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Welcome to the Learning Centre, your source for gaining a wide variety of information about getting the most out of Trainz.

We aim to have a wide range of tutorials from beginner to expert.
If you have a tutorial that you would like to contribute please send details to helpdesk@auran.com

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Scripting Tutorials
An extensive resource of Trainz Scripting tutorials and Utilities.

gstafleu

The SimpleLoco Tutorial
This tutorial lets you build a simple loco in Gmax. No previous Gmax experience is necessary, it takes you through everything step-by-step

gstafleu

3D Modelling & Animation / Graphics Editing
Create art files used in the Trains tab in surveyor using Photoshop or Paint Shop Pro.

Phil_C

Axle Creation/Reflective tutorial
Create an axle, add the textures, map the textures and apply a shiny texture to the bogey wheels suitable for rolling stock. The methods used to create the object and apply the shiny textures can be adapted to any Trainz object.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Flatcar tutorials
Learn how to create a box and texture it, add the required attachment points, export it and then create the config.txt file. The methods used to create the flatcar can be adapted to any Trainz rolling stock item.

3D Studio Max
GMax


Phil_C

Smooth Radius tutorials
Learn how to radius the edge of a box. The methods used to create the radius edge can be adapted to any Trainz object.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Dynamic Brake Blister tutorials
Learn how to create the dynamic brake blisters used on many North American Locomotives.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Illuminosity Transparency tutorials
Learn how to illuminate the numbers on a numberboard for a locomotive and create transparent windows. Also learn how to create backlit alpha numbers.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Spoked Wheel tutorial
Learn how to create a spoked wheel and axle for a locomotive.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Fan Animation tutorials
Learn how to animate the fan blades for a locomotive. The methods used to create the fan animation can be adapted to any Trainz object.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Steam Animation tutorials
Learn how to animate steam related mechanism for a locomotive.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Pantograph Animation tutorials
Learn how to animate a pantograph for a locomotive.

3D Studio Max
GMax

Phil_C

Cut and Paste Tutorial
Learn how to cut around an object using Photoshop and Paint Shop Pro.

Phil_C

Layer and Blend Tutorial
Learn how to use layer effects to simulate different surfaces. Photoshop

Phil_C

Reskin Tutorial
Learn how to create a reskin of an existing non default rolling stock item.

Phil_C

Coal Load Tutorial
Learn how to create an industry compatible animated coal load tutorial.

Phil_C

Folder and File Name tutorials
Learn where to place files and the naming conventions used for files and folders of Trainz items.

Rolling Stock
Scenery
Bogey
Spline

Phil_C

Advanced locomotive tutorial
Build an EMD style locomotive from the ground up using an assortment of tools.

3d Studio Max
Gmax

Phil_C

Make a scalebox reference for modeling
This is how most creators make locomotives from drawings. Shows how to make reference planes with drawings on them within your modeling program.

slugsmasher

Making an Interior
Basic tutorial on how to make an initial interior mesh model. This is what you start with before making cabs. Also has info about a.outsideview attachments.

slugsmasher

Making a Texture Map from a Drawing.
How to develop a texture from a simple drawing. Good technique for basic buildings and simple structures.

slugsmasher

Brick Box Tutorial
I created this tutorial to demonstrate how fast and easy it is to get a custom object into Trainz.

GaryP

Multi Textured Box Tutorial
In this tutorial you will be creating another box, and you will be doing most of the same things as you did in my first tutorial, but the difference is, you will have a model that has a different picture on each side.

GaryP

House with Lighted Windows
This tutorial goes over the concept of creating windows that will "light up" when it gets dark in Trainz.

GaryP



TRAINZ ™ Content Creation Procedures
This document is designed to be read by persons intending to create 3rd party content for Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004 (TRS2004) or those persons who are interested in a ‘behind the scenes’ view of how content is created



Trainz™ Paint Shed
Customization Guide

The purpose of this document is to assist the production and installation of custom Trainz™ Paint Shed assets.


A Beginner's Guide to Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004
by Tim Court. This is the first of a short series of basic articles which will allow you to run a train using the new methods employed by Trainz Railroad Simulator 2004.


Locomotive Interior Tutorial
In this tutorial you will learn to create an interior for the EMD style locomotive

3D Studio Max Interior

Gmax Interior


Running Number Tutorial
Learn how to add running numbers to a loco in surveyor


Color Charts
Guide for railroad colors from around the world









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