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Chaining Tool 15/02/2021 at 10:21 #137247
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All,

For those who use my Chaining Tool (you know who you are :)) this is to announce that it's now being completely reworked to be faster, more reliable, and able to cope with a new range of crazy arrangements!

EDIT: I done found a big bug :(

I've had to rebuild the configuration files for each chain, so bear with me as I work my way through the list (starting with WSSC area).

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Jamie

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Last edited: 15/02/2021 at 22:52 by 9pN1SEAp
Reason: Tool on hold for a couple of days while I fix a whoopsie

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Chaining Tool 15/02/2021 at 11:17 #137248
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I'm not familiar with this tool. What is it, and where can I find it to use?
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Chaining Tool 15/02/2021 at 16:50 #137257
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Dionysusnu in post 137248 said:
I'm not familiar with this tool. What is it, and where can I find it to use?
Good questions, I wasn't even aware it existed - have I been living under a rock?

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Chaining Tool 18/02/2021 at 08:23 #137337
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Hi Jamie, would it be possible to post on this thread which sims/chains you have done so far please, just so we know which ones can be used to check new TTs. I'm doing a few for the Midlands at the moment so will be great to be able to use the updated version to check them.
Thanks for all your work mate, muchly appreciated.

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Chaining Tool 18/02/2021 at 16:06 #137338
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tou have to much time now Phil ever since last week
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Chaining Tool 18/02/2021 at 18:15 #137339
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Chrisrail in post 137338 said:
tou have to much time now Phil ever since last week
I was very envious when I found out!!

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Chaining Tool 18/02/2021 at 19:40 #137340
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Sorry lads ! lol
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Chaining Tool 18/02/2021 at 21:47 #137343
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Hi all,

Still under development as I work through a number of arrangements, once it's been tested on a wider range of cases I am planning to reveal all!

At the moment the tool is doing: WFJ-WMB; the triangle CScot-EDB-NEScot; plus CScot-Motherwell. Having some fun with the Carstairs-Midcalder bit which means I need to do yet another code chunk!

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Jamie

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Chaining Tool 19/02/2021 at 21:43 #137358
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Hi,

The Chaining Tool is now mostly stable and just about behaving as it should.

You can find it at: https://simsig-tools.project76.net/ttvalidate.html and it's primarily aimed at TT developers.

The tool takes timetables from each of two sims that chain, and compares the timings, entry paths and train characteristics to see if they match. Matching is based on UID if they exist, else on the TRN. It does the best it can, but if you find any mis-reportings let me know.

So far, only the green links in the attached PDF have been done, I'm working my way through all the possible chaining combinations. Let me know if you have any chains to check that show as "not available".

Usual blah about no warranty etc.

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Jamie

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Chaining Tool 19/02/2021 at 23:26 #137359
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9pN1SEAp in post 137358 said:
You can find it at: https://simsig-tools.project76.net/ttvalidate.html and it's primarily aimed at TT developers.

The tool takes timetables from each of two sims that chain, and compares the timings, entry paths and train characteristics to see if they match.
Very handy it is as well if you are trying to validate the TT data for the handover from one sim to another. Thanks for the original work and now the update.

“In life, there is always someone out there, who won’t like you, for whatever reason, don’t let the insecurities in their lives affect yours.” – Rashida Rowe
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Chaining Tool 20/02/2021 at 10:55 #137363
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postal in post 137359 said:
9pN1SEAp in post 137358 said:
You can find it at: https://simsig-tools.project76.net/ttvalidate.html and it's primarily aimed at TT developers.

The tool takes timetables from each of two sims that chain, and compares the timings, entry paths and train characteristics to see if they match.
Very handy it is as well if you are trying to validate the TT data for the handover from one sim to another. Thanks for the original work and now the update.
Echo John's words, was extremely useful when I was writing all my Southern tt's and seeing if they would chain ok. Thanks Jamie

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Chaining Tool 21/02/2021 at 21:35 #137391
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The tool is now being coded up with chains in the North-West - see progress in attached.

Wigan proved to be challenging with mirrored workings on the Crow Nest to Wallgate line, and I suspect the BagFold/PhilPark loop is going to send the code into a tizz...!

And some bugs with multiple workings with the same UID e.g Sandite to sort out one day.

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Chaining Tool 22/02/2021 at 00:38 #137396
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For those who wish to use Jamie's TT comparison, I have just submitted for approval an Excel spreadsheet file that takes a copy and paste from Jamie's HTML output and then highlights the trains which are not consistent from one TT to the other. It is the first public release of the file. I have been developing it for a while and think that it works as intended but at the risk of hi-jacking Jamie's topic about his excellent piece of work I'll be happy to follow up any complaints or problems if they are reported here.

I should add that I have previously sent Jamie a copy of the file and he has no objection to me posting the file as an add-on for his app.

Edit: Now approved and available for download from https://www.simsig.co.uk/File/Details/2559.

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Chaining Tool 24/02/2021 at 10:09 #137435
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Minor problem with the uploaded Comparison spreadsheet. I didn't clear things down properly and there is some data left at the top of Columns A to G of Sheet1. This needs to be deleted or over-written with new data. My bad.

Edit: Worse than that. Wrong copy of file put into uploaded zip. New version of zip submitted for clearance.

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Chaining Tool 27/02/2021 at 14:48 #137497
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Most of Scotland and the North is now configured in the chaining tool, there'll be a pause before I work Southwards as I have a plan to improve the matching algorithm further, especially for "re-entrant" trains e.g. Gascoigne Wood Jn to Church Fenton.

Some weirdness on the KGX/PBO fringe to look at where down trains have a last location Biggleswade, but that isn't a mandatory timing point in the Up direction!

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Jamie

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