Computerised carloads system

GEfan Aug 30, 2021

  1. GEfan

    GEfan TrainBoard Member

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    Evening all,
    I am trying to jog my memory and failing rapidly! Going back a few years, there was a computer system (I think it was PC only) that was text-based, could have been Windows graphical tho. It generated carload data in the style of the old CSX computer system, able to produce train manifests, switchless, what was heading to a yard or waiting to leave a yard etc. There was quite a community around it if I recall.

    There could have been add-ons available for actual control, but the core software didn't do anything like that it was just about carloads and traffic management, although I recall when I last looked they might have been looking at some RfID tag system to detect which cars were on a train? But I may be wrong in that.

    Can anyone remember the name of the system - and is it still about?

    Rich
     
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  2. GEfan

    GEfan TrainBoard Member

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    Its all ok, I have answered my own question! Protrak was what I was thinking ... https://protrak.org
     
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    Dave1905 TrainBoard Member

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    The developer, Jim Moir, passed away so it is out there as freeware, but it is zombie software, it will never be modified or updated.

    As an alternative there is a free system called JMRI Operations, it is open source, Java based and has a large following. Oh, and its free.
     
  4. GEfan

    GEfan TrainBoard Member

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    Ah I wondered why it had gone to a free download. Thanks. I'll have a look at JMRI Ops, although I suspect both will be overkill for me, the layout being staging to yard to staging, but it was the proper railroad style of the paperwork that appealed with Protrak to be honest.
     

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