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SCARM - Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller

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Posted by Sir Madog on Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:42 AM

Good news, Mixy!

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, March 18, 2016 1:07 PM

Check the recently published post in the blog about Various Tanks & Water Towers in HO Scale and use these in your own layouts.



And the SCARM Railroad Modeling Blog post for February is about possible Discrepancy Between Elements on the Layout and the Parts List - check it to see what are the most common causes for that.

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, April 22, 2016 11:08 AM

The new version SCARM 0.9.32 is ready and published, coming with new Flip and Rotate features and many new and updated track libraries. Read more details here:

SCARM Model Railroad Layout Software 0.9.32 Released

Hope you will like it!

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, May 13, 2016 10:04 AM

Here are the SCARM Railroad Blog posts for March and April.

The next version of the program is on the the way, so check the SCARM website regularly :)

Mixy

Here are the SCARM Railroad Blog posts for March and April.
 
The next version of the program is on the the way, so check the SCARM website regularly :)
 
Mixy
Here are the SCARM Railroad Blog posts for March and April.
 
The next version of the program is on the the way, so check the SCARM website regularly :)
 
Mixy
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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, May 21, 2016 1:27 AM

For those of you who want to play with SCARM track planning software on a mobile device, this may be of help:

Using SCARM on iPad and Android Tablets



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Posted by Mixy on Friday, June 10, 2016 8:05 AM

The new SCARM v. 0.9.33 is ready and published, coming with several new features and updated track libraries. Read more details here:

SCARM Model Railroad Track Planning Software 0.9.33 Released

Hope you will like it :)

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, June 25, 2016 11:58 AM
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Posted by bearman on Sunday, June 26, 2016 7:37 AM

I used SCARM to design my proposed N scale switching layout, which is the subject of another thread.  The program is great.  However, the only thing I have noticed is that sometimes it can get frustrating to line up track.  In other words, getting the track to connect to another track section as the arrows go from green to red etc sometimes you end up wiht no connnection.  It is not a big deal because  if you use flex track you cut the track to fit.  Just my 2 cents.

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Posted by Sir Madog on Sunday, June 26, 2016 11:39 AM

I really enjoy working with SCARM and there are hardly any functions I miss, but, as there is always room for improvement, here are 2 suggestions for future changes:

  • Allow pre-selection of a radius and angle when forming curves with flex track
  • Allow slanting/sloping when creating figures

Here is my latest creation:

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, July 15, 2016 3:53 PM

Hi all :)

Thanks for the feedback - I am writing down some notes to my To-do list for the next updates and will consider your suggestions for improvements and new features.

@Ulrich: You can use the Toolbox for laying of flex tracks with predefined radius and angle.

Here is explained How to Recover a Project File After Crash or Power Failure and to restore your SCARM track plan to the last autosave state. I hope you do not have to use that feature, but... just in case

And here are the SCARM model railroading blog posts for June.

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, August 05, 2016 2:40 PM

Here are listed the SCARM Railroad Hobby Blog posts for July.

Don't miss the last QuickTip about how to perform Fast Selection of Sequential Tracks in 2D editing mode.

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, September 16, 2016 2:50 PM

The new SCARM v. 0.9.34 is ready and published, coming with new and updated track libraries and also with a new extension - the brand new Model Trains Simulator.

Read more details here:

Model Railroad Layout Designer SCARM 0.9.34 Released



The Starter Edition of the simulator is intended for simple 2D and 3D simulations of various operations on the track plans, designed in SCARM. It will show you how the model rolling stock can be operated on a real layout, before buying even a single track.



In this way, you can check the concept of your plan and to discover potential design issues before start the construction of a real layout. And like SCARM, this edition of the simulator is completely free :)

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:44 AM

Here is the only one SCARM railroad modeling blog post for August.

And something important - if someone is faced with the "Out of memory" error message in SCARM when editing very large and/or complex layout, here is how to cope with that: Cause and Solution for Out of Memory Error Message.

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Posted by bmikes9900 on Monday, September 26, 2016 10:40 AM

Any chance you could add in the Peco code 100 curved turnouts that were used in the Virginian layout construction?  

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Posted by Mixy on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:09 AM

Peco OO C100 library in SCARM already contains several curved turnouts. Let me know which are the part numbers for these that you are missing and I will check then.

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Posted by bmikes9900 on Saturday, October 01, 2016 5:31 PM

Yes!  It was in there!  I completey forgot about looking in the OO scale library.  Thank you!

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, October 08, 2016 3:04 AM

Here are the SCARM model trains blog posts for September.

