This article presents the first tab of the control window which allows you to insert all the models included in EEP and divided into the different classes: rolling stock (locomotives, wagons, cars, trucks, etc.), landscape elements or even structures to name but a few.

Some information is taken from the EEP manual, chapter 5.1 Insertion and installation of rolling stock starting from page 140.



Before we begin and in the interest of simplifying things, let’s keep this in mind:

  • This tab is mainly used to set up the rolling stock once the tracks and roads are laid,
  • Some classes are common to 2D and 3D windows (example: Landscape elements),
  • Depending on the class, the installation of the models is more intuitive in one or the other of these two windows. It’s up to you to see which one suits you best,
  • Rolling stock can only be installed in 3D mode.

Note : all models, regardless of classes and categories, are managed according to the same integration process in the 3D window.

Tab selection and presentation

The first thing to do is to select a class from the drop-down list, here we have chosen the rolling stock.

Then, the window is divided into four areas:

  1. A hierarchical list with all the categories corresponding to the selected class,
  2. The list of all models attached to the selected category. Here in our example, it is the Railroad category and the subcategories … Locomotives / Diesel,
  3. preview of the selected model
  4. Two buttons: the top one to reverse the direction of travel and the bottom one to remove the selected rolling stock.

To select a locomotive, choose the Rolling stock class, then the railroad category, the type of track and finally the type of locomotive desired. When you click on a model in the list, you can inspect it from any angle by holding the left or right mouse button in the preview window. Once you have chosen a model, the mouse cursor will turn into a mini locomotive. You will have to click on the track to open a window to give the model a unique and easy to identify name.

Selecting a model

Cursor icon in the form of a mini locomotive.

After clicking on the desired track, a window opens to assign a unique name to the rolling stock that you have just placed in the 3D window.

A good habit to start from the beginning is to indicate explicit names for your models, because when you start developing large layouts, the number of models can be significant and the goal is to navigate and find them easily and quickly.

Contextual menu for models

After right-clicking in the list of models, a menu is displayed where you can Find a model, View documentation for the selected model (if available) or open the properties window.

This is the properties window for the  DB216 beige model.

You have the possibility, if you wish, to edit certain properties. But beware, these are the default values. So be sure to maintain some consistency in your edits. The most relevant properties for the modification are:

  1. Description : Feel free to describe all the useful information about the model.
  2. The type of sound : Here you can load a sound among seven different sound events.

Select an event in the list, then click on the Load sound button and choose an audio file with the extension * .Wav in the window that opens. Once your selection is made, the audio file will be associated with the sound event.

It is  likely that you well have to open a few files to get to the sound of your chois, .Wav files are stored in different areas depending on the  model. 

Customizing Categories

In addition to the predefined classes, you can create and customize your own categories in which you have the option to add your favorite models.

Here’s how: Right-click the User Defined Categories row to open a context menu:

Choose the first command Insert a new category, Right click … an input box will appear as in the image below:

Enter the name of your choice for the new category and press [Enter] to confirm your entry.

A new category appears under the User Defined Categories.

You can create as many categories and sub-categories as you want.

Note that the customized categories are not interchangeable between the predefined classes of EEP. This means that you will not be able to insert locomotives or wagons (Rolling stock class) in a personalized category initially created in the Landscape elements class.

Once your category is created, all you have to do is insert the models of your choice inside it.

Selecting a template

In our example, the lucky winner will be the Vectron-BR-247-502 model. Here is how to do it:

  1. Click on the model icon, the cursor will turn into a mini-locomotive,
  2. Hold down the left mouse button and drag the icon onto the label of your custom category,
  3. Release the mouse button.

The model is now added to your customized category:

Model in custom category

To make the models appear in your customized category, do the following:

  1. Uncheck the Diesel subcategory (circled in red) in the rolling stock class,
  2. Now click on the label of your personalized category.

The list of models now displays the content of your category.

