Dispatching is a special feature incorporated in the LocoNet language to meet the needs of operators that wish to enforce a strict discipline in how operators gain access to locomotives during an operating session.
Dispatching also lets you run consists with basic throttles that can't set up their own consists and run four digit addresses on basic throttles that only have two digit capability.
It lets you have newcomers run trains on the layout without giving them access to the entire operation.
When you dispatch a locomotive address or consist to your LocoNet system, you make it available to be acquired by another throttle.
Only one address at a time can be marked as a dispatched address in the system.
The dispatched loco address is acquired by the first throttle to request it by pressing the ACQ key to select it for use on that throttle.
To dispatch a locomotive address using a the DT402 or DT400 series throttle:
NOTE: Simplex Radio and infrared throttles must be plugged in to LocoNet to dispatch loco addresses. Duplex Radio Throttles do not have to be plugged in to LocoNet to dispatch loco addresses.
1. Press the LOCO Key to enter address selection, browse to the address you want to dispatch.
2. Press to the DISP Key to dispatch it to your LocoNet system. The dispatched address can be a single locomotive address, either two digit or four digit, or a consist that was set up by the DT400. The TOP locomotive in a consist or MU can be dispatched to transfer control of the entire consist to another throttle.