Track Planning Software

Reviews of and information about a selection of the most popular track planning software.
First here is a forum discussion of what people consider the best track planning software.

Below are links out to information about various track planning software that are available.  They were gathered when we were looking for something for our own layouts.

Most of the programs have free versions you can download to test them.

Our Experience

Our final choice was the 3DPlanit program.

Actually, we originally bought the wintrack program.  It is one of the most popular track planning programs in Europe.  It was highly recommended by members of a club to which I belong.

WinTrack

http://www.wintrack.de/usa.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nt7Aj_FK2I

http://www.dpwolfer.ch/wintrack/Tut/Tut.htm

BUT!

I wanted a program that would allow me to place buildings, roads, etc. on the plan.  The wintrack sales material lead me to believe that the included extra program to craft buildings was easy to use.

I found that it was NOT easy to use.  And the seller agreed.  And even added that it was difficult to use.

The practical way that I could get a library of buildings to add was to buy additional packages.  I resented what I saw as a misleading sales page designed to trap me into an upsale. And even then I would have a difficult time trying to add my own custom buildings.

I got my money back as the result of a PayPal dispute.

My recommendation – if you are primarily interested in laying out a track plan, the software is excellent.  If you want to add buildings to the plan, you will probably end up buying extra building packages.

As for 3D Planit, it has features upon features.  You can use the CAD features to make buildings and anything else you wish.

3dPlanit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBUZfZEAqI8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uyi7ZL6pTC0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AdkpDWEi6Z8

 

It comes with a built in building library that has enough to get you started. The library is really rather weak, but you can build your own custom libraries.

I fault them for not providing a way to add models built in Sketchup.  They indicated, a year ago, that they would do that in 6 months. To date, no joy.

But there is a work around that I found.  See Adding Sketchup Models To 3D Planit.

There is a definite learning curve.  Great tutorials and documentation. But time intensive. This is a program for many layouts or something very complex.

Please note I receive no compensation from any of these companies. But I do sell the cups you see in the video so that I can support this site.

Other Track Planning Software

Some of these are highly rated. I have no experience with them at all.

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XTRACKCAD

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BscMRNfZnas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96lJNGn1uiY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tw1thxEVkJg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ihp34PL1TVw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RjFlirxSoM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdX7h2xlwrA

 

Scarm

 

AnyRail

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGXAc7xZPe8

 

Raily

 

Atlas

 

Railmodeller For the Mac.  A rather short learning curve measured in hours.

RR Track For Windows  used for sectional track plans. Easy to use.

Cadrail somewhat complicated, many features;

TrainzA lot to do here.  Well worth a look.