3D Train Studio is a great program for railway modellers. You can create layouts of considerable complexity and watch them operate in fabulous 3D.
Its a German language program. Menu items and program controls can be set to English during the install, but the documentation is in German. Google Translate makes a fair job for English readers, but not a great one. This translation of the documentation has been fine-tuned for English readers.
Most of the available models are of German or continental outline, though with some Japanese. However, the free 3D designer program Blender can be used to make UK-outline models. The documentation explains how 3D models can be exported from Blender and used in your own layouts or uploaded to the catalogue as a resource for all users.
This documentation applies to version 7.0 published on 13/09/2021.
The free version of 3D Train Studio allows saving of layouts with a maximum of 150 objects, whereas the premium version supports any number of objects.
To buy a licence for the premium version, download and install the free version and follow the “Unlock now” link from the program’s splash screen.
At the time of writing, the premium version costs €49.90 or £42.51 depending on the exchange rate on the day.
Beware of older versions circulating on the internet and in shops. The latest version, 7, has many improvements and its the best starting point.
Welcome to the documentation for 3D Train Studio. This wiki contains information about the basic functions of the Studio as well as instructions for the program features. Newbies should read the articles in the Introduction section first to gain an understanding of the program’s functions.