A Dispatcher, more commonly referred to as a [DS], is a member role in SCR. Dispatchers play a crucial role in the smooth operation of SCR, as they ensure traffic is consistently flowing as much as possible and all station departures are safe. They can easily be identified by their high-visibility jacket, baton and whistle.

Schedules for training sessions can be found below:

https://teamup.com/ksjvsq64z76yng84g8

To enter a Dispatcher training you must:

As of September 27th, 2020, there are 5,266 Dispatchers.

Dispatching procedure

Selecting

  1. Upon entering the Main Menu, go to the role selection and click "Dispatcher".
  2. Select the station you want to dispatch at.
  3. The game will select platforms for you to dispatch at based on the vacancy. If a station is filled with dispatchers, switch to another station that is less crowded. If a platform(s) is available, then the game will assign the platform(s) for you to dispatch. You may have multiple platforms to dispatch, which can get tricky especially on busy servers. For most stations, you will be assigned the Express/Connect often.

Dispatch

Without Guard
  1. Wait for a train to arrive. When a train arrives, make sure to see where the train stops and loads so you can position yourself to the appropriate area to dispatch. You must stand between the middle to rear of the train facing the front end of the train.
    • One example is to make sure you stand at the last 2 cars when dispatching a 4-car train.
  2. Click the TRTS button.
  3. Look at the signal, banner repeater or OFF indicator. If the signal is at proceed or caution, the banner repeater is at 45 degrees or the OFF indicator is illuminated, click the Close Doors button. After the doors have closed, make sure all of the doors are closed, and that there are no orange (interlock) lights on the side of the train, the proceed to paragraph 4.
  4. Do the same as paragraph 3, but click the Dispatch button to dispatch the train and also confirming that all doors are closed. Do not move until the animation is finished and the train has left the platform
With Guard
  1. Wait for a train to arrive. When a train arrives, make sure to see where the train stops and loads so you can position yourself to the appropriate area to dispatch. You must stand between the front to middle of the train facing the rear end of the train.
    • One example is to make sure you stand between the 2nd and 3rd cars when dispatching a 5-car train.
    • However, when there is a guard on a double-unit (e.g. Class 165/1), ensure you are standing between the the middle to rear, facing the front of the train.
  2. Click the TRTS button.
  3. Look at the signal, banner repeater or OFF indicator. If the signal is at proceed or caution, the banner repeater is at 45 degrees or the OFF indicator is illuminated, click the Close Doors button. After the doors have closed as the guard closes the doors, make sure all of the doors are closed, and that there are no orange (interlock) lights on the side of the train, the proceed to paragraph 4.
  4. Do the same as paragraph 3, but click the Dispatch button.Please also wait for the guard to show their torch and go into the rear driver cab.Only MOVE when the train fully left the platform.

Notes

  • If your train went past a red signal upon arrival and/or SPADed, you are clear to dispatch the train regardless of the signal, OFF indicator, or banner.
  • If there is a train that came after the SPADing train, you must dispatch the SPADing train first.
  • You should really dispatch late trains first, no matter the order of the train which entered. Please also follow their headcode and also operator for late trains to avoid confusion.

Further References

For further information about dispatching, read the Dispatching Handbook:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cFgs15NAtKyb3Y54LLHKy6qcsKApqAedCBlgd8tHyYQ/ (this should not be used as a replacement of training)

For information on proper dispatching techniques, please take a look at this video posted by the former Head of Platform Operations, Al_Vids:

Stepford_County_Railway_Dispatcher_Revision_Video_2019

Stepford County Railway Dispatcher Revision Video 2019


(updated wiki v1.4.0)


History

There was once CD/RA indicators at Bodin, however very few people ever got the chance to use them.

The dispatch process used to be manual and people would constantly ignore dispatchers which prompted the addition of the GUI system which we have in-game today.

As of the V1.1 update, Dispatchers now receive 5 points per dispatched train as opposed to the previous 1 point, due to the complaints of some Dispatchers.

Platform Assignments

This is a table for platform assignments for Dispatchers. You will be always placed to the first dispatch slot unless the spot is taken.
Stations Slots Platforms Direction/Notes
Connect
Willowfield 1-3 Terminating Tracks

Eastbound

Hemdon Park 1, 2 Both Directions
Beechley 1-4 Both Directions

Platform 1 - To Stepford Victoria and via Stepford Central

Platform 2 - To Willowfield

Platforms 3 and 4 - Terminating services to Stepford Victoria and via Stepford Central

Stepford Victoria 1 1-3 Terminating Tracks

Eastbound

2 4-6
Financial Quarter 1, 2 Both Directions
Stepford Central 1 1-9 Platforms 1-3 - (see Express section)

