Stock book

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Looking to create a stock book for the GVR, Ideas on format, layout, design hard copy or computer would be very useful please. I am also interested in computer program to help with schedule running now I have completed the layout. ( Well only landscaping and scenic work to do ) Many thanks
 
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For computer schedule running I use Rocrail which is freeware that runs on Windows, Mac or Raspberry Pi.
You can set routes and schedules, using real time or model time.
You can let the system run all the trains, or it can set the routes and signals and you drive the trains, or a combination. It is extremely powerful but not the easiest tool to master.
It also has a basic loco and goods/passenger car database.
For more information see start [Innovative Model Railroad Control System]
Or you can PM me.
Dave
 
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For a stock list, I use an Excel spreadsheet. Just need to add pictures now.
 
dunnyrail

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For a stock list, I use an Excel spreadsheet. Just need to add pictures now.
I use Excel and it is as good as anything, but my problem is that I have included so much information that it gets a bit unwieldy. But if you keep it relatively simple unbeatable to use a Spreadsheet. After all Accountants have been abusing Spreadsheets as Data Bases for decades now, much to Microsofts displeasure so I believe.
 
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Well, my stock is so small I just keep in in my head, but i am sure on day there will be a need!!
 
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I too keep it all in my head. There's not much up there so it's rather simple.....:confused:
 
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Well, my stock is so small I just keep in in my head, but i am sure on day there will be a need!!
Ah but Jimmy, a list is useful as when you get too much it is then a pain to enter it all. My stock all has a Refernce Number which is also replicated by a small Sticker on each item of Stock. Then the purchased price is included as well, so very useful for Insurance Inventory Value. Even with a small inventory it is surprising how the value mounts up, better keep that Inventory in a Private Place!
 
G-force1

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I don't feel a need to keep great detail. Mine is all on a coupla sheets of 'Word' doc. It could be transferred to an Excel file I suppose.

There is just, No off, maker, description/title, colour (if relevant).

e.g. 5 off Accucraft W&LLR Goods Van (diff Nos).
 
Rhinochugger

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Word list :nod::nod:


Um, when I can find it :emo::emo::emo::emo:
 
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For those who keep their stock list in their head, just a word of warning that it might make insurance claims more difficult if you have no existing record of what has been lost and how much you paid for it, should you have the misfortune of theft or fire.
 
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For those who keep their stock list in their head, just a word of warning that it might make insurance claims more difficult if you have no existing record of what has been lost and how much you paid for it, should you have the misfortune of theft or fire.
or if the worst should happen and your not around anymore!
 
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Yes dropping dead also counts as misfortune but I didn't want to spoil people's day too much! :)
 
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If you use a spreadsheet & put the price you paid do not add up the total. You will end up frightening yourself.
 
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If you use a spreadsheet & put the price you paid do not add up the total. You will end up frightening yourself.
True, mine certainly runs close if not into 'arrrrrgh' figures. o_O
 
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I have a file (well three files), with all receipts. The folders weigh quite a few pound but, I reckon the price total would be astronomical! I did start taking pics of everything, and a stock book has been on the stocks for some years now. I reckoned, as Dave mentions above, that when I dropped off my perch, somebody would need to know what they they were getting rid of!
 
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If you use a spreadsheet & put the price you paid do not add up the total. You will end up frightening yourself.
Ah, but what price happiness...
 
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For those who keep their stock list in their head, just a word of warning that it might make insurance claims more difficult if you have no existing record of what has been lost and how much you paid for it, should you have the misfortune of theft or fire.
Most household policies are 'new for old' so purchase price is not strictly relevant.

The problem is when you have genuinely irreplaceable stuff - like all my Bachmann 1:20.3 :confused::confused::confused:
 
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Thanks guys, all interesting stuff.