Living and Engine Houses in HO Scale

Here I will present 2 living houses and one engine depot in HO scale (1:87), created with the figures in SCARM and sent to me by Howard McLay some time ago. Download the SCARM project files containing all these items from the links below, open them on your computer, select and copy desired object and then paste it directly in your SCARM track plan.

You can rotate and fit the objects to the desired position on the track plan. See the gallery below and click on the 3D images to see the buildings in more details.

The locos in the engine house project are created by Ian Donohoe.
You can download the library with these locos from the links below.

Thank you, Howard, for sharing your virtual SCARM buildings with all other model train fans and SCARM users :)

Featured objects (175 KB)

See also
Detailed 3D Models of US Diesel Locomotives (Ian’s locos)

5 thoughts on “Living and Engine Houses in HO Scale

  1. Very nice work. Its great that users share their work freely in this blog.

  2. Hi Milen

    I have enjoyed using your SCARM software since your first release of it and I think you are being very generous to the modelling community in continuing to make it available without charge. I wonder if I can offer to act in a similar generous manner and “put something back” into the modelling community.

    I have written some software which helps modellers to realize their ideas for a model railway buildings that are in their minds. There are two versions available, one which permits modellers to design their buildings in two dimensions and a second piece of software that allows them to design in three dimensions. The model buildings produced can be created offline and are designed to be used alongside SCARM, however they cannot be loaded into SCARM.

    Both the 2D and 3D programs are based upon the idea of moving around on screen the pieces that come out of the plaster moulds that are readily available from Linka in the USA and ScaleCast in the UK. The software is not limited to any particular scale, but the moulds work best in HO/OO scales. The idea is that modellers create their design on screen using this software, then they have a detailed plan to use when building the physical model with the plaster bricks, windows, doors and roofs that come out of the moulds. Of course, it is possible just to keep the design on screen, with a view to not building the physical version at all – or building it at a later date. A full description can be found on our website

    I would like to offer “TRIM 2D Building Designer” for free to your blog readers. They should send an email to the following address:
    from which address they will get a quick response with the necessary links. This offer includes over 100 pieces – the complete collection of the pieces from the LINKA plaster / resin moulds. The pieces from the ScaleCast moulds are available to purchase separately.

    With regard to our 3D software – “TRIM 3D Building Designer” – firstly, I would like to point out that there are a few free 3D pieces available from our website –, but as a gift to your readers, I would also like to offer one of our “starter kits” of a railway footbridge. The starter kit contains a fully made up footbridge, plus in addition, all the pieces needed to make a copy. Of course, being on computer, these pieces can be “copy and paste” -ed as often as the modeller likes. Again an email to will get them a link to these pieces.

    Our software runs as input files into two pieces of free software – “OpenOffice” for the 2D version and “SketchUp Make 2015″ for the 3D version. Our website gives links to the download pages for both pieces of free software.

    These two programs are easy to use, but we have put lots of videos on our YouTube Channel to introduce them to your readers – the best starting points are our “Contents Pages” which can be found at these links:

    For the 2D software –
    For the 3D software –

    Our website also seeks to inspire modellers by giving lots of screenshots of buildings designed with the two pieces of software.

    Milen, you have been, and continue to be, very generous to the modelling community and the above offers to your blog readers are made in the same spirit. I hope that they will enjoy using either – or both – our 2D and 3D software and that it helps them to design fabulous buildings. All feedback – and screenshots or pictures of physical models – are appreciated and should be sent to –

    Milen, keep up the great work with SCARM. One day, I hope that it will be possible to import the 3D models from my software into your software.

    Best wishes
    Trevor Robinson

  3. Thank you, Trevor,

    As Rosco said above, it is always good when other modellers, users, programmers and fans contribute with their content and products to the model trains fan community.

    Hope that other SCARM users will appreciate your software and your special offer for using it for free like I am offering SCARM itself :)

  4. Milen
    Great program. I can not say enough about it to describe how good it is. Just a few question though?
    1) Has anyone made a video on how to build a Locomotive in ho scale using the SCARM program. And if so how come I cant find it?
    2)The four stall roundhouse that is in the SCARM program here has a flaw with it. I uploaded the file to the SCARM program on my computer and copied the roundhouse and the pasted it to my layout. That part worked great. But when you copy and paste it again to add to the first one it does not alien up right. No matter what i tried could not get it to work right. Is there a trick or something I do not know about?
    3) When you are making a helix and you put many circles one on top of another you can see where you stop at so you can to elevate it to desire height.
    Thank you Ron N.

  5. Hello Ron,

    I am glad that you like SCARM. Here are the answers:

    1) There is no video for making locos, but here is one tutorial in the blog that may be of help:

    2) The 4-stall roundhouse in the tutorial is not indented for expansion by copy-paste. It has narrowed asymmetric first and last stalls for realistic view in the program, so there is no way for proper alignment when more copies are added. Instead, you can edit it, add more stalls and finish the first and last ones or make completely new one, as described in the tutorial.

    3) The helices are described in details in the FAQ (How to make helix) and here in the blog ( What you need to remember is to build them always from bottom to the top.

    Hope that helps.

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