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July '04
This page describes work accomplished on the new TMRC layout during the month of July 2004, as taken from the descriptions posted to the club mailing list.
July 31

We now have what we think is a pretty nice control and display system, with software by James Knight and Tom O'Reilly. Occupied blocks show up as light green if there's a locomotive there, dark green if there are only cars. Turnouts are thrown by means of mouse clicks. Visible at the top of the screen is a small diagram of the entire layout, with two tan-colored vertical lines defining the area shown in the large diagram. The small window at lower left describes a train, with buttons for various actions that the operator can call for, and a slider bar to indicate speed. This can be moved using the mouse in the case of a "software cab" or functions as an indicator if an operator is running the train with one of the plug-in cabs. The red line on the diagram indicates an assigned train, with the name BURR, (our crack train #1, The Aaron Burr) and the train's window at the bottom of the screen has a corresponding label. Notice that the box tells the dispatcher the location and direction of the train (block PY2, heading east); the green background indicates a clear signal. The block ahead of the train appears pink on the display because it is the "advance block", the next block the train will occupy.



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