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SimSig Derby

Panel Overview

The simulation is split into four panels: West, Centre, North and Moira West.

West Panel

Panel Description

This Panel covers the main line from south of Derby as far as Tamworth High Level, with several branch lines:

  • from Stenson Jn, the Chellaston Line via Sheet Stores Junction to Trent.
  • from North Stafford Junction towards Stoke.
  • from Burton-on-Trent, the Goods Line via Moira West to Leicester.
  • from Wichnor Junction via Lichfield High Level towards Birmingham.

Just north of Wichnor Jn lies Barton Central Rivers Depot. Operated by Bombardier/Arriva Cross Country, the depot is the home of the Class 220/221 'Voyagers'.

Burton-on-Trent is the main station on the panel, with some, but not all, trains stopping there. There are also goods only lines in both directions. and an down goods loop at Elford (permissive working, with queue TD berths).

Operation Notes

Kingsbury Shunt Frame

Kingsbury Shunt Frame is off-sim in Saltley's control area but Derby must not send a train for there until they are ready to take it. Place a telephone call to Kingsbury in plenty of time before the train has reached Wichnor Junction so that you have time to decide what to do with it. If Kingsbury is ready then allow the train to run through, if not put the train into the loop at Elford until Kingsbury can accept it.


The loop at Elford may only be used by freight services, and is permissive . Note that the ground frame is only required for trains using the Up/Down Main crossover, and not Down trains using the loop.


Alrewas requires a slot to send a train, which is given by setting a route from signal SAS5 (which is grey) to signal 78.

Barton Central Rivers Depot

A phone call must be placed to Barton Central Rivers depot for arriving trains (either North or South end).

To set a route into the south end for trains arriving at signal 81 (adjacent to Wichnor Jn), set the route from signal 81 to signal BD1 and wait a short time. After a short interval the remaining route into Central Rivers Depot from the south will be set automatically and your train will proceed into the depot, requiring no further input from you.

The depot requires a slot to send trains towards Wichnor Jn. This can be granted by setting a route from BD2 or BD4 (as appropriate) to signal 52.


The Goods Lines here are permissive . Please note that they have a 15mph speed limit throughout.

It is possible to exclude the opposite locking on DY169 and DY170, to allow trains to shunt in/out of Wetmore sidings multiple times without the route having to be constantly re-set. To remove the locking, set a route from DY169 to the shunt arrow next to DY181, and set a route from DY170 to Wetmore Sidings. Right click the '169/170 locking release' button, and both signals will clear.

Track Circuit overrides

Track Circuit Overrides

are provided for the section of line between DY170 and DY172, and between DY300 and DY304.

Centre Panel

Panel Description

This area covers Derby station and its immediate approaches.

Immediately south of the station, the line from Burton-on-Trent meets the line from Trent, Leicester and London St. Pancras. Also at the south end are Etches Park Carriage Sidings, used by East Midland Trains, with the Rail Research Centre on the opposite side.

Derby Station has 5 through platforms and short a bay (Platform 5), as well as separate through goods lines avoiding the platforms.

Operation Notes

Etches Park CS

Telephone permission is required to send trains into Etches Park CS. There is a hand point and a signal (DY426) that applies to both roads: you do not need to concern yourself with this except that both "legs" of the trackwork will light white/red with a route set or track occupied.

Derby Station

TRTS is provided at Derby Station.

Calling-on (permissive working() is allowed for passenger trains at Derby but ensure the trains will fit into the platform, and that you don't cause a nose-to-nose situation where each train is in the other's way.

The Goods lines between LNW Jn and Breadsall are permissive.

There are no overlaps at Derby station as it as a very low linespeed. Nevertheless, care should be taken to avoid overruns causing a collision: for example, do not have a route from 433 into platform 1, with a route from 471 into platform 2, and a route from platform 3 to 388. Overrunning either platform 1 or 2 in these cases would result in an almost immediate collision with anything passing on the adjacent route. There is no interlocking to prevent such moves, however.

Via buttons

are provided at the south end of the station, and are mandatory if there are multiple routes between the entry and exit signals. They must not be used if only one route exists.

Shunting arrows

are provided outside Derby station. Setting a route from a platform starter signal to a white exit arrow causes a shunting aspect to be shown to the driver, and the TD will not step. This allows the train description to stay with the train rather than with the light loco. Do not use the white arrows for normal passenger moves.

The platform code 'TL' is used to show that the train is not booked to use any specific line through the Derby area, use whichever line causes least delay to traffic in the area.

Please see the Ground Frames page for instructions on how to use Station Yard CS.

The Loco Shed has a hand point: both legs of the trackwork will light white/red but other than that you need not concern yourself with that fact.

Derby Way & Works Sidings

This timetable location refers to the Connect line (between DY425 and DY428), the actual sidings are outside the control area.

North Panel

Panel Description

The North Panel covers the line from south of Clay Cross to the north of Derby Station, as well as the branch line to Matlock. Line speed is mostly 100mph.

The single track line to Matlock is one train working, with a token system in operation.

Operation Notes

Matlock Branch

Trains can be signalled to Ambergate from Broadholme as usual. However, to proceed to Matlock the train crew has to obtain a token from the instrument at Ambergate. When the token is requested, left-click on the "release" control to allow the crew to take the token. The "Matlock Token" display will change from "in" to "out". The route from 572 to the exit triangle at Matlock can now be set.

On returning to Ambergate, the train crew will replace the token without intervention by the signaller, and the train can be signalled off the branch in the usual manner.

Broadholme Loops

These are authorised for passenger use. However, ensure that any previous train is clear of the loop before signalling another train in, otherwise the driver will get a calling-on route which is not permitted for passenger trains here. Freight trains can be permissively signalled (two+ trains in section) providing there is room.

Moira West

Panel Description

This covers the Goods Line line from outside Burton-on-Trent to Coalville, where it fringes with Bardon Hill. It has several coal mines along its length, now all disused. The only yard to still see traffic is Mantle Lane T.C., where from Bardon Hill Quarry run round.

If using a 1990s or later timetable during multiplay, it is suggested that the West panel operator assume control of Moira West as there is very little to do on the latter.

Operation Notes

A slot is required for the route from ML124. Left-click on the slot request to ask for the slot: when it has been granted it is then possible to set the route.

Last edited by GeoffM on 15/09/2016 at 03:00