What's good and bad about the model railroad planning software you have used, or heard of?
What would you personally recommend?
I've got a 19' X 20' garage that I'm trying to get a rough idea of how I can fill it... I'm debating between my freelanced class 1, or my freelanced shortline... or a mix of the 2... thinking U shape with 1 or 2 peninsulas and a branch coming over to my workbench...
I've got XTrkCad but I don't like it.
After going thru the whole demo I still don't under stand it and I can't figure out how to get specific brand of track and specific pieces of track.
So how do you load a parameter file?
More specifically Atlas code 80 n-scale.
I believe in giving second chances.
Maybe I'll change my mind about it if I know what I'm doing.
How do you get trains?
....You could try this new program called Scarm, from some guy in Bulgaria or some such place that just popped up on the net a few months ago, and pretty much instantaneously hit a ton of different model railroading groups to advertise for his free track planning software.
Personally, I still feel just a tiny bit leery about downloading and installing a new freeware program made by an unknown person from the Balkans, for fear that I would be installing a Trojan on my system. But that's just me. It probably is just fine, and Mixy probably is just a nice, enthusiastic and quick programmer/model railroader who wants to share with other model railroaders....
More parameter files. I noticed an atlasen.xtp and atlascn.xtp. Presumably, they are Atlas N engines and cars respectively. Load those and see what happens. By the way, they are simple text files. You can inspect them with Notepad to see what they contain.
Well I use SCARM and I can assure you there is no problems that I have been detected with viruses, by myself of several of my friends. For a free program, Mixy has done a tonne of work and produce a great product. I can assure you the latter is most correct: Mixy is genuinely enthusiastic and is willing to share his efforts with his fellow modellers, and a damn good programmer by the looks of it! This is reflected in responses users of SCARM. Mixy has taken on board suggestions for new features and added them to new releases.
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