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ATCS screenshot
« on: August 26, 2013, 11:24:42 PM »
Received a question tonight about ATCS and what it looks like.  The screen shot here is from the NCD this evening.  This is what we're looking at all the time...very cool!

If it moves or makes noise...I'm interested!

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2013, 12:13:13 AM »
Thats pretty cool.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2013, 08:48:07 AM »
It might help to know that the CP that are red in color are active (monitored) and are displaying recently updated information (like signal status and track occupancy).

The green track has been cleared by the dispatcher for a train, and the red sections are occupied track (a train, hopefully).  Blue track has been locked out (usually for maintenance in the way) and chances are you will not see a train there.

I'll let others who know more than I fill in the rest.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #3 on: August 27, 2013, 11:42:30 AM »
Looks like the district is DEAD in the middle  :)

The "red" names are active Control Points, meaning the computer has received the info from that Control Point.
If the names are "blue" then they have received a command from the dispatcher.
If they are "yellow" then there hasn't been anything sent to them for a few minutes but are active.
If they are "grey" then they haven't received any data in a while.
The north and south ends of the railroad are dead spots.  And CP79 in Marion and CP-Alex in Alexandria are tough to grab spots, but most mornings and evenings they grab.

Green track segments mean the dispatcher has lined the train, you can tell the direction by the signal that is green.
Red track segments mean there is a occupancy in that block, train or freight cars, some track equipment can also do this.
Blue means a permit is issued to a maintainer and nothing will be in that block until its cleared (only some sections of the railroad show this via ATCS though)
Purple is due to a train being in the block when the dispatcher issues a permit, its a quirk in the software of ATCS/Track Builder.

Signals flashing, that is when the dispatcher inputs a command and the actual CP hasn't done the actual route yet, once the field (CP) does it, then the signal will stop flashing.  Best case is when a train is following another, dispatcher lines the second one up in a fleet (or stacking the commands in so the signals line automatically) then it will flash as soon as the first train clears until the next block clears in which the signal will stop flashing the block will go green and the train has a favorable signal.

No, no names of trains are shown, just occupancy.  But you can see how it rolls on the railroad.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #4 on: August 27, 2013, 03:41:09 PM »
Actually the light purple (occupied with track authority in place) is accurate as to what is shown on ds screen i believe
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #5 on: August 27, 2013, 03:49:42 PM »
Actually the light purple (occupied with track authority in place) is accurate as to what is shown on ds screen i believe

It depends on the system. 

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2013, 06:29:29 PM »
Here is a screenshot of the CE&D one May morning.
One thing to watch for is the switches at the ends of sidings. I've seen the violet square appear as a train is passing over a switch which means the switch is getting out of correspondence. Its either in the contacts in the junction box or the switch points physically moving. Either way its not cool.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2013, 07:34:46 PM »
Here is a screenshot of the CE&D one May morning.
One thing to watch for is the switches at the ends of sidings. I've seen the violet square appear as a train is passing over a switch which means the switch is getting out of correspondence. Its either in the contacts in the junction box or the switch points physically moving. Either way its not cool.

West Montpiler had a derail that would do this. But in rapid fire. Out,in,out,in......
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2013, 07:54:19 PM »
Didn't you say "switch route lock" will also do this?

It shows up at CP248.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2013, 08:29:31 PM »
Didn't you say "switch route lock" will also do this?

It shows up at CP248.

And CP-79.

229/230 would have them if they had any switch.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #10 on: November 22, 2013, 12:48:54 PM »
Actually the light purple (occupied with track authority in place) is accurate as to what is shown on ds screen i believe
You are correct.  The purple color is a result of the red track occupancy and the blue block combined together.  That is what the dispatcher sees on his CTC screen.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #11 on: December 19, 2013, 09:40:10 PM »
What does it take to get the ATCS Hooked up to watch on the Computer?

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #12 on: December 19, 2013, 09:45:38 PM »
Go here: http://inrd.gotdns.com/atcs/index.htm
Also, as a note. Hugo westward has been dark all day.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #13 on: December 19, 2013, 09:52:08 PM »
Go here: http://inrd.gotdns.com/atcs/index.htm
Also, as a note. Hugo westward has been dark all day.
Hugo on is hit or miss.  Once the FtWayne west server is upgraded we should have all the terminal covered.  Right now the Ossian server gets it most the time.

you can go to the Web atcs group on yahoogroup and join then downlosd the  program and get more territories.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2013, 10:43:00 PM »
Would that cover west beyond Roanoke?
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« Reply #15 on: December 20, 2013, 01:18:51 AM »
Would that cover west beyond Roanoke?
probably not.  Finding people along the route especially Wabash would be great.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2014, 01:04:29 AM »
Let alone Hugo working, I spy green in a segment that hasn't seen green before.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2014, 10:40:17 PM »
I see several sections that are rarely lit.  That said this time of year is good for skips In the morning and at night.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2014, 11:54:36 PM »
The Huntington to Mardenis bit was actually working, showed the OCS running through and the train behind it taking the siding.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #19 on: August 04, 2014, 04:17:29 PM »
The Huntington to Mardenis bit was actually working, showed the OCS running through and the train behind it taking the siding.

Ya it was likely being grabbed by the Ossian server which is a long grab but happens at night and early morning.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #20 on: August 04, 2014, 04:38:18 PM »
Ya it was likely being grabbed by the Ossian server which is a long grab but happens at night and early morning.

West Fort Wayne more likely, it's the king of skip grab...
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2014, 05:01:21 PM »
Heck I didn't think it was grabbing anything much lol

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« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2014, 06:59:25 PM »
It picks up a ton of skip because local signals are not stepping on the skip lol
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2014, 11:14:57 AM »
It had me looking forward to the eventual coverage here to the west  ;)
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2014, 12:21:07 PM »
Well it's all about hosts and the $ to make it happen.

Finding a host on the northeast side of Wabash would really help

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2014, 04:17:54 PM »
If Andrews is at good as it gets for near Wabash, we got two of us here who can help.
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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2014, 05:33:56 PM »
We are still discussing it and trying to work it all out.  Sadly it's in the valley though.

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Re: ATCS screenshot
« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2014, 08:09:30 PM »
West Fort Wayne more likely, it's the king of skip grab...

Would that grab West Lagro as well? This is how it looks right now, interesting it gets Huntington and not Roanoke.
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« Reply #28 on: August 26, 2014, 06:02:00 PM »
The old Wabash from Lafayette to Fort Wayne is interesting in how it lays in that valley and if you are in that valley it limits the range greatly. Get out of said valley preferred north of it and you grab a good stretch. 
We honestly need a sit just northeast of Wabash that would cover a chunk.