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Bei der Planung einer modellbahnanlage können Programme extrem hilfreich sein.

In der Regel kommen sie einher mit (untereinander nicht kompatiblen) Bibliotheken, in denen die Gleissortimente verschiedenster Hersteller und Spurweiten definiert sind.

Manche Programme erlauben es dem Anwender, auch eigene Elemente zu definieren.

Wichtige Kriterien sind, ob die Programme z.B. bei Steigungen die veränderten Längen berücksichtigen, ob und wie sie mit Flexgleisen umgehen oder ob sie neben der Gleisplanung noch andere Dinge (z.B. Oberleitung, Elektrik, Gebäude) berücksichtigen.

Etliche Programme bieten heute auch 3D-Ansichten der geplanten Anlage.


Version XTrkCad 3.1.4
Preis erschliesst sich nicht so recht
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Demo ja
  • Track segments can be lengthened or shortened by simple click and drag. Tangents to a curve are created by dragging away from the curve. Tracks are extended by dragging from an End-Point, creating new straight or curved segments.
  • Track circles are especially handy for determining overall designs and seeing what will fit in a given area.
  • The Parallel command easily creates new straight or curved tracks, laying out yards and sidings in a few easy steps.
  • The Join command links any two tracks (straight, curved, Turnouts or Turntables) with accurate aligned connecting track segments. The connected tracks are trimed or extended as required.
  • The Helix Track command computes the number of turns, radius, grade and vertical separation to based on your criteria.
  • The Turnout Hot Bar contains a scrolling list of available Turnouts, Sectional Tracks and Structures in the current Scale. Simply click on one and drag it on the layout.
  • As Turnouts are dragged over existing tracks they are automatically aligned. XTrkCad searchs for any other tracks that align with each of the Turnout's End-Points, and shows you the number of connections that will be made and the maximum offset as you position the Turnout. Just adjust the Turnout's position to minimize the offset to ensure the best fit.
  • When a turnout is placed, each End-Point is examined to see if it aligned to an existing track. If so, the track is split to create a perfect connection to the turnout. Placing Turnouts is a 'snap'.
  • Layers are an important feature for designing layouts of any complexity. Use one layer for the main-line and others for staging tracks, benchwork or scenery. Multilevel designs can have groups of layers for each level.
  • XTrkCad allows up to 99 layers and the first 20 layers can have their own button to control visibility. Each layer can have a name which is displayed as the balloon help for the layer button.
  • Tracks and other objects can be colored according to which layer they are in. Also, each layer can be frozen to prevent accidental changes to parts of the layout that are finialized.
  • Elevations is one of the most powerful features of XTrkCad.
  • Traditional layout designs (such as published in magazines) show the elevations at selected spots on the layout. They may also show grades between elevations.
  • XTrkCad lets you define the elevation of any End-Point on the layout. You can also have XTrkCad automatically compute the elevation and grade between defined elevation points. You can define the elevation at the botton and top of a sloped track, then have XTrkCad compute the elevation at each riser position between.
  • Once you have defined a few elevations, you can display the Elevation Profile for the layout along a path of connected track segments. The Profile display shows the length of the track, the elevation of each defined elevation point and the grades between them. You can even adjust the elevations directly on the Profile display
Biblitheken ca. 80
Hardware k.A.
Software Microsoft Windows (95/98/ME/2K) and Linux
Bemerkungen nur in Englisch, Rezension unter WinTrack vs. XTrkCad
Stand 24.1.06