The JMRI Manual
Installing JMRI
Getting Started
Using DecoderPro®
DecoderPro® Programming Modes
The Basic Programmer
The Comprehensive Programmer
The Advanced Programmer
DecoderPro® Main Window
JMRI® Operations Program
Creating a Decoder Definition
Error Messages

Using JMRI® to Operate Trains

Operations Add Staging Only

Add Location as Staging Only and the Add Location window will be displayed with Staging only selected.


To add a location as a Staging Only: in the Add Location window, type the Name of the Staging Only location, note most of the window is greyed out until the location is added. The location name must be unique; the program will not allow two locations with identical names. However, if you want more than one location to have the same name for your manifests and switch lists, add a hyphen and a number to the locations name. For example, "Boston-1" and "Boston-2" will print as "Boston". The program will remove the hyphen and number when printing manifests and switch lists.

Select Operations at this location Staging Only, then press the at the bottom of the window.

A Staging Only area may contain several tracks that must be defined.

This opens the Add Location window with all the options enabled.


You may select This location is serviced by trains traveling, select at least one or any number of the directions depending on access to your staging. We have selected All directions, for this staging.

You can decide which train direction the location can service. For example, if only south bound trains can access the location select "South" and deselect the other directions. This can be useful if you want to support only trailing point switching for a given location. If a location can support multiple directions then select the ones that are appropriate.

Next Select the rolling stock serviced by this location, you can control the rolling stock that a location can service. Push to deselect all types, or to select all types, then select or deselect the rolling stock you wish the location to accept.

Since the Operations at this location is a Staging Only the is now enabled near the bottom of the window.

We also have the option to or

Press then the Add Staging Track window is displayed, so that you can detail the siding.



In Name type the specific track to be serviced at this location.

Length of the Staging track in scale feet. You may enter the measurement in actual inches as and the program will convert to the scale feet that you select during setup.

Press the staging track is added and the greyed out features are activated.


You may Select the roads serviced by this track

Accept all

Default accepts rolling stock from any railroad.

Accept only

Allows you to list the railroads whose rolling stock you will accept.


Accept all rolling stock except from those railroads that are excluded.

We will use the default. If you want to edit the roads accepted go to Add Cars then Edit Roads, to add another selection to the drop-down list.

Select the loads serviced by this track

Accept all

Default accepts any load

Accept only

Allows you to select the loads you will accept.

Allows you to exclude any load you do not want service by this track.

Select trains or routes for arrivals





Optional car load controls

Swap default loads and empties

Empty cars with default loads

Optional custom car load controls

Empty cars with custom loads

Generated custom loads for spurs serviced by this train

Generate custom loads for any spur (muliple trains)

You may enter a Comment for the track.

You may now press to add to the location or press if you do not want to store the track.

If you want to add another track to this interchange location, then enter new data and Press to add the track.

Note if you are running a train to and from the same staging location, you must define two staging tracks for the program, one to depart and one to return on. Physically, the tracks can be the same track.

Close the window when done with this location.

The Add Location window shows one Staging track.

You may add as many tracks as required for the Staging area.

If you want to change information for any track entry, press and the Edit Staging Track window will open.



Note that it is identical to the Add Interchange and Yard Track except for the title.

Change any of the entries that you want to edit and then press the to save the changes.

You may also from your data base.

When done with editing close the window.

The Locations window shows all the locations in your database.

You may Edit any one of them, which opens the Edit Location window, which is the same as the Add Location window except it contains the info for the location you are editing.

You may add as many locations and track as you need to complete the description of your layout.