Sample Layout Track Plan

The following picture is a track plan for the H & R RR. The H & R RR is one of the sample databases that Ship It! comes with.

Track Plan

Anyone who thinks that you can't have enjoyable & involved operation on a small layout should examine this layout and the switchlist that follows closely.

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Sample Switchlist
Sample Switchlist
Sample Switchlist
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Industry Status Report

The Industry Status report details each of your industries (plus yards, interchanges, etc.). This report gives the status at the beginning of the next session. If you look at Harrison Bakery, you will see that the cars arrived in Session 1 at 1.00AM. Note by their numbers that these are the same cars delivered by Train #100 in the switchlist above. Their lading however, has changed. PRR 568659 was an empty - it is now loaded with baked goods. B&LE 25061 was loaded with supplies - it is now an empty. The duration time for both of these was set at 12 hours (see the screen shot & explanation below for the Baked Goods shipper record). At the beginning of the next session, 12 hours has passed; PRR #568659 has been loaded with Baked Goods, and B&LE #25061 has been emptied. This is a good example of how duration works. This is only a partial scan of the industry status report for the H&R RR at the beginning of session 2. Many other reports are also included with Ship It! such as: Car Starting Locations, Car Ending Locations, Empty Request Report, Load Request Report, and Database reports (Rolling Stock, Industries, Consignees, Shippers, Products, etc.) for most of the files in Ship It!.

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Screen Shots and Explanations for the Sample Layout

Update Industry Window

Update Industry Window

Each industry can have many shippers and consignees. The shipper screen below "belongs" to Harrison Bakery. Harrison Bakery has only one shipper record (Baked Goods), but it has three consignee records (Flour, Supplies, and Coal). If you examine the switchlist, there are two setouts for Harrison Bakery (an empty and a boxcar of supplies) and one pickup (Baked Goods). The empty is for loading with Baked Goods (see the Update Shipper Window), and the pickup is for delivery to Harrison Yard (whose consignee record for Baked Goods is shown below).

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Update Shipper Window

Update Shipper Window

When you create shipper records, you are setting up all the products shipped on your layout, whether they are produced in actual industries on your pike, or generated off-line in interchange trackage. When sessions are generated, these shipper records are matched against the consignee (receiver) records. If there is a match between products, then a car movement is considered. These records have a direct bearing on car movement. This is where you will be able to fine tune your operating sessions. In the example above, the Harrison Bakery is always requesting to have one empty on hand to fill with Baked Goods. This empty is then loaded (taking duration number of hours). If you increase the number of empties, you increase production, as long as the siding is has enough capacity (see the screen shot of the industry record). You can also cut down on the duration time so empties are loaded faster. Of course, you may also need an increased demand for the baked goods, so you might also change the matching consignee records or create additional requests from interchanges or other industries. Several of the fields in the Update Shipper Window are read-only. This means that they are controlled by the values in other fields. For example, the AAR Type and Car Style field are determined by what is entered into the Product field. The Town field is another read-only field - it is determined by the Industry field. Fields requiring further explanation are listed
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Train Type:  Use Train Type to restrict what type of trains can pick up and drop off cars from the shipper.

Duration:  This determines how long in hours it takes to load an empty car at this industry with the product called out above. The empty car will sit for that many hours before the program converts it to a load - then it becomes eligible for pickup and delivery to an industry requesting it.

Empties:  This number defines how many empty cars this industry likes to have on hand for loading with this particular product. As existing empties are converted to loads, it will request more empties until it has the number specified.

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Update Consignee Window

Update Consignee (Receiver) Window

When you build consignee records, you are setting up all the products received on your layout, whether they are received by actual industries on your pike, or by off-line industries via interchanges. In this example, Harrison Yard is requesting to receive one carload of Baked Goods every 12 hours. Explanations of key fields in the Consignee Update Window follow:

Train Type:  Use Train Type to restrict what type of trains can pick up and drop off cars from the consignee.

Duration:  This determines how long in hours it takes to empty a car loaded with the product called out above. The loaded car will sit for that many hours before the program converts it to an empty - then it becomes eligible for pickup and delivery as an empty.

Amount:  This number defines how many cars this industry likes to receive per shipment of the products called out above.

Frequency:  This number indicates how often (in hours) this industry likes to receive the products called out above. Ship It! keeps track of all sessions. When sessions are generated, Ship It! looks back through time to see when each industry last received each type of product. Let's say the frequency was set at 24 hours. Ship It would calculate how many hours ago the industry last received a shipment of that type of goods. If it was more than 24 hours, then another shipment would be requested.

Do Not Convert:  Use this checkbox to prevent loads from changing to empties and vice-versa. This is useful when you want to ship loads to an interchange or yard to be picked up by another train. Normally loads and empties will reverse their state after their duration is exceeded. You can use this to implement intra-divisional car interchange (train to train interchange of cars within a single division).

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Train Schedule Browse Window

Train Schedule Browse Window

This is the train schedule for the sample switchlist above.

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Update Rollingstock Window

Rolling Stock Update Window

This is a sample rolling stock record. Notice the two tabs not displayed. The revise location tab allows you to change the location of a car (and also its lading and train type). Revise Location was added in Version 1.1 of the full package. The Not Required tab has two fields in it that are used for documentaion only - Car Manufacturers's Type and Notes.

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I have generated over consecutive 20 sessions with this small layout, each of them different, yet all movement was generated by the needs and capacity of the industries in the towns (or the yard), as defined in screens similar to those above. All of this is under your control. None of this movement is randomly generated.

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