I suppose we can use this thread for different passenger operations and to make your railway work more realistically. :thumb: Sorry for such a long post. Normally a passenger train will be shunted into the station well before the time of departure, so that the passengers can get on and they can load the baggage and other important things. This will be done by the yards shunting locomotive which will fetch the coaches from the coach storage yard. (If it is a standard mainline train the consist should not need any shunting as they would keep the consist the same). A few minutes before departure the designated loco/s will arrive and couple to the train, the drivers assistant will make last minute checks, such as check the vacuum pressure @ the back of the train (Must at least be 61kpa)- this is known as a break test. The driver will then receive confirmation from the dispatcher by means of a green signal or a flag. The train goes on it's journey. @ all major stations there is a wheel tapper that sits just outside of the platform, while the train is passing he taps each wheel- if it makes a hollow sound (tonk and not tink) then the wheel is cracked and they must shunt off the coach immediately and replace it. At certain stations the crew and/or locos will be changed too- you can immitate crew changes along route as well by stopping your train in a loop- if it's a single mainline- and carrying on after a few seconds. When the train reaches it's final destination the locos will uncouple from the train and run around back to the loco shed or next train, after about a hour the local yard shunter comes to pick up the coaches, which will be shoved into the coach storage yard for cleaning, etc. Any other faulty coaches will be taken off and repaired. The baggage van will then be shunted again to the back of the train immediately. The trip back is the same. And that is the way the standard South African Mainline passenger train is run. To sum it up: 1) Train is fetched from coach yard and shunted into the platform, shunter leaves consist and passengers board. 2) Designated locos arrive in time for departure. 3) train goes along the route and stops at designated stations/ interloops- crews can swop along route and locos can be changed at stations. 4) Train arrives @ final destination, locos uncouple and move off. 5) Shunter comes to fetch empty coaches, does any neccessary shunting and leaves train in coach yard. 6) Trip is repeated in reverse direction.