Stepford County Railway Wiki
Advertisement
This page is about the in-game role. For the rank in the SCR group, see Dispatcher (Rank).

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.

Dispatching procedure


Selecting

  1. Upon entering the Main Menu, go to the role selection and click Dispatcher.
  2. Select the station to dispatch at.
  3. The game will select platforms for players 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 the player to dispatch. Dispatchers may be given multiple platforms to dispatch for certain stations, which can get tricky especially on busy servers. For most stations, dispatchers will be assigned to the Stepford Express/Stepford Connect platforms 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, and position to the appropriate area to dispatch. The dispatcher must stand between the middle to rear of the train facing the front end of the train.
    • One example is to stand at the last 2 cars when dispatching a 4-car train.
  2. Click the TRTS button once it appears.
  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 all of the orange (interlock) lights on the side of the train are unlit, 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 do not leave the platform until the train has left the station.

With Guard

  1. Wait for a train to arrive. When a train arrives, make sure to see where the train stops and loads, and position to the appropriate area to dispatch. The dispatcher must stand between the front to middle of the train facing the rear end of the train.
    • One example is to 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), the dispatcher should be standing at the back of the train, facing the front.
  2. Click the TRTS button once it appears.
  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 all of the orange (interlock) lights on the side of the train are lit, then proceed to paragraph 4.
  4. Click the Dispatch button when prompted to. Wait for the guard to show their torch and rejoin the train. Do not move until the animation is finished and do not leave the platform until the train has fully left the station.

Notes

  • If a train went past a red signal upon arrival and/or SPADed, the dispatcher is clear to dispatch the train regardless of the signal, OFF indicator, or banner.
  • If there is a train that came after the SPADing train, the SPADing train must be dispatched first.
  • Unless a train has SPADed, dispatchers should follow the headcode and operator priority when dispatching trains.
  • Late trains will have a higher priority than trains with the same headcode and operator priority, no matter the order of the train which entered, hence they should be dispatched first.

Sounds

Whistle (V1.8) Whistle 1 Whistle 2

History

  • There were once CD/RA indicators at Bodin, however very few people ever got the chance to use them before they were removed.
  • 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 part the V1.1 update, Dispatchers began to 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. The player will be always placed to the first dispatch slot unless the spot is taken.

Stepford Connect
Stations Slots Platforms Direction/Notes
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/Services to Stepford Victoria and via Stepford Central

Stepford Victoria 1-6 Terminating Tracks

Eastbound

Financial Quarter 1, 2 Both Directions
City Hospital 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 Platform 1 - Services to Whitefield and Stepford UFC

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central, Beechley and Willowfield

Stepford United Football Club 1-4 Platforms 1-2 - Terminating services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platform 3 - Services to Whitefield

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central, Beechley 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

Elsemere Junction 1 1-4 Platform 1 - Services to Berrily and Morganstown

Platform 2 - Services to Willowfield, Beechley, Stepford Victoria, and Stepford Central Platforms 3-4 - (see AirLink and sections)

Berrily 1, 2, 3, 4 Platform 1 - Terminating services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platform 2 - Services to Morganstown

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

Platform 4 - (see AirLink section)

East Berrily 1, 2 Platform 1 - Services to Morganstown

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central and Beechley

Beaulieu Park 1, 2 Platform 1 - Services to Morganstown

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central and Beechley

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6 Platforms 1-2 - Terminating Stepford Connect services to Stepford Central and Beechley

Platforms 3-4 - (see AirLink or Express section)

Platforms 5A & 5B - (see Waterline section)

Platform 6 - (see Waterline or AirLink section)

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

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

Bodin 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services via Benton

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

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 1 8-13 Platforms 8-10 - (see Stepford Express section)

Platforms 11-13 - Services to St Helens Bridge, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Beechley and Willowfield

Platform 13 is used exclusively for trains from Port Benton

2 4-7 Platforms 4 & 5 - Services to Port Benton, Stepford Airport and via Leighton

Platform 6 - Terminating services to Leighton City and Leighton West

Platform 7 - (see Stepford Express section)

Benton Bridge 1-4 Platform 1 - Services to Stepford Airport Central

Platform 2 - Services to Leighton City, Leighton West, Edgemead, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 3 - Services to Benton, St Helens Bridge, Stepford Central and Willowfield from Leighton Stepford Road, Edgemead, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Beechley from Stepford Airport Central 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 3 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Platforms 1 & 2 - (see Waterline section)

