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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 June 27, 2020, there are 5,484 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.

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 rear and middle 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, 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.
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 and 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.
  2. Click the TRTS button.
  3. Look at the signal, banner repeater or OFF indicator. If the signal is at proceed, 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.

Notes

  • If your train went past a red signal upon arrival and/or SPADed, you are clear to dispatch the train regardless.
  • 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.

Further References

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

Note that the video is outdated.

(updated wiki v1.4.0)

For further infomation about dispatching, read the Dispatching Handbook:

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


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
Stepford Victoria 1 1-3 Terminating Tracks

Eastbound

2 4-6
Financial Quarter 1, 2 Both Directions
Stepford Central 1 1-9 Platform 1-3 - (see Express Section)Platform 4-9 - Terminating Connect Platforms

Eastbound

3 10, 11 Connect Services to/from Stepford Victoria
Stepford East 1 1-4 All Services to/from Stepford Central/Victoria

Both Directions

Stepford High Street 1, 2 Both Directions
Whitefield Lido 1, 2, 3 Both Direction

Platform 1 - To Whitefield/Stepford UFC

Platform 2, and 3 - To Stepford Central/Victoria

Stepford United Football Club 1, 2, 3, 4 Both Directions

Platform 1 - To Whitefield

Platforms 2, and 3 - Terminating Track (To Stepford Central/Victoria)

Platform 4 - From Whitefield (To Stepford Central/Victoria)

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 - Eastbound Service


Platform 4 is a terminating track for services from Edgemead (R004 ) & Westwyvern (R025 )

Platform 5 - Westbound Service

Berrily 1 1, 2 Eastbound

Platform 1 - Terminating Track

Platform 2 - Services to Morganstown

2 3, 4 Westbound & Eastbound (AirLink Only)

Platform 3 - Services to Stepford Central (Connect Only)

Platform 4 - (see AirLink section)

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 All platforms.
Angel Pass 1, 2, 3 Both Directions

Platform 1 - Eastbound Service

Platforms 2 & 3 - Westbound Service

All Connect 9_xx headcode services does not stop at this station

Coxly 1 1, 2 Eastbound
2 3, 4, 5 Westbound
Benton 2 7A, 7B, 8A, 8B Eastbound
3 4A, 4B Westbound
Benton Bridge 1, 2 Both Directions

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

Port Benton 1, 2, 3 Platform 2 - Connect Terminating Track/Services to Stepford

Platforms 1 & 3 - (see Waterline section)

Airport Parkway 1 1 Eastbound Service to Airport Central
2 2, 3, 4 Platform 2 - Westbound Service to Stepford Central/Victoria

Platforms 3 & 4 - (see AirLink section)

Airport Central 1 0, 1, 2 Terminating Tracks/Services to Stepford Central/Victoria
Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating Platforms/Eastbound Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 2 & 3 - Services to Edgemead/Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 4, 5 Services to Stepford Central/Victoria and St Helens Bridge
Leighton City 1, 2 Both Directions
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating Platforms/Westbound Services to Stepford Victoria and St Helens Bridge

Platform 2 - Westbound Connect Services

Platform 3 - Eastbound Connect Services

Westercoast 1, 2 Both Directions
Millcastle 1, 2, 3, 4 Platform 1 - Westbound Connect Services

Platform 2 & 3 - Not In Use

Platform 4 - Eastbound Connect Services

Westwyvern 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platform 1 - Eastbound Connect Services

Platform 2 & 3 - (see Express selection)

Platform 4 - Terminating Platforms/Westbound Services to St Helens Bridge

Platform 5 - Westbound Connect Services

Northshore 0, 1, 2, 3 Platform 0 - Eastbound Connect Services

Platform 1 & 2 - (see Express selection)

Platform 3 - Westbound Connect Services

Llyn-by-the-Sea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central/Victoria
Airlink
Stepford Central 2 12, 13, 14, 15 Terminating Tracks/Eastbound Services to Airport Central/Terminals
Stepford East 2 5, 6, 7, 8 Both Directions

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

St Helens Bridge 2 6, 7 Both Directions

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

Berrily 2 3, 4 Eastbound & Westbound (Connect Only)

Platform 3 - (see Connect section)

Platform 4 - Eastbound service to Airport Central

Stepford Airport Parkway 2 2, 3, 4 Platform 2 - (see Connect section)Platforms 3 & 4 - Both Directions
Stepford Airport Central 2 3, 4, 5, 6 Platform 3 - Services to Terminals 1, 2, & 3

Platforms 4 & 5 - Terminating Tracks/Southbound Service to Stepford & Leighton

Platform 6 - Southbound service to Stepford & Leighton

Airport Terminal 1 1 Services to Terminal 2
Airport Terminal 2 1 1, 2 Platform 1 - Terminating Track/Southbound Service to Stepford & Leighton

Platform 2 - Southbound service to Stepford & Leighton

2 3 Northbound Service to Terminal 3
Airport Terminal 3 1, 2 Terminating Tracks/Southbound Service to Stepford & Leighton
Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Terminating Tracks/Westbound Service to Airport Central and Terminal 3
2 4, 5 Westbound Service to Airport Central and Terminal 3 from Leighton Depot
Waterline
Newry 1 2A, 3 Terminating Tracks/Southbound service to Benton
2 1, 2B Services to/from Newry Harbour

Platform 2B - Northbound

Platform 1 - Southbound service to Benton

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

Platform 3 - Terminating Track/Service to Greenslade

5 2A, 2B Northbound services to Newry
Port Benton 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Northbound services to Newry & Benton

Platform 2 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Southbound services to Greenslade

Cambridge Street Parkway 1, 2, 3, 4 Both Directions

Platforms 1 & 2 - Services to/from Connolly

Platforms 3 & 4 - Services to/from James Street

Connolly 1, 2, 3 Terminating Tracks/Services to Newry
Stepford Airport West 1, 2 Both Directions
Stepford Express
Stepford Central 1 1-9 Terminating Tracks/Eastbound service to Benton/Leighton Stepford Road and Llyn-by-the-Sea
St Helens Bridge 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platform 1 & 2 - Both Directions R076 & R077 Services

Platform 3-5 - (see Connect section)

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

Platform 6A, 6B - Westbound services to Stepford Central

Platform 5C is a terminating track for services from Stepford Central

Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating Tracks/Westbound service to Stepford Central

Platform 2 & 3 - Eastbound Express services

2 4, 5 Platform 4 & 5 - Westbound Express services
Leighton City 1, 2 Both Directions R077 Services
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - (see Connect section)

Platform 2 & 3 - Both Directions R077 Services

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

Platform 2 & 3 - Both Directions Express Services

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

Platform 1 & 2 - Both Directions R077 Services

Llyn-by-the-Sea 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 Terminating Tracks/Westbound service 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.
  • 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.
  • Do not dispatch trains from a different platform.
  • 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, then you can respawn again.
  • Face the direction of where the train is going when dispatching without Guard, or face to the Guard if there is one.
  • You cannot do any "/e" emotes while dispatching.
  • If someone is intimidating you, Reply in a respectful manner.
  • Respect people no matter what rank they are.
  • Do not go AFK on duty.
  • Do not abuse the Qualified Driver role. You may get demoted to Trainee Driver.

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 VIP servers, same as a Signaller and a Guard.
  • The DS player count seems to be decreasing because of 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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