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To our great friend Peter Kitcher (a.k.a. Lever Puller). You always dreamed of an Australian sim so here it is. Without you, this group would never have come together and this sim would not have happened. We are forever grateful.
Welcome to signalling in southern New South Wales, Australia! Home of long slow trains, vast distances, and not a lot of options to re-order traffic. Correct regulation is crucial in this slow sim and players will need to be mindful of the long-term effect of their decisions.
Colour light signalling of the New South Wales ‘Single Light Colour Light’ system is present in this area. More information about SLCL can be found at: http://trainman.id.au/signals.html
This manual covers topics new players should be aware of. You are encouraged to ask questions on the SimSig Forum by starting a new thread in the Moss Vale Simulation area.
The Moss Vale simulation covers 420 route kilometres (250 miles), all of which is fully remotely controlled from ARTC Network Control Centre South, located in Junee, NSW.
White plain track and green route lines are a product of the ‘Phoenix’ computer control system used in this area. Players still use the ‘entrance-exit’ style of route setting. Additional functions include:
Controls the double track Main South Line from Tahmoor to Joppa Junction, plus the single line from Unanderra to Moss Vale.
It is recommended that players consult the F4 Timetable window to help determine when trains will enter from sidings. The real-life controller uses a train control graph to plan their movements well ahead of time. You, as the player, will also need to do some forward thinking to get your moves right and avoid delays.
Unanderra – Moss Vale line: This slow, steep single line must be carefully and deliberately regulated. The first 20 km out of Unanderra is near-continuous 1 in 30 rising. It is recommended that players know the lengths of their trains and refer the Loop Lengths guide at the end of this manual, as not all trains will fit in every loop, and some trains booked to traverse the line will not fit in any loop.
The fringe signaller towards Unanderra is the South Panel at Wollongong Signal Box. Both Up and Down Unanderra lines are signalled bi-directionally. To send a train towards Unanderra on the Down line, first cancel the ‘DM Accept’ by right-clicking the red button. Then, phone Wollongong Box and request permission. The status of granted permissions is denoted by the red labels UM CONTROL and DM CONTROL which appear when you have permission to send a train on that line, and disappear when you do not. You do not need to ask permission for each train, just phone when you want to change the arrangement.
Tahmoor Colliery: A simple balloon loop. Coal trains booked to exit the loop and head towards Moss Vale are marshalled in a ‘push-pull’ configuration with locomotives at both ends of the rake, so you do not need to do any special shunting.
Yerrinbool to Burradoo section: This area is ‘dark territory’. Trains proceed on authority of automatic signals and you are unable to monitor their progress. There is a checkbox at startup which allows the player to view the approximate position of the train by the location of its headcode.
Berrima Junction: Boral Sidings is a privately owned branch line and you are required to phone ahead to advise of an incoming train.
Moss Vale: Many passenger trains terminate and shunt here. The south end of the Up Refuge and Frame D are worked with minimal help from fixed signals. Frame D is operated by a local member of staff to allow access to and from the Up Sidings. Trains reversing at the country end of Moss Vale may use shunt signal MV 74, or ‘HS1’ handsignal reversing point.
Trains entering the sim from the Up Sidings should be worked as follows:
1) Manually set and lock 149 points reverse (refuge to up main) by right clicking the points themselves.
2) Left-click the green buttons above Moss Vale station to release ‘Frame D’ and ‘Hand Signals’. Observe the buttons flash white.
3) In the Ground Frames menu, open ‘Moss Vale Frame D’ and also ‘Moss Vale Handsignals’
4) In the window for Frame D, insert the Annett Key into the frame by clicking ‘Annett Key’ checkbox. The flashing white button now turns steady white.
5) In the window for Moss Vale Handsignals, click ‘Show CP Handsignals’. The flashing white button now turns steady white.
6) In the window for Frame D, reverse lever 1, then lever 2.
7) Give right-away to the driver by clicking checkbox ‘Hsig from Sidings’. The train will depart the Up Sidings towards the Up Main.
8) Once the train is clear behind HS1, manually set 149 points normal by left clicking on the points to free them, then left clicking again to set normal.
9) In the handsignals window, click HS1. The train is now authorised to proceed into Platform 1 at Moss Vale and will depart shortly.
10) Once the train is in the platform, restore Frame D and uncheck all boxes in the Handsignals window. Don’t forget to take back your releases on the panel by right-clicking the white flashing buttons above Moss Vale station.
You can skip the Handsignals steps by also setting 158 points reverse at step 1. The train will head over to the Down Main behind signal MV 74 and can then be signalled into platform 1.
Trains shunting from Platform 2 to the Up Sidings should be worked as follows:
Before you do anything, telephone ‘Station Manager Moss Vale’ and tell them you have a train coming for the South end of the yard. Once you have permission:
1) Signal the train from Platform 2 behind shunt signal MV 74, by setting a main route from MV 69 to MV 79.
2) Release Frame D by left clicking the green button above Moss Vale station. Observe the green button now flashes white.
