…I know that with computers, and all these programs available, a person can get in so deep that just the programming, becomes “The hobby”, before you know it. Sometimes it might pay to go back to “Keep-it-simple-stupid”…
Of course, in some cases, as in a club layout, too many cars, or one heck of a lot of them, makes a computer, and program, a needed tool.
But; if you have less than 40-50 cars, and a simple typewriter/computer/printer, you can go back to the “Old fashioned” four destination/sided waybill, with matching car cards.
Like the real railroad; generating a waybill determines the type/style of car needed for the load. It at the same time, determines four connecting destinations for the chosen car, before returning the car to a designated terminal, as an empty car.
I’ll admit that the newer “Train order” type computer produced sheets do make the preparation, much less work, especially where we are dealing with 175 cars each Saturday morning, where we have to put them out at predetermined locations, and carrying around 10-20 car cards bearing waybills is not very desirable for any of the operators. You also would need to have holders at every yard/industry for delivered cars, and cars to be picked up, or moved.
I guess having experienced about a half dozen variations of “Railroad Paperwork” ideas, for operating model railroads; the most important fear to avoid; is again…don’t turn FUN into a major paperwork/computer quagmire…KISS…
If anyone wants to visit (When we again start operations), please come out and join us as we VERY successfully enjoy operating, on the IPP&W/RP&M Railroads. You might just enjoy a rather simple operation, with a great many cars.