RailModeller Express 4+

Create small train layouts

Jan P. Barnholt

    • 4.5 • 336 Ratings
    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Build your own unique miniature train layouts using the free RailModeller Express.
Some of its notable features are:

• A clean and intuitive user interface,
• Tools designed for constructing model train layouts with up to 50 elements,
• More than 270 multi-brand libraries containing more than 7000 tracks and accessories (localized in English & German),
• Support for all common and many custom model scales,
• Assistants for placing tracks at different heights and creating grades,
• Definition of a baseboard indicating the available area for a model railway layout,
• Customizable modes for viewing the layout in two and three dimensions,
• Automatically generated shopping lists,
• A price database automatically syncing item prices across layouts,
• Community Layouts with hundreds of track plans created by a community of fellow model railroaders,
• A file format 100% compatible with our "RailModeller Pro" app for macOS

What’s New

Version 6.4.26

In this Maintenance Update:

• Upgraded 3D mode with new textures for track bases, visibility control for baseboards, and newly added trestles option.
• Enhanced usability in the Track Helix Assistant.
• Added contextual menu commands for unit conversion in text fields containing measurements.
• Re-enabled marking turnouts and crossings as tunnel sections using the tunnel tool.
• Improved compatibility on modified Macs allowing installation of unsupported macOS updates.

The update includes minor improvements, bug fixes, and library updates for track systems and accessories.

RailModeller Express 6.4 adds

• Search in Library Catalog and Layouts for locating elements across the entire catalog of track libraries and the active layout document
• A point editor to easily review and edit individual point coordinates of line and polygon elements as well as the corner points of baseboard elements
• Improved Touch Bar Support throughout the app offering e.g. preset zoom levels, parallel track distances, QuickFilter categories, and more

Find detailed information on this update at https://www.railmodeller.com/news-en.html

If you have any questions about or issues with our app you can get in touch with us directly at support@railmodeller.com

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
336 Ratings

336 Ratings

Mykohl ,

Exactly what I wanted!

I’m just getting into Z-scale modeling, and was in the midst of planning my first permanent layout. To help me with that task, I was actually just looking for a good 2D scale-drawing/CAD program, from which I had planned to make my own track-section templates. I was surprised to find this amazing tool, pre-loaded with ALL the Marklin and Rokuhan track sections available. For my needs, it is just about as perfect as I could imagine. Very easy to use, if you are even remotely familiar with other types of diagramming software. It’s even fun to use. I currently have the free version, but will happily pay for the upgrade to the $40 version, just to support the developer.

Traveler hung out to dry ,

Challenging But Works

Colleague gave me some pointers and I got basic elements of the program to work! Hooray. Thre is a sharp learning curve, and undoubtedly the program has many "features" that I'll never use because I will never figure out how to use them. But for basic track layout planning it can be a useful tool.
I would not rely on the product for final installation of the planned layout (you will definitely need to fit and adjust) as there are too many uncertainties in the track layout plan produced by the program -- it suggests a degree of precision that I don't beleive is warranted -- but using this program did show me that PECO #6 turnouts would not work and that I needed to use #5 turnouts. (I will still test fit both.) That alone was informative.
A user guide would be helpful.

Pidloop ,

very capable

I've used this program to design two layouts. One using Peka HO the other using Rokuhan Z scale. Both part libraries were comprehensive and accurate. The program options allowed me to easily explore ideas and optimize the space I had to work with.

My only nit is the program will silently save a changed file without first asking the usual "Are you sure?" so beware of that.

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