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Frequently Asked Questions

Purchasing and registering a simulation

Q.

What is the process for installing and registering a Simulation?

A.

Download the installation file from the Download page and run the install file to install the simulation – please use the default installation location. The simulation will install as a “Demonstration version” which gives full access to the default timetable for a limited period of running. To upgrade to a fully registered version, purchase a licence from our Purchase page. A serial number will be emailed to you which will allow you to register your simulation. This involves emailling a small file back to us in order that we can create an unlock code unique to yourself as a registered user. The whole process takes only a few moments of your time and is normally complete within 24 hours.


Q.


I use NORTON Anti-Virus - is there anything I should be aware of?

 A.

 Norton has recently introduced a system whereby software which is "infrequently downloaded" is automatically quarantined regardless of the nature of the code. This may cause difficulties.

Please see this link where the problem and the workaround is described:-

Norton Anti Virus problem and solution


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What if there are updates to the simulation after I have installed an earlier version?

A.

Simply download and install the later version. Your registration status will be preserved. However, you should be aware that in some cases, scenarios saved with an earlier version will no linger be valid to load with the latest version

System questions

Q.

What are the principle Systems Requirements for Blockpost Simulations?

A.

Blockpost Simulations require Windows ME or later Operating Systems with at least 100Mb of RAM available for User Applications and 20Mb of free disk space for each installation. Screen Resolution must be at least 1024 x 768 pixels, both widescreen and conventional displays are supported Additionally, a Sound Blaster compatible Sound Card and a mouse, or other pointing device is needed.

Further system requirements detail is avalable here


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Are there any issues with Windows 8?

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No issues have so far been reported, however, when you first run the install programme, you may see a screen reporting  "Windows Smart Screen prevented an unrecognised app from starting. Running this app might put your PC at risk"  In fact there is no malicious code in any Blockpost app.  You need to click the barely-visible "more info" link, where you will see the "Run Anyway" button.  Clicking this will allow the install to proceed.


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Are versions available for MAC Operating Systems?

A.

There is no version available to run natively on Apple MAC machines.  However, the simulation is understood to run under the "WINE" Windows "emulator"

Simulation questions

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How do I “work” the simulation from my PC?

A.

All the actions of the signalman in the real signalbox (pulling leverls, working the block bells etc) are carried out by mouse clicks on the screen. All the information needed to run the service, including timetable and additional operational information is displayed on-screen as is data regarding the whereabouts and status of each train. 


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How do I “ring out” the block bells?

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Unlike other mechanical signal box simulations, ours make every effort to recreate the atmosphere of a busy box – thus “real” bell codes must be sent and received. To send a bell signal, click on the relevant bell plunger or tapper to send a bell signal. If you prefer to use your keyboard, bells may also be rung out using the function keys - see the Help documentation for details.  You will hear the “tap” sound which indicates that your bell has been sent. Getting the “timing” correct for the bell signals is very important - the simulation is very intollerant of "sloppy belling"! As a starting point, use the same speed for your bell signals as that coming in from adjacent boxes.


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Where can I find details of the Locking / bell code / Train Register?

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If you hover the mouse over the buttons at the bottom of the main toolbar, you will find the one labelled View Locking. The others give access to the Train Register and the Bell codes appropriate to the simulation


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Can I edit or create my own timetables?

A.

Initially it is not planned to release timetable editors for use with the simulations although this remains just one possible enhancement for the future.  It is also intended that new timetables will be made available to Registered Users from time to time via this website.


If the answer to your question cannot be found here nor in the "Help" notes for your simulation, please feel free to email us