Monday, April 24, 2017

Random Number Generator

Most of my freight cars live off the layout in a storage rack, and cycle in and out through the interchange tracks between sessions. The puzzle has always been how to select them randomly to get a realistic mix, and not just gravitate to selecting my "favorite" cars over and over again. (I have tried rolling dice and using the last digits from a column in the phone book). This Random Number Generator tool makes the task easy. Just type "Random Number Generator" in the Google search box to get to this utility.

Set the "Max" value to the number cars in the storage rack. Each time you click "Generate" you get a random number in the range. You don't need to actually apply numbers to the cars to find them - I quickly indexed them by inserting a numbered card every 10 cars. 

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