A little sideline has developed in the drawing of model railway layouts. So while I was looking around at the various options for designing a reasonable size 'N' gauge setup, I have pulled the various bits I've found together on this page.
Track Layout Software
Looking at the available software, I don't think that writing one's own component libraries is probably necessary, but from what I have seen of the various demo's there seems to be a bias towards American design in all of the available packages. I found Byron Henderson's Layout Design Software page which has a list of CAD programs and the rest of his site has some other useful information as well.
The one's I have had a look at are listed below
|CADrail||3D track layout package with large library of track components||? up to O gauge||$60|
|3rdPlanIt||3D track layout with a rolling stcok model facility||$125|
|Atlas Right Track||Free package but only supports Atlas track components||Atlas N, HO & O||Free|
|Hornby Virtual Railway||Virtual reality train set using Hornbytrack and stock - looks like a cheap way to take a train set with you on the move.||Hornby HO only?||£18 or less|
|XtrkCAD||2D open source track layout package - also runs on Linux!||Any||Free|
|Templot||English track design package for model railways||Any||£46.50|
|AnyRail||Dutch package - good library of track manufacturers
only provides a simple 2D track layout facility.
|3D Railroad Concept And Design||3D design package, optional simulation package also available
There are several other interestingmodel related packages on this site.
|Empire Express||One for Mac owners. Seems to have good range of track across all gauges||Any||$35|
|RailModeller||Another Mac powered package. Appears to have an even bigger catalogue of parts than Empire Express||Any||$39|
|RRTrack||Seems to be geared towards the larger gauges, but a good range of support. Could get expensive if you want multiple gauges.||Any||Priced per gauge aroud $80 per library|
This gets me back to the reason for starting to look
Currently I've standardised on Peco 'N' gauge, but I do have some Peco G45track sitting in the garage with a view to running it around the garden. The starting point is just a sfew pictures of 'N' gauge stuff at present. Track gallery