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Hello all :)

Here is the new website for layouts and track plans in all gauges and sizes, created with SCARM planning software:

SCARM – Model Train Layouts & Track Plans

Most of the content in the site is created by SCARM users and sent by e-mail. Some of the layouts are already presented in SCARM blog, but there are new projects and more will come soon. At the moment, I am editing and uploading all stuff, but in the near future I plan to add support for user registrations, so everybody to be able to create an account and to upload projects in the site.

Everybody can browse the projects in the site or search and filter the track plans by several criteria, such as “scale”, “size”, “trackage” and so on. In example, the following link will show the railroad layouts and plans in HO scale, available at the moment in the site. Every project has its own page, where it is presented with more pictures, described with many parameters (such as minimum radius, maximum grade, suitable traffic, etc.) and sometimes explained by me or by its author. All (or almost all) published layouts will have corresponding SCARM files ready to be downloaded from the links at bottom in the layout’s page. There is also an option for each project to be rated with rating stars from 1 to 5 – this is located below the description. The rating system works without registration, so you can vote for each project.

The site is also optimized for smartphones and tables, so you can browse it almost anywhere and anytime. However, some pictures may not look very detailed on small phone screens, but in overall you can get a good impression even from 320×480 sized cell phones.

At the moment, there is no option for commenting below the layouts, but such feature may appear in the future. The site is now in beta state and needs to be used for some period in real environment to see how it performs, is it easy and useful, etc. So please, try it and comment here what do you think about it.

And if you have some cool SCARM layout or track plan that you want to share with others, just send your .scarm project file to me at
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Hope you will like the site and will get many ideas from it even if you don’t use SCARM :)

Mixy
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December update

The track plans and layouts in the database are growing - now there are more than 40 projects of all scales and sizes. Here are the most searched categories so far:

HO scale track plans (all sizes)
N gauge track plans (all sizes)
Small size layouts & track plans (all gauges)

Most recent, top-rated plan in HO: Compact Railroad Layout in HO scale



Most recent, top-rated plan in N: Ikea IVAR Shelftop Railway Layout in N Scale



I hope that everybody will find something interesting and inspiring there :)

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Did you know, that...

...you can search in the database by track plans, virtual layouts and real operational layouts.

A track plan keyword means only a track route without any other elements or objects on the plot, which allows you to finish it by your choice with adding of scenery objects like roads, buildings, industries, etc. See here all model railway track plans in the database.

A virtual layout keyword is used to describe a partial or complete layout design which includes all or almost all objects needed for realistic look and operations. See here all model railroad layouts in the database.

A true operational layout keyword is used to mark all projects in the database that are already build in the reality, based on initial track plans and designs, created in SCARM. See these real model train layouts with the initial designs and the real pictures together.

Hope that this will help you to find the right track plan or layout, just for you :)

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That is great but if you were to have a section where people could upload their files as templates for others to download and customize that would be awesome.
 

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That is great but if you were to have a section where people could upload their files as templates for others to download and customize that would be awesome.
Yes, I know that and I plan to add such feature to the site in the future.

However, even now you or anybody else can send me .scarm project files to SCARM e-mail
and I will arrange the presentation in the site.

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Here is one example of a real, already build layout, entirely designed in SCARM:

Warren's Layout in HO scale.



This was sent to me by Warren who is the author and creator of the layout. He told me that the building process started an year ago and there are still some small details to be finished.

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Two new layout projects with many details in them were published recently in the site.

Nathan's Pass Railroad Layout in N Scale




The Layout Extension of Chris in HO Scale



The last project was sent to me by Chris Munnik - a SCARM user from South Africa. He asked for some feedback and advices to that plan which will be an extension to his already build old layout, so drop a line or two about what are you thniking - thank you in advance :)

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My engineer's hat is off to you, Mixy. Thanks for the word on this app.

It's nice, because I can actually see what the project will look like in real life. (Or near it)
 

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Good idea... and I agree with Don that this may help a lot of newcomers. Personally, I want to do my own thing, but many people don't. The ability to edit an existing plan is a good one.

My one reservation: has anyone made a quality assurance check on these plans to make sure that they're actually buildable, radii are as advertised, and so on. Or is this a "use at your own risk" kind of thing?
 
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