In the previous video we created shuttle and cycle Schedules with the Auto Train Toolbar. We were able to save them, they ended up in the Schedules tab of the Dispatcher window.
It is possible to create and edit Schedules directly in the Dispatcher window. This even gives us some more possibilities and some more ‘precise’ control than the Auto Train Toolbar, which is why this way of creating Schedules has my preference.
First get into Edit mode via the toolbar Edit icon, or via the View menu > Edit Mode, or via the shortcut Ctrl-E.
Open the ‘Dispatcher’ via the Window menu > New Dispatcher Window.
Create a new Schedule via the Schedule menu > Create Schedule.
In the left sidebar click the Schedule tab, the new Schedule should be listed there as Schedule##. Double click the Schedule to open its Properties window. Give it a name in the General tab and change all other parameters to suit our needs. In the Rules tab (de)select all the Rules we want to be active for this Schedule.
To add blocks and routes to the Schedule, first activate the Tools menu > Pick From Block Diagram, or click its icon in the Dispatcher Window toolbar.
We can now click blocks and routes from the diagram and they will be included in the Schedule. If a mistake is made, click a block or route and hit Delete on the keyboard. Not to worry, it deletes it from the Schedule, not from the diagram.
Personally I find it more convenient to open the ‘Routes in Schedule’ tab in the left sidebar and select the routes I like to include there. This automatically also includes the blocks connected to the routes.
When done, we need to click the blocks we want to become our start and destination blocks and click the appropriate Start (green arrow) or End (orange bar) icon.
If we like to modify block properties, double click a block and make the changes, like e.g. add a scheduled waiting time. These settings are only valid for this block in THIS Schedule. The same block can have different properties in another Schedule. This makes it all very powerful and versatile.