Overview of Stepford County Railway
The network of Stepford County Railway is composed of three operators at the moment: Stepford Connect, WaterLine (a subsidiary of the former), and AirLink. Those three lines currently serve a total of 49 stations covered by 23 unique driving routes. 43 stations are owned and maintained by SCR with the other six are maintained by Network Rail. SCR owns a total of 25 different rolling stocks for the three lines combined.
Charlie_RBX, the founder, opens up SCR to the public on the 25th of November, 2017, with Stepford Connect being the first and only operator. The only route and train were Stepford Central (formerly Stepford Town) <> Port Benton and the Class 700, respectively. Later that year, Stepford Connect spread its services to the suburbs of Benton. This [sub-]operator was named WaterLine due to its close proximity to the River Ben along its Port Benton - Greenslade section. The development of SCR between late 2017 and April of 2018 was very stagnant. On the 21st of April, the biggest update yet, called The Big Update, changed the complete foundation and fabric that the operations system of SCR was built upon. From here on, it is noteworthy that SCR, as a game, has ascended out of the Beta stage and is now in V1.0. For the major changes that were included in the Big Update, please visit our page via the link above. V1.1 introduced 13 new stations to SCR as well as a new operator: AirLink, which held its grand opening on New Year's Eve of 2018. AirLink now carries passengers between Stepford Central and Stepford Airport Central in under 10 minutes, compared to 15 minutes via Stepford Connect! About a month later, in February 2019, Terminals 1, 2, and 3 were added. At the end of April, SCR Version 1.2 was released in a rather surprising way, adding 6 new stations where 4 of them are made by Mattyx2013, our new Operations Director. A week after, the Class 158 was introduced to the Beta Testers of BanTech Systems. The new fleet is the first in SCR to have proper interiors and working doors. At the middle of May, SCR Version 1.3 was released with new Class 158 and Class 508, which are available for the all players. A week later, Class 185 on Airlink was replaced by NG version with the new livery.
The main part of the railway is obviously driving. However, it cannot be complete without Dispatchers and Signallers controlling the network. Everyone in SCR starts as a Trainee Driver (after, of course, joining the group) and ranks up roles to be able to dispatch and signal by going through training sessions and application processes. High Ranks+ supervise their corresponding Low Ranks to ensure that they are working properly.
Before The Big Update, the railway solely relied on the numbering of the trains to identify them (ex. 357001, 707028), until SCR implemented the Headcode system. This new identification system allows dispatchers and signallers to more efficiently understand (and, more importantly, solve) problems and delays.
In order to avoid collisions between trains, SCR operates under 631 fully functional 3-aspect signals. 315 of the signals can be controlled by signallers. A great majority of these signals are also fitted with another aspect that simultaneously lights up when the signal is at amber. This aspect shows a white "45," which advises drivers to drive at 45 miles per hour, which is the optimal speed to be at for a train to brake for a potential danger aspect. However, the drivers would not be notified of what the next signal will be without a system that warns them. The Automatic Warning System (AWS) takes care of this issue. When the AWS recognizes a non-Proceed signal ahead, an orange circle with an exclamation mark appears on the train driver's HUD, also known as GUI, alongside with a loud beep sound. This tells the driver to slow down and prepare for a stop. You must click it or press Q on your keyboard to accept the warning. When the driver fails to stop before passing a signal at Danger/red state, the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) triggers an emergency brake for the train to forcefully stop the train.
In the V1.1 update, a new speed limit indicator was installed on the driver's HUD, which relates the speed limit to the driver of the section on which they are operating.
Lastly, about 2 months later, a new signal indicator was installed on the driver's HUD, which tells the driver what the next signal is.