Ken was the “first” of us to host an operations using the JMRI Operations. See here: http://www.largescalecentral.com/forums/topic/19595/operations-on-the-rgs
One problem that he had was that he printed the switch lists!
Hah! Rookie mistake.
For some reason, the JMRI Operations software (holy moley, does that ever need a new name or what?) acts different when you preview it as opposed to printing it.
When you print out the switch lists, you end up with a separate switch list per town. Back in TrainOps days, you got one switch list per train - a much better arrangement in my view.
Using the printed switch lists on my small layout resulted in 4 pages - each listing the two trains that switch each location.
So, what to do? Bob had recommended this earlier. Check the box in Manifest Tools option that says “Use Text Editor” for Manifest Preview.
Then, when you select the Preview button, it will open up a nice ONE page per train switch list in Notepad.
Looks like this:
Jackson & Burke Railroad
Manifest for train (Train #1)
Valid 8/2/1932 09:48
Scheduled work at Green Springs, departure time 00:00
[ ] Pick up UTLX 11050 Black Tank car L from Arrival Departure
[ ] Pick up C&S 8279 Red Boxcar E from Arrival Departure
[ ] Pick up J&B 111 Red Boxcar L from Oates Furniture
[ ] Pick up Shell A10 Black Tank car L from GS Yard Track 3
[ ] Pick up D&RGW 45 Yellow Reefer L from GS Yard Track 2
Train departs Green Springs Westbound with 5 cars, 170 feet, 265
Scheduled work at Occoquan, estimated arrival time 00:04
[ ] Pick up J&B 106 Red Boxcar L from Mystery, Inc
[ ] Pick up J&B 104 Red Boxcar L from Mystery, Inc
[ ] Pick up J&B 50 Black Gondola L from Team Track
[ ] Set out UTLX 11050 Black Tank car L to Brunt Interchange
[ ] Set out C&S 8279 Red Boxcar E to Mystery, Inc
[ ] Set out J&B 111 Red Boxcar L to Mystery, Inc
Train departs Occoquan Westbound with 5 cars, 170 feet, 285 tons
Scheduled work at Jackson, estimated arrival time 00:41
[ ] Pick up J&B 10 Black Hopper E from Mills Fuels
[ ] Pick up NCO A9 Silver Tank car L from Mills Fuels
[ ] Set out J&B 106 Red Boxcar L to Buchanan Tool & Die
[ ] Set out Shell A10 Black Tank car L to Mills Fuels
Train departs Jackson Westbound with 5 cars, 166 feet, 253 tons
Scheduled work at Lexington, estimated arrival time 01:22
[ ] Set out D&RGW 45 Yellow Reefer L to Stage 1
[ ] Set out J&B 10 Black Hopper E to Stage 1
[ ] Set out NCO A9 Silver Tank car L to Stage 1
[ ] Set out J&B 104 Red Boxcar L to Stage 1
[ ] Set out J&B 50 Black Gondola L to Stage 1
Train terminates in Lexington
Now, I just copy all of this into Word, enlarge the font so my old eyes can read it, and print it out.
Very easy, and much better. For instance, when you choose to print the manifest, it will not tell you how many cars you are leaving with! That would have been handy today…