Airport Parkway 1, 2, 3, 4 Platform 1 - Services to Airport Central

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 section)

Platforms 2-3 - Through services to Edgemead, Leighton City, Leighton West, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 4, 5 Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, St Helens Bridge and Willowfield
Leighton City 1 1, 2, 3, 4 Platforms 1-2 - Through services to Leighton West, Edgemead, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 3-4 - Terminating services/Services to Leighton West, Edgemead, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 5, 6 Through services via Benton
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Connect services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Terminating services/Services to Leighton West, Llyn-by-the-Sea, Stepford Victoria and St Helens Bridge

Platform 3 - Connect services to Leighton West, Leighton City, 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, Edgemead, Leighton West, Leighton City 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 City and Willowfield

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

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

Platforms 2-3 - (see Express section)

Platform 4 - Connect services to Leighton West, Leighton City, Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria and Willowfield

Llyn-by-the-Sea 2 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Stepford Victoria, Edgemead, Leighton West, Leighton City and Willowfield
AirLink
Stations Slots Platforms Direction/Notes
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

Elsemere Junction 1, 2, 3, 4 Both Directions

Platforms 1-2 - (see AirLink section)

Platform 3 - Services to Terminal 2

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central

Berrily 1, 2, 3, 4 Eastbound AirLink and Westbound Connect

Platform 1-3 - (see Connect section)

Platform 4 - Eastbound services to Airport Central

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6 Platforms 1 & 2 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Services to Airport Terminal 2

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central; only used when Platform 6 is occupied

Platforms 5A & 5B - (see Waterline section)

Platform 6 - Services to Stepford Central

Stepford Airport Parkway 1, 2, 3, 4 Platforms 1 & 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 Platform 3 - Services to Terminals 2 and 3

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

Platform 6 - Services to Stepford and Leighton

3 5, 6
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 Terminating services/Services to Airport Central and Terminal 3
Waterline
Stations Slots Platforms Direction/Notes
Newry Harbour 1, 2 Terminating services/Services to Connolly
Newry 1, 2, 3 Terminating services/Services to Greenslade, Connolly and James Street
Eden Quay 1, 2 Both Directions
Faraday Road 1, 2, 3 Platforms 1-2 - Services to Newry and Newry Harbour

Platform 3 - Services to Greenslade, Connolly and James Street

Platform 1 is used for trains from Faraday Road Depot only
West Benton 1, 2 Both Directions
Benton 3 1, 2, 3 Platforms 1 and 3 - Services to Connolly, James Street and Greenslade

Platform 2 - Terminating services/Services to Greenslade and Morganstown

Port Benton 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Greenslade and Morganstown

Platform 2 - Services to Newry and Benton

Platform 3 - (see Connect section)

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6 Platforms 1-4 - (see Connect, Express or AirLink sections)

Platforms 5A and 5B - Services to Benton

Platform 6 - Services to Benton from Morganstown Siding

Greenslade 1, 2 Platforms 1-2 - Terminating services/Services to Benton and Newry
Cambridge Street Parkway 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Connolly and James Street

Platforms 2-3 - Services to Newry and Newry Harbour

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

Platforms 4-9 - (see Connect section)

Newry Harbour 1, 2 Platforms 1 & 2 - Terminating services/Services to Llyn-by-the-Sea
Newry 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Terminating services/Services to Leighton City and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Terminating services/Services to Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 3 - Terminating services/Services to Newry Harbour and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Eden Quay 1, 2 Both Directions
St Helens Bridge 1 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Platform 1 - Services to Benton, Leighton City, Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 3-5 - (see Connect section)

Elsemere Junction 1, 2, 3, 4 Platform 1 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Services to Westwyvern

Platform 4 - Services to Stepford Central

Benton 1 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 Platforms 8, 9 - Terminating services to Stepford Central

Platforms 10 - Services to Stepford Central

Platforms 11-13 - (see Connect section)

2 4, 5, 6, 7 Platforms 4-6 - (see Connect section)

Platform 7 - Services to Leighton City and Llyn-by-the-Sea

3 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Leighton City and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Terminating services

Platform 3 - Services to Newry and Newry Harbour

Morganstown 1, 2, 3, 4, 5A, 5B, 6 Platforms 1 & 2 - (see Connect section)

