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Controlling the Display of Railroads
You can control which features are displayed on the map using the Map Features dialog. Select the Map tab > Map Features. Features that are checked are displayed. To hide a feature, uncheck it. To show or hide all features, use the Show All and Hide All buttons. Click on the Reset button to return to the default display.
Turning Map Labels On and Off
Railroad shields, station labels, and stop labels on the map can be added and deleted using the mouse.
To Add or Remove Station Labels
1. Select the Map tab > Label Stations or select Label > Label Stations in the right mouse map menu. The cursor changes to:
2. Click on any point on the map where a station is located to label it. To remove an existing label, click on it.
To Label Railroads
1. Select the Map tab > Label Railroads or select Label > Label Railroads in the right mouse map menu. The cursor changes to:
2. Click on any point on a rail line to label it. To remove an existing label, click on it.
To Clear All Station and Railroad Labels
To clear all station and railroad labels that were added manually, select the Map tab > Clear Labels or Label > Clear Labels in the right mouse map menu.
To Label Stops
1. Select the Map tab > Stop Labels or Stop Labels in the right mouse map menu.
2. Select Station Name to label stops with a station name, and/or Railroad to label with a SCAC.
Controlling the Display of Railroads
You may wish to choose which railroads are displayed on the map. To do this, first make sure Railroads is turned on in the Map Features dialog (Map tab > Map Features). Then select the Map tab > Map Railroads.
All available railroads and systems in North America are listed in two lists in the Railroad Display Control dialog. Checked railroads will be displayed. All railroad systems are drawn by default when Railroads is turned on in the Map Features dialog.
Use the Show All/Hide All buttons to display/hide all railroad systems. Individual railroads must be checked and unchecked one at a time.
If Track Ownership is checked, the colors used to draw rail lines on the map will reflect track ownership rather than trackage rights. If Track Rights is checked, the colors used to draw rail lines on the map will reflect operating rights, in the order in which the railroad systems are listed.
For example, to see all of the operating rights for one particular railroad system:
- Click Hide All.
- Check the particular railroad system you want to see.
- Check Track Rights.
Check Frame Railroad(s) to frame the systems that are checked on the list. Click Reset to return to the default display setting for all railroads.
There are three legends available in the map window: Route, Carrier and Scale of Miles. All legends can be moved around within the map window by clicking and dragging. To hide or show a legend, select the Map tab > Legends and toggle one or more legends on/off.
If checked, the Route Legend appears after a route is run; the Carrier Legend appears when railroads are displayed; and the Scale of Miles always appears as part of the map.
The Carrier Legend provides a key to the display of rail lines owned or operated through trackage or haulage rights. By default, rail lines are drawn in different colors that show which railroad holds the trackage rights on any given line.
However, if Display Track Ownership is checked in the Railroad Display Control dialog, the colors will reflect ownership. In this case there will be a color that indicates joint ownership. To see which railroads jointly own a particular rail line, select the Map tab > Label Railroads then click on that rail line on the map.