I played a Marathon mod recently (for about 40 hours now) and I'm using trains quite a bit.
There is a posibility to make a loading station for two items (for example iron ore and EC) and I'm using that.
Now I have 11 chests for iron and 1 for EC and there are two trains visiting the station, one for iron ore and one for EC.
The station is only fast inserters and the way it works is that I have designed the trains (vagons) to carry only iron ore, the second to carry only EC so it works yay!
The problem is: you have to click about 60 times per vagon to design it for carrying one type of item
- 30 times rightclicking each storage tile with stack of items you are holding
30 times wheel clicking each tile to actually design each tile to accept only this item
The core of the problem: A player has to do the same thing multiple times in order to get the same result.
Possible solutions: (apart from using smart inserter which is worse than fast variant in at least energy consumption)
- First (fantastic) Give me a button which I will click and then choose from pop-up menu which item will be all tiles (or remaining not occupied and assigned tiles) assignet to, so, it will work exactly as if I clicked all thirty tiles twice as described above. So I will be even able to reassign some tiles!
Second (worse) Give me a button which will turn on and off some sort of different vagoon where all storage tiles will accept only one item (so if I shiftclick 15 iron ore from my inventory it will fill 15 storage tiles each with one iron ore) and each tile is automaticly assigned with item it gets. So if I shift click 5 iron 5 tiles will be assigned as iron-only then I can shift click 20 copper and 5 circuts and 30 vagoon tiles are filled. Then I can click the button and get the 30 items back and normal vagoon will appear again BUT with the assigments. If some tiles were blocked they can appear as red in the different vagoon look. If I close my inventory the same thing happen as if I clicked the button and then closed my inventory.
Non of these informations are for sure but there are reasons why to implement it based on future look of factorio.
- Vagoon may have more tiles which means even more clicking
Heavy/rapit/stack... Inserter may be implemented so this not using of smart boxes will be cleverer solution and more cheap as well so it will become more obvious build and the train storage tiles design will become more wanted