I also made this server because I wanted to give everyone more of a closer feeling with members of the community since Discord has live voice and text chats. Even with the few members we have so far it's been working out pretty smoothly.
As for the simulated runs I'm promoting, we need operators and dispatchers.
Dispatchers give the operators a run number (or time-stamp), manage multiple trains on a line including through interlockings and when trains divert onto other tracks, troubleshoot any kind of service disruptions that may occur (running delayed trains Express, short-turns, 10-72s or 12-9s in NYC, mech problems, sending trains OOS, .etc). Most importantly track the location of trains and give trains a call back location.
Operators operate (no.. duh... ) on any given route following directions from the dispatchers and communicate with other trains ahead or behind as well. Communication is key! They follow instructions from dispatch including calling back at certain stations/locations, call RCC for line-up/signal clearance and if anything unexpected arises, and of course follow safety guidelines from RTO handbook (concept of R-6.4, for example).
The whole concept of multiplayer has been done in other communities and I wanted to introduce it here as well as it has been something pretty fun and successful.
If anyone interested has any questions or comments, now that I explained the idea of the Discord server more thoroughly, feel free to comment on this page.