I recently upgraded RailQuik, the Microsoft Access-based car tracking and reporting system for my layout. Improvements include automated car order generation, return-route updates, and random event generation, among other things, and I thought I'd share the results. All reports and screens continue to be based on prototype IAIS examples from my era.

I'm gratefully indebted to Dave Husman, Keith Stillman, David Jobe, Duane Hookom, Jim Brown, and Perry Sugerman for all their Access help in answering my many questions. I couldn't have done this without them.

One of the prototype IAIS screens on which I patterned the design of my Access-based RailQuik user interface.
One of the prototype IAIS screens on which I patterned the design of my Access-based RailQuik user interface.
By: Joe Atkinson
The main menu of the RailQuik system. I tried to get as close to the look of an IBM terminal emulator as I could within the confines of Access. This system was built on top of my initial Car Management System screens and reports (outlined in "Earlier efforts" subfolder below) but adds automated car-forwarding logic, allowing operating session paperwork to be generated in a matter of seconds. Please see my MRH blog entry at http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/17032
The main menu of the RailQuik system. I tried to get as close to the look of an IBM terminal emulator as I could within the confines of Access. This system was built on top of my initial Car Management System screens and reports (outlined in "Earlier efforts" subfolder below) but adds automated car-forwarding logic, allowing operating session paperwork to be generated in a matter of seconds. Please see my MRH blog entry at http://model-railroad-hobbyist.com/node/17032
By: Joe Atkinson
The timetable I include in my Special Instructions cheat sheet for crews. This was taken from a prototype IAIS timetable and modified for layout use.  The siding lengths are in HO scale feet.  Circled length for Atlantic corresponds to length in Atlantic track chart to the right.
The timetable I include in my Special Instructions cheat sheet for crews. This was taken from a prototype IAIS timetable and modified for layout use. The siding lengths are in HO scale feet. Circled length for Atlantic corresponds to length in Atlantic track chart to the right.
By: Joe Atkinson
Fascia track chart for Atlantic.
Fascia track chart for Atlantic.
By: Joe Atkinson
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