To delete a template, select it from the list and press the [Delete] key. Of course the model will not be deleted from the main Rolling stock class ../../ .. Diesel but only in your personalized category.

You are free to rename or delete your category, open the context menu and select the corresponding command.

Note : Once your personalized category has been created, it is now saved with the EEP parameters and not with the current layout, in order to allow you to find it for other layouts and thus work more efficiently.

New models

Although EEP comes standard with several hundred models, you can buy new ones from the EEP online store and thus increase and diversify your inventory.

New models installed

Here, a set of models have been installed from the command  file menu -> Install models. Now these appear in the Newly  Installed Models category.

The advantage of this category is to have, with just one click, the possibility of viewing all the new models installed, whatever their class of origin (railroad, tramway, real estate, etc.).

In fact, we must understand this: the installation of the new models in EEP is done in two stages:

  1. As explained above, the installation of the model itself via the menu command File -> Install models or from the home page of the program. At this stage, the new models are not yet integrated into their final categories. This explains why they appear in the category Newly installed models ,
  2. To classify them definitively, you just have to call the command from the File -> Scan models menu. This command takes care of integrating them into the right categories … and that’s it!

Once your new models have been scanned, it may be a good idea to divide them into custom categories which would allow you to classify them by theme.

Find Models

Standard search

Any program must have a search function and EEP is no exception.

Search Models

If you click for the first time on Search Models, all the objects of the main class (here the rolling stock) will be displayed in the list of models.

We will now search for models matching a keyword. Right click in the list of categories. A small contextual menu will open: choose the Find model command and enter the keyword Delta. Press [Enter] to start the search:

Please note that the search is not case sensitive. So the words Delta or delta will return the same results.

Result of the research

In our example, the search result returns two models. Once again, the search is performed only on the selected class.

To start another search, repeat the previous step and enter a new keyword. If you leave the entry zone empty and validate with [Enter], all the models of the main class will be displayed again.

Important : Remember to uncheck the Search models heading when you select a standard category, otherwise the display of the models resulting from your search will have priority.

Advanced search (UMS)

The advanced search called in EEP the ultimate model search doesn’t really have an intuitive interface. This functionality is derived from the ModellKatalog program but without all the possibilities of the latter. We invite you to read the article Advanced search in EEP for more information.

Models with interchangeable textures

You may have noticed in the list of models that some of them are displayed with a blue color. This is because you can apply different textures to change the appearance of the model.

Models with interchangeable textures

Indeed, the constructor of the model offers this possibility which allows the same object to have several appearances. So you can decorate it differently with 2 or 3 textures depending on the case.

To perform the operation, click with the right mouse button to open the contextual menu of the selected model and choose the Properties command:

In the properties window, click the Load custom texture button. A window will open in which you will have to select the texture generally supplied with the model. You can also apply your own textures to customize a model according to your tastes or desires.

Model properties

Once the texture has been chosen, click on OK to close the window. Place your model in the 3D window to preview its new appearance.

Models with personalized text

Since EEEP15, a new functionality has appeared. Without the need to swap textures, you can customize the signage of the models designed for this purpose by simply entering the text of your choice in the appropriate fields. To make it easier to find these models, they are displayed in green in the list.

How to proceed ? It’s very simple, select a model and place it where you want it on your layout.

Open the context menu of the model to display the object properties window:
Once the window is displayed, click on the Inscriptions button.
An edit window will open in which you can input the text of your choice.

The first action is to choose the location of the text to modify because, depending on its configuration, a model it can include several. The location (s) are grouped together in the Text for drop-down list box. Here in our example we have only one location called 1. Street name.

Then, after modifying the character setting, it remains for us to enter the desired text in the font box and to click on Accept to validate our entry.

Here’s the result !
We will see later how insert text into a model via a Lua function.

Reverse direction and Remove Object

In the right part of the tab, two buttons are available:

Switch direction : turn’s vehicle or train in the opposite direction.

