At TrainPlayer, we want to enhance the enjoyment you get from
operating your own equipment on designs of your choosing. With
that in mind, we will provide some step by step clinics on a
variety of topics to assist you in adding your own personal
touches to your layouts.
Your Own Cars. In this clinic, we will show you how to
develop and paint your own car collection for your “home” layout
– all without worrying about paint fumes or messes.
own bitmap images shows you how easy it is to make some structures that are close to or
located around your home rails. By using MS Paint or a similar
image creation program, you can custom design your choice of
passenger terminal, warehouses, factories and other industries.
Add your new structures to your collections with a simple click
and drag to the appropriate Scenery folders.
to Build a Roundhouse - Mark Johnson is one of our gifted contributors and he has
provided a couple of kits that can be used to add some high
definition images to your layout. The roundhouse kit is
already included on the Web Scenery chooser in the "stations_rr buildings" folder. This clinic provides
assistance in expanding a basic roundhouse.
How to Fill in an Irregular Shape in your
scenery design - this is a topic that has come up several
times. In this clinic we describe the steps you need
to take to accomplish this task.
- How to Create your own Photo Composites
- several users have asked how they can use some existing
satellite imagery programs to creat their own photo
composites for use with TrainPlayer. Bruno Pigozzo
provides an overview on the tools and skills needed.
To Change your Default Cars to Your Home Railroad cars
- this clinic walks you through the steps in Windows
Explorer on replacing the currrent Default folder with new
images that represent your favorite or home railroad.
Afterwards, every layout that you open will have your
favorite cars already on it!!
How to Create a Custom Trestle Bridge -
In this Clinic, we will show you how to use the beautiful art
work of Mark Johnson's Wood and Steel Trestle bridges to
create a custom length to span any river on your layout.
- How to Name Your Trains
- In this Clinic, we will show you how to name all
of the trains on your layouts. You can even name cuts of
cars if you want. This feature gives more character to
"operating" trains on your layouts.
- How to Conduct
Freight Operations - Our Chief
Operations Officer, Peter Prunka, explains the ins and outs
of shuffling rail cars around with his handy illustrated OPS
We know we have some considerable expertise in our user
community and welcome any submission for
If you want to share your experience or if there are specific
topics you would like to see included, please drop us a line at
Oct, 2012: release of 5.2
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101 Track Plans
Layouts & Cars
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|by Byron Henderson
|My first hollow core door plan folds the
Howard Terminal, its interchange tracks and the
quayside tracks very tightly to fit. My
priorities were to try to reflect the prototype
track arrangement, especially the running track
through the warehouse and the tracks out onto