artwork in their collections
|How to Obtain
The Standard / User Layouts collection is included with
The installer you download comes with a small
set of layouts only. To access the full set, look
in your layout chooser on the Web tab under "Standard."
Download the ones you like, one or a few at a time.
Or, place an order to be delivered on DVD.
The complete standard set are included on the disk, with a
choice of whether you want to install the full set to your hard
drive or run them directly from the DVD. There is a
shipping charge for DVD orders.