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For beginners who have not yet mastered the art of timetable reading, or are only interested in a quick session, there is the Train Overview which is a summary of the expected trains, and the current trains in the yard. Train types, speed, location, platform stops, destination, etc, are available here.

Remember that this window is a bit of a cheat; historically, dispatchers in did not have this sort of detailed information about their trains. If you want the simulation to be as real as possible, keep the Train Overview closed. You might find that it’s harder than you think!

The upper portion of the window contains trains that have not yet arrived in your area of responsibility, but are expected in the near future. If the train is expected in about 5 minutes or so, then the entry becomes yellow. If, for some reason, the train cannot be sent to you, then it is shown in red.

Upcoming trains

Each entry in the upcoming trains section (upper portion) of the window has the following information:

  • The Time the train is scheduled to arrive
  • Train ID of train as recorded in the timetable
  • The Type of train it is
  • Whether the train requires catenary (indicated by the yellow lightning bolt)
  • The location From which the train has come
  • Time Status – ‘on time’ if no delays, or ‘+N’ where N is number of minutes late
  • Estimated Time of Arrival – the actual expected time, taking into account any delay


Meaning of background colors:

  • inline : Train will arrive in the dispatching area within 5 minutes.
  • inline : Trains is delayed.

Current trains

Each entry in the current trains section (lower portion) of the window has the following information:

  • Coloured icon (see below)
  • Train ID (see note about Line Operations)
  • The Type of train it is
  • Whether the train requires catenary (indicated by the yellow lightning bolt)
  • The current location of the train (block sections are in parentheses)
  • Direction of the train, often combined with a status text (see below)
  • The intended Destination of the train (*** is used to indicate no specific destination )
  • The train’s next platform stop ( ‐‐ is used to indicate no next stop)
  • Train’s delay, with respect to the timetable, in minutes


Meaning of background colors:

  • inline (blinking) : Less then 1 minute before departure, but next signal is showing stop aspect.
  • inline (blinking) : The departure time is has been reached, but next signal is showing stop aspect.
  • inline (blinking): The departure time has been exceeded with 2 minutes, and the next signal shows stop.
  • inline (steady) : The train is 10 to 30 minutes late.
  • inline (steady) : The train is more than 30 minutes late.


For you convenience, the bottom portion of the window can be sorted by clicking on a column header. Clicking again will reverse the sort order.

Line Operations

When in Line Operations, and a train is not in your interlocking area (and thus, not in your area of control) the train ID is shown using round brackets, like so: (4711)

This indicates that while the train is visible on the panel it is already outside your area of control.

Train Overview Icons

In the current trains section, coloured icons indicate useful information about the train.

Colour Meaning
Driver status train movement.png Train is moving as a train movement.
Driver status incident.png Train has a driver but for some reason, cannot move
Driver status engineering driver.png Train is staffed with an engineering driver
Driver status shunt movement.png Train is moving as a shunt movement
Driver status not staffed.png Train is not staffed

Train Overview Status Messages

The following is a list of status messages used in the Train Overview:

  • the addition (LZB) indicates that the train is running under LZB-Cabsignalling system.
Status Meaning
<blank> The train is moving – no other information is available
Very high Speed Train is moving at a speed faster than 200 km/h.
High Speed Train is moving at a speed faster than 160 km/h.
Full Speed Train is moving at top speed.
Max Speed Train is moving at maximum allowed speed.
Slow Train is moving less than 40 km/h
Very Slow Train is moving less than 30 km/h
Restricted Speed Driver is “running on sight”
Stopped The train is stopped, and has a driver. If the symbol “]‐o” or “o‐[“ is shown, then the train is close to a signal.
Standing Train is stopped and has a driver, but cannot move for some reason.
At Platform The train stands at a platform; there may or may not be a driver. The departure time of the train may be indicated in brackets – the train will not depart before this time.
No Driver The train is stopped and has no driver. This is often a stabled train.
Incident Train has had an incident and has suffered an emergency brake application.
Uncoupling The train is in the process of uncoupling.
Brake Test The train has coupled and is undergoing a test of the brake system as per regulations.
Shunting The train is shunting.
Cars Only The train does not have any vehicles that can provide traction. No driver is implied.
At Telephone The driver is at a telephone, attempting to call the dispatcher.
Coasting The (electric) train has no catenary power, or has suffered an engine defect.
No Power The (electric) train is stopped and has no catenary power.
Releases Brakes The train will not accelerate as it is in the process of releasing the brakes.
Changing Direction The driver is busy getting ready to turnaround.
Switching Cab The driver is walking to the other end of the train.
Propelled The driver is pushing a train, while coordinating with a signal man via hand signals. The speed will not exceed 30km/h.
Starting The driver is preparing to begin moving the train.
Departing The train is standing at the platform while the conductor is busy performing departure procedures.
Waiting The train is standing and the operational staff is busy preparing the train for movement.

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