Platform Information Display System
Please note that operating this system is only meant for advanced players of the simulation. You also might need a second monitor to keep the PID operating unit visible.
By default the expert option is turned off and you simply can ignore the whole system. Though even if the option is off, you are able to see what you should have done. Choose a track of your choice and watch the display change if a train approaches the platform. You will see that the train will set the PID automatically. As soon as the train leaves the track, the PID will go to blank again.
If you want to go quickly to a location, while in the PID system windows, you can click on the vicinity of a platform to let the windows show all devices for that location.
If the expert option is turned on, you better make sure you have good nerves as you must ensure the passengers are informed correctly for each approaching train.
In this chapter you won’t see many “yellow warning boxes” like in the other chapters. There’s nothing dangerous about wrong PIDs. And you can’t break much.
The platform indicators
You can actually see what the passengers can see! This is actually not possible by the dispatcher in real life, but because this simulation is also a bit of a documentation of technical history we decided to include this neat feature.
In the example below, the PID is shown from Track 3 in Braunschweig Hbf. The passengers can read that on 5:51 an express train will leave to Göttingen Hbf.
You can view any PID in the system via this window by simply clicking on the buttons.
The punch cards
On the right you can see an example of the original punch card that was used for data entry.
The dispatcher or announcer had a large bucket of these punch cards for each station and the cards were sorted according to the time of departure of the trains. By picking the first card from the front and putting it into the reading slot of the system, he could quickly set the time and the destination rolls to the right position.
Don’t drop the bucket over the floor.... you would have a huge task sorting them again.
Just that you know: the cards are an exact copy of what was used in the system. And because we’re programmers, we even put in the correct holes.
The CTA operating unit
The CTA operating unit consists of the following parts:
- A = Main entry panel
- B = button “move card into reading slot”
- C = card reading slot and WA button
- D = Destination indicator
- E = Time indicator
- F = PID roll position for a single box
- G = PID roll position indicator for couple boxes
- H = location buttons
- J = move card to/from “delayed bin”.
- K = options
- L = button “move card into reading slot”.
- M = Numerical Keypad
Read more here about Operating the CTA operating unit.