Note: Exact Options and details may vary between Simulations
Each SimSig simulation you play involves two pieces of software. First there is the sim proper, namely the software that displays the panel map of the area with trains, and can introduce extra challenges such as delays and faults. Then there is its timetable (abbreviated to TT) to which the trains run. Although each sim you download and install contains at least one built-in timetable, the sim and its timetable(s) are quite separate. For this reason, experienced SimSig players are able to create their own timetable for a particular sim.
When you select File > New Simulation, SimSig will ask you to select a timetable from a list. If you have downloaded extra timetables, they will also appear on the list. The sim itself may be capable of displaying one or more slightly differing layouts on its panel according to which scenario the TT applies. For example, the Exeter sim offers you a choice of including Tiverton Junction, which you should select if running a pre-1986 timetable. In 1986 Tiverton station was moved to what is now Tiverton Parkway, so use this latter option with modern day timetables.
Once you have selected your timetable and commenced playing the sim, you will find that pressing F4 or clicking Timetable > Edit in the Control window menu opens the Timetable List window. This contains several tabs, enabling you to:
The Timetable List's functions are thus of three main types:
Although the Timetable List is often referred to synonymously as the Timetable Editor, the latter is just one of several tools included in the Timetable List.
(see also Introduction to Writing Timetables)
General - shows the timetable name, adds a description and includes start and finish times.
Train Types - lists train types used in the timetable, and permits editing.
Timetables - the actual timetables of all trains, and permits editing of any train's TT.
Rules - lists all rules applicable to the trains.
Tools 1 - tools to analyse errors in the timetable and to export/import TT data.
Tools 2 - matches inbound/outbound workings and lists arrivals/departures.