SCARM is a lightweight software application whose purpose is to help users design railroad models and view them in a 3D working environment.
Although it comes bundled with many dedicated parameters, it sports a clean and intuitive layout.
The program gives you the possibility to choose between a wide range of railway track systems, such as Bachmann G Large Scale, Atlas O Industrial, Lionel O, Hornby OO, Fleischmann HO Profi, and others.
You can drag and drop the tracks directly into the workspace, select a start point, undo or redo your actions, perform basic editing operations (cut, copy, paste, delete), and embed text messages.
What’s more, you can create a baseboard, zoom in or out, group objects, align or rotate the components to different angles, and generate HTML reports which include details about the parts used in your model, such as number, name, scale, producer, and note.
Other important features worth mentioning are represented by the possibility to calculate the length of the selected distance, insert bridges and tunnels, fill the selected object with a user-defined color, and increase or decrease the track height.
The built-in 3D viewer allows you to rotate the railroad model to different angles, zoom in or out, take snapshots, make the terrain visible or invisible, as well as pick the measurement unit.
Last but not least, you can print or export the models to BMP, JPG, or EMF file format, and use hotkeys for a better control over the entire process.
During our testing we have noticed that SCARM carries out a task quickly, provides very good image quality, and no errors showed up throughout the entire process. It’s friendly with the computer resources, so the overall system performance is not affected.
All things considered, SCARM offers a handy set of parameters for helping you design railroad models.