The Waybill program also permits you to print Train Cards which describe the purpose of each train on your model railroad.
The Quaker Valley Railroad uses light blue for locomotive cards, canary for freight cars and cherry for cabin cars and passenger cars. In this way, it is easy to see that a handful of cards is a complete train.
The roster reports can be used to print a complete roster inventory report, only those after a selected date, or those which satisfy a selected query. (i.e. all blue locomotives)
The last version of the Waybill program (version 4.1) includes a separate database for the shipper and receiver. This enhancement was suggested by Tony Koester and promises to allow for the exchange of prototypical waybill information. (Sample Shipper Database) The program allows you to select a shipper and receiver from the existing databases, to add to the databases or to enter your own information without adding to the data file. A database of shippers and receivers with more than 4000 records is now available with the current version of the Waybill software. We expect that more commodity information will be made available and hope to be able to make it available, perhaps through the Internet. The waybill program still will permit you to select and copy or modify existing waybills from the waybill database.
Owners of older versions of the Waybill and Roster programs can upgrade to the new version for $20 and $15 respectively or $30 for both, half of the regular price. Please add $5 shipping and handling for each order. Please send your check or money order for the appropriate amount to Quaker Valley Software. Delivery in 7-14 days should be expected.
The economical HP Deskjet Model 320 will handle the heavier paper because of its simple paper path, and we find the current HP models in the 600, 700 and 800 series also have the capability of feeding the 110# paper stock. The waybills are printed in five passes, with the operator turning and flipping pages so no duplex printing is required. Printer drivers for Epson, Okidata and Canon printers are included with the Report Generator and many other printers can be supported.
Please send your check or money order for the full order amount to Quaker Valley Software. Delivery in 7-14 days should be expected.
Many modelers have converted to a car card and waybill system as described by Tony Koester in his March '93 Model Railroader article. The concept is to match up a load represented by the waybill with a car represented by the car card. These documents can be hand made or blank forms can be purchased commercially. Quaker Valley Software now has available a set of programs to print car cards and waybills which are the same size and style as those available from Old Line Graphics.
Using the computer generated forms will enable you to quickly and neatly create a large number of quality waybill forms. It will also enable you to share information with other modelers, to copy and edit waybill information from them and modify them for your own model railroad. An added benefit is that new Car Cards and Waybills can be easily reprinted as changes are made or as the old forms get tattered from use and abuse.
The roster program will allow you to print the individual car cards required for operation. It will also produce several roster inventory reports which you can use to manage you model railroad roster, allowing you to avoid duplicate purchases at train meets. It can also be used to value your collection for insurance purposes.
The software uses several user created or modified files including a listing of AAR car codes, a State/Province listing, color codes and railroad reporting marks. These databases can be modified by adding deleting or editing the supplied records.
The Quaker Valley Railroad uses car cards which are printed eight to a page on a heavy 110# paper stock. We have used light blue for the locomotives, cherry for the cabooses and work equipment, and a canary color for the freight cars.
The Quaker Valley waybill forms have been printed as a 4 sided document the same size and format as those available from Old Line Graphics. The difference is that the data is entered in the computer database and printed 12 per page in a five pass operation. The Quaker Valley RR invested in a paper cutter for the project which produces a professional looking document.
The added benefit is that new Car Cards and Waybills can be easily reprinted as changes are made or as the old forms get tattered from use and abuse. You could even color code the waybills for car type if desired. The QVRR uses a green 60# stock for most waybill cards.
These car cards and waybills are completely compatible with those printed by Old Line Graphics and can be slowly introduced into an existing operating system. Realizing that much of the work in creating the Waybills is researching and creating the flow of rail traffic, we are now sharing a large shipper database and hope to share more waybill information in the near future.
A basic starter set which includes pads of manually written car
cards, waybills and a number of other operation related forms are available
from Old Line Graphics for about $15. Similar car cards, waybills and oxes are available from Mico Mark.