To start a Schedule, so far we had to open the Dispatcher window, find the schedule in the list, right click and select start forward or reverse. It works, but it requires several actions. It would be much more convenient to have a switch on our Switchboard that can start the schedule.
Well … that is possible. It is even quite simple. Just add a switch to the Switchboard, double click it and in the properties window, in the ‘Operations’ tab, add the schedule(s) to start to the right hand pane. That’s all! Click the appropriate icon if you’d like to start a schedule in reverse. With a shuttle schedule, it is a good idea to add the same schedule twice, once in forward and once in reverse direction, it will then always start no matter if the train is in the start or in the destination block.
It would of course also be nice if we can stop the schedule with that same switch. Also that is possible. Go to the Dispatcher window and double click the schedule in the list to open its properties window. Now in the ‘Conditions’ tab add the switch to the right hand pane as a start condition. This means, as long as the switch is ‘on’, the schedule can start as a successor, or in the case of a shuttle or cycle it restarts itself. If the switch is turned ‘off’, then the condition of not met, end the schedule will not restart.