SCARM Video Tutorials – Part 9 – Create a Ramp (Slope)

This is the tutorial movie #9 of a series of videos about working with SCARM, created and narrated by Ruud Boer.

Please note that Ruud by mistake numbered this tutorial as #7 in the narration and the clip title, but it is actually #9 in the series. Note also that he is talking in meters about the height levels, as he is using a specially designed custom library where 10mm in SCARM are equal to 1m in EEP simulation software.

You can switch to full-screen mode by clicking on bottom right icon in the embedded player.

Once again, thanks to Ruud, for creating these SCARM video tutorial series :)

See also
SCARM Video Tutorial #8 – Use Flex Tracks to Create Large Layouts

22 thoughts on “SCARM Video Tutorials – Part 9 – Create a Ramp (Slope)

  1. Great videos, very easy to understand.

    I am retired from Amadeus (data center in Erding, Germany). I love my time working in Germany, France and UK.

    Thanks again for the great info on SCARM.

    Regards, Dennis

  2. Is there a way to convert a layout configured in one track to another?
    Marklin to Atlas?

  3. Denis

    the video 9 does not exist i saw video 7 not video 9

  4. I want to thank all of the very intelligent and resource people who created this amazing software. This is a true example of the state of the world now. I am 85 and I “grew up” with horribly complicated and expensive CAD. Kudos to you all and thank you.

  5. Too bad turnouts cannot be sloped. Or can thay? Didnt found a way to it yet. Had to revert to another software, because I have turnouts in my ramps. Would love to see that feature in SCARM.

  6. My eyesight is not that crash hot and I was unable to see what track section was made for tutorial 9? I have looked at the Atlas and Marklin but cannot seem to find a match.

    Sorry for the silly question but it is hard for me to see in the video.



  7. Hello Darren,

    Ruud is using a custom-made library for that tutorial, but you can use any straight and curved pieces from any SCARM library if you want to reproduce the actions in the tutorial.

  8. In the video, it talked about the track heights in millimeters. I need to work in inches. Is there a way to verify if you are working in inches? I am working in N scale using Kato track and want to create a 2% grade.
    The video answered a lot of my questions, but just not the one on the inches.

  9. Hello Dave,
    You can check the current measurement unit in the upper left corner of the drawing area:

    To change it, just click on the label or go to “Tools” > “Settings” > “Dimensions” and set the measuring units between “mm” (millimetres) and “in” (inches).

  10. Is it possible have a base board another shape, such as an “L” form?

  11. Maybe a silly question…I would like to design a layout based on the size of my table, which is 4 X 12 (feet). Is there a way of showing a table size on the SCARM screen, and then plotting the tracks inside the dimensions of my table? Thank you.

  12. I am looking to create a layout with 2 baseboards. Hence me looking at a cideo about gradients to allow me to join these. It looks to me (but please correct) tha I need to design each level independently in SCRAM. If I can create both levels in a single application using layers or some other tool please advise

  13. Hello Ian,
    Currently, SCARM does not support more than one baseboard, so there are two solutions:
    1) If the baseboards should be at one level, you can create one regular baseboard, and one more polygon figure next to it. The drawback is that the polygon cannot have terrain over it.
    2) If it is about double-deck layout with two baseboards one over another, you can do the same, by creating the lower deck as regular baseboard and then create the upper deck as polygon. Note that the tracks on the upper level should be placed in bridge mode and there will be no terrain for it.
    All these are useful for multiple baseboard layouts in a single project. However, you can place each baseboard in a separate file for more convenient editing. The drawback here is that there will be no option for train simulation with a train passing from one baseboard to another.
    Hope that helps.

  14. To construct a ramp, does the track have to be in a closed loop? Trying to lay out a double deck plan and was hoping to figure out the grade to the upper portion. In a 2 dimension view the elevation shows, but not in 3D.

  15. Hello Al,
    No, there is no need the tracks to be part of a closed loop in order to make a slope.
    However, please note, that currently SCARM is unable to properly produce double-deck layouts where one deck is over another as there is only one baseboard available. So, either the upper deck should be entirely created as bridge-mode tracks, or the lower deck should be entirely in the tunnel mode.

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