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Main-spessart Questions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by adamant365, Jan 16, 2020.

  1. adamant365

    adamant365 New Member

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    Hello All,
    I have a few questions regarding Main-Spessart operations:
    1. If a main signal indicates a speed restriction, when am I cleared from that restriction to return to track speed? The manual just says "from this signal." But for how long?
    2. In the real world, what is the passenger door process? I gather that upon arriving, the doors are unlocked first with the knob and then opened with the "Open" toggle. But when done loading, is the door switch toggled closed first before locking, or is the lock knob simply moved to the "Lock All" position?
    3. Brake usage...when stopped at a station, are the train brakes left on until departure or are they released during loading? I've been applying the direct brake to hold the train then releasing the train brakes during loading to speed up the process slightly, but is this a correct procedure? EDIT: What does the the "Brake Release" toggle switch do?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. Anthony Pecoraro

    Anthony Pecoraro Well-Known Member

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    With 3, I use the train brake to stop the train, then apply the direct brake fully, then release the train brake. I've definitely seen that in real life.
     
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    thearkerportian Well-Known Member

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    1: Speed restrictions end with the next signal or the end of the switches area. Plus the length of your train, of course.

    2: The knob to select the door side should be used as you approach the platform, it will play the "exit left" or "exit right" announcements to the passengers. Then as you come to a stop, use the lever to open the doors and turn the knob back to closed so it's in a neutral position for the next stop.
     
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    Matto140 Well-Known Member

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    3. Depend on loco type. Modern locos (BR 146) have automatic brakepipe pressure drop when doors are open so train brake lever can be put to RELEASE. On older locos (BR 143) train brake can be released and train secured with direct brake. On longer passenger trains is better to let train brake at minimal setup to avoid wagon movement, the compressed train can expands after release of brakes.
     
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  6. adamant365

    adamant365 New Member

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    Fantastic answers. Thanks folks!

    Does the "Brake Release" toggle switch have any function in TSW? I can't seem to figure out what it does.
     
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