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1 JMRI Operation Part II More Fun with Operation NMRA National Convention Cleveland, OH July 14, 2014

2 More Fun with Operation JMRI Operation Part II Getting more out of JMRI More than Random Moves More than “Loads” and “Empties”

3 Graphic: MR, June, 1962 Today’s Agenda Explore more JMRI features – Tie to Part I – Moving cars with a purpose “Custom loads” “Schedules” Multi-step material flows – Other JMRI track types Yards Interchange/classification Staging – Different types of trains Example RR Operations – Birmingham Southern MRR – Birmingham District MRR

4 Graphic: MR, June, 1962 Wonder what’s in them cars? Wonder where they’s going? Wonder why they’s going? Charlie Getzdemderteryieu

5 BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND… Today’s Goal: Moving Cars and Loads with a Purpose Graphic: MR, June, 1962

6 Things to Think About Running a railroad can be very complex Operations can reflect all of this But it doesn’t have to You can have fun And keep it simple… Or make it more complex… Run a train Switch cars One at a time And More…

7 What is JMRI? JMRI (Java Model RR Interface) Today’s focus is on “Operations” module – Not about “dispatching”; does create trains – Develops “manifests” to move cars/do work JMRI Ops has multiple layers of complexity – May be your “random” car mover – Can be your “supply chain logistics” car forwarder – Another dimension for your model railroading fun(?)

8 Key Things to Do in JMRI Ops Build database of your RR – Settings – Locations – Routes – Cars – Trains – Locomotives This can generate lots of moves and fun Adding “relationships” can make more fun

9 Build train at origin Do “work” at interim locations Un-build (“terminate”) train at Destination Typical JMRI Manifest End Train Route Begin There’s more to model railroading operations… Than plain old “loads & empties”

10 HOW/WHY DO RR’S MOVE CARS? The Basic Work of the Railroad is Moving Freight

11 Graphic: MR, July, 1961; Nov. 1975 So, trains move cars with specific loads for a specific purpose… Can JMRI Operations do this for us?

12 Graphic: MR, June, 1962 Yup!

13 TYPES OF LOCATIONS All Locations are NOT the Same

14 Store cars, “swap” loads Store cars (only) Store cars for forwarding Store trains (only) Fundamental Stuff In JMRI a “location” is a place with track 4 types of “locations” in JMRI – Spur tracks – Yard tracks – Interchange tracks – Staging tracks We can put “conditions” on locations – Loads – Cars – Sequences and numbers of cars – Trains – Routes

15 SET UP LOCATIONS Remember “Name Every Place” on the Railroad

16 “Locations” – Amhurst “Yard” – Community Lumber – 4L Jct. – Passing Siding – Twenty Five Jct. – Evergreen Dagget Electrical Evergreen Furniture – Indy Getty Oil Iron Works Hegert Whsl – Forman Foundry – Wm’s Hardware NB SB

17 “Locations” – Forman Foundry – Iron Works – Wm’s Hardware “Products” (aka “loads”) – Forman Foundry Receives: billets (?) Ships: bars – Iron Works Receives: bars Ships: crow bars – Wm’s Hardware Receives: crow bars Ships: empties Business -- It’s All About Relationships… Business -- It’s All About Relationships… Car Move Car Move

18 Now we have: – Set of three locations Foundry Iron Works Hardware – Set of three loads Billets Bars Crow Bars – A reason to move cars! – A sequence to follow JMRI can do this! Let’s see how to do it…

19 What do we have to do next? Edit CARS Create “custom loads” – Tell JMRI about loads Select a car type Define a load for that car – Use with “schedules” Next step Edit LOCATIONS Create a “schedule” – Pick a location – Edit the spur track – Add a schedule to spur Name the car type What is received? What is shipped?

