The heart of Wagonflow is its freight control, so we’d better look at that first. You’ve seen the basic operation, but it has far more to it than presented on these pages – not the least being a relaxed Autoflow mode that tells the hidden sidings operator which vehicles to assemble trains with, instead of making his own choices. It also has an Empties routine that redirects vehicles to other stations, simulating trade exchanges between towns. And it has a Via system for freight that cannot get directly from origin to destination – for example vehicles that get dropped off at a junction station for later haulage by the branch goods train. In the course of operations, mistakes will occur (such as wagons getting overlooked) – or you may just think a mistake has happened. To help you out, Wagonflow has its Wagonfleet screen, recording the current location, load condition and so forth for every vehicle. The above snippet gives you an idea of it; I’ll leave explanations of it to the manual – but it all makes sense very quickly!
Modellers usually take a lot of pride in their motive power – whether it’s a Berkshire or a Beyer-Garratt or an A3 pacific – or just the little 0-6-0 that you remember from when it was the real thing. Of course the next thing is you want to show it off. Well, in Wagonflow, you can! Wagonflow includes a free-form screen where you can list your locomotives, their types, their shed allocations if you wish, and even their official condition or the turns of duty they are currently scheduled for. This list can also be added to when visitors come, or for layout operation at an exhibition or whatever, then restored to its previous condition in seconds. Though it isn’t obvious here, the right hand column is wide enough to add plenty of detail.
Lastly we have the carriage (car) screen. It can be used quite simply as an identifying list when operating – Ratio here being the name of a UK kit manufacturer – or it can be strictly by the prototype designation. Again it’s a free-form screen, and again it can be added to when visitors come or stock is shared for exhibition use. But it also has room for information on the duties the stock is assigned to, and you can list individual vehicles such as Pullman cars, short units for adding to a train (e.g. kitchen and dining cars), or whole sets of coaches. Wagonflow doesn’t yet provide full support for diagramming of locos and coaches, but these two screens give you a starting point for doing it yourself.
Why not give it a try? Better still, why not Buy Wagonflow!