Timetable Tutorial 4 – Point to point, reverse and return to starting location

A stopped train 1A40 is created at 06:00 at Lane Head station, leaves at 06:01 and travels to Fishburn, arriving at 06:02. There it changes direction at 06:03, and at 06:04 departs to return to Lane Head, arriving 06:05 where it remains.

Service data:- Headcode: 1A40, description: Lane head to Fishburn and back, starting speed: 0km/h, maximum speed: 120km/h, mass: 250 tonnes, braking force: 25 tonnes, power: 2500kW.

Open  railway.exe  and Click     and then Click   Select Lane-Fish.rly Load railway
Click  then   
Type 06:00 then Click  Timetable start time
Type *Train 1A40 leaves Lane Head at 06:00 for Fishburn, where it changes direction then returns to Lane Head where it terminates. then Click  Comment
Type 1A40;Lane Head to Fishburn and back;0;120;250;25;2500  then Enter Service data.
Type 06:00;Snt;4-4 4-5 then Enter Start command
Type 06:01;Lane Head then Enter Departure from Lane Head
Type 06:02;Fishburn then Enter Arrival at Fishburn
Type 06:03;cdt then Enter This is the ‘change direction’ command.
Type 06:04;Fishburn then Enter Fishburn departure
Type 06:05;Lane Head then Enter Lane head arrival
Type Frh then Enter Finish remain here
Name it Lane-Fish 1.ttb then click Save  
Click  As before

Here the track is more complex. Signals are required and routes need to be set during operation, but note that the timetable has no interest in signals or routes. All it insists on is that the locations used are valid stopping points. It doesn’t even care whether or not it is possible to get from Stanton to Redrow, or whether the times are realistic, though successive events must be at the same or later times, a timetable will complain if a train tries to arrive at the next station before it departs from this one!

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