IMPORTS – TRAFFIC DUE AT EACH STATION

A typical day dawns with your station(s) demanding new traffic. This can be exchanged between stations but for simplicity, let’s assume the first train comes from the hidden sidings (staging tracks). The operator there pulls up Wagonflow’s Imports screen to see what the first station wants.

Wagonflow has already identified this from the profiles we were just looking at and the operator assembles a train of suitable vehicles to match the needs. He has free choice of vehicle – e.g. any cattle van will do if a cattle van is required – then he types the vehicle numbers to the screen. He prints out the despatch list, passes it to the station operator, so he will know which client needs which vehicle, and sends the train out according to the schedule. (Incidentally, Wagonflow has an alternative mode for the above operation, called Autoflow.)

If the train calls at more than one station, the despatcher can, of course, assemble it with several sections to be dropped on route. The clients are all individually identified, so there is no confusion over destination.

You’ll also notice in the screenshot that a window has been popped up to allow extra traffic to be sent. You might do this to send a friend’s visiting vehicles or (dare one say it?) to bolster a thin traffic day and give the operator some work. If thin days crop up too frequently, a few minutes work on the client profiles can improve this immensely.

Meanwhile, in the station...!