Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Model Train Layout Cad Software

Linux and Open Source software is full of hidden surprises.
And I have just been surprised with this Cad software that allows you to design model railroad layouts. Like any Cad software that is worthwhile, xtrkcad supports layers and too many features to list here.

And you not only can edit your train layout but it also allows you to create an inventory of your engines and cars. Another feature is the layout estimator.
You can enter the prices of all the track and switches you plan on using and the software will generate a cost list for you.

I originally installed this package from the Repository and have ran into some error message issues. I plan on removing it and install it from the source code I downloaded from their website. As it is now, I can create and view my layouts or the included demo layouts but cannot run any trains on the tracks.

Did I mention that this software is also available for Windows and Mac's?
Well it is!
You can find all the info on thie xtrkcad Cad program below;
xtrkcad web page

http://www.xtrkcad.org/Wikka/HomePage

They also mention that their layouts can now be imported into JMRI which is another railroad construction program based on Java.
If you are interested in JMRI you can follow the link below;
JMRI web page

http://jmri.sourceforge.net/

xtrkcad is another jewel in the Open Source crown.
Every time I come across good quality Open Source software like this one, I feel like a little kid in a candy store.
My eyes get big and I shake with excitement.
LOL!!

Enjoy and a huge thanks to the Open Source community who's only payment from these projects is our gratitude.

TaZMAn

2 comments:

quba said...

I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.


Patricia

http://lioneltrains.info

TaZMAn said...

Hi quba,
Thank you for the nice comment.

Even though this blog is dedicated to Linux users, if I find a piece of software that works with other OS's I will make sure it says so in my post.

Very interesting web page you have. Never realized the deals that were on Ebay for Lionel trains.

Glad you are enjoying my blog. Hope you come back soon and comment as much as you like.
It helps me know what my readers think so I can post about what interests them.