The Mincey vices are well known, publicly published public information, if you will. We like scotch, cigars, camera, ponies and poker, and model trains.The family compound outside Atlanta has a special room just for model trains, and my Mac is graced with more than a few train games and simulation applications.
For any Mac-owning model railroader knows the value of good track design and as far as I know there’s only one Mac app that does the deed. RailModeller Pro. This not inexpensive (relative to apps, not to model trains) Mac app comes with libraries for well beyond 200 different track systems which guide you to creating the track of your dreams without actually having to build said track (that’s when the app becomes inexpensive).
What do you get in RailModeller Pro? Cool tools to build cooler tracks.
Each track layout can have up to 99 layers, and each layout can be as large as 10km by 10km. While it handles most common model scales, you can build using an arbitrary scale, and there are built-in assistant to help you place tracks on different heights and grades.
I can hear you smacking your lips already.
RailModeller Pro also has multiple customizable modes so you can view layouts in both 2D and 3D, and while all that is fun, here’s where you’ll appreciate the price tag. There’s a built-in calculator and shopping list.
That means RailModeller Pro lets you build the dream layout you’ve always, well, dreamed of, and then, using a sophisticated price database, tell you how much it will cost. It even generates a shopping list automatically (and total prices can be spread across multiple layouts).
Creating a train layout isn’t child’s play, and not exactly intuitive, but includes options for nearly everything you can think of that you’d need in a model train system, including exact and precise placements a variety of tracks pieces, and tools that work much like a standard diagram drawing system, albeit a bit more complicated, especially when dealing with differing heights and grades.
Based upon the estimated cost of the first track layout I designed I’m likely to stick to digital railroad models for the near future.