Using JMRI® to Operate Trains
Operations Locations Window
The Operations Tool, Locations opens the Locations window as shown. Locations are places on your railroad that trains visit to pickup or drop off cars and engines. Locations can be cities, towns, or just places where trains need to work cars. To enter a new location press , which will open the Add Location window which we will discuss in a moment. But first let’s discuss the “Locations” window itself.
Click on opens system printer dialog.
Click opens the print previw window showing Location information.
Opens the Schedules panel. If you would like to see cars delivered in a particular sequence, or with a specific load for delivery or shipping, the program allows you to apply a schedule to a siding. This is an optional feature and shouldn't be used until you become very familiar with how the program generates manifests and switch lists.
- Modify Locations by Car Type
Opens the Modify Locations by Car Type window.
- Show Cars
Opens Cars window which lists cars for this location
Opens Operations Setting window.
Opens Locomotives window.
Opens Routes window.
Opens Trains window.
Opens Locations window.
Opens Cars window.
At the bottom of the window you may select Sort order of the locations
Sort by Name Id Sets the sort order for the locations
Press to add a location
The Add Location window is opened. At this point only the Location Name and the type operation at this location entries are active.
The location name must be unique; the program will not allow two locations with identical names. However, if you want more than one location to have the same name for your manifests and switch lists, add a hyphen and a number to the locations name. For example, Boston-1 and Boston-2 will print as Boston. The program will remove the hyphen and number when printing manifests and switch lists.
Press the at the bottom of the panel. The various fields that were disabled should be enabled.
Each location can have several yard, spurs, interchange or staging tracks. Yards are where cars and engines are placed for temporary storage. A spur can be an industry or any place where a car is loaded or unloaded. For a train to service a location, there must be at least one track for that location. See below how to add tracks to your location.
Select the rolling stock serviced by this location
The tables show the length of the tracks, the amount of track that is occupied (Used) by cars and engines, the total number of cars and engines (Rolling Stock) at each location, the number of cars and engines that will be picked up (Pickups) by trains, and the number of cars and engines that will be delivered (Drops) by trains.
This Location is Serviced by Trains Traveling
You can decide which train direction the location can service. For example, if only south bound trains can access the location select South and deselect the other directions. This can be useful if you want to only support trailing point switching for a given location. If a location can support multiple directions then select the ones that are appropriate.
Operations at this location Spurs Yards Interchange Staging only
To add a location, press the "Add ... Track" button. Now enter the name of the location along with the length of the track in scale feet or in actual inches. Append a double quote (") to the length when entering actual inches and the program will convert the length into scale feet. Append cm if you want to convert from centimeters to meters. Press the "Add ... Track" button at the bottom of the panel and the disabled fields should now appear.
at the bottom of the window will change corresponding to the location you want to add.
Add Spurs, Yards, Interchange, or Staging Only(corresponding to the present task)
To add a location , press the "Add ...(location)" button.