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Block wait time

This time is specified in seconds and will be used in blocks where setting is Wait Loco.

Max. wait time

The maximum wait time in blocks.
Default zero seconds which disables this option.
This wait time overrules the calculated block wait time for this loco and its priority level.

Event Timer

:!: Use with care and keep the timer as low as possible to avoid overrunning other events!
This is the delay in ms between the enter and the in event when an enter2in sensor is used. The block event timer is used if the loco's event timer is set to zero (see: Block Routes) or Force block timer is selected.

Event Correction

The value is specified in %. When an in or enter2in event occurs with a timer value other then 0, the timer value is corrected with the event correction percentage. By adjusting this setting, the stopping characteristics of individual locos can be compensated so that all locos stop at the desired place.
See: Block Routes for details on the in event timers.

Using very low percentages almost nullifies the timers used in the blocks. For example if the percentage is set at 1% and the timer at 99000 ms (99 seconds!) then the delay is 99000 ms * 0.01 = 990 ms, thus less than one second.


Train priority used for multiplying the block wait time if no destination is found. Default priority is 10.

If the train does not normally have to wait in the block the following formula and table shows the effect of the priority value:

pause in ms
(10 + 2 * priority) * 100

Priority Min. wait time in ms
0 1000
1 1200
5 2000
10 3000

The lower the priority the more CPU power is used.

Tip: Use with care and lower it only for a few High Speed trains.

Swap timer

This option is deprecated and will be removed in future versions; Do not use it and buy better decoders.

:!: Use with care and keep the timer as low as possible to avoid overrunning other events!
Some decoder types will stop the loco abruptly if a direction change command is issued.
This option will delay the actual command by the number of ms specified.

  • :!: This timer is synchronized and processing of other events is blocked!
  • :!: The better solution is to swap the decoder and NOT using this timer!

The swap will be executed directly at the “in event” in terminal stations in case the loco swap timer is set to zero.

Startup tour

Use this tour on start-up.
This optional ID is for trains running always the same tour and saves setting it by hand.

Startup schedule

Use this schedule on start-up. (If no tour is selected.)
This optional ID is for trains running always the same schedule and saves setting it by hand.


Commuter train

This flag is needed if the locomotive should be used for commuter trains. Only blocks allowing commuter trains can be entered.

The option is not needed for trains exclusively travelling between blocks defined as terminal stations provided option Stop Non Commuter Trains in Terminal is not activated.
However, only commuter trains are allowed to change their direction in blocks other than terminal stations. The blocks in this case must allow commuter trains and direction changes.

Further details are described on page Setting Up a Commuter Train.

Use schedules departure time

Departure times in schedules will be used by this train.

Reserve second next block

If the global flag is not set in the rocrail.ini this option is available to every individual train to get a better through put. This could be useful for Inter City trains.

Use shortin event

Short trains can use this event to stop in a block.
Only usable when a block has a shortin and an in event defined.

Stop at pre2in event

Short trains can use this event to stop in a block.

Use manual routes

The locomotive will solely run on manual set routes if this option is activated.
For more information see: Manual operated routes.

Use own wait time in blocks

This option will force the wait time specified in the loco properties in every block regardless of the block settings.

Check for free destinations until reaching IN

If set the checking for free destinations will continue after the enter event and until reaching the in event. If in the meantime a free destination block becomes available the train accelerates again and is not forced to stop.
:!: Use with care. Every 100ms the loco main function tries to find a free destination. (Needs much CPU resources.)
The look up interval is from revision 4553 dependent of the priority: 0 = 100ms, 10 = 1000ms

Use depart delay

Use the Block depart delay for this loco.

Free previous block on free or enter

:!: This option is only usable with very short trains, should be used with care to avoid accidents, and is not supported in the Forum.

The length of train should be less than:

  1. the distance between a switch tongue and the free or enter sensor
  2. the distance between two sensors

It free up the previous block on the free or enter event to make it available for other trains.
This option also depends on the Block option.

:!: The BBT From block option does not function with this option activated.

V0 on swap

Sends a velocity zero command to the loco decoder to swap the front lights after a swap placing.


Activates the Block Brake Timer ( BBT ) for this loco in blocks with the BBT-option activated.

Reduce speed at enter

Reduce speed at enter if the next route has thrown switches.
This option depends on the No speed change for switches Server option.

Reset placing and direction

Initial, at startup, the loco placing and direction will be reset to the default values.

Use with care. It is only introduced for those who remove the locos from the layout at the end of a session.


If set to Electric, and a block is not of type “Electrified” then the locomotive will not enter this block. Diesel and steam locomotives are currently not evaluated, but are being investigated for future developments like turntables.

Train type

The type will partly influence the choice of a new destination block depending on the block settings and permissions as described here.


Era Period (Approx.) Description
I 1870-1920 Country & Private Railways
II 1920-1945 The Period after the formation of large state railways
III 1945-1970 The new organization of European railroads
IV 1968-1985 Standardized computer lettering on all rolling stock & locos
V 1985-2000 The modern era of railroading
VI 2000-*


The Loco class used in Block, Route permissions and actions.

  • Can be modified by the Loco action class.
  • If the loco has a train assigned the class of the train will be used instead.

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