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OperationsPro: Importing Cars from a File

Import cars from file

Selecting Import cars from file from the Cars -> Tools menu opens a system Open dialog box to allow you to select the file of your choice that meets the criteria defined below.
Note that OperationsPro will only add Cars that don't yet exist in the program's Car Roster. If a Car already exists, the import of that item will be skipped. You must also create the Locations and their Tracks before importing Cars into the OperationsPro program that use these place names.

To improve the speed of the Car import, you may close the Cars window. It takes significantly more processor cycles to update the Cars panel during Import than to actually import the Car records.

After importing your Car data, you must save the newly added entries if you want to keep them as part of your Roster. Select any Car in the Cars window list by pressing the Edit button and then press the Save button that can be found at the bottom right of the Edit Car window.

If you already have a list of Cars records in a database, you can import these into the program. The Import function requires an ASCII text file, with one line for each Car.
The import order is:

  1. Car Number
  2. Car Road Name
  3. Car Type
  4. Car Length
  5. Car Weight
  6. Car Color

The following shows two example records in the correct format:

336 GCR Flat 40 3.8 Black
655578 UP Boxcar 40 3.8 Yellow

Each line can start with a space and multiple spaces between fields is okay. Optionally, you can include additional information in the following order:

  1. Car Owner's Name
  2. Date Built
  3. Location
The Location can have two fields: the Location Name, followed by the Location's Track Name, separated by a hyphen "-".

The following shows two example records in the correct format:

336 GCR Flat 40 3.8 Black AT 1930 Home Town USA - George's Oil Terminal
655578 UP Boxcar 40 3.8 Yellow DB 1934 York - York Freight

If you prefer to use comma delimiters instead of spaces, place the word "comma" at the start of your import file and use commas instead of spaces. The following are two examples of importing cars with comma delimiters:

336,GCR,Flat Car,40,3.8,Black,AT,1930,Home Town USA,-,George's Oil Terminal
655578,UP,Tank Car,40,3.8,Yellow,DB,1934,York,-,York Freight

You need to be very careful with spaces when importing a comma delimitated file. The program will include leading and trailing spaces if they exist between the commas.