Documentation – ProTrak Basics Manual

Documentation – ProTrak Basics Manual

  1. The ProTrak Basics Manual   –   “The Manual”
  • Authored by users.  Covers everything for basic setup and operations
  • Principal author: Doug Seymour (Edmonton). Please see the Foreword for a complete list of the 17 people who contributed to the completion and production of “The Manual“.
  • To learn more about the Author click here.
  • First Release January 16th, 2009.  Additions and revisions December 23rd, 2010, Second Release July 16, 2015
  • 638 pages in 13 chapters (so far), with 12 Appendicesirst
  • Complete PTBM V1.2 Manual available in downloadable ZIP archive.

Name and Link Title / Description Revision Issue Date
READ ME FIRST Read me file 1.2 July 16, 2015
ProTrak Basics Manual cover with Dedication 1.2 July 16, 2015
Foreword with Acknowledgements 1.2 July 16, 2015
Version 1.2 Record of Changes Record of Changes 1.2 July 16, 2015
Table of Contents  Table of Contents 1.2 July 16, 2015
Introduction Introduction 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 1 Setting Up the Railroad 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 2 Setting Up Stations 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 3 Setting Up Staging Tracks 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 4 Setting Up a Main Yard 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 5 Setting Up Trains 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 6 Setting Up Customers 1.2 July 16, 2015
Chapter 7 Setting Up Freight Cars 1.2 July 15, 2015
Chapter 8 Setting up Waybills and Car-orders 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 9 First Operating Session 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 10 Next Operating Sessions 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 11 More car-orders and Operating Sessions 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 12 Add Castle Rock and Run Sessions – a “turn” 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 13a Basic Passenger Train Operations – 1 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Chapter 13b Basic Passenger Train Operations – 2 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Index    1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix A Definitions 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix B Tables (Data) 1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix C Enlarged Figures 1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix D Data Field Color Meanings 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix E Trouble shooting and Help Files 1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix F Backup and Restore Procedures 1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix G Operations Reports 1.2 July 16, 2015
Appendix H ProTrak Program Option Defaults 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix I “Quick Traffic” 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix J Error/Advice Messages 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix K Timetables 1.1 December 23rd, 2010
Appendix L Q&A – Questions and Answers from chatlist – tagged for easy retrieval 1.2 July 16, 2015
Complete Manual Complete Manual in ZIP archive 1.2 July 16, 2015

Chapters are listed individually so updates can be posted with smaller files.

If you have comments please email Doug at:   

  1. Specific Support Documents 

Routing Through Staging  

  • Describes routing options and methods for cars moving to and from staging
    • How to route cars through staging on connecting trains using logical yards
  • Principal Author: Joe Brann
  • Version 1.0: January 13th, 2010

Continuing-in-Transit (CIT) 

  • Describes continuing-in-transit options and methods
  • There is a datafield on the “edit waybill” window called “Continuing in transit”. Normally this waybill datafield is left blank, but if a waybill list number is entered this will cause ProTrak to make certain actions.
  • Principal Authors: Jim Moir and Joe Brann
  • Version 1.0: April 12th, 2016
  1. The Recipe And Operations Summary Book

The Recipe Book This is the Book distributed with ProTrak for Windows

84 pages, covering only items users have had the most problems with.

Release Date: Tuesday, March 16th, 2004

 

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