A Dispatcher, more commonly referred to as a [DS], is a low rank in SCR. Dispatchers play a crucial role in the smooth operation of SCR, as they make sure traffic is consistently flowing as much as possible and all station departures are safe. They can easily be identified by their orange high-visibility jacket, baton and whistle.
Schedules for training sessions can be found here.
To enter a DS training you must:
- Be a Qualified Driver
- Have 360 experiance
There are currently 2,600+ Dispatchers.
- Upon entering the game, go to the role selection and click "Staff Member," then click "Dispatcher."
- Select the station you want to dispatch at.
- 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.
- Wait for a train to arrive. When one arrives, you can greet the train with a message (e.g. Hello [headcode]! Please stop at the S marker). When the train stops, stand in the middle or toward the rear of the train and wait.
- As the "TRTS" (Train Ready To Start) button is available in the GUI, it must be clicked to prepare for the train's departure.
- Look at the OFF indicators found on the platform. If the sign is lit on, it means that there is an amber or green signal ahead, and you are clear to dispatch the train. If the sign is NOT lit up, then the signal ahead is red, and it is not safe to dispatch the train. To dispatch the train, click "Dispatch" on the GUI and keep still until the train leaves the station.
- You can also greet the train when you dispatched them for the station (e.g. Safe Travels!). This however is not mandatory and it is recommended that you dispatch the train instead of taking 1 minute writing teh greeting and goodbye messages.
There was once CD RA indicators at Bodin, however very few people ever got the chance to use them.
A personal word from kieranhendy (SCR Dispatcher): I got to use it once during my training and I was never given a key again. The indicators were removed when the station was re-designed.
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.
- If your train went past a red signal upon arrival and SPADed, you are clear to dispatch the train.
- 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.
- 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.
You will be always placed to the lowest dispatch code unless the spot is taken.
- Stepford Central
- D1 - 4,5,6,7,8,9(Terminating Platforms)
- D2 - 10,11(Platforms for trains To/From Stepford Victoria)
- D3 - 12,13,14,15(AirLink Platforms)
- Stepford East
- D1 - 1,2,3,4(Connect Platforms)
- D2 - 5,6,7,8(AirLink Platforms)
- Stepford High Street 1,2
- Whitefield Lido 1,2,3
- Stepford United Football Club 1,2,3,4
- Woodhead Lane 1,2
- Houghton Rake 1,2
- Whitefield 1,2,3
- St. Helen's Bridge
- D1 - 3,4,5(Connect Platforms)
- D2 - 6,7(AirLink Platforms)
- D1 - 1,2
- D2 - 3,4
- Angel Pass 1.2.3
- C1 - 1,2(Benton Direction)
- C2 - 3,4,5(Stepford Direction)
- Benton Bridge 1,2
- Port Benton 1,2,3
- Leighton Stepford Road
- C1 - 1,2.3
- C2 - 4,5(Stepford Direction)
- Leighton City 1,2
- Stepford Airport Central
- D1 - 0,1,2(Connect Platforms)
- D2 - 4,5(Airlink Platforms)
- Stepford Airport Parkway
- D1 - 1(Connect,Stepford Airport Central Direction)
- D2 - 2,3,4(Connect,Stepford Direction and AL Platforms)
- Connolly 1,2,3
- West Benton 1,2
- Cambridge Street Parkway 1,2,3,4
- Stepford Airport West 1,2
- Airport Terminal 1 1
- Airport Terminal 2
- Airport Terminal 3 1,2
- You cannot use gantries as a shortcut to switch platforms. Doing so can get you in a lot of trouble.
- It is up to the dispatcher whether or not he or she wants to dispatch the train at the Banner Repeater/OFF Indicator or at the middle of the train.
- Do not dispatch on a red light.
- If the train has overshot, you are required to stand at the MIDDLE of the train.
- Trackwalking is strictly prohibited, so is the aforementioned "Crossing using the Gantries". The "Shift to Sprint" system is there for a reason.
- If you are dispatching a 3 or 5 car train, you need to stand in the middle of the middle car. For 2, 4 and 6 car trains, it is simple, stand in the middle carriage separator.
- Do not stand on roofs of stations.
- Do not wander away from your assigned platforms.
- Face the direction of where the train is going when dispatching.
- If someone is intimidating you, DO NOT react rudely. (You can see this is the result of the start of a very bitter conversation. This is only one of many examples.)
- Respect people no matter what rank they are as shown from the example on the right who failed to understand this.
- The training button is no longer there if you are a dispatcher. (If you get demoted to below a dispatcher, the training button reappears.