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I discovered a new* way to load / unload long trains at stations. (* new to me, if anyone else already found this please let me know ) You have to build your station in an S-bend, such that the track passes thru each 'lane' in serpentine fashion. To get the train to stop correctly, you have to place a way-point directly before the last station section. Also, the train must be in Express mode, not Local. Then direct the train by telling it to drive to the way-point, then stop at the station, then load / unload. The cars really do load at full speed in the station, and slower around the curves!
I'm sorry this looks so ridiculous and non-prototypical. If anyone can find a way to expand on this idea, or make it better, let the community know!
(And yes, I'm running the original locomotion, with no modification to the software.)
Unfortunately, this doesn't work in OpenTTD: the whole train is unloaded slowly.
This combines the invisible station with the overhead coal loader. The only problem is the way-points. Each train is told to drive to a specific way-point, which is on a specific track. If their track is occupied, the train will just wait, even if the other track is open. Not optimal...
I'm sure someone out there has more creativity or better imagination than me. Show me your cool ideas!
glenjimen, that's a sweet screenshot.
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