Train Dispatcher Simulation

Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum

Help Support Amtrak Unlimited Discussion Forum:

jis

Chief Dispatcher
Staff member
Administator
Moderator
AU Supporting Member
Gathering Team Member
Joined
Aug 24, 2003
Messages
35,205
Location
Space Coast, Florida, Area code 3-2-1
Just for reference they do work fine more or less on Windows 10. I am thinking of getting back into it with some more seriousness than occasional dabbling, which is what I have been doing for the last five or so years.

The thing is, the only thing around here in Florida east coast is FECR/Brightline, and their schedules and traffic density are downright bucolic compared to the NEC High Line in NJ. It is hard to beat 26tph with multiple stop patterns and requirement to maintains strict time table order of arrival into Penn A interlocking for things to work just right. Now that is dispatching pressure!

Speaking of UK, I wonder if anyone has ever attempted Clapham Junction, though there the flows do not intermingle much and pretty much stay on their assigned subset of the tracks, which makes it a little easier. Back in the days when I used to spend several months each year in the UK on work, I often used to take the Southwest service out of Waterloo to Bracknell/Winnersh Triangle on work. It was way cheaper than taking the much much faster rush hour Great Western to Reading and trecking back on Southwest.
 
Joined
Sep 2, 2021
Messages
1,122
Location
Lubec, ME
I recently found my passwords and serial number so I installed TD and TB on my Win10 machine and they run fine.

I am thinking about a simulation based on my recent trip to Ireland, from Dublin Heuston to Galway which includes a bit of the main line used by all the trains out of that station so the first bit should have decent traffic. Much of the line beyond Portarlington where it branches off the Cork mainline is single track making dispatching interesting. Need to find out more of the somewhat rare freight service on this line.
 
Joined
Sep 2, 2021
Messages
1,122
Location
Lubec, ME
Continuing to work on Dublin - Galway. After a few test runs with discouraging results, many trains 30 minutes or more late, I realized that my blocks were too long some were 4 km so when one train gets delayed by another in front it is running at 20kph for 4km before it can increase speed. Since I don't have any information on the true block lengths of the actual line I guessed at 1km. In order to do this I had to do a major revision of the layout to add space to allow a quadrupling of the number of blocks, at least from Portarlington to Hazelbach. The rest was already ok. Haven't had a chance to test the revised layout yet as we are on the road
 
Joined
Sep 2, 2021
Messages
1,122
Location
Lubec, ME
I wish someone would make a train dispatcher app for Apple OS.

What would be ideal is if the makers of the original TD could release the source code so that it could be taken over and ported, or enhancements made. Similar to what happened with the Microsoft Train Simulator product with Open Rails, although in that case they essentially reverse engineered the product to work with the existing files. There are several areas where I am sure the product could be improved.
 
Top