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Welcome to this web site about my Templot computer program. Templot is free for all modellers to use, supported by voluntary donations.
If you are a builder of model railway track I hope that you will find this site interesting and useful, whether you are a user of Templot or not.
Thank you for visiting, and enjoy your trackbuilding.
Precision track design for model railways
track plan design • precision construction templates
Templot is a workshop tool for railway modellers who like to build their own track:
Thanks to Paul Boyd for this photograph.
Templot is a computer program which generates model railway track construction
templates for turnouts, crossovers, diamond-crossings and plain track
In any gauge, on any radius or on a transition curve -- an infinite
number of different templates, all accurately scaled from proper full-size
railway practice. In standard-gauge, narrow-gauge, bullhead or flat-bottom
track, and for any period or prototype.
With just a few clicks you can print out individual construction templates,
or go further and link them together on-screen to build up and print a complete
track plan for your railway.
By combining multiple partial templates, you can create just about any
track formation you can think of -- including slips, 3-way tandem
turnouts, curved double-junctions and mixed-gauge formations. And they can
be in straight or curved track, or even on a transition curve.
Using Templot, you can plan your pointwork on long sweeping curves knowing
that the finished trackwork will all fit together on the baseboards exactly
as you planned.
Templot is equally useful in designing a small layout. Lengths and angles
can be precisely adjusted to fit your tracks into the available space. And
using a transition curve is a very effective way to disguise those unavoidable
Your designs can be printed at normal size or at a reduced scale, so your
railway can be planned on screen or paper as many times as you wish before
If you have a prototype map or track plan which can be scanned, or a model
track plan scanned from a book or magazine, this can be displayed in Templot
correctly scaled as a background guide to your own track design. If necessary
Templot can curve the scanned image to fit in a smaller space.
You could also include a scan of an existing printed template, or a rail-rubbing
taken from your layout, or even a scan of an item of actual trackwork.
Templot also has a sketchboard drawing function to add colourful scenic detail
and structures to your track plan to create a full layout plan, or a control panel
or signal box diagram. This can be exported in PDF format for submission to
magazines and newsletters, or as an image file for use on a web site or forum.
The complete track plan can also be exported in the universal DXF file
format so that you can if you wish add further detail in CAD software.
There are also programs available which can use the DXF file from Templot
to create a 3-dimensional visualisation of your track plan which you can
"walk through" on the screen.
Templot is a Windows computer program, but also optimised to run well under Wine on Linux and Apple Mac systems.
- Templot is free for all modellers to use, supported by voluntary donations.
If you build your own track to prototype designs and want to replicate
in model form the flow of curves through pointwork which is such an attractive
feature of the traditional railway, Templot is the software you need.
Here are some links to get you started:
Some basics about Templot and where it fits in the hobby: Templot for you
Get the Templot program: Download Templot
A beginners guide: Templot Explained
If the A-Z Index tab is not showing in your browser: Templot Companion
Here below are some basic videos showing Templot in use. There are many more videos and tutorials available.
Watch this screen video from Templot to see how easy it is to create and print a turnout construction template in any gauge. This one is in EM gauge. Click template video to see the printed template and watch how it was created.
Watch this screen video from Templot to see how easy it is to create a track plan. This one is just a small part of a larger layout and uses a rough sketch as a background guide.
Here below is the result with the tracks aligned over the sketch. The plan is ready to be printed out as detailed construction templates.
Click track plan video to watch this track plan being created.
This is a sequence of 3 printed template pages from Templot. By trimming to the printed red lines, they can be fitted together with great accuracy:
Here is the track plan from which the above pages were printed. This is in P4:
link to this page: