RTS program?

Discussion in 'Track Planning' started by belg, Mar 16, 2004.

  1. belg

    belg Member

    I'm trying to start planning my next layout in HO scale somewhere into the distant future and have seen this program(?) mentioned several times and everyone says the price is great which leads me to believe it must be free, but where do I get it? Also I got a book called 18 tailor-made model railroad track plans by John Armstrong. I'm trying to get a handle on the nomenclature in the book and how the trackplans relates to the schematic and profile, I don't get how a runaround layout looks in this format. It would appear that I need some expert guidance.
  2. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

  3. cidchase

    cidchase Active Member

    Hi belg,
    This program has its limitations, but you can't beat the
    price!!:) :)

    It's got a full library of Atlas sectional track, and includes
    a flex track tool.
  4. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah


    I'll see what I can find in the book. You might see if your library has a copy of his "Creative Layout Design" (full title starts something like "The Wit,...") It has a lot more writing and explanation in it; I think "Tailor Made Track Plans" is an extension of it.
    The schematic usually takes the mainline and lays it flat out and then shows the major junctions and branches. Proportions are not kept. If a track crosses itself, you see two crossings, usually in opposite directions. John always labels the stations on all three plans so you can match them.
  5. belg

    belg Member

    Thanks guys I got myself a copy of the rts program and will give it a try once I read the manual and do the tutorial.

    David I found several other titles by John in my library data base none with the title you described.Here's the ones they have listed,

    Armstrong, John H. 20 custom designed track plans

    Armstrong, John H. The model railroad track plan book

    Armstrong, John H. Track planning for realistic operation

    Do you think it is one of these? Pat
  6. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    copy of cover attached. Book is dated 1978.

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