By default, the rolling stock automatically follows the same direction of travel of the track on which it is located. However, sometimes it is necessary to turn a vehicle and reverse the direction of travel. To perform the operation, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the vehicle you want to turn (change direction of travel)
  2. Click on the button.

Important : rolling stock can be reversed only if it is not coupled with other rolling stock, otherwise the entire train will be rotated. Also make sure you have enough space to avoid collisions or unwanted coupling with other vehicles nearby.

Delete an object : remove train from layout

  1. Select the vehicle you want to delete,
  2. Click on the button.

Note : These two buttons are for vehicles only. Landscape elements or structures are excluded … To delete one of these objects, use the [Delete] key.

Special cases

If you choose the landscape elements or  structures classes, a third button will appear:

This functionality looks a bit like the structures and landscapes dispersion tool in the Assemble menu.

The idea is as follows: apply to the same model, a different scale and orientation with each mouse click in the 3D window thanks to the parameters located in the window that is displayed if you click on this button.

First click on Use custom values. Then you can set the minimum and maximum deviation for the scale as well as the orientation with values ​​between 0 and 360 °. The 3 values ​​for the radius allow you to offset the model from the position of the mouse cursor.

Once you are done, click OK.

First click on Use custom values. Then you can set the minimum and maximum deviation for the scale as well as the orientation with values ​​between 0 and 360 °. The 3 values ​​for the radius allow you to offset the model from the position of the mouse cursor.

Once you are done, click OK.

From now on, in the 3D window, with each mouse click, your selected model will be created with a different size and orientation each time.

Note : For the scale, be sure to keep consistent values. For example a minimum value of 0.1 and a maximum of 3 would be anything but realistic. You might have a 1m tree and another 80m beside it! It also depends on the height of the model at scale 1.

Filter elements

Now we are going to study the filters. Maybe you just need to work on a specific era or a preference for models from a particular manufacturer? This is where you will be able to filter the models according to your preferences.

This section has five filters that can be stacked on top of each other and contains several sub-categories.


As a train enthusiast, you know that railway history is divided into eras. Here is a little reminder taken from the nem 810 standard referring to the French railway network:

  • Epoch I (eras I), years 1832 – 1925,
  • Epoch II (eras II), years 1926 – 1945,
  • Epoch III (eras III), years 1946 – 1970,
  • Epoch IV (eras IV), years 1971 – 1990,
  • Epoch V (eras V), years 1991 – 2004,
  • Epoch VI (eras VI), years 2005 – until today.

To find out more, I recommend reading the nem 810 standard document on the site  and click on the flag to read in English.

Here in our example, epoch V has been chosen. First, you must select a category of rolling stock (locomotives, wagons, etc.) and then choose an era in the filter section to see the models corresponding to that era. All you have to do is place the model of your choice in the 3D view as usual.


You have the possibility to display only the models of one or more countries according to your choice. Here Switzerland and France have been selected for electric locomotives. The list of models reflects this choice.

EEP model builders (creator of model)

You can filter only models from one or more constructors. To learn more about model builders, follow this link on the German EEP forum.

Original model builder

You can choose the industrial builder who produced the real model in their factories.

Hide obsolete models (Deprecated models)

This box is checked by default. To display obsolete models, you must uncheck it. Obsolete models, here in our example, the TGV from La Poste, has not been running since June 2015 and no longer has any reason to exist in a current network. Of course, nothing prevents you from creating an old network and reviving many models that crossed our countryside!

For your information, you will notice that TGV trainsets are classified in the RailCar category.

To conclude the filters section, you can also combine them with each other. So you can choose an era associated with a country or a manufacturer. Naturally, the more precise the criteria, the more the choice will be restricted.

This article is now complete. If you have any questions or suggestions, please give us your feedback in the leave a reply input box below.

Thank you for your helpful comments. Have fun reading an other article. team

This article was translated by Pierre for the English side of the EEP-World from the article written by Domi for the French side of the EEP-World.

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