Earlier last week a gentleman on The Rail Wire Bulletinboard posted about a software project he had been working on called SCARM Train Layout Editor (Simple Computer Aided Railway Modeller). It looked promising, it was free and I was anxious to see how it compared to XtrakCad. So I downloaded a copy and gave it a whirl.
What you see below is a map of the Inverness & Richmond's main yard at Inverness, from Allister W. D. MacBean's book The Inverness and Richmond Railway. Since I'll be including this yard on my layout as it's northern terminus, I thought I would try and adapt the hand-drawn map to a CAD drawing.
It's not drawn to scale so I had to 'wing it' as they say, but after about an hour of playing with SCARM, I think I ended up with a pretty good rendition of the yard pictured below. (I'm working on getting a bigger view of this)
While there are almost 90 different track types to choose from, most are of European origin like Hornby, Fleischmann, Marklin and Trix. Included however are 9 types from Atlas, and I've chosen to use their Code 55 line of track because I think it has the best appearance.
So there you have it - Inverness Yard drawn in CAD. I printed it all out in 1:1 scale yesterday, on about 30 sheets of paper that I now have to tape together. I'll show you that later.