Platforms 3 & 4 - Both Directions

Platforms 5A & 5B - (see Waterline section)

Platform 6 - (see AirLink or Waterline section)

Leighton Stepford Road 1 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - (see AirLink section)

Platforms 2-3 - Through services to Leighton City and Llyn-by-the-Sea

2 4, 5 Platforms 4-5 - Through services to Stepford Central, Newry and Newry Harbour
Leighton City 1 1, 2, 3, 4 Platforms 1-2 - Through services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platforms 3-4 - Terminating services/Services to Stepford Central, Newry and Newry Harbour

2 5, 6 Through services to Stepford Central, Benton, Newry and Newry Harbour
Edgemead 1, 2, 3 Platform 1 - Services to Westwyvern and Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - (see Connect section)

Platform 3 - Services to Stepford Central

Westercoast 1, 2 Platform 1 - Services to Llyn-by-the-Sea

Platform 2 - Services to Newry

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

Platforms 2-3 - Both Directions

Platform 4 - Terminating services to Stepford Central

Northshore 1, 2, 3, 4 Platforms 1 & 4 - (see Connect section)

Platforms 2-3 - Both Directions

Llyn-by-the-Sea 1 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 Terminating services/Services to Benton, Stepford Central, Newry and Newry Harbour

Trivia

  • The most amount of platforms one can dispatch is Stepford Central's Group 1, with 9 platforms.

Avoiding demotion

  • Do not trespass. This includes parkour, train-surfing, jumping on roofs and going off roads, paths and platforms.
  • Do not dispatch on a red signal, unless the train has overshot the signal, and/or had a SPAD.
  • Dispatch between the rear and middle of the car, while being positioned to an area where the OFF Indicator/Banner Repeater/Signal can be clearly seen, unless a Guard is on board.
    • If a 4-car train is being dispatched, the last 2 cars of the train are where the Dispatcher must position themselves.
    • If a 5-car train is being dispatched, the last 2 and a half cars of the train are where the Dispatcher must position themselves.
    • If the train has overshot, the normal procedure applies nevertheless.
    • If a Guard is on board, the Dispatcher must dispatch from the very front of the train except for double unit trains such as the Class 143 in which case the Dispatcher must dispatch at the very back of the train.
  • Do not leave the station while on-duty. Respawn immediately if flung.
  • Do not dispatch trains on a different platform than the train is on (unless the platform is curved like Stepford High Street and dispatching will improve visibility with the Guard)
  • Do not ride trains while on duty, unless a teleportation glitch has occurred. Should this occur, respawn immediately.
  • Face the direction of where the train is going when dispatching a train without a Guard onboard (i.e. a Driver-Only Operation (DOO) train), or face towards the Guard if there is one onboard.
  • Respect all people, no matter what rank they are.
  • Do not troll. This includes delaying a train for no reason, being AFK and attempting to derail trains.
  • All rules that apply to ranks at and below the Dispatcher rank still apply to people within the role. Demotion to a lower rank is possible if specific rules are broken.
  • Do not spawn as a Dispatcher with no intention of dispatching trains.
  • If the GUI stops responding, respawn immediately.
  • Stay on the platform until the train recently dispatched on the same platform has fully left. Movement is allowed after the dispatching animation but leaving the platform before the train has left is prohibited.
  • Make minimal movement during animations. This includes whistling and holding the baton.
  • Avoid not following the headcode priority.
  • Understanding TRTS (Train Ready to Start) is essential. It is pressed to alert any online Signallers that the train is ready to depart and to change the platform signal.

Trivia

  • Toggle Overlay Visibility (or train headcodes) can be hidden/shown by pressing U to improve visibility of the OFF indicator.
  • The ability to choose platform groups when dispatching is coming soon, as seen in the roadmap of the game.
  • This role can be tried out in Private Servers without having to attend a training. This trait is shared with Signaller and Guard.
  • Most Dispatchers often dispatch at Stepford East and St Helens Bridge because of the amount of trains that arrive at the station.
  • While in the Dispatcher role, spawning at some stations such as Starryloch or Millcastle Racecourse are unavailable, which means that they will never have a Dispatcher. These stations are known as non-dispatchable stations in the community.
  • The GUI may bug out. If it does, respawn immediately to avoid consequences.
  • The old image for the Dispatcher icon is Al_Vids, the former Head of Platform Operations (now called Platform Manager).
Advertisement