Color me astounded. Even a bit mesmerized. Yes, Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper and the current head of the Mincey Clan have something in common besides a somewhat eidetic memory. We both love technology and we both love trains.
Search Mac360 and my site, Bohemian Boomer for “trains” and you’ll see that my vices have a childlike side and a train gene. And never has that train gene been massaged like it has with the almost free RailModeller Express app for the Mac.
Don’t ask me what it is about trains that can be mesmerizing to a child or an adult who behaves like a child. Trains and tracks and engineer hats, oh my! Alright, here goes. RailModeller Express is a Mac app which lets you create model railroad layouts on the Mac’s screen.
Yes, a picture is worth a thousand words.
Choose your scale, dude! RailModeller Express features HO, N, and O, and lets you create a library of layouts or choose from community layouts.
Details? We got some details down to the centimeter.
This app is a labor of love despite the modest price tag to upgrade to more features. Track components can be dropped into your layout with ease. Choose from a huge selection of straight tracks, curved tracks, even tracks with wooden ties.
Does this remind you of anything? Can you say Lionel?
RailModeller Express has Start and Stop tracks, Crossing tracks, Bridge tracks, specific degree curved tracks, even Manual point tracks.
Good golly, Molly; this is fun.
The Express Gets you started with up to 50 tracks and more than 200-libraries but the number of layers and model scales per layout are limited to one each and you can’t import images.
Even the layout dimensions are limited so think of the Express Edition as RailModeller Express Lite. The Pro Edition is where the fun is with unlimited model scales per layout, plenty of templates and custom baseboards, and a drawing canvas that can extend up to 10km (just over 6mi).
Sweet. Just gawdawful sweet. The only thing missing in RailModeller Express are trains that move down the tracks. I’d pay extra for that.
So, why do Mac users need a model train? I mean, just look at those tracks. Do you know how much more fun that is than Photoshop, Excel, or browsing around in Safari is?