Aligning Factory-Made Platform Sections In Parallel To The Tracks

When you place platform sections to create station platforms in SCARM track plan, you will need to align them in parallel with the tracks. When the railway line is horizontal on the plan, there is no problem as the platforms are also drawn horizontally by default.

But when the tracks in the station are not exactly horizontal in the drawing, the platforms will need to be aligned. This tutorial will show you how to do that.

Lets start with a simple track plan that has a station on it, which railroad lines are at an angle (not horizontal). It is build in OO scale, using Hornby 00 Set-track system and the platform sections will be also Hornby, part numbers R460 and R464 (from the same SCARM library).


Below are the ways in which the platform sections can be placed correctly along the station tracks. Before start, select “View” > “Show Track Heights” from the menu, as height markers will be needed in order to see what is the angle of a given track in the plan.

1. New Start point

You can place a new Start point at a specified angle by use of the Toolbox and then place the platform section at this Start point.

Tip
To open the Toolbox, select “Tools” > “Toolbox” from the menu. The Toolbox window will appear with Start Point function displayed by default.

Move the cursor where you want to place the Start point for the platform and look in the bottom left corner of the window, where the coordinates of the cursor are displayed in the Status bar. Enter these coordinates in “X” and “Y” fields of the Toolbox. Now select one of the tracks to which you want to place a platform and then select its height marker. Look in the Status bar about the selected height – last number is the angle of the track end (in our case it is 326,3 deg):

Enter this angle in “A” field of the Toolbox and press Place button – a new Start point will appear with the correct angle.

Now you can select R460 platform section and place it on the plot. Attach all the needed sections and ramps and move the whole platform in the correct position, close to the tracks.

Tip
To select the whole platform, just double click over it.
To move the selected platform, hold Ctrl key and drag it with the mouse or right-click over it and use “Move” command from context menu.

2. Parallel Start point

You can place a new Parallel Start point in parallel to any track on the plan. To do that, select one of the tracks to which you want to place a platform and then select the height marker or just the end arrow if it is free (not connected). Now use “Edit” > “Parallel Start point” command and enter some distance, close to half width of the platform in the “Parallel Start point” window. As before, now you will be able to select and place all needed platform sections and ramps and move the whole platform in the correct position, close to the tracks.

3. Direct approach

In the example track plan, the dead end track ends with a free, unconnected end point. Select its arrow and right after this, place R460 section on the plot – it will appear just after the track, but will be with correct angle to be positioned in parallel to the lines. As before, you can move the platform section and place all other sections and ramps to it.

No matter which of the methods you will use, the result will be a perfectly aligned platforms to the tracks as shown below.


Download the example layout from the link below and try yourself the described methods in this post.

Sample layout
SCARM-station-platforms.zip


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