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    Default Are there any auto staff/mail exchangers available for Trainz (TANE in particular)

    Was wondering if there are any auto staff/mail exchangers available? If so, where?

    Are there any rolling stock carriages to utilise these?

    Russell

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    Can you describe more closely what you're after?

    Thanks John

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    Hello John,

    Years ago on Victorian Railways, Australia, before centralised signalling came in, a "staff" was used to ensure trains didn't enter occupied sections of track. This "staff" was a circle of metal or a rod of metal that was exchanged at stations from driver to station master and vice versa, to ensure safe passage. As they got cleverer, an mechanical, auto system of handing over a staff was developed, to allow trains to accept a "staff" while travelling at speed through the station. This meant that trains didn't have to slow to almost a stop to hand over the"staff".

    I think mail was dropped off by using a similar system in Britain.

    Hope you can make sense of my description.

    Just had a look on you tube - if you do a search for automatic staff (token) exchanger, video of what I am talking will show.

    Russell
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    Russell,

    Check out the assets by Elstoko, if that's how he spells his username. He made something like that.

    <kuid2:368725:35009:2> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern B
    <kuid:368725:35010> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern A
    <kuid:368725:35012> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern B
    <kuid:368725:35014> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern D
    <kuid:368725:35016> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern C
    <kuid:368725:35018> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern A
    <kuid:368725:35019> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern C
    <kuid:368725:35020> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern D
    <kuid2:368725:90035:9> Staff-transfer track, for avatar operation

    Hope these help. I have no idea how to use them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JCitron View Post
    Russell,

    Check out the assets by Elstoko, if that's how he spells his username. He made something like that.

    <kuid2:368725:35009:2> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern B
    <kuid:368725:35010> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern A
    <kuid:368725:35012> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern B
    <kuid:368725:35014> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern D
    <kuid:368725:35016> Staff, ordinary, wood, Pattern C
    <kuid:368725:35018> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern A
    <kuid:368725:35019> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern C
    <kuid:368725:35020> Staff, miniature electric, Pattern D
    <kuid2:368725:90035:9> Staff-transfer track, for avatar operation

    Hope these help. I have no idea how to use them.
    They are used in a series of TS12 sessions and routes based around the Fingal line in Tasmania, set in 1955.

    A simple demonstration session that, when downloaded and installed into TS12 will also download and install a cut down version of the full layout and other needed assets, is called TGR Fingal Line 1955 Demonstration Session <KUID2:45176:100032:4>. Other sessions are available that will require the full layout. Search for TS12 sessions by myself pware

    I am currently working on a full T:ANE version of the Fingal line to be released when SP2 is out. While it does not use the staff assets of the TS12 version, it still "simulates" the exchange of section staffs at control points along the line.
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    Thanks JCitron & Pware for your replies.

    johnwhelan, also thanks for your input.

    I'll have a look at the Fingal stuff in the hope finding something that will do what I am trying to do.

    Regards,

    Russell

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    I think there is the asset you are looking for somewhere. I remember it. It would be from an early version and maybe on a european site.
    Might have even been in Thomas the Tank.
    Cheers,
    Mike

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    Thanks Mike.

    Are there any 'destructions' about how to set up the Fingal assets?
    Also, are there any rolling stock that use these assets?

    Thanks in advance,

    Russell

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    If you download the Fingal sessions you will get all the rolling stock (T and H Class steam, X class diesel and a DP railmotor) that use the ordinary staff, electric staff and tickets as "commodities" carried in the loco cab, plus the "industry assets" that are used to exchange the staff/tickets. The layout asset contains the complete manual, as a .txt file which has to be renamed to a .pdf to read, that explains everything you need to use the system. It is not for the faint hearted.
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    Thanks for that.

    Ill see if I can work it out.

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    Before you invest time in the Fingal Line staff assets, rmdk22, be aware that these staff assets did not entail the auto-exchanger that you seek. The staff exchange on the Fingal Line was performed by railway personnel moving between stationary trains and the safeworking equipment. And this is how it is represented in the Fingal Line Trainz sessions - the players perform the safeworking by inhabiting Safeworking Officer avatars.

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    Thanks Elstoko.

    You are correct. I was looking more for an automatic version.

    Russell

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