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Track Design Software



Overview


Right now, our options for track design software seem to be quite limited. Two of the better systems, Track Power and Slotman have disappeared.

Scalextric Track Designer only works for Scalextric track, and still seems to cause problems for many users.

Autorennbahnplaner gets good reviews, and is available for PC and Mac, but only for Carrera track systems.

Ultimate Racer is now the only widely available track design software that allows you to design a layout with any track system from any manufacturer, including scratchbuilt wooden tracks.

Windows


Ultimate Racer

Ultimate Racer Screenshot
Ultimate Racer Screenshot

Wiki Page: Ultimate Racer
Description:- Timing and track design software
Cost: €15.00 - Free demo version available
Ease of use: Simple
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Plastic and Scratchbuilt tracks are possible
Track systems: Artin 1/32, Artin 1/43, Aurora AFX + MM, Aurora AFX, Aurora Ajet 1:32, Carrera Exclusiv 1:24, Carerra Universal, Fleischmann, Lifelike HO, Marchon, MaxTrax? 4 Lane, MaxTrax? 6 Lane, Ninco 1:32, Polistil, Revell / Riggen, Scalextric Sport, Scalextric / SCX + Digital, Scalextric Sport + Digital, Strombecker, Tomy AFX, Tyco HO, Scratchbuilt & routed 1/64, 1/43, 1/32, 1/28/, 1/24, ISRA.
Flexibility/Customisation: Fairly extensive, colours, textures, track libraries, track sections, web reports.
3D capabilty: Track elevations, 3d scenery models, 3d shapes
Available layout downloads: Example layouts included with software, many more available from the website
Advantages: Not expensive, fairly simple to use, very extensive and complete track libraries, customisation options, and web publishing options available
Disadvantages: Bugs need ironing out

Scalextric Track Designer

Scalextric Track Designer Screenshot
Scalextric Track Designer Screenshot

Wiki Page: Scalextric Track Designer?
Description: Track design software
Cost: Free
Ease of use: Simple
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Plastic only
Track systems: Scalextric Classic, Sport, and Digital
Flexibility/Customisation: None
3D capabilty: Basic
Available layout downloads: None
Advantages: It's free and it's fairly simple to use
Disadvantages: Incomplete track library, crashes on some versions of Windows


SlotMan

SlotMan Screenshot
SlotMan Screenshot

Wiki Page: SlotMan
Description: Timing and track design software
Cost: Free
Ease of use: Very simple and reliable
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Plastic only, unless you create your own track pieces
Track systems: Carrera, Cartronic, Faller, Fleischmann, Maerklin, Ninco, Prefo, Artin, Scalextric, Scalextric Sport, SCX, Tomy, Tyco, Stabocar
Flexibility/Customisation: Custom track sections can be added
3D capabilty: None
Available layout downloads: None
Advantages: It's free and it's fairly simple to use
Disadvantages: Some of the track libraries are incomplete

Track Power

TrackPower Screenshot
TrackPower Screenshot

Wiki Page: Track Power?
Description: Track design software
Cost: €15.95 - Free demo version available
Ease of use: Very simple and reliable
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Plastic only
Track systems: Ninco, Ninco N-Digital?, SCX Digital System, SCX Original, SCX Compact, STS 4x4, Scalextric Sport/Sport Digital and Carrera Evolution/Digital 123/Pro-X.
Flexibility/Customisation: Limited
3D capabilty: None
Available layout downloads:250 track layouts included with full version
Advantages: Not expensive, simple to use and track libraries seem complete.
Disadvantages: Not many track libraries and there is no way to add custom track pieces.


PC & Mac


Autorennbahnplaner

Autorennbahnplaner Screenshot
Autorennbahnplaner Screenshot

Wiki Page: Autorennbahnplaner?
Description: Carrera track design software
Cost: €19.95 - Free demo version available
Ease of use: Simple
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Carrera track only
Track systems: Carrera Digital 124, Digital 132, Exclusiv, Evolution, Digital 143, GO!!!
Flexibility/Customisation: Very Limited
3D capabilty: Yes, but limited
Available layout downloads: None
Advantages: Not too expensive, fairly simple to use, looks cool.
Disadvantages: Carrera track only

Mac


Rail Modeller


Wiki Page: Rail Modeller?
Description:- Track design software
Cost: €??.00 - Limited demo version available
Ease of use:
Plastic/Scratchbuilt: Sectional tracks, mainly, but custom tracks are possible
Track systems: List TBD, but includes many train and slot car track systems... Artin 1/32, Artin 1/43, Aurora AFX + MM, Aurora AFX, Aurora Ajet 1:32, Carrera Exclusiv 1:24, Carerra Universal, Fleischmann, Lifelike HO, Marchon, MaxTrax? 4 Lane, MaxTrax? 6 Lane, Ninco 1:32, Polistil, Revell / Riggen, Scalextric Sport, Scalextric / SCX + Digital, Scalextric Sport + Digital, Strombecker, Tomy AFX, Tyco HO, Scratchbuilt & routed 1/64, 1/43, 1/32, 1/28/, 1/24, ISRA.
Flexibility/Customisation: track libraries, track sections
3D capabilty: 2D Only
Available layout downloads: Unknown
Advantages: Only Mac compatible track designer
Disadvantages:





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