Hi. Ive been trying to brake smoothly thru speed reductions and stopping at stations. Very difficult using drivers brake. Takes a very long time for the air pressure to bleed off to go that extra 10m. I started to use the drivers brake for initial slow down then straight brake, the bleed off time is much faster, to slow into the station. But this has problems because some platforms are down grades. Very hard to stop. I tried a few alternatives and found, to me, a very good, smooth way of stopping or slowing down to speed and maintaining the new speed thru the change. Whilst the brake is in "initial" there is some pressure in the brakes slowing the train and used concert with the throttle, more or less throttle, it was possible to come to a very smooth stop at platform or speed slow down. IE leave brake at "initial" and only use throttle to adjust speed. I only hope my brake pads last. ;-) Hope Ive been helpful.