20 CREATE CUSTOM LOADS FOR CARS You may need to create “custom loads” Let’s review some…

21 Cars Needed for Work to be Done Make a list of locations Assume car types for locations Yards should serve all car types Some locations are – “Placeholders” for routing – Don’t need cars There is no “right” answer – Just select some cars to start – You may fine tune/adjust later

22 Create Custom Load for Boxcars

23 CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR A SPUR Modify a location’s spur track to create a schedule

24 Locations

25 Edit Locations

26 Edit Spur Track

27 Add Schedule

28 Schedule Created! Will it Work…?

29 Build the Train…

30 It Worked! Let’s review… Created a load – Steel Bars – To be shipped – Where to??? What about billets? – We didn’t ship them… – They weren’t rec’d… – OK, came yesterday… Start somewhere!

31 Things to Think About Spur tracks swap loads – May start with “Empty” – “Empty’s” become “loads” at your plant OR… You could define the prior product as a “custom load” Spur track – Receives prior product – Ships “new” custom load But remember… Process must: – Start somewhere – End somewhere How long is your “supply chain”? Is the “prior product” on the layout? You could have an “imaginary plant” located off the layout – Generate prior products – Consume newly made products – How would you do this? It’s all up to your Industrial Development Department’s creativity Hmmmm…. – Real factories – Imaginary factories…

32 CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR A SPUR Modify a location’s spur track to create a schedule Ain’t got no crow bars…


34 CREATE A SCHEDULE FOR A SPUR Modify a location’s spur track to create a schedule Gotta’ move them crow bars somewhere…

35 What are they going to do with the crow bars at the Foundry? Melt them and start over? Let’s review Forman Foundry Ships steel bars Iron Works Ships crow bars Wm’s Hardware Receives crow bars

36 Lessons Learned All efforts to make things more specific will increase the chance of something going wrong! Each time you try a new step, run the train and see what happens It may take multiple iterations for the desired effect to occur Murphy’s Law at work Check as you go! Your custom loads are competing with random movements

37 Lessons Learned Custom loads & schedules are powerful tools – Use for special cases – can become complex – Building blocks for great operations scenarios – Good uses are multi-step mfg. process – Works well with offsite (imaginary) producers/consumers – Good uses are “open top” loads – May “schedule” #’s of cars Schedule car sequence by type of car Don’t necessarily have to use “custom loads” Let the “random” moves take care of other traffic You can mix the two methods – Process oriented industries with specific materials/products – Background warehouse or interchange traffic is not specific

38 Other JMRI Track Types Yards – Do not swap loads – May divide yards into parts Inbound Outbound – May restrict tracks for car types, e.g., hoppers only Simplify switching (class by car type) – May restrict load type – May restrict railroad that serves yard

39 Other JMRI Track Types Classification/Interchange – Special type of “yard track” – Do not swap loads – May restrict for: Load types Car types, e.g., hoppers only Trains/routes that setout vs. pickup Railroad that serves track

40 Other JMRI Track Types Staging Tracks (handle “trains”) – Assign trains to tracks Create “phantom” tracks w/ “# dash #” technique – Departing track (#4-1) – Return track (#4-2) Remember: train hasn’t moved till terminated Need “space” for the destination – May swap loads Train to staging is “rest of the world” “Other” consuming industries are implied – Some custom loads “leave” layout – Empties “return” to layout – AND – you may need to have “custom empties” too! Consider “continuous” staging; blocking but not “fiddling” – What comes into staging goes back out next time – We do block cars as required for “next run” when it is known

41 Putting JMRI to Work Birmingham Southern MRR – Industrial theme Prototype industries Moving finished products – Recent era - diesels No passenger – Utilizes JMRI custom loads & empties JMRI Schedules Onsite industries – “Relationships” – Onsite & Offsite Offsite industries – Produce items needed – Consume items produced Interchange traffic (JMRI) – Local origin/destination – Traffic to wide world Classification(JMRI) in Yards – Car types for convenience – Offsite industries by tracks Birmingham District MRR – Industrial “district” operations Steel mill theme Raw material to finished products – Steam to early transition era Freight and passenger – Utilizes Staging – “Open” staging w/ engine terminal – “Continuous” staging – Staging swaps loads “Mine to mill” logistics – Custom loads & empties – Schedules – Intermediate yards Interchange traffic w/ 8 trunk lines – Single track “yards” – Traffic to wide world Classification – Car types for convenience – Operators “sort by car type”

