Railmodeller (software for Mac)

Discussion in 'Track Design Software' started by Wolseley, Aug 1, 2018.

  1. Wolseley

    Wolseley Full Member

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    Sep 30, 2017
    I first tried model railway planning software with SCARM, mainly because I wasn't sure if I even wanted to use software for this purpose, and as the availability of free software (which I mistakenly believed it to be, given the statements in their promotional material) was an added bonus. It was also one of the few programs to include Hornby Dublo 3 rail in its track library (for those of you who haven't come across my other posts here, the bulk of my collection is Hornby Dublo 3 rail, and my planned layout will use vintage Dublo track).

    The main problem for me, as I use a Mac, was that it was a Windows program. I did try running it using Wine, with mixed results, and ended up calling an old Windows laptop out of retirement to run SCARM instead, although the machine did run rather slowly. Then I found that SCARM suddenly and without warning wouldn't let me edit what I had done and also wouldn't let me create anything much more than a double oval of track, rendering it rather useless. Initially I decided to give up on track planning software altogether but, after a few weeks decided to have a look to see what else there was out there (I wasn't going to buy a licence for a program to run on a laptop that was running on borrowed time, nor did I want to pay money to a business that resorts to these sorts of tactics).

    It was then that I came across Railmodeller. It is available as a free limited version, Railmodeller Express (50 pieces of track only - unlike SCARM, they're upfront about this sort of thing) and an unlimited version, Railmodeller Pro, which cost around $60. Best of all, it is designed for Macs and it has Hornby Dublo 3 rail (not just track, but also accessories and buildings) in its library. It works more or less the same way as SCARM, although it works better, in fact it looks uncannily similar to it. I'm not sure how long Railmodeller has been around for, although I suspect it predates SCARM. Railmodeller also has track libraries for some slot car systems, if you're into that sort of thing.

    So, if you're looking for track planning software that will run on a Mac, there is one you can use without running Wine or something similar so that you can use a program that wasn't designed to run on your machine. Both the free and the full versions are available from the App Store.



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