Modular Layout Setup

Requirements

  1. File system knowledge
  2. Experienced Rocrail user


How to proceed

  1. Create module files.
  2. Start the server with an empty module plan.
  3. Insert the singel modules in the module plan.
  4. Setup the module connections.
  5. Restart.


Definition of a module

Modules must be created with Rocview in offline mode, no server connection, and saved with its own unique file name.
If one or more modules are part of one none changeable section, like a railway station, they should be defined in Rocrail as one logical module.

Module sides

All modules have four logical sides named by the main compass points:

  • North
  • West
  • South
  • East

Module routes

A module route generally have a compass point and a block, but if there is no block in between it will have 2 compass points.
It is preferred to manually define Module routes if extra flexibility is needed. Direction arrows are not necessary but visually helpfull.
This step can be skipped if no extra flexibility is needed, and leave route generation to the Analyser.

Each module side may have up to 5 track connections.
Module routes are automatically resolved after they are part of an arrangement. (Module plan.)

Example


Trains will only run on the right side with the following routes:

From block To block Crossing blocks Commands
point-ws 3b2 - 3t2=straight
3b2 point-es - 3t2=straight
point-en 3b1 - 3t1=straight
3b1 point-wn - 3t1=straight
point-en point-ws 3b1, 3b2 3t1=turnout, 3t2=turnout


Create an empty module plan

  1. Open a new empty Workspace with Rocview.
  2. Open the Rocrail Properties General tab.
  3. Change “plan.xml” in a none existing file like “modules.xml”. Using the default “plan.xml” will not work because it already exists.
  4. Select Type Module plan.
  5. Restart the new Workspace.


Modular Track Layout

After restarting the Workspace an empty Modular Track Layout has been created:

With a right click on the empty layout the properties can be viewed and changed of the Module plan.

Title

Free text for the arrangement title.
This text will be shown in the titlebar of Rocview.

Sub title

The sub title will be used as label for the modular layout panel.

Locomotives

The XML file containing all locomotives properties.
Default: lc.xml

Routes

Routes XML file, default rt.xml.
When using connections it is probably not needed, but it can be used for defining routes which are not possible at the momentairy implementation of solving module routes.

Init field

Flip all switches and signals at startup to get defined positions.

Save modules

Allow saving the module files.

Save

Allow saving the moduleplan file.

Modules routes

Use routes defined in the modules.


Adding modules to the plan

Right click on the empty Modular Plan and select Add module:

Select a module with the File Chooser and set the module its ID.
After that the module is loaded and shown in the Modular Plan:

Moving and Rotating

First the edit mode must be activated: Menu → Track plan → Edit module plan
The module can be dragged around with the mouse on an empty grid cell.
With a right mouse click on an empty module grid cell a popup menu will appear:

Select the wanted orientation for this module.


Removing a module

A right mouse click on an empty grid cell of the module to be removed and select Delete track panel in the popup menu will removing it from the module plan.

The module will only removed from this arrangement.
The xml-file of this module will not deleted :!:


Module properties


Title

Free text for the module title; Must be set unique because it is used for removing modules.

ID

Module ID which is a reference for all other modular actions. Be carefull to change this ID because it could make the module routes invalid.

Number

The number is used for graphical representation, location, in the RocNetNode Dialog.

File

XML File with the module definition.

X, Y

Module position in the arrangement.

Rotation

Which side of the module will be upper most is selected by the rotation option:

  • North = 0° (equals the module without rotation)
  • East = 90°
  • South = 180°
  • West = 270°


Module connections

After adding one or more modules to the plan the module connections can be set.
With a right mouse click on an empty module grid cell select Module properties from the popup menu and switch to the Connections tab:

The left module in this example has the ID m2 and the right one m4.
The module connections for the left module, m2, is on the east side m4.
The module connections for the right module, m4, is on the west side m2.

Rotated modules

In this example the left module is rotated and its South side is on top:

The module connections for the left module, m2, is on the WEST side m12.
The module connections for the right module, m12, is on the WEST side m2.


Real Live Examples

Test Example


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