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For some people, a model train running under the Christmas tree is a holiday tradition. For others, the holidays offer time to start building your own personal empire. Whatever you have in mind for this holiday season, you’ll get the best, fastest results by choosing the best track planning software: 3rd PlanIt.
In 2016, the Disney family wanted to have a very special layout built for their new “Home for the Holidays” exhibit at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. In August they called Constructioneer LLC in Atlanta, a firm that built animatronics and models for Disney on many occasions. Their goal was to model Walt Disney’s property as it existed in the early 1950’s, including his 1/8th scale ride-
Constructioneer chose El Dorado Software to play a key role in the project. The owner, Randy Pfeiffer, would plan and build the track, DCC system, and PLC control system that routed the train on a path around the layout. The layout would have a welded steel frame and use High Density Urethane (HDU) for the terrain. It needed to break down into six pieces that could fit through the doors and elevators at the museum. It was to have scenery that matched the original as closely as possible, including several trees that were of particular significance to the Disney family. This was truly a Dream Layout, but had to be on display in just 81 days.
The track plan included a terrain mesh for the 5-