SwitchList is a Mac program for automatically making lists of freight cars to switch on a model railroad. If you have a small model railroad or a shelf layout and want a switch list program that’s easy to set up and easy to use, try it out!

Switchlist's Best Features:
• Large print switch lists are easy to read, look handwritten, and look prototypical. Make your operators think you spent all night writing up switch lists!
• Graphical user interface for setting up and printing out switch lists. No more editing cryptic files and searching through a sea of checkboxes.
• Easy to adjust the available cargos for more realistic traffic flows. Adjusting operating sessions no longer means writing out a hundred new car cards!
• Not all cars have to move each session, so movements appear more random. No more repetitive, identical operating sessions.
• Allows realistic routing of different railroad’s empty freight cars to different staging yards. Empties leave in a realistic way.
• Assigns freight cars based on owner of car. A C&O boxcar won’t be used to haul cement locally for your California railroad.
• Define your own switchlist styles. If the built-in realistic switchlists don’t match your railroad, then just define your own. You can even generate custom switchlists that look like car cards and are swipeable on your iPhone or iPad!
• View switchlists on your iPad or iPhone. Save paper and work switchlists displayed on your phone, or check your layout state from your iPad.

What's New

Version 1.3.2

* SwitchList now allows you to copy and paste freight cars, cargos, and other objects between layouts or copy them out as text.
* Fix a typo in Railroad Letterhead, and fix how cars at the last station are handled.
* Fix crash when reverting a changed layout.
* Fix use of Google-provided handwriting fonts in web interface.
* Provide example switchlist template that uses a larger font ("Enlarged Letterhead", found in "Custom Switchlist Examples" folder)
* Improve code for guessing industry and suggesting cargos. (in "Suggest Cargos… panel under reports).

Ratings and Reviews

Amazing Program!


This application is fantastic! Having used other switchlist generators like "Shipit!", I was more than surprised that this program enabled me to be up and running my small bedroom sized shelf layout in under 15 minutes. Finally a switchlist generator that doesn't require hours of tinkering to get it to run right. I love the ability to view the switchlists on the iPad too! And it's free? Sheesh! I couldn't be happier!

Great Program for Small to Medium-Sized Layouts


I have used this extensively with the operators that come to my railroad about once every other month. Everyone compliments me on how nice teh switch lists are. Some even thought that I had hand written them. Go to the author’s website and ready the tips for getting started with the program. Looking forward to some more great features.

Very good, very free and very useful


Once you get this all set up, it is a fantastic way to generate ops for the pike. Reasonably simple to use and generates all kinds of great reports. Captures the feel of “real” railroading very well. The ability to change the style of the output is fantastic. You can generate any era or type of report, including waybill cards for card systems. Cannot recommend enough!


Robert Bowdidge
6.9 MB
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Robert Bowdidge


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.