Platforms 4-9 - Eastbound terminating Connect platforms

3 10, 11 Platform 10 - Connect services to Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

Platform 11 - Connect services via Stepford East

Stepford East 1 1, 2, 3, 4 Platforms 1-2 - Services via Stepford UFC and via St Helens Bridge

Platform 3 - Services to Stepford Central

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

Stepford High Street 1, 2 Both Directions
Whitefield Lido 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Whitefield and Stepford UFC

Platforms 2-3 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Stepford United Football Club 1-4 Platform 1 - Services to Whitefield

Platforms 2-3 - Terminating services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield (from Woodhead Lane SB Depot)

Woodhead Lane 1, 2 Both Directions
Houghton Rake 1, 2 Both Directions
Whitefield 1, 2, 3 Westbound

Terminating Tracks

St Helens Bridge 1 1-5 Both Directions

Platform 1-2 - (see Express section)

Platform 3 - Services via Berrily and via Benton


Platform 4 - Terminating services/Services to Edgemead and Westwyvern

Platform 5 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

Berrily 1 1, 2 Eastbound

Platform 1 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platform 2 - Services to Morganstown

2 3, 4 Westbound Connect and Eastbound Airlink

Platform 3 - Services to Stepford Central and Beechley (Stepford Connect)

Platform 4 - (see Airlink section)

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Platforms 1-2 - Terminating Stepford Connect services to Stepford Central and Beechley

Platforms 3-4 - (see Airlink section)

Platform 6 - (see Waterline or Airlink section)

Angel Pass 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services via Benton

Platforms 2 & 3 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

All Connect 9_xx headcode services, services towards St Helens Bridge and R035 do not stop at this station

Coxly 1, 2, 3 Platforms 1-2 - Services via Benton

Platform 3 - Services to St Helens Bridge, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

Benton 2 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B Services to St Helens Bridge, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield
3 4A, 4B Services to Port Benton, Stepford Airport and via Leighton
Benton Bridge 1, 2 Both Directions

9_xx headcode services to Edgemead/Llyn-by-the-Sea from Stepford Victoria and Willowfield do not stop at this station

Port Benton 1, 2, 3 Platform 2 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platforms 1 & 3 - (see Waterline section)

Airport Parkway 1 1 Services to Airport Central
2 2, 3, 4 Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Beechley

Platforms 3-4 - (see Airlink section)

Airport Central 1 0, 1, 2 Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Beechley
Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - (see Airlink or Stepford Express section)

Platforms 2-3 - Terminating services to Stepford Central/Services to Edgemead, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 4, 5 Terminating services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, St Helens Bridge and Willowfield
Leighton City 1, 2 Both Directions
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Victoria and St Helens Bridge

Platform 2 - Connect services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 3 - Connect services to Leighton Stepford Road, Stepford Central, St Helens Bridge, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Faymere 1, 2 Both Directions
Westercoast 1, 2 Both Directions
Millcastle 1-4 Platform 1 - Connect services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 2-3 - Currently unused

Platform 4 - Connect services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Willowfield, Leighton Stepford Road and St Helens Bridge

Westwyvern 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platform 1 - Connect services to Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 2-3 - (see Express section)

Platform 4 - Terminating services/Services to St Helens Bridge, Leighton Stepford Road and Willowfield

Platform 5 - Connect services to Leighton Stepford Road, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Northshore 0, 1, 2, 3 Platform 0 - Connect services to Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 1-2 - (see Express section)

Platform 3 - Connect services to Leighton Stepford Road, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Llyn-by-the-Sea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Leighton Stepford Road and Willowfield
Airlink
Stepford Central 2 12, 13, 14, 15 Terminating services/Services to Airport Central, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3
Stepford East 2 5, 6, 7, 8 Platforms 5-6 - Services to Terminal 2 and Terminal 3

Platforms 7-8 - Services to Stepford Central

9_xx and some 1_xx headcode services does not stop at this station

St Helens Bridge 2 6, 7 Platform 6 - Services to Airport Central

Platform 7 - Services to Stepford Central

9_xx and some 1_xx headcode services does not stop at this station

Berrily 2 3, 4 Eastbound Airlink and Westbound Connect

Platform 3 - (see Connect section)

Platform 4 - Eastbound services to Airport Central

Stepford Airport Parkway 2 2, 3, 4 Platform 2 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Services to Airport Central and Terminal 3 and passing services from Airport Parkway Siding

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central

Stepford Airport Central 2 3, 4, 5, 6 Platform 3 - Services to Terminals 2 and 3

Platforms 4-5 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford & Leighton

Platform 6 - Services to Stepford and Leighton

Airport Terminal 1 1 Services to Terminal 2
Airport Terminal 2 1 1, 2 Platform 1 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford & Leighton

