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headcodes / timetable 08/03/2018 at 21:17 #106556
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i am using West Hampstead a lot - it is a great signalbox.
my question is: is there any document to look up each train which route it will takes?
I noticed that trains with headcode T to Bedford have some different routing:
some calling at St Albans platform 4 (FL) some at platform 2 (SL) some at Luton platform 5 (FL) some at Luton 3 (SL)
and some things like that.
Sure in real life each signaler has a timetable for his area he is controlling - do we have something like that in the simulation too?
Greetings from the german guy

Last edited: 08/03/2018 at 21:18 by kalleffm
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headcodes / timetable 08/03/2018 at 22:48 #106557
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The easiest way is just to click on the train's description, which will display its timetable.

If you're looking for patterns, you need to take the first two characters of the train description- the 1Txx and 2Txx trains might take different routes. Routes will also vary at peak times, so it's easier just to click the description while you're learning the area.

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headcodes / timetable 09/03/2018 at 10:11 #106560
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It sounds like the Simplifier tool (F8) might be what you're looking for, albeit only for one station at a time.
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headcodes / timetable 17/04/2018 at 05:34 #107588
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If you are interested, you can look up route information in a document called Working Timetable (WTT).
It gives the timing and route information of all trains within an area, and is the document used in the industry.

I agree with Steamer in that it is just easier to click the headcode to understand which paths a train will take. But in summary I find the following from my experience in the box:
- Carlton Road Junction is where most of the trains from London move onto Fast Line after Kentish Town. Sometimes it is used for trains from Bedford moving to Moorgate Line too, but this is not preferred because this occupies the Down Slow line for a while.
- West Hampstead South Junction is where most of the trains into London joins the Slow line. Any train that doesn't would do so at Carlton Road Junction.
- None of the passenger trains (to my knowledge) uses any junctions in the Cricklewood area. You would only use those for ECS and freight trains
- A small number of trains would change lines in both direction at Radlett Junction
- Majority of trains that changes lines do so at Harpenden Junction
- A handful of train would change line at Leagrave Junction.
- Most of the time you would use Flitwick Junction is when there is a train waiting to leave or enter Bedford Caudwell Depot, which would block the USL, in which case you would send the train to Fast Line at Bedford South Junction and move it back to Slow Line at Flitwick. There are also the trains that stays on the fast line all the way to Bedford.

My personal tip would be to make use of sticky notes. Any time a train enters the box at Blacfrairs or a train leaves Bedford, consult the timetable and note the headcode in the junction it is booked to switch lines. That way you will be able to compare the location of the train with the junction, and from there decide when to cancel automatic working or route to prepare for the change.

In West Hampstead it is crucial that you get the switching right, because it is very easy to slow trains behind if you keep a stopping train on the Fast Line, or in worst case, sending a train into the wrong place!

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