42 Birmingham Southern MRR Craig Gardner’s short line – Birmingham industrial area Prototype 76 miles in county Grew out of US Steel plant RR – Onsite industries – Doesn’t use “staging”! Uses lower level “offsite” Has two helixes (EB & WB) – Parallel main lines BS & “Class I” Two interchange locations – BS RR Captive industries Central “home” yard & engines Yard-to-point operation – Class I RR (NS RR) Through trains from “offsite” Lower level engine terminal Local switching Oak Grove Coal Loader

43 Birmingham Southern MRR HO Scale30’ x 15’Digitrax DCC

44 Birmingham Southern MRR

45 Typical train order for Ops Sessions Note “groups” How many trains should be built at a time? “Relationships” – Trains depend on prior builds for cars or loads – Complexity builds dependency… Prototypical…

46 Birmingham Southern RR Fairfield Yard to B’port turn – Moves hoppers – Inbound coal by barge Low sulphur in – Outbound coal as well High sulphur out – S/O empty tanks for asphalt terminal Bulk asphalt in by barge Distribute by tank car

47 Birmingham Southern RR USS Pipe Mill Switch Starts “light” at FY Picks up at Steel Mill – Mill is “offsite” – P/U Coils – P/U Pipe blanks Switches – Pipe Mill “onsite” – Local related industries Returns to FY

48 Birmingham Southern RR Class I Interchange – Picks up “offsite” ind’s – Works 2 interchanges Sets out for BS P/U’s from BS – May do local switching – Returns P/U’s to “offsite”

49 Birmingham Southern RR

50 Let’s lookit uh difr’nt RR…

51 Birmingham District MRR John Stewart’s Steam Era Industrial RR – Birmingham Steel “District” Iron & Steel Industries 8 Trunk Line RR’s + Industrials – L&N is home road Others by “trackage rights” Six interchange locations – Yards Main “staging” Downtown pocket yard Steel Works yard – Steel theme – “mine to mill” Iron ore Coal to coke Limestone – Related industries Scrap and iron pipe Cement Downtown industrial district 18 Miles

52 B Birmingham District MRR – HO Scale – Digitrax Control & JMRI Ops – 33’x12 + ’ plus 10’x14’ = 550 sf – Folded dog-bone – 5 branch lines

53 Birmingham District Trains Basic train “types” – Passenger trains Grade Separation project Staging to L&N Depot Head end cars – Interchange trains Staging to Interchange area L&N includes Downtown Yard Connects local industry to world – Raw Materials Trains More about this in Part III Created via JMRI tools

54 B Passenger Trains- from staging – Utilizes the “Grade Separation” feature 1928-1933 project Impacted L&N/ACL depot and platforms – Only running L&N trains at present Terminal Area Switcher required – Utilizes separate JMRI Switchlists

55 B Interchange trains - Background traffic from staging – L&N Local to Interchanges Cars to Downtown Yard & foreign roads Foreign road cars to staging – 18 train cycle, alternate NB & SB 1.L&N Local (p/u from L&N, s/o to foreign) 2.Foreign road (p/u “own”, s/o to L&N) 3.Terminal Area Switcher assists 4.Downtown switcher to DT Industries – Local Industry to/from “world” via interchange

56 B Raw material trains – Mine to mill Downtown & Fairfield Yards – Includes processing plants Iron ore Coal to coke Limestone – Serves steel mill – Affiliated industries

57 Graphic: MR, June, 1962 How d’ya run all them trains?

58 Birmingham District MRR Passenger Trains Interchange Trains Material Trains Sequence of material trains varies depending on need for materials at time of ops session For Ops Session


60 Graphic: MR, June, 1962 Let’s move them cars!

61 Thanks! Operating RR’s/Owners OPSIG Model Railroader DVD NMRA Division websites – Gateway Division Nicho Young – 25 Years! – “Operations Storyteller” Craig Gardner – Help with Construction Digitrax JMRI Our Ops Crews – BS MRR – BDMRR


63 Questions?


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