Thank you for your interest in submitting a work order. NERR serves a wide range of members,
each with their own skills and personal goals. Regardless of the difficulty, NERR will strive to
fill every work order received. Please keep the following standards
and guidelines in mind before submitting a
work order for consideration.
them within approximately 2 hours.
2. Verify that you are only using NERR equipment (available on the NERR site,
this also includes NERX equipment). You can also use
the default US2 equipment.
3. Keep waits for AI trains under 10 minutes. This is suppose to be fun, even
though we like it as real as it gets most members do not have the time to run a
work order in which you are left staring at the screen for 30 minutes waiting
for a train.
4. Be very careful when using reverse points and AI trains as the reverse point
can easily cause a stalemate with an AI train if the engineer is running faster
or slower then the work order was written. If in doubt break the work order into
smaller pieces or give detail instructions on the timing.
5. For work orders longer then 1 hour
please supply a timetable of potential AI meets.
The first two letters in the work order name should be NE for North Eastern Railroad. Two
letters follow this, representing the route, based on the following chart:
A Dual Fictional Railroad
Montgomery to Mobile
Florida High Speed Rail
Full Bucket Line
Pass (NERR Version)
|Newark & Jersey City
North East Corridor
Ohio & West Virginia
San Diego & Arizona
This is followed by the creator’s NERR engineer number, and then a sequentially increasing
number based on how many work orders have submitted for each route by each developer.
If you are working on your fourth activity for the Full Bucket route and you are engineer #500,
then the activity should be named NEFB-500-04.
In order to better interface with NETs please use the following naming
convention NE (two letters for the route) - Engineer number - work order
number. There should be no spaces in the work order name.
Naming a Series of Work Orders
If more than one work order is required for a specific activity (for instance, the training work
orders), NERR convention states that additional letters can be added to the file in order to show
which part of the work order this represents.
In the above case if this was the second part of the work order then the name would be
All consists names should start with NE and include an explanation of how the consist is made
A consist containing 3 GP 38 locomotives and 40 mixed boxcars might be named
This allows anyone else who is creating work orders to reuse consists that have already been
created. There is no standard for naming equipment.
Note: MSTS has a limit on how long a consist name can be, so be as descriptive as possible
within the limitations.
Path and Service Names
The path and service names should reflect the work order name.
Using the example above, a player path would be NEFB-500-01a and the first AI path would
be NEFB500 01a-01. This will easily allow people to find all related files associated with this
NERR maintains strict standards for work order documentation. The current format includes the
following information included in a text document bundled with the work order:
Description – Include the route used, and any additional information such as where the activity
begins and ends as deemed appropriate.
Work Order – The work order name (as indicated above).
Time – Starting time of the activity.
Season – Chosen season (ie. winter or summer).
Weather – Chosen weather (ie. clear or snow).
Duration – The estimated amount of time to run the work order.
Train – The locomotive that the engineer will be running.
Class – This is the difficulty rating that is being used by NERR on a scale of 1 (easiest) to 5
(most difficult). An easy work order might include a lot of instructional pop-ups, a short running
time, and a loose schedule (ie. on a passenger run). The most difficult work orders might be ones
with only the information on what must be done given over a long duration and with a tight
schedule on passenger runs.
Notes – Background information (such as an optional back story to why you are performing this
work order), and expectations of the engineer in the work order. You could provide the stops for
a passenger run or the sidings and consists that would be picked up or delivered for a freight
Equipment list will be
included by the F-team.
Name – Finally add your name and engineer number so that engineers who run your work orders
know who to congratulate in the forums.
doncam65 has created a template and has been modified
by the mow that may help out in the creation of the work order, the
contains both an excel and html file.
North Eastern Railroad Freight Activity (c) 2003
NEMP Kalispell Monday 6 am
Work Order: NEMP-001-01
Time: 6 a.m.
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
Train: GP38-2 #s 1000, 1005 & 1011
It's a beautiful winter morning and you have to haul some loaded log cars over
to Whitefish from the Balloon Siding. It's Monday so expect to see a lot of
other freight out there. Try to keep to the speed limits so you don't over run
Yards = 15 MPH
Main = 65 MPH
Other = As posted
North Eastern Railroad
Work Order Submission
Forward all work orders to email@example.com.
Send a zip file including the apk file, the supporting
documentation as listed above and a copy of the evaluation in order to show that
it is possible to complete the work order.
Your work order will be tested by
at least two members of the NERR’s Feasibility Team to ensure that NERR engineers can
meet the demands of the work order in an efficient and timely manner. This can take
up to 14 days depending
on how many activities have been submitted, but it will usually be completed within one week.
The team members assigned to your activity will contact you should you be in violation of NERR
policies, or if there are questions or comments regarding your activity. Once the team members
have approved your work order, it will be added to NERR’s website.
There are many resources available if you have questions about creating work orders. These
include www.train-sim.com and NERR’s forums.
Questions regarding NERR work order standards or the submission procedure can usually be
answered by searching the forums, as others may have had similar questions. Posting to the
forums will otherwise provide the fastest results.
Thank you for contributing to NERR.