Car Cards & way bills

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Car Cards & way bills

Post by torikoos » Tue Oct 16, 2012 4:41 pm

Hi all, I'm struggling a little bit in creating a good car card , which I'd like to have a pocket, so that a way bill can fit inside with instructions on what to do with this car. Are there any good templates for these two items, that can be used in any popular file format (word/excel or similar, no open office please, but MAC file formats are okay (pages/numbers etc).

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by Gloriousnse » Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:42 pm

Koos, did I send you the ones we used to use?
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Post by torikoos » Thu Oct 18, 2012 4:57 pm

Hi Martyn, no I don't think so, but I'm curious to the 'used to use' bit, have you gone one better, improved on the concept?

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Post by Gloriousnse » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:04 pm

No, just been using JMRI ops since. :)
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Post by torikoos » Thu Oct 18, 2012 6:13 pm

Okay, I understand. I don't know if I want to use the Ops part of JMRI for my home layout. I think car cards and 'handwritten' waybills and track warrants add to the fun of operating a small layout (which isn't even finished yet, not even to the point that I can operate on it yet, but I think I will be able to in a few weeks from now, the second 'yard' / destination track has almost been laid.).
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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by BrianMoore » Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:33 pm

I'm with Koos in respect of wanting to eventually use "proper" waybills on my home layout, which has a timeline of Summer 1954. All very basic to start with but each car will have its own individual pocket, where the instructions will be placed.

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Post by torikoos » Fri Oct 19, 2012 6:21 am

Hi Brian, I think that's probably similar as I have in mind, and of course place these in card holders along the fascia of the layout. Nothing is so unsightly as a nicely scenicked layout, only to see car cards etc 'plonked' on cars, in yards etc etc.

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by 130344 » Fri Oct 19, 2012 10:57 am

Hi Koos.

I have a set of car cards and waybills that I set using InDesign and have made PDFs of - you're welcome to have a copy if you'd like to contact me separately - unfortunately I don't think I can attach them here. My email address is in Roundhouse.

But on a slightly different tack, have you considered using switchlists as well or even instead? If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Switchlist program (for Mac only - I deduce you use a Mac?) at http://www.vasonabranch.com/railroad/switchlist.html - it's constantly under development, free, and there's even a section where you can develop your own version, as well as a mailing list for queries and comments.

I can't speak too highly of the developer, Robert Bowdidge - he's helped me immensely to understand and begin to use the program, which has been developed specifically for small and medium layouts. He's looking at incorporating waybills into the program too.

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by BrianMoore » Fri Oct 19, 2012 11:20 am

Jock,

I agree with you in respect of the Vasona Branch site; it's one of my favourites, and there's always so much to learn. The concept of his layout is also seamlessly transferable to the type of operations we are undertaking with the Devon modular meets (which use the non-waybill, computer-generated method).

Indeed, in front of me is a hand drawing I've made of the Vasona Branch track plan, as it will influence my own planned modular boards, the terminus of an SP Coast Line branch with fruit packing and a few other industries in 16' - Quisling, CA.

As you will be aware, Tony Thompson's blog is also essential reading.

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by torikoos » Fri Oct 19, 2012 12:33 pm

Hi Jock, yes I've looked at that in the past, when he first started to develop the program. I've got to look again, as I'm not sure it runs on my ancient Mac (it's nearly 10 years old, on PowerPC G4 processor still ).

thanks for the suggestion. Koos
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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by Mike_R » Sat Oct 20, 2012 8:28 pm

I make my car cards in Lotus, still haven't persuaded Open Office to handle photos in the data base. So have to run it in Parallels on my Mac.
I do have an Open Office drawing that the photo and information are added manually. The photos and car information can all be altered. The Lotus version takes the information from the data base.
I print out the cards, cut them out, fold them and then laminate them. Then I cut the top off the card to make a pocket for the waybill. There are now over 200 cards for my home layout.

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by tunnelmotor » Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:27 pm

Koos,

If you are still looking in 10 days times when I get back from New England let me know off group and will send you a set of mine based very closely on Martyn Read's Excel spread sheet ones. Do you have Excel?

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Post by torikoos » Sun Oct 21, 2012 8:53 pm

tunnelmotor wrote:Koos,

If you are still looking in 10 days times when I get back from New England let me know off group and will send you a set of mine based very closely on Martyn Read's Excel spread sheet ones. Do you have Excel?

Mike Arnold

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thanks, Koos
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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by 033188 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 4:19 pm

Koos, before the advent of the Micromark cars, several of us used to use the Challange record cards with a clear pocket selotaped to one corner. These have the advantage or being available in several colours which assist identification. They are of course larger than the Micromart one though, but this makes them more computer/printer friendly.

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Re: Car Cards & way bills

Post by torikoos » Mon Oct 22, 2012 5:06 pm

I am not familiar with those Rodders, I know about the Micromark cards though, they look suitable, but I do like the design Mike Ruby suggests (and which I've seen at Western Union meets previously).

I'm going to take another look at those. I want to make car cards including their pictures for easier identification (I've taken pictures of all my cars already), and give them a pocket for the waybills.
However to create these two items, I want to use a standard word processor/spreadsheet program, not having to rely on special software, or anything open source. (like open office), simply because I can't install that on my work computer, which I use in lunch breaks for a little railfanning ;-)

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