See also the recently published gallery in the blog from one of the largest modular layout meetings in Europe:

35 Years Anniversary FREMO Meeting in Riesa, Germany

Overall meeting hall view:



The track plan, situated on more than 6000 m2 (64500 square feet):



That is designed probably in AutoCAD or other similar general purpose CAD software, not in SCARM. However, I am considering adding of features for creating of modular layouts also in SCARM for some of the next versions of the program :)

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, October 29, 2016 5:52 AM

For those, who want to use the Model Train Simulator with narrow gauge track layouts: the current library with virtual rolling stock in the bundle is representing standard gauge prototypes and cannot be directly scaled to the narrow gauge model tracks. If you try that, you will get the "Gauge mismatch" stop message and nothing will happen.

However, with a little trick, the tracks in the SCARM layout can be re-scaled without changing of the dimensions and geometry, so the virtual trains to be able to be placed and moved on a narrow gauge route. See how below:

Playing with Narrow Gauge Track Layouts in Model Trains Simulator

Re-scaling of the track route in the layout as shown in the blog post helps to test the track plan with the current Demo Start Set rolling stock library in MTS.

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, November 19, 2016 9:01 AM

Here are the SCARM model railroad blog posts for October.

For those of you, who plan in O scale, check the post and solution about the Potential Problems With Lionel O FasTrack O31 switches (SOLVED).

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, December 09, 2016 10:38 AM

And here are the SCARM train layout blog posts for November.

Note the QuickTip about Fixing SCARM with Missing Window on Startup in case that you observed such issue:



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Posted by Mixy on Friday, January 20, 2017 2:49 PM

Here is the only SCARM modeling blog post for December. It is about two nice virtual structures in N scale that you can download and use in your SCARM track plans.



And the most recent post from the last week in the blog is showing one nice short video about the FREMO idea and the organization of modular layout meetings:

FREMO Organization And Modular Meetings Introductory Video



Hope you will like it :)

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Posted by Rotor head on Friday, January 20, 2017 10:29 PM

Got a question for the forum - i recently ran into an issue with the program where it wouldn't let me open it without updating (still in beta?) even after updating the day before.  The site now takes me to a google add lead for a driver update site that does nothing for scarm.  so i did the natural thing and uninstalled it with the expectation to reinstall it and now i am s-o-l in terms of planning software. 

where is the original file for install that doesn't scan my computer in an attempt to get me to click on something to update my drivers on a daily basis?

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Posted by Mixy on Monday, January 23, 2017 10:22 AM

Hello Rotor,

The main download link for SCARM can be found here: http://www.scarm.info/index.php#download

The current version is 0.9.34.

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, February 10, 2017 2:23 PM

Here are the SCARM model railroad blog posts for January.

Check also the recently published tutorial about the way for Creating Parallel Line with Flex Tracks in SCARM



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Posted by Mixy on Friday, March 03, 2017 11:28 AM

The new SCARM v. 0.9.35 is ready and published! It comes with many new and updated track libraries, many bugfixes and more powerful Model Trains Simulator extension. See more about the new version here:

SCARM Track Planning Software 0.9.35 Released



Together with the new release, a new part of the website is also launched - it is a database with Virtual Rolling Stock for use in the MTS PE extension.



Hope you will like all new stuff about SCARM ;)

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 PM

IMPORTANT!



A bug was reported and confirmed in the last version of SCARM that may prevent starting of the program on some computers. The patched version of the program was released today. Please upgrade to SCARM 0.9.36, which can be downloaded from www.scarm.info to fix the issue.

See more about this bug-fix update in the following blog post: SCARM v. 0.9.36 Released.

I am sorry if the bugs caused any problems and inconvenience in your work with SCARM. If you see another problems, please report them here or in SCARM Blog and I will try to fix them ASAP.

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Posted by Sir Madog on Friday, March 10, 2017 12:26 PM

For whatever reason, I lost my access to the train simulator with the previous update and cannot install it back again, as the "traffic lights" show a yellow sign for both the basic train simulator and the demo train set.

How can I remedy this?

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, March 10, 2017 12:41 PM

Hello Ulrich,

Please, whitelist www.scarm.info website in your Ad-Blocker and then try again.

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Posted by Sir Madog on Saturday, March 11, 2017 1:14 AM

Thanks for the hint!

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, March 25, 2017 7:32 AM

Here are the SCARM model railway blog posts for February.

For those, who already got the MTS Power Edition - there is an easy way to stack all virtual vehicles in the sim in a single column. See how here:

Showing Vehicles From All Libraries Together



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