XTrkCad Tutorial - CSXDixieLine

CSXDixieLine Jan 25, 2009

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  1. CSXDixieLine

    CSXDixieLine Passed Away January 27, 2013 In Memoriam

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    I have found several threads seeking advice on using model railroad CAD applications to draw track plans. Since I am starting to refine my rough track plan using "real" layout dimensions and I am in the process of learning XTrkCad, I thought it would be useful to post a running thread of my progress.

    I am currently designing a multi-level N-scale layout that fully occupies a 19x9' room. To this point, my track plan has been roughed-in using Micrsosoft Visio. However, I have now completed all of the benchwork and am ready to start installing roadbed and laying track. To do this, I want to have an actual precise track plan designed in a real model railroad CAD application so I can be sure that all of the track arrangements are correctly laid out complete with correctly engineered design elements such as easements.

    Over the years, I have used several model railroad CAD applications (CADRail, 3rd Plan-it, XTRkCad, etc.). However, I really was just playing around and never did any serious track planning. I have chosen XTrkCad this time around for two reasons: (1) the price is right (FREE!) and (2) I have seen several great track plans that were created using it. Since this thread represents my "learn as I go" experience, please feel free to offer corrections or improvements to my process where needed.

    I could go on and on but instead I'm just going to jump in and get started. Hope this thread proves to be helpful to others!

    Jamie
     
  2. Flash Blackman

    Flash Blackman Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    XTrkCad Tutorial - SCXDixieLine

    This is a link to the XTrkCad tutorial. Thanks to CSXDixieLine who explains it all. Certainly there are other good cad programs for drawing layouts, but XTrkCad is in the public domain so it is presented here.

    Additional search terms:

    cadrail xtrackcad
     
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