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Overview

The Stepford County Railway, more commonly referred to as the SCR, is a heavy rail system that serves as the primary rail network for Stepford County, spanning most of the county and other regions. The first section of the SCR opened on 25 November 2017, and the network has grown rapidly since then to link various districts and areas.

The SCR network is owned by Network Rail, which also manages a few stations on the network, keeps services flowing smoothly, and assists staff members in train traffic control.

As of December 2019, the SCR network has 57 stations in full operation, spread across four lines. There are 32 routes in which trains run on, with more routes being put into service in the future.

Background

Charlie_RBX, the founder, opened up SCR to the public on the 25th of November, 2017, with Stepford Connect being the first and only operator. The only route and train were Stepford Central (Named Stepford Town at the time) <> Port Benton and the Class 700, respectively. Later that year, Stepford Connect spread its services to the suburbs of Benton. This sub-operator was named WaterLine due to its close proximity to the River Ben along its Port Benton - Greenslade section. The development of SCR between late 2017 and April of 2018 was very stagnant. On the 21st of April, the biggest update yet, called The Big Update, changed the complete foundation and fabric that the system of SCR was built upon. From this point forward, it is noteworthy that SCR, as a game, has ascended out of Beta stage and is now in Version 1.0. V1.1 introduced 13 new stations to SCR as well as a new operator; AirLink, which held its grand opening on New Year's Eve of 2018. AirLink now carries passengers between Stepford Central and Stepford Airport Central in under 10 minutes, compared to 15 minutes via Stepford Connect. About a month later, in February 2019, Terminals 1, 2, and 3 were added. At the end of April, SCR Version 1.2 was released, adding 6 new stations, 4 of which were made by Mattyx2013, the new Operations Director. In mid-May,  SCR Version 1.3 was released with new Class 158 and Class 508, the first trains to have proper interiors and working doors. Throughout the year, more and more of the trains on the network were upgraded to Next Generation. At mid-December, SCR Version 1.4 was released, which included a new operator, Stepford Express, and also the new extension to Llyn-by-the-Sea, made up of eight new stations.

For more information on the update history of the game, read List of Patch Updates.

Operations

Jobs

The main part of the railway is driving. It would however not be complete without Dispatchers and Signallers controlling the network. Everyone in SCR starts as a Trainee Driver after joining the group, and ranks up the roles to be able to dispatch and signal by going through training sessions and application processes. High Ranks+ supervise their corresponding Low Ranks to ensure that they are working in a proper manner.

Train Identification

Before The Big Update, the railway solely relied on the numbering of the trains to identify them (ex. 357001, 707028), until SCR implemented the Headcode system. This new identification system allows dispatchers and signallers to communicate information regarding trains more efficiently and also, solve problems and delays.

Safety Measures

In order to avoid collisions between trains, SCR operates with around 800 fully functional 4-aspect signals. more than 315 (signals added after the Llyn extension) of the signals can be controlled by signallers. A great majority of these signals are also fitted with another aspect that simultaneously lights up when the signal is at amber. This aspect shows a white "45," which advises drivers to drive at 45 miles per hour, which is the optimal speed to be at for a train to brake for a potential danger aspect. However, in order to drive effectively, drivers need a system to notify them of the next signal’s state. The Automatic Warning System (AWS) takes care of this issue. When the AWS recognizes a non-Proceed signal ahead, an yellow circle with an exclamation mark appears on the train driver's HUD, alongside with a loud beep sound. This tells the driver to slow down and prepare for a stop. The driver must click it or press Q on their keyboard to accept the warning in six seconds. When the driver fails to acknowledge the warning or stop before passing a signal at Danger/red, the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) triggers an emergency brake for the train to forcefully stop the train.

In the V1.1 update, a new speed limit indicator was installed on the driver's HUD, which relays the speed limit to the driver of the train on the section of track they are driving on.

Lastly, about 2 months later, a new signal indicator was installed on the driver's HUD, which tells the driver what the next signal will be.

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