In the previous video’s we did all the preliminary work to now be able to drive trains around on the layout, while their routes will be protected via the use of blocks and sensors. A real layout, by the way, does not even need to be connected, we can use the built in Simulator.
First we place some engines in some blocks. When we would drive these engines, TC will see them move from block to block. TC knows where they are thanks to the feedback from the train detection sensors.
When we select routes (a route is a path between two blocks), TC will switch the turnouts on that route for us. Longer routes, covering multiple blocks, can be created via a very handy ‘route recording’ tool.
Once a route is active, the turnouts on that route can not be operated manually anymore, which helps prevent accidents from happening.
In this video we’ll drive the trains manually and we’ll see them move from block to block on the switchboard.
In the next video we’ll start with automated train traffic.