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Traincontroller 07: Automatic Driving – Auto Train by Drag and Drop

Driving trains manually is fun, but driving more than 2 without causing accidents can be quite taxing. It would help if trains can drive automatic. Then it can be fun to control a few by hand in between all the automated traffic. TC can handle all that.

There are several options for automated traffic:
– Auto Train by Drag and Drop (drive from A to B, with rules)
– Spontaneous Run (drive randomly, with rules)
– Auto Train Toolbar (drive from A,B,C to D,E,F, with rules and conditions)
– Schedules (a set of routes with rules and conditions and successors, very versatile and powerful!)
– Time Tables

This video is about Auto Train by Drag and Drop. It sends a train on a route from A to B. The route is protected. TC automatically controls speed and braking and it takes care of waiting for red signals on the way when the route ahead is not yet free. There also is a set of Rules that can be (de)selected to influence train behavior.

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9 thoughts on “Traincontroller 07: Automatic Driving – Auto Train by Drag and Drop

  1. Hi Rudy,

    Your videos are first rate and I’ve found them to be exactly what I need as I try to come to terms with Traincontroller Silver.

    However, I’m having one problem and hope you might be able to throw some light on a solution. Irrespective of where I place an engine, once I set up a route using Autotrain, the block in which the train is positioned shows a red signal at the end of the block and the Train window gray’s out meaning there is no movement of the engine. When I look at System Pins I find the message ‘ Currently locked by global condition’. I just can’t find any ‘master’ control to unlock the block and wondered if you might be able to offer a solution.

    Many thanks,



    Posted by Anthony Pugh | October 26, 2019, 11:08
    • Does the Autotrain schedule show in the Engines and Trains list? If it does, chances are accidentally one of the icons in the toolbar like “Locj all Schedules” or “Lock all Blocks” is activated. If they are all off … then there is no reason why the schedule does not run. If the problems persist … write here again and I’ll send you an email and you can send me your file.


      Posted by RudyB | October 26, 2019, 12:07
      • Hi Rudy,

        I’m sure your observation is absolutely right, however, try as I might I just can’t find a ‘Lock all Blocks (or Schedule)’ Icon in any toolbar! I’ve played with all the ‘Lock Exit and Entry’ Icons in the block lock within the operational toolbar but this just does not get rid of my original red signal at the exit point of the block.

        Any further thoughts would be welcomed.


        Posted by Anthony | October 27, 2019, 12:31
  2. Hi Rudy

    I have just successfully completed the auto drag and drop feature and simulated it after following your video, but was not so successful when tested on the layout. I found the train did not ramp down and imeadiatly stop as it entered the block



    Posted by andy | November 6, 2016, 12:44
    • That only happens when there are no brake and stop marker specified with the sensor. Then the engine uses the sensor itself to stop, hense immediately when it touches the sensor. Go into the block properties and create a brake and stop marker. Give it a ramp that assures smooth braking, and place the stop marker a couple of cm further away, that should do the trick. Can see this in sim mode also, when you open a train window, the speed of the train should gradually decrease.


      Posted by RudyB | November 6, 2016, 15:49
      • Thanks for the reply I did set up the brake and stop markers, but will retry doing them in any case




        Posted by Andy | November 6, 2016, 16:29
  3. Hi, may make an oval circuit with a deviation of output and input offset the same circuit but ………… 2 trains circulating in opposite directions. It is the only example I have not seen on the internet.
    Designed in Traicontroller
    Greetings and thank you


    Posted by Manuel | August 11, 2015, 12:19
  4. Dear Rudy
    I have just seen your seven Videos on how to use “Traincontroller”. I am a beginner. Your Videos are absolute great. I thank you very very much. Our model railway Hobby is becoming much more interesting using TC and you show the way to it.
    I am hoping, to discover TC Video 08.
    Thank you very much for your absolute great instructions.

    Fredi Weiersmüller, in 9063 Stein AR (Switzerland)


    Posted by Fredi Weiersmüller - Renaudin | June 19, 2015, 12:51

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