Favorite Libraries in SCARM

The Favorite libraries is a new feature that was introduced in SCARM 0.9.24. It is intended for displaying of shortcut buttons in the track selection panel for fast and easy access to the most used track and object libraries.

These buttons are displayed under the name of currently selected library on top of the tracks selection panel as shown below.

Up to 10 favorite library buttons may be hold in the panel, sorted automatically or ordered and fixed by the user, depending on the settings. To setup the Favorite libraries, open “Tools” > “Settings” > “Tracks Panel” tab and look into “Favorite libraries” group.

The “Slots” field is used to set the number of the displayed buttons. If you want to turn off the Favorite libraries feature, set “Slots” to 0 (zero).

The “Order” drop-down list is used for setting the order of the buttons. If it is set to “Automatic” the last used library will be placed on top, then the previous will be bellow it and so on. If it is set to “Fixed”, the program will keep the current favorite libraries and will show their buttons in the saved order no matter what libraries will be selected after.

Use the Favorite libraries to speed-up your work in SCARM if you are frequently switching between different track systems or between a track and object libraries.

See also
SCARM v. 0.9.24 Released

17 thoughts on “Favorite Libraries in SCARM

  1. Hi:
    I’m just starting with using SCARM; I got a N scale track plan from someone that created it in SCARM but it uses Atlas-Peco track. I am using Kato Unitrack N Scale. Don’t know if it’s possible but is there a way to convert the Atlas-Peco layout plan to Kato Unitrack? I’ve been looking throughout the website but have not come across anything yet.
    Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! Wajo

  2. Hello Wajo,

    There is no way for automatic conversion between different track manufacturers as the dimensions and geometry of the tracks differs. You will need to make the conversion manually in SCARM in order to do it as close as possible to the original track plan.

  3. Thank you for the reply Milen! I didn’t think it was possible to convert a track plan but thought I would ask in case I overlooked something. I will be working on the plan soon! Thanks again!!
    PS: Terrific program you’ve created!

  4. Hello
    Is it possible to make your own
    Libarys ?
    It like to make a libary for H0 digital
    Carsystem .
    With regards
    Jan Hendriks

  5. I have just installed SCARM on my iMac Via Crossover – I love it. I have one request and one comment:
    1) Please add Weinert MeinGleis
    2) Peco Streamline 75 is really an HO system (I couldn’t find it at first!) – I am not certain that there are any commercially available OO systems – would be P4 really.



  6. Hello Neil,

    1) MeinGleis is already included – look for MeinGleis-HO-75 in Weinert or HO submenus (depending on libraries sorting setting).

    2) Peco Streamline is OO (1/76) scale system and is the same gauge as HO – 16.5mm. It is set as OO scale in SCARM, because Peco is marketing it in this way. It can be used for HO scale track plans without any problems.

    Peco and Hornby OO scale tracks and rolling stock are still the most popular in UK, even that the scale ratio are not correct for the track gauge. P4 standard specify a scale model track gauge of 18.83 mm, but unfortunately I don’t know a popular manufacturer in that scale.

  7. I use S gauge, and am looking at other turnouts besides those by MTH, American Flyer and American Models. For instance, Turtle Creek Models (http://www.troutcreekeng.com/bks.html) has turnouts from #4 to #12, and WYE from #4 – #6 in Code 55-Code 148 rail. There are also curved turnouts and 3-way turnouts. This is stuff that isn’t described in other libraries. How can I create libraries for this? Can I just scale up 1/87 to 1/64 for estimates of size using HO track?

  8. Hello Scott,

    For describing of a turnout, a number of parameters are required in order to get the correct dimensions and geometry in the program.

    If you have these (from a catalog or measured) you can provide me with that info and I will be then able to create the appropriate library with these tracks in SCARM.

  9. Thank you very much! I will get the information to you right away. Probably the best way is to put it into a spread sheet. It will take me a bit to “track” down the data.

    I really enjoy your software. Again, thank you.

  10. One more note: all dimensions should be taken according to the centers of the tracks with precision of 1mm (or better). Curved turnouts and wyes have different params. You can send the data to

  11. If I inadvertently add a track system to the favorite libraries, I would like to remove it. Is there a way to do that?

  12. Hello Brian,

    1. You can re-select the other libraries one by one – each newly selected library will “push” the unwanted library one position to the bottom and finally, it will disappear.

    2. You can open the Settings and turn off Favorite libraries (as described above) and then close the Settings. Then open Settings again, turn on Favorite libraries and select again the libraries that you need.

  13. After a hiatus, I just reinstalled SCARM v1.6.0. My problem is I only have one track library – Atlas.
    I know previously I had several track libraries.
    How do I get the other libraries – preferable Lionel FasTrack back?
    Would it matter if I have the MTS – Power Edition installed?


  14. Hello, I am trying to figure out what some of the abbreviations mean on the tracks. is there a glossary of some sort to identify them? I’m specifically looking at Lionel Fastrack. Thanks for any help on this.

  15. Hello Christopher,
    The Lionel Fastrack pieces in SCARM are shown with their names as shown in the Lionel Catalogs. If you hover with the mouse over a track button, you will see its part number, together with short description. For more information, look for these tracks in the Lionel Track & Power catalogue.

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