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Sample Scheduler Graph

Ship It! Scheduler allows you to do the following:

  • Create Train Graphs ("string" diagrams) for Your Model Railroad
  • Edit Schedules in Graph Mode (change time, towns, add stops)
  • Display a Fast Clock
  • Layout Design - Calculate Time/Speed/Distance Between Towns
  • Set up Groups of Trains to Turn On and Off Inside Ship It!
  • Create and Test Alternate Schedules by copying trains and graphs

Note: Scheduler is 32 bit only, which means it will not run on Win 3.1

The program uses Ship It! train schedules, or it allows you to create new schedules - this allows it to function as a stand-alone program in addition to sharing the Ship It! data.  The package can be downloaded, and the manual is also on-line. Save money by downloading it yourself! See our order form for pricing information.

Edit Your Train Schedules Graphically!

There are 4 ways to edit your graph:

  1. Change arrival or departure times.  Click on the vertex (corner) of any train line (see the graph above). Then click again where you want the corner moved to (you can only move it horizontally).  The graph is updated and the train schedule is changed to the new time.
  2. Change distance between towns. Click on a horizontal "town" line. Then click (move your mouse vertically) where you want the town line to be. The distance between towns will be updated to the new distance. This feature is primarily for layout design.
  3. Change the town that a train stops at.   Click on a train line that is horizontal (it will be on a town line). Next click on  a new town line. This is where you want the train to stop at instead of the other town. The train line will be moved to the new town and the schedule will be updated.
  4. Add a Schedule Stop.  First click on a train line. Then click on the line for a town that intersects the train line. A schedule stop will be added at this location, with a default layover time of thirty minutes (if there is time). You can then drag the corners of the line to adjust the timing of the schedule stop if desired.

Note: You cannot  create a train schedule from scratch using the graph, but you can come very close to it. If you are creating a turn, create three stops (first, last and middle). If you are not creating a turn, create two stops.  Then add stops, move stops, change times, and massage the schedule into shape using options 1 through 4 above. When you are finished, you can adjust the schedule in the update form if desired.

Depending on the number of hours in your graph, it will be either 1 or 2 pages long. The graphs are oriented in "landscape" mode  (long side horizontal).

Easily Create and Test Alternate Schedules - and save them for running different variety of operating sessions!

It's easy to copy graphs and trains (you can even delete a whole schedule with one mouse click). Toggle the "Do Not Schedule" checkbox for a group of trains (to turn on or off many train schedules at once). This lets you create many groups of train schedules that be selected for operating session variety.

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Screen shot of main window showing browse lists of trains and towns associated with a graph.

Use a Fast Clock!

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Here's what our fast clock looks like. The font, font size, and color of the clock text is fully selectable. You can start, stop, and reset the clock. The stop also acts as a pause button. You can even adjust the fast clock ratio on the fly to accommodate delays and switching problems. On a laptop with the text sized as large as possible, the clock is visible from 50 feet away!

For Layout Design!

Use the distance calculator below to determine the optimal distance between towns based on your operational scheme. You can enter data in any of the formats below: real seconds, fast minutes, real feet/meters, short miles/kilometers, and speed. The data is then recalculated for the other fields. Change train speed and see what is does to time and /or distance!

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The Update Town List Window

Select the Best Fast Clock Ratio!

Use the fast clock calculator below to select your scale and determine a fast clock rate. the text in the bottom of the screen updates as you change the ratio using the spin box. The graph also helps you select a ratio because it displays train speed between towns.

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Flexibility!

Set up your graph and fast clock using the options window below.

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For more information, read the user's manual . Or email us with your questions at albion@penn.com.

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