“Train Activities” relates to extra activities that a train may undertake at a particular stopping location. They are also termed Train Associations in real life. They are to be found in the Activities column of the train's timetable (abbreviated to TT). (Display the TT by either (1) clicking the train's headcode on the layout to bring up the Show Timetable window, or (2) from the Train List (hotkey F2), select the train, right-click to open the context menu, then select Timetable Options > Edit Timetable > Location List.)
This activity is associated with the last entry on the TT as it signifies that the train will change its headcode to become a new train. Each headcode requires a separate TT; you cannot change a train's headcode in the middle of its TT! For example, the last line in train 5A01's TT might read [location] ROYSTON … [Activities] N:1A01. This tells you that train 5A01 is an empty train (headcodes starting with 5 signify empty coaching stock, abbreviated to ECS) which on arriving at Royston station is ready to take on passengers, changing its headcode to 1A01 (headcodes starting with 1 signify high speed passenger trains). The simulation will reverse the direction of the train on arrival at the platform if necessary.
The N prefix may be thought of as standing for New or Next (Next Working). To change the headcode, right-click on the current headcode displayed on the layout and select Interpose. Type in the new headcode, click OK and close the Interpose window. Clicking the new headcode on the layout will refresh the Show Timetable window to show the new TT.
The united train can assume a new TD eg J:1B01 N:1C01, or retain its TD eg if a light loco joins onto the train.
Both the joining trains have to be next to each other at the location as specified for the join (but do not have to be in any specified platform)for the join to commence.
Usually the remaining part of the original train also takes up a new TD, this is shown as DR:1A01 N:1B01.
The distinction with 'Detach' is that the power type is retained on the detached part, but the remaining original train is left with no power. A typical application is for a loco detaching off a train to run-round and reattach at the other end.
See also Tutorials