Human Resources Director
Joined: 14 Sep 2002
Location: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
|Posted: Sat Jul 24, 2004 6:13 pm Post subject: When you install a new route
|When you install a new route from the NERR network on your computer, we strongly suggest that you do the following in this sequence:
1. Run RouteRiter on the route - not to check the route, but to check the installation of it on your computer. Sometimes, files are missed during the automatic copy process in the running of the installme.bat file. In general, routes will have been tested by the NERR Admin team before they are accepted as part of the NERR route network - this means that, except in very rare cases, the route will work as advertised.
RouteRiter will fix many route installation problems itself. Sometimes it will ask you for permission to copy a file into the route for you - say yes unless you know it is absolutely wrong (highly unlikely). Do not try to run any activities on the route if RouteRiter finds any errors that it can not fix. Try deleting the route folder and re-installing, and then run RouteRiter again. If that does not fix the problem, check the FAQ page on this web site for any previously-found problem and fix. If that does not work, then ask for help in these forums.
2. Remove all the activities that are supplied with the route. You can either:
(a) delete the files in the folders called Activities, Paths, Services, and Traffic - not the folders, just the files in them; or
(b) make a new folder called something like Supplied in the folders called Activities, Paths, Services, and Traffic and then move the files in those folders into the Supplied ones - this will enable you to move them back later if you should need them; or
(c) move the files in the folders called Activities, Paths, Services, and Traffic to another part of your hard drive or onto a floppy disk or CD for storage.
(d) save a copy of your Consists folder to one of the Supplied folders in this route folder, as there will probably be some consists that are used only by the activities that you have just removed. You can copy files from this Consist folder back to the main one if you want to re-install one or more of these activities later. Route Riter can tell you which consists you are missing at that time.
We strongly suggest that you do this because sometimes the supplied activities do not work as advertised, or you might not have the equipment for the activities, and because we do not really have the resources to support non-NERR activities.
(3) Install one of the NERR activities for the route, making sure that you also have all the equipment that the activity needs - you can use RouteRiter to check that you have all the equipment, and you can find the equipment using the General Search option in the NETS Work Order Search facility. We would suggest that you intall one of the more straight-forward activities to start with - e.g. a mainline run with few switching tasks.
(4) Run the activity and submit the time slip.
Doing things in this sequence should ensure that you have installed the route successfully.
Best wishes, and enjoy.
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