2 3 Services to Terminal 3
Airport Terminal 3 1, 2 Terminating services/Services to Stepford & Leighton
Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Terminating services/Services to Airport Central and Terminal 3
2 4, 5 Services to Airport Central and Terminal 3 from Leighton Depot
Waterline
Newry 1 2A, 3 Terminating services/Services to James Street, Greenslade and Connolly
2 1, 2B Platform 2B - Services to Newry Harbour

Platform 1 - Services to Connolly

West Benton 1, 2 Both Directions
Benton 4 1A, 1B, 3 Platforms 1A and 1B - Services to Connolly, James Street and Greenslade

Platform 3 - Terminating services/Services to Greenslade and Morganstown

5 2A, 2B Services to Newry and Newry Harbour
Port Benton 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Greenslade and Morganstown

Platform 2 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Services to Newry and Benton

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 Platforms 1-4 - (see Connect or Airlink sections)

Platform 6 - Services to Benton from Morganstown Siding

Cambridge Street Parkway 1, 2, 3, 4 Platform 1 - Services to Connolly

Platform 2 - Services to Newry and Newry Harbour

Platform 3 - Services to James Street

Platform 4 - Services to Newry

Connolly 1, 2, 3 Terminating services/Services to Newry and Newry Harbour
Stepford Airport West 1, 2 Both Directions
Stepford Express
Stepford Central 1 1-9 Platforms 1-3 - Terminating services/Services to Benton, Leighton Stepford Road and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 4-9 - (see Connect section)

St Helens Bridge 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platform 1 - Services to Benton, Leighton Stepford Road and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 3-5 - (see Connect section)

Benton 1 5A, 5B, 5C, 6A, 6B Platforms 5A, 5B - Services to Leighton Stepford Road and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 5C - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 6A, 6B - Services to Stepford Central

Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 2-3 - Terminating services if Platform 1 is full/Through services to Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 4, 5 Platforms 4-5 - Services to Stepford Central
Leighton City 1, 2 Both Directions
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - (see Connect section)

Platforms 2-3 - Both Directions

Westwyvern 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platforms 1, 4, 5 - (see Connect section)

Platforms 2-3 - Both Directions

Northshore 0, 1, 2, 3 Platforms 0 & 3 - (see Connect section)

Platforms 1-2 - Both Directions

Llyn-by-the-Sea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central


Avoiding demotion

  • You cannot climb into gantries, jump over tracks to switch from one platform to another, or train surf.
  • Do not dispatch on a red signal, unless the train has overshot the signal, and/or had a SPAD.
  • You must dispatch between the rear and middle of the car, while positioning yourself to an area where you can clearly see the OFF indicator or signal, unless a Guard is on board.
    • If you're dispatching a 4-car, you must position yourself at the last 2 cars of the train.
    • If you're dispatching a 5-car, you must position yourself between the middle of the 3rd car to the last car of the train.
    • If the train has overshot, you are still required to stand between the rear or the middle of the train regardless.
  • Track walking and trespassing to other parts of the station is prohibited.
  • Do not stand on roofs of stations.
  • Do not wander away from your assigned platforms, or leave the station that you have spawned at.
  • Do not dispatch trains from a different platform to that which you are assigned.
  • Do not board or ride any trains while being in the dispatcher role, unless you were accidentally glitched into the train you were supposed to be dispatching. In which case you should spawn again.
  • Face the direction of where the train is going when dispatching a train without a Guard onboard (i.e. a Driver Only Operated (DOO) train), or face towards the Guard if there is one onboard.
  • You cannot do any "/e" emotes e.g. dancing, while dispatching.
  • If someone is intimidating you, then if you choose to reply, you must do so in a respectful manner. You can also ignore it, and report the matter to a Supervisor either by requesting that another user contact one, or directly via Discord.
  • Respect all people, no matter what rank they are.
  • Do not go AFK on duty.
  • All rules that Qualified Drivers must follow still applies to you. You may get demoted to Trainee Driver if you break any QD-related rules.
  • All rules that apply to Trainee Drivers also apply to you. You risk getting removed from the group (and loosing your rank entirely) if you break any TD-related rules.
  • Do not spawn as a Dispatcher with no intention of dispatching trains.

Trivia

  • The ability to choose your platforms when dispatching is coming soon, as seen in the roadmap of the game.
  • Some new players may mistake the baton for a magnifying glass.
  • You can try out this role in Private Servers, same as a Signaller and a Guard.
  • The amount of Dispatchers has experienced a dramatic decrease due to the Guard update.
  • In DS training you used to have to spawn at Stepford United Football Club before the training began, but in V1.5 it changed to Faymere.
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