The Java version of the Train Brain simulates Accelerated Time or Real Time Animation of a transit system in operation, displays Pop-Up Schedules for each line, and has point and click Station Information.
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Accelerated Time / Real Time
Two radio buttons on the Control Panel at the bottom of the screen allow the user to toggle from "Accelerated Time" to "Real Time". In Accelerated Mode, time runs fast so the user can watch as the trains rapidly flow in and out of downtown. In Real Time mode, the trains slowly move according to their actual positions.
While running in Accelerated Mode a scroll bar labeled "Adjust Time" will be visible. This scroll bars pointer moves from left to right as the time of day advances. It can also be used to adjust the time of day by sliding its pointer to the left or right. Slide the pointer to the right to move ahead in time, or to the left to move back in time.
Also while running in Accelerated Mode, a scroll bar labeled "Adjust Speed" will be visible. Its pointer can be used to adjust the animation speed. Slide the pointer all the way to the left to bring time and the animation to a halt. Slide the po inter to the right and the trains will barely stay on the tracks.
A push button labeled "Display Schedules" is used to view the actual schedules. Click the mouse on this button and a number of other push buttons will appear on the system map labeling the various routes. After clicking one of these buttons, a di alog box will ask for the direction of travel for the route. Select a direction and the schedule will appear.
Another push button labeled "Station Information" leads to information about a specific station. Click this button and a message will appear to prompt you to choose a station by clicking the mouse directly on the stations location. Click the mous e on the stations black circle and not the text label for the station. It is not necessary to click exactly on the station because the program will default to the station closest to the mouse click. Once a station is selected, a window will appear with the stations street address, connecting transit routes, and maybe a local area map of the station.
When the Java version is completed it will have the same functions as the currently available DOS version. The program will have a graphical interface that displays the transportation system in motion. The user will also be able to plan a trip by pointi ng to a departure and destination station. The program will then search all possible combinations of train and bus connections to present the user a custom schedule. The program will also calculate the fare between any two points. The program will disp lay or print schedules for specific routes, and station information such as street address, connecting buses, local area maps, and even a photo of the station.