If you already have a layout design in SCARM that you intend to build, you may need to create also a symbol diagram of the track plan to be used for planning of train operations or as a plate for the control panel of the layout.
While you can use the track plan directly, there is another, better option – to make a clean outline diagram of the tracks with the dedicated Symbols library in SCARM.
To start working with the symbols, you need to select “Symbols” library from the “Objects” sub-menu in track libraries list.
The library consists of square tiles with stylized most kinds of tracks and switches – the most used are shown below.
Using these, you can represent any kind of station or yard and even whole track plans. To place the symbols, just drag and drop them from the selection panel to the drawing plot and attach them together using the joining arrows.
|While you can draw the symbol diagram together with the track plan in the same project, it is advisable to save the diagram in a separate blank project file as SCARM cannot show the terrain in 3D when there are symbols on the layout.|
Here is one example of track plan with a symbol diagram shown below. The plan is of the sample project from the post Baseboard/Workbench Support Structure For Your SCARM Layout.
And the diagram, drawn by the symbols.
To hide the remaining outer arrows, select each arrow and click on the last button in the selection panel, below the symbol for turntable. As the symbol for hiding of the joining arrows is invisible, there is no icon on the button (it is blank), but it is there, just below the last symbol in the list.
|For fast hiding of all remaining outer arrows, just hit space bar after first use of the blank button.|
To hide also the tile contours (borders of the symbols), toggle Track separators check box in “Tools” > “Settings” > “2D View” page > “Tracks” group or just press “S” key.
Now your diagram is ready for printing or export to BMP or JPG file formats. You can also add texts and labels to the diagrams using the text entering feature of SCARM as well as figures and objects from other libraries in order to represent control panel’s keys and indicators placeholders, layout signals and other similar items.
Adding Text To Track Plan