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  1. Print only parts of entire track layout

    Original Feature Request (German):

    Ich habe damit begonnen eine relativ große Modellbahnanlage zu planen / bauen (siehe Anlage)
    Leider kann ich beim Ausdrucken des Planes keinen Teilbereich auswählen, es wird immer die komplette Zeichnungsfläche dargestellt.
    Bei einer Anlage dieser Größe ist es aber meines Erachtens dringend notwendig nur Teilbereiche zu drucken.
    Eine Beschränkung auf die nur sichtbaren Ebenen bringt keine Abhilfe da der Zeichnungsbereich ja entsprechend groß ist.
    Ist es möglich eine entsprechende Funktion zu entwickeln, wäre sehr hilfreich.

    7 votes
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  2. Oval helix

    In N-scale often an oval helix is ​​used to reduce the rise under 2% because the locomotives are not that strong for long trains. Therefore it would be nice to add a (3rd) oval shape choice to the Smart Insert of an Helix. The Helix Characteristics should be extended with the length of the straight rail between the bends

    9 votes
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  3. Smooth change of track angle

    It is not possible to smoothly change the track gradient. With large inclination angles, it would be good idea to gradually increase or decrease the track angle in the initial (and final) section.

    1 vote
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  4. More options for custom baseboard

    When designing a custom baseboard it is often difficult to draw perpendicular and parallel lines because you can only select the options length and straight while editing a line. The option to lock the line at 0 ( x-axes) or 90 degrees (y-axis) ( or even at ... degrees ) would make the design of the baseboard much easier and exact.

    3 votes
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  5. Simulation Mode

    This would be a huge amount of work no doubt and take the app in a new direction. But to fully plan your layout and its operation not just the position of tracks it makes sense to me.

    The ability to have trains actually run on your layouts so you can get a feel for how your layouts run.

    Inputs and outputs, with the ability to hook up to DCC software like JMRI or Rocrail adds a huge new dimension in planning your layouts.

    A basic simulation with crude 3d representation of assets would all that would be required for…

    12 votes
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  6. Grade Kato Double Track

    The ability to to grade Kato N (an HO I am sure) scale double track pieces and super elevated track sections. Not being able to do so is a huge barrier in my design.

    2 votes
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  7. Bridges

    Like adding tunnels to tracks it would be useful to also add bridges to a track (section)

    31 votes
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  8. Library Editor

    I would like to be able to design new track components and add them to my personal library. The most complicated component would be a switch. I am buliding handlaid narrow gauge track using stub switches. How do I put my designs into my library? Just for off the wall, suppose I had a 4'8.5" inch gauge layout. My switches would all be custom. So it I'm BNSF and wanted to use this software to lay out a new yard, how would I do it?

    44 votes
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  9. Streets

    From our backlog:

    Street Elements (dynamic)
    - include options for customizing

    * center strip (double, color)
    
    * number of lanes
    * width of lane

    Optionally handle crossings with other roads, heights

    27 votes
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  10. Automatic calculation of clearances

    Clearances around track follow specific rules

    https://www.nmra.org/sites/default/files/standards/sandrp/pdf/s-7_2012.02.pdf

    https://www.morop.org/index.php/fr/nem-normes.html

    It would be nice if RM could automatically calculate them and show a shaded area around the tracks. This would help a lot in planning buildings and other structures not to interfere with proper track operation. I think this is an essential part of track planning. Since this can all be mathematically calculated with simple formulas, it should not be so hard.

    12 votes
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  11. When moving or placing any item on the base board display the distance from the closest baseboard edge.

    Now we have to switch in and out if the ruler tool. Hard to count grid lines in 1/2" steps or less steps. Just take the ruler measurement from the left side and top and have it follow the item.

    2 votes
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  12. A library of T-TRAK Modules

    We need a library of n scale T-TRAK modules for those of us who are architects of modular layouts at train shows. The "standards" for modules can be found on

    http://ttrak.wikidot.com/ttrak-modules

    24 votes
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  13. Direction of Travel markers

    Some way of indicating intended direction of travel along a given section of track.

    44 votes
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  14. Model baseboard topography (Terrain modelling)

    Some way that the topography of the baseboard can be changed from just flat so that the user can model hills/cliffs/valleys etc on their layout

    38 votes
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  15. Package quantities for pricing in the parts list.

    Currently when looking at the required parts list for a layout the price of the parts does not take into account the number of that part in a package from the manufacturer. As an example, I require 3 straight sections of track to complete my layout. These sections are sold in packs of 4 at a price of $8.00. If I plug in the $8.00 for the package of 4 (how they are sold) the system will multiply that cost to $24.00 because it thinks each individual track costs $8.00.

    8 votes
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  16. Add curved flex-track to library to use the repeat function.

    I use flex-track to specify curves that ain't available in the (Peco) library. An example is Curve Radius 30 cm and Arc Angle 45 degrees. If i design a 180 degrees curve i need to specify this curve 4 times or use copy paint all the time. I would like to see the possibility to add this curve to the library so the repeat function become available for this curved flex-track.

    15 votes
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  17. Enhancements for Base Plates

    Please add for base plates :
    - copy/paste
    - turning
    - corner point
    - free input of coordinates
    - edge :
    - direction / angle
    - freeze one corner

    Group with tracks, allow for copy/paste

    20 votes
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  18. Use Layers for Alternatives (Detach Layers)

    I'm in the process of updating a layout to the new version of the software. In that process, I've decided to design two different alternatives for some optional add-ons to the layout. However, those alternatives are mutually exclusive and require replacing a couple of track segments in order to provide the correct interface to the main layout.

    It would be nice if I could hide the layer for Option 1 and then connect tracks to the now (apparently) disconnected tracks on other layers in the Option 2 layer.

    Essentially, it would be nice if there was a way to tell…

    7 votes
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  19. Euler spiral curves (Track transition curves)

    Actual railway uses Euler spiral for curves transitions. I would be nice to have an assistant to draw them in RMP : minimum radius setting and a slider to change radius decrease. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euler_spiral

    50 votes
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  20. A More Versatile Line Tool

    The following is the gist of what I think would enhance the line tool. I used to use a program called Freehand which acted this way. I think Adobe Illustrator has a similar line tool but I don't use it. The reason for such a tool would be to easily and flexibly draw shaped lines particularly for roads, rivers, mountain lines, and textures.

    This is how I would envision a line drawing tool:

    a) select the line tool icon *
    b) place cursor on the spot where you want the line to begin
    c) holding mouse down drag across the…

    14 votes
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