Vagueflunky8890, a common dispatcher.

A Dispatcher, more commonly referred to as a [DS], is a low rank in SCR. Dispatchers play a crucial role in the smooth operation of SCR, as they make sure traffic is consistently flowing as much as possible and all station departures are safe. They can easily be identified by their orange high-visibility jacket, baton and whistle.

Training sessions are held thrice a week on average.

Schedules for training sessions can be found here.

Currently, there are 838 Dispatchers.

Dispatching Process

  1. Upon the train's arrival a platform that you are dispatching from, a dispatch GUI must be brought up by clicking on the body of the train.
  2. As the "TRTS" (Train Ready To Start) button is available in the GUI, it must be clicked to prepare for the train's departure.
  3. When there is a green or amber aspect signal showing ahead, the train can be dispatched by pressing the "Dispatch" button found in the GUI.


There was once CD RA indicators at Bodin however very few people ever got the chance to use them. Personally, (kieranhendy) I got to use it once during my training and I was never given a key again. The indicators were removed when the station was re-designed.

The dispatch process used to be manual and people would constantly ignore dispatchers which prompted the addition of the GUI system which we have ingame today.

Dispatching Extras

  • If your train went past a red signal upon arrival and SPADed, you are clear to dispatch the train.
  • If there is a train that came after the SPADing train, you must dispatch the SPADing train first.
  • You should really dispatch late trains first, no matter the order of the train which entered.
  • As of the V1.1 update, Dispatchers now receive 5 points per dispatched train as opposed to the previous 1 point.

Stations you can Dispatch and which platforms you will be allocated

You will be always placed to the lowest dispatch code

Avoiding Demotion

  • You cannot use gantries as a shortcut to switch platforms. Doing so can get you in a lot of trouble.
  • It is up to the dispatcher whether or not he or she wants to dispatch the train at the banner repeater or at the middle of the train.
  • If the train has overshot, you are required to stand at the MIDDLE of the train.
  • Trackwalking is strictly prohibited, so is the aforementioned "Crossing using the Gantries". The "Shift to Sprint" system is there for a reason.
  • If you are dispatching a 3 or 5 car train, you need to stand in the center of the middle car. For 2 and 4 car trains, it is simple, stand in the middle carriage separator.
  • And most importantly, don't confuse the 170 with the 357.