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Hello all


There is a new website for collect together model railway track plans and railroad layout designs in all scales and sizes, build with SCARM planning software:

Free Track Plans & Layouts



Most of the content in the site is created by SCARM users and sent to me 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.

You 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 all railway layouts and track plans in OO scale, listed for now in the site (actually only one at the moment). 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 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 screen resolutions.

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


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

HO layouts and track plans (all sizes)
N layouts and track plans (all sizes)
Small sized track plans and layouts (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 shown together.

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


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Mixy, I just want to thank you for SCARM. I recall using the very first version back in 2010 (I think?) when I was putting together a shunting layout. Just simply the best track plan software ever


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Hi Mixy.
Great program! I managed to make a fairly complex 42m long hillclimb With this software yesterday. This makes it easy and has allmost unlimited options.
If it is something I did not like at first it was that it didn`t have a scroll function for the x-axis and z-axis. It took me a while to fugure out how to move around With the zoom function as I have not used this type of function before.
The feauture I liked the most was how you can use the spacebar for speed and the elevation functions are allso great.
If anyone are curious about this programme I definitely recomend it.
I allso recomend the instruction videos as they have some good demonstrations of different functions.
Thanks for a great piece of tool Mixy


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Hello JC,

Thank you for your post. I will add scroll buttons in the next version of SCARM for easy operation.
For now, you can use the middle mouse button or the arrow keys in order to move the drawing plot.

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Here is the new featured layout for January 2016, which is already under construction (started several months ago):

Garden State Central Model Railroad Club 25' x 50' Room Layout





It is one of the largest and most complex track plans ever designed in SCARM which is now turning into a real layout by the guys in Garden State Central Model Railroad Club. See some pics from the building process:









Read more about that huge layout and download the SCARM track plan from the link above. Hope you will like it


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