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SCARM - Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, June 24, 2017 5:05 AM

Here is the only SCARM blog post for May:

International Danube Modular Layout Meeting - Russe 2017



The event hosted layouts in HO, TT and N scales and was carried out by more than 40 participants from several countries. Here is the layout scheme:



I also attended and even drove several trains.Yeah See the pictures that I shot in the blog post's gallery.

Last but not least, I should mention that one of the train stations and several other single modules are entirely designed in SCARM  Big Smile

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, May 27, 2017 1:59 AM

Here are the SCARM model train blog posts for April.

If your older version of SCARM is not yet updated or does not start correctly, update to the latest version - see the article about v. 0.9.37.

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Posted by Mixy on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:30 AM

The new SCARM v. 0.9.37 is ready and published, coming with some new options, many small bugfixes, improved stability and one new cool feature for the MTS Power Edition. Read more details here:

SCARM Model Railroad Layout Design software 0.9.37 Released

Hope you will like it :)

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, April 22, 2017 6:00 AM

Here are shown three more layouts in HO (1/87), TT (1/120) and N (1/160) scales, all in oval form:

Compact HO Track Plan feat. Figure "8"



The plan above has one internal loop with one entry point, but can be easily modified in 2 different ways in order to get one more entry/exit point. The modifications are described in the article.


Compact Oval in TT scale



This design is just a simple oval with small train station in the center.


THE EYE - 3' x 5' N-scale Layout of Brian



This is one already build layout for simultaneously running of up to 3 trains


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Posted by JEREMY CENTANNI on Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:09 PM

Hmmmm....

Thanks guys, that does add a nightmare layer of complexity to it.

Will give it a try again next time I have a few days off.

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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, April 15, 2017 1:20 AM

If you want to represent the room (i.e. walls, door, windows, furniture, etc), you can use the figures for that. Here is one example:

If you want to outline the shape of the table where the tracks will be laid, you need to create a baseboard. See how here: How to create baseboard/workbench shape?

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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, April 15, 2017 12:16 AM

Jeremy, the answer is a short one. You are not missing anything, as you simply cannot set room parameters.

What you have to do is to draw your track plan (keeping in mind the dimensions of your room) and then create the benchwork. In case of irregular shapes, this can be quite tricky, but, IIRC, there is a video tutorial in the Web for it.

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Posted by JEREMY CENTANNI on Friday, April 14, 2017 11:26 PM

I actually got a little bit going in SCARM the other night when I had some free time.

Trying to use it for the around the walls HO Kato Unitrack layout in the older boys room.

I could not find out how to set room parameters.   Probably missing something stupid, but I could not find it.  Want to enter room size and best guesstimate shelf size.

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Posted by Mixy on Friday, April 14, 2017 2:35 AM

And here are listed the model train articles for March in the SCARM blog.

Check also the first sample video session from the Model Trains Simulator, presenting a short train moving between two terminus stations on a N-scale layout.



Finally, one more video about a new feature in the MTS PE, that I am working on - it's a Driver's Camera Viewing mode and should be ready for the next release of SCARM.



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Posted by Mixy on Saturday, April 1, 2017 2:51 PM

Thank you, Olson,

I am glad that SCARM is easy and useful to you Big Smile

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Posted by olson185 on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:12 PM

Mixy, tonight I downloaded SCARM and, after watching just the first three of Ruud Boer's SCARM tutorials (15 mins. total), put together a simple double-ended yard ladder (2 mainline + 6 yard tracks) in about 20 mins. (could probably do it again in 10 mins.). Very easy and intuitive user interface (UI) so far. Thanks!

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

Thanks for the hint!

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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 Anonymous 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 12:00 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 Mixy on Friday, March 3, 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, 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 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 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 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 Mixy on Friday, December 9, 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 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 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, October 8, 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 bmikes9900 on Saturday, October 1, 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 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 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 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.

Mixy

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