3) Open the ‘Moss Vale Frame D’ window in the Ground Frames menu.
4) Insert the Annett Key into the frame by clicking the checkbox labelled ‘Annett Key’. The flashing white button on the panel now shows steady white.
5) Reverse lever 1, followed by lever 2.
6) Click ‘Up Refuge Hsig’ to instruct the ground frame operator to flag the approaching train into the sidings.
7) Set a route from shunt signal MV 74 to main signal MV 62 as if you were trying to put the train into the Up Refuge. The train will depart for the sidings and exit the sim.
8) Once the train is clear, restore Frame D by normalising Lever 2, followed by Lever 1, and unchecking the checkboxes you have clicked. Don’t forget to take the release back by right-clicking the white flashing button above Moss Vale station.
While a train is reversing at MV 74, clearing the down main starting signal MV 79 will trigger Yarrawa Street pedestrian crossing (due to occupancy of the trigger track circuit). As a result, local instructions require you to keep MV 79 at stop unless you are sending a train into the section.
Medway Junction: Diverges to a privately owned single line. You need to phone ahead in order for the siding operator to issue a Train Order to approaching traffic. Trains entering the sim at Boral Marulan can take upwards of 20 minutes to reach the junction, and you should plan accordingly.
Goulburn: All passenger trains must use Platform 1 unless exceptional circumstances exist, due to the lack of lifts or any other assisted access to the other platforms.
When routing a down train into Goulburn Yard, ensure the train is correctly routed by operating No.1 lever to the correct position in the ‘Goulburn Down Yard’ ground frame screen.
Controls the Main South Line from the ‘country side’ of Joppa Junction to the end of the simulation. Traffic is sparse in this large area, but your decisions will play out over hours of sim time.
Yass Jn: It is preferred that passenger trains use platform 1 at Yass Junction, for passenger access purposes.
Bowning: This is ‘dark territory’ identical to the Mittagong area on Main South ‘A’. Track circuit occupancy is not reported. Automatic signals protect rail traffic.
Cootamundra: Only Platform 1 is in use. Ensure all passenger trains use the Platform Road. Bi-directional working between Jindalee crossovers and Cootamundra affords the player significant scope for re-ordering of traffic.
Stockinbingal: Take care with your regulation on this single line. Traffic may be light but you can still easily end up with two trains facing one another if you are not careful. Anticipate arrival times for trains entering using the F4 Timetable window to avoid lengthy delays.
|Berrima Jn||Up Arrival Rd||495m|
|Moss Vale||Inspection Rd||604m|
|Inspection Rd + North Fork||1038m|
|Inspection Rd + Down Loop||1094m|
|Down Loop + Refuge||1060m|
|Branch Sdg Thru Rd||670m|
|Inspection Rd + Down Loop + Refuge||1894m|
|Up Refuge + Dead End||440m|
|Wingello||Up Goods Sdg||130m|
|Goulburn||Down Yard Thru Sdg G66 <-> Frame R||530m|
|Down Yard Thru Sdg Frame R <-> Frame N||320m|
|Down Yard Thru Sdg G66 <-> Frame N||900m|
|Main lines G56/58 <-> G45/47||650|
|Down Main G58 <-> G43||659m|
|Up Refuge G38 <-> G33||220m|
|Up Refuge G33 <-> G31||700m|
|Up Refuge G30 <-> G29||150m|
|Up Refuge G38 <-> G29||1070m|
|Jerrawa||Down Refuge Sdg||490m|
|Yass||Main lines YJ8/10 <-> YJ11/15||2778m|
|Cunningar||Up Main LOS <-> clear pts||900m|
|Harden||Down Main clear 105pts to HN29||3132m|
|Up Main/Goods HN20/22 <-> HN25/27||627m|
|Up Main HN20 <-> HN31||2065m|
|Wallendbeen||Up Main clear Frame B pts <-> LOS||200m|
|Jindalee||Down Main LOS <-> CA03||1130m|
|Up Main (clr 133pts)||734m|
|Platform Road CA44 <-> CA45||128m|
|Platform Road CA46 <-> CA69||531m|
|Platform Road CA44 <-> CA69||773m|
|Up Main CA74 <-> LOS||499m|
|Stockinbingal||Main line SL14 <-> SL15||81m|
|Neck (clear Frame E pts)||40m|
|Shift + (letter)||Location|
|G||Goulburn (North end)|
|J||Joppa Jn & Goulburn south end|
The Developers would like to thank Geoff for allowing us this amazing opportunity and for his support and guidance throughout this journey. Thank you to the UK developers and timetablers, especially Karl, John and Clive for helping us through this very steep learning curve and to all of the other "devs" who assisted us along the way. Your input, no matter how big or small, is truly appreciated.
Lastly, thanks go to the Australian crew for your time and patience writing timetables, providing working knowledge and testing to point of having a coronary! Thank you one and all.
An older version of this manual is available here
Last edited by Sparky on 06/07/2020 at 10:03