Model RailRoad Manager (tm), MRRM (tm), software provides model railroad Inventory, Maintenance and Waybill-based Traffic Generation. Advanced version includes Dispatcher, Fascia, Cab Panels Editor and Operations, Layout Locomotive, Turnout, Signal, Block Occupancy, and other sensor Control. Advanced edition also provides HyperThrottle Cabs that integrate rail traffic workload and layout control, Multi-layout Operations for virtual car forwarding between layouts, Remote Operations to drive trains from a distance, Web Cams, Internet features, and extended DCC support.

Dispatching with an Integrated Layout

Purpose | Screen Images | Data Description | Function Descriptions | How to Use


If you connect MRRM to your layout command bus, you can command turnouts and signals with MRRM. If your layout supports feedback, you can receive block occupancy, turnout, signal and Digitrax transponder inputs. Command and feedback options are currently limited to a Digitrax compatible architecture. JMRI, with extensions, is used to command and receive feedback from your layout.

Screen Images:

This diagram shows track diagrams and associated toggle diagrams for a portion of my layout. The Eastmost location on my layout is shown in the upper track schematic on the left side. Trackwork then flows west to right side of the upper track schematic and then continues on the lower schematic on the left. When a locomotive triggers the left most bod in the upper schematic, its equivalent graphic on the lower right panel will also turn red. If loco following is enabled, the marks and numbers, direction and manifest identification information will be displayed if you 'mouse rollover' the bod.

Data Description:

defined in the editor discussion

Function Descriptions:

Normally, signals operate in response to BOD and Turnout activity or the aspect of a 'related' signal down the track. Right click a signal to force its aspect to another state.

Right click a BOD to establish the Train loco tracking information at trains origin or to correct information en route. Popups let you specify the loco's rolling stock ID, its movement direction and other label information.

How to Use:

Define one or two dispatcher positions to mange your layout during operations. Use the track diagrams to monitor the status of your turnouts, signals, BODs, and transponders, then optimize the traffic on your railroad.

Use the Toggle diagram to operate your Turnouts in CTC mode. The basic (dumbest) signal logic defaults to control the signals when the turnout changes. If you use the JMRI simple signal rules (Panel Pro), those rules will cascade the adjacent signals per the specification you created. (See MRRM signals tabpage for automatically creating a JMRI XML file with simple signal rules created by pointing and clicking from your MRRM inventory of BODs, Turnouts, and Signals.)

Use the megablocks at the top to select and load a different Track diagram and related Toggle diagram.

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